This year the Federation of Irish Sport hosted the return of the Irish Sport Industry Awards, in association with Clubforce at The Westin Hotel on May 17th. We are delighted to share with you a flavour of the awards night and this special gathering of the sports sector.
The Federation of Irish Sport comprises 81 National Governing Bodies and 29 Local Sports Partnerships. Representing over 70 different sports, ranging from mass participation to niche sporting activities, our members also include multi-sport organisations such as the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Community Games, Vision Sports Ireland, Special Olympics Ireland, Paralympics Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association Sport, Triathlon Ireland, Deaf Sports Ireland, CARA Sport, Student Sport Ireland, Ireland Active and Pentathlon Ireland.
As The Voice of Irish Sport, one of our key goals is to promote the multifaceted benefits of participation in sport and physical activity. The annual Irish Sport Industry Awards provides a platform for us to celebrate the economic value of sport to the country. The awards also recognise those contributing across the sports industry from governing bodes, sports partnerships, rights holders, sponsors, PR agencies, media, key stakeholders to those in the business of sport. We’re already excited about next year’s event!
Three innovative Irish tech companies come together to make sports performance technology accessible to all
The market leader in sports club automation, Clubforce is hosting a live webinar on Tuesday the 7th of December at 7pm, called Performance Technology For The GAA. The live webinar sees three innovative Irish technology companies – Output Sports, STATSports and Clubforce – coming together to make sports performance technology accessible to all. To book your place at the event please click on this link.
The purpose of the webinar, targeted at GAA coaches and players from all over the world, is to kickstart conversations around performance technology for sports, how it can benefit teams and players and how it truly makes sport accessible to all. Speakers at the live webinar include Barry McEntee, Lead Physiotherapist with Meath Ladies Footballers, Marty Clarke, former Gaelic and Irish Australian Football League Star and Gary Flannery, Head of Athletic Performance at Roscommon GAA.
The technology uses wearable and phone camera sensing capabilities to track gym performance with lab grade accuracy and integrates this data for enhanced training, injury risk stratification and talent ID. It is the most diversely capable performing testing tool on the market and has clients in more than 17 countries including in the GAA Championship, English Premier League, NBA, Six Nations Rugby and Major League Baseball. The technology enables both coaches and players to measure strength, power, speed and movement which is sure to improve their performance on the field.
Clubforce is the Irish leader in sports club automation, simplifying payments and providing a communications, promotions and fundraising platform for members, clubs and leagues. Clubforce has been championing club volunteers, innovating and making sport happen since 2009. The company began its journey by supporting diaspora in the United States with the technology to donate to their clubs “back home”. Clubforce has grown from strength to strength, recently partnering with STATSports and Output Sports to bring this educational webinar and further advocate for the power of sports technology in making sport accessible to all.
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A landmark partnership between the Football Association of Ireland and Sky has been announced today, which sees Sky becoming the first-ever, standalone Primary Partner of the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team. The four-year partnership means Sky will be Primary Partner of the Women’s National Team through two major tournaments – the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia / New Zealand and the 2025 UEFA Women’s
The announcement was made today as Ireland Senior Women’s Team Manager, Vera Pauw, reveals her squad for the upcoming friendly fixture against Australia, on 21st September. The new partnership also comes a week
after the FAI’s historic announcement on equal pay, for the Women’s and Men’s senior teams.
Speaking at today’s partnership announcement, CEO of Sky Ireland, JD Buckley, said: “This is a momentous day for the whole team at Sky Ireland and one that we are exceptionally excited about. We have been looking forward to announcing this partnership and we are honoured to be the first-ever, stand-alone Primary Partner of the Women’s National Team.
“This squad is made up of incredible people who have broken through barriers, both on and off the pitch. They are, and will continue to be, an inspiration to people of all ages right across the country. As their partner, it is so important that we spotlight and celebrate this squad and their achievements – that’s what this partnership is all about. “We were delighted to see the FAI’s equal pay announcement last week, and as Primary Partner to the team, we look forward to doing everything we can to support them over the coming years.”
Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team Manager, Vera Pauw, said: “The significance of this partnership announcement is testament to the dedication of every one of the players and backroom staff members for what they continue to achieve, on and off the pitch.
“The support of a brand like Sky, as we turn our focus to the 2023 FIFA World Cup, is hugely exciting. Everyone involved with the Ireland squad are thrilled to welcome Sky to our team, and we look forward to working with them.”
Also speaking at today’s partnership announcement, FAI CEO, Jonathan Hill, said: “On behalf of the FAI Board and myself, we are delighted to announce Sky as Primary Partner of the Women’s National Team. This is yet another really positive step forward for women’s and girls’ football in Ireland and comes on the back of our historic announcement on equal pay last week.
“Football for women and girls is a core focus within our FAI Strategy and this truly is a landmark announcement for the FAI. Partnerships like this are exactly what will help us to grow the women’s game and ensure opportunities for younger generations to come and indeed, to persuade more women to get involved in the game full stop – be it as coaches, administrators or players. I want to thank JD Buckley and the Sky Ireland team for understanding and supporting that vision.”
The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team will welcome Australia to Tallaght Stadium on 21st September before commencing World Cup action against Sweden at home, on Thursday 21st October.
The Federation of Irish Sport is delighted to announce GRC software provider CalQRisk as its latest partner. The fully integrated end-to-end Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) management information system provider has signed a three-year deal with the Federation. The partnership is the latest in a suite of partners that offer essential services to benefit some 110 sporting associations that are represented by the Federation.
By the end of December, Government supports will only be available to those organisations who have demonstrated a commitment to good Governance, and who have acceptable processes in place. For those in sport leadership this means that implementing the Governance Code for Sport and ensuring compliance across the sector is more important than ever. The CalQRisk System is designed to simplify the process while helping an NGB/LSP achieves its governance goals. It came about through consultation with the Federation and discussions with NGB CEOs and sport practitioners. CalQRisk has a long history of developing solutions for and with businesses, charities and NFP’s in highly regulated environments, so the product draws on that deep well of understanding of the key issues.
CalQRisk represents a unique, centralised solution for organisations of all sizes. A central part of the platform is an in-depth knowledgebase of risks and associated controls that is updated every time there are changes in Best Practice, Industry Standards, Codes and Legal and Regulatory requirements. With one-time set up, the system removes much of the laborious and repetitive work which characterises current processes and systematically provides evidence of the effort. The CalQRisk approach gives organisations the peace of mind and confidence that they are meeting their requirements and stated objectives, whether organisational or regulatory.
The solution has a full suite of tailorable, exportable reports as well as interactive dashboards. Counting charities, credit unions, public sector bodies and financial services organisations among their many clients, CalQRisk have the experience and expertise to provide a one-stop solution for sporting bodies managing their governance, risk, and compliance obligations.
Commenting on the announcement, Federation of Irish Sport CEO, Mary O’Connor said “We’re delighted to have CalQRisk on board as a partner of the Federation. They are in a really exciting period of growth and development that will only benefit Federation members over the next couple of years. Their work to date has seen them revolutionise compliance management and reporting, making the arduous but essential journey to compliance much easier. The ongoing focus on governance is a positive and important development for the sector and we believe that our many members and indeed their members will find the services of CalQRisk of huge value on their compliance journeys. We look forward to working with them for the next three years”.
A key element of the partnership will be the focus on providing NGBs/LSPs with the support system to implement and manage compliance of their organisations and where applicable affiliated clubs at grassroots level.
At the partnership launch, Terry O’Brien from CalQRisk said “Engaging with the Federation of Irish Sport has been a great experience. They are committed professionals effectively representing all Irish sport on key strategic issues. We are delighted to be in partnership with them and look forward to assisting Irish sporting bodies at all levels to bring certainty, completeness and visibility to their governance, risk, and compliance efforts. Key to this aim is that compliance is lived throughout the organisation. Our software application facilitates continuous self-assessment, compliance monitoring and drives best practice at all levels of the organisation. We look forward to working with the federation and all of the NGBs and LSPs to achieve their GRC objectives.”
For any further enquiries about the services of CalQRisk Sport please contact Terry O’Brien at email@example.com
CalQRisk is an Irish company created to provide technology enabled integrated Governance, Risk & Compliance solutions. Through many years of continuous development and working closely with clients, CalQRisk has evolved into the complete GRC platform, whether for an SME, MNC or a sporting body. CalQRisk has won international recognition in the Global Risk Awards as well as being shortlisted for several different awards in the GRC sector. CalQRisk is led by a team of experienced professionals with over 100 years’ experience at C-Suite level. The Senior Leadership Team is backed up by a team with a wide range of skills including risk management, compliance, software implementation and software development. Our experts have also served on the committees of Irish and International standard making bodies.