Sport for Business and 2Into3 got our Sports Club Masterclass series on Sports Capital Funding underway in Cork last night with the event branded a ‘brilliant insight and a massive help’ by the 20 clubs in attendance spread across eight individual sports.
A presentation on what can be applied for and what is needed in order to give your club application the best possible chance of success was followed up by a detailed discussion with each of the clubs involved and a real sense that a substantial chunk of the €40 million being made available would be heading to Cork.
Clubs from GAA, rugby, soccer, rowing, swimming, hockey and athletics were all represented and left the Mardyke Arena with a very clear perspective on what they were going to do and an action plan to get themselves ready for the very short window of application.
“Last year there were applications from 2,800 clubs so competition is intense,” said Rob Hartnett of Sport for Business.
“These Masterclasses are aimed at giving an edge to those clubs who attend.”
“One of the challenges that clubs face is the turnover of people who volunteer at committee level,” said 2Into3’s Darren McMahon.
“The knowledge that might have informed previous decisions to apply or not may have now moved on and there was a real sense tonight of both the simplicity but also the complexity of getting this right.”
“Clubs were unaware of the fact that this does not need to be for a new clubhouse or All Weather pitch. Projects for non-personal sports equipment which could include team kits can all be submitted and while the application window this year is very tight there is still time.”
The application period opens up this Friday and runs through to 5 PM on Friday, October 19th.
There are still places available to join us for the remaining three sessions in the Masterclass series taking place at Athlone Institute of technology tonight, at Citywest Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, September 11th and at Na Fianna GAA Club in Glasnevin on Wednesday, September 11th.