Mayo Sports Partnership

Primary Schools Buntús Programme

Buntús Play and Buntús Multi Sport are two exciting programmes, which have been introduced by the Irish Sports Council through the Local Sports Partnerships. These are developed to support teachers in introducing young people to sport. Buntús Play is designed for 4 to 9 year olds, introducing core skills and fun games. Buntús Sport builds on Buntús Play, introducing specific modified sports to 7 to 11 year olds, and offers the first step for children to lead, officiate and organise in sport.

Children from Ballinrobe N.S. who are participaing in the Buntús Programme pictured with some of the Sports Equipment the school is provided with

The Buntús programme has been designed as an excellent resource package to support Primary school teachers in delivering the new PE curriculum. The programme offers a large bag of colourful, child friendly equipment, training for use, combined with resource cards illustrating activities in several areas including: rolling, running and jumping, throwing and catching, kicking etc.

The school is asked to commit all teachers to a 4 hour training session for delivering the Buntús programme, and to commit to make regular use of the resources provided. This training is vital as it assists all teachers and school staff to become very comfortable with the equipment and use of it, with their classes.

180 National Schools are now participating in the programme. One follow-on programe Buntús Soccer has been successfully rolled out since May 2006 and is currently offered to schools after they have completed the Buntús Play and Buntús Multi Sport programme, over 100 schools have completed the training and are participating. Other follow-on modules include Buntús Badminton, Rugby and Golf, they are all in early stages of development with the NGB's. Since the start of the Buntús Programme in 2005 over €150,000 worth of sports equipment has been provided to Primary schools in Mayo with more to follow.

Every National School will get an opportunity to participate in the initiative at some stage.

Buntús Start Pre School Programme

Buntús Start is a comprehensive physical activity programme for children aged 2-5 years old.  It has been designed for use in pre-school settings so that pre-school and playgroup leaders can provide a wide range of learning opportunities for young children to develop their fundamental motor skills, manipulative skills, co-ordination and balancing skills and develop a positive attitude to physical activity.  The programme was piloted in Sligo and Donegal in 2004/2005 and is now being offered to areas with Local Sports Partnership’s, including Mayo. The programme is a joint initiative between Mayo County Childcare Committee, H.S.E. West and the Sports Partnership.

Practioners from registered childcare centres participating in training workshops

The aim of Buntús Start is:

To extend the physical, creative, personal, social and emotional capabilities of pre-school children through enjoyable, planned, physical development play activities in the areas of spatial awareness, basic motor skills, co-ordination and control skills and aiming, predicting and estimating skills.

Buntús Start Training Programme:

Participants attend an initial four hours training programme with a further 2 hour follow up approximately 6-8 weeks after the programme is used in the pre-school. To date 18 centres are participating in the programme. If you would like your centre to avail of the training please contact the Mayo Childcare Committee at 094 9047010 

Child Protection in Sport Workshops

Sports Volunteers from Achill who received Child Protection in Sport Attendance Certs.
Sports Volunteers from Achill who received Child Protection in Sport Attendance Certs.

A central goal for all those involved in sport for young people is to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment where children can develop and enhance their physical and social skills.

In order to help achieve this, Mayo Sports Partnership host 4-hour workshops in Code of Ethics and Best Practice for Children’s Officers and/or Designated Persons, Sports Leaders within sports clubs / organizations and other adults involved in the organisation of sport for young people.

As well as undertaking child protection training, all governing bodies of sport and related organisations should adopt child protection policies and procedures as outlined in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport.

The training will enable Children’s Officers/Sports Leaders to:

  • Implement best practice in protecting the welfare of participants
  • Create a child-centred environment within the sports club
  • List categories of abuse and some indicators associated with abuse
  • Make appropriate response to a disclosure
  • Make a report to designated officer or appropriate Statutory Authorities

Participants must be 18 or over and be under a National Governing Body of Sport to be eligible to attend.

To check out the next course in your area please see Courses and Events (Events Calendar)

Childrens Officer in Sport Training

‘Children Officer in Sport’ training is the next stage of the Code of Ethics and Best Practice course. It is targeted at designated Children’s Officers within sporting organisations.This 6 hour course is usually held on a Saturday and participants should have a six month gap between completing the awareness course and registering for the Childrens Officer training. 

Please Note: Participants of this course must have completed the 4 hour Code of Ethics and Best Practice Awareness course detailed above and be aged 18 or over.

Pictured in the teachers training centre a group who took part in the children officers in sport training course in association with the Mayo Sports Partnership

This course aims to promote awareness of their role as best practice in dealing with children.For the next course check out Courses and Events (Events Calendar)


Active Leadership Award

Active Leadership Award Training


The award is designed to provide trained, knowledgeable and enthusiastic community based physical activity leaders. Leaders will be equipped to work in a wide range of locations including local clubs, community groups, workplaces, community centres and sports’ clubs. Leaders will aim to increase participation rates in physical activity in a variety of practical ways: -

a.       Encourage a wide range of people, such as friends, colleagues and contacts to take up active leisure pursuits

b.      Apply their knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead safe, enjoyable activity sessions with small groups

c.       Assist in the planning, organising and running of community sports days

Participants undertaking training for the Sport for All Leader Training now known as the Active Leadership Award

Aims & Objectives: The training course has been developed by a cross border Development Committee comprising representatives of the Irish Sports Council, the Sports Council for Northern Ireland, and Sport for All tutors from Northern Ireland and the Republic of IrelandIt is intended that the course is a practical and enjoyable experience for the participant.

The intended outcome is that the trainee leader will be competent and confident in taking charge of a group for physical activity sessions. Specifically, the successful leader will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead physical activity sessions within their own group setting. The training courses are organised at local level by a wide range of organisations in a variety of settings, including;

          Vocational Educational Committees

           Local Sports Partnerships

           District Councils

           Education Boards

           Library Boards

           Community organisations

           Voluntary organisations


At the start of the course, trainee leaders should be: -

 -Over 18 years in the Republic of Ireland          -Over 16 years in Northern Ireland   

 Considerations for Course Leaders

 In selecting candidates for the course, consideration should be given to the following: -

1       A person’s reasons for applying for the course

2      Opportunities for using the training

3      Links to clubs, community groups or other groupings

It is strongly advised that the course organiser is satisfied as to the suitability of applicants to leadership situations, including personal interest, enthusiasm and experience/common sense. The tutor will also assess these qualities throughout the course

 The Training Course- Aims & Objectives 

  Firstly it is intended that the course is a practical and enjoyable experience for the participant.

 The intended outcome is that the trainee leader will be competent and confident in taking charge of a group for physical activity sessions. Specifically, the successful leader will be equipped with the necessary skills to plan, organise and lead physical activity sessions within their own group setting.

 Learning Outcomes

Following the course, the successful leader will: -

Understand their role as a leader and how they will apply it within their organisation

Display an ability to plan and lead a fun physical activity session demonstrating leadership skills such as communication, observation and group management

Demonstrate an ability to safely lead a group of up to 16 people

Course Duration

The total course will be 10 to 12 hours comprising of practical and theoretical units

Course Modules

1.      What is Active Leadership?

2.      Leadership skills

3.       Safety and injury prevention

4.      Planning and organising

5.       Signposting – opportunities for further development and training

Practical activities

Practical activities will be used to develop the participants’ leadership abilities, skills and knowledge

 Course Assessment

For a participant to successfully complete the training course, the Tutor should be confident in the leader’s ability to successfully plan and safely lead a fun activity session. All trainee leaders will be continuously assessed throughout the course on their: -

a.      Application

b.      Leadership skills

c.       Personal skills

Trainees will receive a tutor evaluation/feedback form identifying areas that may need further work following assessment, and trainees who receive a satisfactory course assessment will be advised as to whether they can lead or co-lead Active Leadership sessions within their target group

Please check out Courses and Events (Events Calendar) fo more information on dates and venues.

Sports First Aid

The Mayo Sports Partnership in partnership with Mayo Civil Defence hosts a number of one day Sport First Aid awareness seminars and 2 day Occupational Sport First Aid Training throughout the county. The course aims to give participants some basic knowledge and skills which they can put into practice in their sport.

Sports Volunteers undertaking the two day Occupational Sports First Aid Training conducted through Mayo Civil Defence

This course introduces participants to accident procedures, basic life support C.P.R., wounds & bleeding, fractures, sprains, strains & dislocations, shock, common medical emergencies, head, eye & spinal injuries and casualty handling from a sporting perspective. Please note that the one day awareness seminar is not a full qualification in first aid. This can be obtained by completing a two day occupational first aid course which is offered through Mayo V.E.C.s adult education programme and is now available every term on the Sports Partnership Programme.

 Please refer in our Courses and Events (Events Calendar) section for regular updates of new dates and venues of Sports First Aid seminars.