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    Philip Quin and Munster Development


    3 July 2018


    We’ve taken a few key questions from Katie McIntyre of Sports Venue Business from her interview with Philip Quinn, head of finance and operations at Munster on his role, business objectives, high performance leadership programme and upcoming developments. We’ve provided a link to the full story below.
    KM: What are Munster Rugby’s main objectives for the coming 12-48 months?
    PQ: We are in the process of finalising our strategic plan for the next three years. The primary focus of the club is to win silverware and to do this by developing our young home grown players as a priority, along with recruiting others to further strengthen the squad.


    One of the top level objectives is also to create a unique stadium experience. While European matchdays in Thomond Park can be very special occasions in terms of atmosphere, we are looking to enhance this experience further. This will be done through improvements to the matchday experience itself by introducing some positive changes but also by focusing on technology and turning Thomond Park into a top class digital stadium.


    There are six high level objectives in total with the silverware and stadia experience being two of those.
    KM: Working with The University of Limerick, Munster Rugby have developed a world-class High Performance Leadership Programme. Can you tell us more about this, like how it came about, who it’s aimed at, what the benefits of completing the programme are?


    PQ: Munster Rugby has always been at the forefront of how to enable players to prepare and perform at a higher level, becoming leaders in the process. We wanted to take these great learnings into the commercial world, helping senior and up and coming leaders in organisations understand how they need to manage themselves to perform at their true peak.


    Having researched the market extensively for a number of years, the opening of Munster Rugby’s world-class High Performance Centre at University of Limerick allowed us to expand on this idea. Thus was created the High Performance Leadership programme, which is headed up by Enda Lynch, in partnership with University of Limerick in September 2017.


    We designed a 2.5 day programme residential programme, for a maximum of 16 attendees, which is based on the principles of Energy Management, Fitness to Perform and Personal Balance & Alignment, underpinned by conversations on the importance of Authentic Leadership.


    Delivered by leaders from within University of Limerick and Munster Rugby, we explore how you manage your physical, emotional and mental energies, and the strategies you should employ in each. Looking at nutrition, exercise management, awareness of your mental health, stress management, aligned with feedback from you, your family, community and workplace, as well some physiological testing which we do with you, you truly understand how you are currently performing at home and in the workplace, and how you can take meaningful, very manageable steps to improve your performance in all areas of your life.


    KM: What, if any, developments are planned for either of your two home stadia over the next couple of years?
    We are constantly upgrading our facilities and within Thomond Park Stadium, led by our stadium director John Cantwell, we are currently constructing a new bar for our Premium ticket holders, along with a redevelopment of our supporters club bar.


    We are also in the process of updating our media facilities at Thomond Park Stadium. The next step is the investment in the technical infrastructure to enable our transition to a fully connected stadium with Wi-Fi in all areas. This is critical to ensure we keep up to speed with the changing landscape whereby technology has become such an integral part of everyday life.


    In Irish Independent Park, we are currently changing the main pitch from a natural surface to an artificial surface. Our stadium manager in Irish Independent Park, Ian Dunne, is working closely with PST Sport to install a state-of-the-art artificial surface, which we believe will be one of the best artificial rugby surfaces currently in use. This pitch will be ready for the commencement of the season in August of this year.
    We currently host around 50 matches each season but we hope to treble this with the additional capacity that an artificial surface gives us. This will be focused on club and schools rugby and we also intend to work with the IRFU to host additional rugby matches at the venue.


    Once this project is complete, we then plan to further upgrade the venue with the addition of a gym for use by under-age squads in the south and east of the province.


    KM: And finally, how do you see the sector evolving over the next 5-10 years?

    PQ: As I have already highlighted, technology is one of the key factors and it is critical that we embrace it as part of our customer experience. The need for full connectivity within stadia is already upon us, and the expectations of supporters will only grow in that regard.


    The matchday experience for supporters will continue to be critical and while we cannot control the result on the pitch, we must ensure that every supporter has an enjoyable experience within the stadium.


    With more and more matches now being televised, it is key that we provide the unique stadia experience that we reference in our strategic plan to attract supporters to the stadia.
    To see full interview...


    https://sportsvenuebusiness.com/inde...er-rugby/?ct=t

    #2
    Originally posted by jeepers View Post
    Philip Quin and Munster Development


    3 July 2018


    We’ve taken a few key questions from Katie McIntyre of Sports Venue Business from her interview with Philip Quinn, head of finance and operations at Munster on his role, business objectives, high performance leadership programme and upcoming developments. We’ve provided a link to the full story below.
    KM: What are Munster Rugby’s main objectives for the coming 12-48 months?
    PQ: We are in the process of finalising our strategic plan for the next three years. The primary focus of the club is to win silverware and to do this by developing our young home grown players as a priority, along with recruiting others to further strengthen the squad.


    One of the top level objectives is also to create a unique stadium experience. While European matchdays in Thomond Park can be very special occasions in terms of atmosphere, we are looking to enhance this experience further. This will be done through improvements to the matchday experience itself by introducing some positive changes but also by focusing on technology and turning Thomond Park into a top class digital stadium.


    There are six high level objectives in total with the silverware and stadia experience being two of those.
    KM: Working with The University of Limerick, Munster Rugby have developed a world-class High Performance Leadership Programme. Can you tell us more about this, like how it came about, who it’s aimed at, what the benefits of completing the programme are?


    PQ: Munster Rugby has always been at the forefront of how to enable players to prepare and perform at a higher level, becoming leaders in the process. We wanted to take these great learnings into the commercial world, helping senior and up and coming leaders in organisations understand how they need to manage themselves to perform at their true peak.


    Having researched the market extensively for a number of years, the opening of Munster Rugby’s world-class High Performance Centre at University of Limerick allowed us to expand on this idea. Thus was created the High Performance Leadership programme, which is headed up by Enda Lynch, in partnership with University of Limerick in September 2017.


    We designed a 2.5 day programme residential programme, for a maximum of 16 attendees, which is based on the principles of Energy Management, Fitness to Perform and Personal Balance & Alignment, underpinned by conversations on the importance of Authentic Leadership.


    Delivered by leaders from within University of Limerick and Munster Rugby, we explore how you manage your physical, emotional and mental energies, and the strategies you should employ in each. Looking at nutrition, exercise management, awareness of your mental health, stress management, aligned with feedback from you, your family, community and workplace, as well some physiological testing which we do with you, you truly understand how you are currently performing at home and in the workplace, and how you can take meaningful, very manageable steps to improve your performance in all areas of your life.


    KM: What, if any, developments are planned for either of your two home stadia over the next couple of years?
    We are constantly upgrading our facilities and within Thomond Park Stadium, led by our stadium director John Cantwell, we are currently constructing a new bar for our Premium ticket holders, along with a redevelopment of our supporters club bar.


    We are also in the process of updating our media facilities at Thomond Park Stadium. The next step is the investment in the technical infrastructure to enable our transition to a fully connected stadium with Wi-Fi in all areas. This is critical to ensure we keep up to speed with the changing landscape whereby technology has become such an integral part of everyday life.


    In Irish Independent Park, we are currently changing the main pitch from a natural surface to an artificial surface. Our stadium manager in Irish Independent Park, Ian Dunne, is working closely with PST Sport to install a state-of-the-art artificial surface, which we believe will be one of the best artificial rugby surfaces currently in use. This pitch will be ready for the commencement of the season in August of this year.
    We currently host around 50 matches each season but we hope to treble this with the additional capacity that an artificial surface gives us. This will be focused on club and schools rugby and we also intend to work with the IRFU to host additional rugby matches at the venue.


    Once this project is complete, we then plan to further upgrade the venue with the addition of a gym for use by under-age squads in the south and east of the province.


    KM: And finally, how do you see the sector evolving over the next 5-10 years?

    PQ: As I have already highlighted, technology is one of the key factors and it is critical that we embrace it as part of our customer experience. The need for full connectivity within stadia is already upon us, and the expectations of supporters will only grow in that regard.


    The matchday experience for supporters will continue to be critical and while we cannot control the result on the pitch, we must ensure that every supporter has an enjoyable experience within the stadium.


    With more and more matches now being televised, it is key that we provide the unique stadia experience that we reference in our strategic plan to attract supporters to the stadia.
    To see full interview...


    https://sportsvenuebusiness.com/inde...er-rugby/?ct=t
    Maybe just in a bad mood- but that’s a bit underwhelming- nothing really about grass roots development (unless that’s what artificial pitch is doing- am still aghast about losing such a beautiful natural surface), debt servicing/repayment, and I hope the ‘match day experience’ enhancements aren’t based on the Watford/sarries garbage. Absolutely correct to identify the threat of increasing tv coverage (welcome as it is for those of us who do our stunt don’t always do the long distance/ costly trip to home games).

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      #3
      WiFi in all areas of TP.. so modern.. Public Wifi is dead.. 4G phones have seen to that
      Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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        #4
        Originally posted by Sulla View Post
        WiFi in all areas of TP.. so modern.. Public Wifi is dead.. 4G phones have seen to that
        Try getting a 4G signal in a packed TP in a Heineken Cup day. There are plenty of people (young and old) on pay as you go contracts who don't have data plans and rely on wifi.

        Also wireless connectivity is standard across the NFL and is something that Spurs are pushing big time with their new stadium. https://www.computerweekly.com/news/...se-new-stadium
        Last edited by Wallyman; 20th-July-2018, 08:15.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Wallyman View Post
          Try getting a 4G signal in a packed TP in a Heineken Cup day. There are plenty of people (young and old) on pay as you go contracts who don't have data plans and rely on wifi.

          Also wireless connectivity is standard across the NFL and is something that Spurs are pushing big time with their new stadium. https://www.computerweekly.com/news/...se-new-stadium
          If we want an atmosphere to beat any rugby pitch in the world, WIFI or 4G connectivity is the absolute last thing we need. I understand NFL having them, those games take the best part of a day from start to finish. If we can't manage an 80 min match without checking our instagrams we're well & truly screwed as a species.

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            #6
            Originally posted by mickiemcfist View Post
            If we want an atmosphere to beat any rugby pitch in the world, WIFI or 4G connectivity is the absolute last thing we need. I understand NFL having them, those games take the best part of a day from start to finish. If we can't manage an 80 min match without checking our instagrams we're well & truly screwed as a species.
            There are LOTS of stoppages in rugby. It a very stop start game with barely 40 mins play in an 80 min match. You've got barely any stoppages in football, yet Spurs are making sure they've got the best connected stadium in Europe. We're nearly 20 years into the 21st century. You've got to go with the times.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Wallyman View Post
              There are LOTS of stoppages in rugby. It a very stop start game with barely 40 mins play in an 80 min match. You've got barely any stoppages in football, yet Spurs are making sure they've got the best connected stadium in Europe. We're nearly 20 years into the 21st century. You've got to go with the times.
              I appreciate that, but in those stoppages you could, you know....talk? While I may sound like I'm 85, I'm in my 20's. Imagine the atmosphere if every break in play people whip out the mobiles, it'd be like the Aviva before we know it.

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                #8
                Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post
                Maybe just in a bad mood- but that’s a bit underwhelming- nothing really about grass roots development (unless that’s what artificial pitch is doing- am still aghast about losing such a beautiful natural surface), debt servicing/repayment, and I hope the ‘match day experience’ enhancements aren’t based on the Watford/sarries garbage. Absolutely correct to identify the threat of increasing tv coverage (welcome as it is for those of us who do our stunt don’t always do the long distance/ costly trip to home games).

                See, this is unfair in my opinion, the very first thing he mentions is:

                "We are in the process of finalising our strategic plan for the next three years. The primary focus of the club is to win silverware and to do this by developing our young home grown players as a priority,"

                Opinions are like an arsehole, in that we all have one, but I would definitely believe that allowing more games to be held in IIP on a pitch that wont be suffering in the dead of winter is going to help develop young home grown players, as will the new gym down there. Loads of games on a fast, constant, unchanging surface is going to upskill young and fringe players.

                Thomond Park is the envy of lots of clubs in rugby worldwide, the fortress of solitude(HPC) is even more impressive, international setups would love what we have in UL. Look at Carton House, our place is better than that and thats what our national side is utilising.

                What are people expecting him to say? Ah yeah we are gonna throw a roof on Thomond after we milk the money cow.

                We needed a bailout only a short while ago.

                I dont agree with constantly having a kick at the club and its stakeholders (not directly aimed at you Jag, more a statement of pervading sentiment on here)
                I am the million man.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by mickiemcfist View Post
                  I appreciate that, but in those stoppages you could, you know....talk? While I may sound like I'm 85, I'm in my 20's. Imagine the atmosphere if every break in play people whip out the mobiles, it'd be like the Aviva before we know it.
                  It already happens. For example people are constantly checking scores in other games/sports during stoppages. The lack of connectivity on match days is obviously one of the things that gets brought up regularly, or they wouldn't be addressing it.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Wallyman View Post
                    It already happens. For example people are constantly checking scores in other games/sports during stoppages. The lack of connectivity on match days is obviously one of the things that gets brought up regularly, or they wouldn't be addressing it.
                    If they're already doing it, then why does it need to be facilitated?

                    I for one have never heard anyone say "Ah I'd go to Thomond only they've no Wifi"

                    However I live down the road from the Aviva & have heard plenty of my Leinster friends say "I hate going to games there, I'll wait until the next game in the RDS"

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Wallyman View Post
                      It already happens. For example people are constantly checking scores in other games/sports during stoppages. The lack of connectivity on match days is obviously one of the things that gets brought up regularly, or they wouldn't be addressing it.
                      Correct. It is something that comes up frequently in post game surveys.

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                        #12
                        Has a decision been reached that the 4G pitch will be the next training-base style clatterf*ck subject on Munsterfans?
                        When things go wrong, blame McGahan

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Cowboy View Post
                          See, this is unfair in my opinion, the very first thing he mentions is:

                          "We are in the process of finalising our strategic plan for the next three years. The primary focus of the club is to win silverware and to do this by developing our young home grown players as a priority,"

                          Opinions are like an arsehole, in that we all have one, but I would definitely believe that allowing more games to be held in IIP on a pitch that wont be suffering in the dead of winter is going to help develop young home grown players, as will the new gym down there. Loads of games on a fast, constant, unchanging surface is going to upskill young and fringe players.

                          Thomond Park is the envy of lots of clubs in rugby worldwide, the fortress of solitude(HPC) is even more impressive, international setups would love what we have in UL. Look at Carton House, our place is better than that and thats what our national side is utilising.

                          What are people expecting him to say? Ah yeah we are gonna throw a roof on Thomond after we milk the money cow.

                          We needed a bailout only a short while ago.

                          I dont agree with constantly having a kick at the club and its stakeholders (not directly aimed at you Jag, more a statement of pervading sentiment on here)
                          I agree with you- I don't like the frequent negativity either- but it would be a sad look out if that meant only positive views could be posted. The part you highlighted seems fairly general aspirational stuff- compared to the specifics elsewhere in the article. The question we need to be addressing is HOW we do this, what resources we need to do so, and how to find these. Munster management have, I believe, done a fine job, and I trust them fully to continue doing so. However, when one comes out to say what the plans are I want to feel convinced that we have a plan to bring on more players, from schools and clubs, who are capable of challenging the main squad, and are ready to do so sooner. I hope you are right that losing the green swards of muzzer will deliver- agree fully about the fitness areas, and excellent UL facility.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by B.A. View Post
                            Has a decision been reached that the 4G pitch will be the next training-base style clatterf*ck subject on Munsterfans?
                            I don't know. Mickie's making a strong push for 'making wifi available'. Not sure if it's the kind of thing that anyone else could give the slightest **** about but we'll see.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by B.A. View Post
                              Has a decision been reached that the 4G pitch will be the next training-base style clatterf*ck subject on Munsterfans?
                              Renaming Irish Independent Park should be the priority.


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