The Sports Volunteer Development Programme is an initiative of the UCD Athletic Union Council, the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership and the UCD Centre for Sports Studies…

Based on the experiences of the partner organisations in working with sports clubs within UCD and the local community, the aim of this programme is to equip volunteers with the necessary skills to effectively contribute to the management and development of their sports club. By providing quality training to participants it is hoped that the programme will create a culture of active leadership and will enable the participants to become positive roles models within UCD and community sports clubs.


Programme participants must be over 18 years of age and currently be or aspire to become, actively involved in an organisational or administrative capacity in a UCD club or a sports club within Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County. Twenty places will be made available this year. Ten of these places will be reserved for sports clubs based in the County and 10 for UCD sports clubs. In both cases, if necessary priority for places on the programme will be given to women and volunteers involved in minority sports.

Application Procedure

Applicants from members of local sports clubs will be required to complete and return an application form by the 6th September 2013. Forms can be downloaded from or contact Shane McArdle, Co-ordinator Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership at or tel. (01) 2719507. UCD applicants will be required to complete and return an application form which can be downloaded from and return it to Suzanne Bailey ( by the 6th September 2013.


The programme fee for participants is €;75. In the case of participants from UCD clubs, the fee will be paid by the AUC. However, should participants from these UCD clubs not attend in full at all workshops and seminars they will be liable to the AUC for the full amount of the programme fee.