We understand that sometimes a champion will need to take a step back from their Dojo. This can happen for a variety of reasons; it could be that the champion is moving to another location, has accepted a job that clashes with their Dojo responsibilities, or simply no longer has the time. It may also be that the champion can no longer lead the Dojo, but can still stay on as a mentor. Whatever the reason, there are steps you can take to ensure that your Dojo continues to run.
What to do next
Appoint a new champion: If you think that you will need to step down as champion in the near future, speak with your mentors and appoint one (or more) of them as the new champion.
Checklist for handing the Dojo over to a new champion:
- Add the new champion as a co-champion on Zen, so that they have admin access to the Dojo profile, and can therefore create events and manage users. This will also ensure that your Dojo’s online presence is maintained.
- Share the login details for your Dojo’s email address and social media accounts with the new champion.
- If your Dojo has a sponsor, hand over the sponsorship relationship to the new champion and make introductions where necessary.
- Introduce the new champion to key contact persons regarding the Dojo venue, and provide them with any relevant details about accessing the space.
- Ensure that the new champion is aware of the resources available for champions, such as the Champions’ Handbook, our ‘Start a Dojo’ free online course, and our Help Centre.
Get in touch with the CoderDojo Foundation: It is important to let the CoderDojo Foundation know if you will be stepping down as champion. If your Dojo will no longer be running, then we will need to remove the public profile from our website. If you are handing over champion duties to another mentor, then we will make sure that they are supported and that their details are added as our first point of contact for your Dojo. Please contact the CoderDojo Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.