Community Games, one of the leading providers of sports and cultural programmes for children aged 6 to 16 in Ireland, has been awarded the Investors in Diversity Bronze Certificate by the Irish Centre for Diversity. This certificate recognises Community Game’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in its programmes, policies, and practices.
Achieving Investors in Diversity Bronze shows that Community Games has built a strong foundation that it can use as a platform to begin embedding diversity and inclusion into wider organisational practices. The achievement of the Investors in Diversity Bronze Certificate sends a positive message to all employees, volunteers and participants and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every member of the Community Games team.
Gerry McGuinness, President of Community Games, expressed his gratitude and pride in the organisation's achievement:
"This achievement would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our staff and volunteers. We are proud of this achievement and look forward to building on this foundation to embed diversity and inclusion into our wider organisational systems."
David Hoysted, CEO of Community Games, echoed Gerry’s sentiments and added;
"We are thrilled to receive the Investors in Diversity Bronze Certificate from the Irish Centre for Diversity. This certificate is a testament to our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work, and we are honoured to be recognised for our efforts. We will continue to strive towards creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all children."
The Investors in Diversity Bronze Certificate by the Irish Centre for Diversity is a significant milestone for Community Games, and it underscores its commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in Ireland's sports and cultural landscape.
The IRFU and Community Games have agreed a new partnership to help more young people develop active and healthy lifestyles through rugby.
A Memorandum of Understanding was agreed and signed by both organisations at an official event in the Aviva Stadium on March 30th. The MoU is effective immediately and is designed to forge new links between the IRFU and Community Games in the coming years.
Community Games is an independent voluntary organisation with over 50 years’ success providing sporting and cultural opportunities in the Republic of Ireland.
As part of the agreement, X Rugby 7s will be the format of choice for Community Games with their clubs, counties and provinces. X Rugby 7s is a seven-a-side format of the game played cross-pitch. Its popularity within Irish Rugby continues to grow as a way of attracting new players into the sport. It offers all the fun and core skills of rugby union without the need for 30 players or a full-size pitch.
The partnership will also provide training and education opportunities for Community Games volunteers who want to develop their coaching skills in rugby.
Speaking at the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, Gerry McGuinness, President, Community Games, said
“We are delighted to enter this historic partnership with the IRFU and are grateful for their commitment to providing expert guidance and training to our coaches.”
David Hoysted, CEO, Community Games, added:
“We are delighted to provide our participants with a chance to experience the excitement and camaraderie of rugby and we are keen to ensure that this opportunity is available to all our Community Games Areas.
Chair of IRFU Youth Committee Robert Deacon said:
“This agreement is an important development for rugby in the community.
IRFU Age Grade, Student & Rugby Enterprise Manager Eoin Hogan commented:
“I’m particularly pleased that X Rugby 7s has such a significant role to play – it’s a proven format for growing the game in developing programmes across the four provinces. This partnership has been a number of years in the making and we are very confident about working with Community Games in the coming years.”
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