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Capitis Learning Regista Room Podcast | Podcasts from Paul Varian and Capitis Consulting
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A podcast, but not like you’ve heard it before! No, in The Regista Room, Paul Varian doesn’t talk about match results and player transfer rumours. Instead, he brings soccer off-field! Listen as he targets the sport business issues facing the leaders of modern amateur soccer organizations, in particular community-level clubs, as the amateur soccer industry continues to try to find its way through the Covid-19 pandemic. Hear expert advice from someone who has been there running a large amateur soccer club, just like you. Learn about your own development as a soccer leader. Benefit from the experiences of your peers, as Paul introduces you to a plethora of compelling guests from within the soccer industry. Look over the fence and hear from leaders in other sports, as well as other subject matter experts! Participate and have your say!
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Latest Regista Room Podcasts

Welcome to the Regista Room

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Trailer for the upcoming Regista Room Podcast by Paul Varian. Benefit from the experiences of your peers, as Paul brings soccer off the field and into wherever you get your podcasts! Launching in January 2022.

Running Time: 49 minutes

Episode One - Mindset

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Paul Varian explores the importance of a strong mindset in soccer leadership and chats about the issue with special guests, Olympic gold medallist Adam Kreek and United DFC President Rob Gillis.

Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Episode Two - Innovation

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Paul Varian examines how the pandemic-driven uncertainty of the past two years has actually forced amateur soccer clubs to embrace a culture of innovation like never before! Tune in for interviews with the executive leadership at three great amateur soccer clubs - Waterloo Minor Soccer Club, Seacoast United Soccer Club and Pickering Soccer Club - who are walking-the-walk on being innovative, free-thinking and nimble as organizations in the face of adversity or opportunity!

Running Time: 49 minutes

Episode Three - Building Board Leaders

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Paul Varian tackles the huge but important issue of Board leadership in amateur soccer clubs. Listen as he explains his experiences working with amateur soccer clubs, in particular why so many Boards are not effective. Learn from other experts in sport Board development, as Paul interviews amateur sport Board Chair rock star Leslie Blyth, and shares a cup of coffee with HRM expert Mark Thompson, where they unpack a whole load of issues that commonly get in the way of building great Board leaders including onboarding, professional development, evaluation, conflict of interest, Board culture and a whole lot more!

Running Time: 49 minutes

Episode Four - Culture

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Paul Varian delves into the mystical topic of culture in amateur soccer organizations. Exactly what is culture? How does it develop? What drives it and how can you control and actively build a culture you want? Hear fantastic interviews from sport leaders in amateur soccer and other sports in Canada, USA and Europe in Scott Wollaston at North Carolina Fusion FC, Chris Bailey at Queen City United Soccer Club and Dave Passmore of Irish Hockey - all who have walked-the-walk in mastering the development of a winning culture in their organizations.

Running Time: 49 minutes

Episode Five - Planning

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In this episode, Paul Varian unpacks the theme of planning. No, don't worry! He doesn't spend an hour lecturing you on the process of building a strategic plan! Instead, he explores how planning looks for amateur soccer organizations in the post-pandemic world we are in. What's changed in how we plan since 2019?Great case study interviews from Alex Barnetson at Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club and Myles Spencer at Rugby Ontario show you, with organizational effectiveness expert Meredith Low also giving us insights on how planning is changing in the broader not-for-profit association space!

Running Time: 49 minutes

Episode Six - Match Officials Crisis!

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It's post-pandemic, and the players are back! But where are all the match officials? That's right - an unprecedented crisis in match officials availability is currently gripping the amateur soccer industry everywhere we turn and it's resulting in games and even major tournaments being cancelled. In an unplanned detour from The Regista Room's original schedule of carefully thought-out episode themes, Paul Varian tackles this system-wide crisis that is extending around the world. Hear the views of experts in North American match officiating, including Nicky Pearson from Ontario Soccer, Richard Bowden from the Oakville Soccer Club and Roger Morton, Chair of USA South for match officiating for US Youth Soccer. Listen and find out just how widespread this current exodus is, where it has its roots, and what can be done to resolve it. What you hear may surprise you!

Running Time: 49 minutes