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Irish Club Management Diploma Success

9.26am 4th October 2016 - Management Topics

The Diploma recipients with CMAE’s Director of Education Michael Braidwood. From left to right Michael, Ian, Derek, Gay
The Diploma recipients with CMAE’s Director of Education Michael Braidwood. From left to right Michael, Ian, Derek, Gay

Three Irish Club Industry Professionals received their Club Management Diplomas at a recent presentation ceremony in Dublin. The Diploma is awarded across Europe and the Middle East by the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) as a key qualification in its Management Development Programme’s (MDP) education pathway.

The three successful recipients were Ian Delany Finance Director, Milltown Golf Club; Derek Murphy, General Manager, Glen of the Downs Golf Club, and Gay Noland, General Manager, Newlands Golf Club.

All three attended MDP Parts One and Two over a two year period, and attained their Diplomas by passing the end of programme exam, successfully fulfilling the requirements of an executive case study (that takes place during the week of MDP 2) and submitting and passing a work based assignment on a problem at their club that they resolved by applying the key learnings from the MDP curriculum.

Other managers who passed the diploma following the Dublin hosted Management development programme in February were – Brendan McDermott, Kirkcaldy Golf Club, Paul Reavey, Warrenpoint Golf Club, Judy Braniff, Kirkistown Castle Golf Club, Mohammed Attallah, Golf 1457 Egypt, Jonathan Palmer, Grange Golf Club, Sebastiano Torrisi, Donnafugata GC, Italy, Tim Neil, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai, Chris Gornall, Moor Park Golf Club, Simone Diozzi, Golf and Country Club Südtirol, Italy.

Launched in 2011 the highly regarded MDP Pathway has already been promoted and delivered in Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy and Dubai. Each course delivers top class education to club managers and club industry professionals on the 10 core competencies of modern club management.

Michael Braidwood CCM, CMAE’s Director of Education said of their success “it always gives me pleasure to hand out the Diploma certificates to industry peers. I have seen them work incredibly hard during their time at MDP, and then apply that knowledge in their clubs. These people are changing the perception of club management in our industry, and given the number of clubs now appointing trained and qualified managers, others are taking note.”

Commenting on his success Gay Nolan said “Really enjoyed the networking of the tribe and the many avenues we explored. I found the MDP 2 very comprehensive and really enjoyed the case study and the assignment and found the teamwork and commitment excellent, with reference to the course for me personally I found the following very helpful: Governance, Facility Management, Time Management, Business Planning for your Club, Team Building and Managing Performance. I would also sincerely thank the excellent facilitators for their professionalism throughout the course and thank them for the motivation, confidence and the education experience”

The MDP pathway was originally developed by the Club Managers Association of America and thanks to their vision and insight has been shared with CMAE, who adapted the materials for the Golf, Sports and City Club Markets across Europe and the Middle East.

In 2016/17 CMAE will roll out another 12 MDP courses throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

The next one scheduled for Ireland is a Management development programme Part 1, which will take place at Clontarf Castle Hotel from February 20th – 24th 2017.For more information about CMAE and its club focused education programmes visit

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