The Irish sporting community based home and abroad, will gather in Cork on the 23rd of August to attend the 2nd Irish Sports Summit in Cork City Hall.
The Summit is an annual opportunity for those involved in sport or the sports industry to come together and highlight the key issues of concern to sport. Such examples include the potential ban on alcohol sponsorship and economic difficulties faced by athletes and clubs in this current climate.
This year’s Summit is themed, ‘Growth through Partnerships’, and apart from identifying key concerns, the day will have a strong focus on revealing many new opportunities and potential partnerships, from local to international, that can be of benefit to the wider sports community.
The Summit will also seek to take two key votes, to demonstrate conclusively the sports community depth of feelings on important issues. A vote will be taken on the sport communities support or otherwise for the retention of alcohol sponsorship in sport, and a second vote will be taken to gauge the communities support for making VAT recoverable by sports Clubs. A decisive mandate may then be presented to Minister for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring, who will be opening the Summit.
Emer O’Connell, Irish Sport Summit, Executive Manager said that, ‘There are very few opportunities for the Irish sports community to make clear, community wide, statements to the policy makers who legislate over matters of concern to Irish sport. We are calling on all those in the sport community, be they local club executives, to sport businesses, to governors, to educators, to facilitators, to join us at the Summit, to make the concerns of the community known, and the solutions laid out.’
The Summit will also feature a number of exhibitors and speakers, who offer tremendous expertise and knowledge, that can be of real benefit to strengthening the balance sheet of any sporting operation.
’While the benefits of coaching conferences can be clear, the chance to coach those with financial responsibilities in clubs and businesses can seldom come up. The Summit is just such an opportunity and in times where money is hard to come by, be it for the Local Sports Partnerships or the Clubs or businesses, this is a great opportunity to develop new ideas.’
Gillian Keating, President of the Cork Chamber, ‘Cork Chamber of Commerce is delighted to support the Irish Sports Summit with the hosting of the World Mini Games 2013 in Cork. The World Mini Games are an excellent showcase for the first class sports facilities in Cork. The participants will also benefit from the excellent hospitality extended to all visitors to Cork.
The Irish Sports Summit has a strong business focus and will highlight the value of sports tourism to Ireland and Cork in particular. The combination of our sporting history, our sport and leisure facilities and our world-renowned welcome make Cork an ideal location for all sports events.’
Anyone who has a passion for progressing sport in Ireland is more than welcome to attend, and registration is open at www.WorldMiniGames2013.com, with booking available for €50 for volunteer members of Clubs, and from €75 for commercial or professional sport operators.
For more information contact Emer O’ Connell, Executive Manager Irish Sports Summit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0879360507
- The Irish Sport Summit and the World Mini Games are officially designated Flagship Gathering events for Cork.
- Both events are being organised by SpóirtFest, a not for profit, volunteer led organisation, that seeks to promote participation, fundraise for Irish amateur sport, and provide platforms for the growth of the sports industry and the local economy.
Opening Address: Minister for State Sport and Tourism Michael Ring T.D.
Keynote: Jaimie Fuller, Chairman of SKINS International
Exhibitor Spotlight: Tomorrow’s World
Bernard O’ Byrne, Chief Executive Basketball Ireland
Chris Connolly, Sports Law A&L Goodbody
Christine Moloney, Executive Chairperson ILAM
Eamon Sayers, CEO World Sports Team
Jacqui Hurley, Correspondent RTE Sport
Jaimie Fuller, Chairman SKINS International & Founder Change Cycling Now
John Treacy, CEO Irish Sports Council
Liam O’ Neill, President of the GAA
Mary O’ Connor, Acting Director Camogie Association
Michael Ring, Minister of State for Sport and Tourism
Mick Hogan, General Manager Rugby World Cup 2015
Noel Mooney, Marketing Manager UEFA
Paul Collins, Today FM & Ballywire
Sarah O’ Connor, Chief Executive Federation of Irish Sport
Sinead Gordon, Head of Basketball Operations British Basketball
Terry Jackson, General Manager Kukri
Several more high profile names to be added (let’s keep the suspense going!)