Clubs Gather for Evolve 2019: Club Development Day

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Triathlon Ireland hosted the inaugural EVOLVE: Club Development Day on Saturday, 30th November at the Castleknock Hotel, Dublin. There was great interest in the club focussed line-up of speakers and activities for the day, with fifty delegates from 22 clubs taking part in the knowledge sharing event.

Evolve Club Development Day 2019

Opening the day, CEO of Triathlon Ireland Chris Kitchen highlighted how clubs are the "heartbeat of our sport" and their importance to triathlon at all levels.

The first keynote speaker of the day was Sports Psychologist Anne Marie Kennedy, "Time to Lead - Your Actions are the Culture". Sharing her huge amount of expertise in sport from grassroots to high performance, Anne Marie advised clubs on strategies for establishing what their club culture is. Each member of the club is responsible for the club's culture;

"You don't need a title within your organisation or club to be able to be a leader and show those skills"

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With a programme designed around feedback from Triathlon Ireland's clubs, delegates had the chance to attend a number of breakout sessions. In the 'Junior Club Development' breakout session, Ennis Triathlon Club, Predator Triathlon Club and Athlone Triathlon Club shared their experiences in setting up, running and developing successful junior clubs. In the main conference room clubs had the opportunity to sit down with Triathlon Ireland staff and learn more about the ways in which Triathlon Ireland can provide support for clubs through the various programmes. 

Clubs can contact Triathlon Ireland at the details below with queries on any of our programmes;

Evolve Club Development Day 2019 - Programme Information

The final speaker of the day was Derek O'Reilly from Carmichael. Best practice governance and succession planning is an important area for clubs looking to plan for the future.

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Triathlon Ireland Head of Education and Development Niamh O'Gorman sums up the success of the event;

"We are delighted with the success of Evolve 2019: Club Development Day."

"Clubs are at the heart of our strategic plan and we want to support them to grow and develop by providing events like Evolve. All of the topics covered were highlighted by clubs as areas they felt they needed development or further information about. It was also a great opportunity to meet counterparts in other clubs and everyone took full advantage of this." 

"With 22 clubs represented, it is evident that we have a dedicated and conscientious club committee base in triathlon and following the conference we hope to see these clubs taking positive steps to continue to improve their club structure, run further development programmes and support each other."

Evolve Club Development Day_Anne Marie Kennedy