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Thursday 07 Mar 2019
Sport Uniting Communities workshops held in Banbridge and Dungannon

Volunteer development days have been staged in Banbridge and Dungannon as part of the Sport Uniting Communities initiative. 

The Irish FA, in conjunction with Ulster GAA and Ulster Rugby, runs the Peace IV-funded SUI programme.

It said the development days in Banbridge Leisure Centre and at Dungannon Swifts Football Club had been “very successful”. 

Clubs from all three sports came together at both venues to build relations, share knowledge and gain the tools to develop and sustain their clubs.  

Representatives from each club took part in workshops, tackling topics such as recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers, how to be an inclusive club, succession planning and funding opportunities available to clubs. 

Irish FA Community Sports Development Officer Kris Lindsay said: “The volunteer development days were a great success. We had representatives from 18 clubs attending over the two days and this was the first part of a year-long involvement in the Peace IV Programme which hopes to build relations and develop volunteers and clubs across the three sports. 

Participating clubs last weekend included Tullyvallen Rangers FC, Tandragee Rovers FC, Dromara GAC, St Paul’s GFC, Lurgan RFC and Virginia RFC. 

On feedback forms one of the participants said: “The Sport Uniting Communities programme is a very worthwhile initiative by the three sports. 

“The workshops were engaging and relevant but the best part of the day was the discussion with other clubs from other sports, building relations and learning from each other with the hope that we can all work together in the future to deliver sporting opportunities for our young people.”