Are the resources offered to sports agents aligned with our sports policies?
Sports organizations are a key agent in sports promotion in a municipality. For this reason, a prominent part of the municipal resources goes to support them so that they can carry out their task. Have we considered in the alignment of this work that the organizations develop the resources that we put at their disposal and the municipal sports policies?
The existence of an alignment guarantees us to develop a sports system according to the defined values and future objectives. A misalignment of these leads to situations with a lack of understanding between agents, problems of complex resolution and little coherence in the work line. How can we avoid it? It is not an easy task but it is important to follow the following steps:
- Know the role of the current activity and sport in the municipality and define how we want it to be in the future.
- Specify the municipal sports policies to get where we want.
- Identify and specify the role of the different stakeholders/sports agents involved. Involving these agents in the process is the key to develop further implementation and acceptance of the strategies and actions.
- Design the support resources that we make available to sports agents based on established work sports policies.
- Inform and work together with sports agents for the implementation of support resources.
In the last training with the Barcelona Provincial Council 'Tools and resources to improve the collaboration of local authorities with sports entities', these steps have been worked on with 23 municipalities, deepening the two most common local resources to support sports agents: subsidies to sports entities and the distribution of sports spaces for the development of their practice.
One of the most relevant conclusions that have been repeated throughout the sessions is the importance of sports technical personnel in the coordination between the different areas involved and in the design, concretion and implementation in all these steps. This importance is highlighted at both the level of knowledge of the sports system itself and the current regulations that affect this area (specific to the sports sector, public administration and administrative process) as well as its communication and interpersonal leadership capacity to achieve decision-making based on real data and needs. Which of the two aspects should be more relevant: knowledge or personal interrelations?