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• The establishment of a key stakeholder group whose purpose is to investigate how to strategically develop and deliver educational resources and programmes for sport club development in the Republic of Ireland. The composition of the key stakeholder group would include representatives from the ISC, Coaching Ireland, LSPs, NGBs and invited expertise. It would be appropriate to establish such a group to coincide with 2011 being the European Union Year of the Volunteer.
The following research findings have implications for the design and delivery of sports club
education and should guide stakeholder thinking:
• Irish sports clubs require specific educational support and this knowledge should
form part of the core content of the education programme:
• Governance: The rules and practices that ensures an organization is serving its stakeholders (operating codes, bylaws, constitution) • Management: committees, volunteers, communication, health and safety, club finances, and programme development.
• Strategic and Operational Planning: planning, change management, and monitoring and evaluation • Access to education material is problematic and multifaceted approaches should be considered.
• For example, a combination of hardcopy and online resources, face-to-face and online professional development caters for variation in learning styles, creates multiple access opportunities, and is considerate of the time-poor volunteer. There is potential for resources and programmes to be hosted and conducted by a number of organisations (i.e. Coaching Ireland, LSPs, NGBs, 3rd Level Institutions) to further enhance opportunity for access.
• Regular evaluation and monitoring of the programme • Evaluation and monitoring programmes enables organisations at a national and local level to measure success, build expertise and knowledge, and develop institutional memory. Traditionally in the Irish sport club context, knowledge has been located within people and not within the sport organisation. Internal and external evaluation creates opportunity for the local sport organisation to incorporate learning experiences into practice and policy. A future outcome of evaluation could be a national club accreditation award.
• Sports policy needs to clearly explain what is involved in a ‘child centred’ approaches to sport and physical activity, and clearly communicates the benefits of this type of approach.
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