Stagnation is common in business, clubs, and any organisation which has a manager or someone giving directions.
More than likely they will fall into a similar routine, perhaps as a result of producing a winning formula and sticking with it. This is good for the immediate future of a club, and it may well build the foundation for the long term benefit of the club. But unless you step back, review and then adjust, your club won’t understand what exactly it is that is working, what has been required, or how to do it.
Stepping back and reviewing doesn’t mean leaving altogether. It may mean you sit on an advisory board to the club, it may mean that you sit in on committee meetings to lend advice when asked, either way you’re still available.
This is important for those that eventually take over from you, along with those that merely participate in the club. They get the message that this place, this club is SO good that even the ex-President wants to stick around. It facilitates the sort of message you want your club to present, and breeds better decisions and more volunteering.
An alternative to GroupSpaces
In light of an influx of messages from GroupSpaces customers who have found themselves with support questions going unanswered we would like to introduce ourselves… which we think is a great alternative!
In response to all your enquiries, we’d like to say hello, welcome and tell you more about TidyClub; we truly believe TidyClub is the best alternative to GroupSpaces and will solve all your problems!
Firstly, TidyClub is entirely free for groups of any size, and there’s no obligation to pay. With TidyClub you’ll only have to pay for the features you’ll actually need, or if would like to use some of our premium features. Ever since the start, making TidyClub fun, beautiful and profitable for all has been our focus.
Easy-to-use Group Management Tools
TidyClub helps you take all your group-management tasks online into one easy-to-use set of tools.
You can use TidyClub to:
- Keep track of all of your groups contacts, members, suppliers, supporters and more
- Communicate with group emails and SMS
- Manage your groups Finances, keep a track of who you owe and who owes you
- Manage your memberships, keeping everything together and updated
- Run events selling tickets, sending invites and printing attendee lists
- Meeting Minutes formatted and sent within meeting of a meeting closing
- Task management - know what needs to get done and when
- Shop and full website coming in the coming months
The best place to get started would be to create a group and play around with our different features to see what works best for you. We also have a tour of our features and a support section to answer more specific questions.
Especially for Group Managers
We built TidyClub for the committee simple and easy to use but super powerful to do the job properly. We also understand it’s your data so we’re not going to spam your list with our advertising and we will let you plug in the applications you want, to give you the best solution possible. This is what we are passionate about.. If it sounds like something for you, then I hope you’ll check us out. If you already have your membership database exported and want to migrate from GroupSpaces to TidyClub, it is extremely easy to get started right away and import your database to TidyClub.
Get in touch!
Thank you to everyone for the interest and messages we have received, please feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any other help, information or to give us feedback.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The role of data in sport
When dealing with Australian Sporting Associations it is noticeable that they could be doing much, much more with the funding they receive from State or National governments. It could be getting directed to specific regions and clubs based on insightful, grassroots data rather than gut instinct.
But data isn’t being collected because the systems in place are woefully inadequate or built for national bodies rather than local bodies where the data gets fed in from.
Data should do three things:
- Confirm or disprove what sporting associations are already thinking.
- Make the sporting bodies ask the right questions.
- Cause the sporting bodies to act on what is discovered.
Whilst the federal government continues to provide blanket funding to sporting bodies who don’t have appropriate data and governance systems suitable for all levels of sport it will continue to be wasted.
One size does not fit all. Pluggable APIs, pluggable UIs, pluggable UXs are all required. Australian Sports needs to get smarter with the data they’re not collecting. It will help the competitors, the high-performance athletes, the volunteers, the supporters and other stakeholders at all levels.
This is big picture thinking that is simply not being done, and not even being discussed which is sadly to everyone’s detriment.
Paying for help.
Typically clubs pay for the things that they consider matter (and they do), things like more footballs, coaching talent, training equipment or more drink bottles. Unfortunately there seems to be no desire to get better at the administration things that matter. A long day at work usually sours our desire for administration at the club. We tend to avoid another meeting, reading more notes and dealing with other overheads.
Now consider how much better it would be to get better at:
Recording the numbers
How to hold a meeting
Giving a presentation
Short-cutting membership registration
How to attract and retain volunteers
How to raise money
But for most of us we need to wing it. We stumble over the same hurdles as the person before us. Paying for tools to make your job, and the job of the person that comes after you is something worth doing and will allow you to recruit and retain volunteers around you.