Community Games launched its 2022 to 2024 Strategic Plan in the grounds of Visual Carlow on Sunday 13th March. A fitting location considering Visual Carlow and St Patrick’s College Carlow will play host to Aldi Community Games Arts and Cultural Weekend from 26th to 28th August 2022 where over 1,500 children will be painting, drawing, singing, dancing and much more as they represent their counties.
Gerry McGuinness, President of Aldi Community Games commented:
“It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Board and our Strategic Planning Group, to present our 2022 to 2024 Strategic Plan. Organisations such as our own, which provide sporting and cultural opportunities to children in Ireland, have become even more important to society post COVID-19 and the necessity to have a clear, realistic, and executable strategic plan to continue to do what we do has never been more important.
This robust strategic plan, will ensure the sustainability and growth of our organisation and is the culmination of an extensive and far-reaching process of consultation and engagement throughout 2021.
Guided by Senan Turnball, an independent consultant, this process included several surveys, online workshops and face to face focus groups (when feasible). We sought input from all members of our organisation and I was delighted to see such a high level of commitment and indeed lively debate!
In addition, we consulted with key stakeholders including our main sponsors and Sport Ireland. All of this very valuable feedback was carefully collated and helped form this Strategic Plan.
The five pillars, which form the mainstay of our plan, will place a particular emphasis on volunteer support and training and development and I, along with my fellow Committee Members, believe that supporting our volunteers at every level will help Community Games continue to thrive and be an essential part of Irish society by being a source of fun, sport and culture for every child in Ireland for years to come.”
David Hoysted, Chief Executive added:
“I am delighted with the release of Community Games Strategic Plan 2022-2024, which provides a roadmap for the short to medium term future of Community Games. I look forward to working with the Board, Staff and Volunteers to implement this plan across all its pillars within Community Games.
I am thankful to the Strategic Planning Group for their unfailing commitment to engage with all our members to ensure that we asked the right questions and that every voice was heard, resulting in an ambitious yet feasible living document that addresses the needs of our organisation. The implementation of this plan will ensure that Community Games not only stays relevant but continues to grow and develop, while as allows, staying true to our mission.”