Bronze Club Mark awarded - Malahide Basketball Club
March 24, 2021
Can you tell us a bit about your club?
The Club was formed in 1970 and due to the ethos of inclusivity and a strong sense of belonging, the Malahide Community has grown in numbers over the last 40 years tripling in size in the last 10 years. There are now over 410 members at both junior and senior levels. We have teams in each age category for both boys and girls programmes from U11 to U18 age groups totaling 22 teams, an academy programme for 8 to 10-year-olds and we also have 5 senior teams. The Club has had many successes over the years including winning numerous titles. We have seen our players reach county national and international development squads and teams. Last season was our first involvement in the National League for the club which was a very exciting development although Covid-19 didn’t materialize hopefully this year will see it happen.
What challenges do you face in the club if any?
Our main challenge is to cope with the consistent growth in numbers. We realised in 2019 that our old structures were not fit for purpose as the numbers continued to grow so we set about developing a strategic plan to develop a roadmap and vision for the future. This was completed at the beginning of the season but due to Covid-19, it has not been officially launched although a number of recommendations have been implemented. A key challenge always is the difficulty to get enough gym time in the area to cater for everyone. At the moment we train in 5 different gyms using all hours that are available to us.
What made you want to try and achieve the Basketball Ireland club mark?
When we heard about the Club mark we felt it would dovetail very well with the strategic plan noted earlier. In fact, it really helped us to formalise all our policies such as health and safety that we had in place but had in some instances not documented over time. Paul from Basketball Ireland was very helpful in assisting us with achieving the Mark
What difference is the Basketball Ireland Club Mark going to make for your club?
I reckon it will strengthen the governance and reputation of the Club.
Do you think you will engage with the club mark system and achieve all the way up to Platinum Club Mark?
Yes, we have applied for both the Basketball Ireland Silver and Gold Club Mark.
What are the goals for the season ahead?
Hopefully, achieve the Silver and Gold Club Mark but at this stage, we want to get everyone back playing as normal. Who would have thought that would have been a goal a year ago!
What would you say to other clubs thinking about getting involved in the Basketball Ireland Club Mark? Go for it!
If your club would like to apply for the Basketball Ireland Bronze Club Mark award, check out all the details here or please contact Basketball Ireland' Leinster development officer Paul Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org