News: November 2016

On 25-26 November 2016, Michael Pedersen facilitated governance workshop training for national sport organizations in St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, hosted by St. Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee.

The highly interactive and engaging workshop training was attended by approx. 40 sport leaders and sport management students. Topics covered included the following ones:

  • The strategic imperative of good governance in sport and a conceptual framework for agreeing to what the scope of governance issues is
  • Board professionalization and integrity
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Democratic structures and processes
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Leveled playing field for athletes
  • Ethical behavior of staff and volunteers
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Sport event integrity
  • Risk management
  • Integrity in ‘sport for development’ projects

The governance workshop training was very well received. On a scale from 1 (very bad) to 5 (very good), the average evaluation by participants was 4.9. Furthermore, the vast majority of participants stated in their evaluations that the governance workshop training had increased their change willingness to a large extent.

Following the governance workshop training, Keith Joseph, Secretary General at St Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee made the following statement:
St Vincent and the Grenadines Olympic Committee (SVGOC) remains excited following an excellent workshop conducted by Michael Pedersen. Participants were particularly pleased with the novel approach to addressing what should otherwise have been a very complex range of issues to be addressed under governance. This was manifested in the very high rating given to Michael’s delivery. Participants were motivated by the fact that the approach used allowed them to analyze the topics from the vantage point of the different stakeholders involved in sport. As such they saw themselves from a more holistic vantage point, impacting the process of change. Indeed, one participant was so engaged and enthused that he stated, ‘it makes me wish that I could change everything at this very moment’. SVGOC shares the view of the majority of participants on the important role that good governance plays in the administration of any sport and feels confident that the experience gained from Michael Pedersen's workshop would go a long way in facilitating the inclusion of good governance principles and practices in sport across the nation.

On 29-30 November 2016, a similar governance workshop training was carried out at Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean, hosted by Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Association.