As part of our Strategic Plan implementation the Board met with the Strategic Delivery Group (SDG) for the first time on Sunday 22nd May, with some of the key outcomes as follows:
1 The club survey has now been completed and it shows that including Universities that we have just over 4,000 players in 53 affiliated clubs which indicates a reasonable recovery after covid and a cautious but positive outlook. This also clearly sets the focus for the coming season as one of recovery to be then positioned for growth the following season.
Survey breakdown in numbers as follows:
Ireland overall Membership Men Women Juniors Courts Clubs
3837 2299 (60%) 716 (19%) 822 (21%) 120 53
Ulster 465 (12%) 284 (61%) 61 (13%) 120 (26%) 30 14
Leinster 1689 (44%) 990 (59%) 359 (21%) 340 (20%) 40 16
Munster 1137 (30%) 726 (64%) 202 (18%) 209 (18%) 32 15
Connacht 546 (14%) 299 (55%) 94 (17%) 153 (28%) 18 8
Note 28% of our clubs are 1 court facilities
By University Membership Men Women
Queens 50 35 15
Trinity 50 44 6
UCD 60 35 25
UCC 40 30 10
Totals 200 144 56
Key notes from the club survey as follows:
2 The Board agreed to look at a targeted local coaching programme to be delivered through the provinces to their clubs.
Details of this programme (how, who, when) are being worked out and the Board will then review the Provincial plans for funding approval.
3 The Board approved the formation of the following working groups to look at targeted areas, and make suggestions of how we can grow sustainably to improve the delivery of squash to our community. The groups will be supported by and report through the SDG to the Board, if you are interested to help on a specific topic please contact me at –firstname.lastname@example.org
The more members that engage with the working groups the better the outcomes will be. Most of this work will take place over Zoom calls so even if you feel you have limited time all engagement is welcomed.
4 As part of the need to improve visibility of squash in our local communities the Board has agreed to fund a club social media training course. The main aim of this programme is to help clubs improve their social media presence on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tik-Tok etc., with a view to attracting more members especially in reaching out to a younger cohort. Details of this course will be announced shortly.
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Head Strategic Delivery
Irish Sport HQ
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