Clan na Gael plan for a better future

Clan na Gael plan for a better future

Clan na Gael Lurgan in Armagh recently launched their club development plan for the next three years.

Joe McManus


Joe McManus


Things are beginning to look up for a once high profile North Armagh club that had gone off the radar in terms of success.

Winning the county intermediate championship last year sees Clan na Gael return to the senior ranks rekindling memories of the glorious 1970’s when they dominated Armagh and Ulster club football.

The Davitt Park based club has just announced details of their Strategic Plan for the three year period 2021 to 2023.

Club chairman Noel O’Hagan said the purpose of the plan is to strive to achieve higher standards across a broad spectrum of activity throughout the club and wider community.

“We wish to aim high in setting achievable goals and will employ all our collective effort in ensuring incremental success,” the former county player explained.

The decision of the Club Committee to undertake such an extensive development plan is to ensure all members , coaches, volunteers and players have the highest of possible standards.

“Our strategic plan fully demonstrate our vision for the future of our club, our community and our local schools,” adds O’Hagan.

The club will continue to build on the coaching foundation it has started and provide the highest possible quality of enjoyable coaching from nursery level, through all underage groups and on to adult club teams.

“It is our current intention to strive for and ultimately provide a new additional pitch and other physical infrastructure developments. However this will be dependent on external grant assistance, which given the current Covid environment and its financial repercussions at Croke Park level, may have to be extended beyond the period of this present three year plan,” the chairman disclosed.

“We will have a dedicated and professional Steering Workgroup to oversee this plan and ensure its effective and successful implementation, over the seven detailed development areas within. To supplement this overall Steering Group, we will create several individual workgroups to fully concentrate on their own specific ‘development sector’. By doing so, we will greatly share responsibility and this will give us the best opportunity to succeed for everyone’s benefit.

“If certain sectors need revisited and developed, we will identify this and refocus. If certain club development areas require a different solution, we will change appropriately and redefine our ongoing action plans. Continuous and purposeful support from many club members is critical at all stages throughout. This is ‘our’ club plan and as such requires immense collective effort,” the chairman concluded.

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