Report – Munster Club Forum – Pairc Ui Chaoimh 20/1/2018

On Saturday Morning 20th Jan 2018, Cork’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh became the host venue for over 300 club members from Cork, Waterford, Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary at this years Munster Club Forum.

9.30am: Patrons arrived and signed in at Registration desk, took in a coffee or tea before heading to the main function room for the start of the days proceedings. Each participant was given a communications pack containing the information for each speaker and topic for the day ahead.

10.00am: Pat O Shea (Munster Coaching & Games Development) welcomed everyone on the day and gave a brief outline of what was happening he then called on Jerry O’Sullivan, Cathaoirleach Comhairle na Mumhan to give the opening address.

10.10am: Our first guest speaker of the day Derek McGrath, Waterford Senior Hurling Manager gave his presentation.

10.40am: The first of three Parallel Sessions was started with delegates given a choice of two topics. This gave clubs a chance to split into groups and have a representitive at each  session.
In Room 1 – The topic was “Our Club Our Future – Why our club needs a plan”  and the speaker here was Fionn Fitzgerald, Kerry Senior Footballer
In Room 2 – The topic was “Sharing and Learning together – A pathway for clubs” and the guest speaker here was Michael Quirke, Former Kerry Senior Footballer. After each speaker made their presentation there followed a workshop where everyone was divided into groups and each group were asked to discuss one question arising from the topic presented. The answers were then discussed by the group as a whole and all answer sheets from each group were collected, These answer sheets will be collated and the data derived from them returned to the delegates over the coming weeks.

11.30am: Everyone returned to the main room where a case study on the Garryspillane GAA Club in County Limerick  was presented in “Best Coaching Practice in Clubs”

12.10am: The second of our Parallel Sessions was started with delegates again given a choice of two topics. in the Presentation, Workshop & Feedback style as per session 1
In Room 1 – The topic was “Bringing it all together – Coaching & Administration working effectively” and Kieran Leddy – Operations Manager with Munster GAA presented this subject
While in Room 2 – The topic was “Linking Juvenile to Adult Clubs – Player, Coach & Administrator” with Paudie Butler, Former National Director of Hurling presented and lead this discussion. As in session 1, after each speaker made their presentation there followed a workshop where everyone was divided into groups and each group were asked to discuss one question arising from the topic presented. The answers were then discussed by the group as a whole and all answer sheets from each group were collected, These answer sheets will be collated and the data derived from them returned to the delegates over the coming weeks.

1.00pm: Everyone returned to the main room where a case study on the – “Developing a Club Plan – How it works in Practice”  with Laune Rangers GAA club in County Kerry being the case study club here.

1.40pm: The third and final of our Parallel Sessions took place. As in the first two sessions delegates again given a choice of two topics in the Presentation, Workshop & Feedback style.
In Room 1 – The topic was “Utilising your GDA – A vital Resource” – Kevin O’Donovan, Former Cork GDA and Cork County Coaching Officer presenting and overseeing the workshop after.
And in Room 2 -The topic was “Volunteers the Lifeblood of our CLub – Recruiting & Retaining” – our guest speaker and facilitator here was Stephen McDonnell, Cork Senior Hurling Captain 2017.  As in the previous sessions, there followed a workshop where everyone was divided into groups and each group were asked to discuss one question arising from the topic presented. The answers were then discussed by the group as a whole and all answer sheets from each group were collected, These answer sheets will be collated and the data derived from them returned to the delegates over the coming weeks.

2.30pm: We had our closing dddress from Liam Lenihan, Cathaoirleach Munster GDA.

2.45pm: All delegates, speakers, presenters and everyone who was working on the day retired for lunch and a chance to chat and talk to each other about the days events. All in all the word from those who attended was positive and many delegates were delighted with the topics discussed and were hoping to bring the results of this forum home to their local clubs.

A big well done must go to Pat O Shea and Joey Carton who were the main organisers of this Munster Club Forum and of course all the GDA’s from Munster who were there on the day to help make sure everything ran smoothly and efficiently. To the staff in Pairc Ui Chaoimh well done and thank you it was an ideal venue for such a great conference.

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