Statement released to day on behalf of the Irish Sailing Foundation.
The ISA is pleased to announce a funding initiative to support Irish Sailing. With the financial support of the Irish Sports Council, a pilot scheme, to be called “The Irish Sailing Foundation” has been established to raise finance from sources other than those which traditionally provide sponsorship to sailing on a national and regional level. The funds are intended to be applied to the continued support of Elite Youth and Olympic development together with providing a contribution towards the development of a National Coaching program which will be accessible to sailors of all interests and levels of ability.
The funding for the initiative will come from the resources of the Olympic Steering Group which manages the High Performance activities of the ISA.
The recruitment process to identify an experienced professional fund raiser to manage the project has commenced.
David Lovegrove, President of the ISA, in welcoming the initiative, said it was important that sailing explored new ways of funding to position itself with adequate finance to make longer term investment commitments to the development of the sport.
Perhaps the Regional Meeting of the Irish Sailing Association in Cork may be a good opportunity for members to raise any queries they have regarding this surprise announcement. This meeting is due to be held at the Rochestown Park Hotel on February 17th from 7pm to 9pm and is to discuss the proposed Strategic Development Plan. Advertisements to fill the new position of CEO of the Foundation appeared on the main broadsheet newspapers last weekend.
Regional meetings are being held to allow discussion of the Plan before the 2015 AGM, when the final draft of the Plan will be proposed for adoption.
The ISA welcomes a good attendance at these meetings and ask that you you mail firstname.lastname@example.org to inform them of your intention to attend.
Regional Meeting in Cork
Tue 17 Feb 2015
Rochestown Park Hotel