Ms. Orrich, you’re the president of SC Riesa, and you run an association LLC – and you also have a full-time job in district management. You are now the head of the KSB. Wouldn’t that be too much?
No. I have actively decided to run for office and am pleased to be able to lead the Labor Standards Bureau (KSB) as Chairman. The club was no stranger to me either, I was a member of the executive committee for eight years. When I was asked in 2021 if I could imagine a higher office, I was happy about it. But it was important to me that the Supreme Committee, as the local club, and the important people responsible, such as the district manager or the head of social affairs, support my candidacy. I received this support and was elected. Now it’s about filling the office with life – it shouldn’t just be another job on my business card.
They come from gymnastics. Are you still active there?
Yes, once a week I coach both boys and girls in preschool. I really enjoy doing it because it also relieves me of working with the kids. Of course it is stressful at times. But this is part of it. And children respond a lot – with a smile or when they say: “Today I had a nice afternoon.” I don’t want to miss that.
If you were to explain to children what you do as an office chief, what would you say?
I would say you are the president of 259 member clubs with nearly 35,000 members.
Boss mean you say what’s going on?
No, anyway I see myself more as a team player. But even as a board team, we don’t want to dictate anything to clubs from above, we want to hear grassroots ideas. Of course we will not be able to fulfill every wish. But you can pick things up and try to combine them into other processes. If that works, I may not be able to draw a budget so bad at the end of my tenure in four years.
Let’s jump in here and now: Where do KSB members stand in the summer of 2022?
I’ve been through the pandemic well, including financially. Many members remained loyal to the clubs. Where we still have a problem is to reach the middle-aged target group, People between 25 and 50 years old. Many clubs are looking for good concepts on how to combine work and club life at this point. From the age of fifty improves significantly.
what is the reason?
With age, there is often a change in health awareness. Many people have a giggle and think that exercise can help them. Many of them are also professional and family oriented in a way that gives them time to play sports in clubs, and maybe even a job as a coach.
What about recruiting young people into clubs?
no problem. With children and young adults, we have an even greater challenge of finding trainers who train children. We are well positioned in the senior segment. In addition to sports, it is also about social gatherings, so club life has a great added value in terms of avoiding social isolation. This was also a problem during the Corona period. You can tell how happy everyone is because there is more happening now.
What goals have you set for yourself?
The first is to make KSB’s support options better known to clubs. Demographic change poses challenges for many clubs. A little thought is often enough – but the clubs also need to know that we as KSB are here to help. In a way, Corona also has one good thing: the advice of the digital club is increasingly accepted. Our website is also a tool. Of course, we are dealing with the work of the committees in order to secure sustainable funding for the clubs. Another goal is to bring the region’s degree of organization back toward the national average. 16 percent of all Saxons are in a sports club; In the Mason area we are currently 14.5 percent. But we’re already at over 15 percent, and we want to get back there.
How can this work?
We want to bring the clubs into the exchange, with the models that the club may already have succeeded. That had started before Corona, but then stopped.
Which deficit do you want to eliminate?
Healthy sports are a big topic. We have many member clubs located in the field and also offer sports courses for prevention or rehabilitation, as well as professional service providers in the market. There we have a problem that training courses for trainers are not recognized by health insurance companies. We want to campaign for recognition of qualifications. A big topic is of course the point of sustainable financing…
related to what?
For example, the area of \u200b\u200bthe sports organization. You can’t just pay minimum wages to full-time club employees. This too was sent to us by our clubs with full time coaches. We are in strong competition with the country. After all, everyone with a teaching degree often goes to teaching. The income is good and there is also an opportunity to become a civil servant. Club sport cannot offer that. The gap is getting wider – but it shouldn’t.
Finances should generally be a problem, if you look at the current price development…
definitely. Securing the Association’s long-term financial resources is an important task. Of course we are not only talking about the salaries of full-time employees, which are relatively few, but of course also on the topic of coaches. We currently receive €475 to support the coach – if the person does two training sessions per week. The question is, how far can you get with this? Money should not be distributed to the coach. In general, it just takes warm words to support volunteering. This should also be reflected in appropriate donations.
Finally, let’s touch on another topic. Sports operate by rules – but children and young adults have a lot of freedom. Do young people follow the rules at the club?
Yes, of course. We also get comments from parents who say, “Man, you do that.” Young people also tell us that it’s good to have rules. It goes so far that guys say that Mom and Dad can hold onto something (laughs).
Do things sometimes go a little differently at the club?
definitely. Even elementary school students come to me and ask: “Can’t you ask the teacher to calm down at the beginning of the lesson?” Quite a few children and young adults yearn for structures, both at home and at school. Clubs can do a lot. But not only there: When I think about immigration after 2015, many people found social connections through associations. Or the topic of inclusion: Many clubs are home to people with disabilities. This is an added value that is not seen at all very often. And in that regard, we’ve also made it our goal at KSB to talk more about the good things that are being done there.
- 46 years
- Project manager in career counseling at the Employment Center in the Missen region
- President of SC Riesa since 2019
- President of the Sports Zone Federation since 2022