Local and National Organisation of Sport

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Local and National Organisation of Sport

Local sport generally involves local clubs, the basic unit of any sport.

Their effectiveness is measured on how well they provide facilities and opportunities for its members to play the game and meet socially, how well it organises competitions and matches, how well it encourages and welcomes new people into the sport and how well it becomes involved in the local community.

Sports clubs require members, people who are going to take part ion the activity.

For the club to run efficiently, it has to have a committee; a body of people that look after the affairs of the club.

The club members usually elect each member of the committee and they usually have special jobs in running the club.

Four key people are the chairperson, the vice-chairperson, the secretary and the treasurer.

The chairperson controls committee meetings and represents the club at official functions.

The vice-chairperson substitutes for the chairperson on occasions.

The secretary takes minutes of meetings and organises any other club correspondence.

The treasurer is responsible for looking after the financial matters of the club.

Each club will be affiliated to the local or regional branch of their respective governing body.

There are numerous national sports organisations in the United Kingdom.

Each has a specific role but all aim to ensure and develop access to sport and recreational activities.

The Sports Aid Foundation (SAF).

The SAF was set up in 1976 to raise money for sport through sponsorship from companies and local authorities.

The SAF gives money to the governing bodies who then administer the funds.

The Countryside Commission (CC).

The CC looks after the English countryside and is funded by the Department of the Environment.

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It is an important organisation for all those that enjoy outdoor recreation such as rambling, climbing, mountain biking etc.

It has a number of key roles and some of these roles involve maintaining the countryside, developing and maintaining national trails for walkers, hikers and cyclists and enabling access for all those taking part in outdoor pursuits.

The National Trust.

Is the largest landowner in Britain, owning over 570,000 acres.

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It controls access to areas such as the Lake District where recreational activities such as climbing, hill walking, sailing and canoeing go on.

The National Coaching Foundation (NCF).

The NCF has two aims:

  1. To promote education through its coaching courses and awards.
  2. To increase knowledge through information centres, a magazine, videos, and its subsidiary company (Coachwise Ltd), which provides a service for its coaches to purchase books and resources on coaching matters.
Local and National Organisation of Sport

The British Sports Association for the Disabled (BSAD).

The BSAD is a voluntary body that works for disabled people in sport.

It helps them take part recreationally and competitively and its funding comes from then charity members and Sport England (formally the Sports Council).

The Women's Sports Foundation (WSF).

Local and National Organisation of Sport

The WSF aims to help women become involved in sport at all levels.

It also aims to raise the public's awareness of women in sport by promoting their achievements.

The National Playing Fields Association (NPFA).

Local and National Organisation of Sport

The NPFA is a charity organisation that acquires and develops all kinds of playing areas, playing fields and playgrounds.

The British Olympic Association (BOA).

The BOA is responsible for the British Team at the Olympics.

Other key functions include:

  1. Overall organisation and administration of the Olympic teams' logistics, travel, clothing, accreditation, etc for an Olympic Games.
  2. Providing the support services to Olympic sports governing bodies in the areas of team management.
  3. Providing support to athletes in their careers, education, employment and lifestyle.
  4. Spreading the Olympic ideals and encouraging mass participation in sport.
  5. The BOA is financed through nation-wide appeals, sponsorship and product licensing.
  6. The BOA is free of political allegiance, but the government of the day may put pressure on a team not to attend an event because of the World's political situations.

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