Major Sporting Organisation
New Zealand’s cricketing body New Zealand Cricket (NZC), wanted to ensure the country’s Major Associations (MA’s) had the right financial management practices in place, after a series of surprise end of year results from some of them.
As a result, Game Plan now provides financial services to the five nationwide MA’s, ensuring that the MA and NZC are always abreast of the respective associations’ financial positions throughout the year. Game Plan is also able to provide financial management to the Associations at a level and quality that they may otherwise not be able to currently afford.
Game Plan provides the outsourcing service from their Christchurch base, to the multiple sites of the MA's in Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch and Otago or wherever people are based. Game Plan are trusted to work within NZC systems using SAP Business One (MS SQL) accounting system operating on NZC’s servers, via thin client GoGlobal access.
Game Plan’s services to the MA’s vary depending on the needs of the client Association and their financial position. For some its about timely, accurate monthly reporting and end of year audits and accounts, for others it can also include working closely with them on plans to overcome financial issues, as well as regular monitoring, or just normal accounting requirements and returns. Game Plan services to some of NZC Major Associations may also encompass a wider spectrum from accounts, payroll, budgeting, to cash flow forecasting and management, and electronic banking, all while working as part of the Major Association team.
For the five Major associations that Game Plan is supporting, reporting is provided both to the Finance Committee and then to the Association Board, with Game Plan personnel ‘attending’ Finance Committee meetings as the Association desires.
Game Plan accounting and payroll staff work closely with the Major Association personnel, not only providing the appropriate accounting and administration support, but also benefitting the Association, and their staff, through the passing on of skills and knowledge. The staff can utilise the wide range of skills available from Game Plan that may not currently be available within the organisation.
Team members involved with this case study:
“For outsourcing to be successful those providing the service must have excellent skills and knowledge, along with the ability to work well with clients. Above all Game Plan has proved to be an honest and trusted business partner, able to meet deadlines in all aspects of its services, from cash flow forecasting, through to payroll and year end accounts and audit.
The team at Game Plan provide tremendous support to the organisations that make up the sport of cricket in New Zealand. As CFO at New Zealand Cricket we know that we can rely on the Game Plan team to meet deadlines, be accurate and timely with their reporting, and provide well thought out advice to our Major Associations. Game Plan’s contribution is not just well valued and respected by our Major Associations, it is a major help to me in meeting the requirements of my role at NZC.”
- Tim Smith CFO, New Zealand Cricket