Strategy Statement




The Oughterard Rugby Football Club (ORFC) strategy statement provides the overall strategic framework within which the club is positioned and a quality service is delivered.


To promote the game of rugby football to the wider community and to practice it to a high level in a safe, caring, fun, and friendly manner.


In order to achieve this aim, ORFC tasks and objectives will be:

  • To offer membership to those interested in the game of rugby football regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or religion.
  • To instil our members with the physical and mental fitness, discipline, team spirit, decision-making, leadership and character attributes, which are at the heart of rugby football.
  • To actively communicate with all members.
  • To encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of the club.
  • To promote social activities for all members of the club and community in order to build esprit de corps within the club, and to foster cohesion and social inclusion within the wider community.
  • To ensure the financial viability of the club as a whole.
  • To operate a child-friendly set of policies that prioritises the welfare of the child.


To become one of the leading clubs in Connacht with a full range of underage, masters, and ladies teams.


The ORFC strategic goals are:

  • To promote the game of rugby football and thereby instil the personal, social, physical, psychological, moral growth and development of our players by playing rugby.
  • To encourage young people to make a positive contribution to the club and within the wider community, thereby affirming their self worth and encouraging them to become active citizens within their community.
  • To develop the game outside of the club structure in Oughterard and its environs by actively engaging with the local schools to develop school teams.
  • To expand the local game to encourage female participants whether it be the traditional game or Tag Rugby and to encourage participation as a healthy lifestyle.
  • To develop playing and training facilities along with related amenities to provide a physical home for rugby in Oughterard.


ORFC core values define the way we do business and how we behave, in short they reflect our unique club culture. The core values inspire and challenge members in their efforts to create a successful club.

Respect- To be respectful, open and honest and to behave with integrity at all times. In doing so we must constantly challenge ourselves to exceed the expectations of our members and those with whom we come into contact with in the future. In essence, respect fosters co-operation and makes it easier for us to achieve our common goals.

Excellence- We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in all we do, which in turn will lead us to strive for perfection. In order to be excellent, we must challenge ourselves to exceed the expectation of our players and members by striving to surpass our targets and improve our results.

Responsibility-ORFC endeavours to empower each individual at every level in our club; and empowerment demands responsibility. To be responsible we must be reliable, creative, confident and ready to accept challenges. We must always perform routine tasks carefully and thoroughly, with our players’ and clubs best interests in mind.

Fair Play - All of ORFC’s activities should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play and is much more than playing within the rules. It incorporates the concepts of friendships, respect for others and always playing within the right spirit. Fair play is defined by a way of thinking, not just as a way of behaving. It incorporates issues concerned with the elimination of cheating, gamesmanship, doping, and violence (both physical and verbal).

Fun – Both adults and children have a lot to gain from sport in terms of self-esteem, confidence, physical health, and the development of new skills. ORFC is committed to delivering its services in a manner that makes learning fun, enjoyable, and part of a positive sporting environment.

Competition – ORFC will stress the importance of participation for each member; best effort and enjoyment rather than winning at all costs will be stressed.A balanced approach to competition can make a significant contribution to children’s development while at the same time providing fun, enjoyment and satisfaction. Through such competition children learn respect for opponents, officials and rules of the sport.

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