Minister Ring to address Club Development Seminar in Breaffy

As part of its spring 2012 programme of events Mayo Sports Partnership is to host a club development seminar for sports clubs/groups on Monday February 6 from 7pm to 10pm in the Breaffy GAA Centre, Castlebar. Keynote speaker on the evening will be Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Dep Michael Ring who will be joined on the night by local experts giving presentations on a number of pertinent topics including child protection in sport, generating income through better use of facilities, social media for beginner clubs, committee structures/roles, and volunteer recruitment strategies. Indeed as part of the proceedings Minister Ring will also locally launch the new Get Ireland Active website www.getirelandactive.ie which is a one stop shop for physical activity in the country.

Clubs/organisations are challenged, in the current economic climate, to raise enough funds for their club. One of the seminars key inputs will be on how clubs can utilise their indoor/outdoor facilities to generate additional income. Practical ideas will be presented, utilising a successful club template in Breaffy GAA Club with examples of successful Sports Partnership and other programmes also highlighted on the night.

The seminar MC Liam Horan will ensure that the event will be interactive in nature, attendees will be able to select from three workshops on the night, with a questions and answers session also part of the programme. An individual fee of €10 will apply but clubs will be able to send a maximum of four representatives for a nominal €20. An added bonus is that all clubs represented on the night will be entered into a draw for €200 worth of sports equipment sponsored by Elverys Sports. A representative of Elverys Sports will also be discussing the great team wear ranges available from Elverys Sports.

Speaking ahead of the event Mayo Sports Partnership co-ordinator Charlie Lambert said: “Mayo Sports Partnership realises that club volunteers are facing many issues of which changes in child protection legalisation is one. We hope that the seminar will inform people and give them some ideas on how to make their club more effective. I would particularly like to thank Minister of State, Dep Michael Ring TD for his support and also acknowledge South West Mayo Development Company, Mayo North East Leader Partnership, Mayo County Community Forum, Mayo County Development Board, and Elverys Sports without whom this event would not be able to take place.”

The seminar will appeal to sports volunteers, administrators, coaches, leaders, teachers, parents, sport development officers, or general members of the public who may be interested in being involved in sport in their local community. Indeed the event is open to members of any clubs/organisations who may not have sport/physical activity as part of their central focus. To book your place at the event you can download an application form at www.mayosports.ie/news where you can also view a wide range of other workshops/courses such as child protection in sport, sports leadership, sports first aid, funding information, and disability awareness. To obtain an application form you can also contact Padraic at 094-9047025 or email [email protected]

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