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MDP (Management Development Program)

The Management Development Programme is a series of 5 week long education programmes delivered by CMAE throughout Europe designed for club general managers, club secretaries and in other senior positions at sports, city and business clubs today and also for those who aspire to these roles in the future.

These courses are:
  1. MDP Part 1 - Club Operations
  2. MDP Part 2 - Building and Managing the Club Team
  3. MDP Golf Operations
  4. MDP Food and Beverage Management
  5. MDP Strategy and Leadership

The MDP pathway provides a structured and comprehensive education programme for club managers to gain a broad knowledge of the 10 core competencies of successfully running a club, as well as providing the opportunity to build a strong network with other club managers

CGI hosted the Management Development Program (MDP) – Part One in February and again in November 2015, in partnership with the Irish Golf and Club Managers Association (IGCMA) and the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE). The first residential educational programme was run from at the superb Clontarf Castle Hotel and covered the ten core competencies of modern club management.

The IGCMA hosted Part Two in March 2016 and was another huge success with 15 Delegates attending from all over Europe. The next programme had a change of venue to the wonderful and world famous 5 Star Resort - K Club. Many thanks to our MDP Delegate Sharon Smurfit for all the support to moving to the new venue. The programme was a great success with 16 delegates taking part.

The MDP has already been delivered successfully over the past four years in partnership with the Golfing Unions in Scotland and England, with France, Spain and Italy following their lead over the last 24 months.

To date over 900 Club Managers, Club Honorary Officers, Club Pros and Course Managers have participated in the Part One programme in Europe, with a large percentage continuing on to take part in Level Two and Level Three.

Previous participants have found the programme extremely beneficial, with delegates stating:

‘I got a brilliant response back at my club to what I have learned. It was intense, hard work at times but a lot of fun and very entertaining. I learned so much, gained new friends and contacts that I know will help me for years to come. Thank you.’

‘I learned more about what my job should be in 5 days than I learned in the previous 5 years.’

 ‘A one-stop-shop that covers all areas of golf club management.’

‘Exceeded expectations in terms of content and exceptional presenters. I will definitely be back for Level 2’

MDP Overview
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