2into3 is specialised in working with sports organisations of all sizes to help them define, fund and achieve their ambitions. Whether you are a volunteer-led local club, a Local Sports Partnership, a National Governing Body, or any other type of nonprofit using sports and recreation to deliver social impact – we understand the unique pressures you face and can work in partnership with you to help you navigate through them.
We have worked with 140 sports organisations
Meet the Team
Patricia has over decade of experience in the public and voluntary sector across the island of Ireland and in London. She has worked for local authorities, government departments and social enterprises at a senior level before embarking on consulting in 2005.
Rob Foley is the head of 2into3’s Fundraising Advisory Practice. Having pioneered the development of wealth screening services for fundraising organisations in Ireland, much of his work now centres on relationship-based fundraising campaigns, wider strategy development and board engagement.
Matt is an Associate Consultant with 2into3, delivering strategy and governance assignments with nonprofits, particularly sporting organisations. Matt brings extensive knowledge and expertise developed over two decades in CEO and government peak body roles spanning the Irish, Australian and New Zealand not for profit and high-performance sporting contexts.
Our Services for Sports Organisations
Significant projects for an organisation’s development require a structured and planned approach, when making a successful grant application.
Public funding programmes have strict funding criteria and application processes, our expert advice will guide you through the system to ensure you maximise the grant potential and achieve a successful outcome. Our experienced team will help you come to informed decisions that are in the best interests of your organisation.
We provide grant support for: Sports Capital,
We understand that it is only through developing your funding streams, can you build the capacity you need to deliver meaningful social impact. We work closely with our clients to develop, review and implement the fundraising strategies that help build sustainable, long-term growth.
Our fundraising team provide assistance with: Fundraising Development, Fundraising Review and Fundraising Support.
A Strategic Plan can be one of the most important tools for enabling your success.
By identifying your ambitions, you can then ensure that all your resources and energy are aligned towards your priorities.
A Strategic Plan can motivate your staff, volunteers, members and players – particularly if they have had a say in its development. We can work with you to get valuable inputs from your stakeholders, to ensure that your Strategic Plan is relevant and has buy-in.
Finally, your identified vision and strategic goals can inspire potential funders to support you to achieve your ambitions.
We understand the increasing compliance burden on sports organisations. Not only are the responsibilities on your volunteer leaders greater than ever, but so are the consequences.
Having a well-governed organisation is a key enabler for delivering on your ambitions, for your public credibility, and for your fundraising.
We can work with you to strengthen your governance structures and practices in line with the Governance Code for Sport, the Charities Governance Code and the Companies Act – as relevant to you. This could involve a review of your Board’s effectiveness or skills mix, or an audit of your policies and procedures.
We can build the capacity of your volunteer leaders and Trustees to help them understand and fulfil their responsibilities.
Is your company structure fit-for-purpose for achieving your goals? Do you have the right skills, capacity and capability to deliver your workplan?
We can cast an objective eye on your organisational structure and recommend how it can be strengthened in line with your ambitions. We can advise how to improve your organisational efficiency and effectiveness – for instance technology, premises, working practices, resources, communications, or culture.
Leadership Coaching and Mentoring
We understand first-hand the pressures that leaders in the sports sector face. We can support your CEO and/or Chair to navigate organisational issues, and to build their long term capacity and resilience. We can work with your CEO and Chair to ensure that, together, they are working effectively in leading the organisation.
In 2023, The Irish Sport Governing Body sector prepared for the 40% board gender balance deadline at the end of the year. Matt McKerrow, our Associate Consultant, shares his expertise on making progress towards gender balance on boards.
Taking the first step
Grants: If you would like to discuss how we can support your sporting organisation with grant applications, contact Patricia Keenan. For more on Patricia’s expertise on grant applications and track record, visit here.
Strategy: If you would like to discuss how we might be able to support your organisation with Strategy, Governance, Organisational Design, Culture or Leadership Coaching, please contact Luna Atkins or Matt McKerrow. For more on Strategy & Impact, visit here.