As you probably know, the sports industry is a unique one, in that your product is everything wrapped around your team and brand.
But in this day and age of disruption and the sports industry morphing into the entertainment industry, new challenges are creating headwinds which slow the growth of many sports organisations.
- How to generate additional revenue streams
- Ways to increase your digital offering
- Strategies for increasing your value proposition
- How (and when) to develop and implement growth strategies
- How to maximise your core values and deliver value for money
As sports fans, we’re familiar with the passion associated with supporting successful teams, participating in healthy sportsmanship and enjoying the community feel of a valued local organisation. Thus, the sports industry is like no other; capturing and holding the enthusiasm of your market is a necessity.
Many organisations find the encroachment of entertainment industry challenging; however, this does not have to be an impediment to sustainable growth.
Bill has been a positive influence and a friend, someone that I’ve learnt a lot from in a relatively short period. Knowing what I know now, having met Bill and reading material like this as a fresh-face volunteer would have made the job much easier.
Experience is irreplaceable in any field and it’s something Bill has in bucket loads. His willingness to teach and help, along with his appealing nature, makes the journey a pleasure, not a chore. I would recommend everyone take advantage of this great resource.”
I was incredibly impressed with his vision and thought behind strategic ideas and his dedication to deliver outcomes that benefited both the football clubs and Football NSW. These strategic initiatives resulted in great returns on investment for the business from a profitability and membership perspective. Bill’s enthusiasm in the office was also infectious, which improved morale and fostered an overall positive working environment, which allowed the team to find creative and innovative solutions.
Personally, Bill took the time to understand me and regularly asked about my life outside of work. He was always willing to provide advice or mentoring based on his own life experiences in times of uncertainty. Most importantly, he reminded me to back myself when challenge arose in any aspect of my life.
Bill’s knowledge and expertise in sport and business are second to none, and I recommend reading his book as it gives leaders of all levels valuable knowledge and insight into organisation growth, profitably and change so they can differentiate and stay ahead of the curve.”
The transformation started with coaching clinics in Gove, which really lifted the soccer community. This was also instrumental in us getting more kids playing soccer with a high of 255 players. Bill also simplified our administrative requirements with FFNT, and his organised approach and support assisted all club committee members immensely and was like a breath of fresh air.
Bill also assisted and supported me with a successful $12,000 grant application to Football Australia for a fence for our club rooms. In addition, he nominated me for volunteer of the year for FFNT as President and Coach and supported me in the national awards in Sydney.
Finally, I am sure the reader will find this book a great resource and pick up many key learnings. It is written in a pragmatic way, without complication, and solely for the purposes of delivering benefits to the reader.”
Bill’s book is great and an easy read. He has managed to address many potential problem areas for organisations, especially those surrounding difficult people and situations. He understands the world of politics in the sporting club arena in a way that few do.”
Through this book, Bill provides the reader with some key insights and observations about sports organisations and what it takes to lead them successfully. Readers will definitely derive benefit from this great resource.”
Bill was the first CEO of Macarthur Football, and the skills and work ethic he brought to the role and Macarthur Football were of a high standard.
Bill has now put together a book that caters to all levels of sport. It is written to help business leaders with their endeavours in running a sports organisation. I thoroughly recommend this great resource, written by a person that thoroughly understands sport: its structures, its business, its people, and its value to the community. And it definitely makes the job of running a sports club much easier.”
Bill Kostandas is the consummate professional whose pedigree speaks for itself.
I worked alongside Bill at Football NSW, one of the biggest sporting organisation in Australia, and with it came many challenges and frustrations. In addition to his great experience and knowledge, he provided a much-appreciated sense of humour during stressful situations.
Bill is unique in that his skill set covers both the sporting and business areas–a must in today’s world where sport has become a business with a bottom line. He is the complete package, with all the essential elements needed to lead any sporting group or business organisation.”
Sports teams occupy a special place in the community. They offer the opportunity for people to come together and enjoy playing or watching their favourite pastimes. They encourage positive social interactions and help people develop principles of fair play, motivation, discipline, hard work and reward.
This deep belief that sport is a terrific way to improve our lives and communities is what inspired me to choose a career in the sports industry.
In this game-changing book, you’ll learn:
- How to keep your strategic growth plan “off the bench” and getting the attention it deserves
- Methods for keeping politics out of the mix so competent leaders can add the value they’re being paid for
- When and how to capitalise on media expansion into multiple channels
- The best ways to avoid nepotism (hiring people who are the wrong fit or aren’t properly skilled for their job)
- How to determine when you really do need any outside expert advice