emPowering the Prairies Club Development Series

The emPowering the Prairies Club Development Series is a partnership between Rugby Alberta, Saskatchewan Rugby, and Rugby Manitoba aimed at helping clubs become more successful and sustainable off the field.

On this page you will find recordings from each week of the Series, copies of the course workbook with exercises for you to complete with your club, and many other resources that you can use for your club. If you have a document that you feel would be helpful to other clubs that you’d like to add to the resources folder, please contact rdo@saskrugby.com.

The topics covered in the emPowering the Prairies Club Development Series include:

  1. Introduction, Self-Assessing, and Values
  2. Structure, Planning, and Operations
  3. Volunteers, Development, and Succession Planning
  4. Fundraising, Marketing, and Events

Course Material

Week 1 - Introduction, Self-Assessing, and Values

Relevant Documents for Week 1:

Course Handbook – Week 1 (including exercises for clubs)

Cultivating Club Values

Access the full resource folder HERE!

Week 2 - Structure, Planning, and Operations

Relevant Documents for Week 2:

Course Handbook – Week 2 (including exercises for clubs)

Governance Presentation – Maria Samson (Rugby Canada)

Policy and SafeSport Presentation – Paul Hunter (Rugby Canada)

Rugby Canada PlaySmart Website

Policy Examples: Strathcona Druids RFC | St. Albert RFC

Access the full resource folder HERE!

Week 3 - Volunteers, Development, and Succession Planning

Relevant Documents for Week 3:

Course Handbook – Week 3 (including exercises for clubs)

Volunteer Recruitment & Retention Presentation – Patrick Ryan (Rugby Manitoba)

Online Volunteer Resources: Volunteer Manitoba | AVR SK | Volunteer Alberta | Volunteer Canada

Online Volunteer Training: Volunteer Ready | Nonprofit Ready

Job Descriptions Presentation – Andrew Shaw (Saskatchewan Rugby)

Access the full resource folder HERE!

Week 4 - Fundraising, Marketing, and Events

Relevant Documents for Week 4:

Course Handbook – Week 4 (including exercises for clubs)

Community Partnerships Presentation – Erin Kennedy (Rugby Americas North)

Social Media Marketing Presentation – Bryan Kelly (Rugby Americas North) – see accompanying video to the right

Educational Opportunities (Events & Funding): Charity Village

List of Club Fundraising Ideas – Brianne Moore (Regina Minor Rugby)

Access the full resource folder HERE!


Post-Course: ADDitional Exercises, Resources, and Information

See the following resources for more information to help your club on its development journey:

Course Handbook – Final (including bonus exercises for clubs)

Sport For Life – Training and Education Opportunities

Click the graphic to the right to give us feedback on the course!

complete a self-evaluation for your organization

Wondering how you can assess how your organization stacks up against best practice? The Club Development Standards is a sister program to the Club Development Series that gives you and your organization’s Board/Executive the opportunity to evaluate the organization in key areas of organization and administration. Structured as a simple multiple-choice self-evaluation, the Club Development Standards is the easiest way to assess your organization and identify areas for future growth.