Success: What is it? What does it mean for your club…

Ive often thought about the definition of success and what makes a football club ‘successful’…

  • Trophies?
  • Income?
  • Supporteres?
  • Size of ground?
  • Quality of players?
  • Good public relations?

A look at the Premier League shows how difficult it is to really define success; Arsene Wenger, is he successful at Arsenal? Was Claudio Ranieri a success at Leicester? Who is the most successful club in England and what makes it so?

My guess is the first few paragraphs have already had many different answers. Which ones are right? Are any of them right? Can they all be right?

Definition of success?

Success is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”

  • An Aim – “have the intention of achieving”
  • A Purpose – “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”

This got me thinking about Kilmore Rec. Football Club what is the aim or purpose of the club?

Paul Mullan and Gary Kennedy with Steel & Sons Cup 2009

Lets start with the clubs constitution, the governing document, the document that forms the bedrock of all clubs – what is the Aim or Purpose?

“The purposes of the Club are to promote the amateur sports of Association Football in Co. Down and community participation in the same.”

Fairly generic if you ask me and really what does it actually mean. If you take it on face value then we are achieving this fairly easily; Football is promoted by the club through youth teams, senior male and female teams, events, social media etc and absolutely none of this would be possible without community participation.

Does that mean that we are achieving success as a club? According to our constitution it does…

‘What about the title’s?’

The trophies, the league title, cups wins, unbeaten runs? Thats success surely? Of course it is…I find it hard to imagine that anyone would disagree with that definition of success.

What about having over 100 kids aged 5-15, 3 senior male teams of over 60 players, 20+ players in a flourishing ladies team, 60 affiliate members, 100’s of supporters, management teams, coaches, volunteers, committee members…..participating on a weekly basis and taking an interest in this club….is that success?

Kids enjoying Kilmore Rec FC youth academy #AcademyBlue

If I asked all those members and supporters what success is to them, each of them would give me a different answer…some would mention the league tittles, cups & winning games; others would mention the safety of their child, health & wellbeing, quality coaching, are they playing, are they enjoying themselves, are they making friends, are the facilities safe….some would mention personal aims that I have never thought about.

I go back to the original definition of success….the accomplishment of an aim or purpose

Everybody’s aim is different….some are reaching for the stars whilst others are happy to be healthy and making friends.

Surely as a club and as a community our aim is to help EVERYONE achieve their own aim or purpose?

Sean

 

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