The Football Association of Ireland have launched a new Club Mark programme, which is intended to help grassroots clubs throughout the country.
The award is based on best practice in the governance, management and administration of a club.
Across all the major sports clubs are the bedrock unit on which the upper levels of the sport that draw the most attention are based.
Clubs are run in the main by enthusiastic volunteers, most of whom would rather be on the side of a pitch than in a committee meeting but all of whom know that you have to give time in order to build something that will serve both them and their communities in the way that great sport does.
A major challenge facing clubs is the loss of knowledge that goes with each changing of the guard at officer level so building up structures and governance is a vital part of sustaining the impact of a good committee beyond its term.
Sport for Business has created a roadshow to introduce clubs in rugby to an exploration of ‘Help for What Matters’ in sponsorship, grant application, fundraising, community and more and there is scope for a similar coming together in other sports.
Three clubs have already completed the first stage of the FAI Club Mark and representatives from Mayo’s Achill Rovers, Donegal’s Gweedore Celtic (pictured above) and Waterford’s Park Rangers were presented with their awards at the official launch by FAI Chief Executive John Delaney.
Speaking at the event, Delaney said the introduction of the FAI Club Mark was the latest step in helping grassroots clubs around the country achieve their full potential.
“The FAI Club Mark will help lead to the improvement of standards in our clubs. We will recognise the great work done by the clubs in their communities, and take it to another level.”
“We’ve over 2,000 clubs in the country of different sizes. The FAI Club Mark will help assist the clubs to improve their standards off the pitch.”
Join us for a series of special Help for What Matters roadshows in Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Dublin in the coming weeks. Learn what can help your club excel in sponsorship, fundraising, grant application, finance and meet Ireland legend Alan Quinlan.
Admission is free but registratioin is essential. Secure your place at one of our five venues right here.
Join us for a special Business of Cycling Breakfast in Dublin on April 11th when we will hear the inspiring story of Peter Ryan’s journey from Tipperary to Rio and explore the possibilities that cycling offers to individuals and the Business community. Find out more here.