Strategic Development Plan

13 November 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan County Board officially launched its Strategic Development Plan at a special function in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, on Monday evening last, writes JOHN GRAHAM

As well as the officers of the county board, representatives of all the clubs in the county, committees and sub-committees as well as TD Margaret Conlon and other local elected representatives. The Uachtaran of Comhairle Uladh, Aogan Farrell and Ard Stiurthoir CLG Paraic Duffy were also in attendance, both speaking very positively about this landmark report that is essentially the roadmap for the association in Monaghan going forward.

The Strategic Plan offers Monaghan county board the opportunity to review the administration of the GAA in the county and to make plans to improve and expand that administration over the next four years.

While Monaghan is the last of the nine counties in Ulster to launch their Strategic Development Plan they began the process as far back as June 2009 with a series of meetings between the county committee, the management committee, various subcommittees, the clubs and other interested parties such as ladies football, camogie and handball.

The result of that and an extensive survey by way of questionnaire is that the plan outlines the objectives for the next four years across the entire spectrum of GAA activities.

The plan also reflects the various realities and nuances of life generally and of the GAA specifically in the county and it sets out the vision of the GAA Monaghan and values that include community identity, the amateur status, inclusiveness, respect, player welfare and teamwork.

The planning process, and the consultation which underpinned it, identified ten themes which were considered to be central to the well-being and development of the GAA in the county. Those themes are:

Governance: Managing the GAA in the County to best effect at all levels

Communication: Ensuring that the GAA in the county is getting the relevant information to all of its people in the most appropriate way.

Finance and Fundraising: Providing the cash resources needed to help make the GAA happen.

Integration, Inclusion and Diversity: Taking forward a Monaghan  county structure that is open and welcoming to all.

Infrastructure and Facilities: Putting in place and maintaining the fit-for-purpose facilities that are needed for Monaghan County Committee to achieve its aims.

Club and Community Development: Ensuring the real engine of the GAA, the Club, can deliver on its objectives  and continue to act as a hub for the well-being and development of its host community.

Culture and Heritage: Reflecting the fundamentally important Gaelic dimension of the Association.

Games and Fixtures: Delivering meaningful programmes of games for player at all levels and of all abilities.

Hurling: Fostering a game which is central to the Gaelic code.

Coaching, Player Development, Youth and Schools: Working to ensure players at all levels and at all abilities are equipped to get maximum benefit and enjoyment out of their participation in Gaelic games and providing the support needed to those who will be the GAA adult members and players of the future.

Full report in the Northern Standard

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