Gary Stewart is to be the new General Manager of Volleyball Ireland. He will take up the position on April 9th.
Stewart joins the organisation from the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, where he has spent the last four years as the Sports Programmes Manager. During that time he has played a pivotal role setting up a range of participation raising programmes including October’s inaugural Family SportFest.
Stewart’s work on inclusivity was instrumental in the Campus winning the Fitness & Leisure Centre of the year award at the CARA Centre National Inclusion Awards in 2017.
“This is an exciting stage in the development of Irish Volleyball and we are delighted that someone of Gary’s calibre will be driving our development programme forward,” said Volleyball Ireland President Grainne Culliton.
Volleyball Ireland is the National Governing body for the sport in Ireland, and this year sees the organisation celebrate its 50th birthday.
The General Manager position has been created to oversee and deliver Volleyball Ireland’s new strategic plan.
Over 3,000 children participate in Volleyball Ireland’s schools programme, whilst it is also a key recipient of Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport funding, delivering a range of focussed initiatives across the country.
Volleyball Ireland governs the traditional six a side game, beach volleyball played by two, the adapted version for younger children Spikeball which was developed and introduced in Ireland, and sitting volleyball, part of the Paralympic Games programme.
Volleyball Ireland is a member of the Olympic Council of Ireland and the sport has been on the Olympic Programme since 1964.
Gary Stewart has been involved in a number of initiatives and events with Sport for Business in recent years including as one of our initial ‘Young Leaders’ Group in 2016 and is also the Chair of Cricket at Malahide Cricket Club where Ireland will stage its historic first Test Match in May 2018.
We wish him the very best of luck in his new role at Volleyball Ireland and in bringing the sport to new audiences in the future.
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