Macroom Basketball Club awarded Bronze Club Mark
April 10, 2021
Macroom Basketball Club is the latest club to be awarded the Bronze Basketball Ireland Club Mark. We caught up with the founder of the club, Boguslaw Wachowski, who also manages and coaches at the club.
Q1: What made you want to try and achieve the Basketball Ireland club mark?
“As a recently established club, we were determined to follow the correct protocols for the safety of our members/players. We are grateful to Basketball Ireland for creating the Club Mark system as it has allowed us, as a new club, to set higher standards and to establish the groundwork for future developments. Paul Carr from Basketball Ireland was very helpful in assisting us with achieving the Basketball Ireland Bronze Club Mark.”
Q2: How did you find the Basketball Ireland Club Mark process?
“It’s a very easy process if you have knowledge about sport. Basketball Ireland has published brilliant support materials on their website and they assisted us with any queries we had. Their Development Officer Paul Carr was very open and helpful with advice, which we appreciated and are thankful for.
Q3: Can you tell us a bit about your club? How many teams do you have? When the club was founded and some club achievements/highlights?
“Macroom Basketball was founded in 2020 in Macroom, County Cork by Boguslaw Wachowski, with a sponsorship by Asm Auto Sales Macroom Ltd. The club started with group of girls and boys, mixed, aged 8-14. We currently have an U13 boys team, however we are looking to expand our club for different age groups in the future. The club played their home and away friendly games against Ballincollig B.C U14 boys team and home game against Donoughmore B.C U13 girls team in Macroom Community Leisure Centre. We haven’t had any official games, as our club just joined into the Basketball Ireland leagues in 2020 and we have not a chance to play official games yet.”
Q4: What challenges do you face in the club if any?
“Like a lot of clubs this season we have lost the use of our gym/court due to Covid-19 restrictions that the club has to deal with. Another challenge is trying to encourage people and parents to get involved in the club as coaches, or to take roles on the committee, or officials.”
Q5: What difference is the Basketball Ireland Club Mark going to make for your club?
“The Basketball Ireland Club Mark system helped us look at how we managed the club and helped identify areas behind the scenes that, if improved, could greatly benefit the overall running of the club. It was particularly important for Macroom Basketball Club, as we are looking to expand our team and the process helped us examine and challenge our policies and procedures that we had in place.”
Q6: Do you think you will engage with the Club Mark system and achieve all the way up to Platinum Club Mark? If so, what do you need to do to get your club to this stage?
“This is a definite line that Macroom Basketball Club will be following. Having reviewed the next levels of the Basketball Ireland Club Mark, it seems that the Bronze level is a great foundation. Club Mark is a pathway and the rest of Club Mark levels should be attainable with just a little extra work. Macroom Basketball Club will someday reach the platinum award I’m sure, but we will enjoy this award first and turn our attention to Basketball Ireland Silver Club Mark for the new season.”
Q7: What are the goals for the season ahead?
Get back to playing in a safe and fun way. Following Government and Basketball Ireland ‘Return to Play’ guidelines is our immediate priority, to ensure the safety of our members. We hope to return to play as soon as restrictions allow us to do so. We’d also like to achieve Silver Basketball Ireland Club Mark in the near future.”
Q8: What would you say to other clubs thinking about getting involved in the Basketball Ireland Club Mark?
“This has been an extremely beneficial experience for Macroom Basketball Club and I would highly recommend for every club out there to get involved. The Club Mark award has allowed us to acknowledge that we are on the right path and that there is a certain standard our club holds itself to.”
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 email@example.com