Mayo Sports Partnership

Sports Partnership Projects

Women in Sport

 The Irish Sports Council allocates funding to each Sports Partnership for targeted initiatives which will lead to increased involvement in physical activity by women. Mayo Sports Partnership have three projects which meet this need

 Mayo in Motion Walking Programme – The aim of this programme is to get women walking more often. In 2007the Mayo Sports Partnership in association with Mayo County Development Board facilitated an initiative to promote walking as an enjoyable way towards a healthy and active lifestyle.  Twenty communities participated in the project which proved to be an outstanding success with people of all ages participating. Over 800 people participated in the timetabled walks which are available to dowload here List of Walks. For more info or to register your community for the initiative contact the Partnership

Hip to Hop Teenage Dance Programme – This initiative targets second level teenage girls 15 -17 who do not participate in mainsteam sports. This year 5 second level schools have registered 20 girls for the programme which takes place over an 8 week period outside of normal class hours. Since 2005 15 Schools have participated with over 300 girls benefiting.

Go Move, Shift Teenage Girls Activity Project - In 2008 5 Youth Clubs / Groups were selected to participate in a pilot project which would expose teenage girls in the Youth Club setting to an 8 week course in Aerobics / Dance and Martial Arts. The pilot phase is now over and an evaluation of the project is taking place.

Active Women Project - In Autumn 2007 5 Communities in South Mayo were selected to participate in the first phase of a project to increase physical activity amongst women aged 30+. The local community centre was utilised to offer aerobics / keep fit sessions twice a week for 8 weeks. After the first 8 weeks the community took ownership of the project and ensured sustainability. Over 150 women participated in the project and it is hoped that 5 more communities may be selected in the Autumn.

Participants receiving some coaching tips as part of the Hockey Open Day held in Castlebar

Hockey in Mayo -  Back in 2006  a small group of interested people met with Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator with the Mayo Sports Partnership to explore avenues for potential development of a Hockey Club in the area. With the assistance of the Connaught Hockey Association and the Partnership assistance was given to the setting up of the club. Through the Irish Sports Councils Women in Sport Initiative funding was secured which enabled the club to purchase hockey goals and equipment. Indeed assistance was also given to Foireann Spoirt Iorrais, a new hockey club, to form in Belmullet. In June 2008 a level one coach education course was held for Mayo coaches and with schools now participating in Connaught leagues it is hoped that the development will continue into the future

National Action Plan against Racism

 Mayo Sports Partnership received funding from the Department of Justice for three projects to take place in 2007 and 2008.

 Parkside Sports Induction Programme – Parkside community initiative in Ballina aims to  include people from varying ethnic backgrounds in its sports programme which delivers pathways towards involvement in local sporting organisations. This initiative is due to be launched soon.

Mayo Martial Arts Programme – This programme aims to attract new members from diverse bacgrounds to participate in the associations activities and leading to a competitive element for some. Costs will be subsidised and all activities will be publicised in different languages.

 Volleyball for Everyone – Volleyball is now available in a number of centres in the county after an initial phase which created great interest. In Castlebar Volleyball takes place every Tuesday evening outdoor for the summer months at the rear of the GMIT in Castlebar at 7pm. It also takes place in St Colmans College in Claremorris and it is hoped that it will start in Foxford Sports Complex in the near future.See Calendar of Events / Training Courses for further details on what is coming up.

Challenge Projects

 Mayo Sports Partnership will receive funding towards targetyed initiatives which meet the objectives laid out in their strategic plan. Some projects for 2008 include:

 Special Participation Initiative Grant Scheme – Local organisations / clubs can submit proposals which will increase participation in sport in target groups of the population ie Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Ethnic Minorities, Travelling Community, Women, Older People etc. Successful proposals will receive grant aid towards such initiatives. Information on this grant scheme can be viewed by clicking here: Grant Information

Building Communities through Sport and Recreation – Ann Ronayne has been appointed as project worker for this initiative. It involves developing a local area action plan for three communities in the county which are to be selected in conjunction with the County Community Forum. Areas such as leadership training, participation opportunities, introducing a new sport into the area, people with disabilities and older people will be looked at.

Gaelforce West Adventure Race – Two races Gaelforce 6 and 12 take place in Westport during the weekend of Aug 23rd & 24th. See  for more info.

Strategy for the Promotion of Outdoor Persuits in Mayo - It si planned that during late 2008 this plan will be developed to promote this area in the county. More details will be posted on this website when it comes to hand 

Orienteering in Mayo - Since the introduction of the new junior cycle P.E. Syllabus and primary chool P.E. Curriculum adventure sports are becoming more and more important to childrens educational experience. Also in the Western region of Galway / Mayo / Roscommon there would be no orienteering clubs participating in the sport on a regular basis.As a partner agency on the board GMIT are exploring ways to make the sport more accessible to schools and the general public. They run a full time degree level course in outdoor education at the college and have been involved with us in projects such as the Gaelforce West Adventure Festival and others. As part of this project the college will be mapping schools in the Castlebar and Westport Areas and making these maps available to schools in an accessible format. The Junior Cycle Physical Education Support Service based in Castlebar is lending its support to the initiative. Where Mayo Sports Partnership fits into the initiative is at the community level where support is sought for the mapping of the Moore Hall Area in Mayo and for this information and resource to be made available to schools and the wider community. This resource can be used by the public in family days out or as an excursion with groups of childen etc. The staff of the outdoor education programme will undertake to support this initiative to get up and running in the Mayo Area for 3 years and then begin withdrawing in order that it become self sustaining.

Fri, 02 Mar 2007 13:13:00 GMT