Sport Ireland hosted a morning devoted to innovation on Friday and Sport for Business was pleased to be a contributor on the day.

Around 50 representatives from Sporting National Governing Bodies and Local Sports partnerships came together at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena to look at how they can innovate within their spheres of interest and also benefit from funding through a specific innovation strand as part of the 2020 funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Dr Peter robbins facilitated a number of discussions around what innovation was and how it can be applied across so many different areas of sport and physical activity.

The morning rounded out then with a panel discussion where Dr Una May and Benny Cullen of Sport Ireland were joined by James Lavelle of the department of Tourism, Transport and Sport and Rob Hartnett from Sport for Business added their sense of how we need to continually innovate in order to stay on top of our games.

Cormac McDonnell of Sport Ireland posed the questions and the session finished off with each of the groups that had formed in the morning presenting a specific idea which they felt could make a difference in the community and be brought to life through the new funding stream.

Collaboration was very much the order of the day with a strong sense that different groups coming together to provide a wider resource and reach would lead to some of the smartest ways in which to innovate.

It is an area which we are keen to play our part and we will shortly be announcing details of a Sport for Business Members round Table to take place next month and a Sport for Business Innovation Network that we hope to bring to life arising from that.

To find out more and to get involved in either of these, simply email Rob Hartnett quoting Innovation in the Subject line and we will get you into the mix.