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Sligo Rugby is “Inspiring Generations”

Sligo Rugby is “Inspiring Generations” with launch of its five year Strategic Plan

Sligo Rugby has launched its Strategic Plan 2024-2028, ‘Inspiring Generations’ today [Wednesday 1 May] at its Clubhouse at Hamilton Park in Strandhill. Founded in 1890, the Club’s Vision: Inspiring generations, focuses on continuing to develop as a strong community club as well as becoming a beacon of rugby excellence and high performance within the province.
The Club’s Strategy aims to focus on Growth, Retention and Achievement with an emphasis on enhancing player skills and high performance at U16 upwards. The Club plans to attract more players into its Mini’s, juvenile, youth and senior men’s and women’s teams and it will conduct a big recruitment drive ahead of the next season.

Today it has over 750 members and 21 teams, across all age groups, boasting honours at provincial and national levels. Its Senior Men’s team compete in the All-Ireland League Division 2B, narrowly losing promotion to Division 2A at its recent playoff.

President of Sligo Rugby, Rory Raftery, said, “We are very excited to launch our five year strategy and move into a new phase of growth for Sligo Rugby. I encourage all our members to get involved in new and existing Club roles designed to help us achieve our goals over the life-time of the strategy. There are many areas of interest that parents and non-playing members can take up.”

“We invite parents and guardians to encourage their children to join our club next season. No experience is necessary. Rugby is a fantastic team sport for children and young people where valuable physical and life skills are learned. Lifelong friendships are also made and many of our members are involved in the Club long after they have stopped playing.”

President of Connacht Rugby, Michael O’Hehir, and Director of Football with Sligo Rugby, said, “I am very proud today to see Sligo Rugby build on the proud success of its past and move forward with an ambitious plan for growth and development for the next five years. Connacht Rugby is fully behind these efforts and it will continue to support the Club to achieve its goals.”

The Club has also published its Values which include Respect, Inclusion, Community and Excellence. Sligo Rugby has a long and proud history of promotion and achievement in Girls’ rugby, continuing now with its Women’s team that is always open to new membership. It aims to be an exemplar of equality in its organisation and decision-making structures.

The Sligo Rugby Strategic Plan 2024-2028 is built on a number of pillars including coach development, player performance and retention, and attracting its large membership into new volunteering roles.

View the Sligo Rugby Strategic Plan 2024-2028 here.

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