29 April 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Sports Partnership hosted a sports club networking event last week at the Íontas Arts & Community Resources Centre in Castleblayney to provide sports clubs in County Monaghan with information and advice under a number of different themes.

The event kicked off with an opening from Monaghan Sports Partnership Coordinator, Michelle Murphy who, having firstly shown highlights of the Sports Partnership work in the past year, presented on the areas of funding for sport – indicating to those present, some avenues for potential club funding and the importance of ensuring that sports clubs look at projects which develop their membership and quality of their sport alongside those solely for capital development. She emphasised the importance of funding guideline and making sure to give as much detail as possible to the decision-makers of funding opportunities.

On the subject matter of Child Welfare & Protection, John Crudden, FAI Development Officer (for Monaghan) presented vital information on the roles and responsibilities of clubs around ensuring the safety of its younger members but also protecting its club coaches / leaders. John referred to the fact that the Garda Vetting legislation will become law on 29th April; therefore it is now mandatory that anyone working directly with children or vulnerable adults be Garda vetted. He also outlined the need for clubs to have policies and procedure in place and to ensure that all coaches / mentors have attended relevant Child Protection training.

Special guest speaker on the evening was Professor Niall Moyna, native of County Monaghan and Head of School of Health and Human Performance in the …


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