Forming A Club
STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO FORMING A DRAGON BOAT CLUB
- Do your research. Google is a great tool to find out exactly what dragon boating is all about. Maybe even ask an existing club if you could come along and give it a try.
- Ensure there is a specific demand for a club in your area. If there is already a club locally then there may not be the need or capacity for another.
- Have you access to a suitable stretch of flat water that is preferably non-tidal and wide enough to turn a dragon boat around. The boats are 40 feet long!
- Can you store the dragon boat, paddles and buoyancy aids securely? A boat weighs 250kg so can be either left on the water or lifted off and stored under covers or in a shed or container.
- Brainstorm how you are going to finance the equipment. Check out local grant schemes, contact the Local Sports Partnerships and plan own fundraising events.
- Set up a Club Committee. As a minimum you will need a Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary. Other committee roles could include Social Secretary, Child Protection Officer, Coach, Safety Officer.
- Set up the Club Governance. This will include a Club Constitution, membership and bank account.
- Register with the Governing Body, the Irish Dragon Boat Association who will then include you in all their information distribution and approve you as a registered club.
- Set club training dates, aims and objectives.
- Look for potential members, hold an open night, get publicity through newspapers, advertise locally, use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and a website.
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