The Irish Sports Council and Coaching Ireland will join experts from other national sporting organisations to advise local sports clubs of all codes on the importance of ‘Good Club Governance’ at an upcoming seminar in the South Court Hotel, Raheen, on Saturday 18th February from 9.30 AM to 2:00 PM.
This seminar will feature leading speakers on issues such as Sport and the Law, Club Governance and Best Practice in Coaching, to help clubs across Limerick City and County to tackle the principal problems they face and to ensure they are well positioned for the future.
The Club Development event is organised by the Limerick Sports Partnerships in conjunction with their funding partners, Limerick City and County Councils, the Regeneration Agencies and Shannon Development. Participating clubs also will be entered into a draw to win one of three €1000 club equipment grants, which will be awarded on the day.
This seminar will be followed up by six information evenings on the key topics discussed.
Phelim Macken, Coordinator, Limerick County Sports Partnership, said the upcoming seminar has been organised on foot of feedback received from club members during a series of events that have taken place to celebrate Limericks Status as European City of Sport.
He continued: “Sports clubs are finding themselves under enormous pressure in the current climate, in relation to fund-raising, subscriptions and retaining club membership. These issues are further compounded by the constant need for volunteers and the increased levels of professionalism and scrutiny that club mentors and volunteers are subject to.”
Elaine Barry, Coordinator, Limerick City Sports Partnership added “Using feedback we received from club members, it has become evident that a Club Development Seminar is something that clubs want as they are eager to learn and develop in order to improve their governance and club structures in general, making them more eligible to apply for grants. This is good news for clubs as we are expecting a possible announcement in the coming weeks in relation to a return of the Sports Club Capital Grants Scheme for 2012”, explained Mr. Macken.
Organisations represented at the upcoming seminar will include Coaching Ireland, Sweeney Mc Gann Solicitors, The Irish Sports Council, and the Federation of Irish Sport. The event will run from 9.30am to 2.00pm (registration from 9.00am), followed by a light lunch.
According to Ms. Barry: “We are conscious of the financial pressures faced by clubs and their mentors, and have therefore kept the cost of attendance down to €10 per person. This includes the online registration fee. Every participant, who attends the seminar, to represent a sports club/organisation (with approved constitutions and accounts) also will be in with the chance of winning one of three €1000 club equipment grants. The winners will be drawn at 1pm after the seminar.”
Registration forms can be downloaded from www.cllsp.ie, while clubs can also register and pay online at www.limerickcitysports.ie. Alternatively, clubs can contact Limerick City Sports Partnership on 061 468 542 or Limerick County Sports Partnership on 061 49 64 28 to request a registration form to be sent by post.
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