Club Questionnaire

The purpose of this strategy is to support the potential of outdoor recreation in County Carlow for everyone, landowners, participants and the host communities and habitats.  This survey seeks your opinion as a representative for a club, we appreciate that you may not be able to definitively answer some of the questions, however, we welcome considered estimates.  We also appreciate it if you could ask your members to complete the separate questionnaire survey for outdoor recreation participants.  Every person who makes this small effort contributes to the effectiveness of the strategy.

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* 1. What is the name of your club? 

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* 2. What is your role in your club?

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* 3. Approximately how many active members are there in your club?

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* 4. Approximately where is your club based?

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* 5. What type of outdoor recreation activity/s is your club involved in?

  Main Outdoor Recreation Activity. Additional Outdoor Recreation Activity.
Hillwalking
Rowing
Forest walks
Kayaking/Canoeing
Paragliding/Paramotoring
Orienteering
Road Cycling 
Equestrian
Mountain-biking
Scuba Diving/Snorkelling
Angling 
Hunting

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* 6. Where in County Carlow do your club/members take part in outdoor recreation activities?

  Most frequent location Second Most Frequent Location Third Most Frequent Location Least Frequent Location Very Rarely if Ever
River Barrow North of Bagenalstown
Rive Barrow including and South of Bagenalstown
River Slaney
Mount Leinster Area
Blackstairs area
In Coillte Forests
On Public Roads

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* 7. Why do your members use County Carlow for their sport?

  Not applicable  Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree
It is close by or we are based in County Carlow
Best location for participating in our sport due to the natural amenities (mountains, rivers, game, fish)
It has the most appropriate weather (wind, rainfall, snow conditions)
Best location for our sport due to the setting (scenic, wilderness, unspoilt)
Best location for our sport due to the built amenities (trails, livery)
Public Transport: there is good public transport to and from the activity locations
Limited alternatives, we would go elsewhere if we had the option.

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* 8. Approximately how frequently do your members take part in outdoor recreation activities in County Carlow?

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* 9. What are the approximate group sizes amongst your members when they take part in their sport in County Carlow?

  Most frequent size Often Rarely Never
Solo
2 - 4
4 - 8
Approximately 10
10 - 20
20 - 30
More than 30

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* 10. Please indicate how the following activity issues affect your club or your sport in County Carlow.

  Not Relevant  Very Poor Poor OK Good Excellent
Access to outdoor areas for our sport
Access for our members with disabilities
Quality of supporting facilities (slipways, toilets, signage, information panels)
Activity  services (equipment hire, instruction)
Quality of land trails
Quality of water trails
Education and awareness opportunities on the local built or natural heritage
Events for my sport (competitions, meets)
Disturbances or conflict with other outdoor recreation users

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* 11. Please indicate how the following activity support issues affect your members when they are taking part in your sport in County Carlow.

  Not relvant to me Very Poor Poor OK Good Excellent
Driving to and from activity locations
Public transport to and from the activity locations
Parking at activity locations
Environmental sustainability
Litter
Personal safety
Property safety (equipment, vehicle)
Nearby supporting services (accommodation, dining)

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* 12. What environmental issues affect your sport in County Carlow?  Please comment further on any significant issues which you have identified.

  Not relevant True False Unsure
Our sport does not cause any enviornmental issues
There are some negative consquences as a result of our sport
We encounter the negative environmental impact of others when we take part in our sport
There are other envionmental issues which degrade the experience of our sport 

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* 13. How might your club or members 'give back' to the outdoor recreation environment in County Carlow?

  Not applicable Yes No
This is something we already regularly do (please elaborate below)
Provide volunteers once a year (litter pick, path repair, other outdoor recreation event)
Encourage our members to volunteer for ongoing outdoor recreation activities (path repair, activity ambassadors)
Undertake a specific fund raising activity such as for an item of outdoor recreation infrastructure
Adopt/support a County Carlow outdoor recreation project, club, initiative
Do not feel that this is something we can or should do

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* 14. Does your club have a policy which encourages your members to spend money in the local host economy when they are taking part in their sport?

  Not Applicable True False
We have
There are no opportunities to spend money locally
We have an expectation that members will spend locally but we do not remind or actively encourage it
We have a formal policy of members contributing to the local host economy
We remind members regularly to contribute to the host economy
We give back to the host community in different ways

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* 15. If you had the power and resources to do one thing to improve the opportunities or experience quality of your sport in County Carlow, what would that be?

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* 16. Aside from your club's participation levels, over the past three years how would you describe overall participation levels of your sport in County Carlow?

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* 17. What do you attribute any change in participation to?

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* 18. What is required to grow participation in your sport in County Carlow?

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* 19. Take a bow, you have contributed to County Carlow's outdoor recreation strategy.  Before you go, we may have missed something,  have you any further comments to make on the current status or future opportunities for outdoor recreation in County Carlow?

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* 20. If you wish to please provide your email or phone number so that we can contact you regarding the strategy's progress and direction.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.  Should you have any additional thoughts you wish to raise, please contact Humphrey Murphy at Humphrey@ilc.ie or at 086 2659276

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