Is your asset transfer project on track?
10 tips to get moving with a sports asset transfer in Scotland.
- Apply for Just Enterprise support now. You’ll get four days free consultancy support on a business area you need support with.
- If your background is private business, go easy on the business-speak until you understand the language of social enterprise and sport-for-change. Otherwise you risk appearing like you’re trying to build a new empire. Show that you get the difference and won’t be treating your project like a for-profit start-up.
- If your local Active Schools Coordinator is brilliant then keep them close. Ask them for a list of the sports/activities that have the highest demand in their schools and/or have the worst provision.
- If you Active Schools Coordinator is less than brilliant….. cultivate a relationship with the Head of PE, primary school Head Teachers and the Chair of local Parent Councils.
- Plan for delaying the hiring of staff until you really have to. Piggy back off the HR capabilities of third party partners if you can — your governing body, local housing association.
- Start applying for funding now. Your first applications will take forever because you’ll agonise over every word and the decision timeframes can be crippling to cash-flow. Try Awards for All if you’re not sure where to start.
- Forget business plans early on — start with the Business Model Canvas. You’ll need a disruptive business model that operates your new facility in a way that the council or leisure trust could not. This gives you a shot at creating a sustainable position in the market (at The Crags our business model is based on turning our customers into volunteers which saves on staff costs and creates a feeling of shred ownership).
- Contact your local housing association. If they agree with your WHY they could be amazing partners.
- Start saying YES to every potential partnership and user group. Over time you’ll be able cultivate a reputation for saying YES when other facility managers say NO (be the antidote to grumpy janitors).
- Contact your nearest university careers service and advertise for a student placement/internship (but be picky about who you choose) — download a template of an intern job description I used successfully.