MMS703 Sport Governance - Assessment 2: Report on Sport Governance for Sport Romanzia

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Description / Requirements

The new nation of Romanzia is highly interested in sport with many different clubs, state associations, and national organisations, but to this point, has been largely run by volunteers. However, Romanzia has provided all sport organisations with enough money to hire all the professional staff they need. With this influx of staff and professionalisation of sport, ‘Sport Romanzia’ (the government’s sport body, similar to Sport Australia or Sport New Zealand) wants to create a new governance code to ensure sport organisations are governed effectively. Unfortunately, Sport Romanzia does not know where to start! Knowing the skills and knowledge of Deakin students, Sport Romanzia has decided to reach out to you for help. More specifically, Sport Romanzia is looking for a report on the critical issues of sport governance from which they will create a sport governance code (like the ‘Sport Governance Principles’ of Sport Australia, or the ‘Code for Sport Governance’ of UK Sport). A sport governance code essentially outlines good governance practices that organisations should adopt.

Therefore, your task is to write a policy report on sport governance for Sport Romanzia. In this report, you will advise Sport Romanzia on what governance principles it should include in it is new code. It is important you back up your advice and arguments with evidence.

You are not writing the code. Rather, you are preparing the background material and evidence for them to create their own sport governance code.

In your report, you will need to have a section where you advise Sport Romanzia on is the means by which it should implement its new code. You could title this section ‘Implementation Strategy’ or similar.

The ‘Implementation Strategy’ section will discuss whether the code should be mandatory for NSOs to adopt. Should funding be withheld from NSOs if they do not adopt the code? Should the code only be advisory? What flexibility should Sport Romanzia offer its NSOs? Should Sport Romanzia provide governance training, model policies and document templates to NSOs (similar to what VicSport do)? These are key questions to consider when drafting this section.

Some potential governance principles you may wish to recommend to Sport Romanzia include:

  • Board Composition (diversity, term limits, independent directors, board size)
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Social Responsibility
  • Control mechanisms (e.g., risk management, board evaluation)

You can choose to use these principles or other principles you see as appropriate. Your code should provide a clear argument (i.e. critical analysis) for the importance and relevance of each principle you choose. Within each section it is expected you will:

  • Define the principle and key terms
  • Critically analyse why the principle represents good governance
  • Provide evidence (e.g., from academic studies and industry reports) to support your arguments

The bibliography provides you with an extensive range of academic literature that you can use to support your arguments. The purpose of the assessment is to demonstrate that you can use academic resources to create a convincing practical argument.

The structure of your report may look like:

  • A cover page: title, date, student details, word count
  • An executive summary: a summary of the whole report highlighting key arguments (200 words)
  • An introduction: a rationale for the report and an outline of its structures (200 words)
  • A main body: likely including 4-6 sub-sections
    • Implementation strategy (500 words)
    • Principle 1 (500 words)
    • Principle 2 (500 words)
    • Principle 3 (500 words)
    • Principle 4 (500 words)
    • Principle 5 (500 words)
  • A conclusion: a brief summary of the whole report (200 words)
  • Reference list: no minimum number, but it would be difficult to complete the assignment effectively without using a range of different sources (e.g. journal articles, industry reports, web articles)
  • Appendices where appropriate

Please note the bibliography posted in the assignment resources section. This list should provide you with all the academic sources you would need to complete the assignment. While you may wish to use some other sources (e.g., textbooks, handbooks, websites), the bibliography provides a detailed summary of much of the sport and non-profit governance literature relevant to this assignment.

Learning Outcomes

This task allows you to demonstrate your achievement towards the Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs) which have been aligned to the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLOs). Deakin GLOs describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates acquire and can demonstrate on completion of their course. This assessment task is an important tool in determining your achievement of the ULOs. If you do not demonstrate achievement of the ULOs you will not be successful in this unit. You are advised to familiarise yourself with these ULOs and GLOs as they will inform you on what you are expected to demonstrate for successful completion of this unit.

The learning outcomes that are aligned to this assessment task are:

Unit Learning Outcome (ULO) Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO)
ULO 1: Describe the evolution of governance and leadership approaches within the sport industry and their impact. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
ULO 2: Critically reflect on the governance practices and models in contemporary sport organisations and systems. GLO4: Critical thinking
ULO 3: Explain board dynamics including the multiple roles and functions of a board of directors, as they apply to the collective leadership of federated sport systems. GLO5: Problem solving
ULO 4: Analyse local and global issues in, and future challenges for, sport governance. GLO8: Global citizenship

Submission

You must submit your assignment in the Assignment Dropbox in the unit CloudDeakin site on or before the due date. When uploading your assignment, name your document using the following syntax: <your surname_your first name_your Deakin student ID number_[unitcode].doc (or ‘.docx’). For example, ‘Jones_Barry_123456789_ABC123.doc’.

Submitting a hard copy of this assignment is not required. You must keep a backup copy of every assignment you submit until the marked assignment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assignments is misplaced you will need to submit your backup copy.

Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism and for authenticating work.

When you submit an assignment through your CloudDeakin unit site, you will receive an email to your Deakin email address confirming that it has been submitted. You should check that you can see your assignment in the Submissions view of the Assignment Dropbox folder after upload and check for, and keep, the email receipt for the submission.

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