Federation Friday: Ireland


Federation Friday: Ireland

September 2, 2016

This week Gymnastics Ireland speaks to us about the plans for the future including the launch of their Strategic plan for the next Olympic cycle and the move into their new home at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Dublin

2016 has been a year of progress and success for Gymnastics Ireland. Ellis O’Reilly became the first Irish female gymnast to qualify for an Olympic Games, Ireland secured its first ever Junior European medallist in an Olympic discipline with Rhys McClenaghan on Pommel Horse, Kieran Behan secured the first Irish medal at an Olympic Test Event andIreland made their debut at the Rhythmic Junior European Championships. Off the competition floor, the new Gymnastics Ireland Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020 was launched and at the end of the year the organisation will work with Sport Ireland as one of 22 high-performance sports in country as they move into their new base of operations at the NIA in Dublin.This facility contains not only the new National Gymnastics Training Centre but also two venues for hosting national & international events. 

A new carefully constructed strategic plan has been put in place to help realise key targets and goals. This 12 page easy-to-read document gives a clear and concise summary of where the organisation/sport is currently in 2016 and where they want to be in 2020. There are 5 key areas of focus...


1.     Leading the Sport

2.     Growing the Sport

3.     Raising the Profile/Building the Brand

4.     Raising the Bar/Stepping to the Podium

5.     Securing the Future


"Rhys, Ellis & Kieran have delivered key international results for Ireland in 2016, our membership continues to grow and we have developed programmes for our membership base covering participation through to performance levels. We are very excited about the opportunities that are available within the next Olympic cycle for Gymnastics Ireland. A huge amount has been achieved through the successful implementation of the last two strategic plans, and with the completion of our new home at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin due at the end 2016 the last piece of the jigsaw is falling into place for us. This plan will see us step up to the next level as we move past Rio 2016 towards Tokyo 2020 by which time we want to have established an identity of our sport as an Irish sport within the consciousness of the Irish public while gaining recognition as a key player within the international gymnastics community”

Ciaran Gallagher, CEO Gymnastics Ireland


The full Gymnastics Ireland Strategic Plan 2016-2020 can be viewed online - click here...


Drone Footage of the National Indoor arena 


Gymnastics Ireland's annual flagship participation based event – The Floor 


Gymnastics Ireland National Artistic Championships 2016


National Sports Campus Drone Footage


Published with permission from @cian_roche Newstalk Media


Text, photos and videos: Gymnastics Ireland