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Peter’s Club Matters Blog: Knowledge Equals Power

Peter’s Club Matters Blog: Knowledge Equals Power


Hi, we are the Thames Valley Kings, we are
a wheelchair basketball club based in Berkshire. We are currently Berkshire’s oldest
competitive wheelchair basketball club. We hold regular training sessions
at the Kennet Leisure Centre in Thatcham. The club was started in 2004 by the head coach
and the founder, Jacqueline. We provide an opportunity for those with and without
physical disabilities to take part in a great team sport. My name is Peter Scoins. I am the club’s
Web Developer and Social Media Manager. I’m also the mascot wearer and I like
to consider myself the general dogsbody because I have my fingers
in many pies, so to speak. I recently agreed to become a regular
video blogger for Club Matters, this is my first video,
so please go easy on me. Myself and Jacqueline also attended a Club Matters
workshop last night on club structures and we’ve been asked to give feedback,
so here goes: We chose to attend, because we
wanted to explore our options and learn more about the ways
a club can be structured. Right, in the eyes of the law and more importantly,
with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, we wanted to make sure that we choose
the right option in the future if we decide to change the way
the club is structured. I really learned three tips here;
number one was talk to your members as any structure change
can affect them. You should always remember that you
are running the club for your members. Secondly, it was to get help, whether that was legally,
to ensure that any changes to your structure, you understand the legal implications of them and
also to talk to your governing body, if you need help. And finally was just to really ask questions,
ask yourself lots and lots of questions about why you should structure
your club in a new and exciting way. So yeah, we’re going to go away and talk to our
committee members and get legal assistance and if we do want to change, we want to fully discuss
the impact of any changes with our members, we want to ensure that
we’re doing the right thing. Yeah, my three words that would
sum it up is: “knowledge equals power”. I mean, the more you know about
the ways clubs can be structured, the better you are able to judge
whether a change is what you need. So yeah: “Knowledge equals power!”

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