Since the end of the conflict in 1999 and the separation from Serbia, national sport teams from Kosovo were not able to compete at an international level. This has become a challenge for many sport federations in Kosovo, as the inability to compete internationally has reduced the competition and decreased the level of quality in every aspect. Recently, the international sports community has been more forthcoming and has recognised many sport federations, including recognition from the Olympic Committee. However, according to sport analysts who have followed the progress closely, Kosovar teams are in a transitional stage, thus, inexperienced and not capable of competing internationally. According to Tomor Grabovci of Radio Dukagjini, Kosovar teams are not at the same level as those of the region because owners of sport clubs have short-term strategies and are only focused on the professional level, rather than investing in amateur and junior level squads. Furthermore, Grabovci stresses the need for collectively contributing to raising funds for developing young players that could improve the performance of national clubs to compete internationally.
The aim of this teaching material is to develop a project for fundraising in order to help these clubs develop players that are capable of helping their respective teams (and national teams) compete on an international level. This assignment will also be the main assessment criteria for the Project Management course. This assignment aims at providing students with knowledge regarding project management, organizational and behavioural aspects of managing a project, as well as familiarizing students with components of writing/implementing a project, such as: planning, budgeting, scheduling, resource allocation, monitoring, etc. Through this assignment, students will be able to address the role of the project manager in an organization and ways of structuring organization (project) for achieving the objectives. Furthermore, through this project students will understand more about the scope and complexity of modern projects and learn how to apply different tools and techniques for project management.
This assignment will be divided into four stages:
1st Stage: Conceptualization
During this stage, students will be divided into groups (separation into groups will be a choice of students), and together will decide on the team they will chose to support via a fundraising. During this stage, students will provide a one-page summary on why they have chosen to support the organization (sport club) and who are the main stakeholders that they plan to involve. (This stage will last 2 weeks)
2nd Stage: Problem Study
After they have settled on a sports club, students will conduct research about the organization. They will learn about the ticket sales, current sponsors, formers sponsors, community engagements, number of local businesses, basic necessities of the sports club, etc. Furthermore, students will schedule at least 2 meetings with the management of the sports club to learn about their main challenges and gather information about the staff and their involvement with the organization. Lastly, students will decide on duties for each group member. (This stage will last 4 weeks)
3rd Stage: Planning and Budgeting
During this stage students will list the activities that will take place in order to raise €10,000 to support the club. Students are able to use Universum College facilities to organize events, however, should not include operational costs in their budget. During this stage, students must clearly state the name of each activity and the time it will occur. Students are encouraged to use specific scheduling techniques such as PERT or CPM to determine the longevity of the project. (This stage will last 4 weeks)
4th Stage: Implementing, Monitoring and Aftermath
Students along with representatives from the chosen sport clubs, community and local officials should partake in the events they have planned. Once the activities are completed, students will measure the success/failure of the project. In addition to turning in the project proposal, students will also write a self-assessment report about the success and failures of their work. In addition, they will conduct a peer evaluation which will be provided by the professor.
Students do not have a limit on the amount of money they would need to raise. However, students should set a goal (i.e. €500) in order to motivate them to focus on their assinments. The success/failure of the teaching resource will be measured by the amount of people involved and the quality of implementing the fundraising event.