‘Fail to plan….plan to fail!’
Elphin GAA Club are leading the way in the county with the launch of their new five-year club plan which took place at a function in An Bothar Rua, Elphin, last Friday night. A considerable crowd turned out to witness the unveiling of the club’s five-year plan – an initiative which the club officials have been working on during the past year.
Last year’s senior county finalists are the first club in the county to have embarked on such a project, which was sanctioned under an initiative set out by Croke Park a number of years ago.
The plan sets out concise and clears aims and objectives relating to various activity areas of the club for the next five years, including Coaching and Games Development, Club Structure and Administration, Finance and Fundraising, Facilities and Development and Communication and PR.
The first step of the initiative was taken almost 12 months ago when the club held an open forum, where members of the community assembled to discuss the best ways in which to bring the club forward.
Various committees were drawn up arising from the forum and those involved began working on the project, meeting at different junctures throughout the year.
Speaking at the launch, chairperson Sean Lenihan congratulated all personnel involved in the production of the five-year plan, paying special tribute to club secretary Anne Rock, who was one the main driving forces behind the initiative.
“I’d like to applaud every single person that has helped us bring this unique document to fruition. It is a great night for the club so I congratulate one and all for their efforts throughout the past year,” stated Sean.
“I’d like to give a special mention to Anne Rock who has poured her heart and soul into this plan. She has worked ever so hard and overseen much of the work which has been carried out so I want to thank her wholeheartedly from the whole club.”
The chairperson also thanked Mick Rock and Hugh Lynn for co-ordinating the project from the outset before paying tribute to over 60 sponsors who gave generous donations of €100 apiece to enter the draw for the official sponsorship of the Elphin senior team, which also took place on the night.
Dr. Valerie Morris was successful in the draw and her chosen charity was Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, whose logo will now appear on the Elphin jerseys for the duration of the year.
There was food and light refreshments served on the night while the entertainment was provided by local band ‘Lick My Stereo,’ on what was a enjoyable occasion for all who attended.
Issue dated: 30th March 2012
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