Many learnings and info exchanged at first Club Managers Forum

12th June 2019, 12:36p.m. | National

12th June 2019, Dublin; Gymnastics Ireland successfully hosted its first Club Managers Forum last Saturday 8th June in the Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown with 60 attendees of 30 gymnastics clubs from around the country.

The speakers of the day included; Sinéad Galvin from Galvin Sports Management (personal agent to Rhys McClenaghan) who presented on Club Brand Development; Morgan Crowe from Leman Solicitors who presented on ‘GDPR’ and data protection for sports clubs; Dermot Howlin, Gymnastics Ireland Policy, Welfare & Compliance Manager who updated clubs on recent policy developments on Safeguarding and Complaints & Discipline and Jess Mondragon, Gymnastics Ireland Digital Comms & Brand Manager who shared some insights and tips on the importance of Social Media & Digital Comms for clubs as marketing tools.

‘First day of the Club Managers Forum run by Gymnastics Ireland and I am leaving enlightened! Invaluable information shared by our Governing body, guest speakers and fellow managers/leaders in clubs across the country. Popularity of this sport is growing rapidly, and rightly so!’ said coach Elisha Colgan from Athlone Gymnastics Club.

Renmore Gymnastics Club Manger, Monika Corley commented: ‘I enjoyed the event, it was casual and informative. I specially appreciated having had the opportunity to network with other club representatives and the Gymnastics Ireland team. I found the information provided useful and would welcome this event once or twice a year.’

Commenting on the event, Gymnastics Ireland CEO Mr. Ciaran Gallagher said:

'It was great to get the first Club Managers forum off the ground and encouraging to see such positive feedback from the clubs that attended. This was a great opportunity for our clubs to exchange ideas, gain valuable insights from our staff and guest speakers and feedback to us what topics/areas they would like to see included in future forums. It is our plan to run 2 of these events a year, with each event building on the previous to provide as much support for our clubs in areas of common relevance/importance as possible’

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