Now, more than ever, there is a need for sports clubs and community organisations to consider their futures. Where will they be in five or ten years’ time? Where will their volunteers be? As baby boomers approach their retirement age and as rural and regional communities continue to face processes of rural decline with services and families retreating back to cities or regional centres, many clubs may be faced with the threat of extinction. Clubs must ask themselves: what if key volunteers leave? Will all their knowledge and experience go with them? Who will carry the club into the future? Who will take on the key roles to ensure that the club survives and continues to grow? How will this process of change and handover happen?

This section offers guidance in how clubs can address these questions and make a plan for the future: a succession plan. It includes the following: