Clubs seek to engage in the practice of democracy with frequent meetings and election of officers on a periodic basis. Minutes of meetings of the executive are maintained and the general membership are duly apprised of the work undertaken between meetings and is afforded the opportunity.
The formalised arrangements involved in the club allow for a more professional approach to the administration of the organisation. Sponsorship requests are formal projects, deliberately prepared consistent with some long term objectives of the organisation and which are submitted to potential sponsors with an offer of a formal meeting to expand on the objectives and the benefits accruing to the sponsor as well as to the club and its membership.
Clubs are often sustainable organisations. They promote themselves and encourage affiliation from among the populace. They boast of their achievements and pride themselves on being able to offer their members another of life’s options.
Clubs usually have their own rites of passage. New members are deliberately recruited and are taken through the organisation understanding how one is expected to function in this capacity.
In some cases clubs are community based and hence draw their membership from within. In such cases the club’s activities are eagerly supported by the community. The club’s success is the community’s success and very strong emotional ties are established and maintained between them. It is unfortunate that in some instances this emotional attachment manifests itself in the violent defence of the club during heady competitive sporting clashes with opponents.
We may recall that the Sion Hill Sports Club emerged out of the Sion Hill community. The entire populace of Sion Hill felt some sort of connection with the fortunes of the club. They responded to every activity in which the club was engaged and became enraged when the club lost. Following almost every major football encounter in the national football competition it was common to see members of the community gathered on ‘The Hill’ feverishly reliving the event and finding explanations for their success or failure, including finger pointing in terms of where blame should be laid.