Event #02: Sports, Law and Finance Conference

Join us at the Sports, Law and Finance Conference on 15th and 16th of October in Belgrade, Serbia. The Conference aims to bring together the community of international stakeholders in sport to discuss and explore the cornerstones of establishing successful regional sports’ competitions at strategic and operational level.

Good Governance in Sport with free lectures for leaders and managers in sport

The Seminar was opened by the Dean of Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Ms. Metka Tekavčič Ph.D. who expressed her pride for Faculty of Economics to participate in such an important project as the HPP as well as full sport towards project’s effort to improve the good governance practices in ice hockey and other sports in region.

The first part of the Seminar initially focused on the presentation of Good Governance guidelines as developed by the EU’s Expert Group on Good Governance (2013) and interlacing them with management procedures in sports organizations as well as presenting how governance in sport differs from governance principles in a business environment.

Secondly, the participants were educated about Ethics in sport & Sports Management, and most importantly, how the decision-makers can influence the sports ecosystem to be more ethical, fair, inclusive, and healthy for all.

The final part of the seminar helped participants link the theory to practice through the presentation of IIHF audit results and how they indicate the lack of proper governance and management practices in their environments. To conclude the seminar we presented how unsatisfactory approach to management of sports organizations transforms into a chain of negative consequences which influence and aggravate each other and deeply impact their progress.

The Seminar certainly opened various questions and discussions between the participants and lecturers during and after the event.

If you are interested to positively influence the development of your sports organization you should check out the “free to use” Presentations below and watch the lectures on YouTube. If you have any questions regarding the lectures feel free to contact us and we will be happy to respond.

  1. Good Governance Principles in Sport | Tomaž Čater Ph.D., Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana 
    [PDF] [ZIP Case Package] [YouTube Video]
  2. Ethics in Sport & Sport Management | Matej Tušak Ph.D., Faculty of Sports, University of Ljubljana 
    [PDF] [PowerPoint] [YouTube Video]
  3. Current State & Chain of Consequences in Ice Hockey | Rok Snoj, Ice Hockey Federation of Slovenia 
    [PDF] [PowerPoint] [YouTube Video]


Fist Consortium Meeting Summary

The first consortium meeting took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from the 14th to the 16th of February 2019, and focused on establishing good understanding and cooperation between the partners, a crucial aspect when implementing a project of this scale according to all the rules and responsibilities related to European funding.

The core project management team, consisting of Dejan Kontrec (Project Coordinator & General Secretary of IHF Slovenia), Rok Snoj (Project Manager), Haris Muhić (Project Quality Manager), which is complemented with other  indispensable associates from various fields, presented Project partner Coordinators with the following topics:

  • Presentation of Coordination Institution
  • Legal agreements related to the project (Grant agreement, Erasmus+ Programme guide)
  • Project Background, Need Analysis, Target Groups, and Objectives
  • Detailed Project Plan, Work Packages, and Project Activities [PDF]
  • Project Management Procedures & Financial Guidelines
  • Project PR & Dissemination Guidelines

During the Consortium meeting Project partners presented their organizations, including a brief history of ice hockey in the country, current state of affairs, and key challenges they face. It is important to note that the level of maturity of individual ice hockey Federations in terms of their overall ability to support quality ice hockey development programs is not comparable, however, they all share the challenges in the same areas. The lack of infrastructure turned out to be the greatest obstacle, which prevents them from developing ice hockey in their country. Furthermore, the shortage of professional management, quality coaching staff, and quality officials were also proven to be obstacles all Federations share.

The Consortium Meeting was attended by representatives from:

  • IHF Slovenia (Dejan Kontrec, Rok Snoj, Haris Muhić)
  • IHF Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dijana Tokić)
  • IHF Croatia (Nikola Švigir, Krešimir Švigir, Ivana Teuber)
  • IHF Macedonia (Ferhat Tozunler, Ljupcho Tanurovski, Stefan Deckovski)
  • IHF Serbia (Irena Tomić, Aleksandar Milosavljević)
  • IHF Austria (Gerold Maier)
  • University of Ljubljana (Klavdija Besednjak)
  • IIHF (Aku Nieminen)
  • Sports Institute of Finland (Frauke Kubischta)

Next project activity is scheduled for June 2019 in Belgrade where we will address Financial management and Sustainable financing in sport. The workshop will be free of charge and open for all stakeholders in sport who want to learn more about properly managing finances in their sport organisations.