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FSA Training Courses

Part of the FSA’s job is to help out member supporter organisations at club level and a big part of that is training and development.

We’re now pleased to be offering online courses to our registered member fan groups covering a wide range of topics to help officers at trusts and other organisations develop.

This February and into spring we’ll be offering a four-part training course covering all aspects of being a board member at a community benefit society (CBS), led by the FSA’s training and governance manager Nicola Cave.

All of our training courses will be delivered free to FSA affiliates who register online – and you can download a course overview from the list below to find out more.

And keep an eye out for future courses, which will be announced in due course.

FSA Training Calendar 

The FSA will be offering a full calendar of live training and networking sessions for 2024 to give you the tools and resources so you can make your supporters group the best it can be!

To book any session follow the links below and for more information contact our Training and Governance Manager, Nicola Cave.

The regular sessions on offer for 2024 are:

  • CBS Board Member Core Training Course

Every Thursday – evening – REGISTRATION LINK

  • CBS Secretaries Training Course

Last Friday of the month – lunchtime – REGISTRATION LINK

  • Governance Surgery

Fourth Wednesday of the month – evening – REGISTRATION LINK

  • CBS Secretaries Networking Sessions

Quarterly – request invite from Nicola Cave: [email protected]

CBS Board Member Core Training Course

Four two-hour sessions, delivered online, covering all aspects of being a Community Benefit Society Board Member.

The four courses will repeat each month, allowing participants to dip in and out at their convenience.

Upon completion of all four sessions, participants will be invited to take an online assessment.

Those achieving the required pass percentage will receive a digital accreditation asset for their society to display.

Core Training Part 1- Governance & your board

Runs the first Thursday of every month 7pm – 9.00pm Book your place HERE

The session will cover:

  • What is a CBS
  • The FCA 
  • Model rules & side policies
  • What makes a good board?
  • Board meetings
  • Confidentiality v Transparency
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Co-opting
  • Sub Committees
  • Succession planning

Core Training Part 2 – Planning & Purpose

Runs the second Thursday of every month 7pm – 9.00pm Book your place HERE

The session will cover:

  • Society Objects & Purpose
  • Day to Day Operations
  • Project Planning
  • Vision Plan
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Member Engagement
  • Engaging with the Wider Fanbase
  • Volunteer Management
  • Coach Travel

Core Training Part 3 – Finance

Runs the third Thursday of every month 7pm – 9.00pm Book your place HERE

The session will cover:

  • Board Members Responsibilities
  • Accounts
  • Independent Examinations & Audits
  • Budgeting
  • Fundraising

Part 4 – AGMs & Elections

Runs the fourth Thursday of every month 7pm – 9.00pm Book your place HERE

The session will cover:

  • AGMs
  • Calling notices
  • Quorums
  • Resolutions & Motions
  • Voting
  • Election Process
  • Terms
  • Fair Campaigning
  • Ballots & Confirmations Votes

Sessions are limited to a maximum of 20 attendees.

CBS Secretaries Training Course

One two-hour session, delivered online, covering all aspects of being a Community Benefit Society Secretary.

The course will repeat each month.

Runs the last Friday of every month. 11am till 1pm. Book your place HERE

The session will cover:

  • The role of the Secretary
  • Statutory, annual and occasional duties
  • Day to day operational duties
  • Minutes and reporting
  • Election process
  • Member registers
  • Financial duties
  • Constitutional amendments and policies
  • Best practice examples

Sessions are limited to a maximum of 10 attendees.

Governance Surgery

A monthly to hour session held online with guest speakers and experts on hand covering a wide range of constitutional, governance, operational and specialist topics.

The session will give you the opportunity to network with peers, raise general questions with our governance manager or grill our experts!

Runs the fourth Wednesday of every month. 7pm till 9pm. Book your place HERE

Provisional topic schedule, guest speakers TBA:

  • February 2024 – Audits, Training & development 
  • March 2024  – Elections & AGM’s
  • April 2024 – Women’s Voice in the Men’s Game
  • June 2024 – TBA
  • July 2024 – Live Session at FSA AGM
  • August 2024 – Financial Conduct Authority
  • September 2024 – Crowdfunding
  • October 2024 – Assets of Community Value
  • November 2024 – Strategy & Vision Planning

Secretaries Networking Sessions

Held quarterly online, this networking session will give Secretaries a chance to learn from peers and seek support and assistance from individuals doing the same role.

The sessions will cover topics from election organisation and election management groups to AGM preparation and FCA submission requirements and will feature guest speakers and experts to guide you through the requirements of the CBS Secretary role.

The network will also have access to an email group for day-to-day engagement and advice.

To request an invite to the network please email [email protected]

If you have any questions about the training the FSA offers to its membership, please contact our training and governance manager Nicola Cave.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball