Rugby clubs are rapidly moving into a more professional culture, partly as a result of changes in legislation, but largely from the desire to improve the provision for all members and to grow the club.
The most effective way for clubs to develop and improve is to be involved in a planning process that sets your club on the path to a better future. It is also important that this process and plan involves all sections of the club if it is to be effective.
There are many reasons why a club will benefit from planning:
There is no right or wrong way to produce a plan, but the following guidelines should give you some positive ideas on how to get started. There are two types of plan:
Development Plan - a long term plan (usually 3 to 5 years), this plan focuses on the club's "vision" for the future.Action Plan - a short term plan (usually 1 year), this plan prioritises the short term actions required to get the club on the right path to achieving its long term vision.
The plan should have considered all the possible parts of the club operation, as illustrated in the below diagram.