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Club Management

Managing Risk

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Ensuring that your club is safe for your members and volunteers, and that your club's facilities and equipment are safe and secure, is becoming increasingly important.

Risks in your club can come in many forms. And whilst it is impossible to eliminate all of them, having the right processes and procedures in place will help keep these risks to a minimum and allow you to respond effectively if anything does happen.

The following steps can help you manage risks in your club:

Who is responsible for risk at your club?

It is important that you agree who will take ownership of managing risk at your club.  This person should identify potential risks and implement procedures to remove or manage these. They will also be the first point of contact in the event of an incident.

What are the risks

The first step in managing risk at your club is to identify what the risks are by undertaking a Risk Assesment.  A risk assessment is a straightforward assessment of the venue and equipment you are using and the activities you are undertaking to check that they are fit for purpose and appropriate.

How will you manage the risks

Once you have identified risks, the next step is to set out what you are you going to do about them.  This may be eliminating the risk (e.g. by fixing / replacing damaged or faulty equipment) or by setting out how you will manage the risk. It’s important that you to prioritise the risks and take action, dealing with the most serious issues first.

Your Health and Safety Policy should set out how you propose to manage risks and, what you will do in the event of an incident.  Your club may also need Insurance to protect members, volunteers and the club itself.

How will you continue to manage the risks

Finally, it is important to keep on top of managing risks at your club; it’s an ongoing task. Make sure you continue to monitor and take action on known risks and your members know who to report potential risks to.

You should also consider if your Club Structure is appropriate of the level of risk involved in your club and who is responsible i.e. as an unincorporated association, members of the committee, or wider club, could be personably liable in the event of a claim against the club.