Lucan look to the future

by Gazette Reporter

EXCITING changes lie on the horizon for Lucan Sarsfields as the GAA club recently released its Strategic Plan which encompasses its 2020 Vision, aiming to develop and further progress the club for the future.
The plan aims to accommodate the growing population of Lucan in order to engage both the local and wider community, its wide-ranging nationalities and ethnicities as well as its 18 primary schools and seven second level schools.
The plan follows a survey put forward to club members in which they were asked what they view as the future of Lucan Sarsfields.
Speaking about his club’s roadmap for the future, club chairman Deaglan O’Laoire said that the plan was devised in order to meet the growing needs of the Lucan community.
“The Lucan that our club was formed in, expanded in and moved locations in over the years has changed dramatically beyond what was seen as the for purpose in 1886, 1986, 1996 or even 2006”, he explained.
“The population size, social background and ethnicity of our area has changed radically in the last twenty years. The motivation to formulate a strategic plan was primarily to ensure that we are well positioned to meet the challenges presented by this rapid expansion in our catchment area.”
In 2016 the club expects membership to exceed 2,700, while the population of Lucan has grown close to 50,000.
O’Laoire expects his club’s plan to meet these growing numbers, not only as a GAA club but to provide other non-sporting opportunities to its membership as well, one which reaches out to all members of Lucan’s growing citizenship.
“Whilst our primary purpose as a club is to provide GAA sporting and cultural opportunities to our membership, it is important that we include the greater Lucan community in our plans for the future.”
Lucan Sarsfield’s 2020 Vision is broken down into short, medium and long-term goals which include plans to establish a Structures and Administration committee, develop an enhanced team management structure to support team administration, and to reduce the club’s working capital deficit by €20k each year.
The future development of the club is based on five key cornerstones: games and game development; club structure and club culture; finance and fundraising; communication; and facilities & development.
The key goals of each section are guided by the following principles: to promote active participation at all levels; provide a club structure that meets current demand; ensure club sustainability, and ensure that the club maintains full governance and compliance in all its financial affairs; communicate effectively with extended membership internal and external; provide facilities to meet the current and future needs of an ever-expanding membership.

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