Club Development

CLUB DEVELOPMENT

The sporting landscape is changing. Funding, sponsorship, recruitment, ethics, welfare, liability, are all matters of importance to clubs, along with the sporting aims of the club and its members. So what makes a good club good?

Each club has systems and processes, for developing rowing and other activities, for managing members, coaches, other personnel, for planning, reviewing, improving, etc. Some of these systems may not exist in a club, or could be better, or better recorded, or better understood. We compare our clubs to other rowing clubs, but do we consider what a really good sporting club would have?

It is these systems (including coaching, admin etc.), with luck and hard work, which produce results.

There are many examples of good practice in Irish Rowing already, but sometimes we are not ambitious enough to look outside the club, the sport, the industry. Rowing Ireland has worked hard to improve Governance, Safety, Talent ID, Coach Development, Rules and Tracker, etc. It has Strategic Aims and Operational Plans to guide and measure its progress. As a result we now have diverse funding and support compared to many sports. Many clubs have not been addressing change to the same extent, and Rowing Ireland is only now in a position to actively promote Club Development.

Templates: We have documents to illustrate good practice across areas considered essential to any rowing club which at any time involves juniors (under 18’s). These templates can be used by any club, and are just as useful to clubs without juniors. Templates are [here]

Benefits: Rowing Ireland Clubmark is a Club Quality Scheme for all affiliated clubs. The aim of the scheme is to support, recognise and reward clubs by providing a national process that will help to develop club systems and aim for the best club standards. Reflecting progress, RI Clubmark will act as a mark of quality for participating clubs. It will be open to all rowing clubs who are currently affiliated to Rowing Ireland.

Benefits to rowing clubs:

  • Develop top quality clubs & raise clubs’ profiles
  • Promote best practice and strong governance from within clubs
  • Provide information, guidance and support for clubs
  • Recognise & reward clubs for their achievements
  • Provide planning tools
  • Develop effective policies, procedures and structures
  • Develop club workforce (coaches, volunteers & administrators)
  • Help to recruit & retain members and to increase membership
  • Increase opportunities for clubs to gain financial aid and recognition

Rowing Ireland believes that this Club Development system is a vital form of support which will assist the development of high-quality clubs. We encourage all clubs to take a proactive approach to the running of their club and through this programme, to assess their strengths and weaknesses and seek to improve. The RI Clubmark programme will showcase and share best practice amongst clubs.

For further information please contact your relevant Club Development Officer:

Gordon Reid: gordon.reid@rowingireland.ie

Documents: HERE

Support details: HERE

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