Belpark Triathlon Club Achieves TI Club Mark Status

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Belpark TC Achieves Club Mark Status

In late 2014, Triathlon Ireland launched its Club Mark scheme, a set of criteria aimed at promoting the highest standards of governance, transparency and development among our clubs.

Following a rigorous process to prove they had put in place the correct structures, Belpark became the first triathlon club on the island of Ireland to achieve the TI Club Mark and were this week awarded with a certificate of achievement at a Belpark club committee meeting by TI President Lochlann Walsh.

Below, Belpark's Development Officer David Power outlines what was involved and why Belpark felt it was important to strive for the Club Mark.

For more information on the TI Club Mark, including how your club can apply, email Development Officer Michael Black 

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 Triathlon Club: Building for the Future with Club Mark Development

Belpark Triathlon Club had a lot to celebrate in 2016. Along with their 30-year anniversary party (the club was founded in 1986), the club won “Club of the Year” and was awarded the “Club Mark Excellence” standard – the first Irish triathlon club to achieve this standard. The Club Mark scheme recognises excellence in terms of governance, structures, transparency and development. We spoke to Helen French, Chair and David Power, Development Officer to learn how Belpark went about this transformation.

“Three years ago, the club was in a state of change, with a new management committee and many new members. We were without a club race and needed to re-evaluate our future direction, given the fast growth of the sport,” Helen French explained. “The first key step was determining the need to think long term, rather than just the next race or training session, which can take over meeting agendas. This was formally adopted as a motion at the club’s AGM in 2014. Thanks to previous committees, led by Chairs Kevin Keane & Ellen Murphy, for laying the foundations.”

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David Power stepped into that new role: “I spoke to TI regional development officers and got guidance on several templates which helped our club mark application. This involved us developing a 5-year strategic plan, 2015-2020, covering areas such as organisational structure, finance, communications, training/coaching, juniors and strong governance. We did a member’s survey and held some feedback sessions to understand what members wanted.”

The outcome of this plan was a clear set of priorities for the club. “The benefits have been huge: we’ve connected with local clubs via county council sports partnerships; secured equipment grants; established a junior club; expanded our duathlon race series; developed over 20 TriLeaders and appointed an overall tri coach with dedicated run & swim coaches,” Helen explains. “It’s worth the effort to step back and think long term – TI’s Club Mark scheme helped give us that structure.”

Belpark would be happy to talk to other clubs on how they could begin their development journey.

Visit Belpark's Development Webpage
Belpark's 2016 Highlights Video