Part 1: New rules for CUs – Is your board aligned and ready?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Brace yourself. Data, one of the biggest influencers of our time, has a few lessons for us that may be bitter to taste and even harder to swallow. Nonetheless, we hope the lessons stimulate your appetite for action.A few dynamics are becoming more critically important as we reconsider processes in response to  COVID-19. Something has to change drastically in the conversations regarding board composition and succession.Everything needs to be reevaluated to construct a sustainable new normal. Some credit unions have to make the difficult choice of closing branches and furloughing staff; one CEO plainly said, “It sucks … and we’re embracing the suck.” This situation is requiring credit unions to innovate new ways of doing the basics. Some of these new practices will stick, such as metered remote workforces, and some new practices will likely not stick, halting expansion plans.One thing is clear, the organization will emerge a different shape. That should encourage require boards, like the organizations they oversee, to put every topic on the table. A board chair recently said to us, “A wrecking ball hit our boardroom. We’re being forced to rethink everything.”last_img read more

Barcelona return to individual training

first_img(BBC) – LIONEL Messi and his Barcelona team-mates returned to individual training on Friday.They have done so after La Liga started testing players for coronavirus this week as part of the protocols in place for training to resume and elite football in Spain to get going again behind closed doors in June.The protocols are part of a four-phase process progressing from preparation for training, individual training, group training and then collective training.With Germany’s Bundesliga restarting on 16 May, BBC Sport looks at La Liga’s path to following suit in due course.Players have to be tested two days before they can start individual sessions, along with any coaching staff and club personnel who will be part of the training camp.All players, coaching staff and those on the medical team will also have to be tested daily once training starts, while anyone else who is part of the camp has to have a minimum of three tests during the different phases.A positive test will mean that person having to isolate. Anyone they have been in contact with will also have to isolate until the test results come back.Individual trainingPlayers will travel to training camps in their kit and on their own, with their arrival staggered and no more than 12 training at any one time.A maximum of six players can train on the same pitch and, after training, they will be given their training kit for the following day in a closed, biodegradable bag. They put their dirty kit in this bag at home and deposit it in a bin at training the following day for it to be washed.Group trainingPhase three onwards could see squads and staff based at a training ground or team hotel.First-team squads will be divided into eight-player groups, who will train in different time slots.Dressing rooms will be used during this phase but limited to three players in each, with training kits and boots prepared for them and placed as far apart as possible.After training, players will be allowed to shower in the dressing rooms they used and leave dirty training kits in baskets. These dressing rooms will be cleaned following each group’s training slot.Players will be able to use the canteen one group at a time, with social distancing guidelines observed and food placed in individual bags for them.Collective training sessionsThe next phase will be a full return to training, but the provisions on the cleaning of facilities, equipment and clothing will remain.All staff will continue to wear facemasks and gloves.Official figures show more than 26,000 people have died with coronavirus in Spain and there have been more than 222,000 positive tests.While La Liga president Javier Tebas has made no secret of wanting to get football up and running again, he insists “people’s health is paramount” and is the reason for the “comprehensive protocol”.“Circumstances are unprecedented, but we hope to start playing again in June and finish our season this summer,” he said.Real Madrid, second to Barcelona, with 11 rounds of games remaining, plan to restart individual training on Monday and their captain, Sergio Ramos, says he “can’t wait to get playing and competing… as long as there is no risk of contagion”.“I think it is time for those of us who are involved in football to take a step forward,” added Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.However, there have been concerns expressed by the Eibar squad, who released a statement to a Spanish radio station.“It worries us that by doing what we like most, we could get infected and infect our family and friends and even contribute to a new wave of the pandemic – with the terrible consequences that would have for the whole population,” said the statement.“The health of everyone should be the most important thing and now is the time to back this idea up with actions and not just words. We ask for guarantees and we demand responsibility.”last_img read more

Arsenal’s Lisa Evans launches scheme to get more women playing football

first_img Twitter Share on WhatsApp Twitter Women’s football Lisa Evans in action for Arsenal. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Evans was part of the Scotland team which played in its first European Championship finals in the summer and the benefits of a team environment stick out for her. “I think any sport in general, whether it’s professional or amateur, gives you opportunities to be around people, be in a team environment,” she says. “It’s more like that in the women’s game as a whole. The men’s is much more about the individual now, but in women’s it’s all about team cohesion. That’s what’s so great about the vlog. It’s about four friends from different countries and different backgrounds who have all played together and now gone their separate ways.”Beckmann, who played in the US and Germany before she moved to Basel, where she has 12 goals in 12 games, has experienced football in the two biggest women’s footballing nations. “In America men’s football isn’t as big as men’s football in Europe. The women’s national team is more successful than the men’s national team and that’s why girls over there are more inspired by the US women’s team,” she explains. “I played a regular game in Portland and I think there were over 20,000 in the stadium. I’ve never played in front of so many people.”The weekly series is three weeks in and has attracted between 200,000 to 700,000 views per episode. Uefa is clearly hoping it can tap into the rise of the YouTube star and its slick cartoon graphics flit across the playful, Snapchat-esque amateur footage by the players.“I’ve been vlogging pretty much every day,” says Beckmann, who at one point balances the camera in her kitchen as she talks through making some cinnamon-heavy protein pancakes. “I’m really enjoying it. Sometimes it’s exhausting but every day I get more and more comfortable with the camera. I wouldn’t have imagined it being as much fun as it has been. The camera is my best friend right now.”Talking points• Last year’s FA Cup finalists, Manchester City and Birmingham, have been drawn against each other in the last 16 of this year’s competition. The final takes place at Wembley on 5 May. The fifth round draw: Arsenal v Millwall, Cardiff City v Charlton Athletic, Lewes v Everton, Sunderland v Aston Villa, Chichester City v Liverpool, Birmingham City v Manchester City, Chelsea v Doncaster Rovers Belles, Durham v Plymouth Argyle or Leicester City.• Having initially been scheduled to take place days after an international break, the Continental Cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City has been moved to Wednesday 14 March at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park.• The Norway international Andrine Hegerberg has left Birmingham City for Paris St-Germain. The 24-year-old joined Blues in 2016 and has been playing for her country since 2013. Hegerberg said: “Paris Saint-Germain is a wonderful new step in my career. It’s one of the best clubs in the world.”• Liverpool Ladies captain, Gemma Bonner, has been ruled out for two to three months having suffered ankle ligament damage in her side’s 2-0 league win over Bristol City. Manchester City’s captain Steph Houghton and goalkeeper Karen Bardsley sustained injuries during the league leaders’ 0-0 draw against Chelsea at Kingsmeadow last week. The extent of their injuries is yet to be confirmed. Share on Pinterest Share via Email The women’s blog features Share on Facebook • Perth Glory may have missed out on the chance to compete for a W-League Grand Final spot but their striker Sam Kerr has been confirmed as the league’s golden boot winner having scored 13 goals in nine games in the regular season. The Finals Series pits Sydney FC against Newcastle Jets before Brisbane Roar take on Melbourne City, all going for a place in the Grand Final.• The dates of the Champions League quarter-final matches have been confirmed. In the first legs Manchester City host the Swedish side Linköping and Montpellier host Chelsea on 21 March. Wolfsburg are at home to Slavia Prague and Lyon host Barcelona on 22 March. The second legs will take place on 28 March. Manchester City’s Steph Houghton. Photograph: Tom Flathers/Man City via Getty Images Read more Topics Holders Manchester City and 10-goal Chelsea progress in FA Women’s Cup Share on Messenger Uefa Evans is speaking after beginning a vlogging series for Uefa’s YouTube channel, Together #WePlayStrong alongside Basel’s German striker Eunice Beckmann and the Austrian internationals Sarah Zadrazil and Laura Feiersinger, who play for the German clubs Turbine Potsdam and Sand respectively.The four friends film their day-to-day lives, from training to grocery shopping, to give an insight into life as professional female athletes.Evans played for Glasgow City then moved to Germany with Turbine Potsdam and Bayern Munich before joining Arsenal in 2017. Recruited by their former manager, Pedro Martínez Losa, she is now filming a flavour of life at Arsenal under the new manager, Joe Montemurro.“I’m loving it so far. I love Joe, I think he’s great, no disrespect to Pedro – he’s obviously the one who brought me to the club – but I think Joe is going to take us to that next level,” she says. “He’s got a relaxed approach to football, his coaching style is relaxed and he likes to play possession-based football. For us as a team and a club, it’s the Arsenal way. It’s how we like to play football.”Having played at the top level in Germany, the 25-year-old has seen the benefits of the German approach to sports. “There’s higher participation in Germany across all sports, whether that be football or hockey or whatever, they’ve got it from a young age. There’s a whole different attitude towards the game there.” Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter The Football Association’s Gameplan for Growth, Together #WePlayStrong, Girls Active, This Girl Can: there has been a flurry of campaigns aimed at increasing girls’ participation in sports in recent years because the statistics are damning.Childhood obesity is at record levels. Fewer than a quarter of children meet minimum daily physical activity recommendations.The latest Office for National Statistics research shows girls still spend almost half the time boys do taking part in sport and are less likely to be involved in sport at all, with 38.8% of boys doing sport daily, compared with 26.4% of girls. But while the research continues to highlight the extent of the problem, all are grappling with how to do something about it.The Arsenal and Scotland player Lisa Evans believes using new technology to target teenagers is vital to increasing the profile of women in sport: “Social media is taking over and is the biggest thing out there for attracting people to anything – be it news, sport or entertainment. Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, they’re the growth markets for teenagers. So using them is one way we get to the age group we are targeting and hopefully can encourage them to play football.” Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more