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Martin Sheridan Sports Bursary Awards 2016 Now Open

Thanks to generous support of Mayo County Council the Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards for 2016 are now open for applications by relevant sporting bodies and organisations. Forms and application criteria are downloadable from https://sites.google.com/site/martinsheridanbursary/    or by email request to martinsheridanbursary@gmail.com . The closing date for completed entries is |October 28th 2016.

 

The Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards are for sports people who have excellent potential, outstanding ability and the desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport and have the potential to bring recognition and success at National and International level to Mayo. The awards are designed to assist in the cost of education, training, travel and equipment.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:33:00 BST

MSP 2015 Annual Report Now Available

Community Sports Hubs a key priority for Mayo Sports Partnership

 Development of community sports hubs, jobseeker sports coach training and youth sport leadership programmes, all courtesy of Dormant Account funding, were key outcomes from the 2015 annual report of the Mayo Sports Partnership.

 Launching the 2015 report outgoing Sports Partnership Chairman Cllr Brendan Mulroy complimented volunteers involved in clubs and communities who contribute towards providing a high quality of life through sport and physical activity. The report, describing the workings of the Sports Partnership during 2015, highlighted the development of sports hubs in places such as Westport Leisure Park, Lough Lannagh Castlebar, Belleek Ballina and more recently through Dormant Account funding The Maples Recreational Park Ballyhaunis. A Sports Hub seeks to provide a home where people of all ages and abilities can participate in a range of programmes or initiatives; it could be a leisure centre, recreational park, school or outdoor area.  Future development of Sports Hubs will be a priority for the Partnership in strategic sports planning and will depend largely on collaboration between all stakeholders to ensure success.

To view a copy of the report please click on this link ‌

 Other highlights from the report demonstrates that Mayo Sports Partnership and its stakeholders provided physical activity opportunities for some 11, 652 people through 69 locally delivered participation programmes, 3263 female participants in 8 local Women in Sport programmes and 403 people with a disability in 18 Sports Inclusion Disability Programmes. Approximately 570 volunteers were involved in the delivery of these initiatives with the annual flagship programme the West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon involving some 2,000 people overall.

 In addition the sports umbrella body ran 19 training and education workshops with 711participants, supplied information to 580 clubs / organisations and over 12,000 people contacted the Partnership for general and sports specific knowledge.  

 2015 saw the Partnership celebrate its 10th Anniversary since its launch on the 10th March 2005 in the Westport Leisure Park. Since then it has delivered 516 programmes targeting 62,374 people from all sectors of the population in Mayo plus 54 Women in Sport initiatives for 31,263 Women.

 Cllr Brendan Mulroy Chairman of Mayo Sports Partnership thanked former Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring, key stakeholders John Treacy and staff in Sport Ireland, CEO Mayo County Council Peter Hynes, Director of Services Joanne Grehan along with the many other partners who contribute to the continued development of the umbrella sports body.

 “ Much credit must go to Sports Partnership Director Charlie Lambert and staff for continually delivering high quality participation programmes and working with local agencies and all sections of society.” Cllr Mulroy added.

 Currently Mayo Sports Partnership are in the process of putting together a new strategic plan 2016 - 2020 for the future development of sport in the county. Anyone who would like to make a submission to this blueprint can do so by contacting the Partnership offices at 094-9047025 or e-mail msp@mayococo.ie . You can also log on to its website and download the full report at www.mayosports.ie/news  

 

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:35:00 BST

New Initiative for Primary Schools - The Daily Mile

Mayo Sports Partnership, HSE West and the Mayo Education Centre would like to invite Primary Schools throughout Mayo to take part in a free and simple initiative to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of all children.

The Daily Mile is an initiative which was started by Elaine Wyllie, Headteacher of a Large Scottish Primary School in 2012. Elaine started this initiative when she noticed that many children in her class room were very unfit.... She started by asking the children to run around the school pitch. By halfway most were exhausted however once they did it daily the children’s fitness levels improved and they increased it to the daily mile.  Since then it has been introduced into over 1000 schools in the UK.   It is very simple to start in a school. Without wasting time to change into kit, every child in a school goes out each day in the fresh air to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. It is not competitive and most children average a mile, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but a physical activity which is aimed at improving the children's physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment.

If you are interested in starting the daily mile in your school or one of the classes in your school initially please send your contact details to “the Daily Mile”, Mayo Sports Partnership, Moneen, Castlebar, Co Mayo or email msp@mayococo.ie. Please respond by Friday 23rd September 2016. We would hope that participating schools would commence their programmes the 1st week in October. For further details on the daily mile please visit the website www.thedailymile.co.uk

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:22:00 BST

Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme for Claremorris

Are you unemployed, working part time or previously self employed? Do you want to obtain coaching experience in Athletics, Soccer, GAA and Rugby  so that you can work as a Coach?

 Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Sport Ireland, Dormant Accounts Board, South West Mayo Development Company, Mayo County Council, Mayo Mental Health Association, Athletics Ireland, FAI, Mayo GAA and Connacht Branch IRFU will deliver “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme in Claremorris over the coming weeks.

 Goal to Work is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board with the initiative taking place in areas such as Castlebar (2), Ballina (2), Ballyhaunis (2), Erris, Swinford and Westport. In 2013 the “Goal to Work” training programme won an Aontas STAR award which recognises excellence in adult education.

 Course content will include a classroom based learning component including a FETAC accredited module in Occupational First Aid. It will also deliver accredited training in Child Protection in Sport, Sport Ireland Active Leadership, and Disability Awareness.  In addition to these accredited modules the programme will also provide information through specialist guest speakers on how to set up and manage your own business, enterprise opportunities, job readiness skills, personal development, building self esteem and self confidence, identification of personal progression options in employment, further education and training. Trainees will also be afforded the opportunity to coach in local primary schools and also deliver a community come & try it sports day.

 The programme will commence in early October for 3 days a week for 10 weeks and is open to currently un/underemployed men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time / full time coach in these sports or in developing their own business. 

 “Goal to Work” Sport Coach Training Programme is supported by the Dormant Accounts Board and is an equal opportunities training programme.

 Places will be limited to 12 trainee coaches. For more information or an application form please contact  Catherine Mc Closkey, South West Mayo Development Company.

Email cmccloskey@southmayo.com or call 087 1247771 for details. Application forms can also be downloaded at www.southmayo.com or at this link 2016 Goal to Work Claremorris Application Form 

 Closing date for receipt of completed applications is strictly 1pm Tuesday 20th September 2016. Interviews to take place in Claremorris on Monday 26th September.

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:36:00 BST

European Week of Sport 10th – 13th September - See Mayo Events Here

The 2nd European Week of Sport is running from the 10th to the 18th of September across all EU member states. It aims to encourage participation in all forms of sport and physical activity

The Irish Sports Council is the coordinating body for the European Week of Sport and all events (in Ireland)  can be viewed on http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/European-week-Of-Sport-/

 

A mayo directory of events can be viewed here 2016 European Week of Sport Mayo Directory of Events

 In the run up to the week we are keen to have as comprehensive and broad listing of events for  Mayo and Ireland as we possibly can. We would be most grateful if you are holding any events between the 10th and 18th of September to register them through the below link. We would be particularly interested in seeing events listed that are open for people participate in including:

 

Walking events / festivals /

Community walksCycling events

Charity events

GloHealth

Fit4life

Cycle For Life events

Local Club events

School / Child focused events

Men in motion / running etc

Sport training / coaching events

Health & Fitness classes

Basically any sport, fitness & Physical activity events

Come & try Participation events

 

Events can be easily uploaded on http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/European-week-Of-Sport-/ The #BeActive (hash tag) should be used where possible on line and on social media platforms.

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:41:00 BST

Ballyhaunis Soccer and Cricket Day

On Saturday Sept 24th venue Ballyhaunis FC Sports Ground, Ballyhaunis Football Club and Ballyhaunis Cricket Club host an exciting day of sport for all the family. The day starts at 11am-3pm and includes soccer games for children and soccer skill development. The second part of the day is cricket. Children and Adults all welcome to see cricket matches, play in cricket matches and learn the skills along with understanding the history of Cricket in Ballyhaunis. The day is being organised by Ballyhaunis Sports Network. Refreshments will be available on the day. Everyone is Welcome. Admission is Free of Charge.

Further information on the day contact Anne Ronayne Mayo Sports Partnership 0876973587 or Paul Byrne FAI 0868579678

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:24:00 BST

Go for Life Grant Scheme for Older People Groups – Now Open

 

The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for older people is now open. The scheme is aimed at encouraging older people to get active and is used by groups and clubs all over Ireland to buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities. Last year over 1,000 groups and organisations availed of this opportunity. Each grant awarded this year will be between €250 and €700.

Mayo Sports Partnership assists groups in preparing applications or in just dealing with their queries. If your group needs assistance please contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email msp@mayococo.ie or log on to its website at www.mayosports.ie

The closing date for applications is 12 Noon Friday 30th September 2016. Application forms are available here 2016 Go for Life Grant Application Form and 2016 Go for Life Grant Application Form in Word

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:15:00 BST

Directory of 2016 Summer Camps in Mayo -Now Available

Mayo Sports Partnership has once again compiled this directory as an information resource for parents or for those wishing to make contact with organisers of Sports Camps around Mayo. To view this resource click on this link 2016 Directory of Summer Camps

This information resource gives information on different camps per area

- Adventure Sports Camps

- Achill

- Ballina

- Ballinrobe

- Ballyhaunis

- Castlebar

- Claremorris

- Charlestown

- Erris

-Foxford

- Kilmovee

- Newport

- Swinford

- Westport

- Miscellaneous

Inclusion in this directory is not an indicator of the quality or value of the camp. All camps listed are independently run and all related queries should be directed to the camp contact as listed. The listed camps are those who we are aware of at this moment and time. If there are any others who would like to be included on our web based directory at www.mayosports.ie please contact us at 094-9047025 or e-mail us the details to msp@mayococo.ie .

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:43:00 BST

€19,500 allocated to 46 Sports /Community groups by Mayo Sports Partnership

At a recent Mayo Sports Partnership Board meeting  €19,500 was allocated to 46 clubs / organisations in Mayo through the Partnerships 2016 special participation grant scheme. Special guest at a recent presentation evening, Minister of State for Regional Development Michael Ring, paid tribute to volunteers involved in sport at all levels throughout the county.

To view full listing please click here 2016 List of Recipients for SPG Scheme

 

“ Without volunteers sport in Mayo like every other county would not happen. Its so important that we recognise the hard work of volunteers through initiatives such as the Mayo Sports Partnerships annual small grant scheme” Minister Ring  stated.

 

 The aim of the Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport / physical activity and it is envisaged that all projects will help to do just that particularly in specific target groups of our population. This year the scheme has funded initiatives including the set up of a new Mayo Orienteering Club, the new development of a basketball senior club in Westport, walking football initiatives in Ballinrobe, Kilmovee and Achill, community participation initiative in Tourmakeady, mothers and others ladies GAA programmes in Crossmolina and Westport and Cricket in Ballinrobe. Programmes in the travelling community and the Special Olympics were also supported under the initiative.

 

 “Since 2005 over 60,000 people and 28,000 women have participated in hundreds of participation programmes big and small across the county. Many of them have been supported by the annual small grant scheme which really helps to develop grassroots sport at local level” Mayo Sports Partnership Chairman Brendan Mulroy added

 

Mayo Sports Partnership comprises of representatives from local agencies, sports organisations and community representatives, is core funded by Sport Ireland and is hosted by Mayo County Council. For funding under the annual Special Participation Grant Scheme applicants need to show that the suggested project will increase participation and is sustainable.

 

 Since 2005 the Partnership has brought an overall investment of close to €7 million to developing sport and recreation within the county. Many projects / initiatives involving pre-schools all the way up to older people have benefited from this significant input.

 

Any further information on the above can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or by logging on to www.mayosports.ie

 

 

 

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:32:00 BST

Applications now open for Goal to Work Castlebar Sports Coach Programme

Are you a jobseeker or working part time? Living in the Castlebar area? Do you want to achieve coaching experience in Basketball, Athletics, Hurling / Camogie and Tennis so that you can work as a Coach?

Mayo Sports Partnership are inviting applications for the Castlebar Goal to Work sports coach training programme. Participation on this course will not affect a social welfare payment and there are no course fees.

 

Trainee Coaches must:

Be unemployed or working part time and in receipt of a social welfare payment or previously self employed

Have an interest in the sports listed above and sport in general.

Be willing to participate in a 10 week training programme for 3 days each week, 9.30am – 4.30pm

 

Application forms can be downloaded here 2016 Castlebar Goal to Work Application Form 

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is strictly 1pm on Wednesday 13th July 2016. Interviews to take place on Wednesday 20th July.As places will be limited to 12 Trainee Coaches, short listing may apply.

Contact:  Catherine Mc Closkey, South West Mayo Development Company.

Email cmccloskey@southmayo.com or call 087 1247771 for details.

 

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:47:00 BST

Online Survey for New Plan for Sport in Mayo 2016-2020

Since 2005 Mayo Sports Partnership has successfully delivered 2 strategic plans for sport in the county. A number of key achievements has taken place over this time: 

 

  • Participation in sport has never been higher with 47% of the population now partaking in sport at least once a week compared to 34% in 2007.
  • Mayo and Sligo are the only two counties in Ireland where more women 49% are participating in sport than men 47%
  • 62,000 people in Mayo have participated in 530 programmes
  • 32,000 women have participated in 55 women in sport programmes
  • 2800 sports volunteers from 600 clubs have attended child protection in sport training
  • 3000 people have attended 170 sport education seminars / training
  • Since 2008 3,500 people with a disability have attended 120 programmes

 

Despite all this development there is of course a lot more to do and we need your help to guide us in our efforts.  We are now currently engaged in developing a 3rd plan 2016 – 2020 and would like to invite you to share  your fresh thoughts / ideas on sport and physical activity.

 

It would be greatly appreciated if you could click on one of the below links and spend five minutes of your time, seriously just five minutes, to answer nine easy-peesy questions about sport, the Partnership and your hopes for the future of sport in Mayo.

 

If you are an individual and not representing a club, school or organization please use this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVF92GT

 

If you are speaking on behalf of a club, group, school, community etc please use this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/65YKTSJ

 

Do your daily act of generosity click now and tell us what you think.   Thank you for your time and we look forward to working with you in the interest of sport / physical activity in Mayo.

 

Wed, 25 May 2016 14:52:00 BST

Get Active this June with Mayo in Motion Walking & Cycling Events

June is Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month

Mayo Sports Partnership together with Mayo Walking and Trails Partnership has been hugely involved in the promotion and development of walking and cycling trails throughout Mayo. Membership of the Partnership includes representatives from Mayo County Council, South West Development Company, Mayo North East Leader Partnership Teo, Failte Ireland, Mayo Sports Partnership, Community Forum & Other Stakeholders.

To download community walks details please click here 2016 Walking Calendar of Events   

 

To download Bike Week Events please click here 2016 Bike Week Events in Mayo


Need support to set up a walking club / group in your community? As an addition to this years programme Mayo Sports Partnership in association with Get Ireland Walking are rolling out phase 2 of the Active Community Walking Programme in 6 communities. This programme aims to support the creation of vibrant walking communities throughout Mayo and to express interest in joining phase 2 just contact the Sports Partnership office at 094 9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie  .

 

You can register your community group or work place for the “Mayo in Motion” Initiative by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnership office at 094 9047025 Also log on to www.mayosports.ie or www.mayotrails.ie for more details or go to the Mayo Sports Partnership Facebook page. 

 

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 17:42:00 BST

Irish Soccer Legend Supports Mens Health Week 13th-19th June

Mayo Sports Partnership and HSE West are calling on all our men here in Mayo to take part in a local event to celebrate Men's Health Week and Irish Soccer hero Packie Bonner is wading in behind the project.

 Men of all ages, shapes and sizes across the country will move en masse next Saturday June 18th to celebrate Men’s Health Week which runs from June 13th to 19th.  Men on the Move groups are active across the country and these groups will unite in each county and participate in their local Park Run, Bike Week cycle or locally organised event.

 “I wish all the Men on the Move lads across Ireland the best of luck in their quest to support the Boys in Green at the European Championship this summer," Bonner stated.

 With each man completing a 5Km walk, jog or run at their own pace, collectively almost 330 men will complete the 1640Km distance from Dublin to Bordeaux to support the Irish Soccer team taking on Belgium that afternoon.

 And it’s not just for men who are part of a Men on the Move group.  All men are welcome to take part on the day and be involved in this unique movement for men’s health and well-being. 

 

Since September 2016, over 900 men have across 8 counties in Ireland have been involved in a national Men on the Move research project.  Men on the Move is a 12 week [two * 1 hour sessions per week] physical activity programme for men.  The programme is designed for men who are currently inactive and who want to become active or resume activity.  Sessions happen in local communities by trained physical activity co-ordinators in an atmosphere underpinned by fun, banter, safety and trust.  Workshops on diet and well-being are also integrated into the programme.

 

In Mayo three Men on the Move groups in Ballina, Ballaghdereen and Crossmolina are involved in this research programme with another eight areas active including Achill, Ballyhaunis, Ballinrobe, Castlebar, Charlestown, Swinford, Erris and Westport. Currently the groups are on a summer break but will resume in September with organised activity sessions.

 

The project lead is Dr Paula Carroll from Waterford Institute of Technology. 

“Men on the Move has completely dispelled the myth that men are not willing to engage with their health and well-being, and that men don’t talk.  Evidence from this programme is that men will engage and go the distance when the service or intervention is tailored for their needs.  Men on the Move has certainly hit the right note for hundreds of men around the country and the benefits far out reach the physical benefits that motivated many men to get involved in the first place.  Friendships have been formed, some men no longer feel isolated in their communities, dependence on medications have been reduced and so many men have a renewed vitality and stamina for living.  I would encourage any man to contact their Local Sports Partnership and see how they can get involved locally”. 

 

The men who signed up were predominantly overweight (44.6%) and obese (45.6%) and 54% were in the high risk category for cardiovascular disease.  After just 12 weeks, significant improvements have been in found in all measures including weight, BMI, waist circumference and physical fitness culminating in a reduction of cardiovascular risk of up to 30%.  For one man the programme has been ‘simply life changing’. 

 Men on the Move was initially piloted in Mayo with 3 groups in 2013. The programme has been hugely popular extending to the areas listed above and now extending to counties including Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford, For more information on the programme in Mayo contact Ray Mc Namara Mayo Sports Partnership Inclusion Officer at 094-9047023 email msp@mayococo.ie

 For events on the 18th June available in Mayo see below table (please note that other local events may not be included in this timetable):

 

 Castlebar   Park Run Sat 18th June Meet   at Tennis Club Castlebar at 9.30am

Erris   Park Run Sat 18th June Meet   at Cross Lake at 9.30am

Ballina   Parkrun Sat 18th June Meet at Soccer Club at 9.30am

Westport   Parkrun Sat 18th June Mill   Street Carpark at 9.30am

Swinford   Family Fun Cycle Sat 18th June Swinford   Community centre 2 – 5pm

Westport   Family Fun Cycle Sat 18th June Gaelscoil,   Westport 2.30 – 6pm

Achill   Family Fun Cycle Sat 18th June Davitt   Park, Achill Sound 2 – 5pm

Positive   Mental Health Cycle Sun 19th June Cornmarket,   Ballinrobe 10.30 – 2pm

Islandeady   Community Cycle Sat 18th June Jacks   Old Cottage 12 – 4pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:02:00 BST

NATIONAL BIKE WEEK -WHERE WILL YOUR BIKE TAKE YOU?

National Bike Week, which takes place annually, returns to Mayo this summer from Saturday, 11th June to Sunday, 19th June. Enjoy eight days on two wheels celebrating and promoting all that is great about cycling. There are a wide range of events taking place throughout Mayo including:

 

Ballina Family Fun Cycles on the 11th,13th and 15th JuneSchool / Public Lunchtime Cycles in 7 locations across the countyWestport, Achill, Swinford and Islandeady Family Cycles on Saturday 18th JuneBallycastle, Kilmovee Cycles 16th June, Ballinrobe and Erris 19th JuneMayo County Council Staff Turlough Greenway Cycle Mon 13th JuneCastlebar, Claremorris Family Cycles on 25th June

 

Note: A full listing of events, times, meeting points etc can be downloaded here 2016 Bike Week Calendar of Events

 

All of the events are organised by Mayo Sports Partnership / Bike Week Steering Committee members including Mayo County Council, An Taisce Green Schools, Smarter Travel, community councils and cycling groups from throughout Mayo. For a full list of events see programme on this page and to join in a cycling adventure this June, log onto www.bikeweek.ie or www.mayosports.ie/news

 

Bike Week not only promotes the leisure and fun aspects of cycling as a family, with friends, to sightsee…it also highlights why it is important to choose cycling as a means to commute to work, to do the crèche or school run or to run errands. by public transport or a car

Commuting by bike to work, college, school or just to go to the shops, is a much faster way to travel.

Cycling as an everyday pursuit is a healthy way to travel too and it has many physical benefits. Studies have shown that cycling is one of the most efficient ways to lose weight. And, cyclists who cycle regularly are seen to be on the same fitness level to those ten years younger. Also, three hours of cycling per week can reduce the risk of heart disease by 50%! There are also mental health benefits derived from cycling.

 

Bike Week is a fun-filled family event, as well as catering for cycling enthusiasts. There is quite literally something for all ages and ability, from free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime rides, school cycling races bikes festivals and much much more, Bike Week has something for everyone.

 

Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, Bike Week is coordinated at a national level by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. For more information, please visit www.bikeweek.ie, follow Bike Week on Twitter @BikeWeekie or on Instagram @BikeWeekie or like Bike Week on Facebook www.facebook.com/bikeweekie.

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:19:00 BST

Ballina Sports Coaches complete 10 week training programme

 A group of jobseekers mainly from the Ballina area have just completed a 10 week long specialised sports coaching course which it is hoped will provide them with the tools to obtain employment.  The “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme which ran for 3 days each week in Ballina allowed trainees to become fully qualified GAA, Rugby, Basketball and Soccer coaches with additional sports modules in child protection, first aid, disability awareness and little athletics completed. Trainee coaches also honed their skills and coaching in local national schools giving many school children some quality participation experiences.

 Mayo Sports Partnership Board member Liz Murphy presented the newly qualified coaches with their Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme certificates at a presentation held in the Ballina Sports Complex.

 She commended the partners in the programme with the assistance of Sport Ireland and the Dormant Accounts Board in bringing this  programme to the area.These partners include Mayo North East Leader Partnership, Mayo County Council, Mayo Mental Health, Connacht GAA, FAI, Connacht Branch IRFU, Basketball Ireland and the local Primary Schools where the coaching took place. Originally developed in County Leitrim, under the auspices of the County Development Board, the Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme is now in its 9th  phase having already being rolled out in the  Castlebar, Ballina (twice), Ballyhaunis (twice), Erris, Swinford and Westport areas.

 The first programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining employment as a result. Goal to Work follow on courses built on the pilot initiative were multi sport and specifically targeted the other areas in the county as listed above. 

Training was provided on how to explore setting up a business, how to develop an  enterprise idea and further educational/training opportunities.  Other modules included IT, communication skills, progression routes and CV preparation. All of which would help participants to identify possible employment or training opportunities after the 10 week programme.

 Some participants have gained employment as a Sports Co-ordinator under the Rural and Social Services Scheme, others have progressed on to further training and some have gained some part time employment as sports coaches with local schools etc.Speaking on this issue Siobhan Carroll Webb Mayo North East Leader Partnership . said “ Assisting the Sports Leaders / Coaches to find  employment or to progress onto further education or avail of training opportunities is an important outcome for the multi-agency organising committee.”

 90 sports coaches / leaders have now received training under the Goal to Work programme and are available to assist communities, sports clubs and schools throughout the county.

 “These coaches are a fantastic resource to have in the county and we hope to invite some of them back for further training to assist us in delivering targeted participation opportunities for all” Sports Co-ordinator for the Mayo Sports Partnership Charlie Lambert added.

 To find out more about the programme log on to www.mayosports.ie or contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email msp@mayococo.ie

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 17:48:00 BST

Call for Events - Mayo in Motion Walking Month June 2016

Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month June 2016

Mayo Sports Partnership in association with Mayo Trails Partnership facilitate an annual initiative to promote walking and cycling as an enjoyable way towards a healthy and active lifestyle. In 2015 over 20 communities throughout the county participated in walks with 16 cycling events taking place during Bike Week. The initiative proved to be an outstanding success with people of all ages and abilities participating. Based on its success a calendar of events will be once again be co-ordinated to promote walking and cycling during the month of June, this year National Bike Week takes place from Saturday 11th to Sunday 19thJune.

The programme is promoted under the banner of “Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month” and communities are invited to schedule walks or cycles in their locality which will then be advertised by us in the local media and website.

If you or your community/ workplace are interested in participating in this initiative please complete a registration of events form 2016 Mayo in Motion Event Registration Form and return it to the undersigned by Friday 3rd June.

Also as part of this year’s initiative we are rolling out phase 2 of the Community Walking Activation Programme where we are seeking 6 more groups / communities who would like to get a walking club / group going in their area.  is being promoted to get communities walking. A trained facilitator will attend 6 sessions and provide advice / resources which will help the group become sustainable. To find out more about the Get Ireland Walking Active Community Walking Programme contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or download an application form on our website at www.mayosports.ie/news

 

Further information on the above is available from Donal Newcombe, Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email: msp@mayococo.ie

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:26:00 BST

Want to set up a Walking Group in your community this Summer? See below

Step Up and Get Your Community Walking

 If you would like to get a walking group started in your area take steps to start with the new phase of the Get Ireland Walking Active Community Walking Programme.  The programme will encourage people to become active/more active through walking and support local people to set up and sustain a community walking group. This programme is suitable for people of all fitness levels and abilities.

 During the programme barriers that people face concerning being active within their local area will be addressed. Communities will be supported in the experience of walking with a group and in developing an action plan for walking in their local area.

 In 2015 6 communities / groups participated in the inaugural programme with walking groups established in Claremorris, Cong, Charlestown, Carracastle and Newport. The programme will be available to 6 further groups /communities in Mayo who do not have any formal walking group. A trained facilitator will attend 6 sessions and provide advice and resources which will help the group become sustainable.

 Mayo Sports Partnership is now seeking expressions of interest from communities / groups / clubs (not individuals) who would like to participate in this initiative. If interested please complete the attached expression of interest form and return to Mayo Sports Partnership, c/o Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co Mayo email: msp@mayococo.ie . Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 31st May 2016. Successful groups will commence sessions in early June.

To find out more about the Get Ireland Walking Active Community Walking Programme contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

You can download an expression of interest form here 2016 Get Ireland Walking Expression of Interest

This programme is an initiative of Sport Ireland and is being delivered by Mayo Sports Partnership

Fri, 20 May 2016 13:33:00 BST

Bike Week 2016 Grant Scheme Now Open

Building on the fantastic enthusiasm and participation of groups around the county in Bike Week 2015, Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Mayo County Council, An Taisces Green – School Programmes, Road Safety Authority and Westport Smarter Travel is now inviting applications for funding from interested community groups / sports clubs for Bike Week 2016 (11th - 19th  June) events.

 If your group is interested in promoting cycling as part of a fun, national programme, this is an ideal opportunity to apply for funding to help deliver your event.

 Key information points:

 Grants for Community Groups are available up to a potential maximum of €500 per successful community group (depending on the scale of the event). An overall allocation of €3,000 is available towards these community events.

 Events that will be eligible for grant assistance in 2016 must be fun / novel, target outreach to non-cyclists or aspiring cyclists. They can be targeted at the whole community such as a town centre cycle festival with events for the whole family or can be aimed at specific groups such as BMX tryouts for teenagers, women only leisure cycles etc

 Note that successful events to receive funding will need to be located at a venue which is visible to passers by / general public

All events should have a minimum of 10 people attending, should be free and open to the public.

 Bike Week is particularly interested in working with young people this year and we would ask that you include them in planning your event.

 For the purposes of these grants, eligible expenditure will include:Costs involved (either directly or through partners) in organising one or more local fun cycling events for public participation e.g. mass cycle, slow bike race, cycling obstacle course, road race, forest cycle, fancy dress parade, bike fest etcCosts involved in organising public information events on cyclingCosts of purchase of items etc to raffle or give as prizes for participants in eventsCosts of complementary activities for event days, e.g. musical entertainment, face painting, novelty bike displays (unicycles, tricycles), electric bike displayCosts relating to publicity for eventsPlease note that expenditure will not be allocated for sweets / fizzy drinks etc.

For more ideas, see the 2015 photo galleries and event information on www.bikeweek.ie

  Application is by providing information as requested in the aplication form which can be downloaded here 2016 Bike Week Application Form‌. A list of costed activities or events must be supplied with the application.

 Applications should be emailed to msp@mayococo.ie  or, alternatively, application forms can be posted to Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

 The closing date for applications to Mayo Sports Partnership is Friday 27th May 2016.

 Funding is at the discretion of Mayo Sports Partnership / Mayo County Council and as such applicants may receive all/some/or no funding applied for.

 The dedicated contact person will be informed of the proposed amount to be granted by Friday, 3rd  June 2016. 

 Successful community groups / clubs will receive the grant following confirmation by the dedicated contact person of acceptance of the grant amount. Wherea grant is in respect of a local community group, the contact person will be deemed responsible for handling the application, expenditure of grant and return of vouched expenses.

 The dedicated contact person will be required to submit a brief report on the success or otherwise of the Bike week events and activities. The report should be a brief summary of the event of no more than two A4 pages or maximum of 500 words (bullet points suffice) and should ideally be accompanied by not more than two photographs of the event. This information will be used to help plan future Bike Week events. Photographs of the event may be uploaded to the Bike Week website.

Wed, 06 May 2015 16:41:00 BST

Have your say in the Future Development of Sport in Co Mayo

Strategic Plan Public Consultation Meetings

Mayo Sports Partnership is currently in the process of developing a new Strategic Plan to increase participation in Sport & Physical Activity and ensure the best use of local resources and facilities in County Mayo. As part of this process there is an open invitation to anyone who is in interested in commenting on the future direction of the Partnership, to attend one of the following workshops with consultant Humphrey Murphy from Irish Leisure Consultants.

25th April at 7:30pm in the Mayo Education Centre ( Adjacent to GMIT) Castlebar.

• 27th April at 7:30pm in the Ballina Sports and Leisure Centre Ballina.

For further information or to confirm your attendance, please contact the Mayo Sport Partnership at (094) 904 7025, Email: msp@mayococo.ie  .

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:06:00 BST

Something for everyone on Mini Marathon Day Sun 1st May in Castlebar

Join the fun on West of Ireland Mini Marathon Day -  Sun 1st May Castlebar

 Castlebar is getting all geared up to welcome women from all over Ireland and beyond to the Mayo capital for the 7th Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday 1st May. The event is expected to attract large numbers of participants, supporters, family, friends etc. Event organisers are delighted that Sonia O Sullivan  has once again announced her intention to return to Castlebar to lend her support to the largest event for women in the West of Ireland. Sonia in particular is  encouraging secondary school girls to participate in the “Its for Girls” challenge where there is fantastic prizes from the Westport based Adventure Islands company for the schools which have the highest percentage of girls aged 14 plus participating in the event. In addition Sonia is also encouraging primary school children across the region to participate in the 3rd Primary Schools Mini Mini Run.

 The 10-kilometre run  / walk and the 1km Mini Mini event  is being co-organised by the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership. Main sponsor is Connaught Gold in association with Mayo.ie “Mayo Day” initiative and the Adventure Islands. To celebrate Mayo Day 2016 Mayo.ie are giving a specially designed technical t-shirt to the first 1000 individual entrants of the Mini Marathon online www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com  or those who register offline by filling out the entry form in the Western People and posting to Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council,  Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

 Adding extra atmosphere to this years event is the Mayo 1916 Commemoration Parade and Family Day organized by Mayo County Council.There will be street theatre, performances, spectacle and other family events centered on the Mall which will be the reviewing area for the parade which will take place after the Mini Marathon.

 With the mini-marathon a little under two weeks away the excitement is building. To capture the festival atmosphere the Mall, will incorporate a stage with music, refreshment zone, childrens activity area etc. The Mini Marathon will commence at 12 Noon followed by the Childrens Run at 12.05pm from the Courthouse with the Mall open to the public from 10.30am – 5pm.

 

The organisers would like to ask participants and members of the public to be environmentally friendly and utilise recyclable waste bins on the Mall as well as the race route itself. 

 

Finally with an event of this nature some temporary road closures will be in operation on Sunday 1st May and again the organisers would kindly ask the public to acknowledge these restrictions for the health and safety of all. These are listed below:

 

9.30am      Mall Closure- until 4pm

Ellison      Street Closure 11.30am – 3pm    

 Lower      Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30am     

Duke St      12 Noon – 1pm

Newport      Rd to Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm     

Pound      Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Gallows      Hill 12 Noon – 1pm

Newline      12 Noon – 1pm

Pontoon      Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pm     

Ballinacarriga      to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballynew      / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pm     

Staball      Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 2.30pm    

 Bridge      St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Main      Street  12.15- 2.30pm

 

If residents, businesses etc along the route would like to decorate their houses / premises for the event the Sports Partnership can assist by supplying some bunting, balloons etc. For more information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

 

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:01:00 BST

MSP Spring & Summer Newsletter Now Available

Mayo Sports Partnerships Spring / Summer 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring / Summer 2016 edition of our bi annual newsletter. To download please click below link

2016 MSP Spring Summer Newsletter

This issue includes the opening of the new cricket and recreational park in Ballyhaunis by Minister of State Michael Ring, the development of the Ballyhaunis Sports Hub project, the launch of the 7th West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon and the 3rd Childrens Mini Mini event, details of our community sports programmes including further development of the parkrun initiative and Walking Football . We also give details of our upcoming strategic planning public meetings, funding initiatives and an update on our disability sports programme . See a profile of Ballina Athletic Club and their future plans / initiatives.

In addition in our schools corner we highlight the Youth Sport Leadership and Healthy Living programmes in 2nd level schools and the Mini Basketball programme for primary schools. There is also a full listing of upcoming training / events available to sports/ community volunteers . If you require any further information on any of the initiatives in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact the office at 094-9047025

Contents | Clár

1.      Introduction | Réamhrá

2.      Minister Ring opens New Cricket Facility|Ionad Nua Cruicéid oscailte ag an Aire Ó Rinn

3.      Ballyhaunis Sports Hub Update | Scéalta Reatha ó Lárionad Spóirt Bhéal Átha hAmhnais

4.      7th Mini Marathon |  An 7ú Mionmharatón

-          7th Mini Marathon Launched| An 7ú Mionmharatón Seolta

-          Its for Girls Teenage Challenge| Ceann do na Cailíní – Dúshlán do Dhéagóirí

-          3rd Primary Schools 1916m Fun Run| An 3ú Rith Spraoi 1916m do Bhunscoileanna

5.      Community Sport Programmes | Cláir Phobail Spóirt

-          Operation Transformation | Operation Transformation

-          Men on the Move | Fir sa Siúl

-          Couch to 5K| Tolg go 5k

-          Parkrun| Rith Páirce

-          Community Walking Programme| Clár Pobail Siúil

-          Walking Football| Peil Siúil

6.      Sport and Disability Update | Tuairisc ar Spórt agus Míchumas

-          Boccia | Boccia

-          Training | Oiliúint

-          Special Schools Little Athletics | Mionlúthchleasaíocht do Scoileanna Speisialta

-          Target Bowls | Bollaí Targaidí

7.      Older People Programmes | Cláir do Dhaoine Scothaosta

-          Go for Life Games| Cluichí don Saol

8.      Funding Information | Maoiniú

-          Special Participation 2016 | Deontais Speisialta Rannpháirtíochta 2016

-          Sports Investment 2016 | Infheistíocht Spóirt 2016

-          Go for Life Grant Scheme| Scéim Deontais um Spórt don Saol

9.      Schools Section | Rannóg na Scoileanna

-          Active Kids | Bí Gníomhach – Clár Iarscoile

-          Youth Sport Leadership | Ceannaireacht Spóirt don Óige

-          Primary Schools Mini Basketball | Mionchispheil do Bhunscoileanna

-          2nd Year Healthy Living Programme| Clár um Saol Sláintiúil don 2ú Bliain

10.  Club Profile | Cur síos ar Chlub

-          Ballina Athletic Club| Cumann Lúthchleas Bhéal an Átha

11.  Training and Education| Oiliúint agus Oideachas

-          Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme  | Goal to Work

-          Health & Wellbeing Seminar| Seimineár Sláinte agus Folláine

-          Success in Sport Seminar| Seimineár ar Ghaiscíocht sa Spórt

12.  Other News | Nuacht Eile

-          New Strategy| Straitéis Nua

-          National Physical Activity Plan| Plean Náisiúnta Aclaíochta

-          Connaught Telegraph Young Sports Stars Awards| Gradaim Spórtréaltaí Óga an Connaught Telegraph

-          Presentation to Minister Ring| Bronnadh don Aire Ó Rinn

-          Sports Monitor 2015 Report| Tuairisc an Mhonatóra Spóirt, 2015

13.  Upcoming Events | Imeachtaí ag Teacht

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:02:00 BST

Details of MSPs Annual Funding Scheme Announced

 

Details of Mayo Sports Partnership Annual Funding Scheme Announced

 Following their investment announcement recently Mayo Sports Partnership is pleased to launch details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2016.

The scheme, supported by Sport Ireland, invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would increase participation amongst target groups such as youth at risk, disadvantaged communities, unemployed, women, travelling community, middle aged men, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.  

To download application form in word format click here 2016 SPG Application Form in Word

To download application form in PDF format click here 2016 SPG Application Form PDF

 

Over the last couple of years particular focus was placed on inviting communities / organizations to think about forming walking and jogging groups in their locality. This has proved to be very successful and the Partnership will continue to support sports clubs / groups who are looking at providing activities which are fun and recreational in nature.

 

Projects which received funding under the scheme previously included assisting the development of a new leisure cycling club in Islandeady, supporting a new athletic club in Ballycastle, new underage basketball club in Ballintubber,  the development of table tennis in the county, a Mayo Ladies Basketball Masters club, a rowing club in Ballycroy, special olympic swimming programmes, adventure sports opportunities, mass participation programmes in running / walking  and the development of underage camogie in the county.

“Since 2005 Mayo Sports Partnership has supported hundreds of various sports / physical activity initiatives. The board recognizes the need to support sports volunteers in the fantastic work they are doing in the community” stated Mayo Sports Partnership Chairman Cllr Brendan Mulroy.

 

Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects are not eligible for funding under the schemes criteria and clubs should refer to the governments sports capital programme, see www.dttas.ie . Other items such as travel costs, competition costs, registration fees etc are also not eligible.    

 

An information workshop on the scheme will take place Monday 11th April at 8pm in Mayo Sports Partnership Offices, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar. To book a place please contact the Sports Partnership Office at 094-9047025.

 

Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 11th May 2016, the maximum allocation to any one project can be €1,000 and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at

094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie/news to download a copy of the application form.

 

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:26:00 BST

Sport Ireland Publishes Half Year Results from Irish Sports Monitor 2015

The sixth Irish Sports Monitor report covering the months May to October 2015 was published today. This report provides Sport Ireland with a means of accurately monitoring and tracking active and social participation in sport among adults in Ireland.

 Key Findings Include:

  •  Excluding recreational walking, approximately 1.7 million Irish adults aged 16+ regularly participate in sport and exercise
  •  Exercise, running, swimming, cycling and soccer are the five most popular sporting activities among adults
  • Running and cycling continue to show upward participation trends
  • Recreational walking remains the most popular activity, with more than two in three adults taking part at least once in the previous seven days
  • The numbers walking and cycling for transport increased since 2013
  • One in three adults are meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines through sport and recreational walking and the proportion that is sedentary declined from 11.4% to 10.8% since 2013.
  • Almost half of the adult population are involved in some form of social participation in sport through volunteering, club membership and attendance at events

To view the full report go to http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Media/Latest_News/2016/March/Sport_Ireland_Publishes_Half_Year_Results_From_Irish_Sports_Monitor_2015.html

 

Minister Ring commented: "The Irish Sports Monitor mid–year report for 2015 shows that large numbers of people are continuing to participate in sport regularly, with approx. 1.7 million people doing so every week. Although there is a slight decline in participation since the 2013 report, the numbers remain strong. According to the report, 1 in 3 adults are meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines. I hope that we will see this figure increase in future reports through the actions identified in the recently published National Physical Activity Plan.  I am delighted to see that the report also shows strong levels of social participation in sport through volunteering, club membership and attendance at sporting events with the overall levels of social participation at 48.6%. Social participation in sport is very important, not just in terms of supporting sport and sporting organisations but also in maintaining the social fabric in Irish communities.”   

 

Outside of sport participation, the numbers taking part in recreational walking, walking for transport and cycling for transport are all strong. As a result of this activity, the proportion of adults meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines has increased while the numbers who are sedentary has declined. Individual sporting activities dominate adult participation, with the top four being: exercise, running, swimming and cycling.

 

John Treacy, Chief Executive Sport Ireland commented “This report shows that the level of sedentarism continues to decline and the latest figure of 10.8% is the lowest since the Irish Sports Monitor was initiated in 2007. However we cannot afford to be complacent. Following a number of years where we have seen increasing levels of involvement in sport, the current report has identified a slight decline in participation from 2013. Understanding the factors behind this decline will be important in allowing us to focus attention on specific groups that may be reducing their activity level.”

 

Kieran O' Leary, Research Director at Ipsos MRBI commented "The Irish Sports Monitor continues to demonstrate the significant role of sport in Irish society with 1.7 million people actively playing sport each week, and a similar number having another role through volunteering, attending an event or being a member of a club. However, differences exist across the population and challenges remain in increasing sports participation, particularly amongst females, older age groups and those not in paid employment”.

Notes to the Editor:

The Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) is a survey of participation in sport and physical exercise in Ireland, which began in 2007 and continued throughout 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Based on regular interviews with adults aged 16 and over, the ISM is primarily designed to track levels of participation in sport and recreational exercise, both for the population as a whole and various subpopulations of interest. The ISM also captures information on social participation in sport through volunteering, club membership and attendance at sporting events. To achieve sufficient accuracy, it employs large annual samples. The current 6 month report is based on 4,292 respondents in 2015 and 4,959 for the same period in 2013.

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:32:00 BST

Crossmolina students receive Youth Sport Leadership Award

 

St Tiernan's and Gortnor Abbey's Transition year students completed their  'Level 1 Award in Youth Sport Leadership' training recently. 26 students were presented with their certificates by Mayo GAA star Keith Higgins at a presentation event in the local Crossmolina GAA centre. This 33 hour course, delivered by Mayo Sports Partnership and accredited by Sports Leaders UK, is especially designed for teenagers, as part of their training students deliver their practical sessions to children from local Primary Schools.

 

Commending the students and local schools St Tiernans and Gortnor Abbey for their involvement in such a programme Keith Higgins encouraged the students to put their skills into practice in their schools or the community.

 

“ Being involved in leading sport is such a character building experience which may open a lot of doors to you in the future. Without leaders and coaches sport will just not happen” he commented.

Youth Sport Leader Presentation

 

In July 2015 Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring announced a Dormant Account funding package through Sport Ireland to enable the delivery of a number of programmes including Youth Sport Leadership by Mayo Sports Partnership. To date 3 courses have been delivered in Crossmolina, Ballyhaunis Community School and a community based course for youth clubs in the Castlebar area.

 

MC and Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert thanked Minister Ring for securing the funding and praised school P.E. teachers Hilary Lyons Gortnor Abbey and Mary O Flaherty St Tiernans for their foresight in bringing the programme to their schools.

 

“ We hope to secure further Dormant Account funding later this year for further delivery of these courses both in school and community settings “ he added.

 

Local school Principals Patricia Melvin Gortnor Abbey and Conor O Reilly St Tiernans were also present at the awards ceremony. Giving their full backing to the initiative they emphasised how Youth Sport Leaders can make a hugely positive contribution to the provision of additional physical activity opportunities for all.

 

This Level 1 Award in Youth Leadership training is also being rolled out at Ballyhaunis Community School and for Mayo Youth Clubs in the Castlebar areas. For further information contact Anne Ronayne Mayo Sports Partnership Tel: 094 9047022 email msp@mayococo.ie

 

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:45:00 BST

7th Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon launched

The 7th annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Sunday, 1st May in Castlebar, and over 2,000 participants are expected to turn out on the day.

Established in 2010 by the Western People, in conjunction with the Mayo Sports Partnership, the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon has continued to go from strength to strength each year and as the organisers get ready for the 7th annual Mini Marathon, this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever before.

The Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted to welcome Connacht Gold and Mayo.ie back on board this year as the main sponsors of the event and look forward to working with them over the coming weeks and months.

Mini Marathon

Event ambassador Sonia O Sullivan has also committed to returning to Castlebar once again “ I love the atmosphere of the West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon, the support from the people of Castlebar is really special and even kids through the Mini Mini 2k event can take part. It’s a really special community day.”

While it’s not mandatory to raise money for charities through the event, the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon provides an ideal opportunity for local charities to raise much-needed funds and the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted to be in a position to provide a fundraising platform for so many worthy causes.

The event also offers a welcome boost to businesses in Castlebar and indeed across the region and once again, the organisers are encouraging local businesses to play their part in welcoming the thousands of women and their families to the town on Sunday, May 1st.

To enter this years event log on to www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com or see application form on the Western People Newspaper. Entry fee is €20 but watch out for some upcoming special registration incentives to be announced shortly.

 You can register online at www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:21:00 GMT

Walking Football comes to Mayo!

A NEW and exciting form of physical activity that is good for heart health is to be brought to Mayo by Croí in association with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and Mayo Sports Partnership. Walking football as the name implies is just that; a slower version of soccer with bans on running and tackles. Walking football is an initiative that engages people in a fun and motivating manner to facilitate increasing physical activity levels. It's a non-contact form of exercise, played indoors and supervised by specialist personnel to ensure that it is safe and enjoyable for all abilities. "It's a very adaptable form of physical activity and can be played by all, at any level of skill and ability” says Denise Dunne, Specialist Physiotherapist with Croí.

 Physical activity plays a major role in the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke with a 30-50% reduction in the risk of these conditions noted with the uptake of physical activity. Recognising that heart disease remains our number one cause of death in Ireland there is a clear need to prioritise initiatives that tackle the underlying causes of these conditions, most of which are attributable to sedentary and inactive lifestyles.

 Croí and the FAI have already started to deliver walking football to groups of individuals interested in improving their heart health throughout Galway city and county. “Currently those participating in our walking football programmes are a very mixed group of men and women - many returning to exercise and physical activity after many years of inactivity and some taking up the programme to help them lose weight, improve their diabetes control and improve cardiovascular fitness” says Dunne.

 The FAI in Mayo see this initiative as a means of possibly reengaging ex members of soccer clubs back into the game and providing opportunities for them to have a bit of exercise and fun. “We in the FAI are delighted to be involved in this initiative and who knows maybe some participants might be interested in getting more involved in the game of soccer in Mayo” said Paul Byrne, FAI Development Officer for Mayo.

 Mayo Sports Partnership also sees great possibilities for Men on the Move groups and other communities who may like to try out this new programme. “What I like about this initiative is that everybody will be able to participate no matter what their ability is and it is open to both men and women. I can see some of our Men on the Move groups adding this to their menu of activities in the coming months” Charlie Lambert, Sports Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership commented.

 There will be a FREE Walking Football demonstration on Wednesday 9th March from 6.30pm in Davitt College Sports Hall, Springfield, Castlebar.

All are welcome however booking is necessary for this demonstration night. To book your place, please contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

 

 

 

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:10:00 GMT

MINISTER RING & SPORT IRELAND ANNOUNCE €27 MILLION IN SPORTS GRANTS FOR 2016

€10.25 million invested in high performance sport in Olympic and Paralympic year

Sport Ireland, the newly created agency for the development of sport in Ireland, announced a comprehensive package for sporting organisations in 2016. The announcement was made by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring T.D. in Westport recently.

To support Irish participation at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games in August and September, a total grant package in excess of €10 million was announced. In addition, with the supports of the services of the new Institute of Sport High Performance Training Centre, at Sport Ireland’s National Sports Campus, the total investment in High Performance Sport for 2016 will be well in excess of €11 million.

In addition, there was a package of €10.6 million invested in National Governing Bodies of Sport with a further €5 million investment through the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister Michael Ring said:

“I am pleased to announce this significant investment in Irish sport for 2016, through Sport Ireland’s package of grants for the National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Local Sports Partnerships.  The grants announced today will not only support the core activities of sports bodies, including their administration, they will also support very important sport programmes such as the Women in Sport and  High Performance programmes, and the full range of services provided by Local Sport Partnerships around the country. I am delighted to have been able to increase Sport Ireland’s budget by €3 million this year, which has enabled Sport Ireland to support High Performance sport in what is a very important year, with the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place. In addition, it is envisaged that significant funds will be available through Dormant Accounts Funding for sports programmes in disadvantaged communities to support the recently announced National Physical Activity Plan. The increase in funding for this year is a recognition of the Government’s commitment and my own personal commitment to Sport”.

Investment Launch

 Chair of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, speaking at the announcement added:

“We are delighted to announce a wide range of grants for Governing Bodies which cover the critical period of 2016 towards Rio but also a wide range of important programmes which are covered by the National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Local Sports Partnerships. Sport has flourished over the past number of years despite financial difficulties and have continued to expand their services. Some of the highlights of the today’s announcement include:

Over €1.8 million invested through the International Carding Scheme (Details of which will be announced soon)Additional investment has been allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland to support the training camps and their Rio activitiesSignificant investment has been allocated to Paralympics Ireland to support their pre-games camp in Uberlandia and all their games activitiesAdditional support was to Hockey Ireland and Pentathlon Ireland who delivered outstanding results in 2015 and are well placed to deliver  excellence in RioSupport will be provided to the IRFU towards the Olympic Repechage Rugby 7s taking place in UCD in June€200,000 will be invested through the Team Ireland Golf Trust to provide direct financial support to a number of golfers as well as additional financial support to hosting the Challenge Tour event in Ireland which is a vital component of the development of Irish Golf and Irish GolfersOver €600,000 will be invested in NGBs towards Women in Sport Programmes to ensure opportunities for women across the sporting spectrum (with further investment to be announced across the FAI and IRFU) and a further €114,700 through Local Sports Partnerships

 John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland explained:

“It’s a really exciting time for Sport in Ireland. The establishment of the new agency has given Irish Sport a new home at Sport Ireland’s National Sports Campus and with the additional resources made available to us this year we will drive on and continue to develop the Irish Sports sector. While 2016 will be a vital year in relation to Rio, we are also focused on our other obligations including our participation initiatives, supporting events at home and our anti doping programme. 2016 will be an exciting year and I would like to thank the Minister for his support through the last number of years”.

More information can be got at www.irishsportscouncil.ie

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 17:04:00 GMT

Applications now open for Ballina Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme

Are you unemployed, working part time or previously self employed? Do you want a coaching qualification in Rugby, GAA, Soccer and Basketball so that you can work as a Coach?

 Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Sport Ireland, Dormant Accounts Board, Mayo North East Leader Partnership, Mayo County Council, Mayo Mental Health Association, IRFU, FAI, Mayo GAA and Basketball Ireland will deliver “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme in Ballina over the coming weeks.

To download application form please click here Application Form Goal to Work Ballina 2016

 Goal to Work is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board with the initiative taking place in areas such as Castlebar, Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Erris, Swinford and West Mayo.

 This Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme will include a classroom based learning component including a FETAC accredited module in Occupational First Aid. It will also deliver accredited training in Child Protection in Sport, Sport Ireland Active Leadership, Little Athletics and Disability Awareness.  In addition to these accredited modules the programme will also provide information through specialist guest speakers on how to set up and manage your own business, enterprise opportunities, job readiness skills, personal development, building self esteem and self confidence, identification of personal progression options in employment, further education and training.

 The programme will commence in March for 3 days a week for 10 weeks and is open to currently un/underemployed men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time / full time coach in these sports or in developing their own business. 

 According to Siobhain Carroll Webb of Mayo North East Leader Partnership Company the focus of “Goal to Work” Sport Coach Training Programme will be to provide them with an option of  setting up a business on a self-employed basis at the end of the coaching period, gaining employment or progressing onto further education or training. In 2013 the “Goal to Work” training programme won an Aontas STAR award which recognises excellence in adult education.

 Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert added, “ We are delighted once again to be involved in this worthwhile initiative which will progress participants on the road to future employment or training”. Another added benefit, according to Charlie will be the availability of an increased database of coaches to work with schools, clubs, community centres and youth groups across a number of sports. 

 “Goal to Work” Sport Coach Training Prorgramme is supported by the Dormant Accounts Board and is an equal opportunities training programme.

 Places will be limited to 12 trainee coaches. For more information or an application form please contact  Mary Glynn,Mayo North East, Lower Main St., Foxford, Co. Mayo.

Email: maryglynn@mayonortheast.com or call 094-9256745 for details. Application forms can also be downloaded at www.mayonortheast.com  or www.mayosports.ie

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Strictly 12.00 noon on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.Interviews will take place in Ballina on Wednesday 9th March 2016

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:13:00 GMT

Newsflash! Erris parkrun commences Saturday 20th February

Erris parkrun joins Ballina, Castlebar and Westport

What do London, Sydney, Copenhagen, Capetown, Westport, Castlebar, Ballina and now Erris have in common? Well, these are some of the wonderful locations worldwide that host a parkrun event. parkrun is a global network of weekly 5 km timed runs or walks in local parks that take place each and every Saturday morning year round. Currently there are over 800 parkruns worldwide with almost 1.5 million people taking part in events since its inception. The runs and walks are open to all ages and abilities, they are free to enter, hosted in safe traffic free environments and are easy to take part in. parkrun is a community based initiative that encourages participation, not competition. The Saturday morning runs are open to all ages, and make for a fun and active way for families to kick start their weekends.

Erris has been particularly active in the past few weeks due to the success of popular local man John Conmy in the Operation Transformation programme with walks and other physical activity sessions in full swing throughout the region. Now February 20th 2016 will see parkrun come to the scenic Cross Loop, Cross, Binghamstown, Belmullet, Co. Mayo for the first time. This inaugural event coincides with the nationwide Operation Transformation 5k being held in the Phoenix Park and at all the various parkruns throughout the country on that day. The meeting point is at Cross graveyard and walk to the start of the course adjacent to Cross lake. This free weekly event, taking place at 9.30am sharp, is hosted by the Erris Community with the support of other organizations such as Mayo Sports Partnership, the HSE through their Get Ireland Active initiative, the West Mayo Municipal District of Mayo County Council and locally through the Erris Men on the Move, the Wild Atlantic Warriors run club and the Cross Loop Walk committee. The event provides both locals and visitors with a safe and fun environment for the perfect Saturday morning jog or walk.

Events are timed each week with results uploaded to the parkrun web site where the eager runners can track their runs and progress. All participants – both walkers and runners must register for the event on http://www.parkrun.ie/erris   Registration is free and once registered, participants receive a unique barcode that enables them to take part at any of the global events without having to re-register.

Speaking to the Erris Eye joint Event Directors Padraig Brogan and Stephen Barrett stress that it’s not a race - it’s a recreational run, jog or walk at an individual’s own pace. The lads admitted the support from the community has been phenomenal to date and paid tribute to Matt Shields from parkrun Ireland, Charlie Lambert from Mayo Sports Partnership and Ann Egan and the Ballina parkrun team for their support and assistance. “We are hoping that individuals and clubs throughout the area will get on board with this great event on their doorsteps in one of the most scenic locations in the county” added the lads.

Mayo now has 4 sites in Ballina, Castlebar, Westport and now Erris, information on each can be found on www.parkrun.ie .Even if you did not have a barcode the organizers invite anyone who wishes to try parkrun out to come along on the Saturday morning at any of the above locations.

If you wish to find out more about the initiative you can contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie  or errisoffice@parkrun.com

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:19:00 GMT

Mayo GAA recruiting 2 Games Promotion Officers

 

Games Promotion Officers (2) – Mayo

 Mayo GAA, in conjunction with Mayo County Council wish to recruit two GAA Games Promotion Officers.

 Cumann Luthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and more than 500,000 playing participants at all levels.  Inspired and supported by the voluntary efforts of it’s’ members, the GAA is focused on the development and promotion of Gaelic Games and culture nationally and in local communities.

 Purpose of Role:

 The Games Promotion Officers will be responsible for engaging with GAA Clubs, Community Organisations, Schools, marginalised target groups and other stakeholders in order to promote better health and wellbeing via GAA-led initiatives.

 He / she will provide a lead role in all coaching and games activity within a designated area in County Mayo.

 The successful candidates will support and resource Clubs and Communities to achieve greater participation and involvement in Gaelic Games.

 

 Key Requirements:

 Ideally hold a third level qualification in a related area.

 

A minimum of three years experience in the area of GAA Coaching.

 

Have achieved Level 1 GAA Coaching Certification.

 

Have an in depth knowledge of GAA activities.

 

Excellent organisational skills, project management, time management and presentation skills.

 

High level of IT literacy and proficiency.

 

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well as part of a team and on an individual basis.

 

Budgetary management skills.

 

Full, clean driving licence and access to own transport.

 

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* The post will involve weekend and evening work.

* Initial contract – 1 year (may be extended)

* Please forward your CV via e-mail to administrator.mayo@gaa.ie by Friday February 19th. 2016.

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:41:00 GMT

Minister Ring to open Ballyhaunis Cricket Practice Area

Ballyhaunis Community Sports Hub provides Inclusive Opportunities for All

 Following an identified need for a cricket practice area and to provide increased inclusive opportunities for participation in the Ballyhaunis area an application was made by Mayo Sports Partnership to Sport Ireland for Dormant Account funding towards a Community Sports Hub. This application was made in collaboration with the Ballyhaunis Sports Network which includes representatives from agencies, local community groups and clubs.

 Funding of €90,000 for the Ballyhaunis cricket practice area was secured through Mayo Sports Partnerships successful application and was announced by Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring in July 2015. Collaboration with the parks superintendent Peter Gill of Mayo County Council ensured that the cricket development, the first of its kind by a local authority in the Republic of Ireland, could be added to the recreational amenities ie Multi Use Games Area and playground developed in 2015 at the Maples in Ballyhaunis. Overall the investment by Mayo County Council in this project is in the region of €175,000 and is a fantastic example of a local project delivered through partnership by agencies and the local community.   While this sports / physical activity hub is located in the Maples it will be open to the entire Ballyhaunis neighbourhood and will be managed by Mayo County Council.

 Performing the official opening  of this valuable recreation resource on Friday Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring highlighted the uniqueness and the collaborative nature of this project.

“ Providing opportunities for all members of our community to play sport in a safe environment is what initiatives such as the Ballyhaunis Sports Hub is about. I was delighted to secure the funding for this facility.  “I am also delighted that members of Ballyhaunis Cricket Club will have a top class facility to practice and hone their skills to the highest level” Minister Ring added.

Director of Services for the Claremorris Municipal area Paddy Mahon also spoke highly of the partnership theme commenting:

 “ Mayo County Council is delighted to be involved with Sport Ireland, Mayo Sports Partnership and Cricket Ireland, with the support of Minister Ring, in developing the new cricket practice facility at Ballyhaunis. The Council believes that the strong and genuine partnerships that are involved in Ballyhaunis will contribute significantly to a positive and inclusive sporting environment for the area in general”.

 

 Through the Dormant Account funding an additional allocation of €23,000 was provided for participation and training programmes to encourage people in the area to become more active. Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Hub Co-ordinator Anne Ronayne has been busy with programmes such as Men on the Move, Couch to 5K, Operation Transformation Walk, 2nd Year Healthy Living Programme in Ballyhaunis Community School, Youth Sport Leadership amongst Transition Years and the Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme which is providing coaching opportunities for 12 jobseekers in the Ballyhaunis area.   These coaches, who have received coach education in cricket, basketball, hurling and soccer, will shortly be embarking on a 4 week primary school placement programme to put their skills in to practice. It is also planned to host a children’s community sports camp over mid term.

 Other actions planned for the sports hub over the coming months include Ballyhaunis Have a Go Sports Day, Ballyhaunis Sports Awards evening, beginner cycling programmes, assisting the development of basketball and other clubs, an after school sports camp, develop a walking club  and further cricket coaching sessions or taster days.

 Mayo Sports Partnership Chairman Cllr Brendan Mulroy praised all the partners involved in bringing inclusive sporting opportunities to Ballyhaunis stating:

 “Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to work with local clubs, groups, schools and agencies to increase physical activity opportunities for all and we hope to further develop the sports hub in the coming months”

 The collaboration between Mayo County Council, Cricket Ireland, Sport Ireland and Mayo Sports Partnership on behalf of the Ballyhaunis Sports Network has been instrumental in getting this project to the stage it is at today. It is planned that further investment in the Ballyhaunis Sports Hub through the Dormant Accounts will occur in 2016 and Mayo Sports Partnership will be instrumental in applying for this to Sport Ireland.   

 Mayo Sports Partnership and the Ballyhaunis Sports Network are eager to work with local groups and organisations who would like to get involved in the development of the Sports Hub so if interested please contact either Anne Ronayne Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047022 email: aronayne@mayococo.ie   or Anne Cunnane Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce at 094 9630311 email: ballyhaunischamber@eircom.net  .

 

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:22:00 GMT

National Physical Activity Plan Launched

 The Government has today launched Ireland's first ever National Physical Activity Plan which aims to get at least half a million more Irish people taking regular exercise within ten years.The plan was launched in Ballybough Community, Youth & Fitness Centre in Dublin by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Paschal Donohoe, Minister of State for Mental Health, Primary Care and Social Care (Disabilities and Older People) Kathleen Lynch, and Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring.

The key target is to increase the number of people taking regular exercise by 1% a year over ten years - that's around 50,000 people every year or half a million in total - by making exercise a normal part of everyday life and giving people more opportunities to be active.Ministers said the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment but the goal couldn't be more serious, as seven out of ten adults don't get enough exercise. At least €5.5 million in funding across the three Departments has been ring-fenced to implement the Plan in 2016, comprising sports measures, Healthy Ireland initiatives, Sport Ireland programme funding, and education projects.

To download the plan please click here

http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Get-Ireland-Active-the-National-Physical-Activity-Plan.pdf

Key features include:Increase the number of people taking regular exercise by 50,000 every year for the next ten years;

A new annual campaign to encourage more people to get active more often, including social media campaigns and a new Physical Activity Week as part of the European Week of Sport;

Support 500 new community walking groups, and extend the Active School Flag Programme to another 500 schools;

Health professionals will get further training on using physical activity to prevent or treat chronic conditions;

Build on the success of Get Ireland Walking by setting up new initiatives like Get Ireland Swimming, Get Ireland Cycling and Get Ireland Running;

The getirelandactive.ie website will be expanded as a one-stop-shop for physical activity, including a public database of national sports and recreation facilities;

There will be a new push to get employers to encourage Healthy Workplace initiatives through walking and exercise activities, standing desks and other measures;

More physical activity will be provided for people with physical or mental disabilities through guidelines and support materials;

New guidelines will be developed on sedentary behaviour, including warnings about the dangers of lengthy inactivity;

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment will finalise a new PE curriculum framework at Senior Cycle level;

A new school subject called 'Wellbeing' will be launched next September as part of the new Junior Cycle to include Physical Education;Healthy lifestyles will be promoted in primary and secondary schools.

Physical activity will be used as an educational tool, especially at primary level, and a Professional Development Support Service on physical activity will be set up for teachers.Minister Varadkar said: "In Health, the focus is generally on the day to day problems we face but we will never get on top of these or get budgets under control in the long-term if we don't improve our health as individuals and as a nation. Being healthy starts with personal responsibility, but the Government also has a role to play. That's where Healthy Ireland comes in: the cross-Government, cross-sector programme to improve our health. We are already taking actions in a number of areas such as smoking, alcohol, sexual health and sunbed use. Now this National Physical Activity Plan sets an ambitious target to get half a million people more active within ten years. I'm very confident we can reach this goal."

This Plan is also a great example of joined-up Government involving the Departments of Health, Transport, Tourism & Sport, and Education & Skills. Too often, Government Departments and agencies work in silos but on this issue we are committing today to working together."

Minister Donohoe welcomed the publication of the Plan saying: "Getting the whole country more physically active requires all of us to work together at national and local level and the National Physical Activity Plan is a great example of cross-sectoral cooperation and partnership. The National Physical Activity Plan is about ensuring that we can all take simple steps to increase our physical activity levels, particularly those who do not take part in any form of physical activity. The Plan aims to increase participation levels across all of the population but we recognise that specific targeted initiatives may be required to increase participation levels and to narrow the gap across some groups. Funding of almost €4 million will be provided for sports measures in 2016 to deliver actions in the National Physical Activity Plan. I will be allocating almost €1 million of Sport Ireland's programme funding for the employment of multi-sport development officers to support the delivery of programmes at local level. It is envisaged that almost €3 million of funding for sports programmes for disadvantaged communities will also be allocated from Dormant Accounts Funding which is overseen by my colleague Minister Alan Kelly.

"Although many people in Ireland take regular exercise, a significant proportion of the population exercise very little or not at all. The evidence is stark:Only 19% of primary and 12% of post-primary school children meet the physical activity recommendations with girls less likely than boys to meet the recommendations and the likelihood of meeting the recommendations decreasing with increasing age; 10% of active sports participants at primary school have dropped out of sport by the first year of post-primary; One in four children are unfit, overweight or obese and have elevated blood pressure; Only 32% of adults are meeting the national physical activity recommendations.

Minister Ring said: "The focus of the funding for sport in 2016 for the National Physical Activity Plan will be on disadvantaged communities. Sport Ireland will continue to support the Community Sport Hubs, which were piloted last year through the Local Sports Partnerships under Dormant Accounts Funding. In recent years there has been an increase in the popularity of activities like walking, running, cycling and swimming. Funding will be allocated in 2016 through Sport Ireland and the National Governing Bodies of sport for the further development of the Get Ireland Walking programme and the development of new Get Ireland Cycling, Running and Swimming programmes. Investment will also be made in programmes to address the high drop-out rates from sport among specific groups."

No single organisation working on its own can get the country more active. But if everyone works together including communities, businesses, sports clubs, the Government, State agencies and individuals, we all become part of the solution. That's why the Plan was developed by a wide range of stakeholders. Other actions include:Questions on activity levels will be included in risk factor screening in the health service; Based on the positive experience of smoking cessation interventions, a new programme will be developed for health professionals on the health benefits of physical activity along with a Physical Activity Brief Intervention programme; Support new participation programmes with a special focus on disadvantaged communities; Physical activity will be incorporated into long term care planning and practice in the health and social services; Develop a new programme of ongoing professional development in physical education, including for early learning professionals; Draft new guidelines on promoting physical activity in early childhood; Develop walking and cycling strategies in each local area and incorporate exercise, cycle routes and parks into town planning; Develop a Healthy Workplace toolkit for employers on promoting physical activity at work; Develop a research programme on what works best in promoting physical activity; Explore new public and private funding opportunities for sporting and activity organisations.An implementation group will now be set up led jointly by the Departments of Health and Transport, Tourism & Sport. The entire plan will be assessed against its targets after three years. -

 

 

 

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:13:00 GMT

Mayo Sports Partnership launches Spring 2016 Training / Events Programme

Youth Sport Leadership, Safeguarding in Sport, Sports First Aid, Basketball, Soccer, Rugby, Hurling and Cricket Coach Education Training , Active Leadership Training, Funding Workshops and Disability Inclusion Training  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through the Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses, seminars, events are aimed at community sport volunteers, coaches or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport or physical activity. Dates and venues are mainly finalized with a full listing now available online. To download a full listing of these training courses & events click here     2016 Spring Training and Events Calendar

Included in the new programme is a new phase of the hugely successful Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme in Ballina commencing March 2016. Applicants must be in receipt of a social welfare payment and have a general interest in sport and physical activity. Participants will receive training in Soccer, Hurling, Rugby and Basketball plus other personal development programmes to assist them in gaining some part time employment.

Following the huge interest generated by the Operation Get Active Mayo 2016 programme co-ordinated by the Partnership there is significant interest amongst communities to get leaders trained to lead activities locally. If you are interested in being a community sports leader organising activities which would be fun and non sports specific then the Active Leadership training course might interest you. This Friday evening and all day Saturday course is Sport Ireland accredited, participants are taught the skills of communication, observation and group management. Courses are scheduled for Ballyhaunis and Ballina in the coming weeks

 The 7th Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon will be launched in early February and will once again be linking strongly with the celebration of “Mayo Day” which takes place on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Now in its 7th Year the Mini Marathon will once again be sponsored by Connaught Gold and following the huge success of the kids Mini Mini Marathon ie 2K fun event it is planned along with our organising partners Davitt College Transition Years to make this free additional event bigger and better.

If you are interested in any of the above mentioned training / events you should register your interest as soon as possible with the Partnership as places are limited.  All courses are subsidized and participants can book their places on this and other courses events by contacting the office at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:25:00 GMT

Over 20 groups across Mayo to participate in “Operation Get Active Mayo”

To coincide with this years Operation Transformation Mayo Sports Partnership made a call for communities, clubs, groups throughout the county to get involved in a 5 week activity campaign. Over 20 groups have registered with the Partnership, with the campaign kicking off locally with the Mayo Operation Transformation Walks in Ballina, Belmullet, Balyhaunis, Castlebar, Claremorris, Kiltimagh and Westport on Saturday 9th January.

While communities are coming together for a specific 5 week long Operation Transformation Programme there are a lot of other programmes taking place which target beginners to physical activity. These programmes include Men on the Move ( beginner programme which targets men aged 30 plus for physical activity), Couch to 5K (beginner 8 week programme to bring people from walking to jogging a 5K), Fit Walk (5 week indoor fitness walking programme), Meet and Train / Fit4Life ( caters for people who jog, run and is suited to all abilities), parkrun (weekly free timed 5K walks / runs), Active 55 for Older People (balance / coordination exercise programme and games follwed by cup of tea/ coffee). All these programmes can be downloaded in the directory file which is given below.

 To download the full details of the directory in the locations please click here 2016 Operation Get Active Programmes

 “The response has been fantastic. People will be able to join activities in any of the 20 locations in Mayo, all that may be required is to contact any of the co-ordinator numbers given in the directory of programmes” stated Mayo Sports PartnershipCo-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

Poster with programmesIn a‌ssisting groups with their 5 week programme Mayo Sports Partnership have developed some information resources on lifestyle, exercise, diet / nutrition etc. Also available is a 21 day walking challenge card which people can use to record and monitor their progrss during the campaign.  The 5 week programme will culminate with 5K Fun Run / Walk in locations on Saturday20th February at times to be confirmed. Even at this late stage if any other communities would like to join the initiative please contact the Sports Partnership Office at 094-9047025

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:43:00 GMT

6 Mayo Operation Transformation Walks set for Mayo on the 9th January

 

Is getting more physically active part of your new year resolutions? Don’t know where to start and need some support? The new series of RTEs Operation Transformation is once again joining forces locally with Mayo Sports Partnership to encourage people to become more physically active in 2016.  A number of walks will take place across the country on Saturday 9th January with Mayo walks taking place in Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris and Westport.

This year Erris man John Conmy is one of the 5 Operation Transformation leaders the general public will be following on RTE throughout the series. So why not get out and support John in all the walks across the county.  

The walks, either 3 or 5km in length will be led by suitable instructors who will be on hand guide participants through the walk and also to give advice about follow on programmes etc.

Details of the events are as follows:

Centre                       Meeting Point & Time                                Time of Walk

Ballina                       Ballina Town Soccer Club (9.30am)           10am   

Ballyhaunis              Friary Field (beside playground)                10am

Castlebar                   New Castlebar Tennis Club (9.30am)      10am

Claremorris               Entrance to Clare Lake (12.30am)            1pm

Erris                            Civic Centre Belmullet (9.30am)               10am

Westport                    Mill St / High St Car Park                            9.30am

“Operation Transformation 2015 was a great success providing people with great motivation to get more physically active. After the Christmas people are thinking of doing some exercise for whatever goal they may have and don’t know where to start. Through the Operation Transformation Mayo campaign we hope to be able to provide support for people to become involved.” Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert commented.   

Event co-ordinators Mayo Sports Partnership and local organisers such as Ballina Athletic Club, Ballyhaunis Sports Network, Erris Community Health Forum and Westport Leisure Park are encouraging people of all age groups to turn out on the day.

In all the events there is no cost involved and some light refreshments etc will be available afterwards. Participants are asked to wear loose clothing and to bring some water. Further information on Operation Transformation can be viewed at : www.rte.ie/ot/

Details of Mayo Sports Partnerships follow on 5 week initiative “Operation Get Active Mayo” involving approximately 25 communities / groups throughout Mayo will be promoted at www.mayosports.ie and also in local media. Other Mayo Sports Partnership programmes such as Men on the Move, Couch to 5K, Meet and Train, Fit Walk, parkrun, Active 55 etc will also form part of this county wide call.

To register for the walks or to get further information on any of the above contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:37:00 GMT

Get your Community to Join Operation Get Active Mayo in the new year

Planning on getting your area / community more physically active in the new year? Do you plan on following the new series of Operation Transformation?

In the upcoming new series John Conmy from Erris is one of the 5 leaders you can follow over the 6 week programme. Why not support John and lets get behind him to  help him achieve his goals. 

Similar to the 2015 series are calling on groups, clubs or communities throughout Mayo who plan to hold an 'Operation Transformation’ event, a walk, or a weekly programme in your community to contact us and let us know the details of your programme.

We will advertise the programme for you on our Operation Transformation Mayo Calendar of Events and for the duration of the programme.  In addition we will supply you with resources to help your group take on the challenge. These will include -

- Promotion

- A 5 week series of leaflets

- High Viz Vests ( limited number for each group)

- Walking Challenge Cards

- Follow on Walking Group development and Leader Training

The campaign commences on Saturday 9th January with 6 Mayo Walks facilitated by Mayo Sports Partnership as part of the National Walks Day. These will take place in the following locations with a start time of 10am except in Claremorris where the start is 1pm. Participants are requested to register at the below locations no later than 9.45am:

Belmullet – Meeting Point Civic Centre

Ballina – Meeting Point Ballina Soccer Club

Ballyhaunis – Meeting Point The Friary Field (beside playground)

Castlebar – Meeting Point Castlebar Tennis Club

Claremorris – Meeting Point Clare Lake Entrance

Westport – Westport LeisurePark

Operation Transformation Mayo will culminate in a 5K Fun Run / Walk in each of the above locations on Saturday 20thFebruary at times yet to be arranged.

Please note that there is nothing to stop you organising a walk in your area on the 9th to start your campaign. Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to organise a walk in every location.

Contact us by Friday 18th December and we will advertise your programme through local media outlets. All you have to do is let us know the following details of your programme

- Name of Group:

- Start Date:

- Days:

- Time:

- Venue / Meeting Point:

- Name of Programme ( For Example “Get Active Crossmolina” or “Achill on the Move”):

- Contact Name and Number:

Last year we had 25 active groups across the county including Achill, Aughamore, Ballina, Ballintubber, Belmullet, Ballinrobe, Castlebar, Charlestown, Claremorris and Westport. But we want more.

Lets Get Mayo Active! Be part of it!!!!

Contact Donal Newcombe on 094 9047025 to register your programme on our Operation Transformation Mayo Calendar or email msp@mayococo.ie before Friday 18th December.

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:45:00 GMT

Christmas and New Year Event Calendar - Have an Active Christmas

Friday December 25th 2015

Goal Mile Castlebar at 11.30am at Lough Lannagh Car Park

Mick Brophy michaelbrophy8@gmail.com

 

Westport Rugby Club Christmas Swim 1pm Bertra Beach Westport

 

Goal Mile Ballina at 11am at Belleek Woods Ballina Coillte Car Park

Marion Mattimoe 086 3644 073

 

Saturday December 26th 2015

 

Manulla FC 4 mile. Walk/Jog or Run. Saturday, 26 Dec. - 12:00pm

Registration from 11am €12 Entry. Refreshments & Prizes will be served afterwards.

Contact Tracy 0876617254 tracy_durkan@yahoo.ie

 

Ardagh GAA St Stephens Day fun run/walk. Saturday 26th Dec. - 12.00pm Registration from 11am in Ardagh Community Centre. Entry fee €10 for adults, €5 for children and €20 for family.

 

Ballintubber Pre School and After School Festive Family fun run 5k.  12.00pm. Registration at Ballintubber Resource Centre. Entry Fee €10 for adults, €20 for family.

 

PJ Loftus Memorial 5KM Fun Run Saturday 26th Dec at 12.00pm from the Knockmore GAA ClubWestport parkrun Saturday @ 9.30am, Weekly event, www.parkrun.ie/westportCastlebar parkrun Saturday @ 9.30am, Weekly Event, www.parkrun.ie/castlebarBallina parkrun Saturday  @ 9.30am, Weekly event, www.parkrun.ie/ballina

Sunday December 27th 2015

 

Swinford 5km Christmas Walk/Run.Starting from Julians of  Midfield at 1pm. Tea/Coffee/Christmas Cake after.

 

Monday December 28th 2015

 

The Land of Giants Duathlon. Monday December 28th starts at 10.30am at the square in Claremorris. Individual and Relay Team entries. Enter on http://www.raceface.ie/?event=land-of-the-giants-duathlon&event_date=2014-12-27

Stage 1: 5.5k run, Stage 2: 18k cycle flat, Stage 3: 2k run Total distance: 25.5kms

Tuesday 29th – Friday 1st January 2015

 

Westport's 8th Annual Christmas Walking Festival 2015

Westport's 8th Annual Christmas Walking Festival is guided walking weekend with Gerry Greensmyth of Croagh Patrick Walking Tours, involving one day hill walking and one day low level walking. Dust off your hiking boots for this, the last great walking weekend of 2015. The hill walk will be on Mweelrea Mountain, the highest in the province at 814m. It is the perfect way to walk off the excesses of the previous few days. Contact Gerry for details.

098 26090 /087 2333295 email gerry@walkingguideireland.com website: www.walkingguideireland.com

 

Friday January 1st 2015

 

Achill

The annual New Year’s Day Swim will take place at 1pm sharp on Dugort Strand on Friday January 1st 2015. Swimmers can collect a sponsorship card from the lifeboat station or ring 098 45612

 

Westport

Streets of Westport 5K Resolution Run New Years Day 12.30pm from the Westport Leisure Park. Entry €10 Adults €5 Children

 

Saturday January 2nd 2015

Westport parkrun Saturday @ 9.30am, Weekly event, www.parkrun.ie/westportCastlebar parkrun Saturday @ 9.30am, Weekly Event, www.parkrun.ie/castlebarBallina parkrun Saturday  @ 9.30am, Weekly event, www.parkrun.ie/ballina

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:42:00 GMT

53 Mayo Groups receive €15,300 in Go for Life Grant Scheme 2015

The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and the Sport Ireland were announced on 8 December 2015. For full details of the Grants, follow this link http://ageandopportunity.ie/about/publications/go-for-life-publications/74-go-for-life-grants-awarded-2015/file

The Small Grant Scheme is a joint initiative between Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme and Sport Ireland. Grants are available to all eligible local clubs, groups and organisations that promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people as a main element of their activities. A total of €300,000 will be available in grants in 2015. This year grants will be between €250 and €700.

Overall aim

The National Grant Scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned initiatives designed to increase participation in recreational sport and physical activity by older people. In particular, the scheme is aimed at:

supporting the work of Go for Life including the network of PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) and the development of Go for Life Games and other initiatives;assisting local clubs/organisations to enhance existing opportunities for their members in recreational sport and physical activity;assisting local clubs/organisations to start new initiatives geared at involving older people in recreational sport and physical activity.

Who can apply?

Grants are available to all eligible local clubs, groups and organisations that promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people as a main element of their activities. Commercial, statutory or umbrella bodies, or their agents, are not eligible for funding under this grant scheme. One exception to this are Local Sports Partnerships who are eligible to apply. Day centres completely funded and directed by statutory bodies, such as the HSE, are not eligible. Grants are made available for sport or physical activity for older people and the overall membership of applicants must be such that older people will be the beneficiaries of the grant monies. Funding for sports clubs will not be considered unless the application specifically relates to older people. Only one application per group will be considered.

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:50:00 GMT

Men on the Move Celebration 5K Fun Run / Walk this weekend

Over 100 men are to lead a non competitive fun run / walk on Saturday 12th December utilising the fantastic Lough Lannagh Loop in Castlebar. The event is a celebration of an 12 week long physical activity programme for men aged 30 plus which took place in the Ballina, Crossmolina and Ballaghdereen areas. The 10 other existing “Men on the Move” groups throughout the county are also invited to attend this recreational and social event which will commence at 3pm from the Castlebar Tennis Club on Lannagh Road. The Men on the Move  initiative and has proven to be an outstanding success with groups established from Erris in the north to Ballinrobe in the south and from Charlestown in the east to Westport in the west. For many this non competitive 5K event  ill be their first time to participate in a run / walk of this nature.

 The fun run / walk will be limited to the participants their families and friends and is not open to other competitive runners / joggers as capacity is aimed at 200. Programme organisers Mayo Sports Partnership / HSE West supported by the Tommy Marren Show on Mid West Radio request that all participants meet at the new Castlebar Tennis Courts on Lough Lannagh Rd at 2.30pm on Saturday 12th December.

 “ These guys have put in such a huge effort over the last 12 weeks or so and deserve all the support they can get. They have begun to make significant changes to their lifestyle and are beginning to see the benefits through weight loss, positive mental health and socially by meeting new people.” commented Mayo Sports Partnership director Charlie Lambert.

 Men on the Move programme participants are reminded that they must confirm their attendance and that of any family members / friends to Donal Newcombe Mayo Sports Partnership Tel: 094-9047459 before 5pm Friday 11th December.

 Refreshments etc will be served to all participants in the superbly appointed Castlebar Tennis Clubs clubhouse.

 Men on the Move will recommence in all areas in the 2nd week of January and will be open to new participants in any of the 12 areas across the county. If you are interested in finding out more about this mens only programme contact either Ray Mc Namara 094-9047023 or Donal Newcombe at the above number.

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:08:00 GMT

Sport Ireland Publishes 8th Annual Report of Sports Partnership Network

 

Sport Ireland today published the eighth annual Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Knowledge (SPEAK) Report on the national network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).

The LSPs, an initiative of Sport Ireland, aim to increase participation in sport and physical activity and to ensure that local sport resources are used to best effect.

Today’s report provides an evaluation of the operations of 30 LSPs in 2014 and has been developed to help the LSP network become stronger and more effective in performing at the optimum level.

Almost €13m was invested in the network in 2014 including benefit-in-kind.

In line with recommendations from the Fitzpatrick Associates Review, funding from Sport Ireland accounted for 40% of total funding in 2014 with the remaining 60% raised locally from alternative sources.

Commenting on the Report, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD said:

"I believe it is extremely important that people are encouraged and given opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity. Participation will lead to a healthier society and an overall improved quality of life. I am pleased to note that, in 2014, the LSP network maintained its robust delivery and support of an innovative range of participation programmes".

 

Key Finding from the 2014 SPEAK Report Include:

Programme Delivery

261,282 people participated in 982 locally delivered participation programmes. 221 of these 982 programmes were new programmes, developed in 2014 which led to 28,615 people participating.An additional 22,102 female participants took part in 153 local Women in Sport programmes. 55 of these Women in Sport programmes were started in 2014 leading to 4,553 people participating.

Development of Local Sports Infrastructure

4,262 groups were supported in the delivery of their activities1,401 groups were supported with regard to developing their organisational or management structuresLSPs planned and delivered 247 training and education courses, workshops and seminars with their partner agencies. 34,735 people participated on these training coursesLSPs provided 10,294 sports clubs, groups and organisations throughout the country with information and advice in the area of funding

Delivering Sport Ireland Programmes

1,339 pre-school children in 117 childcare centres received the Buntús Start programme6,217 participants completed 441 Code of Ethics Basic Awareness courses609 participants completed 49 Club Children’s Officer courses

Building and Sustaining Partnerships

LSPs played an important role in facilitating 191 networks and forumsLSPs were also actively participating on 220 local committees and networks

Information Provision

Over 138,500 individuals contacted the LSP network in order to access general or specific sport-related information.

 Speaking following the publication, Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of Sport Ireland commented:

"Today’s report assists Sport Ireland in assessing the impact of the Local Sports Partnership network and provides vital information with regard to the network's reach into local communities. We welcome today’s findings which endorses our commitment to the work and development of the network. We believe that a stronger network will lead to more strategic planning for sport at local level and better opportunities for participants in the future”.

 John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland commented:

"Sport Ireland has always placed a particular emphasis on ensuring sport is progressive and attracts participants from every corner of Ireland, from every age group and from all social backgrounds. This is a fundamental principle of the Local Sports Partnerships which aim to remove any barrier that prevents participation in sport".

 Looking ahead, Director of Participation and Ethics Dr. Una May commented:

“Sport Ireland, through the Local Sports Partnership network will continue to take a strategic approach with regard to programme delivery and will keep exploring ways to develop and deliver programmes and participation opportunities in a sustainable manner. LSPs are taking the learning from other successful LSP programmes and building programmes based on the elements that add value. National programmes are also being developed across the network of LSPs based on successful individual programmes”.

You can download a copy of the 2014 report from http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:09:00 GMT

Minister Michael Ring presents Awards to Goal to Work West Mayo Coaches

A group of jobseekers mainly from the West Mayo area have just completed a 10 week long specialised sports coaching course which it is hoped will provide them with the tools to obtain employment.  The “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme which ran for 3 days each week allowed trainees to become fully qualified G.A.A., Rugby and Soccer coaches with additional sports modules in child protection, first aid, disability awareness, little athletics and active leadership completed. Trainee coaches also honed their skills and coaching in local national schools giving many school children some quality participation experiences.

 Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring presented the newly qualified coaches with their Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme certificates at a presentation held in the Quay Community Centre Westport.

 He commended the project co-ordinators Mayo Sports Partnership with the assistance of Sport Ireland and the Dormant Accounts Board in bringing this  programme to the area.

 “ Schemes such as Goal to Work are vital in providing additional trained personnel for clubs, schools and communities in delivering quality experiences for all. I am delighted that my Department, through the Dormant Accounts, has been able to provide resources to Sports Partnerships to roll out this initiative nationwide.”  Minister Ring added.

Other partners were also thanked and these included Mayo North East Leader Partnership Company, Mayo County Council, Mayo Mental Health, Connacht GAA, FAI, Connaught Branch of the IRFU and the local Primary Schools where the coaching took place.

 Originally developed in County Leitrim, under the auspices of the County Development Board, the Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme is now in its 6th  phase having already being rolled out in the  Castlebar, Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Erris and Swinford area.

 The first programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining employment as a result. Goal to Work follow on courses built on the pilot initiative were multi sport and specifically targeted the other areas in the county as listed above. Training was provided on how to explore setting up a business, how to develop an  enterprise idea and further educational/training opportunities.  Other modules included IT, communication skills, progression routes and CV preparation. All of which would help participants to identify possible employment or training opportunities after the 10 week programme.

 Some participants have gained employment as a Sports Co-ordinator under the Rural and Social Services Scheme, others have progressed on to further training and some have gained some part time employment as sports coaches with local schools etc.

 Speaking on this issue Siobhán Carroll-Webb of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co. said “ Assisting the Sports Leaders / Coaches to find  employment or to progress onto further education or avail of training opportunities is an important outcome for the multi-agency organising committee.”

 70 sports coaches / leaders have now received training under the Goal to Work programme and are available to assist communities, sports clubs and schools throughout the county.

 “These coaches are a fantastic resource to have in the county and we have utilised a number of them in delivering some of our participation initiatives” Sports Co-ordinator for the Mayo Sports Partnership Charlie Lambert added.

 To find out more about the programme log on to www.mayosports.ie or contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email msp@mayococo.ie

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:13:00 GMT

Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme for East Mayo

 Are you unemployed/working part time/ previously self employed? Do you want a coaching qualification in Cricket, Hurling, Soccer and Volleyball or Basketball  so that you can work as a Coach?

 Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Irish Sports Council, Dormant Accounts Board, South West Mayo Development Company, Mayo County Council, Mayo Mental Health Association, Cricket Ireland, FAI, Mayo GAA and one of Volleyball Ireland / Basketball Ireland will deliver “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme in Ballyhaunis over the coming weeks.

For application form please download here Goal to Work East Mayo Application Form 2015

Goal to Work is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board. The first programme in Castlebar trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining part time employment as a result. Goal to Work  Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Erris, Swinford and West Mayo built on the successful pilot initiative giving participants the opportunity to train at foundation level in Soccer, GAA and Rugby. Each trainee coach delivered coaching in local primary schools in Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Erris, Swinford and Westport  with the support of sport development officers.

This Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme will include a classroom based learning component including a FETAC accredited module in Occupational First Aid. It will also deliver accredited training in Child Protection in Sport, Irish Sports Council Active Leadership, Little Athletics and Disability Awareness.  In addition to these accredited modules the programme will also provide information through specialist guest speakers on how to set up and manage your own business, enterprise opportunities, job readiness skills, personal development, building self esteem and self confidence, identification of personal progression options in employment, further education and training.

 Mayo Sports Partnership and South West Mayo Development Company would like to invite applications from unemployed people or people who may be working part time. Also from anyone previously self employed who will commit to attending this Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme for three days a week over ten weeks.  Each participant will become a qualified Cricket, Hurling, Soccer, Volleyball or Basketball coach with other add on sports such as Little Athletics. The programme will commence in December and is open to currently un/underemployed men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time / full time coach in these sports or in developing their own business. 

 According to Catherine Mc Closkey of South West Mayo Development Company the focus of “Goal to Work” Sport Coach Training Programme will be to provide them with an option of  setting up a business on a self-employed basis at the end of the coaching period, gaining employment or progressing onto further education or training. In 2013 the “Goal to Work” training programme won an Aontas STAR award which recognises excellence in adult education.

 Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert added, “ We are delighted once again to be involved in this worthwhile initiative which will progress participants on the road to future employment or training”. Another added benefit, according to Charlie will be the availability of an increased database of coaches to work with schools, clubs, community centres and youth groups across a number of sports. 

 “Goal to Work” Sport Coach Training Prorgramme is supported by the Dormant Accounts Board and is an equal opportunities training programme.

 Places will be limited to 12 trainee coaches.  If you would like further information or an application form please contact Catherine Mc Closkey, South West Mayo Development Company, Email cmccloskey@southmayo.com or call 087- 1247771 for details.

Application forms can also be downloaded at www.southmayo.com  or www.mayosports.ie  

Completed application forms should be posted or e-mailed to Catherine Mc Closkey as above. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is strictly 1pm on Thursday 26th November 2015

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 16:40:00 GMT

MSP Autumn / Winter 2015 Newsletter now Available

                                                                                                      

Welcome to the Autumn / Winter 2015 edition of our bi annual newsletter. To download please click here 2015 MSP Autumn Newsletter

In this issue we see details of the upcoming Success in Sport Seminar on the 11th November,  the announcement of the Dormant Account Funding by Michael Ring, the success of the 6th West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon and the Childrens Mini Mini Run, details of all our Community Sport Programmes, Sport Disability Update,  funding initiatives and walking / cycling initiatives. Also see a profile of Islandeady Cycling  Club and their future plans / initiatives.

In addition we give details of programmes and initiatives which will help you to become more active this Autumn. If you require any further information on any of the initiatives in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact the office at 094-9047025

Contents

1.      Introduction | Réamhrá

2.      Success in Sport Seminar | Seimineár ar Rathúlacht sa Spórt

3.      Dormant Account Funding for Mayo Sport | Maoiniú ó Chuntais Shuanacha ag dul go Spórt Maigh Eo

4.      6th Mini Marathon |  An 6ú Mionmharatón

5.      Community Sport Programmes | Cláir Phobail Spóirt

-          Goal to Work West Mayo | Goal to Work – Iarthar Mhaigh Eo

-          Healthy Living Programme | Clár um Maireachtáil Fholláin

-          Get Active Programmes | Cláir ‘Bí Gníomhach’

6.      Sport and Disability Update | Tuairisc ar Spórt agus Míchumas

-          Boccia | Boccia

-          Disability Inclusion Training | Oiliúint um Chuimsiú Daoine faoi Mhíchumas

-          Special Olympics | Cluichí Oilimpeacha Speisialta

-          Wheelchair Hurling | Iománaíocht i gCathaoireacha Rothaí

-          Tag Rugby | Rugbaí Leaiste

7.      Older People Programmes | Cláir do Dhaoine Scothaosta

-          Go for Life Games| Cluichí don Saol

-          Active 55 | ‘Bí Gníomhach’ 55

 

8.      Walking and Cycling Programmes | Cláir Siúlóide agus Rothaíochta

-          Bike Week 2015 | Seachtain na Rothar 2015

-          Community Walking Programme | Clár Siúlóide um Pobal Gníomhach

-          Bike for Life | Rothaíocht fad Saoil

-          Walking Leader Training | Traenáil do Threoraithe Súilóide

-          Find Your Trail | Aimsigh do Shlí

9.      Funding Information | Maoiniú

-          Special Participation Grants | Deontais Speisialta Rannpháirtíochta

-          Sports Capital Grants | Deontais Chaipitil Spóirt

10.  Schools Section | Rannóg na Scoileanna

-          Be Active After School Programme | Bí Gníomhach – Clár Iarscoile

-          Erris Little Athletics | Lúthchleasaíocht Leanaí Iorrais

-          Youth Sport Leadership | Ceannaireacht Spóirt don Óige

-          Primary Schools Athletics | Lúthchleasaíocht do Bhunscoileanna

-          Primary Schools Spikeball | Spikeball do Bhunscoileanna

11.  Club Profile | Cur síos ar Chlub

12.  Research | Taighde

13.  Other News | Nuacht Eile

-          Safe App | Aip Sábháilteachta

-          Grainne Mhaol Dragon Boat Club | Club Báid Dragain Ghráinne Mhaol

-          John Treacy CEO Sport Ireland | John Treacy, CEO Spórt Éireann

-          Budget 2016 – Increased Investment for Sport | Buiséad 2016 – Breis Infheistíochta i gCúrsaí Spóirt

-          2014 Annual Report | Tuairisc Bhliantúil 2014

-          Child Protection in Sport | Cosaint Leanaí le linn Cúrsaí Spóirt

14.  Upcoming Events | Imeachtaí ag Teacht

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:45:00 GMT

Budget 2016 - Increased Investment in Irish Sport

Sport Ireland Welcomes Increased Sports Investment In Budget 2016Sport Ireland, the new statutory agency for sport in Ireland, welcome the increased investment in Sport Ireland and the broader sports sector announced in Budget 2016.

Speaking after the announcement, Sport Ireland Chair designate, Kieran Mulvey commented :"2016 will be a significant year in the establishment of Sport Ireland and I would like to thank Minister Donohoe, Minister Ring and the department officials for working tirelessly on behalf of Irish Sport. With preparations ongoing on the Road to Rio, the additional investment in current funding will ensure Irish athletes have the necessary supports to enable them to perform on the world stage. In addition, the commitment to the National Indoor Arena, a flagship project for Sport Ireland, will ensure our leading athletes and coaches have access to world class facilities at home".

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy said: "The budget announcement is a strong endorsement of the Government's commitment to Sport and would like to acknowledge Minister Donohoe, Minister Ring and the Department for their continuous support. The increased investment will support the advancement of the participation strategy and the implementation of the National Physical Activity Plan that will drive the participation agenda. I also would like to welcome the additional funding announced through Dormant Accounts fund which this year was used to establish Community Sport Hubs across the country and to create a National Sports Education and Training Hub to support those with disabilities and those with educational disadvantage".

Full details on the announcement can be found here http://www.dttas.ie/press-releases/2015/budget-2016 -sees-8-increase-dept-transport-tourism-sport-which-will-support -

See more at: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Media/Latest_News/Sport-Ireland-Welcomes-Increased-Sports-Investment-In-Budget-2016.html#sthash.iaMELKjV.dpuf

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:58:00 BST

€1.3 million allocated to 36 Mayo Sports Groups in 2015 Sports Capital Programme

Minister for Sport, Michael Ring, TD,  announced €41 million in funding under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) 2015. This is the third round of the Sports Capital funding allocated under Minister Ring, following suspension of the Programme, under the previous administration, from 2008-2011.

Since taking over the sports portfolio, Minister Ring has placed a firm focus on increasing participation in sport and supporting the development of local sporting clubs through the reinstatement of the SCP. A total of €130 million has been allocated by the Minister for sporting facilities in recent years with €31 million allocated in 2012, €40.5 million provided in 2014, €41 million in 2015 and a further €17 million made through special allocations in recent years.

These allocations have provided support for more than 2,600 projects nationally and demonstrate the Government’s commitment to sports and to providing for local facilities and local communities.

Speaking today Minister Ring said: ‘The Sports Capital Programme ensures that as many clubs and organisations as possible have the facilities and equipment they need to allow the maximum number of people to get involved in a wide variety of sports. In addition to funding being provided to organisations such as the GAA, soccer, rugby, boxing and athletics, I am also funding equipment and facilities for more than 40 sports ranging from angling to weight lifting and a whole host in between. By investing in community facilities, these grants take the pressure off clubs and groups to fundraise themselves to provide for the upgrading and building of premises and allows coaches and other volunteers to concentrate on growing the sports they know and love’.

“The Sports Capital Programme is the most important way in which the Government assists in the development and refurbishment of sporting facilities and in the purchase of non-personal sports equipment. Throughout the application and assessment process an emphasis is placed on rewarding clubs and organisations that share facilities as well as on applications received from disadvantaged areas. This year alone €14.5 million has been allocated to 305 projects that are located in or serve CLAR and RAPID areas.

“As with previous years, allocations were made to counties in the fairest way possible; based on their population. A system was introduced by me, on first coming to office, which saw any unused money which resulted from counties not having enough valid projects to take funds allocated to them, being distributed to counties which had historically received below-average per capita funding. This system goes some way to addressing historical imbalances which had become a feature of previous rounds.

“The facilities that are funded under the SCP range from the smallest clubs to national centres of sporting excellence. With around 90% of SCP grantees reporting that they have been able to increase participation as a direct result of the facilities developed with these grants, the importance of making funds available in this way cannot be overstated.

“I am delighted to say that the allocations made under previous rounds are bearing fruit with €20 million paid out to grantees so far this year. That is an increase of 63% on the same period last year. These payments represent improved opportunities for people that enable them to take part in sport to the best of their ability, opening sport, and all the benefits that come with it, to more people across more communities.”

In the coming days all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications.

Details of all allocations can be found on:

http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme-awards-new

http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/publications/sport/english/scp-allocations-2015/local-allocations.pdf  (link is external)  

http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/publications/sport/english/scp-allocations-2015/non-local-allocations.pdf

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 17:39:00 BST

2014 MSP Annual Report now available

Increased levels of participation highlighted in Mayo Sports Partnerships 2014 Annual Report

 Initiatives such as Operation Transformation, Couch to 5K, Men on the Move, Walking and Cycling  Programmes, School Healthy Living programmes, Little Athletics, Goal to Work Coaching Programmes,  Go for Life Games for Older People  etc are  contributing to a positive environment of active participation across the county.

 Launching the 2014 Annual Report of the Mayo Sports Partnership outgoing Chairman Cllr Brendan Mulroy paid tribute to all the many volunteers who give of their free time to organise programmes in their local areas. The report, describing the workings of the Sports Partnership during 2014, highlights that 49% of the female population in the county now participate in sport / physical activity at least once a week, compared to 47% of the male population in Mayo. This rise in female participation, which now currently is the highest in Ireland, can be attributed to increased development of facilities and programmes which is to the credit of all agencies and stakeholders in the business of community development. A core initiative inputting in to this impressive statistic has been the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon which since 2010 has assisted close to 13,000 womens participation in sport.

To view the full report please click here 2014 MSP Annual Report

 Other highlights from the report shows that Mayo Sports Partnership and its stakeholders provided physical activity opportunities for some 10,632people through 78 locally delivered sports programmes, 4,259 women through 10 Women in Sport initiatives and 403 people with a disability in 18 Sports Inclusion Disability Programmes. In addition the sports umbrella body ran 45 training and education workshops with 665 participants, supplied information to 580 clubs / organisations and over 10,000 people contacted the Partnership for general and sports specific information.  

 Again as in previous years, the Partnership has made significant advances by increasing the number of locally delivered programmes and training opportunities for leaders / volunteers. The development of the Couch to 5K initiative, parkrun to 3 areas in the county, further expansion of the hugely successful  Men on the Move programme, healthy living projects in second level schools, primary school little athletics, the Sports Inclusion Summer Camp and Go for Life Games days for older people groups were some of the success stories in 2014. In addition the Goal to Work Sports Coach training programme for unemployed was rolled out in the Swinford area which brought close to 50 the number of sports coaches trained under this scheme since 2010.

 Cllr Brendan Mulroy Chairman of Mayo Sports Partnership thanked Minister Michael Rings Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, key stakeholders the Irish Sports Council  and Mayo County Council along with the many other partners who contribute to the continued development of the umbrella sports body.

 “ Much credit must go to the Sports Partnership staff for continually delivering high quality participation programmes and working with local agencies and all sections of society.” Cllr Mulroy added.

 The Sports Partnership can be contacted at 094-9047025 or e-mail msp@mayococo.ie .

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:34:00 BST

Men on the Move Autumn 2015 Schedule Announced

Men on the Move “The best move you will ever make!”

 Mayo Sports Partnership and HSE West are calling on all men throughout Mayo who want to get more physically active to join the Men on the Move programme near you this Autumn . Men on the Move is an 8 week activity programme for men aged 30 plus with the aim to get active, have fun and meet new people. It involves weekly / twice weekly sessions which are leader led. Training sessions are structured to suit different fitness levels and progress your fitness at a pace to suit you! It will be the best move you will ever make!!!Details have just been announced for the recommencement of the Men on the Move with programmes available in 10 areas recommencing from Monday 5th October. More information on the initiative can be got by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

Men on the Move 2015 – (Registration evenings)

Achill – Wednesday 14th October Venue: Michael Davitt Park, Achill 8pm Contact Caroline Mc Loughlin 083 4622082

 

Ballaghadereen – Monday 5th and Thursday 8th October Venue: Amenity Centre Ballaghadereen Contact Geraldine Finn 086 8105964

 

Ballyhaunis – Tuesday 6th October 7.30pm  Venue: Connaught Centre of Excellence Bekan  Contact Tracy Cunnane 086 0618126

 

Ballina – Tuesday 6th  and Thursday 8th October 7.30pm Venue: Arts Centre Car Park  Contact Taragh Cosgrove 087 6471919

 

Charlestown – Tuesday 13th October 7.30pm  Venue: CBD Sports Complex Contact Geraldine Finn 086 8105964

 

Crossmolina – Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th October 7.30pm Venue: Crossmolina GAA Centre Contact: Ciaran Sweeney 086 0862542

 

Castlebar – Friday 9th October 7.30pm Venue: Castlebar Tennis Club  Contact Taragh Cosgrove 087 6471919

 

Claremorris –Wednesday 7th October 7.30pm  Venue: Claremorris Athletic Track  Contact Jim Ryan 087 6733481

 

 Erris – Monday 5th or 12th October 7.30pm Venue : Belmullet Civic Centre  Contact Padraic Brogan 087 7978821

 

Swinford – Wednesday 7th October 7.30pm  Venue: Cultural Centre Swinford  Contact Geraldine Finn 086 8105964

Westport – Monday 12th October 7.30pm  Venue: Quay Community Centre  Contact Deirdre Donnelly 087 6305577

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:40:00 BST

Autumn / Winter 2015 Training & Events Programme launched

Child protection in sport, sports first aid, sports leadership training, walking leader training, disability inclusion training, club development workshops and leader training for volunteers working with older people groups  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community / sport volunteers, coaches, teachers or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport or physical activity. Dates and venues are finalized with a full listing now available here 2015 Autumn Courses and Events Calendar   

 Included in the comprehensive schedule is a series FREE of Sports Volunteer Workshops provided by the Irish Sports Council at a number of venues around the country. These FREE workshops are booked on a first come first served basis and topics include time management, event planning, finance, governance, public relations and social media. For bookings go to http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/OD-Change/Organisational-Capability-Building/Learning-Support-Services/Volunteer-Training-/

 

 Another interesting feature of the Autumn schedule will be the return of the Success in Sport Series with a  Seminar titled “ Drugs in Sport“  This event will explore aspects of sporting life including issues including performance enhancement drugs in sport, impacts of alcohol use on sports performance and recovery, the demands and pressures on high performance athletes, day to day routine, preparation, the importance of leadership, management and preparation so that teams and individuals can make winning a habit. Run in collaboration with the Western Regional Drug Task Force this seminar will be part of the  annual Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week in November

 “ Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to be once again able to offer a comprehensive range of training and educational workshops to volunteers across the county which are available at subsidised rates ” commented Mayo Sports Partnerships Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 Details of other Sports Partnership programmes such as the very successful Men on the Move initiative for over 35 men, Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme, Active 55 (project for older people), Meet and Train initiative, Community Fit Walk, Link2BActive (Discounted Physical Activity Opportunities for Jobseekers), Disability Sports opportunities and much more are available through the Sports Partnership office, Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Mayo-Sports-Partnership/  and website www.mayosports.ie .

 

All courses / events are subsidized by the Partnership and more details, application forms etc  can be got by logging on to www.mayosports.ie/CalendarofEventsTrainingCourses/  .You can book places by contacting the office at 094-9047025.

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:18:00 BST

Men on the Move commences in Ballina, Ballaghadereen and Crossmolina

Men on the Move “The best move you’ll ever make”

 Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

 Mayo Sports Partnerships in collaboration with HSE West, Roscommon Sports Partnership and Waterford I.T. are offering a  new programme for men aged 35+ over the coming weeks in the Ballaghdereen, Ballina and Crossmolina areas. These new groups will be part of a national study on Mens Health taking place in several counties across Ireland.

 Men on the Move is a physical activity programme that is aimed at adult men to get them active, have fun and improve their fitness levels. It involves:

-          twice-weekly physical activity sessions over 12 weeks that are led by a qualified instructor to meet your needs.

-           structured physical activity sessions so that you can find a level and pace that suits you.

-          workshops on nutrition and well-being for men.

 

Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for 30 men to participate in the FREE 12 week programme in the Ballaghdereen, Ballina and Crossmolina areas which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run in early December.

 

“Mid West Radio are delighted to support this project and we plan to follow its progress through the 12 weeks. We hope that many men throughout the region avail of this fantastic opportunity” presenter Tommy Marren added.

 

 Following the very successful open evenings the details for the programme is as follows: 

 

Ballina - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm . Meet at the family Resource Centre Ardnaree Contact Leader: Taragh Cosgrove 087 6471919

 

Crossmolina -  Meet at GAA Centre  on Mondays and Wednesdays  at 7.30pm. Contact Leader: 087 4194426

 

Ballaghadereen -Meet at the amenity park (soccer pitch) Ballaghaderreen,Co Roscommon  Mondays and Thursdays 7.30pm. Contact Leader: Geraldine Finn 086 8105964

 

 Activities on offer include walking, jogging, strengthening exercises and there is no cost to the participant.  There will be leader and HSE personnel there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the proposed activities.

 

If you wish to register for the initiative in the above areas please call the Mayo Sports Partnership office on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie  or Text your name to 087 6973093.

 

Please note that Men on the Move is also available in Achill, Ballyhaunis, Ballinrobe, Erris, Castlebar, Claremorris, Manulla, Swinford and Westport. Registrations for these ongoing programmes will be open from the beginning of October.

 

So get out there and get active and be part of this super programme.

 

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:24:00 BST

Internships with Mayo Sports Partnership now Available

There are two 9 month internships now available with Mayo Sports Partnership as described below. To get further details log on to www.jobbridge.ie or cotact the Personnel Office of Mayo County Council at 094-9020000

Position 1

Title of Internship : Sports Project Worker

Department where placement is offered: Mayo Sports Partnership

Learner Outcome: The intern will gain practical experience in a busy sports office. Some of the key experience will be data compilation and research in areas such as Outdoor Recreation, Men on the Move, Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme and the Community Sports Hub initiative.. The successful applicant will be required to liaise with the general public, stakeholders, partner agencies etc through meetings, phone and other mediums such as Social Media. The Intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Formal - health and safety, interpersonal and communication, project delivery and other relevant training which will be identified during induction. Informal – Project administration and research skills,. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Project Communication and research, project delivery, networking with various organisations. Applicants must supply suitable character references.

Person Specifications: Some interest is sport is desirable but not essential. The person should have excellent IT and communication skills . They should have the ability to work off their own initiative in delivering desired goals. The person will be required to report on a weekly basis to management.

Qualification Details: A sports development / research qualification would be desirable with excellent IT skills.

Position 2

Title of Internship : Assistant Sports Administrator

Department where placement is offered: Mayo Sports Partnership

Learner Outcome: The intern will gain practical experience in a busy office environment. Some of the key experience will be assisting in the administration of key participation events. The Intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Formal - health and safety, interpersonal and communication, database management and other relevant training which will be identified during induction. Informal – Project administration skills ie online booking system management, website and social media updating, filing, note taking of meetings, customer care etc alongside experienced sport development staff. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Organisation and communication skills, project evaluation, networking with various organisations. Applicants must supply suitable character references.

Person Specifications: The person should have good IT and communication skills as they may be the point of contact for public enquiries. They should have the ability to work off their own initiative in delivering desired goals. Note that this is not a sport development post but a basic interest in sport is desirable. The person will be required to report on a weekly basis to management.

Qualification Details: Leaving Certificate Ordinary - or equivalent. Good knowledge of MS Office and computer applications: Word, Excel and Outlook office suite. Skills in website content, online social media and an excellent aptitude for online applications.

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:55:00 GMT

Applications Open for National Grant Scheme for Older People Groups

The Go for Life National Grant Scheme is now open for applications. The closing date is Friday 25 September at 12 noon. Grants will range from €250 to €700 and are open to local clubs, groups and organisations that promote recreational sport or physical activity for older people. So why not take the opportunity to kick off your autumn activities by introducing something new to your group - cycling, Go for Life Games or even martial arts? Grants can cover activities and /or equipment. Application forms are available from website www.ageandopportunity.ie  , the or through Mayo Sports Partnership Office at 094-9047025.

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:42:00 BST

Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards 2015 now Open for Applications

Thank to the generous support of Mayo County Council the Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards for 2015 are now open for applications by relevant sporting bodies and organisations. Forms and application criteria are downloadable from sites.google.com/site/martinsheridanbursary  by email request to martinsheridanbursary@gmail.com . The closing date for completed entries is September 18th 2015

The Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards are for sports people who have excellent potential, outstanding ability and the desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport and have the potential to bring recognition and success at National and International level to Mayo. The awards are designed to assist in the cost of education, training, travel and equipment.

Background to the Martin Sheridan  Bursary Award

The awards came about following discussions between Councillor Joe Mellett and Joe O Neill regarding the desire of Mayo County Council to recognise in some manner the achievements of Martin Sheridan and as the local civic authority to help perpetuate his memory. The idea of a bursary was brought before the County Council by Councillor Mellett and received unanimous support. The Council approved €5,000 for the bursary awards in 2013 & 2014 and again now in 2015 have generously supported the awards.

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:55:00 BST

Applications Open for Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme for West Mayo

 

 Are you unemployed/working part time/ previously self employed? Do you want a coaching qualification in GAA, Rugby and Soccer so that you can work as a Coach?

 Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Irish Sports Council, Dormant Accounts Board, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company, Mayo County Council, Mayo Mental Health Association, Connacht Rugby (IRFU), FAI and Mayo GAA will deliver “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme in Westport over the coming weeks.

Goal to Work is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board. The first programme in Castlebar trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining part time employment as a result. Goal to Work  Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Erris and Goal to Work Swinford built on the successful pilot initiative giving participants the opportunity to train at foundation level in Soccer, GAA and Rugby. Each trainee coach delivered coaching in local primary schools in Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Erris and Swinford with the support of FAI County Development Officer Paul Byrne, Mayo GAA Games Manager Billy McNicholas and Domestic Games Manager Connaught IRFU Lyndon Jones .

 

This Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme will include a classroom based learning component including a FETAC accredited module in Occupational First Aid. It will also deliver accredited training in Child Protection in Sport, Irish Sports Council Active Leadership and Disability Awareness.  In addition to these accredited modules the programme will also provide information through specialist guest speakers on how to set up and manage your own business, enterprise opportunities, job readiness skills, personal development, building self esteem and self confidence, identification of personal progression options in employment, further education and training.

 

 Mayo Sports Partnership and Mayo North East would like to invite applications from unemployed people or people who may be working part time. Also from anyone previously self employed who will commit to attending this Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme for three days a week over ten weeks.  Each particpant will become a qualified GAA, Soccer, Rugby coach with other add on sports such as Little Athletics. The programme will commence in mid September and is open to currently un/underemployed men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time / full time coach in these sports or in developing their own business. 

To download the application form please click on this link Goal to Work West Mayo -Application Form

 

According to Siobhán Carroll – Webb of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company the focus of “Goal to Work” Sport Coach Trainng Programme will be to provide them with an option of  setting up a business on a self-employed basis at the end of the coaching period, gaining employment or progressing onto further education or training. In 2013 the “Goal to Work” training programme won an Aontas STAR award which recognises excellence in adult education.

 

Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert added, “ We are delighted once again to be involved in this worthwhile initiative which will progress participants on the road to future employment or training”. Another added benefit, according to Charlie will be the availability of an increased database of coaches to work with schools, clubs, community centres and youth groups across a number of sports. 

 

“Goal to Work” Sport Coach Training Prorgramme is supported by the Dormant Accounts Board and is an equal opportunities training programme.

 

Places will be limited to 12 trainee coaches.  If you would like further information or an application form please contact Siobhán Carroll-Webb, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co, Email info@mayonortheast.com or call 094-9256745 for details.

Application forms can also be downloaded at www.mayonortheast.com  or www.mayosports.ie  

Completed application forms should be posted or e-mailed to Siobhán Carroll-Webb as above. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is strictly 1pm on Thursday 3rd September 2015

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:52:00 BST

Minister Ring secures €152,000 Dormant Accounts Funding for Sport in Mayo

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Mr. Michael Ring TD today announced an investment package of Dormant Accounts Funding for Sport in Mayo.

 The investment will include the establishment of a Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub in Ballyhaunis and the creation of the Mayo Community Coaching Programme.

 The aim of the Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub is to bring people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations. Supported by the Mayo Sports Partnership, the hub will provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities and make it easier for people in Ballyhaunis to get involved and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.

 Announcing the investment, Minister Ring commented “The Ballyhaunis hub and multi sport area will be a focal point for delivery of a wide variety of sport and physical activity programmes including Walking Programmes, Couch to 5k, Girls Active, Sofa to Saddle, Men on the Move and Active 55. I am particularly delighted to announce as part of the Hub, the development of a cricket practice run area which will adjoin the community facility currently under development”.

 The Mayo “Goal to Work” Community Coaching Programme aims to deliver specialised training and education courses for jobs seekers. The programme is in line with the Government’s ‘Pathways to Work’ Policy and seeks to empower individuals by providing a clear education pathway for those interested in working in sports development.

 Speaking at the announcement, Minister Ring commented “The Goal to Work programme in Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Castlebar, Claremorris and Westport will give 12 unemployed people an opportunity to become trained sports coaches. The initiative recognises that many unemployed people have an interest in sport and may offer the potential to provide employment opportunities”.

 Working with local partners and agencies Mayo Sports Partnership will be rolling out these initiatives in the coming months.  Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert speaking also at the launch said “ We are delighted that this investment is coming to Mayo and especially targeting those groups of our population who need support most.  Having a home for a minority sport such as cricket in Ballyhaunis, where there is a large population who play and love the sport, will be a fantastic and unique development”.

 Funding of €2,089,620 is being allocated to establish Community Sport and Physical Activity hubs across the country and create a National Sports Education and Training hub.

 The investment will be administered by the Irish Sports Council and will aim to engage with communities across the country, targeting people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and disadvantaged communities.

 

Programmes supported under the investment include the development of an Educational and Career Framework, Youth Coaching, Volunteer Support Programmes, E-learning Programmes (Anti Doping, Child Protection), Training for Jobseekers (Community Coaching), Youth Leadership and further strengthen the existing Sports Disability Training Framework.

 

 

 

 

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:03:00 BST

Bike for Life 6 week cycling programme for Ballinrobe and Castlebar

Cycling Ireland in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council and the local Sports Partnerships are rolling out a 6 week Bike For Life Programme in Ballinrobe and Castlebar.

Cycling Ireland has tied in the programme with the Great Dublin Bike Ride and their target is to get 500 new cyclist to cross the finish line and have fun on the 13th of September in the Great Dublin Bike Ride.

 Each Participant pays €20 and will receive a significantly discounted entry to the Great Dublin Bike Ride, a 6 week Bike For Life programme, a GDBR Jersey(first 1000 enties), a buff, socks, a logbook and Insurance to cover them for the running of the programme.(Bike For Life 8 week programme usually costs €30 and entry for the GDBR is €25 = €55). That’s a saving of €35!

 Anybody interested in participating in these programmes are asked to contact Anne Ronayne Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047022

 

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:57:00 BST

MSP News Update July / August 2015

To download the latest news sheet from Mayo Sports Partnership please click here News Update July / August 2015

if you require any further information on any of the initiatives in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact the office at 094-9047025

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:13:00 BST

Minister Ring Launches Report of Participation in Sport by Adults in Mayo Sligo

More Women than Men now participating more regularly in Sport in Mayo and Sligo

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD recently launched The Irish Sports Council, Report of Participation in Sport by Adults in Mayo & Sligo. The report has been developed using data from the Irish Sports Council Irish Sports Monitor survey as a means of accurately monitoring and tracking active and social participation in sport among adults in Ireland.

To download the full report please click here 2015 Report of Participation in Sport by Adults in Mayo & Sligo

In launching the report Minister Ring said: “The value of participating in sport and physical activity cannot be underestimated; even small improvements in participation levels will confer health, social and economic benefits both for the individual and for society as a whole. I am delighted to say that 48.1% of residents in Mayo/Sligo take part in sport regularly”.

 

The key findings to emerge from the report are the high levels of participation in sport among females and that there is no gender gap in participation in sport in Mayo / Sligo.  The report also highlights a range of other positive findings including:

 

Women (49.0%) participate slightly more than men (47.1%).Exercise and swimming are the most popular activities overall.The proportion of women taking part in running is higher than the national average.Over 64% of Mayo/Sligo residents take part in recreational walking, women (71.1%) are more likely to take part than men (57.8%).Almost 50% take part in some form of social participation, either belonging to a club, volunteering for sport or attending a sporting event.

 

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council commented “The Irish Sports Council has made increasing participation in sport and physical activity a key strategic priority. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the vital work of Mayo & Sligo Sports Partnership in encouraging people to become more active in their communities”.

Locally Mayo Sports Partnership has been to the fore in developing initiatives which targets groups such as women, unemployed, people with a disability, ethnic miniorities, disadvantaged youth etc. Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert added “ While programmes such Couch to 5K, Meet and Train, West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon have been hugely beneficial to increasing participation amongst women, we are now through our Men on the Move initiative targeting men aged 30 plus to become more active. This Autumn will see 12 areas throughout the county promoting this programme”.

More information can be found by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094 9047025, or log on to their website at www.mayosports.ie

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:54:00 BST

7 Brand New Walking Groups starting in Mayo

7 brand New Walking Groups starting in County Mayo. Walkers at all fitness levels are very welcome to come along and join in a walking group in a community near you.

As part of the Get Ireland Walking – Active Community Walking Programme Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Get Ireland Walking( an initiative of the Irish Sports Council) aims to support the creation of vibrant walking communities throughout County Mayo.

Communities and Venues Are:

Mondays - Carracastle-Community Centre Venue-7pm

Mondays - Charlestown-Community Centre Venue-8.30pm

Wednesdays - Claremorris-Clare Lake Venue-7.30pm

Thursdays - Cong-Church Carpark Venue-7.30pm

Contact Deirdre Donnelly 087 6305577 for further information on taking part at any of the above venues

Mondays-Newport-National School Venue - 8pm

Tuesdays-Ballina-Beleek Track Venue - 8pm

Thursdays-Belmullet-Civic Centre Venue - 12noon

Contact Aine O Reilly 086-2539439 for further information on taking part at any of the above venues

For any further details on the Get Ireland Active Community Walking Programme contact Anne Ronayne, Mayo Sports Partnership 094 9047022

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:17:00 BST

Directory of 2015 Summer Camps in Mayo now available

Mayo Sports Partnership has once again compiled this directory as an information resource for parents or for those wishing to make contact with organisers of Sports Camps around Mayo. To view this resource click on this link 2015 Directory of Summer Camps in Mayo

This information resource gives information on different camps per area

- Adventure Sports Camps

- Achill

- Ballina

- Ballinrobe

- Ballyhaunis

- Castlebar

- Claremorris

- Charlestown

- Erris

-Foxford

- Kilmovee

- Newport

- Swinford

- Westport

- Miscellaneous

Inclusion in this directory is not an indicator of the quality or value of the camp. All camps listed are independently run and all related queries should be directed to the camp contact as listed. The listed camps are those who we are aware of at this moment and time. If there are any others who would like to be included on our web based directory at www.mayosports.ie please contact us at 094-9047025 or e-mail us the details to msp@mayococo.ie . Click on this link Parents Guide to Sport and Summer Camps ‎ to obtain information for parents on their childrens involvement in sport.

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:55:00 BST

€19,000 investment in 40 Sports and Community groups announced

At a recent Mayo Sports Partnership Board meeting  €19,000 was allocated to 39 clubs / organisations in Mayo through both the Partnerships 2015 special participation grant scheme. Special guest at a recent presentation evening, Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring, complimented the work being done on the ground by many volunteers and how it was important to recognise their contributions in whatever way possible.

To view list of gratees please click on this link 2015 SPG List of Grantees

 “ Volunteers are the lifeblood of sport in this country and oftentimes don’t get enough recognition for their efforts. Schemes such as this through the Mayo Sports Partnership provides invaluable assistance to clubs and communities ” Minister Ring  stated.

 

 The aim of the Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport / physical activity and it is envisaged that all projects will help to do just that particularly in specific target groups of our population. This year the scheme has funded initiatives including the set up of a new cycling club in Islandeady, the new development of a rowing club in Ballycroy, ladies soccer in Greenway Utd Newport, community summer camps, participation programmes in camogie and table tennis, support for masters participation in basketball and GAA.  Programmes in the travelling community and the Irish Wheelchair Association were also supported under the scheme.

  “Over the last 10 years since Mayo Sports Partnership came into being this small grant scheme has benefitted many targeted initiatives across the county. Support through the Partnership and its dedicated team led by Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert has led to significant increases in participation amongst all sectors. Through the assistance of the Irish Sports Council and Minister Ring we hope to continue this support into the future” Mayo Sports Partnership Chairman Brendan Mulroy added

 Mayo Sports Partnership comprises of representatives from local agencies, sports organisations and community representatives, is core funded by the Irish Sports Council and is hosted by Mayo County Council. For funding under the annual Special Participation Grant Scheme applicants need to show that the suggested project will increase participation and is sustainable.

 Since 2005 the Partnership has brought an overall investment of close to €6.5 million to developing sport and recreation within the county. Many projects / initiatives involving pre-schools all the way up to older people have benefited from this significant input. Significant contributions, both financially and in kind, of partner agencies on the board such as Mayo County Council, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, HSE West, GMIT, Leader Companies, Udaras na Gaeltachta, Mayo Education Centre and other stakeholders has also been key to the successful development of the Partnership.

 Any further information on the above can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or by logging on to www.mayosports.ie

 

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:53:00 BST

Minister Ring Launches Irish Sports Council Safe Sport App

 

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring recently launched the Irish Sports Council Safe Sport App at the Code of Ethics Information Day. The app is aimed at creating greater awareness and understanding about safeguarding best practice in children’s sport.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD commented “I believe it is extremely important that children and young people are given the opportunity at an early age to participate in sport in a safe and positive environment to develop and enhance their physical and social skills. Participation in sport will ultimately lead to a healthier society and an overall improved quality of life.”

 John Treacy, CEO Irish Sports Council commented “The Safe Sport app is based on the Irish Sports Councils Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sports which has been adopted and implemented by National Governing Bodies of Sports, clubs and Local Sports Partnerships on an on-going basis.  It features key information regarding your role in sport to ensure children and young people’s experiences of sport are fun, enjoyable and conducted in the spirit of fair play”.

Users of the app will have access to exclusive video messages from Michael McKillop (Irish Paralympian), Mary Davis (President & Managing Director, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia), Liam Sheedy (Sports Analyst)and Alan Brogan (Dublin Football GAA). The app includes a 'Travel Tracker' which allows parents, coaches, who are driving someone else's child/children home, for example after a training session, to permit the child’s parent, or guardian to view and have oversight of their location for a specified period of time while they are travelling on a journey.

The Safe Sport app is presented in two formats and you can choose to read or listen to the information. The native app is available for free download and available on IOS and Android platforms.

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:06:00 BST

Mayo to host a wide range of events for National Bike Week

Would you like to take advantage of the longer brighter days by getting out on your bike? A challenge is going out to all families and people of all ages to dust off their bikes and trikes for a bumper week of cycling activity during National Bike Week 2015 .28 different events are sceduled to take place in Mayo from Saturday 13th – Sunday 21st  June beginning on the Saturday with a family cycle in Mulranny along the Great Western Greenway and a Family Day out in Kilmovee with adult group cycle, children cycle races etc. Other events include a Vintage Cycle in Lecanvey on Sunday 14th June and a Ballina family leisure cycle at Belleek Woods on Tuesday 16th at 7pm. A Ballycastle family leisure cycle will also take place on Saturday 20th at 12 Noon from Downpatrick Head  with a number of other initiatives also planned by Westport Smarter Travel.   

To download full details of Bike Week Events in Mayo please click here 2016 Bike Week Events in Mayo

Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring whose department has allocated €5,000 towards Bike Week in Mayo has expressed his support for all communities who are organising these fantastic array of events.

Similar to last year the Bike Week Steering Committee comprising of representatives from Mayo County Council, Mayo Sports Partnership, An Taisce, Westport Smarter Travel and the Road Safety Authority have decided to place a focus on a number of School Cycle events which are scheduled for Westport, Castlebar, Ballyhaunis, Swinford, Claremorris and Ballinrobe.

Sunday 21st June also sees a Fathers Day Family Cycle taking place on the newly opened Turlough Greenway. Organised by Castlebar club a special appeal is out to all families who would like to celebrate fathers day in a unique manner to join in this free event. Meeting point is at the entrance to the new town park beside the Bike Clinic Springfield Castlebar and start time is 2pm sharp. Participants will be served with light refreshments on arrival at Turlough House.

All events require participants to wear a helmet and a high viz vest. A full and detailed listing of all activities county wide can be found on the Mayo Sports Partnership website at www.mayosports.ie/news. For further information contact the Partnerships Office at 094-9047025

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:56:00 BST

Get your Community Walking this Summer - New Programme apply Now

Step Up and Get Your Community Walking

 

If you would like to get a walking group started in your area take steps to start with the new Get Ireland Walking Active Community Walking Programme.  The programme will encourage people to become active/more active through walking and support local people to set up and sustain a community walking group. This programme is suitable for people of all fitness levels and abilities.

 

During the programme barriers that people face concerning being active within their local area will be addressed. Communities will be supported in the experience of walking with a group and in developing an action plan for walking in their local area.

 

In the initial year of this programme, 2015, the programme will be available to 6 communities in Mayo who do not have any formal walking group. A trained facilitator will attend 6 sessions and provide advice / resources which will help the group become sustainable.

 

Mayo Sports Partnership is now seeking expressions of interest from communities / groups (not individuals) who would like to participate in this initiative. If interested please complete the expression of interest form here   Expression of Interest Form Community Walking Programmeand return to Mayo Sports Partnership, c/o Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co Mayo email: msp@mayococo.ie . Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 31st May 2015. Successful groups will commence sessions in early June.

 

  To find out more about the Get Ireland Walking Active Community Walking Programme contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

 

This programme is an initiative of the Irish Sports Council and is being delivered by Mayo Sports Partnership

 

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:18:00 BST

Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Programme Now Available

Mayo Walking and Trails Partnership together with Mayo Sports Partnership has been hugely involved in the promotion and development of walking and cycling trails throughout Mayo. Membership of the Partnership includes representatives from Mayo County Council, South West Development Company, Mayo North East Leader Partnership Teo, Failte Ireland, Mayo Sports Partnership, Community Forum & Other Stakeholders. To download details of the events please click here 2016 Walking Calendar of Events 2016 Bike Week Events in Mayo. These spreadsheets are not an exhaustive list of all that is going on in June but is just those which we are aware of at this moment and time. 

 A full listing of events, workshops and general information can be found ineach of the 3 local papers Western People, Connaught Telegraph and Mayo News.

 As an addition to this years programme Mayo Sports Partnership in association with Get Ireland Walking are rolling out the Active Community Walking Programme in 6 communities. This programme aims to support the creation of vibrant walking communities throughout Mayo .If you are interested in participating in this initiative please check the attached list of groups who have been selected for this programme.

 You can register your community group or work place for the “Mayo in Motion” Initiative by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnership office at 094 9047025 or Anna Connor, Walking Development Officer 094 9047545. Also log on to www.mayosports.ie or www.mayotrails.ie for more details or go to the Mayo Sports Partnership Facebook page. 

 So during June why not ‘Get Out There’ and put yourself in Motion.

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:37:00 BST

Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month June 2015 - Call for Events

Mayo Trails Partnership in association with Mayo Sports Partnership facilitate an annual initiative to promote walking and cycling as an enjoyable way towards a healthy and active lifestyle. In 2014 over 20 communities throughout the county participated in walks with 16 cycling events taking place during Bike Week. The initiative proved to be an outstanding success with people of all ages and abilities participating. Based on its success a calendar of events will be once again be co-ordinated to promote walking and cycling during the month of June. This year National Bike Week takes place from Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st  June.

The programme is promoted under the banner of “Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month” and communities are invited to schedule walks or cycles in their locality which will then be advertised by us in the local media and website.

If you or your community/ workplace are interested in participating in this initiative please complete a registration of events form.

Please download the form here 2016 Mayo in Motion Event Registration Formand return it to the undersigned by Tuesday 2nd June. This date is necessary in order to compile a timetable of walks for promotion to the local press.

Also as part of this year’s initiative a Community Walking Activation Programme is being promoted to get communities walking. In the initial year of this programme, 2015, the programme will be available to 6 communities in Mayo who do not have any formal walking group. A trained facilitator will attend 6 sessions and provide advice / resources which will help the group become sustainable. To find out more about the Get Ireland Walking Active Community Walking Programme contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

Further information on the above is available from Mayo County Council Walking Development Officer, Ms. Anna Connor at 094 9047545 email: aconnor@mayococo.ie  or the Mayo Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025 email: msp@mayococo.ie

Fri, 29 May 2015 17:07:00 BST

Minister Ring announces John Treacy as the first CEO of Sport Ireland

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, today (Wednesday) announced that Mr John Treacy will be appointed as the first CEO of Sport Ireland, when it is established this summer. The appointment will be for an interim period of one year to facilitate the transition to the new agency.  Mr Treacy is currently the CEO of the Irish Sports Council, and was first appointed as CEO in 1999.

 

Speaking today, Minister Ring said: ‘I am pleased that John Treacy has agreed to accept the appointment as the first CEO of Sport Ireland. His appointment will provide a degree of continuity while we move from two sports agencies to one. It is important that we have a safe and smooth transition to the new agency and I believe this interim appointment is the best way to ensure that happens. John has a lot of experience from his time as CEO of the Irish Sports Council and I believe he is the right person to oversee the transition’.

 

Mr Treacy’s appointment will be for a period of one year. The Board of Sport Ireland will be responsible for the second and subsequent CEO appointments, in accordance with the Sport Ireland Act.

 

The Sport Ireland Act 2015, which was enacted on 13th May, provides for the establishment of Sport Ireland. Sport Ireland is the new organisation resulting from the merger of the Irish Sports Council and the National Sports Campus Development Authority.  In line with the Government’s programme for the rationalisation of State agencies, the new body will take on the relevant functions currently performed by the Council and the Authority.  The Minister aims to establish Sport Ireland in July.

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:38:00 BST

Closing Date for Sports Partnership Grant Scheme is Wednesday 6th May

 

The Board of the Mayo Sports Partnership announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2015 at the end of March. This scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would target increasing participation amongst target groups such as children, disadvantaged, teenage girls /women, travelling community, older people, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.

 Initiatives which received funding in the past included the development of basketball in Mayo, setting up community adventure sports opportunities, mass participation event such as a local 5K fun run, start up of walking / cycling groups, new athletics clubs in Aughagower, Ballycastle and Ballinrobe and the promotion of camogie in Mayo.

Approx € 18,000 has been allocated under this years scheme which has a closing date of Wednesday 6th May. The schemes allocation has remained steady over the last 3 years or so due to funding from the Irish Sports Council and the success of the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon.  The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

 For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie/ProgrammesGrants/GrantInformation/   to download a copy of the form.

Mon, 04 May 2015 16:24:00 BST

Large crowds turn out for 6th annual Western People Mini Marathon

The Mall in Castlebar was a sea of colour and excitement on Sunday morning as large crowds of  men, women and children gathered in the county town for the 6th annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon. Olympic silver medallist Sonia O Sullivan was the special guest on the day, alongside the Caitheoirleach of Mayo County Council Cllr Damian Ryan.

 

Although the sun didn’t often break through the clouds on Sunday, the misty morning certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the participants and their supporters who had turned out in such large numbers. Hollymount man Frank Fahey acted as event MC and worked his magic on stage to get everyone warmed up for the beginning of the race.

 Among the swarm of women on The Mall on Sunday, there were, as always, some questionably dressed men who had donned dresses, wigs and lippy to play their part in the event. One brave soul even participated in a full-length nuns outfit, while there were fishnets and stuffed bras aplenty at the starting line.

 Arguably, it was the children who stole the show on Sunday, with hundreds signing up for the 2nd Mini-Mini event. Similarly, there were a number of second level schools taking part as part of their initiative to promote sport and physical activity amongst teenage girls

 Caitheoirleach of Mayo County Council Cllr Damian Ryan welcomed the participants to Castlebar and wish them all luck ahead of the big event.

Lydia Rodgers  from Connacht Gold – main sponsors of the Mini Marathon – said the company were delighted to be back on board again this year, while Sonia O Sullivan spoke of the importance of involvement of women in sport. Joanne Grehan of Mayo.ie who came on board this year as part of the Mayo Day celebrations congratulated each and every person who had signed up to take part in the Mini Marathon, and indeed the Mini-Mini event.

 On the course first home was Cork girl Lizzy Lee of Leevale Athletic Club in a time of 35mins 35 seconds, second place was Nora Newcombe of Mayo AC in a time of 37 minutes 14 seconds and in 3rd place was Regina Casey Galway City Harriers in a time of 37 minutes 25 seconds.

 Over the last six years, the Mini Marathon – organised by the Western People and the Mayo Sports Partnership – has helped raise well in excess of €1.5 million for local charities and once again, scores of worthy causes were well represented on Sunday.  

 This year, close to 2,000 participants completed the 10km course, while more than 400 others took part in the Mini-Mini event. Undoubtedly, the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon has been a tremendous success over the last six years with the organisers aiming to build this event even further into the future. Looking forward to 2016 already.

 

Mon, 04 May 2015 16:08:00 BST

2nd Annual Mini Mini Fun Run for Primary School Children on Sun 3rd May

The 2nd Annual ‘Mayo Sports Partnership Mini Mini’ Fun Run for Primary School Children

On Sunday May 3rd Bank Holiday Weekend , 2015. This event for children is run in conjunction with our flagship event the ‘Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon.

The brainchild of Olympic Medallist Sonia O’Sullivan the ‘Mini Mini’ is a fun run for primary school children only and suitable for girls and boys. ‘Kids run for fun’ is the theme of the day and this ‘Mini Mini’ will take place at 12.10pm directly after the start of the 2015 Women’s Mini Marathon.

“The Mini Mini was piloted in 2014 and turned out to be a fantastic success. Children of all ages took to the streets in a fun, fast and furious atmosphere around the streets of Castlebar. The children brought great excitement, colour and a bit of magic to the county town and added greatly to our flagship event the Women’s Mini Marathon. We were delighted to work in partnership with the Transition Years from Davitt College on this project and will do so again this year’s event. We look forward once again to welcoming all primary school children to the 2015 Mini Mini to what looks like is going to be a bigger and even better sporting spectacle.” Anne Ronayne, Mayo Sports Partnership.

“Davitt College Transition Year students are delighted to be heading up this primary school fun sports event. It is important for our students to send a clear message to other younger people of the benefits of their health and of exercise in their lives and what better way than to encourage them to take part in this fun ‘Mini Mini’ run. We look forward to working with Mayo Sports Partnership and the Western People and hope the partnership will be the start of something new and exciting for further TY students.” Tracy Briton TY coordinator Davitt College

This year Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to announce Mayo.ie as a partner of the Mini Mini Fun Run.

Mayo Day is a unique initiative that celebrates all that is great about our progressive can-do County. Communities, Business, Individuals locally nationally and internationally are embracing the opportunity to celebrate our Mayo-ness on this one day in the year.

To celebrate Mayo Day 2015 a unique children’s Mini Mini T-shirt will be given to the first 500 children entering the Mini Mini Fun Run.

We would be delighted if you would bring the event to the attention of schoolchildren, parents and other teachers.

This year we are thrilled to announce that Olympic Medallist Sonia O’Sullivan will be in attendance for the Mini Marathon and Mini Mini and will be part of this big sporting occasion.

We are really looking forward to the day and look forward to meeting all the children from around the county and hopefully from your school too. The course is just 1km so children of all primary school ages should be able to participate. We ask that children be accompanied or supervised by an adult on the day.

The Mayo Sports Partnerships Mini Mini Fun Run is absolutely free of charge and open to children of all abilities.

To enter the Mini Mini children or their parents/guardians are asked to fill out the application form attached and post or email it back to

Mayo Sports Partnership, Community and Integrated Development, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

The form can also be accessed by clicking here http://www.mayosports.ie/CoursesandEventsEventsCalendar/RelatedFile,26358,en.pdf

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:23:00 BST

Mini Marathon - First 1,000 individual entries to receive Free Mayo Day T-shirt

Enter the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon and receive a unique ‘Mayo Day’ running top

Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to announce Mayo.ie as a partner of the  Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon 2015.

Mayo Day is a unique initiative that celebrates all that is great about our progressive can-do County. Communities, Business, Individuals locally nationally and Internationally are embracing the opportunity to celebrate our Mayo-ness on this one day in the year.

To celebrate Mayo Day 2015 a unique technical t-shirt will be given to the first 1000 individual entrants of the Mini Marathon online www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com   or those who register offline by filling out the entry form in the Western People and send it to Mayo Sports Partnership, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar,

“We at Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted that Mayo.ie are recognising that the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon is a hugely significant event around Mayo Day celebrations” said Charlie Lambert Coordinator of Mayo Sports Partnership

Martina Hughes at Mayo.ie outlined  “ Mayo Day is an opportunity to celebrate our Mayo-ness, an opportunity to recognise our great culture, history, landscape, people and so much more.  The Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon is superb event in the Mayo sporting Diary,  an event that brings individuals from all over the County and Country together and we are delighted that it forms a key part of the calendar of events for Mayo Day”

T-Shirts for children taking part in the Mini Mini Fun Run

Following on from its huge success last year Mayo Sports Partnership will again host the ‘Mini Mini Fun Run this year especially for  primary school children. The mini mini which takes place at 12.10pm on the Mini Marathon day. The fun run is 1km long around the county town. Participants who are signed up for the event before April 20th will receive a mini-mini Mayo Day t-shirt to mark the Inaugural Mayo Day.   Entry is absolutely free of charge and the entry form can be found on www.mayosports.ie

The  entry form can be emailed or posted to Mayo Sports Partnership at  msp@mayococo.ie or post to Mini Mini Entry, Mayo Sports Partnership, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Contact Mayo Sports Partnership on msp@mayococo.ie or on 094 9047025

 

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:55:00 BST

Mayo Sports and Fitness Weekend 24th - 26th April

Mayo Sports and Fitness Weekend with Sonia O' Sullivan -Promoting Sporting Spirit in Mayo while raising vital funds for Western Care Association.

Fitness professionals from all over Mayo are gathering for a weekend of Fitness, Sport and Advice in all disciplines in Breaffy Sports Arena this April 24th, 25th and 26th.  The weekend will kick off with a Zumbathon from 7-10pm on Friday 24th.  Saturday and Sunday will  provide back to back fitness classes, talks and demonstrated by instructors from a wide range of sports - boxercise, yoga, core strength and conditioning, spinning, Kite flying, cycling, running, karate, krav maga, pilates, kettle bells and much, much more.

 

Special guest speaker Sonia Sullivan will provide a workshop on Saturday 25th at 12 noon on all things running - tips, advice, where she has come from and is, support and guidance!  This workshop is for all runners, sports enthusiasts and people who want to hear Sonia speaking.  Sonia will also be running at the Park Run in Lough Lannagh, Castlebar at 9:30am that morning to get everybody started!!

 

There will be a wide variety of stalls such as physios, nutritionists, tri, running and cycling clubs, clothes sellers and much, much more!  The weekend will have food demos and expert talks. Time tables will be announced in the coming week. 

 

Anyone in the fitness business who would like to be a part of this weekend as a demonstrator should contact Lorraine at zumbacastlebar@gmail.com as soon as possible to secure your place on the programme.  Stall costs just €50 for the full weekend from 6pm Friday April 24th to 6pm Sunday 26th. Stalls, weekend passes costing €40 or day passes costing €20 per day can be purchased online on www.iregister.ie/mayosports or at the event reception over the weekend.

 

The Mayo Sports and Fitness Weekend is being supported by Mayo Sports Partnership, Breaffy House Resort are the main sponsors and all proceeds from will go to Western Care Association local services.

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:04:00 BST

Mayo Sports Partnership Launches Annual Funding Scheme

Following their investment announcement recently Mayo Sports Partnership is pleased to launch details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2015.

The scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would increase participation amongst target groups such as youth at risk, disadvantaged communities, unemployed, women, travelling community, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.  

 Over the last couple of years particular focus was placed on inviting communities / organizations to think about forming walking and jogging groups in their locality. This has proved to be very successful and the Partnership will continue to support sports clubs / groups who are looking at providing activities which are fun and recreational in nature.

 To download application form in word please click here 2016 SPG Application Form in Word

 

To download an application form in PDF format please click here 2016 SPG Application Form PDF

Projects which received funding under the scheme in the past included assisting the development of a youth cycling programme in Ballina, supporting a new athletic club in Ballycastle, new underage basketball club in Ballintubber,  the development of table tennis in the county, underage section in Westport squash club, special olympic swimming programmes, adventure sports opportunities, mass participation programmes in running / walking, development of underage basketball in the county, and the development of underage camogie in the county.

“Mayo Sports Partnership has supported over 300 various sports / physical activity initiatives in recent years allocating approximately €220,000. The board recognizes the need to support sports volunteers in the fantastic work they are doing in the community” stated Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 

Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects are not eligible for funding under the schemes criteria and clubs should refer to the governments sports capital programme which was also recently announced. Other items such as travel costs, competition costs, registration fees etc are also not eligible.    

 

An information workshop on the scheme will take place this Monday 23rd March at 8pm in Mayo Sports Partnership Offices, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar. To book a place please contact the Sports Partnership Office at 094-9047025.

 

Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 6th May 2015, the maximum allocation to any one project can be €1,000 and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at

094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie/news to download a copy of the application form.

 

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:08:00 GMT

Attention Sports Clubs planning Capital Developments

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Sports Capital Programme for applications. A fund of €40 million is available for development of sports facilities and the purchasing of sports equipment.Applications are now sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.

 Application can only be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS 5PM ON FRIDAY 24th APRIL 2015.

 

NB - REGISTER FIRST BY FRIDAY 10TH APRIL

Any organisation that wishes to make an application must first register at

www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

A separate guide is available to the registration process at

http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/corporate/guide-registering-scp-online.pdf.

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:54:00 GMT

Minister Ring Announces €221,430 Investment for Mayo Sports Partnership

 

 

Minister of State for Sport, Michael Ring T.D. announced an investment package of over €5.1m from the Irish Sports Council to support the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).  Hosted by Mayo Sports Partnership at the superbly appointed Claremorris Tennis Club the event was attended by TDs, local councillors, agency representatives, community and sports clubs.

 

€5,047,431 million will be allocated to thirty LSPs for core, general programme and disability funding. This investment also includes HSE funding of €60,240 for the Get Ireland Active programme and €14,080 for the continued roll out of the Be Active After Schools Activity Programme. The Council will also allocate €115,000 to support the Women in Sport programme. Through the announcement Mayo Sports Partnership has been allocated a total of €221,430 including Women in Sport funding of €3,650.

 

The key aims of the LSPs are to increase levels of local participation in sport especially amongst specific target groups such as older people, girls & women, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and those who live in identified disadvantaged communities. To ensure that people with disabilities are provided with the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity, 19 LSPs will be supported with Sports Inclusion Disability Officers including Ray Mc Namara from Mayo Sports Partnership.

 

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD commented “I believe it is extremely important that people are encouraged and given opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity. Participation will lead to a healthier society and an overall improved quality of life.  The Government funding announced today will allow the LSP network to continue to provide sporting opportunities for people in local communities throughout Ireland.” 

 In 2014 Mayo Sports Partnership delivered 78 local programmes providing participation opportunities for 10,632 people, plus another 10 Women in Sport initiatives for 4259 women.

 2015 is the 10th Anniversary of the Irish Sports Council’s Women in Sport programme. The programme, which aims to raise the overall physical activity levels among women, has been a key driver in closing the gender gap as women’s participation has grown from 39% (ISM,2011) to 42.7% (ISM,2013). Today’s investment will continue to support Women in Sport programmes including ‘Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon’ fromMayo Sports Partnership. The programme is designed to tap into the increasing popularity of running and walking for women in Ireland today. Last year over 2,500 women participated in the event.

 For the fifth year running in 2015, The Irish Sports Council, Mayo Sports Partnership teamed up once again with RTÉ's Operation Transformation. This year over 1,000 people participated in the Mayo walks, which took place in Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris and Westport. Over 500 participants took part in the Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs which took place in 4 venues in conjunction with the Mayo Sports Partnership, Ballina /Castlebar/ Westport parkruns and the Erris Community Health Forum.  

 Brendan Mulroy, Chairperson of Mayo Sports Partnership commented: “The success of the Sports Partnership Network has been the collaboration of agencies, communities and sports clubs / groups in providing participation opportunities for all. Here in Mayo much credit for the fantastic development of sport must go towards the board and staff of Mayo Sports Partnership . ”.

 The occasion also marked Mayo Sports Partnerships 10th Anniversary since the launch of the umbrella body on the 10th March 2005 in the Westport Leisure Park. Since then it has delivered 450 programmes targeting 50,722 people from all sectors of the population in Mayo plus 46 Women in Sport initiatives for 28,000 Women. Indeed recent 2013 Irish Sports Monitor Research, conducted by the Irish Sports Council & Ipsos MRBI, found that Mayo and Sligo were the only 2 counties in the country where more women 49% were participating in sport than men 47%. Other initiatives which have helped to drive participation locally in Mayo have included the hugely successful Men on the Move initiative targeting men aged 35 plus, parkruns in Ballina/Castlebar/Westport, Couch to 5K, Walking & Cycling initiatives and the Goal to Work sports coach training programme for jobseekers.

 Speaking at the announcement John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council commented; “The Council has always placed a particular emphasis on ensuring sport is progressive and attracts participants from every corner of Ireland, from every age group and from all social backgrounds. This is a fundamental principle of the Local Sports Partnerships which aim to remove any barrier that prevents participation in sport”.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:32:00 GMT

Castlebar parkrun celebrates its 1st Anniversary

 

The weekly parkrun event held in Castlebar at Lough Lannagh, will celebrate its first anniversary on Saturday 7th March @ 9:30am, event organisers are hosting a party in Castlebar Tennis Club afterwards to mark the occasion. As this is Castlebar parkrun’s first anniversary - let’s try to make it our biggest parkrun to date everyone is welcome. 

 

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and encourage people of every ability, from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians, from juniors to those with more experience.

Castlebar parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9:30am from Castlebar Tennis club. It is not a race against other runners, but a recreational 5k timed run and it can be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan. Over the past year, we have seen over 2.700 runs take place, covering over 13,500 km. Almost 1000 people are registered with Castlebar parkrun.

Parkrun offers an opportunity for all, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lough Lannagh and get physically active into the bargain. Over the coming year we are hoping to build on what we have achieved. We want to encourage people to walk, jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it’s FREE! Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee, this encourages a social aspect where everyone can relax and enjoy their achievements together.

Castlebar parkrun would like to take this opportunity to thank the event sponsors the HSE West, Mayo Mental Health, Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council and all the volunteers who help make this weekly event happen. All parkruns are managed by dedicated volunteers who are vital to the success of the scheme but more help is always needed. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the organisers at castlebarhelpers@parkrun.com or look up our website or FB Page – Castlebar parkrun.

Ballina & Westport also host parkruns every Saturday morning which makes up a total of 3 locations within the county. Outside of Dublin and Belfast Mayo has the highest number of sites out of a countrywide total of 27 locations where parkrun takes place. A big thank you to all the sponsors/partners involved including Mayo Local Authorities, HSE West, Mayo Sports Partnership, Westport Leisure Park, Mayo Mental Health, Castlebar Fit4Life, Castlebar Tennis Club, Ballina Athletic Club, Westport Athletic Club, all the many volunteers who make the weekly event happen and of course parkrun Ireland. To find out more about parkrun go to www.parkrun.ie

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:06:00 GMT

Westport Activity Guides Positions Now Available

Visitor and Activity Guides – Job Bridge Ref: INTE-909766

 

Visitor and Activity Guide positionsbased at Westport Leisure Park are now on offer on The Job Bridge Scheme.  A programme has been developed in an effort to increase participation in outdoor activities including sport and recreation for both visitor and resident, together with providing relevant assistance and information to a variety of community groups and visitors.

 

The interns will receive formal/informal training in the following: Tourism Product and Events, Product Familiarisation, Walking & Cycling, Soft outdoor adventure, Environmental awareness, Occupational first aid, Child protection, Disability awareness, Customer care, Social media.

 

Skills Requirements

An interest or background in the local community and the tourism product in the area, and interest/background in physical activity, qualifications and/or previous experience, a demonstration of excellent communications & customer service skills, evidence of self motivation.

Applicants must supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete a Garda vetting form. Flexibility to work over a seven day roster is required.

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:13:00 GMT

Mayo Sports Partnership launches Spring 2015 Training / Events Programme

Mayo Sports Partnership launches Spring 2015 Training / Events Programme

Child Protection in Sport, Sports First Aid, Cycling Leader training, Sports Leadership Training, Funding Workshops and Disability Inclusion Training  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through the Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community sport volunteers, coaches or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport / physical activity. Dates and venues are mainly finalized with a full listing now available online. To view list of courses please click here 2015 Spring Calendar of Training and Events

Included in the new training programme is a new pilot initiative targeting teenagers titled “Active Teens”. This initiative plans to train a team of junior activity leaders in four second level schools who will implement extra curricular activities targeting inactive teenagers. This is a unique programme which Mayo Sports Partnership are hoping will give schools an extra option in providing additional physical activity opportunities other than normal P.E.

Following the huge interest generated by the Operation Get Active Mayo programme co-ordinated by the Partnership there is significant interest amongst communities to get leaders trained to lead activities locally. If you are interested in being a community sports leader organising activities which would be fun and non sports specific then the Active Leadership training course might interest you. This Friday evening and all day Saturday course is Irish Sports Council accredited and will take place in March where participants are taught the skills of communication, observation and group management.

 The Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon will be launched in early February and will this year be linking strongly with the celebration of “Mayo Day” which takes place on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Now in its 6th Year will be once again sponsored by Connaught Gold and it is hoped to have  Olympic Silver Medallist Sonia O Sullivan on board once again along with other personalities. Following the huge success of the inaugural kids Mini Mini Marathon ie 2K fun event it is planned along with our organising partners Davitt College Transition Years to further develop this initiative. More details later.

If you are interested in any of the above mentioned training you should register your interest as soon as possible with the Partnership as places are limited.  All courses are subsidized and participants can book their places on this and other courses events by contacting the office at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:49:00 GMT

Men on the Move 2015 Programme Details Announced

Come on Guys want to get more active this year? Need a little help and have a bit of craic along the way? Men on the Move is an activity programme aimed at men aged 30+. The aim is to get active, have fun and improve fitness. It involves we...ekly / twice weekly sessions which are leader led. Training sessions are structured to suit different fitness levels and progress your fitness at a pace to suit you! It will be the best move you will ever make!!!Details have just been announced for the recommencement of the Men on the Move after Christmas with most groups recommencing next week. More information on the programme can be got by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025

Men on the Move 2015

Ballyhaunis - Thurs 7.30pm Contact Geraldine Finn 086 8105964

Swinford - Weds 7.30pm Contact Geraldine Finn 086 8105964

Claremorris -Tuesdays 7.30pm Contact Paul Gleeson 087 1324239

Westport - Mondays Contact Deirdre Donnelly 087 6305577

Ballinrobe - Tuesdays 8pm Contact Joan Walsh 087 6726029

Castlebar - Tues & Friday 7.30pm Contact Taragh Cosgrove 087 6471919

Erris - Mondays 8pm Contact Padraic Brogan 087 7978821

Manulla - Mondays 8pm Contact Michael Moran 087 2587308

Ballina - Weds 7.30pm Contact Taragh Cosgrove 087 6471919

Achill - Weds 7.30pm Contact Caroline Mc Loughlin 085 7081007

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:22:00 GMT

Mayo Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs / Walks this Sat 21st Feb

Have you been following RTEs Operation Transformation programme? Participating in an exercise programme in your locality? Why not join in one of the Mayo 5K Walk / Run events taking place on Saturday 21st February to celebrate the culmination of the Operation Transformation campaign. 5Ks are taking place in Belmullet, Ballina, Castlebar and Westport and may be particularly appealing for those who have been busy participating in the various Mayo Sports Partnership co-ordinated programmes in  Operation Get Active Mayo, Meet and Walk, Couch to 5K, Fit4Life and Men on the Move.

 

Over 25 communities / groups registered with Mayo Sports Partnership to participate in the 5 week long Operation Get Active Mayo campaign. From Bangor Erris in the north to Kilmaine in the south and from Achill in the west  to Knock in the east, groups across the county embraced these community initiatives with many personal achievements and milestones reached. For details of these and other programmes log on to the Mayo Sports Partnership website at www.mayosports.ie/news

 

In Castlebar the 5K, in partnership with Castlebar parkrun, commences at 9.30am from the Castlebar Tennis Club, registration is from 9am onwards. To register contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 

Belmullet commences its 5K at 11am from the Civic Centre with sign on from 10.30 onwards. For information please call Michelle 087 7646710.

 

WestportLeisurePark are also running a 5K on the 21st which will link in with Westport parkrun at 9.30am. For more details on that event contact the LeisurePark at 098 29160.

 

Finally Ballina Athletic Club, in partnership with Ballina parkrun, are also co-ordinating an event for the 21st , again with start time at 9.30am and meeting point at the Ballina Town Soccer Club. Participants can contact Liz Murphy at 0872419309.

 

Other communities / groups may be hosting a 5K in their locality so please check your local area notes in local papers or Facebook pages etc to check times and locations. All events are free, open to people of all ages and abilities however no dogs are allowed. Why not give it a Go!!!!

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:30:00 GMT

5 Mayo Operation Transformation Walks Saturday 17th January

Mayo Operation Transformation Walks set for Ballina, Castlebar, Claremorris Westport and Erris

Is getting more physically active part of your new year resolutions? Don’t know where to start and need some support? The new series of RTEs Operation Transformation is once again joining forces locally with Mayo Sports Partnership to encourage people to become more physically active in 2015.  A number of walks will take place across the country this Saturday 17th January with Mayo walks taking place in Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris and Westport.

The walks, either 3 or 5km in length will be led by suitable instructors who will be on hand guide participants through the walk and also to give advice about follow on programmes etc.

Details of the events are as follows:

Centre                       Meeting Point & Time                                Time of Walk

Ballina                       BallinaTown Soccer Club(9.30am)              10am                            

Castlebar                   New Castlebar Tennis Club (9.30am)      10am

Claremorris               Entrance to ClareLake (11.30am)            12 Noon

Erris                            Civic Centre Belmullet (9.30am)               10am

Westport                    Westport Leisure Park  (9.30am)               11am 

“Operation Transformation 2014 was a great success providing people with great motivation to get more physically active. After the Christmas people are thinking of doing some exercise for whatever goal they may have and don’t know where to start. Through the Operation Transformation Mayo campaign we hope to be able to provide support for people to become involved.” Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert commented.   

Event co-ordinators Mayo Sports Partnership and local organisers such as Ballina Athletic Club, Erris Community Health Forum and WestportLeisurePark are encouraging people of all age groups to turn out on the day. This years campaign is also supported by Mayo County Council in conjunction with Mayo Rural Alliances.

In all the events there is no cost involved and some light refreshments etc will be available afterwards. Participants are asked to wear loose clothing and to bring some water.Further information on Operation Transformation can be viewed at : www.rte.ie/ot/

Details of Mayo Sports Partnerships follow on 5 week initiative “Operation Get Active Mayo” involving approximately 25 communities / groups throughout Mayo will be promoted at www.mayosports.ie  and also in local media. Other programmes such as Men on the Move, Couch to 5K, Meet and Train, Fit Walk, parkrun etc will also form part of this county wide call.

To register for the walks or to get further information on any of the above contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:19:00 GMT

Call for Communities, Groups, Clubs, Workplaces to Join Operation Transformation

Planning on getting more physically active for the new year? Following the new series of Operation Transformation?

Following the huge success of last years initiative where 25 groups got involved Mayo Sports Partnership are calling on groups, clubs or communities throughout Mayo who plan to hold an 'Operation Transformation’ event, a walk, or a weekly programme in your community to contact us and let us know the details of your programme.

We will advertise the programme for you on our Operation Transformation Mayo Calendar of Events and for the duration of the programme. In addition we will supply you with resources to help your group take on the challenge. These will include -

- Promotion

- A 5 week series of leaflets

- High Viz Vests ( limited number for each group)

- Walking Challenge Cards

- Follow on Walking Leader Training

The campaign commences on Saturday 17th January with 5 Mayo Walks as part of the National Walks Day. These will take place in the following locations with a start time of 10am except in Claremorris where the start is 12 Noon. Participants are requested to register at the below locations no later than 9.45am:

Belmullet – Meeting Point Civic Centre

Ballina – Meeting Point Ballina Soccer Club

Castlebar – Meeting Point Castlebar Tennis Club

Claremorris – Meeting PointClare Lake Entrance

Westport – Westport LeisurePark

Operation Transformation Mayo will culminate in a 5K Fun Run / Walk in each of the above locations on Saturday 21st February at times yet to be arranged.

Please note that there is nothing to stop you organising a walk in your area on the 17th to start your campaign.

Contact us by Friday January 9th and we will advertise your programme through local media outlets. All you have to do is let us know the following details of your programme

- Name of Group

- Days

- Time

- Venue / Meeting Point

- Name of Programme ( For Example “Get Active Crossmolina” or “Achill on the Move”

- Contact Name and Number

Last year we had 25 active groups across the county including Achill, Aughamore, Ballina, Ballintubber, Belmullet, Ballinrobe, Castlebar, Charlestown, Claremorris and Westport. But we want more.

Lets Get Mayo Active! Be part of it!!!!

Contact Anne Ronayne on 094 9047025 to register your programme on our Operation Transformation Mayo Calendar or email msp@mayococo.ie before Friday Jan 9th.

 

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:26:00 GMT

Merry Christmas From Mayo Sports Partnership & Christmas Events

Charlie, Ray, Anne and Padraic

from Mayo Sports Partnership wish you and yours a very happy, safe and active Christmas.

 

Thank you for all your support in 2014 we look forward to bringing you many activity programmes in 2015.

 

Together lets make 2015 a year in which we all become more physically active, fitter and healthier.

 

 Below is a list of some great local Mayo events that might be of interest during the Christmas season to you and your family.

 

 Thursday December 25th 2014

 

Goal Mile Castlebar at 11.30am at Lough Lannagh Car Park

 

Westport Rugby Club Christmas Swim 1pm BertraBeachWestport

 

Friday December 26th 2014

 Manulla FC 4mile. Walk/Jog or Run. Friday, 26 December 2014 - 12:00pmContact Tracy 0876617254 tracy_durkan@yahoo.ie

 

Ardagh GAA St Stephens Day fun run/walk Friday 26th Dec. Starts 12 noon with registration from 11am in Ardagh Community Centre. Entry fee €10 for adults, €5 for children and €20 for family.

 

Ballintubber Pre School and After School Festive Family fun run 5k.  12 noon. Registration at Ballintubber Resource Centre. Entry Fee €10 for adults, €20 for family.

 

PJ Loftus Memorial 5KM Fun Run Friday 26th Dec at 11am from the Knockmore GAA Club

 

Friday 26th - 29th December 2014

Westport's 7th Annual Christmas Walking Festival 2014

 Westport's 7th Annual Christmas Walking Festival is guided walking weekend with Gerry Greensmyth of Croagh Patrick Walking Tours, involving one day hill walking and one day low level walking.Dust of your hiking boots for this, the last great walking weekend of 2014. The hill walk will be on MweelreaMountain, the highest in the province at 814m. It is the perfect way to walk off the excesses of the previous few days. Contact Gerry for details.

098 26090 /087 2333295 email gerry@walkingguideireland.com website: www.walkingguideireland.com

 

 Saturday December 27th 2014

 Westport parkrun Saturday @ 9.30am, Weekly event, www.parkrun.ie/westportCastlebar parkrun Saturday @ 9.30am, Weekly Event, www.parkrun.ie/castlebarBallina parkrun Saturday  @ 9.30am, Weekly event, www.parkrun.ie/ballina

 The Land of Giants Duathlon. Saturday December 27th starts at 10.30am. Individual and Relay Team entries. Enter on http://www.raceface.ie/?event=land-of-the-giants-duathlon&event_date=2014-12-27

Stage 1: 5.5k run, Stage 2: 18k cycle flat,Stage 3: 2k run Total distance: 25.5kms

 

 Sunday December 28th 2014

 Goal Mile Claremorris at 12 noon at the Claremorris Athletic Centre Track.   Contact Jim on 087 6733481

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday January 1st 2015

 

Achill

The annual New Year’s Day Swim will take place at 1pm sharp on Dugort Strand on Thursday January 1st 2015. Swimmers can collect a sponsorship card from the lifeboat station or ring 098 45612

 

Westport

Streets of Westport 5K Resolution Run New Years Day 12 Noon from the WestportLeisurePark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:25:00 GMT

The Martin Sheridan Bursary Award Winners 2014 Announced

The 2014 Martin Sheridan Bursary awards were presented by Cllr. Damian Ryan, Cathaoirleach, Mayo County Council on Friday 12th December 2015 in the Sheridan Memorial Community Centre, Bohola. Now in its 2nd year the awards came about following discussions in 2013 regarding the desire of Mayo County Council to recognize in some manner the achievements of Martin Sheridan and as the local civic authority to help perpetuate his memory. The idea of a bursary was brought before the County Council and received unanimous support. Following the inaugural success of the scheme in 2013 the Council approved €5,000 from this years budget for the bursary awards.                

The Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards are for sports people who have excellent potential, outstanding ability and the desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport and have the potential to bring recognition and success at National and International level to Mayo. The awards are designed to assist in the cost of education, training, travel and equipment. A total of up to 6 awards are were made by the Bursary Committee. A panel of independent adjudicators, Terry Reilly, Angelina Nugent and Martin Carney generously gave of their time and selected the following beneficiaries from the many excellent entries.

The Bursary Beneficiaries

 

Michaela Walsh Swinford Athletics

 

Ciara Sheedy Swinford Boxing

 

Ciara Ginty Geesala Boxing

 

Gerry Towey Ballaghdereen Paracycling

 

Con Doherty Westport Athletics

 

Linda Walsh Swinford Karate

 

 For any additional information please contact Joe O’Neill @ 0862633282 or damien woods @ 0868133813

 

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:24:00 GMT

CARA National Sports Inclusion Awards 2015

Have you heard about the National Inclusion Awards?

Do you provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport, physical activity and physical education?

 

If so.... Check this out!

The CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre is pleased to welcome applications for our 2015 National Inclusion Awards.

The awards recognise organisations who provide accessible and inclusive community sport and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.

 

Why apply:

The winning organisations will be showcased as an example of excellence in the area of the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport, physical activity and physical education and will receive national recognition.

It creates a positive inclusive public image of your organisation.

Winning this award may assist with leveraging for funding/grants to enable development of programmes or facilities in your organisation for people with disabilities

Your organisation will benefit from the feedback provided in terms of receiving guidance for future improvements and developments

 

Where to next:

Its simple. Click here: http://caranationalinclusionawards.caraapacentre.ie/ to complete a quick preliminary application form (Apply Now Section) . Following review successful applicants will be selected to go forward to the 2nd phase of application.

If you would like to find out further information in relation to the awards please contact Linda Raymond/Niamh Daffy at 0667145646 or email cara@ittralee.ie

 

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:26:00 GMT

55 Mayo Groups / Organisations receive almost €16,000 for Physical Activity Prog

 

55 groups in Mayo are among 1,023 groups nationwide who received funding under the Go for Life National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People. Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring announced the allocations at an event held in Dublin. The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and the Irish Sports Council is awarding almost €300,000 in total. Individual grants range from €250 to €1,500 and go to Active Retirement Groups, ICA guilds, Local Sports Partnerships, Sports Clubs, Family Resources Centre’s and many others who provide physical activity for older people.

To see full listing of groups who received funding click on this link http://ageandopportunity.ie/images/Copy_of_Grant_List_Successful_2014_Report.pdf

The scheme is aimed at encouraging older people to get involved and is used by groups to buy equipment, run sports events or to try new activities. Now in its fourteenth year, it has so far awarded over €4.5million in almost 10,000 grants during its lifetime.

Announcing the successful groups, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, said: ‘Go for Life gets thousands of older people moving every week. This is improving their social, mental and physical well-being. It’s also building stronger local communities of volunteers. This grant is underpinned by a unique network of volunteer Physical Activity Leaders (PALs) and, because of them, Go for Life can achieve great results with a small investment. I understand that 28,000 people will take part in activities funded by this grant scheme.’

Commenting on the funding to 55 Mayo groups, which totalled €15,900, Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert said he was delighted to see so many groups from Mayo included in the allocation.

“ Through Go for Life Games, Active 55 and physical activity leader training communities in general are far more aware of providing participation opportunities for older people and we in Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted to be able to assist them towards this goal.”

Through the Go for Life funding allocation Mayo Sports Partnership will be rolling out a new concept called Go for Life Games. Go for Life Games involves 3 different games Lobbers (An adaptation of Boules / Petanque), Flisk (Anadaptation of Frisbee) and Scidil (An adaptation of Ten Pin Bowling). Groups are taught the games at workshops, given trial bags of equipment which they can try out in their own centres thus enabling the group to become more active.

For more information on this initiative and other projects please contact the Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie

 

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:56:00 GMT

"How to set up your local Operation Transformation Programme" Workshop

Operation Transformation Programme planning workshop

 

 When: Monday December 8th 7.30pm - 9.30pm

 

Venue: Mayo Sports Partnership Offices, Community & Enterprise Office, Cedar Building, Moneen, Castlebar

(Next turn left after Roadstone coming from N5 Roundabout)

 

Workshop aim

 In recent years a range of programmes aimed at increasing participation in fitness walking and running have been promoted across County Mayo. These include Fit for Life, Meet and Train, Men on the Move, Couch to 5K, FitWALK (FleetFEET, FootPUMPIN), etc. In addition a large number of communities and workplaces organise walking/jogging/running programmes during Operation Transformation (January/February) each year.

 Mayo Sports Partnership is calling on all groups across the county who are interested in participating in Operation Transformation 2015 to attend this FREE information workshop on giving you the tools of how to set up your programme and be part of the “Operation Get Active Mayo” campaign in 2015.

 

This workshop will explore the potential to develop a common approach by ALL programmes during the period of Operation Transformation 2015 (Jan 12th - Feb 21st).

 Topics of discussion to include

 

- benefits of piggybacking on Operation Transformation?

 

- benefits/challenges of a joint approach by all programmes?

 

- agreement on aim/focus of programmes during OpTrans period

 

- exploration of possibilities for common content (challenges, awards, events, etc)

 

- useful resources / equipment

 

- Mayo Sports Partnership support (promotion, leader training, etc)

 

 Participants

 

The workshop is open to leaders / leader teams that are considering implementing

a fitness walking or running programme in their community or workplace

in tandem with Operation Transformation 2015.

 

Registration

 

To register for the workshop please contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email: msp@mayococo.ie or just simply complete the below and send by return mail

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:00:00 GMT

Ballina parkrun to be launched this Saturday 22nd Nov at 9.30am

Free weekly 5K parkruns now available in Ballina, Castlebar and Westport

What do London, Sydney, Copenhagen, Capetown, Westport, Castlebar and now Ballina have in common? Well, these are some of the wonderful locations worldwide that host a Parkrun event. Parkrun is a global network of weekly 5 km timed runs or walks in local parks that take place each and every Saturday morning year round. Currently there are over 400 Parkruns worldwide with almost half a million people taking part in events since its inception. The runs and walks are open to all ages and abilities, they are free to enter, hosted in safe traffic free parks and are easy to take part in. Parkrun is a community based initiative that encourages participation, not competition. The Saturday morning runs are open to all ages, and make for a fun and active way for families to kick start their weekends.

22nd November 2014 will see parkrun come to the scenic Belleek Ballina with meeting point at Ballina Athletic Clubhouse. This free weekly event, taking place at 9.30am sharp, is hosted by Ballina Athletic Club with the support of other organizations such as Mayo Sports Partnership, the HSE through their Get Ireland Active initiative, Ballina Municipal Council and Coillte . The event provides both locals and visitors with a safe and fun environment for the perfect Saturday morning jog or walk. Facilities available to walkers & runners include toilets at the clubhouse, enjoy a tea /coffee at the Runaway Café and carparking.

Events are timed each week with results uploaded to the parkrun web site where the eager runners can track their runs and progress. All participants – both walkers and runners must register for the event on http://www.parkrun.ie/ballina   Registration is free and once registered, participants receive a unique barcode that enables them to take part at any of the global events without having to re-register.

Mayo now has the largest number of parkruns outside of Dublin with 3 sites in Ballina, Castlebar and Westport and information on each can be found on www.parkrun.ie  .

Castlebar parkrun meets every Saturday morning at 9.30am at the Castlebar Tennis Club and the Westport event meets at the Mill St / High St car park at the same time. Even if you did not have a barcode the organizers invite anyone who wishes to try parkrun out to come along on the Saturday morning at any of the above locations.

If you wish to find out more about the initiative you can contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 

 

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:37:00 GMT

Ernie Deasy Aughagower Athletic Club wins National Volunteer Award

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, today announced the winners of the National Volunteers in Sport Awards at an awards ceremony in the Aviva Stadium.The Volunteers in Sport Awards 2014 are presented by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, the Irish Sports Council the Federation of Irish Sport and the Community Foundation of Ireland.

First held in 2007, the objective of the national awards programme is to honour ten individuals as representatives of the huge body of volunteers in sport who give of their time in various capacities through the structure of sports clubs and groups to sport in Ireland.Speaking at the awards ceremony Minister Michael Ring TD said: 'The work of volunteers is the foundation on which sport in Ireland is built - without volunteers there would be no sport in Ireland. These awards allow us to honour some of the real heroes of Irish sport working behind the scenes. Volunteers are a vital part of every club and sporting organisation around the country and are doing wonderful work for sport in their communities.'

Ernie Deasy receiving his National Volunteer of the Year Award

Ten winners were selected to receive an award from the nominations received. A Lifetime Achievement award was also presented to Sean Naughton. Minister Michael Ring commented: 'At eighty one years of age Sean remains active in athletics and can regularly be seen in the indoor stadium mentoring, encouraging and coaching young athletics and coaches alike. His lifetime voluntary contribution to sport at a local, national and international level makes him an ideal candidate for the life time achievement award.'

John Treacy, CEO Irish Sports Council said "Volunteers play a vital role in sustaining the high level of sporting activity in Ireland with all the associated health and social benefits, and contribute significantly to the development of sport in Ireland. The commitment, dedication and leadership of Ireland's sporting volunteers, allows athletes and communities to participate in sport all around the country". Sarah O'Connor, Chief Executive of the Federation of Irish Sport commented "Irish Sport is hugely dependent on the volunteer. Without them, many of the 2.8 million people who partake in Sport in Ireland simply would not have the opportunity to do so. These awards give us an opportunity to say thank you to a small representative group from this hugely significant workforce, the value of which in economic terms has been estimated at up to €3 billion per year". The award winners were selected by a committee chaired by Dr. Ronnie Delany. Also on the committee were representatives from the Irish Sports Council, the Federation the Irish Times, RTE and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The winners at the National Volunteers in Sport Awards 2014 are as follows:

Category Winner

Adult Coach Award Tony Cummins

Adult Manager Award Tony HehirYouth Coach Award Patrick Akpoveta

Youth Manager Award Paddy Christie

Community Administrator Award Danielle Keane

National Administrator Award Mary Sharp

Disabilities Sport Volunteer Award Shane Carolan

Sporting Official Award Ernie Deacy

Lifetime Achievemnt Award Sean Naughton

Special Recognition Award Peggy Mason -

See more at: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Media/Latest_News/Minister-Ring-Presents-National-Volunteers-In-Sport-Awards-2014.html#sthash.LR7lW3sv.dpuf

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:41:00 GMT

2013 National Report of the Sports Partnership Network now available

The Irish Sports Council today published the seventh SPEAK Report, which provides an overview of the operations of the national network of 31 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) in 2013. The LSPs, an initiative of the Irish Sports Council, aim to increase participation in sport and to ensure that local resources are used to best effect.

Almost €13m was invested in the network in 2013, which also includes benefit-in-kind funding. Funding from the Irish Sports Council accounts for 41.5% of the total LSP funding in 2013, the remaining 58.5% is raised locally from other sources. The Council is once again pleased to note that over 50% of the network costs are being provided locally, which follows a recommendation from the 2005 Fitzpatrick Associates Review of the Local Sports Partnership Programme.

To download the full report please click here 2013 Speak National Annual Report

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD commented “I believe it is extremely important that people are encouraged and given opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity. Participation will lead to a healthier society and an overall improved quality of life.  I am pleased to note that, in 2013, the LSP network maintained its robust delivery and support of an innovative range of participation programmes”. 

During 2013, 5,515 children in 57 primary schools benefited from receiving the Buntús Generic programme. 1,113 pre-school children in 128 childcare centres were introduced to active play with the Buntús Start programme. The Buntús Generic programme is in its tenth year and has been offered to all primary schools across the country and its roll-out finished in 2013. The Buntús Start programme will continue to be available to pre-schools across Ireland.

Key Findings Include:

Over 256,614 people participated in 788 locally delivered participation programmes. 175 of these 788 programmes were new programmes which were developed in 2013 leading to 38,987 people participating.758 groups have been supported with regard to developing their organisational or management structures.6,884 participants completed 458 Code of Ethics Basic Awareness courses.Almost 136,000 individuals contacted the LSP network in order to access general or specific sport-related information.An additional 20,032 female participants took part in 116 local Women in Sport programmes. 36 of these 116 Women in Sport programmes were new programmes developed in 2013 leading to 2,424 people participating.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of the Irish Sports Council said: “This report assists the Council in assessing the impact of the Local Sports Partnership network and provides vital information with regard to the network’s reach into local communities. As in previous years the Council warmly welcomes the support and contributions given to the Local Sports Partnership network by statutory, community and voluntary groups across the country”.

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council commented;  “The Council has always placed a particular emphasis on ensuring sport is progressive and attracts participants from every corner of Ireland, from every age group and from all social backgrounds. This is a fundamental principle of the Local Sports Partnerships which aim to remove any barrier that prevents participation in sport”.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:36:00 GMT

Runners/walkers go the extra mile to spread road safety message

 

Stay visible

Seeing and being seen are fundamental pre-requisites for the safety of all road users. Inadequate visibility is an important factor that influences the risk of a road crash among all types of road usersYes – you need to be seen. People driving on country roads aren’t as alert to possible pedestrians as they are on city/town streets. The speed limit is also usually higher. Wear bright closing and run against traffic to give yourself a defensive edge in this situation.

Daylight Campaign

With the time change the RSA are asking everyone to make sure you can be seen in these winter evenings as well as the mornings and all day long. Pictured wearing the RSA Hi Vis Vests are Maeve Coleman with little Dylan, Micháel McNally, Anne Timothy, Charlie Lambert, Mayo Sports Partnership, Noel Gibbons, RSA Mayo Co Council, Anne Ronayne, Mayo Sportr Partnership, Barbara O'Shea, Collette McTigue and Hilda Flannagan.

As Mayo sports partnership is actively getting people out walking and running they have joined forces with the road safety office of Mayo County Council and are providing their participants with Hi Viz vests to ensure their safety when are out getting more active.

 

" We would encourage anybody who is participating in programmes such Men on the Move, Couch to 5k, Meet and Train, Walking Groups or just exercising individually to wear a high vis vest during these dark winter days" commented Mayo Sports Partnership Coordinator Charlie Lambert.

 People can contact the Sports Partnership at 094 9047025 to express interest in obtaining a high vis vest.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:26:00 GMT

Cllr Brendan Mulroy elected New Chairman of Mayo Sports Partnership

At the inaugural meeting of the new board of the Mayo Sports Partnership Cllr Brendan Mulroy was nominated to take over from outgoing Chair Cllr Henry Kenny for the period 2014 -2019. Cllr Kenny who led the Partnership through difficult times played tribute the board and staff for all their support and outstanding efforts in promoting sport and physical activity for all throughout the county.

 “ The success of Mayo Sports Partnership, along with many stakeholders, in establishing a culture of active participation in sport / physical activity needs to be acknowledged and recognised” commented Cllr Kenny.

 Wishing the new board and Chair Brendan Mulroy all the best in their new term Cllr Kenny stressed the need of inclusivity and opportunities for all sectors of our population.

 Cllr Brendan Mulroy who is heavily involved in sport in his native Westport stated that he was delighted to become the Chair of such a progressive body and looked forward to working with all stakeholders.

 One of the first tasks of the new board will be to oversee the development of a new strategic plan for sport / physical activity in the county. It is hoped that this process would be completed by May 2015.

 Mayo Sports Partnership is a sub committee of Mayo County Council and is core funded by the Irish Sports Council. It comprises of 16 members from agencies, sports organisations and communities who all have an interest in the development of sport / physical activity and meets every two months. The office of Mayo Sports Partnership can be reached at 094-9047025 or by email msp@mayococo.ie  

 

 

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:35:00 GMT

Outdoor Recreation Strategy for West Region Now Available

The Study of Outdoor Recreation in the West for the counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon is now available from the Border, Midland & Western (BMW) Regional Assembly website: www.bmwassembly.ie  under the ‘Publications’ section (see ‘Regional Planning’).  It will shortly be accessible from the Council websites. 

 Initiated by the Chief Executives (i.e. County Managers) of the four City and County Councils in the West Region and influenced by the outcomes of consultation with a wide variety of clubs, groups, organisations and individuals in the region - who provided an array of ideas, suggestions and recommendations, the Study was developed to consider how outdoor recreation can be improved to benefit local communities and the economy and ensure the natural environment is protected.

 The vision of the Study seeks to ‘encourage visitors and local people to get out into the great outdoors and participate in the many activities that can be availed of in the region and in local communities’.  It aims to stimulate the coordination and sustainable growth of recreational activities in the great outdoors, providing a platform for sustainable expansion with social, health and economic benefits.   

 Existing hubs of activity were highlighted by the Outdoor Activity Finder (click on this http://galwaycoco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Solutions/s2.html?appid=5829de203e3d401b989e32a38f489e64  ) which collected details of existing recreational activities and their location in the region.  The Study examined a range of strategies, policies and case studies which are relevant to outdoor recreation, the promotion of health, tourism, environmental protection and which provide a series of approaches that could be implemented in the region.

 A series of actions were identified under a number of categories which seek to provide direction to the City and County Councils and other agencies involved in the promotion and development of outdoor recreation.  The categories include national management, regional planning, facilities and infrastructure, environmental protection, community actions, marketing, health promotion, inclusivity, rights-of-way, emergency services and research and training. 

 Communities have a role to play – continuing to be proactive, providing new information on outdoor recreation to the Councils for the development of a future web-portal.  They can get involved in local clubs, encourage others to take up outdoor activities, join local groups and encourage responsible outdoor recreation. 

 Businesses can explore marketing opportunities (such as those in the Study) and consider what they can provide or promote in their area.

 It is recommended that a Working Group be established within the City and County Councils to prioritise and implement key actions from the Study and identify opportunities for the region.

 

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:32:00 BST

Budget 2015 - What does it mean for sport?

 

“The Federation of Irish Sport welcome the announcement that there is to be no reduction in the current funding for sport from the €42.5 million allocated in 2014. The fact that a floor in the funding levels for sport has now been reached provides a positive platform for further investment against a significantly improving fiscal backdrop.

In our pre-budget submission the Federation called on the Government to return the current funding for sport -as distributed through the Irish Sports Council to the Federation’s 100 plus members – to 2011 levels by 2016. The Federation remains’ committed to working with the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport through the revised estimates process and into next year to secure this additional €4.4 million by 2016.

We also welcome the Government’s decision to provide a third round of the Sports Capital Programme. The decision to introduce a third round of the Programme is evidence, we believe, of an increasing recognition of the contribution and role of sport to communities nationwide and the importance of indigenous niche sectors in underpinning our recovery

The Federation had also asked Government to extend the tax relief currently in place for donations to sporting bodies in connection to capital projects to items of current spend. In that context it is our understanding that the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport are establishing a working group to examine the proposal in more detail. We look forward to actively participating in that review process.

Government investment will remain crucial to sport in Ireland but sport also wants to play its part in generating revenue for the sector by unlocking its hidden financial potential which we are confident is there. At present Irish Sport is the only part of the not for profit sector which does not to benefit from a tax relief on “current spend”. We are looking to Government to encourage the development of a culture of giving to sport in line with other areas.

The type of sports programmes that the Federation envisage would benefit from this relief should it be introduced would include programmes that bring different sports to new places; that support our existing and developing athletes as well as programmes that can target hard to reach members of our communities; that can develop our coaches and look after our athletes”.

 

Bernard Brogan, recently appointed President of the Federation of Irish Sport noted:

“This is the first time in six years that there has been no reduction in the current funding for Irish Sport. That, together with the announcement around the Sports Capital Funding is good news. As a country we now need to look at ways of increasing the revenues available to sport and the Federation will continue to work with Government to pursue our target of getting back to 2011 levels of funding by 2016 as well as ways of increasing levels of private sector investment into sport.”

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:27:00 BST

Why not join “Men on the Move” this Autumn

Are you aged 30+,male and not very physically active? Do you want to feel fitter, have fun, have more energy and meet new people? If you do why not get involved in the Men on the Move at the nearest location to you in Mayo.

To download the full ist of information evenings beginning from Monday 6th October click here 2014 Autumn Men on the Move Information Nights Schedule

 Men on the Move is an activity programme which is aimed at men aged 30 and over to get them active, have fun and improve fitness levels. It involves weekly/twice weekly activity sessions which are leader led.  You don’t need to be fit to take part- the training sessions are structured so that you can find the level appropriate for you to join and progress your fitness at a pace to suit you! First established in 2012 in 3 areas, Men on the Move has now grown to 10 locations across Mayo. Indeed Men on the Move has extended to other counties including

Galway, Clare, Donegal, West‌meath, Meath and Waterford.‌

Participants going over the bridge at Lough Lannagh during the Men on the Move 5K

 The programme is a joint initiative by Mayo Sports Partnership and HSE West. It is also Supported by Croí, Mid West Radio, Local Athletic Clubs, Family Resource Centres and Mens Sheds Groups.

 How can I get involved?A number of information meetings are taking place at 10 locations across the county on the week beginning 6th October . See below list of meetings with details of venue, date, time and leader.  Select the venue nearest you and come along and get your body mass index measured, obtain information on healthy eating / exercise and sign up to an 8 week activity programme.

 To register your interest contact Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 9047025 or Text your name and what venue you are attending to the leader for each area. Please note that after an initial taster class there will be a small cost per session to cover costs / overheads. New areas such as Achill and Swinford will however have their initial 8 week programme subsidised from the Sports Partnership and the HSE.  Why not give it a go!

 Achill – Wednesday 8th Oct  Alices Achill Sound at 7.30pm

Contact : Caroline Mc Loughlin 085-7081007

 

Ballina – Wednesday 8th Oct Ballina Family Resource Centre

Contact: Taragh Cosgrove 087-6471919

 

Ballinrobe – Tuesday 7th Oct An Tacú Family Resource Centre

Contact:  Joan Walsh 087- 6726029

 

Ballyhaunis – Thursday 9th Oct Ballyhaunis Family Resource Centre

Contact: Geraldine Finn 086-8105964

 

Castlebar – Tuesday 7th Oct Castlebar Tennis Club

Contact: Taragh Cosgrove 087-6471919

 

Claremorris – Tuesday 7th Oct De Care Car Park at 7.30pm

Contact: Paul Gleeson 087-1324239

 

Erris – Monday 6th Oct Belmullet Civic Centre at 7.30pm

Contact: Padraic Brogan 087-7978821

 

Manulla – Monday 3rd November Manulla Soccer Club at 7.30pm

Contact: Michael Moran 087-2587308

 

Swinford – Wednesday 8th Oct Swinford Library & Cultural Centre

Contact: Geraldine Finn  086-8105964

 

Westport – Monday 6th Oct Quay Community Centre

Contact: Deirdre Donnelly  087-6305577

 

 

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:33:00 BST

Irish Sports Monitor Report shows large increase in participation

Minister Ring Launches Irish Sports Monitor Report 2013

Report shows that Government investment in sport has been successful in boosting sporting activity

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD, today launched The Irish Sports Council, “Irish Sports Monitor Annual Report (ISM) 2013”. This is the fifth report in the ISM series and provides the Irish Sports Council with a means of accurately monitoring and tracking active and social participation in sport among adults in Ireland.

To download the full report please click here http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Media/Latest_News/Minister-Ring-Launches-Irish-Sports-Monitor-Report-2013.html

In launching the report Minister Ring said: “The value of participating in sport and physical activity cannot be underestimated; even small improvements in participation levels will confer health, social and economic benefits both for the individual and for society as a whole. This report shows that Government investment in sport has been successful in boosting sporting activity. We know that this will lead in time to healthier communities’.

The two most recent ISM reports noted significant increases in sports participation and this current report shows a continuation of that trend. Participation in sport has risen from 44.8% in 2011 to 47.2%, which is equivalent to almost 1.7 million Irish adults participating in sport regularly.

Key findings include:

A higher proportion of females are participating in sport than previously, (increasing by 3.7% to 42.7%) resulting in a narrowing of the gender gap in participation. There has been a notable rise in participation among females aged 25 to 44.Personal exercise is now the most popular sporting activity for both genders.Almost 9 in 10 adults take part in some physical activity on a weekly basis with both men and women equally likely to be active in this regard.Over 45% of those playing sport are meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines.The proportion who are sedentary continues to decline with a 1.2% decrease in 2013 and a 5.6% decline since 2007.

 

 Speaking at the launch, Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of the Irish Sports Council said: “The Irish Sports Council has made increasing participation in sport and physical activity a key strategic priority. It is vital that we and our key stakeholders have access to this type of research to underpin our efforts in this regard.”

 

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council acknowledged “The increase in sports participation since the previous study is undoubtedly encouraging and is likely to be a result of a combination of factors, both in terms of sports policy and activities of Local Sports Partnerships as well as a continued focus on physical activity throughout the population”.

Kieran O’ Leary, Research Director at Ipsos MRBI commented “Recreational walking remains the most popular form of activity with 2.3 million a week taking part. This activity appeals to both men and women, across all age groups and to various other demographics”. The 2013 ISM report is based on the analysis of over nine thousand questionnaires from a representative sample of the Irish public aged 16 and over. Other publications in the research programme on sport and physical activity are available at www.irishsportscouncil.ie 

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:36:00 BST

Beginners ‘Couch to 5k’ launched in Mayo

Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to announce a brand new activity programme for Autumn 2014 called ‘Couch to 5k’. This is an 8 week exercise programme led by a qualified sports leader and is tailored specifically for people wishing to be able to walk/run a 5k. Each week’s exercise class will build on a previous class and will allow everyone work at their own level. The programme is open to teenagers (over 15) and adults and is being out in 3 areas Ballinrobe, Castlebar and Claremorris.

 Couch to 5K

The programme is limited to the first 20 applicants in each area. It will cost just €30 for 8 nights. Students pay just €25. The programme is designed for absolute beginners and the sports leader will be on hand to help, assist and give fitness advice.

 

Why not start today by signing up for this new fun exercise programme? To apply fill out the application form.

Please click here to download  Couch to 5K Application Form

Send your form along with Payment(all postal orders/cheques should be made payable to Mayo County Council) and post to Anne Ronayne,Mayo Sports Partnership, Community and Integrated Development, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar.

 

Or Log onto www.mayosports.ie for more information.

 

Contact Anne Ronayne, Mayo Sports Partnership for further details on ‘Couch to 5k’ on 094 9047022 or 087 6973587 or email Anne on aronayne@mayococo.ie

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:50:00 BST

11th National Coaching Forum in Sligo 26th/27th Sept

Fun To Full Potential – Coaching The Whole Athlete

A gathering of professionals and volunteers involved in sport coaching organised by Coaching Ireland, a division of the Irish Sports Council will take place on the 26th and 27th September.  The focus of the 11th National Coaching forum is to celebrate the positive impact good coaching makes at all levels to individuals, clubs, communities and nations.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said: “Coaches are a key part of our society. They give support and encouragement to sports people at all levels. Not only do they spend countless hours planning, organising and analysing all the details, but also helping people to develop as individuals.”

The Forum will combine keynote speakers, with practical and applied sessions, with opportunities to network with coaches from different sports.

Keynote speakers include Billy Walsh (Head Coach of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) High Performance Team, Richard Bailey (Philosopher and Sport Scientist), Niels De Vos(Chief Executive of UK Athletics), Sergio Lara-Bercial(Senior Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University, International Council for Coaching Excellence) and Missy Parker (Course Director Teaching Physical Education, Sport & Physical Activity MSc).

John Treacy CEO of the Irish Sports Council, explained “This event is an opportunity to further enhance the development of our coaches and drive towards excellence, through collaboration and knowledge sharing."

The event will take place in the Institute of Technology, Sligo.  President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott, said: “In a year when Sligo is a designated European Town of Sport for 2014, the Institute is delighted to host such a prestigious event”.

Further information concerning the 11th National Coaching Forum can be found online at www.coachingforum2014.com

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:52:00 BST

National Grant Scheme to help older people to get active – Now Open!

The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for older people is now open. The scheme is aimed at encouraging older people to get active and is used by groups and clubs all over Ireland to buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities. Last year over 1,000 groups and organisations availed of this opportunity. Each grant awarded this year will be between €250 and €700.

Last year 46 Mayo groups received €13,100 towards initiatives which helped older people to become more active. The Small Grant Scheme is a joint initiative between Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme and the Irish Sports Council. Now in its fourteenth year, it has, so far, awarded over €4.2 million in nearly 9,000 grants. This year, €300,000 will be allocated to groups and clubs all over Ireland.

Locally Mayo Sports Partnership assists groups in preparing applications or in just dealing with their queries. If your group needs assistance please contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email msp@mayococo.ie or log on to its website at www.mayosports.ie

The closing date for applications is Friday, 26 September 2014. Application forms are available on Go For Life Grant Scheme page www.ageandopportunity.ie/what-we-do/physical-activity-sport/go-for-life-grant-scheme  

To download a copy of the form in word please click here 2014 Go for Life Application Form Word Doc. 

To download a copy in PDF format please click here 2014 Go for Life Application Form pdf.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:54:00 BST

Mayo Sports Partnerships Autumn / Winter 2014 Training & Events Programme

Child protection in sport, sports first aid, sports leadership training, cycling leader training, disability inclusion training, club development workshop in social media and leader training for volunteers working with older people groups  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community / sport volunteers, coaches, teachers or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport or physical activity. Dates and venues are finalized with a full listing now available online at www.mayosports.ie/CalendarofEventsTrainingCourses/

To download a copy of the programme in word please click here 2014 Autumn Calendar of Events 

To download a copy of the programme in PDF please click here 2014 Autumn Calendar of Events PDF

 Included in the comprehensive schedule is a Fit4Life / Meet and Train Leader Training Course along with phase 3 of a new after school activity programme which is on offer to all primary schools in the county. As part of its Club Development Workshop Series the umbrella sports body is also offering a Social Media Workshop for Sports Clubs / Groups. This will take place on Wednesday 12th November from 7pm – 10pm in the Mayo Education Centre, Castlebar.

 In addition the 11th National Coaching Conference  “Fun to Potential: Coaching the Whole Athlete”takes place in Sligo IT on the weekend of Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September. The 11th National Coaching Forum will combine Keynote speakers, with practical and applied sessions, with opportunities to network with coaches from different sports. The Forum has become a “can’t be missed” event on the sporting calendar, involving coaches at all levels from up to 48 different sports.

 Another interesting feature of the Autumn schedule will be a Sports Seminar titled “Its not always about winning” taking place as part of the Irish Association of Suicidology’s National Conference on Thursday 10th October. A strong team of sports personalities will be on hand to discuss how sport and physical activity can lead to a positive outlook on life. More details are to be announced in due course. 

 “ Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to be once again able to offer a comprehensive range of training and educational workshops to volunteers across the county which are available at subsidised rates ” commented Mayo Sports Partnerships Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 Details of other Sports Partnership programmes such as the very successful Men on the Move initiative for over 35 men, Active 55 (project for older people), Meet and Train initiative, Community Fit Walk, Link2BActive (Discounted Physical Activity Opportunities for Jobseekers), Disability Sports opportunities and much more are available through the Sports Partnership office, Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Mayo-Sports-Partnership/  and website www.mayosports.ie .

 All courses / events are subsidized by the Partnership and more details can be got by logging on to www.mayosports.ie/CalendarofEventsTrainingCourses/ .You can book places by contacting the office at 094-9047025.

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:44:00 BST

2013 MSPs Annual Report now available

Mayo Communities get more Active in 2013

Initiatives such as Operation Transformation, Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month, Fit Walk, Fit4Life / Meet and Train, parkrun, Bike Week etc are leading to a big increase in physical activity levels across the county.

 Launching the 2013 Annual Report of the Mayo Sports Partnership outgoing Chairman Cllr Henry Kenny paid tribute to all the community leaders / activists who give of their free time to organise programmes in their local areas. The report, describing the workings of the Sports Partnership during 2013, highlights that 46% of the population now participate in sport / physical activity at least once a week. A really significant rise from just over 34% in 2008.

To download a copy of the report please click here 2013 MSP Annual Report

 Other highlights from the report shows that Mayo Sports Partnership and its stakeholders provided physical activity opportunities for some 8,200 people through 61 locally delivered sports programmes, 4,500 women through 9 Women in Sport initiatives and 400 people with a disability in the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme. In addition the sports umbrella body supplied information to 560 clubs / organisations throughout the county with some 8,000  people contacting the Partnership for general and sports specific information.  

 Again as in previous years, the Partnership has made significant advances by increasing the number of locally delivered programmes and training opportunities for leaders / volunteers. The expansion of the Men on the Move Initiative to 9 areas across the county has been an outstanding success contributing to physical and mental health of this hard to reach group. The development of the Westport Get Out There Activity Plan with initiatives such as parkrun and the Activity Ambassador programme has also had a significant impact on peoples activity levels locally while also giving visitors a more positive experience of the area. In addition the Goal to Work Sports Coach training programme for unemployed was rolled out in the Erris area and was also a recipient of a national award in adult learning under the Aontas awards scheme.

 Cllr Henry Kenny-Chairman of Mayo Sports Partnership thanked key stakeholders the Irish Sports Council  and Mayo County Council along with the many other partners who contribute to the success of the umbrella sports body.

 “ Much credit must go to the Sports Partnership staff for continually delivering high quality participation programmes and working with local agencies and all sections of society.” Cllr Kenny added.

 The Sports Partnership can be contacted at 094-9047025 or e-mail msp@mayococo.ie . You can also log on to its website and download the full report at www.mayosports.ie/news  

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:23:00 BST

Westport parkrun celebrates first anniversary Sat 13th Sept

Congrats to all involved in Westport parkrun 

The weekly parkrun event held on the Westport Town Greenway, will celebrate its first anniversary tomorrow Saturday September 13th.Parkrunis an internationally organised weekly 5km timed run/walk which is open to everyone – all age groups are welcome, and indeed it great to see so many of the over 50’s taking part.Westport has been hosting the event on a Saturday morning at 09:00 since September 2013 and the event has steadily grown in numbers.Willie Kelly, one of several voluntary Race Directors said: “Over the past year, parkrun has seen over 2.770 runs take place, covering over 13,850 km. In excess of 700 people are registered with parkrun Westport, and what’s really great to see is the diversity of abilities and ages. In fact for the coming year we would encourage even great participation from walkers and joggers in the senior age groups to join up.” “The event which is open to everyone and is a great way for people to get into running, keeping fit has grown from strength to strength, and we hope to see numbers increase further. Over the twelve months we have welcomed many people to the event including many parkrun tourists – people who when visiting Westport are familiar with parkrun and take in the event whilst in the area. Parkrun is a worldwide community and having registered you can in fact take part in any parkrun across the world and your participation is recorded and recognised. Parkrun tourism is growing all the time with quiet a few travel bloggers getting involved in spreading the word about this great free event.” he added.Willie also said “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank event sponsors Westport Town Council now West Mayo Municipal District, Westport Athletic Club, Westport Leisure Park, Mayo Sports Partnership and all the volunteers who help make this weekly event happen.”To commemorate a very successful year of the run, event organisers are hosting an awards presentation and party after the 5km run finishes on this Saturday morning at The Mill Times Hotel.The top three male and female runners will receive a prize, and a special mention will be made of the junior runners. Organisers will also be recognising volunteers and their hard work. Verona Ralph has taken part in 40 runs and volunteered in 8 and leads the points table, while in the male section Adrian Fahy leads with 36 runs and 4 volunteering events.Free registration is needed by 18:00 on the Friday before the race and participants can sign up by visiting the parkrun website.All parkruns are managed by dedicated volunteers who are vital to the success of the scheme but more help is always needed. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the organisers www.parkrun.ie/westport

As this is Westport’s parkrun’s anniversary on September 13th - let’s try to make this Westport’s biggest parkrun to date and get well over one hundred people completing our course – the largest number on any one day has been 104, so lets topple that number. If everyone tries the “plus one” approach it will make the occasion something to remember.

Happy running!

 

Note: Ballina parkrun is due to commence in October and in addition to Castlebar and Westport parkruns it makes up a total of 3 sites where this weekly event takes place. Outside of Dublin and Belfast Mayo has the highest number of sites of out a countrywide total of 15 locations where parkrun ttakes place. A big thank you to all the partners / stakeholders involved including Mayo Local Authorities, HSE West, Mayo Sports Partnership, Westport Leisure Park, Mayo Mental Health, Westport Athletic Club, Castlebar Fit4Life, Castlebar Tennis Club, Ballina Athletic Club, all the many volunteers who make the weekly event happen and of course parkrun Ireland. To find out more about parkrun go to www.parkrun.ie

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:53:00 BST

Martin Sheridan Sports Bursary Awards 2014 -Now Open

Thanks to generous support of Mayo County Council the Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards for 2014 are now open for applications by relevant sporting bodies and organisations. Forms and application criteria are downloadable from sites.google.com/site/martinsheridanbursary  by email request to martinsheridanbursary@gmail.com  .

The closing date for completed entries is September 5th 2014. The Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards are for sports people who have excellent potential, outstanding ability and the desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport and have the potential to bring recognition and success at National and International level to Mayo. The awards are designed to assist in the cost of education, training, travel and equipment.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:39:00 BST

Mayo Sports Partnership News August 2014

 

 Contents

 1. Summer Camp Update

2. Directory of Summer Camps

3. Participation Opportunities this Summer for People with a Disability

4. No Limits Gym Challenge – Enable Ireland

5. Mayo Community Engagement Network

6. Training / Events Calendar Autumn 2014

7. 11th National Coaching Forum due to take place in Sligo this September

8. Explore a Blueway this Summer

9. Races of Castlebar

10. Upcoming Events

 

 1.Summer Camp Update

 Inclusive Camp at An Sportlann from July 14th to 18th July

 A week long ‘Inclusive Camp’ was held at An Sportlann Castlebar and was attended by 15 participants The Summer Camp is in its fourth year and is hosted by Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Ray Mc Namara. It is organized on the back of a very successful summer camp last year and a Children’s Saturday Club that runs throughout the year. The Camp took place from the 14th – 18th July from 10am – 2pm in An Sportslann Castlebar. The camp is aimed at Children with a disability their family and friends. The camp consisted of various sports with each day having a theme of a different sport as well as lots of fun games. Participants concentrate on Skill, balance, coordination, concentration, confidence building and fun. The participants were aged from 5 – 15 years of age.

 Children’s Soccer Camp from July 9th to July 30th

 

A 4-week soccer camp for children ages 7+ is running at the New Town Park Castlebar every Wednesday for 4 weeks from 3-4pm. The camp is finishing this Wednesday July 30th. Approx 20 local children are enjoying being put through their paces by Paul Byrne development officer with the FAI. The camp was organised by Castlebar Sports Forum to target children from the urban area of Castlebar that may not have access to other camps in the area. Paul is teaching skills through small sided games including lots of physical activity. The camp is a follow on from an after school camp held in June and it is hoped that further such programmes can be rolled out in the future.

Further information from Anne Ronayne, Community Sports Development Worker, Mayo Sports Partnership 0904 9047022 or aronayne@mayococo.ie

 

[Castlebar Sports forum comprises Mayo Sports Partnership, MTSG, HSE, GMIT, FAI, Gardai, South West Development Company and local representatives.]

 

 Hip Hop Camp from July 16thto August 6th

 A 4-week hip hop camp for children ages 10+ is running at Scoil Raifteiri Castlebar every Wednesday for 4 weeks from 3-4pm. The camp is finishing this Wednesday August 6th. Approx 20 local girls are participating and are learning the fabulous skills of hip hop from instructor Polly Anne. She is originally from Brazil and the girls (mostly teenagers) are enjoying learning all the amazing hip hop moves. The camp was organised by Castlebar Sports Forum to target teenage girls/children from the urban area of Castlebar that may not have access to other camps in the area. Polly Ann is a firm favourite with the girls and a dance group in the area would be a dream for the future for some of them.

This camp is also a follow on from an after school camp held in June and it is hoped that further such programmes can be rolled out in the future.

 Further information from Anne Ronayne, Community Sports Development Worker, Mayo Sports Partnership 0904 9047022 or aronayne@mayococo.ie

 

[Castlebar Sports forum comprises Mayo Sports Partnership, MTSG, HSE, GMIT, FAI, Gardai, South West Development Company and local representatives.]

 

 Ballina Children’s Multi Sports Camp from July 21st-July 25th

 Multi Sports Camp at the Outdoor Multi Use Games Area at Greenhill’s Estate, Ardnaree, Ballina and included Tennis, Soccer, and Gaelic.

The camps were delivered with the assistance by representatives from Allwin Tennis Foundation, FAI and Ardnaree Sarsfields .

25 local children participated in all the activities and were kept active with a tennis hour every day with Janas the coach. The children were taught lots of sporting skills. They also participated in a soccer hour with Junior Humber our local Goal to Work coach who always brings lots of fun and games into his sessions. On Friday Ardnaree Sarsfields coaches put the children through their paces on the Green Areas of Greenhills engaging lots of local children from the Greenhills, Millview and Cluain Na Ri estates.

Further information from Anne Ronayne, Community Sports Development Worker, Mayo Sports Partnership 0904 9047022 or aronayne@mayococo.ie

 [Moy Sports forum comprises Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo North East, MTSG, Involve, FAI, Sean Duffy Centre and local resident representatives.]

 

 Camps in Castlebar and Ballina were organised by Castlebar Sports Forum and Moy Sports Forum respectively. The forums are multiagency groups which Mayo Sports Partnership is the lead sporting agency.

 

 2. Directory of Summer Camps in Mayo

 

Mayo Sports Partnership has once again compiled this directory as an information resource for parents or for those wishing to make contact with organisers of Sports Camps around Mayo. To view this resource click on this link 2014 Directory of Summer Camps in Mayo‎ ‎.

This information resource gives information on different camps per area

- Adventure Sports Camps

- Achill

- Ballina

- Ballinrobe

- Ballyhaunis

- Castlebar

- Claremorris

- Charlestown

- Erris

-Foxford

- Kilmovee

- Newport

- Swinford

- Westport

- Miscellaneous

Inclusion in this directory is not an indicator of the quality or value of the camp. All camps listed are independently run and all related queries should be directed to the camp contact as listed. The listed camps are those who we are aware of at this moment and time. If there are any others who would like to be included on our web based directory at www.mayosports.ie please contact us at 094-9047025 or e-mail us the details to msp@mayococo.ie . Click on this link ‎Parents Guide to Sport and Summer Camps‎ to obtain information for parents on their childrens involvement in sport.

 

 

3. Participation Opportunities this Summer for People with a Disability

 

Surfing day for children with Autism (Surf2Heal) with Mayo Surf School, will take place on Saturdays over 10 weeks beginning 21st June, at Carrownisky Strand Louisburgh.

 

Boccia league will continue on Monday the 8th September from 12-4pm in Ballina.

There has being a good turnout at events so far with teams travelling from Galway and Ballina as well as local clubs such as Parke, Charlestown and Turlough.

 

Para Cycling

Claremorris Athletics Track every Monday between 4.30pm and 6pm starting Monday 7th July

For more information contact ray on 087 6973093 or rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 

Wheelchair Hurling

If you are interested in participating in wheelchair Hurling please contact Adrian Hession on 087 9316286 for team training times and blitz and league information.

 

If you are interested in any of the above activities contact Ray on 087 6973093 or email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie

 

4. No Limits Gym Challenge

 

Can your team cover the distance and get to the All Ireland Gym Challenge Final?

 

Enable Ireland, Action on Disability are hosting a gym challenge in which teams of four take on challenges to cover the furthest distance and that team will then go forward to the All Ireland Gym Challenge Final in City West Hotel on 19 October 2014.

All you have to do is log onto www.mycharity.ie, search for ‘No Limits Gym Challenge’, find the heat nearest to you and register your team!

 

For further details log onto www.enableireland.ie or for local queries please email communications@enableireland.ie

 

5. Mayo Community Engagement Network

 

The Department of the Environment & Local Government has issued guidelines that the County Community Forum be replaced by a Public Participation Network (PPN) which will be supported by Local Authorities. The new Network is based on the Working Group Report on “Citizens Engagement with Local Authority” www.environ.ie/en/Publications/Community/CommunityVoluntarySupports

 

Mayo County Council recognises the invaluable contribution of volunteers and will continue to support the work of the community & voluntary sector here in the county. The Community & Integrated Section of Mayo County Council is now setting up a new Mayo Community Engagement Network to replace the Community Forum. A new data base is being established and it is intended that the Network will be operational by the end of September 2014.

 

We are now inviting all active community and voluntary groups (clubs & organisations) to register with the Mayo Community Engagement Network. Groups that were previously registered with the Forum will receive a new application form by email and post. Registration is ongoing but in order for your group to participate in the nominating process for membership of the Mayo County Council committees, that seek community representation, your group must be registered by 5pm September 10th 2014.

 

Information and Application Forms are available from the website www.mayocdb.ie , from the Community & Integrated Development Office, Mayo County Council , Castlebar, 094 9047545 and by email mwrafter@mayococo.ie

 

 6. Training / Events Calendar Autumn 2014

 

A full listing of training courses in areas such as Child Protection in Sport, First Aid, Disability Awareness, Club Development ie Funding, PR etc and sports seminars will be shortly available and will be posted on our website www.mayosports.ie and on our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter in the coming weeks.

 

 7.11th National Coaching Forum due to take place in Sligo this September

 

The 11th National Coaching Forum will take place at Institute of Technology Sligo, 26th-27th of September 2014. This Forum promises to be the biggest and most extensive gathering of professionals and volunteers involved in Sport Coaching. The Forum will attract coaches, physical education teachers, sports scientists, National Governing Body personnel and policy makers. Leading National and International presenters will take part in this event titled "Fun to Full Potential - Coaching the whole Athlete"

The Forum will combine Keynote speakers, with practical and applied sessions, with opportunities to network with coaches from different sports. Previous National Coaching Forum has welcomed up to 800 coaches, both National and international. The Forum has become a “can’t be missed” event on the sporting calendar, involving coaches at all levels from up to 48 different sports.

See the exciting programme and register NOW- Places are limited

http://www.coachingforum2014.com/

 

 8. Explore A Blueway this Summer!

 

‘Blueway Taster Days’ are being held in Mayo and Galway throughout the summer.

The Taster Days are an opportunity to take part in a reduced cost water activity from mid-morning to early evening. Activities at the different venues will vary but include kayaking, snorkeling and coasteering (wet climbing fun). The next Blueway taster day is Sunday 3rd August in Old Head Louisburgh. All ages are invited to come along and join in on the day, but please let us know if you are coming so that we do not disappoint anyone. Email the Blueway team at info@blueway.ie

 

Blueways offer an entirely new perspective on Ireland’s magnificent wild Atlantic coastline. The Blueway initiative provides visitors with a safe haven to immerse themselves in some of the most glorious coastal waters anywhere in the world. Activities such as kayaking and snorkeling and other water-sports are provided in the Blueway area by local activity operators. Checkout www.facebook.com/BluewayIreland Tweet /bluewayireland or www.blueway.ie

 

 

9. Races of Castlebar

Races of Castlebar will take place this August with a 5k run on Tuesday August 12th, 7k on Tuesday 19th and 10k on Sunday 24th August. Details (times/routes) to follow.

Keep up to date with events by logging onto our website www.mayosports.ie

 

10. Upcoming Events: ( If you want your event included on our listings please let us know)

 

Westport parkrun Saturday 2nd,9th, 16th, 30th August @ 9.30am, Weekly event, www.parkrun.ie/westport

Castlebar parkrun Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th August @ 9.30am, Weekly Event, www.parkrun.ie/castlebar

Swinford “Siamsa Ras” Saturday 2nd August @ 6.30pm, Meelick Community Centre

Tourmakeady 10k Saturday 2nd August, Yvonne Finn 087-2047011

Louisburgh 8k, Run for Crumlin, Sunday 3rd August, @2pm https://www.facebook.com/pages/Run-For-Crumlin/290147311120067

Ballina Rugby Club 5k, Sunday 3rd August @12pm

Meelick 5k Wednesday 6th August, Swinford AC Harvest Series @ 7.15pm Peter Hynes 087-9014211

Midfield 6k Wednesday 13th August, Swinford AC Harvest Series @ 7.15pm Peter Hynes 087-9014211

Gaelforce West Saturday 16th August, www.gaelforceevents.com/west

Callow 6k Wednesday 30th August, Swinford AC Harvest Series @ 7.15pm Peter Hynes 087-9014211

Westport Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k Thursday 21st August, www.endurancechallenge.ie

Ballina 8k Wednesday 20th August, Ballina AC Summer Series @7pm, Ann Egan 087-4186895

Achill Full, Half & Ultra Marathon Saturday 23rd , www.achillultra.com

Foxford 5k Wednesday 27th August, Swinford AC Harvest Series @7.15pm Peter Hynes 087-9014211

Killary Triathlon Saturday 30th August, www.delphimountainresort.com

Westport Greenway 10k & 5k Saturday 30th August, Iona Mara 087-9004128

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:29:00 BST

€1.1million for 29 Mayo Sports Groups in Sports Capital Prog

Minister Ring commits €40.5M to new and improved sports facilities and equipment

The Government’s commitment to sport and local communities was underpinned today when Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring announced grants of €40.5 million for 880 sports projects across the country.

Speaking at the announcement Minister Ring said: “Sports clubs and organisations are the lifeblood of communities across Ireland. I’m delighted to be able to show how much the Government values their role and contribution. Thanks to their largely voluntary work, these clubs and organisations are delivering on the Government’s target to get more people to be more active, more often.”

The €40.5 million allocated today is a 30% increase in funding over the €31 million allocated in the last Sports Capital Programme in 2012. The Sports Capital Programme is the Government’s main vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

A total of 2,036 applications were made under the 2014 Programme, the second highest number ever received under a Sports Capital Programme. A total of 821 of the successful allocations are towards local sports clubs and organisations, with the remaining 59 allocated to regional or national projects.

The facilities being funded today range from small-scale equipment grants, to regionally significant centres of sporting excellence.

This Government has now allocated over €85 million under the Sports Capital Programme since it came into office. Much of this funding has been allocated with the assistance of national governing bodies or local authorities. In the context of the tight budgetary situation, this level of funding shows a phenomenal commitment to sport and to local communities.

The allocations announced include funding for:

o Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts;

o Floodlighting;

o Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas;

o Security fencing and ball stop netting;

o Hurling walls / handball alleys;

o Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets;

o Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms;

o Non-personal sports equipment;

o Shared facilities;

o Permanently fixed outdoor gym equipment.

For a full break down of the grant by county click on this link http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/publications/sport/english/sports-capital-allocations-2014/local-grants-allocated-scp-2014.pdf

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:32:00 BST

Mayo Sports Partnership allocates €19,000 in funding to 37 Clubs / Groups

At a recent Mayo Sports Partnership Board meeting  €19,000 was allocated to 37 clubs / organisations in Mayo through both the Partnerships 2014 special participation grant scheme. Special guest at a recent presentation evening, Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring, complimented the work being done on the ground by many volunteers and how it was important to recognise their contributions in whatever way possible.

To view the full list of 2014 Grant Recipients please click here 2014 SPG List of Recipients

 “ Without volunteers sport in this country just would not happen. So I am delighted that this scheme is able to support clubs / organisations throughout the county in the development of their activities ” Minister Ring  stated.

 The aim of the Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport / physical activity and it is envisaged that all projects will help to do just that particularly in disadvantaged sectors of the population. This year the scheme has funded initiatives including the set up of a new Athletics Club in Ballycastle, a basketball club in Ballintubber, the development of girls soccer in Kiltimagh / Knock Utd, Camogie programmes in Ballina and Westport, the development of a Mayo Table Tennis Academy, a Fit4Youth teenage fitness initiative with Ballina Athletic Club, swimming and exercise classes in the travelling community, sports / activity programmes for autistic children, a sports / activity initiative for youth in Ballinrobe and much more.

  “ Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to be able to continue this annual scheme supporting initiatives across the county. I would like to thank in particular the Irish Sports Council and Minister Ring for providing this funding”  Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert added

 Mayo Sports Partnership comprises of representatives from local agencies, sports organisations and community representatives, is core funded by the Irish Sports Council and is hosted by Mayo County Council. For funding under the annual Special Participation Grant Scheme applicants need to show that the suggested project will increase participation and is sustainable.

 Since 2005 the Partnership has brought an overall investment of close to €6 million to developing sport and recreation within the county. Many projects / initiatives involving pre-schools all the way up to older people have benefited from this significant input. Significant contributions, both financially and in kind, of partner agencies on the board such as Mayo County Council, Mayo VEC, HSE West, GMIT, Leader Companies, Udaras na Gaeltachta, Mayo Education Centre and other stakeholders has also been key to the successful development of the Partnership.

 Any further information on the above can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or by logging on to www.mayosports.ie

 

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:42:00 BST

12 Sports Coaches complete 9 week Goal to Work Programme in Swinford

Caitheoirleach Damian Ryan presents Awards to Swinford “Goal to Work” Sports Coaches

 A group of jobseekers mainly from the Swinford area have just completed a 9 week long specialised sports coaching course which it is hoped will provide them with the tools to obtain employment.  The “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme which is run 2 days each week allowed trainees to become fully qualified G.A.A., Rugby and Soccer coaches with additional sports modules in child protection, first aid, disability awareness, physical activity leader and active leadership completed. Trainee coaches also honed their skills and coaching in local national schools giving many school children some quality participation experiences.

 Caitheoirleach of Mayo County Council Cllr Damian Ryan presented the newly qualified coaches with their Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme certificates at a presentation held in the Cultural Centre Swinford.

 He commended the project co-ordinators Mayo Sports Partnership and Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company for their foresight in bringing such an innovative programme to fruition.

 Other partners were also thanked and these included Mayo Mental Health, Mayo Jobs Club, Mayo GAA, FAI, Connaught Branch of the IRFU and the local Primary Schools where the coaching took place.

 Originally developed in County Leitrim, under the auspices of the County Development Board, the Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme is now in its 5th  phase having already being rolled out in  Castlebar, Ballina, Ballyhaunis and the Erris area.

 

 

 

 The first programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining employment as a result. Goal to Work follow on courses built on the pilot initiative were multi sport and specifically targeted the other areas in the county as listed above. Training was provided on how to explore setting up a business, how to develop an  enterprise idea and further educational/training opportunities.  Other modules included IT, communication skills, progression routes and CV preparation. All of which would help participants to identify possible employment after the 9 week programme.

 

Some participants have gained employment as a Sports Co-ordinator under the Rural and Social Services Scheme, others have progressed on to further training and some have gained some part time employment as sports coaches with local schools etc.

Speaking on this issue Siobhán Carroll-Webb of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co. said “. The initiative recognises that many unemployed people have an interest in sport and may offer the potential to provide employment opportunities. Assisting the Sports Leaders / Coaches to find  employment or to progress onto further education or avail of training opportunities is an important outcome for the multi-agency organising committee.”

Jimmy Murphy of Mayo Mental Health Association said that “Participating in this activity based training programmes would hope to have the additional outcome of improving the mental health of unemployed people and more community involvement in physical activity aspeople who participate in sports clubs and organised recreational activity tend to enjoy better mental health, are more alert, and more resilient against the stresses that so many people face at this time”.

 

58 sports coaches / leaders have now received training under the Goal to Work programme and are available to assist communities, sports clubs and schools throughout the county.

 

“These coaches are a fantastic resource to have in the county and we have utilised a number of them in delivering some of our participation initiatives” Sports Co-ordinator for the Mayo Sports Partnership Charlie Lambert added.

 

To find out more about the programme log on to www.mayosports.ie or contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email msp@mayococo.ie

 

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:49:00 BST

Directory of Summer Camps in Mayo Now Available

Mayo Sports Partnership has complied this directory see here 2014 Directory of Summer Camps in Mayo ‌‎* as a source of information for those wishing to make contact with organisers of Sports Camps around Mayo.

Click on this link ‎ Parents Guide to Sport and Summer Camps to obtain information for parents on their childrens involvement in sport.

This information resource gives information on different camps per area

- Adventure Sports Camps

- Achill

- Ballina

- Ballinrobe

- Ballyhaunis

- Castlebar

- Claremorris

- Charlestown

- Erris

-Foxford

- Kilmovee

- Newport

- Swinford

- Westport

- Miscellaneous

Inclusion in this directory is not an indicator of the quality or value of the camp. All camps listed are independently run and all related queries should be directed to the camp contact as listed. The listed camps are those who we are aware of at this moment and time. If there are any others who would like to be included on our web based directory at www.mayosports.ie please contact us at 094-9047025 or e-mail us the details to msp@mayococo.ie .

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:59:00 BST

Mayo to host a wide range of events for National Bike Week

Would you like to take advantage of the longer brighter days by getting out on your bike? A challenge is going out to all families and people of all ages to dust off their bikes and trikes for a bumper week of cycling activity during National Bike Week 2014.

Over 15 different events are scheduled to take place in Mayo from Saturday 14th – Sunday 22nd June beginning on the Saturday with a Group Cycle in Belmullet as part of the Erris Beo festival and a Family Day out in Lacken with adult group cycle, children cycle races etc. Other events include a Cycle on the Great Western Greenway on Sunday 15th from Achill Sound and a Family Cycle at Belleek Woods in Ballina on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 7pm. A Ballinrobe history tour on bikes will take place on Friday 20th at 7.30pm from Abbey St Ballinrobe  with a number of other initiatives also planned by Westport Smarter Travel.   

To download a list of the events please click here 2014 Bike Week Programme of Events

Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring whose department has allocated €5,000 towards Bike Week in Mayo has expressed his support for all communities who are organising these fantastic array of events.

This year the Bike Week Steering Committee comprising of representatives from Mayo County Council, Mayo Sports Partnership, An Taisce, Westport Smarter Travel and the Road Safety Authority have decided to place a focus on a number of School Cycle events which are scheduled for Westport, Castlebar, Ballina, Ballinrobe and Ballyhaunis.

In addition the Bike Week Committee are encouraging the people of Mayo to make a Bike Week pledge. This pledge will be your commitment to cycle during bike week, whether you pledge to cycle to training once a week or that you will cycle to work every day of the week, all pledges are equally important. Everyone is invited to make a pledge and enjoy their own personal cycling challenge.

Pledges should be posted to the Mayo Sports Partnership Facebook page with a Bike Selfie (a picture of you on/or beside your bike not to be taken while cycling). During Bike Week there will be daily prizes ie €50 with an overall prize of €100 given out to people that have made the pledge and that are making an effort to cycle as a form of transport.

Selfies can be taken for example before you head to the shop / work or while cycling the kids to or from school and the committee encourages people to nominate friends to cycle also. Be in with a chance to win a prize.

A full and detailed listing of all events can be found on the Mayo Sports Partnership website at www.mayosports.ie/news . For further information contact the Partnerships Office at 094-9047025

 

 

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:31:00 BST

Award Winning “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme now in Swinford

 

Are you Unemployed? Do you want to achieve a coaching qualification in GAA, Rugby and Soccer so that you can work as a Coach?

Goal to Work multi agency committee would like to invite applications for this sports coach training programme. Participation on this course will not affect a social welfare payment and there are no course fees.

 

Trainee Coaches must:

Be unemployed or working part time and in receipt of a social welfare payment or previously self employedHave an interest in GAA, Soccer and RugbyBe willing to participate in a 12 week training programme for approximately 3 days each week, 9.30am – 4.30pm

 

Awards achieved will include:

Rugby – Mini and Foundation Rugby Coaching Award

GAA – Foundation Coaching Award

FAI – Kick Start 1

IT Skills

FETAC Personal Effectiveness

FETAC Occupational Sports First Aid Level 5

Child Protection in Sport

Disability Awareness Training

Irish Sports Council Active Leadership Training

 

Places will be limited to 12 Trainee Coaches. Application process is by means of application form. All suitable applicants must undergo a formal interview and successful candidates will be offered a place as a Trainee Coach.

If you would like further information or an application form please contact Mary Glynn, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co., Head Office, Foxford, Co. Mayo on 094 9256745 or e-mail maryglynn@mnelp.com

To download an application form please click here Application Form Goal to Work Swinford

Application forms can also be downloaded at www.mayonortheast.com  Completed application forms should be posted or e-mailed to Mary Glynn as above.

 

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is

strictly 5pm on Tuesday 15th April 2014

 

Interviews will take place week of 21st April in Swinford and course will commence on 28th April 2014.

 

The project is part funded by the Local and Community Development Programme of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:44:00 BST

Bike Week 2014 Small Grant Scheme for Events

Building on the fantastic enthusiasm and participation of groups around the county in Bike Week 2013, Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Mayo County Council, An Taisces Green – School Programmes and Westport Smarter Travel is now inviting applications for funding from interested community groups / sports clubs for Bike Week 2014 (14th -22nd  June) events.

You can download the application form here Bike Week 2014 Application Form

 If your group is interested in promoting cycling as part of a fun, national programme, this is an ideal opportunity to apply for funding to help deliver your event.

 Key information points:

 Grants for Community Groups are available up to a potential maximum of €500 per successful community group (depending on the scale of the event). An overall allocation of €3,000 is available towards these community events.

 Events that will be eligible for grant assistance in 2014 must be fun / novel, target outreach to non-cyclists or aspiring cyclists. They can be targeted at the whole community such as a town centre cycle festival with events for the whole family or can be aimed at specific groups such as BMX tryouts for teenagers, women only leisure cycles etc

 Note that successful events to receive funding will need to be located at a venue which is visible to passers by / general public

 For the purposes of these grants, eligible expenditure will include:Costs involved (either directly or through partners) in organising one or more local fun cycling events for public participation e.g. mass cycle, slow bike race, cycling obstacle course, road race, forest cycle, fancy dress parade, bike fest etcCosts involved in organising public information events on cyclingCosts of purchase of items such as bikes, lights, locks, bells etc to raffle or give as prizes for participants in eventsCosts of complementary activities for event days, e.g. musical entertainment, face painting, novelty bike displays (unicycles, tricycles), electric bike displayCosts relating to publicity for eventsPlease note that expenditure will not be allocated for sweets / fizzy drinks etc.

For more ideas, see the 2013 photo galleries and event information on www.bikeweek.ie

 Application is by providing information as requested in th form which can be downloaded here Bike Week 2014 Application Form. A list of costed activities or events must be supplied with the application.

 

Applications should be emailed to msp@mayococo.ie  or, alternatively, application forms can be posted to Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

 

The closing date for applications to Mayo Sports Partnership is Friday 23rd  May 2014.

 

Some other criteria for the scheme includes:Who is the target audience – Families, Teenagers, Schoolchildren, Current Cyclists, lapsed cyclists Older People  etc.How will people get to the event – can they walk or cycle there?Can non cyclists take part in the event, with bikes for hire or try out?Can the event be part of a local community event?What community groups are involved?

 

Funding is at the discretion of Mayo Sports Partnership / Mayo County Council and as such applicants may receive all/some/or no funding applied for.

 

The dedicated contact person will be informed of the proposed amount to be granted by Wednesday, 4th June 2014. 

 

Successful community groups / clubs will receive the grant following confirmation by the dedicated contact person of acceptance of the grant amount. Wherea grant is in respect of a local community group, the contact person will be deemed responsible for handling the application, expenditure of grant and return of vouched expenses.

 

The dedicated contact person will be required to submit a brief report on the success or otherwise of the Bike week events and activities. The report should be a brief summary of the event of no more than two A4 pages or maximum of 500 words (bullet points suffice) and should ideally be accompanied by not more than two photographs of the event. This information will be used to help plan future Bike Week events. Photographs of the event may be uploaded to the Bike Week website.

 

Fri, 09 May 2014 16:32:00 BST

Calls for submissions from Adventure Activity providers on safety and standards

The Irish Sports Council invites adventure activities providers to give their feedback on safety and standards in the adventure activities sector, and the development of a register of adventure activity providers. 

 

This consultation process provides an opportunity for the adventure activities sector to consider and comment on the means by which current good practice in the sector might be consistently achieved, to support the safe and sustainable commercial provision of higher risk adventure activities.

 

The consultation process includes a series of six meetings with adventure activity providers, as well as the opportunity for written submissions. They will be of interest primarily to commercial adventure activity providers but also to adventure activity instructors. The meetings will take place in Dublin, Galway, Sligo, Monaghan, Macroom and Carlow and will provide an opportunity for collaboration and feedback on shaping future safety standards within the sector.

 

Michael Ring T.D., Minister of State for Sport and Tourism “Last year, I asked the Irish Sports Council to examine the issues associated with safety and standards in the adventure activities sector, and the development of a register of adventure activity providers. Stakeholder consultation is an integral part of the process which will enable the Council to consider a wide range of views and take account of them in whatever proposals emerge”

 

The Irish Sports council also welcome written submissions about how current good practice in the safe commercial provision of higher risk adventure activities might be supported through legislation. Submissions can be sent up until 9th May to:

 

Email: adventure@irishsportscouncil.ie

Post: Adventure Consultation, Irish Sports Council, Top Floor, Block A, WestendOffice Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

 

John Treacy CEO, Irish Sports Council “I invite providers of adventure activities to attend one of the consultation meetings to discuss safeguarding, strengthening and promoting good safety practice within the adventure sector, or to make a written submission to the Council. This information will greatly assist the Council in developing a sensible and proportionate framework to address safety and standards. ”

 Consultation Meetings

Dates of the Consultation meetings are as follows:

Location

Date

Time

Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan

Tuesday, May 6th

11 am – 1pm

Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo

Tuesday, May 6th

6pm - 8pm

Maldron Hotel, Oranmore, Co. Galway

Wednesday, May 7th

11am - 1pm

Castle Hotel, Macroom, Co. Cork

Wednesday, May 7th

6pm – 8pm

Ashling Hotel, Parkgate St, Dublin 8

Friday, May 9th

10am – 12 noon

Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow

Friday, May 9th

3pm – 5pm

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:40:00 BST

Picking Up Your Race Number and Other Information for Mini Marathon

Collect your 2014 Mini Marathon Race Pack at An Sportlann, adjacent to Mc Hale Park, Castlebar this Friday May 2nd from 5-7pm and this Saturday May 3rd from 11am-5pm.

 

· Anyone that might have difficulty collecting their race pack on Friday or Saturday please contact Mayo Sports Partnership.(details below)

 

· On Sunday May 4th Mini Marathon day, The 2014 Mini Marathon number MUST be pinned onto your front and be visible to stewards. Stewards on the mall will be checking that everyone has a 2014 number visible. Anyone without a valid number will not be allowed enter the starting holding area.

 

· This year your timing device is inserted in your number so all you have to do is make sure the number is pinned on, there are 4 holes in the number and the pins are provided in the mini marathon race pack.

 

· It’s important to wear loose clothing and layers. Comfortable shoes either runners or walking shoes. Also don’t forget sunscreen. Remember if you are removing a jacket or top to always have your number pinned to your front.

 

· This year we have lots of beautiful running gear which will be for sale at An Sportlann. There are half zipped hoodies, jackets and running tops for sale at An Sportlann when you are collecting your number and on Sunday at the Mini Marathon at the Mayo Sports Partnership Marquee.

 

· There is lots of parking around the Mall including Castle Street Car Park, The Swimming pool car park, pavilion road car park and many other areas. On Street parking around the mall is prohibited but outside of the Mall area there should be no problems.

 

· You should try to be at the Mall early on Sunday morning to avoid parking problems. The Mall will be closed to traffic from approx 10am.

 

· This year we have physiotherapy services on the mall so if you fancy a rub down post race then make your way to the Mayo Sports Partnership Marquee.

 

· There are refreshments available to purchase at the Marquee also on the Mall pre and post Mini Marathon.

 

· Portable Toilets( Portaloos ) will be situated throughout the Mall for your convenience.

 

· By popular demand Sports Consultant Frank Fahey will be leading you again this year in a fun and frantic warm up. Enjoy the warm up and you will be ready for off.

 

· Water will be provided on route. They are small bottles and very manageable. Please make sure to dispose of the bottles in the bins provided. Alternatively if you cannot see bins nearby please leave the bottle on the side of the road where it is visible to us when we do the clean up. Please do not throw bottles over the walls or ditches. Thank you for cooperating as this is very important to protect the environment.

 

· On route also there are over 150 volunteers that are giving of their time to steward. Give them a big shout out. They are doing great work and we really appreciate them.

 

· The Ambulance and Fire Services are located along and near the Mini Marathon route. Should the Fire Brigade or Ambulances be dispatched to a call out/emergency they will take priority. In this case the Mini Marathon participants will be asked to move aside to give precedent to them. Please cooperate with this.

 

· When you arrive back to the mall for the finish of the Women’s Mini Marathon you will receive a specially commissioned souvenir medal along with fruit and water. Please have your Mini Marathon Number visible to stewards as they will be checked again at the finish line so you can enter the queue/line to receive your medal etc.

 

· Results of the Mini Marathon will be printed in the Western People Newspaper on Monday next May 5th so do check out your name, number and time. The Western will also carry hundreds of mini marathon photographs so you never know you may be featured. The Western is also available to purchase online.

 

· Precision Timing are taking care of the timing for the event this year.www.precisiontiming.net

 

· Finally all that’s left to say is have a brilliant day, enjoy the fun and the brilliant atmosphere and the very best of luck to you and look out for a few surprises along the route.

 

· We want to thank you for choosing our event and look forward to meeting you on Sunday Morning bright and early and ready for mini marathon action.

 

 

 

Sat, 03 May 2014 13:00:00 BST

Temporary Road Restrictions in Castlebar on Sun 4th May for Mini Marathon

Castlebar is gearing up to welcome women from all over Ireland for the 5th   Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday 4th  May.

 

The event is expected to attract large numbers of participants, supporters, families, children and friends. To date the event has raised more than €1 million  for good causes and also brought benefits to the local economy.

 

An additional attraction to this years schedule is the 1.5km Primary Schools Mini Mini Run which commences straight away after the main event at 12.05pm. Already 300 children have registered for this free event with the emphasis on fun and recreation for all.

 Co-organisers of the events the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership are anxious to inform the public of temporary road restrictions on the day and requests the kind co-operation of all concerned. An event of this nature requires these temporary inconveniences to ensure a successful and enjoyable day out for everybody.

 The restrictions are as follows

 

9.30am Mall Closure- until 4pm

Ellison Street Closure 11.30am – 3pm

Lower Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30am

Duke St 12 Noon – 1pm

Newport Rd to Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Gallows Hill 12 Noon – 1pm

Newline 12 Noon – 1pm

Pontoon Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballinacarriga to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballynew / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pm

Staball Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Bridge St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Main Street  12.15- 2.30pm

 

A full detailed map of the route is available on www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com people can also contact the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 for further details.

 

 

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:18:00 BST

Mayo Sports Partnership Launches Annual Funding Scheme

Mayo Sports Partnership has announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2014. Despite constraints on the Partnerships budget the board has prioritized the delivery of the scheme this year with up to approximately €15,000 available. Funding for this initiative comes from the Irish Sports Council which is supplemented by funds from the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon. 

 To download application form in word please click here 2016 SPG Application Form in Word

To download application form in PDF please click here 2016 SPG Application Form PDF 

The scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would increase participation amongst target groups such as youth at risk, disadvantaged communities, unemployed, women, travelling community, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.  

 

Over the last couple of years particular focus was placed on inviting communities / organizations to think about forming walking and jogging groups in their locality. This has proved to be very successful and the Partnership will continue to support sports clubs / groups who are looking at providing activities which are fun and recreational in nature.

 

Projects which received funding under the scheme in the past included assisting the development of a youth cycling programme in Ballina, supporting a new athletic club in Ballinrobe, a Spikeball programme in Barncarroll Sports Centre, Special Olympic Swimming Programmes, adventure sports opportunities, mass participation programmes in running / walking, development of underage Basketball in the county, and the set up of a new Camogie Club in North Mayo.

“Mayo Sports Partnership has supported over 250 various sports / physical activity initiatives since 2005 allocating approximately €200,000. The board recognizes the need to support sports volunteers in the fantastic work they are doing in the community” stated Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects, travel costs, etc are not eligible for funding under the schemes criteria.  

 An information workshop on the scheme will take place this Monday 24th March at 8pm in the Mayo Education Centre, Castlebar. To book a place please contact the Sports Partnership Office at 094-9047025.

 Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 7th May 2014, the maximum allocation to any one project can be €1,000 and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at

094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie/news to download a copy of the application form.

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:21:00 GMT

Sports Leadership Course for Castlebar - Some Places Available

Want to set up some general sports activities in your community? Working with young people or other groups? Just want to update your range of skills? If you often wondered how could you become a qualified Sports Leader then we may have the solution.

 

The Mayo Sports Partnership is due to hold a Sports Leadership Training course in Davitt College Sportshall on Friday 28th March (evening) 7pm – 10pm and Saturday 29th March 9.30am – 4.30pm.

 This non sports specific course has a nominal cost of €20 and will lead to a certified sports leader award which is recognised by the Irish Sports Council. Participants will be brought through a series of theoretical and practical exercises which will improve communication, observation and group management skills. These three skills are at the core of sports leadership training. At the end of the course leaders will be able to plan, lead and co-ordinate a safe and fun Sports For All session which all members of your community will be able to participate in.

 One of the reasons for drop off in sport amongst young people is a bad experience in sport at a very young age and also being over exposed to competition at the wrong time in their life. This training aims to give young people a very positive experience and thus giving them a chance to feel good about themselves.

 People who may have a bit more time on their hands or volunteering may be particularly interested in gaining this type of qualification and putting it in to practice in their local community or club. Sport / physical activity is a growth area in the current economic climate and local community centres are always on the lookout for physical activity opportunities for all sectors of the population eg Young People, Women, Older People, People with Disabilities, Youth at Risk etc

 Information on this course or any other workshops may be obtained by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094 9047025. You can also download entry forms etc at www.mayosports.ie/CoursesandEventsEventsCalendar/

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:25:00 GMT

Animation and Tourism Advisor positions

Westport Town Council are planning to recruit eight Animation and Tourism Advisors under The Job Bridge Scheme. The Animation and Tourism Advisor progamme has been developed in an effort to increase participation in outdoor activities including sport and recreation for both visitor and resident, together with providing relevant assistance and information to a variety of visitors.

The interns will receive formal/informal training in the following: Tourism Product and Events Familiarisation, Walking & Cycling Leadership, Soft outdoor adventure, Environmental awareness, Occupational first aid, Child protection, Disability awareness, Customer care, Social media.

 Skills Requirements

An interest or background in the Tourism industry, and interest/background in physical activity, qualifications and/or previous experience, a demonstration of excellent communications & customer service skills, evidence of self motivation. Applicants must supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete a Garda vetting form. Flexibility to work over a seven day roster is required.

This is an Internship. An allowance of €50 per week will be paid in addition to your current Social Welfare payment.

Full details about the application process are available online at www.jobbridge.ie

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:18:00 GMT

Parkrun comes to Castlebar on March 8th 2014

What do London, Sydney, Copenhagen, Capetown, our own lovely town of Westport and now Castlebar have in common? Well, these are some of the wonderful locations worldwide that host a Parkrun event. Parkrun is a global network of weekly 5 km timed runs or walks in local parks that take place each and every Saturday morning year round. Currently there are over 336 Parkruns worldwide with almost half a million people taking part in events since its inception. The runs and walks are open to all ages and abilities, they are free to enter, hosted in safe traffic free parks and are easy to take part in. Parkrun is a community based initiative that encourages participation, not competition. The Saturday morning runs are open to all ages, and make for a fun and active way for families to kick start their weekends.

8th March 2014 will see Parkrun come to the scenic Lough Lannagh Loop with meeting point at Castlebar Tennis Club. This free weekly event, taking place at 9.30am sharp, is hosted by Castlebar Fit for Life and Castlebar Tennis Club with the support of other local voluntary organizations such as Castlebar Mitchels GAA Club. Park Run Castlebar is supported by Mayo Sports Partnership, the HSE through their Get Ireland Active initiative, Castlebar Town Council and Mayo Mental Health. The event provides both locals and visitors with a safe and fun environment for the perfect Saturday morning jog or walk. Facilities available to walkers & runners include toilets at the Tennis Club, Lough Lannagh Village Café – for a post-activity refreshment, free car parking at the Tennis Club and Lough Lannagh Village.

Events are timed each week with results uploaded to the Parkrun web site where the eager runners can track their runs and progress. All participants – both walkers and runners must register for the event on http://www.parkrun.ie/castlebar Registration is free and once registered, participants receive a unique barcode that enables them to take part at any of the global events without having to re-register.

 Walkers and runners of all abilities are encouraged to register and take part in the event. Parkruns are run in a friendly non-competitive environment, there are no prizes and results are age graded.

 In welcoming Park Run to Castlebar Mayor of Castlebar Cllr Noreen Heston commented

“I am delighted to welcome the setting up of Park Run Castlebar as it will offer a wonderful opportunity for the people to engage in healthy exercise in a safe and fun environment. I encourage everyone to participate and to avail of the exciting initiative which further enhances the quality of life in Castlebar”

 The HSE have recently become a national supporter of Parkrun Ireland. Paul Gillen of the HSE West Health & Wellbeing Division said “The HSE through their 'Get Ireland Active' campaign are delighted to have the opportunity to come onboard as an official Parkrun supporter for 2014 and look forward to helping this great concept grow throughout the whole country. In just a few short months the West has been fortunate enough to see 2 parkrun events set up – Westport in September 2013- and in the near future we look forward to seeing Ballina come on board along with other suitable communities all over Connaught.”

Further information can be obtained on the Park Run website or locally by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025

 

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:26:00 GMT

Extension to Sports Capital Deadline - Monday 10th March

The deadline for receipt of applications under the governments Sports Capital Grant Scheme has been extended to 5PM on Monday 10th March.

To find out more log on to www.dttas.ie

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:22:00 GMT

Finished Operation Transformation? See follow on Programmes Here

While it may be coming to the end of the Operation Transformation Programme there are plenty of follow on programmes available across the county that people of all ages and abilities can join. Along with weekly Park Run initiatives in Castlebar and Westport there are Fit4Life / Meet and Train Groups, Men on the Move, Fit Walk and Walking Groups across the county.

To view follow on programmes please click here 2014 Get Active Programmes

 

To find out more you can log on to www.mayosports.ie/news or contact the Sports Partnership Office at 094-9047025

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:14:00 GMT

Mayo Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs / Walks this Saturday 22nd

 

 Following the very successful Operation Transformation Walks in January and the numerous 5 week long Operation Get Active Mayo programmes throughout the county,  5K Fun Runs / Walks in 5 locations throughout the county are to take place on Saturday 22nd  February. These events may be particularly appealing for those who have been busy participating in the various Operation Transformation, Meet and Walk, Fit4Life and Men on the Move programmes around the county.

 Both the Castlebar and Claremorris 5Ks commences at 11am from the Castlebar Tennis Club and Clare Lake Claremorris respectively, registration is from 10.30am onwards. To register contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 The Belmullet event commences at 11am from the Civic Centre with sign on from 10.30 onwards. For information please call Michelle 087 7646710.

 Westport Leisure Park are also running a 5K on the 22nd  to coincide with their Operation Transformation Programme. For more details on that event contact the LeisurePark at 098 29160.

 Ballina Athletic Club are also co-ordinating an event for the 22nd, again with start time at 11am and meeting point at the Ballina Athletic Track. Participants can contact Liz Murphy at 0872419309.

 All events are free, open to people of all ages and abilities however no dogs are allowed.

 Why not give it a Go!!!!

 

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:43:00 GMT

5th Annual Mini Marathon Launched

The fifth annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon was launched amid great fanfare at Macalla Hall, LoughLannaghVillage, Castlebar, on Thursday, February 13. The event takes place on Sunday, May 4, and thousands of participants are expected to turn out on the day.

 Established in 2010 by the Western People, in conjunction with the Mayo Sports Partnership, the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon has continued to go from strength to strength each year and as the organisers get ready for the fifth annual Mini Marathon, this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever before.

At the starting line for the west of ireland womens mini marathon

 The Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted to welcome Connacht Gold back on board this year as the main sponsors of the event and look forward to working with the team at Connacht Gold over the coming weeks and months.

 There are a number of new initiatives being introduced this year, targeting children and teenagers across the west of Ireland.

 * The Mini-Mini Marathon was the brainchild of Olympic medallist Sonia O’Sullivan, who is looking forward to returning to Castlebar for this year’s Mini Marathon. The Mini-Mini event is aimed at national school children and it too will take place on Sunday, May 4. National school children (accompanied by a parent/guardian) will run or walk a 1km loop on the day. There is no entry fee for the Mini-Mini Marathon and the emphasis is on fun.

 * Another initiative being introduced will target secondary school students from across the region. Transition Year and 5th Year students (male and female) are being encouraged to enter the Mini Marathon in groups of between 20 and 30 students. The team that presents itself on the day with the ‘Best Sporting Theme’ will win for themselves a full outdoor adventure day at Achill Adventure Centre.

 While it’s not mandatory to raise money for charities through the event, the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon provides an ideal opportunity for local charities to raise much-needed funds and the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted to be in a position to provide a fundraising platform for so many worthy causes.

 The event also offers a welcome boost to businesses in Castlebar and indeed across the region and once again, the organisers are encouraging local businesses to play their part in welcoming the thousands of women and their families to the town on Sunday, May 4. 

 To enter this years event log on to www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com or see application form on the Western People Newspaper.

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:50:00 GMT

Mini Mini Run 2014 Details Here

Davitt CollegeTransition Year Students along with Mayo Sports Partnership and the Western People are pleased to announce a

Children’s ‘Mini Mini’ Marathon

for the Sunday May 4th Bank Holiday Weekend, 2014

Download the application form here 2014 Mini Mini Run Registration Form

 The brainchild of Olympic Medallist Sonia O’Sullivan the ‘Mini Mini’ is a fun run, distance 1km, for primary school children only and suitable for girls and boys. ‘Kids run for fun’ is the theme of the day and this ‘Mini Mini’ will take place at 12.05pm directly after the start of the 2014 Women’s Mini Marathon.

 “We are really excited with this new fun event targeted at younger children. This is a target group we already work with in various programmes and this ‘Mini Mini’ is just another great example of partnership. We are really pleased that Davitt College Transition Years are our partners for this roll out of the first ‘Mini Mini’ fun run. What an example they will be for younger participants!” Anne Ronayne, Mayo Sports Partnership.

 “Davitt College Transition Year students are delighted to be heading up this primary school fun sports event. It is important for our students to send a clear message to other younger people of the benefits of their health and of exercise in their lives and what better way than to encourage them to take part in this fun ‘Mini Mini’ run. We look forward to working with Mayo Sports Partnership and the Western People and hope the partnership will be the start of something new and exciting for further TY students.” Tracy Britton TY coordinator DavittCollege

 Entry is limited to the first 500 children and entry is free of charge with lots of exciting fun prizes and special medal for participants.

To Enter the ‘Mini Mini’ log onto www.mayosports.ie and download a children’s entry form and email to msp@mayococo.ie or post to Mayo Sports Partnership, Community and Integrated Development, Mayo County Council, Castlebar

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Sports Council Announce Investment Strategy for 2014

The Irish Sports Council today announced an investment plan of €25 million for 2014. This investment includes €11 million for National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), €5 million for Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) and €8.7 million for High Performance Sport and provides an overview of the Council's investment strategy for 2014.

 

€10.6 million will be allocated to support the core activities of 59 Governing Bodies of Sport. In addition, €583,000 will be dedicated to Women in Sport activities across the NGB sector. This investment will look to continue the support of participation programmes which has seen considerable increases in membership including Athletics Ireland (49,000 members) and Cycling (20,000 member).

The National Network of Local Sports Partnerships will receive €5.01 million to support their work in promoting participating in sport and physical activity. In 2013, over 200,000 people took part in local participation programmes while mass participation events such the An Post Cycle Series and Operation Transformation National Walks and Fun Runs attracted over 35,000 participants.

€8.7 m will be invested directly into high performance sports bodies. This investment will continue to build on the success of high performance sport in Ireland which saw a record 67 medals achieved last year at European and World events across a multitude of sports. In 2014, the Council will continue to implement the recommendations of the London Debrief and International Carding Scheme. For the first time Golf will be supported as a single entity by the Council. The establishment of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland is a major development which brings the three golfing organisations together in a joint structure to develop golf in Ireland to its full potential.

2014 promises to be another incredible year of sporting events. One of the highlights of the year will be the Special Olympic Ireland Games taking place in Limerick in June. To support the success of the games, the Council has made an additional provision of €200,000 available to Special Olympics Ireland.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council said that "I want to acknowledge the sports bodies and partnerships that provide opportunities to support our mission to increase participation in sport and enhance high performance. I also want to acknowledge the Council's commitment to the Governance Code for Community and Voluntary organisations. This code for good governance will further strengthen our sector, providing a guide on policies and procedures that will empower all Council funded bodies and assist them in achieving excellence in all areas of their work".

In addition to High Performance, Governing Bodies and Participation, the Council will continue to lead the development in areas such as Anti-Doping Coaching, the Institute of Sport, National Trails and Research.

John Treacy, CEO of the Council said: "In addition to today's investment announcement, the Council is also committed to building capability across the sports sector organisations. The strategic provision of Organisational Capability Building services in the areas of Project Management, Governance, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Employee Performance Management and Organisational Leadership will be a priority in developing the sporting sector".

 

Irish Sports Council Supporting NGBs in 2014

Confederation of Irish Golf commences workSpecial Olympics Ireland host summer games in LimerickRolling out Organisation Capability Building ProgrammeSupporting NGBs grow membership and drive participation in sportFunding 26 NGBs for Women in Sport Programmes59 NGBs will receive funding for core activities18 sports will receive support to deliver High Performance Plans2 more (Gymnastics and Clay Pigeon Shooting) will receive support for high performance projectsCoaching Ireland delivering services directly to NGBsInstitute of Sport working in partnership with NGBs to deliver services directly to athletes and coachesLocal Sports Partnerships work with NGBs at community level to deliver programmes to target groupsSupporting Sport HQ at the National Sports Campus @ Abbotstown

- See more at: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Media/Latest_News/Sports-Council-Announce-Investment-Strategy-for-2014.html#sthash.pLattHr4.dpuf

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:25:00 GMT

Mayo Sports Partnership launches Spring 2014 Training / Events Programme

Child Protection in Sport, Sports First Aid, Walking and Cycling Leader training, Sports Leadership Training, Funding Workshops and Disability Inclusion Training  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through the Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community sport volunteers, coaches or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport / physical activity. Dates and venues are mainly finalized with a full listing now available online. To view timetable please click here 2015 Autumn Courses and Events Calendar 

If you are interested in being a community sports leader organising activities which would be fun and non sports specific then the Active Leader might interest you. This Friday evening and all day Saturday course is Irish Sports Council accredited and will take place on the weekend of the 29th and 30th March with participants taught the skills of communication, observation and group management.

 Also included in the comprehensive schedule is walking and cycling leader training in February / March at dates yet to be finalised. Following the huge interest generated by the Operation Get Active Mayo programme co-ordinated by the Partnership there is significant interest amongst communities to get leaders trained to lead activities locally.

The Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon will be launched by Mayor of Castlebar Cllr Noreen Heston on Thursday 13th February at Lough Lannagh Holiday Village Castlebar. The event now in its 5th Year will be once again sponsored by Connaught Gold and will have Olympic Silver Medallist Sonia O Sullivan on board. A highlight this year will be the addition of a kids Mini Mini Marathon ie 2K fun event. More details later.

If you are interested in any of the above mentioned training you should register your interest as soon as possible with the Partnership as places are limited.  All courses are subsidized and participants can book their places on this and other courses events by contacting the office at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:02:00 GMT

€40M announced by Minister Ring for 2014 round of Sports Capital Programme

A new €40 million fund for important sports capital projects has been announced (Sunday, December 22nd 2013) by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring. See www.dttas.ie for more information.

 The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland.

 “The 2014 Sports Capital Programme will again provide much needed capital funding for sporting organisations throughout the country. The 2012 Programme saw a record number of applications and we are acutely aware of the very high level of demand that exists for such grants. I am delighted to announce that we will be making allocations totalling €40 million next year. Under the programme pitches will be drained, floodlights will be installed, sports halls will be improved and dressing rooms will be built. Thanks to these grants, people will have more opportunities than ever to get active and stay active in a wide range of sports. It will also have a positive impact on job creation in construction,” Minister Ring said.

“The terms and conditions of the programme have been finalised and it will open for applications on 17th January 2014. Applications for the 2014 programme will only be accepted online, and organisations must be registered in order to apply.”

 Open for applications from 12 noon on Friday 17th January

Closed for registration at 5pm on Friday 7th February

Closed for applications at 5pm on Friday 28th February

 

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:11:00 GMT

Fantastic Turnout for Mayo Operation Transformation Walks

In good weather conditions approximately 800 people turned out for the Mayo Operation Transformation walks last Saturday 18th January in Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris and Westport. Over 400 alone participated in the Castlebar Lough Lannagh event which was attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mayor of Castlebar Cllr Noreen Heston  and the 5 leaders of the Connaught Telegraph / Western Care Operation Transformation programme.

Participants at the Castlebar Operation Transformation Walk

 

Irelands Fittest Family contestant and Mayo Sports Partnership project worker Anne Ronayne led the 160 or so participants on the Claremorris walk which took place at the scenic ClareLake. The Belmullet and Westport 5K walks were also very well attended with information on follow on programmes and light refreshments given at all events.

 Participants at Operation Transformation

All events were co-organised by Mayo Sports Partnership,WestportLeisurePark and The Erris Community Health Forum.

 

Photographs from all the events can be viewed on the Mayo Sports Partnership Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayo-Sports-Partnership/282114873337?ref=hl

 

The organisers would like to thank all the local sponsors including the Connaught Telegraph, Lavins Fruit and Veg, Tesco in association with Galway Water, Centra Claremorris, Brogans Spar in Belmullet along with all leaders who contributed towards making all the events safe and enjoyable.

 

A 5k fun run / walk in each of the four locations will take place on Saturday 22nd February to coincide with the national 5K event which takes place in the phoenix park Dublin. So get on your runners and joint this 5 week initiative at a location nearest you.

 

Details of all follow on programmes in 25 different locations across Mayo can be found by logging on to www.mayosports.ie/news. You can also contact the Mayo Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:39:00 GMT

Mayo Operation Transformation Walks in Castlebar, Claremorris Westport and Erris

 

Is getting more physically active part of your new year resolutions? Don’t know where to start and need some support? The new series of RTEs Operation Transformation is once again joining forces locally with Mayo Sports Partnership to encourage people to become more physically active in 2014.  A series of walks will take place across the country this Saturday 18th January with Mayo walks taking place in Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris and Westport.

The  walks, either 3 or 5km in length will be led by suitable instructors who will be on hand guide participants through the walk and also to give advice about follow on programmes etc.

Details of the events are as follows:

Centre                       Meeting Point & Time                                Time of Walk

Castlebar                   New Castlebar Tennis Club(10.30am)    11am

Claremorris               Entrance to ClareLake(10.30am)             11am

Erris                            Civic Centre Belmullet(10.30am)              11am

Westport                    Westport Leisure Park(10.30am)               11am 

 

“ Last years Operation Transformation walk was a great success with many continuing on walking for weeks afterwards. After the Christmas people are thinking of doing some exercise for whatever goal they may have and don’t know where to start. We hope to be able to provide support for people who are seeking to become more active.” Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert commented.   

Event co-ordinators Mayo Sports Partnership and local partners such as the Erris Community Health Forum and WestportLeisurePark are encouraging people of all age groups to turn out on the day.

In all the events there is no cost involved and some light refreshments etc will be available afterwards. Participants are asked to wear loose clothing and to bring some water.Further information on Operation Transformation can be viewed at : www.rte.ie/ot/

Details of Mayo Sports Partnerships follow on 5 week initiative “Operation Get Active Mayo” involving approximately 20 communities / groups throughout Mayo will be promoted at www.mayosports.ie and also in local media. For information on a programme nearest you contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

To register for the walks or to get further information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:50:00 GMT

Largest Ever Study of Sport and Exercise in Ireland Published

The largest study of participation in sport and exercise ever conducted in Ireland was published today (18th December) by Minister for Sport Michael Ring. "Keeping them in the Game", commissioned by the Irish Sports Council and compiled by ESRI researchers, provides evidence for policy from three large nationally representative surveys of activity, covering everyone from primary school children to older adults.

In launching the report Minister Michael Ring highlighted "the importance of having research of this quality in order to inform important policy decisions around trying to increase the number of Irish people taking part in sport throughout their lives."

The report highlights the growing evidence linking low levels of physical activity to poor health and focuses on why people take up and drop out from sport and exercise activities at different life stages.

Key findings include:

Almost all primary schoolchildren engage in regular sporting activity - it's what happens after that stage that is a cause for concernMany children drop out of regular activity during the second-level years, especially girlsSchool exams have a strong negative impact: students participate less in exam years and this has a lasting effect on whether they are active in later yearsStudents who play sport get, on average, better Leaving Certificate resultsActivity as an adult is less related to attitudes and beliefs than to life events: most adults believe sporting activity is good for them and want to be more active, but leaving education, work commitments, relocations and family responsibilities lead many to drop outCycling and, in particular, swimming, are most likely to persist into later adulthood; Gaelic games meanwhile have a high drop-out rateNew sporting activities are mostly taken up through social connections with friends, colleagues and family members; finding facilities is not a barrier These factors lead to a widening socio-economic gap as people progress through adulthood - the less well-off are more likely to drop out from sport as young adults and less likely to take up new activities

The study discusses a number of policy implications.

Speaking at the launch, Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of the Irish Sports Council said: "The Irish Sports Council has made increasing participation in sport and physical activity a key strategic priority. It is vital that we and our key stakeholders have access to this type of research to underpin our efforts in this regard."John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council acknowledged "the thought provoking report which will help us focus in terms of strategic priorities"

Report author Dr. Pete Lunn of the ESRI said: "The findings imply a need to change the way we think about promoting sport and exercise. We are good at getting children involved - it's keeping people involved as they get older that is the problem. The evidence suggests we could focus more on the major transitions in people's lives and try to make it easier for them to continue to be active."

- See more at: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Media/Latest_News/Largest-Ever-Study-of-Sport-and-Exercise-in-Ireland-Published-.html#sthash.EA9WBAuZ.dpuf

 

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:24:00 GMT

Agencies put their best foot forward to Get Ireland Walking.

The Get Ireland Walking Initiative is today adopting a partnership approach in order to maximise the number of people walking for health, wellbeing and fitnessthroughout Ireland. Walking offers an opportunity for people who are inactive or have low levels of physical activity to get active. While over 60% of adults in Ireland are walking weekly, only 10% of existing walkers are currently meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines.

 

The agencies committing to the agreement are as follows:

 

·         Irish Sports Council

·         Health Service Executive (HSE)

·         Mountaineering Ireland

·         Irish Heart Foundation

·         Arthritis Ireland

·         Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)

·         Age and Opportunity

·         Ireland Active

 

The Initiative is supporting individuals and communities to get walking through the provision of:

 

·         Information, advice and guidance about walking

·         Resources to support the setup and development of walking groups

·         Free insurance cover for volunteer walk leaders and group coordinators

·         Database of walking groups

·         Signposting service to local groups and agencies/organisations active in the promotion of walking.

 

Visit www.getirelandwalking.ie and get all the information and support you need to get walking and stay walking.

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:18:00 GMT

Minister Ring presents Awards to Erris Sports Coaches

Minister Michael Ring presents Awards to Erris “Goal to Work” Sports Coaches

 A group of jobseekers from the Erris area in North Mayo have just completed a 14 week long specialised sports coaching course which it is hoped will provide them with the tools to obtain employment.  The “Goal to Work” Sports Coach Training Programme which is run 2 days each week allowed trainees to become fully qualified G.A.A., Rugby and Soccer coaches with additional sports modules in child protection, first aid, disability awareness, physical activity leader and active leadership completed. Trainee coaches also honed their skills organising several community events and coaching in local national schools giving many school children some quality participation experiences.

 "Goal to Work has really helped to develop my confidence and social skills.

The experience of coaching children has also encouraged me to get more involved in my community" – Anne Marie Monaghan “Goal to Work” Coach

 

 Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring presented the newly qualified coaches with their Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme certificates at a presentation held in the Aras Inis Gluaire.

 He commended the project co-ordinators Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Erris Community Health Forum and Mayo County Development Board for their foresight in bringing such an innovative programme to fruition.

 

Other partners were also thanked and these included Department of Social Protection, Mayo Mental Health, Mayo Jobs Club, Mayo GAA, FAI, Connaught Branch of the IRFU and the local Primary Schools where the coaching took place.

Presentation Day

 

 Originally developed in CountyLeitrim, under the auspices of the County Development Board, the Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme is now in its 4th  phase having already being rolled out in  Castlebar, Ballina and Ballyhaunis.

 

 

The first programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining employment as a result. Goal to Work 2 and 3 built on the pilot initiative were multi sport and specifically targeted the Ballina and East Mayo areas.  Training was provided on how to explore setting up a business, how to develop an  enterprise idea and further educational/training opportunities.  Other modules included IT, communication skills, progression routes and CV preparation. All of which would help participants to identify possible employment after the 14 week programme.

 

46 sports coaches / leaders have now received training under the Goal to Work programme and are available to assist communities, sports clubs and schools throughout the county.

 

Some participants have gained employment as a Sports Co-ordinator under the Rural and Social Services Scheme, others have progressed on to further training and some have gained some part time employment as sports coaches with local schools etc.

 

“These coaches are a fantastic resource to have in the county and we have utilised a number of them in delivering some of our participation initiatives” Sports Co-ordinator for the Mayo Sports Partnership Charlie Lambert added.

 

The Erris Goal to Work sports coach training programme was part funded by the Erris Community Gain Fund.

 

To find out more about the programme log on to www.mayosports.ie or contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email msp@mayococo.ie

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:05:00 GMT

Internships now available with Mayo Sports Partnership

There are two 9 month internships now available with Mayo Sports Partnership as described below. To get further details log on to www.jobbridge.ie or cotact the Personnel Office of Mayo County Council at 094-9020000

Position 1

Title of Internship : Sports Project Worker

 Department where placement is offered: Mayo Sports Partnership

Learner Outcome: The intern will gain practical experience in a busy sports office. Some of the key experience will be data compilation and research in areas such as Outdoor Recreation, Men on the Move and assisting in the review of the Sports Partnership strategy 2010 – 2014. The successful applicant will be required to liaise with the general public, stakeholders, partner agencies etc through meetings, phone and other mediums such as Social Media. The Intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Formal - health and safety, interpersonal and communication, project delivery and other relevant training which will be identified during induction. Informal – Project administration and research skills,. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Project Communication and research, project delivery, networking with various organisations. Applicants must supply suitable character references.

Person Specifications: Some interest is sport is desirable but not essential. The person should have excellent IT and communication skills . They should have the ability to work off their own initiative in delivering desired goals. The person will be required to report on a weekly basis to management.

Qualification Details: A sports development / research qualification would be desirable with excellent IT skills.

 

Position 2

Title of Internship : Assistant Sports Administrator

 Department where placement is offered: Mayo Sports Partnership

Learner Outcome: The intern will gain practical experience in a busy office environment. Some of the key experience will be assisting in the administration of key participation events. The Intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Formal - health and safety, interpersonal and communication, database management and other relevant training which will be identified during induction. Informal – Project administration skills ie online booking system management, website and social media updating, filing, note taking of meetings, customer care etc alongside experienced sport development staff. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Organisation and communication skills, project evaluation, networking with various organisations. Applicants must supply suitable character references.

Person Specifications: The person should have good IT and communication skills as they may be the point of contact for public enquiries. They should have the ability to work off their own initiative in delivering desired goals. Note that this is not a sport development post but a basic interest in sport is desirable. The person will be required to report on a weekly basis to management.

Qualification Details: Leaving Certificate Ordinary - or equivalent. Good knowledge of MS Office and computer applications: Word, Excel and Outlook office suite. Skills in website content, online social media and an excellent aptitude for online applications.

 

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:55:00 GMT

West Region Outdoor Recreation Strategy - Submissions now Sought

 West Region Outdoor Recreation Strategy

The West Regional Authority has commenced the preparation of an Outdoor Recreation Strategy for the West Region in co-operation with the four Local Authorities in its functional area, namely, Galway County Council, Galway City Council, Mayo County Council and Roscommon County Council.

It is recognised that the West Region has an abundance of existing Outdoor Recreation facilities as well as the potential for significant future development in this area.   The focus area of the Strategy will encompass the administrative areas of Galway City and County, Mayo and Roscommon, and the  strategy will examine all outdoor recreation/sporting activities (excluding those which take place on confined courses or pitches specifically designed and constructed for those activities).  

A pre-draft Briefing Document has been prepared and will be widely available at County & City Council offices and public libraries in the region, as well as on www.wra.ie, or you can phone (091) 563842 to request a copy of the document.

 To view the briefing document please click on these links

English version http://www.galway.ie/en/media/Outdoor%20Recreational%20Strategy_web%20version.pdf

 Irish version http://www.galway.ie/en/media/Straitéis%20Siamaíochta%20Allamuigh%20Réigiún%20an%20Iarthair.pdf

To guide and inform the initial drafting process, submissions are requested from interested parties regarding this strategy. We would like to hear your views on the key issues involved in order to best develop, enhance, and promote Outdoor Recreation in the West Region. 

Written submissions may be made electronically to westrega@eircom.net or by post to The West Regional Authority, 1st Floor, Woodquay Court, Galway, no later than Friday 20th December, 2014.

 

 

    

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:04:00 GMT

Go for Life - 46 Mayo Groups / Organisations receive over €13,000

 

 46 groups in Mayo are among 1,000 groups nationwide who received funding under the thirteenth Go for Life National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People. Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring announced the allocations at an event held in Dublin. The Irish Sports Council is awarding the money under the Go for Life national grant scheme, which aims to help local clubs and organisations to increase opportunities for their older members to actively participate in recreational sport and a range of physical activities.

To see full listing please click on this link 2013 Go for Life Grant Scheme Recipients

 The funding is used by groups to buy equipment, run sports events or to try new activities. Go for Life has, over the years, awarded over €4million in almost 9,000 grants during its lifetime. This is the first time the scheme has broken the 1,000 grant barrier and 27,000 older people will take part in physical activity funded by these grants.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Ring said "Three years ago, I attended my first Go for Life event celebrating the first 10 years of the programme. I was struck by the enthusiasm and energy surrounding the programme. All of the Go for Life events I have attended since then have been the same. Seeing the drive and energy of over 1,000 volunteer physical activity leaders shows me what a national programme supporting local activity can achieve." He also praised the joint effort that makes Go for Life happen: "The partnership between the Irish Sports Council and Age & Opportunity has put older people very much on the national agenda for sport and physical activity."

Commenting on the funding to Mayo, which totaled €13,100, Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert  said he was delighted to see so many  groups from Mayo included in the allocation. 

“Communities in general are far more aware of providing participation opportunities for all sectors of our population and we in Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted to be able to assist them towards this goal.”

Mayo Sports Partnership will continue to have older peoples involvement in physical activity as one of its main objectives in 2014. Through its very successful Be Active 55 initiative, Come and Try It activity days, walking  and CountyBoccia league programmes throughout the county numerous older people are having fun while taking exercise in a friendly and sociable environment. For more information on these projects and other initiatives please contact the Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie   

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:46:00 GMT

The Martin Sheridan Bursary Award Winners 2013

The 2013 Martin Sheridan Bursary awards were presented by Cllr. John O’Malley, Cathaoirleach, Mayo County Council on Friday 22nd November 2013 in the Sheridan Memorial Community Centre, Bohola. The awards came about following discussions last year between Councillor Joe Mellett and Joe O Neill regarding the desire of Mayo County Council to recognize in some manner the achievements of Martin Sheridan and as the local civic authority to help perpetuate his memory. The idea of a bursary was brought before the County Council by Councillor Mellett and received unanimous support. The Council approved €5,000 from this years budget for the bursary awards.                

The Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards are for sports people who have excellent potential, outstanding ability and the desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport and have the potential to bring recognition and success at National and International level to Mayo. The awards are designed to assist in the cost of education, training, travel and equipment. A total of up to 5 awards are were made by the Bursary Committee. A panel of independent adjudicators, Terry Reilly, Angelina Nugent and Martin Carney generously gave of their time and selected the following beneficiaries from the many excellent entries.

The Bursary Beneficiaries

 

David Walsh, Bonniconlon is a promising badminton player who has won 4 Irish and 2 Uk titles in his sport since 2009. He has represented Ireland at European level at u19. He is currently an Irish Senior International Badminton Player.

Aaron McLoughlin, Swinford is a multiple All Ireland Karate Champion, he is a European Bronze Medallist and he was ranked No. 7 in this years World Championships.

 

Aoife Beston, Claremorris is Special Olympian who has competed in race walking and shot putt and now competes in 5 and 10k runs. Aoife has a number of titles in the various disciplines and is currently climbing the highest mountains in each of the 32 counties. She is currently the Special Olympics National Games gold medal winner of the 1500m run.

Cian Mc Manamon, Westport is a race walker who has over the past 9 years won multiple indoor and outdoor titles and has competed for Ireland at international events. He is currently an Irish International Athlete and he is the Irish U23 Champion.

Lycia Heneghan, Castlebar is a boxer with 5 national titles to date who has also represented Ireland at the recent European Junior championships in Bulgaria. Her latest win is the 48kg U22 All Ireland Title.

Martin Sheridan Bursary 2013 award beneficiaries with Awards Committee, adjudicator, guests and Councillors 

Front row l-r  Eileen Goldrick, Breda Kelly, Anne Mulroy, Cian Mc Manamon, Aaron McLoughlin, Mayo County Council Cathaoirleach, John O’Malley, Lycia Heneghan, Aoife Beston, David Walsh

back row- Damien Woods, Joe O’Neill, Cllr Henry Kenny, Charlie Lambert( Mayo Sports Partnership) , Martin Carney(Adjudicator), Cllr Joe Mellett, Canon Michael Joyce, Martin Sheridan, (Sheridan Family), Cllr Eugene McCormack, Eddie Jordan, Cllr Blackie Gavin.

 for any additional information please contact Joe O’Neill @ 0862633282 or damien woods @ 0868133813

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:54:00 GMT

MSP Winter 2013 Newsletter now Available

Welcome to the Winter 2013 edition of our bi annual newsletter. To download please click here ‎ 2013 Winter Newsletter

In this issue we see Westports plans to make it the physical activity capital of Ireland, Sonia O Sullivan and the 4th West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon, plans in the promotion of adventure sports, Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme in Erris, Wheelchair Hurling and information on a new Walking Group in Castlebar . See a profile of Newport Sea Angling Club and their future plans / initiatives.

Also we give details of programmes and initiatives which will help you to become more active this winter plus a timetable of training courses / seminars /workshops available for sports volunteers and teachers. If you require any further information on any of the initiatives in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact the office at 094-9047025

Contents

1.      Introduction | Réamhrá2012 Annual Report | Tuairisc Bhliantúil 2012

2. Westport Drives to Get Out There | Daoine á mealladh amach i gCathair na Mart

3. Sonia a big hit in 4th Mini Marathon | Sonia i lár an aonaigh ag an 4ú mionmharatón

4. Big Plans for Adventure Sports | Spóirt Eachtraíochta á gcur chun cinn

5. Get Active this Autumn |Bí gníomhach san fhómhar

6. Funding Information | Maoiniú

7. Sport and Disability Update Tuairisc ar Spórt agus Míchumas

8. Schools Section | Rannóg na Scoileanna

9. Club Profile | Cur síos ar Chlub

10. Initiatives for Jobseekers | Tionscnaimh do Chuardaitheoirí Poist

11. Walking & Cycling News | Nuacht Suiloidí agus Rothaiocht

12 Community Sport Programmes |Cláir Pobail Spóirt

13. Upcoming Events | Imeachtaí

 

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:05:00 BST

Success In Sport Seminar

Eddie O’Sullivan Shares his Thoughts on Success in Sport – What Does it Take?

Special Seminar – November 12th

Former Irish international rugby manager Eddie O’Sullivan and Sunday Game analyst Kevin McStay will lead out a strong team of sports men and women at a special seminar to explore what it takes to succeed in sport in today’s world where injuries, heartache losses and set-backs have to be overcome and where the lure of an easier life is never too far away. 

The Seminar, called Success in Sport – What Does it Take?  takes place on Tuesday, November 12th at The Breaffy House Hotel starting at 7:30 pm.   It will be chaired by Ballinrobe native and well known GAA commentator Liam Horan. Also included in the panel is local Ladies GAA football star Cora Staunton. Mayo GAA Team Doctor Sean Moffatt is also to attend and will give an insight in to the health and wellbeing of current day high performance sportspeople. 

The open debate will explore all aspects of sporting life including issues such as:

  • the relationship between sport and physical, emotional and mental health;
  • the thorny question of the relationship between sport, sponsorship and alcohol in a society where alcohol is an endemic part of all aspects of culture, including the sporting culture; 
  • the demands and pressures on high performance athletes – what do they have to say no to in order to get to the top; and
  • the importance of leadership, management and preparation so that teams and individuals can make winning a habit.

The seminar is one of the key Mayo events during the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, which is taking place from the 11th to 16th of November.  The event is being organized by the Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Western Region Drugs Task Force (WRDTF) and South West Mayo Development Company.

Everybody over 16 involved in sport – budding future stars, those who are competing at club, county or national level now, parents, coaches and managers are invited to attend this free event.  Places can be booked through the Mayo Sports Partnership on 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie.

For more media information contact: Pat Conway 087 7400011 or download our leaflet  Success in Sport Seminar Leaflet 2013

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:01:00 GMT

Mayo Community Futures

Mayo County Community Forum is now inviting communities, who require assistance in doing community action plans, to apply for the next round of the Mayo Community Futures Programme.  

The programme assists communities to prepare a 5 year Community Futures Community Action Plan throughout a 6 month period. The plan is prepared, with the support of a Community Support Volunteer, following a detailed consultation process that involves all sectors and residents in the community. A representative steering group is set up to guide it locally.  The programme is coordinated by the County Community Forum.

Mayo Community Futures aims to support stronger, more proactive communities and encourages more people to get involved locally.  22 communities have been assisted by the programme to date.  Applications will be evaluated by the Mayo Community Futures Management Sub-committee.

 YOUR CHANCE TO TAKE PART

Community action planning is now becoming more important.  Proposals are being considered that would require communities to have an action plan prior to applying for funding.  While these are only proposals at this stage, by participating in the Community Futures programme, you will ensure that your community is not left out and its voice is included in County plans.

If your community wishes to participate in the Mayo Community Futures programme please complete the application form and send it to the address below.  

Application Form & Information from:-

Mary Wrafter, Co-ordinator, Mayo Community Futures, Community & Integrated Development, Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Tel: (094) 9047552 / 9047545, E-mail: mwrafter@mayococo.ie, website: www.mayocdb.ie or can be downloaded  2013 Community Futures Application Form

 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS; 5PM WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13TH 2013

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:51:00 GMT

EnergyFit Workshop Postponed

Unfortunately  the EnergyFit workshop on Energy Efficiency for clubs due to take place o the 7th of November, has being postponed it till a later date. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 

Please click on link to find attached some details of the Energy Efficiency Club Funding programme for 2014.  FutureFit Project Funding

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:27:00 GMT

ADULT PARTICIPATION IN SPORT CONTINUES TO RISE - IRISH SPORTS MONITOR REPORT

October 25, 2013.

 The Irish Sports Council today published the fifth Irish Sports Monitor report, this one for the first six months of 2013. The report, written by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of the Council, measures adult participation in sport and physical activity and compares it with previously published information.

 

KEY FINDINGS

Increase in sporting participation from 45% in 2011 to 47% in the first half of 2013

Personal exercise remains the most popular sporting activity, with running seeing a notable increase in participation (from 6% to 9%) particularly among younger females who appear to be graduating from recreational walking to running as a key means of exercise

Recreational walking remains the most popular activity, with 65% having participated in this in the previous seven days

Individual sporting activities such as exercise, swimming, running and cycling continue to dominate adult sporting participation

32% of adults are meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines up from 30% in 2011 while the proportion that are sedentary has declined from 13% to 12%

Initial results suggest slight declines in volunteering, club membership and attendance at events

 

 The report was officially launched by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring. Speaking at the launch in Mayo he said: “The growing participation in sport is great news, especially for all the people and organisations who work hard to get more people involved. The report shows that Government investment in sport is boosting sporting activity, and hopefully producing a healthier society”.

To view the full report please click here 2013 Irish Sports Monitor Half Yearly Report

 

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council:"I am delighted that sport is continuing to play a key role in contributing to keeping the nation active. From the perspective of public health it is great to see an increase in the numbers of adults meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines and a decline in the numbers of sedentary adults. These changes are in no small part a testimony to the work of the many sporting organisations including LSPs who continue to direct and focus their efforts towards inactive groups. The challenge now is to maintain the good work and keep Ireland active"

 

The Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) is a survey of participation in sport and physical exercise in Ireland, which began in 2007 and continued throughout 2008, 2009 and 2011. There was a gap in 2010 when there was a competitive process to agree the provider of the ISM to the Council.  Based on regular interviews with adults aged 16 and over, the ISM is primarily designed to track levels of participation in sport and recreational exercise, both for the population as a whole and various subpopulations of interest. To achieve sufficient accuracy, it employs large annual samples: 5,001 for the first half of 2013 and 4,166 for the same period in 2011.

 

Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:50:00 GMT

MINISTER RING LAUNCHES SPEAK REPORT ON LOCAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPS FOR 2012

57% of funding of Local Sport Partnerships raised locally

More than 250,000 people participated in locally delivered sports programmes

Over 400,000 children given access to the Buntús Programme since 2002

LSPS provided responses to 157,000 specific requests for information on sport 

 

October 25, 2013.

The impact of the national network of Local Sports Partnerships in 2012 in creating a local infrastructure for sport was detailed in a new report launched today (October 25).  The 31 Sports Partnerships are having a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of people through the delivery of direct programmes and support to local sports organisations.

To view the full report please click here LSP SPEAK Report 2012

In 2012, 255,225 people participated in 838 sports programmes delivered locally by the Sports Partnerships. This number includes 64,576 people who took part in the 256 programmes which were delivered for the first time in 2012.

An additional responsibility of the Sports Partnerships is the delivery for the Buntús range of sport programmes which introduce children to sport. Since the initiative started in 2002 more than 400,000 children have been provided access to Buntús which aims to give every child a quality introduction to a sport that is suitable for all abilities. In 2012, 93 schools received training in Buntús and 300 childcare centres received Buntús Start training.     

SPEAK 2012, the sixth annual evaluation of the national network of Local Sports Partnerships, was launched in Westport, Co Mayo by the Minister of State for Sport Mr. Michael Ring T.D. He was joined by Counsellor Henry Kenny, the Chairman of Mayo Sports Partnership and John Treacy, CEO of the Irish Sports Council.  Also, in attendance were trainees from the Community Sports Leaders programme operated by Mayo Sports Partnership which is giving local unemployed people an opportunity to become trained as sports coaches and leaders. 

Minister Ring stated: “The continued success of the Local Sports Partnerships is evident with over a quarter of a million people participating in over eight hundred locally delivered programmes in 2012. I would like to thank all of those in the Local Sports Partnerships and sports organisations and would continue to encourage people to become involved in sport events in their local areas so that they can enjoy the health and social benefits that come from sport and physical activity.”    

The Sports Partnerships were created by the Irish Sports Council in 2000 to provide opportunities in sport for target groups which face barriers to sport.

Funding from the Irish Sports Council accounts for 43% of the total LSP funding in 2012, the remaining 57% is raised from other sources this meets the recommendation from the Fitzpatrick Report of 2005.   Almost €13m was invested in the network in 2012 including Monetary Funding leveraged locally of €3,420,397 and Benefit-in-kind (BIK) of €3,957,880.  Irish Sports Council funding to the LSP network reduced by over €75,000 or 1.3% from €5.68m in 2011 to €5.61m in 2012 reflecting the reduction of €2.3m in the Council's own budget.

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council attended at the launch and commented; The Partnership Network continues to be an essential element of the sports infrastructure in Ireland. Their focus is on increasing participation and the SPEAK Report demonstrates their success in activating communities and, within a formal evaluation context, confirms all the positive feedback we receive about their work in every county in Ireland”.

Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:49:00 GMT

New Programme of "Link2BActive" for Jobseekers Available

"Physical Activity Opportunities for the Unemployed”

Mayo Sports Partnership (MSP) are seeking to try and ensure that unemployed people, and especially newly unemployed, remain physically active in these challenging times.

 

Facilities involved in the scheme include:

Aidan Moran Golf Academy

Balla Golf Club

Ballina Sports & Leisure Centre

Belmullet Sports complex

Carne Golf Club

Claremorris AC

Claremorris Leisure Centre

Clew Bay Bike Hire

Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre

Kiltimagh Knock United

Lakeside Sports & Fitness

Mulranny Park Hotel

Ocean Leisure & Spa

Ultra Fit Studios

Westport Bikes For Hire

Westport Leisure Park

 

All one has to do is produce some evidence of being in receipt of Social Welfare to the facility.

A detailed listing of all facilities involved can be obtained on the home page of this website.

 More information on this initiative can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:47:00 BST

Halloween Sports Camp for Belmullet

12 Jobseekers from the Erris area are currently undertaking a sports coach training programme for 2 days a week, over 14 weeks which it is hoped will provide them with the tools to obtain some part time employment. The “Goal to Work” training programme will allow trainee coaches to become fully qualified G.A.A., Rugby and Soccer coaches gaining practical experience in settings such as local primary schools and the wider Erris community. In addition, training will be provided on how to explore setting up a business, enterprise and further educational opportunities. Other modules will include IT, communication skills, progression routes and CV preparation, all of which would help participants to identify possible employment after the 14 week programme.

Goal to Work Erris is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board. The first training programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified Soccer Coaches with many of those gaining some part time employment as a result. Goal to Work Ballina and Ballyhaunis built on the pilot initiative and was multi sport and specifically targeted jobseekers from the Ballina and East Mayo areas.

This year “Goal to Work” will be running a childrens multi sports Halloween Camp on Tuesday 29th October in St Brendans Sports Hall Belmullet and also an inclusive activity day on Wednesday 30th in Belmullet Sports Complex.

 

To get involved in these community activities contact Anne Ronayne, Mayo Sports Partnership aronanye@mayococo.ie or (094 9047025)‌

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:27:00 BST

2012 MSP Annual Report now Available

Increased Demand for Mayo Sports Partnership Services in 2012

 Providing physical activity opportunities for some 8,000 people through 76 locally delivered sports programmes, an additional 7,000 females through 12 Women in Sport initiatives, 400 people with a disability participating locally, supplying information to 520 clubs / organisations and some 11,000  people contacting the Partnership for general and sports specific information  were just some of the highlights of the 2012 annual report presented to board of the Mayo Sports Partnership recently. The boards function is to oversee the workings of the Sports Partnership and comprises representatives from local agencies, community and sporting organisations within the county.

 To view the full report please click here  2012 MSP Annual Report

Again as in previous years, the Partnership has made significant advances by increasing the number of locally delivered programmes and training opportunities for leaders / volunteers. Target groups focused on during 2012 included children, men aged 30 plus, people with a disability, ethnic minorities, unemployed and women. The Partnership is also continuing to deliver projects to increase the participation and involvement of harder to reach groups such as those living in disadvantaged communities. The establishment of the Castlebar Sports Forum, following the footsteps of the successful Ballina based Moy Sports Forum, seeks to engage local stakeholders and agencies in engaging local youth in meaningful organised physical activity.

 

A particular highlight from the report has been the tremendous success of the Men on the Move (Men aged 30 plus) Initiative which was piloted in Ballina, Claremorris and Westport. By the end of 2012 three more areas has joined the project with over 300 men improving both their physical and mental health.  The enthusiasm and enjoyment evident from leaders, participants and volunteers demonstrated the value and importance of this type of intervention for local communities.

 

 Cllr Henry Kenny-Chairman of Mayo Sports Partnership thanked key stakeholders the Irish Sports Council  and Mayo County Council along with the many other partners who contribute to the success of the umbrella sports body.

 

“ Much credit must go to the Sports Partnership staff for continually delivering high quality participation programmes and working with local agencies and all sections of society.” Cllr Kenny added.

 

The Sports Partnership can be contacted at 094-9047025 or e-mail msp@mayococo.ie . You can also log on to its website and download the full report at www.mayosports.ie/news  

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:08:00 BST

Disability Inclusion Training

 

Minster Michael Ring, TD, Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport recently launched an innovative National Disability Inclusion Training course developed by the CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. The Course is designed to assist participants with the ideas and inspiration to adapt sports to make them more accessible for participants with a disability. It is both a theoretical and practical programme that covers terminology and barriers to participation; offers guidance; gives an introduction to disability sports and ways of adapting activities to make them inclusive.  The programme was developed in partnership with Cerebral Palsy Sports Ireland, Special Olympics Ireland, the Football Association of Ireland and Coaching Ireland.

At the launch, which takes place between two of the highlights of the Irish sporting calendar, Minster Ring was joined by the voice of Gaelic Games, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, as well as a host of Irish athletes who took time out of their busy schedules to highlight that sport is for all regardless of ability.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister stated “As Minister of state for Tourism & Sport, I want everyone in Ireland to have a chance to get involved in sport, throughout their lives, and to get all the benefits and pleasure that sport brings. The CARA National Adapted Physical Activity Centre is leading the way by providing more opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sport, physical activity and physical education.   CARA, along with Coaching Ireland, the Football Association of Ireland, Special Olympics Ireland and Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland deserve great credit for all the wonderful work they have done in designing the Disability Inclusion Training workshop and I would like to thank them for all their efforts.”

The National Disability Inclusion Training programme is open to any person over the age of 16 who has an interest in increasing the participation levels of people with a disability in Sports, Exercise, Physical Activity or Physical Education.  Commenting at the launch Niamh Daffy, Manager of the CARA Centre said, “People with disabilities participate in sports and physical activity for all the same reasons as those who do not have a disability, however getting an opportunity and having an interest often depends on getting a positive early experience of sport and physical activity.

International research tells us that coaches and group leaders though interested and capable, in general, don’t feel very confident in including people with disabilities in their sessions. The main reason for this has been identified as not having practical experience or training in how to facilitate inclusive sports sessions. This course will help increase that experience”.

Stephen Gleeson, Managing Director of Hyundai Ireland who support the development of the course outlined what the partnership between CARA’s national disability inclusion training and Hyundai means to them, “Hyundai Ireland sees the value of staff training to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities and all our dealers have now received basic disability awareness training from the CARA centre. Hyundai Ireland believes that sport is for all abilities and we are proud to support the Disability Inclusion Training (DIT) Course, the drive to increase provision is on!”

The Disability Inclusion Training course is now being rolled out country-wide. For further information visit www.caraapacentre.ie  or from reading the 2013 Cara Focus Newsletter

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:31:00 BST

Men On The Move Autumn Programme 2013

Are you aged 30+,male and not very physically active?

Do you want to feel fitter, have fun, have more energy and meet new people?

If you do why not get involved in the Men on the Move at the nearest location to you in Mayo 

What is Men on the Move?

Men on the Move is an activity programme which is aimed at men aged 30 and over to get them active, have fun and improve fitness levels. It involves weekly/twice weekly activity sessions which are leader led.  You don’t need to be fit to take part- the training sessions are structured so that you can find the level appropriate for you to join and progress your fitness at a pace to suit you!

Who’s Involved?

The programme is a joint initiative by Mayo Sports Partnership and HSE West. It is also Supported by Croí,    Mid West Radio, Local Athletic Clubs, Family Resource Centres and Mens Sheds Groups.

What To wear

Tracksuit or jogging bottoms and a t-shirt or sweatshirt are best, jeans are not comfortable to train in and they are really uncomfortable when wet.-Wear Layers -  It may be cold some nights but you will warm quickly so a couple of layers are much easier than one big jumper.-Waterproofs - bring lightweight waterproof top and bottoms.-Please wear trainers to all sessions.

Get Active!

The benefits of being active for physical and mental health are huge. Being active helps release chemicals in your brain (endorphins), which have a positive effect on your mood, not to mention the benefits to your heart, lungs, muscles and bones. Being active is also a great way to manage stress.

How can I get involved?

A number of information meetings are taking place at 8 locations across the county on the week beginning 30th Sept . See below photo of meetings with details of venue, date, time and leader.  Select the venue nearest you and come along and get your body mass index measured, obtain information on healthy eating / exercise and sign up to an 8 week activity programme.

 To register your interest contact Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 9047025 or Text your name and what venue you are attending to the leader for each area. Why not give it a go!

Is there any cost?

The aim of the initiative is to encourage men to take part in physical activity under the guidance of a qualified professional. For established areas after the initial taster week which will be free participants will be asked to pay a nominal fee. For new areas such as Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis and Manulla the initial 8 week programme will be subsidized. Participants on the programme will receive weekly supervised sessions, Body Mass Index monitoring, Nutrition Workshop and information logbooks.

Physical Activity for Everyone

Regular physical activity can help you reduce the risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.  Increased levels of physical activity will help reduce body fat and maintain a healthy weight. How Active Should I be?

Regular physical activity actually gives you more energy and helps you to relax.  Being active is fun for all the family. Research show that children whose parents are active are more than 5 times as likely to be active than those whose parents are not.

Adults should aim to do at least 30 minutes moderate intensity activity 5 days a week. Short bouts of at least 10 minutes can be accumulated.

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:07:00 BST

Irish Sport Calls On Government to Invest in Sporting Jobs

2013 Buget Submissionasks Government to invest ONE Euro for every citizen in fund to create jobs.Sport seeks €4.58 million – but notes €1.5 million will go back to Exchequer in taxes.Fund to create jobs and deliver participation programmesSport confident that 150 jobs can be created immediately

Irish sport has appealed to the Government to invest a total of €4.58 million – one euro for every citizen – in a fund specifically designed to create jobs in sport.  The appeal is at the core of a pre-budget submission by the Federation of Irish Sport, the representative body for the governing bodies of all of the major sports in Ireland.  Copies of the submission were delivered to the Government earlier today, Wednesday 25th September 2013.

The submission makes the case for more investment in sport – but investment specifically targeted at creating jobs and using those jobs to generate more participation in sport. The Federation notes that Government funding for sport has been cut by 33% over the past five years.  It calls on the Government to reverse this process and to invest in sport – but to invest specifically in creating more jobs in sport.  The Federation argues that a combination of these jobs with funding to create more participation programmes in sport will be an investment for the future. This ties in with the stated objective contained in the “Programme for Government 2011 - 2016” which provides:

“In future sports funding should prioritise projects which further greater participation in sport on a local and national level.”

The Federation points to the fact that over 2,000 young people graduate annually with a sports related qualification but that currently few, if any, of those graduates can find work in Ireland due to the continuous cuts.  This is despite the fact that in the UK sport & leisure is a significant source of employment for young people with 21% of all 16 – 25 year olds working in sport.

The Federation goes on to point out that research amongst the 100 plus organisations they represent has shown that over 150 jobs could be created immediately if there was funding available.

In calling for the Government to stop cutting sports funding and to invest in the jobs initiative the Federation has looked for a specific sum - €4.58 million, which the Federation points out is the equivalent of just ONE euro for every person in the country.  The submission details that government investment in sport currently amounts to €9.42 per citizen.

Speaking of the submission, Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport, said that the Federation had decided to concentrate on a single issue in its submission.  “The cuts of recent years have hit sport hard. Sport was very much an emerging sector when the recession hit and Irish Sport now stands on a knife edge. Further reductions in funding could send Irish Sport backwards fast.

We are aware of the need to create jobs and know that sport as a growth sector not just in Ireland but across the EU, with real capacity to develop other niche sectors of the economy, can contribute to this effort at a relatively low cost to Government. This has been recognised by the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU which is prioratising sport stating that they intend to put forward proposals for adoption relating to sport as an impetus for economic growth and employement. Therefore, whilst we continue to work on other initiatives which we feel will help sport maximise the potential return it can make to Ireland, this year we have made jobs the focus of our submission.”

“We are confident that sport can create jobs and also sustain them in the long term. The additional funding sought should be viewed as seed capital for what is an indigenous industry. The Federation has identified that in the area of development officers alone sport could create up to 150 jobs almost immediately.  We are conscious that these need to be sustained – hence our call for one third of the fund to be invested in participation programmes that will go along with the jobs.  We believe these programme can become self-funding over time and will also help generate revenue to help ensure the jobs become permanent.”

“We specifically asked for €4.58 million as that represents an investment of ONE euro per citizen.  And the good news for the Government is that an estimated €1.5 million of the fund will go straight back to the Exchequer in PRSI, PAYE and VAT. The estimated cost per job is therefore €25,000 which, compares very favourably with €167,000 per job in the “Infrastructure Stimulus” announced in July 2013.”

While the jobs fund is at the heart of the submission the document also points out the overall importance of sport to Ireland as an industry.  It notes that:-

Irish sport supports 40,532 jobs.Sport contributes €2.4 billion to the Irish economy (EU Study).Sport is a growth industry. There has been a 27% increase in the number of people working as professional athletes since 2006 (compared to an 18% growth in the number of accountants over the same period)5,722 people are now employed as professional athletes and sports officials compared to the 6,093 people working as authors, writers and journalistsSport delivers 938 jobs for every million invested by Government compared to 443 in the Arts and 381 in the Horse and Greyhound industries.Irish sports clubs spend €818 million annually.19% of all The Gathering events were sports related.Sports Tourism generates returns of more than €850 million annually254,000 Irish residents travelled domestically to sports events in 2012 with a total expenditure of €49.4 million

A copy of the submission can also be downloaded at www.irishsport.ie

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:19:00 BST

2013 Autumn/Winter Training Programme's

Child Protection in Sport, Sports First Aid, Sports Leadership Training, Walking Leader training, Disability Inclusion Training, Club Development Workshops and leader training for volunteers working with older people groups  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community / sport volunteers, coaches, teachers or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport or physical activity. Dates and venues are finalized with a full listing now available by clicking here 2013 Autumn/Winter Training Programme

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:32:00 BST

Sports Bursary Award Scheme Closing Date today 4th September

Sports clubs and organisations in Mayo are reminded that the closing date for receipt of Applications for the Martin Sheridan Bursary Award is the 4th September, 2013 at 5pm. The Martin Sheridan Bursary Award is intended for Mayo sports people who have excellent potential, outstanding ability and the desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport. Mayo County Council in their 2013 budget have allocated the sum of €5,000 towards the overall Martin Sheridan Bursary Awards. Recipients will be chosen from nominations submitted by sports clubs and organisations in the county. The final decision will be made by a independent panel of adjudicators in September 2013. Full qualifying criteria and the application form is available via the website, https://sites.google.com/site/martinsheridanbursary/    or by emailing martinsheridanbursary@gmail.com

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:57:00 BST

Go For Life Grant Scheme for Older People Groups now Open

One of the main elements of the Go for Life Programme is the National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People. Running since November 2001, each year we allocate money to local groups all over the country, who are seeking to provide increased opportunities for older people to participate in sport and physical activity.

The grant scheme is a joint initiative between Go for Life and the Irish Sports Council. It funds groups and clubs who cater for older people around the country so that they can buy equipment, run sports events or try new activities.

The Irish Sports Council allocated €600,000 from its 2013 budget to the Go for Life Programme to help increase the participation of older people in recreational sport and physical activity. This National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People is one element of the extensive Go for Life Programme which has resulted from this allocation. A total of €300,000 will be available in grants in 2013.

Overall aim

The National Grant Scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned initiatives designed to increase participation in recreational sport and physical activity by older people. In particular, the scheme is aimed at:

·assisting local clubs/organisations to enhance existing opportunities for their members in recreational sport and physical activity;·assisting local clubs/organisations to initiate new initiatives geared at involving older people in recreational sport and physical activity.

Grants will be between €300 and €700.

To download application form please click here 2013 Go For Life grant Scheme PDF

Closing date

Completed Application Forms should reach the address below before 5.00 p.m. on Friday 27 September 2013:

The National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People

Go for Life Programme

Age & Opportunity

St Patricks Hall

Marino Institute of Education

Griffith Avenue

Dublin 9

E-mail: gfl.grants@ageandopportunity.ie

Grant allocations will be announced in November 2013

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:57:00 BST

PROJECT FACILITATOR-For Primary School Physical Activity Programme

 

Meath Local Sports Partnership in conjunction with the Health Service Executive wish to recruit a Project Facilitator for the Be Active ASAP programme on an initial 6 month fixed term contract commencing in October 2012.

 Hours of work will be 35 hours per week.

 The Project Facilitator will facilitate the continued expansion of the ASAP programme within the primary schools located in the HSE Dublin NE area in addition to supporting the development of the programme in the primary schools located within the Local Sports Partnership`s network nationwide. 

 

The candidate shall:

Hold a relevant diploma/degree in sports/health related studiesHave experience of project management and of piloting and developing physical activity based initiatives.Have the inter-personal skills to involve people, schools and communities in the planning, delivery and evaluation of programmes and initiatives.

 

Candidate must hold a full clean driving licence and have own transport.

 

The salary for this post will be at Grade IV Research Assistant Salary Scale of the HSE Salary Scale.

 

Job and Person Specification available from mlsp@meathcoco.ie  or can be downloaded from our website www.meathsports.ie or by calling 046 9067337

 

Please send Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae by post or email to:

Mary Murphy, Sports Co-Ordinator, Meath Local Sports Partnership, Enterprise Centre Trim Rd, Navan Co. Meath.

 

Closing date for receipt of applications: 5pm Friday 13th Sept.

Candidates may be short-listed on the basis of information supplied in their application. 

 

Meath Local Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:14:00 BST

"Goal to Work" Sports Coach Training Programme now in Erris

Are you Unemployed and living in the Erris area?

Do you want a coaching qualification in GAA, Rugby and Soccer so that you can work as a Coach?

 “Goal to Work” is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board. The first programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining part time employment as a result. “Goal to Work 2” in Ballina and “Goal to Work 3” in Ballyhaunis built on the successful pilot initiative giving participants the opportunity to train at foundation level in Soccer, GAA and Rugby. Each trainee coach delivered coaching in local primary schools in Ballina and Ballyhaunis with the support of FAI County Development Officer Paul Byrne, Mayo Games Manager Billy McNicholas and Domestic Games Manager Connaught IRFU Lyndon Jones. To view press release in Irish please click here Goal to Work Erris Press Release in Irish

 Goal to Work 4 specifically targets unemployed males and females living in the Erris area who are  in receipt of a social welfare payment. Participation on this two day week course (over 14 weeks) based in Belmullet will not affect this payment. This sports coach training programme, in addition to the practical elements, will include a classroom based learning component with FETAC accredited modules in IT and Personal Effectiveness. It will also deliver accredited training in Occupational First Aid, Child Protection in Sport, Irish Sports Council Active Leadership and Disability Awareness.  In addition to these accredited modules the programme will also provide information through specialist guest speakers on how to set up and manage your own business, enterprise opportunities, job readiness skills, personal development, building self esteem and self confidence, identification of personal progression options in employment, further education and training. Mayo Job Club will work with trainee coaches to improve their interview performance skills through provision of live interviews that will be digitally recorded with one to one critique of these interviews to enable improved performance at interviews.

 Mayo Sports Partnership would like to invite applications from unemployed people in the Erris area who will commit to attending this Goal to Work sports coach training programme for two days a week over fourteen weeks to become a qualified GAA, Soccer and Rugby Coach. The programme will commence in mid / late September and is open to currently unemployed men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time / full time coach in these sports or in developing their own business. 

Goal to Work Erris Application Form in English

Goal to Work Erris Application Form in Irish

 According to Mayo Sports Partnerships Director Charlie Lambert the focus of “Goal to Work” will be to tutor people as coaches with the aim of providing them with an option of setting up a business on a self-employed basis at the end of the coaching period, gaining employment or progressing onto further education or training.. It is hoped that the initiative will benefit the Erris area with many of the coaches linking in with local community organisations providing increased physical activity opportunities for all. Another added benefit, according to Charlie will be the availability of an increased database of coaches to work with schools, clubs and youth groups across a number of sports. 

 Mayo North East LEADER Partnerships Resource Officer Anne Finn also commented favourably on the outcomes of the programme “ We are delighted once again to be involved in this worthwhile initiative which will progress participants on the road to future employment or training but more importantly will improve peoples quality of life in the Erris area”.

 “ This initiative will provide a fantastic opportunity for local people to access quality sports related training programmes which may not be always available” added Pamela Ní Thaidhg Training and Education Officer with Údarás na Gaeltachta.

 Goal to Work Erris partners include Mayo Sports Partnership and the Erris Community Health Forum in association with Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Mayo County Development Board, Mayo Mental Health Association, Connacht Rugby (IRFU), the FAI, Mayo GAA, HSE West and the Department of Social Protection. The programme is also supported through the Community Gain Investment Fund.

 Places will be limited to twelve trainee coaches.  If you would like further information or an application form please contact Niamh Charlton, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership at 094-9256745 or e-mail niamhcharlton@mayonortheast.com Application forms can also be downloaded at www.mayonortheast.com or www.mayosports.ie  

 Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 28th August 2013

 

 

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:29:00 BST

Garda Vetting News Update for Sports Leaders & Volunteers

In 2013 new legislation regarding Garda Vetting will come into force. Anyone who has on-going contact with children, in the field of leisure or sport (paid or voluntary), other than those who assist ‘occasionally’ or in the event of a family or personal relationship, must be vetted. *Childmeans a person under the age of 18 years. It is up to clubs to assess whether a persons contact is ‘occasional’ or not. *Occasional Contact is “now and then” or a once off event, such as a sports day.

 What this means for clubs?

If you have children involved in your club, all staff and volunteers who have direct contact with children must be vetted. It is not necessary for all committee members to be Garda Vetted but it is essential if they have direct contact with children.Additional persons e.g. a caretaker - The club will have to make the assessment themselves. For example, in one club the caretaker may only be responsible for outdoor facilities and may not have any role working with children. In another club the caretaker may be responsible for supervision of changing and shower areas. The legislation only requires vetting of persons working with children. If the caretaker does not have such a role, a club is not committing any offence by not having them vetted.Clubs should also look at their current recruitment policies and procedures to ensure that they are properly managed, enforced and comply with the new legalisation. Club members should attend Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport workshops with their Local Sports Partnership.

 Clubs should have properly trained Children’s Officer. Training is available through the Local Sports Partnership network.

 When the legislation is introduced:

 It will be illegal for an individual to start working with children or vulnerable adults before successfully completing the Garda Vetting process.

 Individuals who are registered with a Club and have been vetted successfully prior to the commencement of the legislation are eligible to continue work within the club.

 Recommendation

 Start the Garda Vetting process now for all unvetted and new volunteers.Staff and Volunteers can continue their role within the club while their application is being processed.Once legislation is introduced volunteers may face a lengthy period before their application is fully processed. During this period they cannot have access to vulnerable adults and children as it will be illegal to do so.Clubs not affiliated  to a National Governing Body can apply to be Garda Vetted through the Federation of Irish Sports. Contact Conn/Sarah on 01 6251155.

 

*The definition given by Dept. of  Justice

 

Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:21:00 BST

Westport Activity Ambassador Programme Launched

Westport Activity Ambassador Programme Launched

Westport Town Council have recently just completed a 4 week long training programme for a team of Activity Ambassadors under the governments Job Bridge Scheme for unemployed people. For the months of the tourist season the interns will gain practical experience in acting as Visitor Information Advisors and Leaders. The Activity Ambassador progamme has been developed by Westport Town Council in association with the Mayo Sports Partnership and Westport Tourism Organisation in an effort to increase participation in sport and recreation for both visitor and resident. They will actively engage with recreation providers in the creation of complimentary programmes and also with Westport Tourism Organisation,WestportLeisureParkand Accommodation providers. It is envisaged that the Activity Ambassadors will develop and promote a weekly activity list in association with local sporting, cultural & visitor attractions and also provide for delivery of activity programmes for specific groups/families. The interns have received training in Walking & Cycling Leadership, Soft outdoor adventure, Environmental awareness, Occupational first aid, Child protection, Disability awareness, Customer care and Social media.

To find out more or to make contact with the Ambassadors contact WestportLeisureParkat 098 29160.

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:03:00 BST

Get Ireland Walking Initiative

 

Get Ireland Walking is the new national walking initiative funded by the Irish Sports Council and the Health Service Executive (HSE).  It is led by Mountaineering Ireland, and supported by the Irish Heart Foundation, HSE Health Promotion, Age and Opportunity, Gaelic Athletic Association,InstituteofLeisureand Amenity Management, ArthritisIreland, and others.

The initiative exists to maximise the number of people participating in walking throughoutIreland.  The Get Ireland Walking vision is:

 A culture of walking throughout Ireland resulting in improved health, wellbeing and fitness for society and significant savings in health expenditure.

Get Ireland Walking is working to achieve this vision by providing information advice and guidance about walking, by signposting people to other agencies/organisations active in the promotion of walking and by supporting the setup and development of local community walking groups. 

We would encourage you to register your walking group with Get Ireland Walking.  Registration will give your group access to free insurance cover for your volunteer walk leaders and group coordinators.  It will also include your group on a national database of walking groups, which will publicise your group and network you with other walking groups in your area and beyond. 

GetIrelandWalking will provide access for you and your group to a central source of information on all walking initiatives and supports inIreland.  The Initiative will also provide a space for your group to share experiences and be part of a national voice for walking inIreland.  

With your involvement we can Get Ireland Walking.

Please register your walking group today by logging on to www.getirelandwalking.ie or by calling 01 6251109, it will only take a few minutes.

If you have any questions on the initiative please contact Grainne at info@getirelandwalking.ie or on 01 6251109 / 087 2994687.

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:04:00 BST

€22,000 in funding distributed to 45 Sports and Recreation groups

‎Mayo Sports Partnership distributes its annual Special Participation Grant Scheme

 

At a recent Mayo Sports PartnershipBoard meeting almost €22,000 was allocated to 45 clubs / organisations in Mayo through both the Partnerships 2013 special participation and  Bike Week grant schemes. Special guest at a recent presentation evening Minister of State for Sport and TourismMichael Ringcomplimented the work being done on the ground by many volunteers and how it was important to support clubs / groups in these tough economic times.

 To download a full list of recipients please click here 2013 SPG Grantees 2013 Bike Week Grantees

“ Volunteers are the lifeblood of sport across this county and I would like to put on the record my own personal appreciation for all the great work that they do. A small bit of funding can help many clubs in achieving their goals ” Minister Ring  stated.

 

 The aim of theSports Partnership is to increase participation in sport / physical activity and it is envisaged that all projects will help to do just that particularly in disadvantaged sectors of the population. This year the scheme has funded initiatives including the further development of Basketball in Mayo, junior angling participation inNewport, underage cycling section in Ballina Cycling Club, start up of new clubs in weightlifting and athletics, recreational GAA and walking groups with the Mayo Branch of ArthritisIreland.

 

In addition the Partnership was able to distribute €4,250, through funding from the Department of Transport, for recreational Bike Week events which take place from the 15th – 23rd June.

 

 “Despite cutbacks Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to be able to continue this annual scheme supporting initiatives across the county. I would like to thank in particular the Irish Sports Council and Minister Ring for providing this funding”  Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert added

 

Mayo Sports Partnership comprises of representatives from local agencies, sports organisations and community representatives, is core funded by the IrishSports Council and is a sub-office of the Mayo County Development Board. For funding under the annual Special Participation Grant Scheme applicants need to show that the suggested project will increase participation and is sustainable.

 

 Since 2005 the Partnership has brought an overall investment of close to €5 million to developing sport and recreation within the county. Many projects / initiatives involving pre-schools all the way up to older people have benefited from this significant investment mainly through the Irish Sports Councils direct funding. The above figure does not include the very significant input of partner agencies on the board such as Mayo County Council, Mayo VEC, HSE West, GMIT, Leader Companies, Udaras na Gaeltachta, MayoEducation Centreand other stakeholders.

 

 

Any further information on the above can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnershipat 094-9047025 or by logging on to www.mayosports.ie

 

 

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:17:00 BST

Get on your Bike for "Bike Week" in Mayo 15 -23rd June

Mayo Communities roll out National Bike Week with Numerous Events

 Would you like to take advantage of the longer brighter days by getting out on your bike? A challenge is going out to all families to dust off their bikes and trikes for a bumper week of cycling activity during National Bike Week 2013. Please download list of events here 2013 List of Events for Bike Week in Mayo which we are aware of at this moment and time).

 

Over 20 different events are scheduled to take place in Mayo from the 15th – 23rd June beginning on Sunday 16th June with a Group and Family Cycle in Tourmakeady starting at 3pm from the community centre. A full listing of the events can be seen by logging on to www.bikeweek.ie

 

“Cycling really has caught on as a form of recreational physical activity for all in the last few years. Last year over 600 people participated in 16 events and we hope to further build on that in 2013” says Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership.

 

A whole host of other events are due to take place throughout the county with Smart Travel Castlebar organising a free bike check in Castlebar on Monday 17June from 1-2pm. If you have not used your bike in a while and want to get it checked over for FREE before you get cycling this is the ideal opportunity. Please contact Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Office Mayo Co Council 087 7870055 ngibbons@MayoCoCo.ie or Thelma Birrane, Health Promotion Officer, HSE, 094 9042589 thelma.birrane@hse.ie for further details of this and other Smart Travel events.

 

In speaking on Bike Week Thelma Birrane, Health Promotion Officer, HSE West says, “The main focus of Bike Week is to encourage family members to take up cycling as a regular activity in their local community and to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport and physical activity.”

 

Wednesday is also national “Cycle to Work”(COW) day and Green Schools Travel Officer with An Taisce Eva Gannon is encouraging all to get on their bikes and make an effort to cycle to school or work.

 

 

A Family Bike Fun Day is scheduled to take part in the Bog Gate Field, Golf Course Rd, Westport ( Beside Gaelscoil na Cruachie) at 3pm on Friday 21st as part of the celebrations for the opening of the Northern section of the Westport Town Greenway. More family and group cycles are also timetabled during the week taking place in Ballina, Currane Achill and Kilmovee on the 22nd June with events taking place in Ardagh, Ballinrobe and Westport on Sunday 23rd June.

 

Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring whose department has allocated €5,000 towards Bike Week in Mayo has expressed his support for all communities who are organising these fantastic array of events.

 

“ My department is delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile activity which benefits everybody and I would encourage everybody to get out there and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mayo” commented Minister Ring

 

Bike Week culminates in a showcase event titled “Bike Fest” which takes place at Lough Lannagh Castlebar on Sunday 23rd June 2.15pm – 4.30pm. A free event families, individuals etc are invited to participate in a host of events including free bike / helmet check by local bike shops, family treasure hunt, Bike Buddy (cycle with an experienced cyclist), Lookalikes on Bikes (dress like your idol) and Slow Bicycle / Obstacle Courses. Indeed as people / families will be encouraged to participate in the Roundabout Lookalikes on Bike Challenge at 4pm on the day “All Affairs” costume hire Moneen, CastlebarTel: 094 9044570 Mobile: 086 8360303 Email: allaffairshire@gmail.com have come on board with a 10% reduction on all items hired for the event. Vouchers to the value of €50 for best fancy dress along with an overall prize fund to the value of €500 will be on offer throughout the event. People are asked to note that the Car Park at Lough Lannagh will be closed to traffic from 12.30 – 4.30 on the day however car parks at Aldi and Lough Lannagh will be available.

 

A full and detailed listing of all events can be found on the Mayo Sports Partnership website at www.mayosports.ie/news . For further information contact the Partnerships Office at 094-9047025

 

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:35:00 BST

Events announced for Mayo in Motion Month June 2013

Over 40 walking and cycling events, walking festivals, Walking / Cycling Leader training are just some of the highlights of the Mayo in Motion Initiative for 2013 just announced. To see listing and events please click here 2013 Mayo in Motion List of Events

Jointly facilitated by the Mayo Walking Partnership and Mayo Sports Partnership, the month long initiative aims to promote walking and cycling as a means of physical recreation which can be enjoyed by anybody. Communities, schools, workplaces, individuals are all encouraged to get out there and experience the many walking / cycling trails which have recently being developed.

This year a level 1 cycle leader training course takes place in Westport on the 8th and 9th June with an Irish Heart Foundation Walking leader course also taking place in Westyport on the weekend of the 14th – 16th June. These courses are available at subsidised rates and are targeted are volunteers in the community.

For further information on Mayo in Motion events log on to www.mayosports.ie  contact  Anna Connor Walking Officer Mayo County Council Tel: 094 9047545 Email: aconnor@mayococo.ie or  Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or msp@mayococo.ie

Fri, 31 May 2013 16:02:00 BST

100s of Walking Groups to be established through Get Ireland Walking Initiative

Minister of State in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Alan Kelly TD launched a new Get Ireland Walking Initiative today which aims to build a culture of walking inIrelandwhere people are walking more on a daily basis for improved health! The new initiative seeks to promote the benefits of walking and is aiming to support the set up of 100’s of new walking groups in communities, town and cities around the country.  Minister Alan Kelly, welcomed the Get Ireland Walking initiative and recognised the important role it will play in complementing his Department’s schemes which promote Smarter and Active Travel in towns throughoutIreland

 The Get Ireland Walking national base will be based in the new Sport HQ building inDublinand will provide information, advice and guidance about walking and support to communities in setting up walking groups and walking programmes. The initiative will also link in with GP’s around the country, encouraging them to promote walking for improving health and will also be promoted at county level through Local Sports Partnerships and other health promotion agencies.

 Get Ireland Walking is an initiative funded by the Irish Sports Council and the Health Service Executive (HSE) and supported by Mountaineering Ireland, Irish Heart Foundation, Age and Opportunity, Gaelic Athletic Association,InstituteofLeisureand Amenity Management, ArthritisIrelandand others.

 Further information available on www.getirelandwalking.ie

Fri, 31 May 2013 16:10:00 BST

Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month June 2013 - Call for Events

Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month June 2013

 

Call for Events

 

Mayo Trails Partnership in association with Mayo Sports Partnership facilitate an annual initiative to promote walking and cycling as an enjoyable way towards a healthy and active lifestyle. In 2012 over 20 communities throughout the county participated in walks with 16 cycling events taking place during Bike Week. The initiative proved to be an outstanding success with people of all ages and abilities participating. Based on its success a calendar of events will be once again be co-ordinated to promote walking and cycling during the month of June. This year National Bike Week takes place from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd June.

 

The programme is promoted under the banner of “Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month” and communities are invited to schedule walks or cycles in their locality which will then be advertised by us in the local media and website.

 

If you or your community/ workplace are interested in participating in this initiative please complete a registration of events form, see attached, and return it to the undersigned by Monday 27th May. This date is necessary in order to compile a timetable of walks for promotion to the local press.

 

Also as part of this year’s initiative it is planned to hold both a Level 1 Cycling Coach Education Course on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June and a Community Walking Leader Training Course on the weekend of the 14th – 16th June. The cost of these courses are being subsidised and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

Further information on the above is available from Mayo County Council Walking Development Officer, Ms.  Anna Connorat 094 9047545  email: aconnor@mayococo.ie or the Mayo Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025 email: msp@mayococo.ie

 To download application form click on link: Registration of Events Form

Tue, 21 May 2013 16:23:00 BST

Bike Week 2013 Small Grant Scheme

Building on the fantastic enthusiasm and participation of groups around the county in Bike Week 2012, Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Mayo County Council is now inviting applications for funding from interested community groups / sports clubs for Bike Week 2013 (15th -23rd June) events.

 To download a copy of the form please click here 2013 Bike Week Grant Application Form

If your group is interested in promoting cycling as part of a fun, national programme, this is an ideal opportunity to apply for funding to help deliver your event. Grants for Community Groups, who are properly constituted, are available up to a potential maximum of €500, depending on the size and nature of the event.

 

Events that will be eligible for grant assistance in 2013 must target non-cyclists /aspiring cyclists or seek to deliver cycling training – such events must aim to achieve high public visibility and involve the greatest number of people possible.

 

" Last year we had leisure cycle events on the Greenway, a bike maintenence workshops and safe cycle training in Castlebar to name but a few events. What we are looking for this year are fun / novel events which are highly visible and will engage a large number of people.  Overall 600 people participated in 18 different events, hopefully we can better that in 2013." commented Mayo Sports Partnership directorCharlie Lambert. 

 

Groups can obtain an application form by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or download a form on www.mayosports.ie

 

As deadlines are tight for submission of events to the Department of Transportthe closing date for applications to Mayo Sports Partnership is Wednesday 22nd  May 2013. Funding is at the discretion of Mayo Sports Partnership / Mayo County Council and as such applicants may receive all/some/or no funding applied for.

 

For more information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

 

Fri, 10 May 2013 15:38:00 BST

Activity Ambassador positions offered on Job Bridge

Interested in becoming an Activity Ambassador for Westport?

 Westport Town Council are planning to recruit eight Activity Ambassadors under The Job Bridge Scheme. The interns will gain practical experience in acting as Visitor Information Advisors and Leaders. The Acitivity Ambassador progamme has been developed by Westport Town Council in association with the Mayo Sports Partnership and Westport Tourism Organisation in an effort to increase participation in sport and recreation for both visitor and resident. They will actively engage with recreation providers in the creation of complimentary programmes and also with Westport Tourism Organisation, Westport Leisure Park and Accommodation providers. Activity Ambassadors will develop and promote a weekly activity list in association with local sporting, cultural & visitor attractions and also provide for delivery of activity programmes for specific groups/families. The interns will receive formal/informal training in the following: Walking & Cycling Leadership, Soft outdoor adventure, Environmental awareness, Occupational first aid, Child protection, Disability awareness, Customer care, Social media. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Customer service/Communication/Leadership/Organisational, Interpersonal skills in relating to members of the public.

 Skills Requirements

An interest or background in the Tourism industry, and interest/background in physical activity, qualifications and/or previous experience, a demonstration of excellent communications & customer service skills, evidence of self motivation. Flexibility to work over a seven day roster is required.

Full details about the application process are available online at www.jobbridge.ie

 

Fri, 10 May 2013 15:43:00 BST

Thousands participate in the 4th West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon

The Mall in Castlebar was a sea of colour of Sunday as thousands turned out for the fourth annual Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon. Olympic medallist Sonia O Sullivan was a popular special guest on the day and, true to form, she made time to stand and chat to her fellow competitors and pose for several hundred photographs, much to the delight of her many, many fans. Minister for Sport Michael Ring was also a guest on the day and praised the Western People, Mayo Sports Partnership and main sponsors Connacht Gold for coming together to organise such a wonderful event in the county town. He spoke of the importance of the involvement of women in sport and wished every participant the very best of luck in the 10km event.

At the starting line for the west of ireland womens mini marathon

 Hollymount native Frank Fahey was on hand once again to get the women warmed up and ready for action. As always, his motivational and fun work out created a real festival atmosphere on the Mall. The Mini Marathon Babes were also in flying form on Sunday and were delighted to stand for photos and have a chat on air with Midwest Radios Paul Claffey, who was also in attendance. Indeed, there was a huge media presence for the event, with Mayo TV also recording all the action. Charities were out in force and, as well as the thousands of women walking, jogging and running the 10km, there were lots of men who togged out for the day and made the effort to emulate the fairer sex...to varying degrees of success!Following the welcome and warm-up, the participants made their way to the starting line and counting down from 10, Minister Ring officially started the fourth annual Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon amidst great fanfare.

The long winding road

No sooner had all the entrants set off on their journey than it was time to get ready to welcome the winners home.  Large crowds gathered at the finish line on The Mall to cheer on the participants and it was European cross country gold medallist Lizzie Lee who was first to cross the finish line in a time of 37.32. Lizzie was followed soon after by European cross country silver medallist Rosemary Ryan, who came home in a time of 38.18. Mayos Colette Touhy was third across the line in 39.11, with Maura Ginty fourth in 39.46. Ann Lennon was fifth in 39.46, with Sarah Syron finishing sixth in a time of 39.58. Although large numbers of participants had chosen to walk the 10km event  many for the first time impressively, the entire group were back at the Mall in less than two hours. The first runners home described the route as challenging with lots of hills. There was also a strong wind which meant that those attempting to set personal best times were in for a real challenge.

 

 Cora Staunton and Sonia O Sullivan

The fourth annual Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon was another hugely successful event for all concerned and, as the crowd began to disperse and make their way back to their cars, many were already looking forward to next year. Roll on 2014!

Fri, 10 May 2013 15:18:00 BST

Temporary Road Restrictions in Castlebar on Sun 5th May for Mini Marathon

Castlebar is gearing up to welcome thousands of women for the 4th Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday 5th May.

 The event is expected to attract some 3,000 participants, supports, families and friends. To date the event has raised more than €1 million for good causes and also brought benefits to the local economy.

 Co-organisers of the 10K walk / run the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership are anxious to inform the public of temporary road restrictions on the day and requests the kind co-operation of all concerned. An event of this nature requires these temporary inconveniences to ensure a successful and enjoyable day out for everybody.

 The restrictions are as follows

 9.30am Mall Closure- until 4pmEllison Street Closure 11.30am – 3pmLower Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30amDuke St 12 Noon – 1pmNewport Rd to Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pmPound Rd 12 Noon – 1pmGallows Hill 12 Noon – 1pmNewline 12 Noon – 1pmPontoon Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pmBallinacarriga to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pmBallynew / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pmStaball Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 2.30pmBridge St 12.15 – 2.30pmMain Street 12.15- 2.30pm

 A full detailed map of the route is available on www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com people can also contact the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 for further details.

 

 

Wed, 01 May 2013 17:26:00 BST

Olympians to share thoughts on Womens Participation in Sport

Women in Sport Seminar – Friday 3rd May

Olympians Sonia O’Sullivan and Olive Loughnane will lead out a strong team ofsports women at a special seminar to explore womens participation and equality insport/ physical activity.

 The Seminar, called Women in Sport – Are we gaining Ground? will take place on Friday, May 3rd  in the GMIT Castlebar starting at 12.30pm.   It will be chaired by Ballycroy native and well known GAA journalist with the Western People Michael Gallagher.  Current Mayo Ladies GAA player Cora Staunton, Irish Womens Rugby International Carol Staunton and Special Olympic athlete Bridget Walsh will also attend.

 The open debate will explore all aspects of womens involvement insportincluding issues such as:

Womens participation and equality in SportThe issues and barriers with teenage girls involvement insport/ physical activitythe demands and pressures on female high performance athletesStrategies to promote involvement insport/ physical activity by girls / women

 The seminar is one of the key events during the Castlebar Festival of Sport Weekend which is taking place from the 3rd – 5th May. The weekend incorporates events such as the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon, Pink Ribbon Cycle, come and try adventuresports at Lough Lannagh and is organized by the recently formed Castlebar Sports Forum under the auspices of Mayo Sports Partnership. Other partners include G.M.I.T. Castlebar, Castlebar Town Council, Mayo County Council, the Irish Sports Council and the Gathering.

 Directly targeted at teenage girls and women it is hoped that secondary schools would look to send Transition or 5th Year students to the event. Budding future sports stars, those who are competing at club, county or national level now, parents, coaches and managers are also invited to this free event.  Places can be booked through the Mayo Sports Partnership on 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 

Wed, 01 May 2013 17:21:00 BST

Sports Partnership Grant Scheme Closing Date Draws Near - Wed 8th May

The Board of the Mayo Sports Partnership has announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2013. This scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would increase participation amongst target groups such as youth at risk, disadvantaged communities, unemployed, women, traveling community, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.

Over the last couple of years a particular focus is being placed on inviting communities / organizations to think about forming walking and jogging groups in their locality. Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert explains

 “ There has been a huge explosion in walking, jogging and cycling throughout the county and we would like to capitalize on this by inviting clubs / groups to think about having a Meet and Walk / Jog group in their locality. These groups can have a fantastic social element to their activities and having fun while exercising. We would be delighted to assist groups in setting up these initiatives”

 Projects which received funding under the scheme in the past included a water sports initiative in the Erris Area, setting up a new athletic club in Ballinrobe, Spike ball programme in Barncarroll Sports Centre, adventure sports opportunities, mass participation programmes in running / walking cycling initiatives, and the set up of a new Camogie Club in North Mayo.

 Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects are not eligible for funding under the schemes criteria.

 Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 8th May 2013, the maximum allocation to any one project can be €1,000 and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

 For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at

094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie/news to download a copy of the application form.

 

Wed, 01 May 2013 17:17:00 BST

Only 3 Weeks to Go to the Wests Premier Ladies Event

Sonia O Sullivan to lead out the Wests Premier Event for Women

 Castlebar is getting all geared up to welcome thousands of women to the Mayo capital for the 4th Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon. The event is expected to attract several thousand participants, supporters, family, friends etc. The organisers are delighted that Sonia O Sullivan and her family will be present on the day and are planning a top quality event which will have something for everybody whether you are a participant or a supporter.

 The 10-kilometre run and walk is being co-organised by the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership. Main event sponsor is Connaught Gold with other partners including Castlebar Town Council, Mayo County Council, the Mayo Athletics Community and local clubs / organisations.

 While the presence of elite runners is sure to provide the race with a strong competitive element, central to the Women’s Mini-Marathon will be the opportunity for all West of Ireland charities to raise much needed funds for their respective organisations.

 Speaking about the upcoming event Western People Editor James Laffey said: " We in the Western People are delighted that this event seems to have captured the imagination of women all ages and abilities throughout the region. We would hope to build on the success of the last three mini marathons and with the co-operation of our co-organisers Mayo Sports Partnership it promises to be a day to remember”.

 “The event also presents a wonderful opportunity for local charities to raise vital funds” he added.

 Now firmly established as the premier event of its kind in the west the arrival of so many runners, walkers and their families /supporters to Castlebar is sure to boost the local economy.

 

 “Its been fantastic to see the response. All over women are preparing for the event by training individually or through local meet and train networks which can be very sociable and enjoyable. Its something which we are trying to foster in communities” said Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 With the mini-marathon a little over three weeks away the excitement is building. To capture the festival atmosphere the Mall, will incorporate a stage with music, food court area, childrens activity zone etc. The run / walk will commence at 12 Noon from the Courthouse with the Mall open to the public from 10.30am – 4pm.

 The organisers would like to ask participants and members of the public to be environmentally friendly and utilise recyclable waste bins on the Mall as well as the race route itself.

 Finally with an event of this nature some temporary road closures will be in operation on Sunday 5th May and again the organisers would kindly ask the public to acknowledge these restrictions for the health and safety of all. These are listed below

 

9.30am Mall Closure- until 4pm

Ellison StreetClosure 11.30am – 3pm

Lower Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30am

Duke St 12 Noon – 1pm

Newport Rdto Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Gallows Hill 12 Noon – 1pm

Newline 12 Noon – 1pm

Pontoon Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballinacarriga to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballynew / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pm

Staball Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Bridge St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Main Street 12.15- 2.30pm

 If residents, businesses etc along the route would like to decorate their houses / premises for the event the Sports Partnership can assist by supplying some bunting, balloons etc. For more information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:48:00 BST

“Men on the Move” Exercise Programme featured on RTE

A unique exercise programme for men is taking Mayo by storm…. “Men on the Move” which recently featured on RTE news is a programme for men aged 30+ who want to get active and feel the associated health benefits.

 Supported by Mayo Sports Partnership, HSE West and Mid West Radio Men on the Move commenced  in Mayo in March 2012. Following an initial information night which included a free health check men engaged in a twice weekly exercise programme under the watchful eye of a qualified activity leader. Activities include walking, jogging, cycling and strengthening exercises. The leader supports the group and helps every man to start to get more active no matter how fit or unfit they feel. The ages of the men vary from 30 yrs to over 80 so there is a place for everyone in men on the move.

 We all know of the many health benefits of taking more exercise: - these include stronger heart and lungs, having more energy, reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, better quality sleep, stronger bones, prevents chronic disease, weight loss, decreased stress & prolonged independence as we get older.

 Despite knowing the benefits of physical activity sometimes it can be difficult to get started particularly if you do not feel fit or have not been active for a long time. Men on the Move can help you get started as you will not have to start on your own and the leader will make sure you start at a pace that suits you and you won’t end up over doing it. People are much more likely to stick with an exercise programme if they have support and they go at their own pace.

 So why not take advantage of the longer evenings and check out your local men on the move programme. All leaders are fully trained and welcome new members. For further information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie. You can also contact the local leaders of the projects.

 Erris Area contact Michelle at 087 7646710

Castlebar Area contact Taragh at 0876471919

Westport Area contact Marian at 087 7632669

Ballina Area contact Pat at 087 2540334

Claremorris Area contact Paul at 087 1324239

Kilmovee contact Geraldine at 086 8105964

 

 

 

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:01:00 BST

Spring 2013 Newsletter now Available - Get all the latest

Welcome to the Spring 2013 edition of our bi annual newsletter. To download please click here ‎  2013 Spring Newsletter

 In this issue we see the fantastic success of the Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme, the launch of the 4th West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon and the Operation Transformation Programmes. Also we give details of programmes and initiatives which will help you to become more active this year.If you require any further information on any of the initiatives in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact the office at 094-9047025

Contents

Introduction | Réamhrá

Mayo Men on Move to a Heathier Lifestyle | Tionscnamh ‘Men on the Move’

4th Mini Marathon Launched | 4ú Mion-Mharatón na mBan seolta

Success for Operation Transformation Programmes | An-rath ar ‘Operation Transformation’

Goal to Work Initiative Receives Award | Gradam faighte ag ‘Goal to Work’

Sonia gives Taste of Success in Seminar | Seiminéar tugtha ag Sonia O’Sullivan

Funding Information | Maoiniú

Sport and Disability Update | Tuairisc ar Spórt agus Míchumas

Community Sport Programmes | Clár Pobail Spóirt

Club Profile | Cur síos ar Chlub

Schools Section | Rannóg na Scoileanna

Get Active this Spring |  Bí gníomhach san Earrach

Project Updates | Tuairisc ar Chláir

Education & Training | Cúrsaí Traenála

Upcoming Events | Imeachtaí

 

 

 

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:09:00 GMT

Mayo Sports Partnership Launches Annual Funding Scheme

 Mayo Sports Partnership has announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2013. Despite constraints on the Partnerships budget the board has prioritized the delivery of the scheme this year with up to approximately €13,000 available. Funding for this initiative comes from the Irish Sports Council which is supplemented by funds from the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon. 

 To download a copy of the application form and terms and conditions please click here 2013 SPG Grant Application Form 2013 SPG Terms and Conditions

The scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would increase participation amongst target groups such as youth at risk, disadvantaged communities, unemployed, women, travelling community, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.  

 Over the last couple of years a particular focus is being placed on inviting communities / organizations to think about forming walking and jogging groups in their locality. Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinatorCharlie Lambertexplains

 “ There has been a huge explosion in walking, jogging and cycling throughout the county and we would like to capitalize on this by inviting clubs / groups to think about having a Meet and Walk / Jog group in their locality. These groups can have a fantastic social element to their activities and having fun while exercising. We would be delighted to assist groups in setting up these initiatives”   

 Projects which received funding under the scheme in the past included a water sports initiative in the Erris Area, setting up a new athletic club in Ballinrobe, Spike ball programme in Barncarroll Sports Centre, adventure sports opportunities, mass participation programmes in running / walking cycling initiatives, and the set up of a new Camogie Club in North Mayo.

 Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects are not eligible for funding under the schemes criteria.  

 Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 8th May 2013, the maximum allocation to any one project can be €1,000 and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

 For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at

094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie/news to download a copy of the application form.

 

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Castlebar Sports Gathering Weekend 3rd - 5th May

Castlebar Sports Forum are coordinating a Castlebar Sports Gathering Weekend to take place in the County Town from Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th. The weekend includes flagship events such as the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon 2013, The Pink Ribbon Cycle 2013, 'Meet the Stars in Castlebar', Adventure Sports at Lough Lannagh including kayaking, orienteering, Wall Climbing, mountain biking, Organised Walks in and around the town, GAA and FAI tournaments, Childrens bicycle event, Food, Music entertainment and much more for all the family.

Sports Weekend

 Castlebar is the place to be this May Bank Holiday Weekend with many many more suprises on the way. Keep an eye out for sporting celebs, you never know who you might spot in and around the town on that weekend. The forum would like to invite all Mayo people living abroad to 'come home' and enjoy this actionpacked weekend with friends and family. Make this a fun filled weekend for all the family, Get to Castlebar this May! For further information to be part of or to get involved in the Sports Weekend; contact Anne Ronayne, Community Sports Worker with Mayo Sports Partnership on facebook or on 0876973587 or aronayne@mayococo.ie

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:37:00 GMT

Goal to Work Sports Coach Programme receives National Award

Congratulations to everyone involved in Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme who won an Aontas Adult Learners STAR Award at a presentation function in the Burlington Hotel Dublin. This award was presented to Siobhán Carroll-Webb Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co,Charlie LambertMayo Sports Partnership Co and John Magee Mayo County Development Board by Minister of Training and Skills Ciarán Canon and John Lonergan former Governor of Mountjoy Prison.

Pictured left to right are John Lonergan, John Magee County Development Board, Charlie Lambert Mayo Sports Partnership, Anne Conlon Conlon Training, Siobhain Carroll Webb Mayo North East Leader Partnership Co and Ciaran Cannon TD

The STAR Awards is about showcasing teamwork and awarding recognition, it’s about acknowledging the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning projects throughout the country. Most of all, it is about celebrating the positive contribution that these projects make to our society, our economy and our local communities.

The Awards have been awarded for outstanding, learning centred adult and community education projects that demonstrate high levels of collaboration. They have highlighted and supported the collaborative learning approach which is vital to developing health and vibrant communities.

The Goal to Work sports coach training programme gives unemployed people an opportunity to become fully trained sports coaches. The initiative recognises that many unemployed people have an interest in sport and may offer potential to provide employment opportunities. Sporting bodies involved include the GAA, FAI and IRFU. The programme involves working 2 days per week over 14 weeks as well as a number of evenings and weekends. Another objective of the initiative included improved usage of community / leisure facilities and increased levels of physical activity within local communities due to the availability of qualified sports coaches / leaders.

 

To date 35 unemployed people in Mayo have benefitted from the initiative. Some have gained employment through internships with governing bodies of sport, local community sports co-ordinators, setting up their own business or have progressed on to further training.

Partners involved in this sports coach training programme, which was originally piloted in Co. Leitrim by Leitrim County Development Board & Leitrim Sports Partnership, include Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company, Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Development Board, Dept of Social Protection, FAI, Connaught GAA and Connaught Rugby and Conlon Training.

Contact details for the coaches or general information on the programme can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or by email msp@mayococo.ie

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:07:00 GMT

Countdown to 4th annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon

The countdown has officially begun the 4th annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon. With just over 12 weeks remaining before the big day, women across the west, all over the country, and beyond, are being encouraged to sign up and be part of an event to remember.

The Western People Mini Marathon was officially launched at Lough Lannagh Tennis Club in Castlebar on Tuesday, with large numbers turning out to hear details of what’s in store. Now in its fourth year, the Mini Marathon has been firmly established as the premier women’s sporting event in the west.

The Mini Marathon is organised annually by the Western People, in conjunction with the Mayo Sports Partnership, and the organisers are thrilled to welcome Connacht Gold on board as the main sponsors of this year’s event.

Of course Connacht Gold is another market leader in the region and its expansion in recent years has contributed enormously to the local economy.

Speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Cróna Esler, deputy editor of theWestern People, spoke of the economic benefit of the event for Castlebar and indeed the entire region. She encouraged the business community in Castlebar to come out in force to welcome the participants on Sunday, May 5.

“I would encourage all local businesses – cafes, restaurants, shops, hotels – to get involved and play their part. The participants will be looking for places to eat, to drink, to shop, maybe even to stay for the weekend and, the opportunity is there for the entire business community in Castlebar to get on board and benefit as a result.”

Poster for the event

Mayor of Castlebar Brendan Heneghan pledged the town’s support for the Mini Marathon and said the town council and business community will do everything they can to create the best possible Castlebar and Mayo welcome for all the entrants.

Connacht Gold marketing executive Lydia Rogers said the company is delighted to be involved with the Mini Marathon. “With sport being a major contributor to good health, combined with a healthy, balanced diet, we see this event as being an ideal fit with our Consumer Foods business unit, which is very much focused on producing quality dairy produce, with health and wellbeing at the heart of our range of products. We’re excited to be involved in theWestern PeopleWomen’s Mini Marathon and look forward to working with the team.”

Each year, entrants to the Mini Marathon get involved for a variety of reasons. There will be some serious athletes who are anxious to better their time and perhaps even set a new personal best. Others will be taking part for the first time – perhaps having never even completed 1km, never mind 10km.

Anne Ronayne, community sports development officer with the Mayo Sports Partnership, spoke of the health benefits of getting involved and encouraged participants to join one of the many Meet and Train groups across the county.

As well as being a fun event where women can run, walk, jog, skip or push buggies through Castlebar, the Western People Women’s Mini Marathon creates an ideal opportunity for charities across the west to raise much-needed funds for their causes.

While it is not mandatory for participants to raise money for a particular cause on the day, almost €1.5million has been raised by the various charities over the last three years.

Of course, it has been much publicised that 2013 is the year of The Gathering and at present, a number of other exciting events are being planned around the May Bank Holiday Weekend in Castlebar.

At the launch, Anne Ronayne said more details on these events would be released closer to the time. But one date you can definitely put in your diary is Sunday May, 5, when thousands of women – and a few questionably dressed men – will take to the streets of Castlebar for the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon.

The organisers are actively encouraging individuals and groups of women living outside the country to take the opportunity to return home to participate in the Mini Marathon and at the same time, be part of The Gathering 2013.

Organising the Mini Marathon isn’t something the Western People do for profit, as all money raised through registration goes back to the Mayo Sports Partnership to encourage further involvement in walking and running in Mayo.

Sunday, May 5, is definitely a date for all of our diaries. Register now and let the fun begin!

 

 

 

 

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:26:00 GMT

Mayo Sports Partnership launches Spring 2013 Training / Events Programme

Child Protection in Sport, Sports First Aid, Walking and Cycling Leader training, Sports Leadership Training, Funding Workshops and Lucozade Sport Education courses  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through the Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community / sport volunteers, coaches or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport / physical activity. Dates and venues are mainly finalized with a full listing now available online. To view timetable please click here   2013 Spring Training / Events

If you are interested in being a community sports leader organising activities which would be fun and non sports specific then the Active Leader might interest you. This Friday evening and all day Saturday course is Irish Sports Council accredited with participants taught the skills of communication, observation and group management.

 Also included in the comprehensive schedule is walking and cycling leader training in April at dates yet to be finalised. With the huge growth of these activities in communities throughout the county there is a need for more leaders to lead groups etc. If you are interested in this type of training you should register your interest as soon as possible with the Partnership as places are limited.  All courses are subsidized and participants can book their places on this and other courses events by contacting the office at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:19:00 GMT

Minister Ring launches Men on the Move Evaluation Report

MAYO MEN ARE ON THE MOVE TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

 Mayo men are felling fitter, looking better and enjoying being more physically active as a result of the Men on the Move Activity programme. This exciting programme which is the first of its kind inIrelandhas helped participants to become more physically active, increase fitness levels, lose weight, have more energy and improve their overall health and well-being.

 Last year over 100 men took part in the Men on the Move Physical Activity Programme in Ballina, Claremorris & Westport. Over 16 weeks the men met twice a week in the three towns to take part in the programme. A leader in each town led the group and encouraged men to take part in a range of activities including walking, running, cycling and other activities. The men were aged between 35 and 75.

A recent evaluation of the programme undertaken by Health Promotion Researcher Lucia Canavan, which was launched in Claremorris on Friday 25th January showed that these men have increased their physical activity levels, lost weight, reduced their BMI (body mass index) improved their fitness levels and overall lifestyle. 

 To see full report please click on this link Men on the Move Evaluation Report

Men who have participated in the programme really enjoyed it. One participant said “I have far more energy and my health is better… my quality of life is great!” Another commented on his improved self confidence “Once you get a bit fitter… the self-confidence... you feel a whole lot better in yourself”.  A participant who lost over 4 stone since starting the programme said “I feel better; when I sit down on the chair I don’t fall asleep now. I’m wanting to get out and walk and feel better”. The social aspect of the programme and knowing that you did not have to be fit to take part, was hugely important to the participants.

 

This programme which was funded by the HSE was delivered in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership, Croi[L1]  West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation and media partner Mid West Radio. Commenting at the launch of the report Dr Nazih Eldin, HSE National Lead on Obesity commented on the importance of a partnership approach like this in addressing obesity. “Obesity cannot be reduced by the HSE working on its own, so many factors influence our health and well-being – our living and working conditions, food production, our income, our culture, and partnership projects like this are very important in improving health and wellbeing”.

 

 Also speaking at the launch Minister for Sport Mr Michael Ring said “We need to change how we think about health in Ireland; we have to think about preventing illnesses and supporting people to live healthier lives rather than putting all the emphasis on treatment. Physical activity and sport does so much for physical mental and social health, we need to support projects like Men on the Move”.

 Minister Michael Ring with members of the Men on the Move group from Claremorris

The groups in existing areas have continued the programme in a self sustaining format with the aid of local community groups such as athletic clubs and Family Resource Centres. The initiative has recently expanded to include both the Erris and Castlebar areas with more planned in the near future.  Currently there are in excess of 200 men actively participating in the programme.

 

Anyone interested in more information contact Mayo Sports Partnership 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie. You can also contact the local leaders of the projects.

 

Ballina - Pat at 087 2540334

Claremorris - Paul at 087 1324239

Erris - Michelle   at 087 7646710

Castlebar - Taragh at 0876471919

Westport- Marian at 087 7632669

 

 

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Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:58:00 GMT

1,000 people turnout for Operation Transformation Walks

In good weather conditions approximately 1,000 people turned out for the Mayo Operation Transformation walks last Saturday 19th January in Belmullet, Castlebar andWestport. Over 500 alone participated in the Castlebar Lough Lannagh event which was attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mayor of Castlebar Brendan Heneghan  and CEO Irish Sports Council John Treacy.

Participants at the Castlebar Operation Transformation Walk

 In the afternoon Treacy joined Minister of State for Sport and TourismMichael Ringand Caitheoirleach of Westport Town Council Ollie Gannon in leading approximately 350 people through the grounds of Westport House and linking up with the town Greenway. Minister Ring also launched a new iphone app which has details of more than 400 walking and cycling trails aroundIreland, and will make it much easier for everyone to get out and enjoy one of the country’s  many recreational trails.

 Minister Michael Ring, CEO Irish Sports Council John Treacy, Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert and participants at the Westport Operation Transformation Walk

Not to be outdone over 100 people participated in the Belmullet 5K walk which took in some of the breathtaking scenery in the area.

 

All events were co-organised by Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo Walking Partnership,WestportLeisureParkand The Erris Community Health Forum.

 

Photographs from all the events can be viewed on the Mayo Sports Partnership Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayo-Sports-Partnership/282114873337?ref=hl

 

The organisers would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors etc who contributed towards making all the events safe and enjoyable.

 

A number of follow on programmes are available in all locations

 

 

Belmullet

 

Erris “Men on the Move” Programme

 

Now in its 2nd phase the group is now targeting new participants for its spring programme. The group meets twice weekly at the Phairc Beo in Belmullet and targets men aged 30 plus. If you are interested contact Michelle Healy at 087 7646710

 

Erris “Meet and Walk”

 

Interested in being part of a walking group which caters for all levels and abilities. Why not join the recently formed Meet and Walk group which meets twice weekly. Contact Michelle at 087 7646710

 

 

 

 

 

Castlebar

 

 

Castlebar “Men on the Move” Initiative

 

Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

 

Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West, Castlebar Mens Shed and Le Cheile Family Resource Centre are offering a new programme for men aged 30+ over the coming weeks in the Castlebar area. Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for  men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged. Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant. 

 

If you would like to join this programme contact the leader Taragh at 0876471919

 

Castlebar Meet and Walk Programme

 

Enjoy walking? Would you like to exercise more and be part of a group? Are you interested in being part of a Castlebar Meet and Walk Group? If so register your name with us today by calling Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 9047025 or email us on msp@mayococo.ie

 

 

Westport

 

Operation Transformation Programme

 

WestportLeisureParkhave a community programme for the duration of the Operation Transformation TV programme. You can join walks which take place during the week and on a Saturday. These are free walks and its never too late to join.ContactWestportLeisureParkat 098 – 29160

 

 

Westport “Men on the Move” Programme

 

Targeting men aged 30 plus this group meets once a week and are currently recruiting new members. You can exercise at your own pace under the watchful eyes of a qualified physical activity leader. The group meet at the Westport Athletic track and activities include walking, jogging, cycling etc. To find out more contact Marian at 087 7632669

 

 

 

Further information on walking groups or meet / train groups throughout Mayo can be got by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:43:00 GMT

Minister of State Michael Ring Launches New Walking App

New walking app puts 400 walking & cycle trails at your fingertips

 

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring gets involved with Operation Transformation tomorrow when he launches a new iPhone app featuring 400 Irish activity trails while leading a walk in his hometown.

Minister Michael Ring launches a new i phone app at the Westport Operation Transformation Walk

 

The new iPhone app has details of more than 400 walking and cycling trails around Ireland, and will make it much easier for everyone to get out and enjoy one of Ireland’s many recreational trails.

 

Minister Ring will be trying out the app while leading a walk in his hometown of Westport tomorrow. This is one many walks and events taking place around Ireland this weekend as part of Operation Transformation 2013. 

 

The app provides loads of vital information on each trail, including an overview map and directions to the start. You can review each trail and it even works offline so that you can find trails even in places where there is no data coverage. The National Trails Office developed the app with the Irish Sports Council, to make it much easier for people to get out and enjoy one of Ireland’s many recreational trails.

 

“This new app gives you instant information on the huge number of walking and cycling trails in Ireland. It’s an excellent way of encouraging everyone to get outdoors, and could help people visiting Ireland. It’s great to be able to launch this app in my hometown,” Minister Ring said.

 Icon for Walking App

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council said; “Participation in physical activity is on the increase and recreational walking is hugely popular.  This app is one of the many initiatives of the National Trails Office which aims to increase use and enjoyment of the trails”.

 

The Irish Sports Council is working in association with RTE's Operation Transformation Programme for the third year running in 2013. The Westport event is organised by Mayo Local Sports Partnership in collaboration with Westport Leisure Park and is one of 40 Walking Events run by the national network of Sports Partnerships on January 19.

 

Minister Ring added: ‘We know that high profile campaigns encourage people to get involved in sport and physical activity. Operation Transformation is a hugely successful initiative. It’s great to see the Irish Sports Council involved and so many people energised and enthusiastic about the day’s activities’.

 

Over 15,000 people took part in the National Walks in 2012 which are a great way of promoting walking as a fun way to get and stay active. It is hope that there will be at least that number participating in 2013 in the 40 walks taking place nationwide on January 19. 

 

http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/Operation_Transformation/National_Walks_19_Jan_/

 

The Irish Trails App is free to download from the App Store from the 19th of January. https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/irish-trails/id564776288?mt=8

 

The App will be updated constantly with additional information on the Irish trail network. An android version of the app is in development.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:36:00 GMT

Public Relations Officer Internship at Mayo Sports Partnership

Title of Internship : Public Relations Officer

 Department where placement is offered: Mayo Sports Partnership

Learner Outcome: The intern will gain practical experience in a busy sports office. ( Note that this is not a Sports Development Position) Some of the key experience will be promoting events, projects and general news through social media channels ie Facebook, Twitter, etc and designing press releases, posters, graphics etc. The successful applicant will be required to update websites and other mediums continually transmitting the message of positive participation in physical activity. Heavy involvement in the promotion of the West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon will be a particular focus. The Intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Formal - health and safety, interpersonal and communication, project delivery and other relevant training which will be identified during induction. Informal – Project administration and promotion skills,. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Project Communication and Promotion, project delivery, networking with various organisations. Applicants must supply suitable character references.

Person Specifications: Some interest is sport is desirable but not essential. The person should have excellent IT and communication skills . They should have the ability to work off their own initiative in delivering desired goals. The person will be required to report on a weekly basis to management.

Qualification Details: A public relations or similar qualification would be desirable with excellent IT skills. Knowledge of photoshop or similar poster/flier designing software would be an advantage

 

To find out more see www.jobbridge.ie or contact the Personnel Department Mayo County Council at 094-9020000

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:35:00 GMT

National Operation Transformation Walks set for Castlebar, Westport and Erris

 

Is getting more physically active part of your new year resolutions? Don’t know where to start and need some support? The new series of RTEs Operation Transformation is once again joining forces with the Irish Sports Councils Sports Partnership network to encourage people to become more physically active in 2013.  A series of walks will take place across the country this Saturday 19th January with Mayo walks taking place in Belmullet, Castlebar andWestport.

The  walks, either 3 or 5km in length will be led by suitable instructors who will be on hand guide participants through the walk and also to give advice about follow on programmes etc.

Details of the events are as follows:

Centre                        Meeting Point & Time                                 Time of Walk

Castlebar                New Castlebar Tennis Club(11am)                   11.30am

Erris                       Civic Centre Belmullet(11.30am)                        12 Noon

Westport                WestportLeisure Park(1.30pm)                         2pm   

 

“ Last years Operation Transformation walk was a great success with many continuing on walking for weeks afterwards. After the Christmas people are thinking of doing some exercise for whatever goal they may have and don’t know where to start. We hope to be able to provide support for people who are seeking to become more active.” Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert commented.   

Event organizers Mayo Sports Partnership and local partners are encouraging people of all age groups to turn out on the day.

There is no cost involved. Participants are asked to wear loose clothing and to bring some water.

Further information on Operation Transformation can be viewed at : www.rte.ie/ot/

To register for the walks or to get further information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:16:00 GMT

Men on the Move Activity Programme now in Castlebar

Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

 Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West, Castlebar Mens Shed and Le Cheile Family Resource Centre are offering a new programme for men aged 35+ over the coming weeks in the Castlebar area.

 Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for  men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged.

 An open evening is being organised, where men can come along and get a free health check (from 6.30pm), information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme. The open night for the Castlebar area takes place in:

 

G.M.I.T. ( old Westport Rd) on Monday 21st January at 7.30pm

 

Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant.  There will be leaders there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the proposed activities.

 

Following the tremendous success of the programme in Ballina, Westport, Claremorris and Erris  this initiative is being coordinated in Castlebar in conjunction with the ‘Castlebar Men’s Shed’ which is a local community development programme for men which is in operation all year round.

 

If you wish to register for the initiative please call the Mayo Sports Partnershipoffice on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie,  Text your name to 087 6973093

 

So get out there and get active and be part of this super programme!

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:22:00 GMT

Entries now open for West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon

We are all ready for the off with the 4th Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon. New sponsors are to be announced shortly and the 2013 event, which ties in with the Gathering, promises to be bigger and better than ever. To find out more and to enter log on to www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westofirelandwomensminimarathon

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:01:00 GMT

€26M for 615 new sports projects announced by Ring

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has announced almost €26 million in new funding for local sports projects across the country, the first round of sports capital funding in four years.

Speaking at the announcement Minister Ring, said: ‘I am excited about the allocations being made today. These allocations will benefit people in every county by giving them more opportunities to get involved in sport, whatever their ability. This funding will allow a diverse array of sports clubs and groups to build and improve much-needed facilities, or to purchase sports equipment’.

 

€777,293 was provided for 15 sports projects in Mayo. The funding will help fund projects including floodlighting, artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas, security fencing and ball stop netting and the building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets.

 

To view full list of projects in Mayo log on to http://mayotoday.ie/index.php/browse-mayo-news-by-category/sport-in-mayo/item/5586-€777293-in-funding-for-15-sports-projects-in-mayo.html

 

The 2012 round of the Sports Capital Programme is the first round of the programme since 2008. New criteria were introduced for this year’s programme with a particular emphasis on clubs in disadvantaged areas.

Between 1998 and 2010, €140 per person was provided in sports capital funding across the country. However, the allocations to individual counties varied significantly. While the best performing county got €196 of sports funding on a per capita basis, other counties got only a little over half of that. Therefore on this occasion funding has been allocated on a per-capita basis to each county with a weighting for past performance.

 

A total of 2,170 applications were received, the highest number of applications ever received under the Programme. These applications sought a total of €229 million in funding. Further allocations of €4 million will be made to national and regional projects in the coming weeks.

 

Note

The Sports Capital Programme is the Government’s main vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

Main features of the 2012 Sports Capital Programme are:

Total fund of €30 million available for allocation.Some clubs previously excluded were able to apply this year. For the first time clubs and organisations which do not own their land or do not have a long lease were able to apply for modest grants of up to €25,000 to upgrade facilities.

· The allocations announced include funding for:

o Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)

o Floodlighting

o Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas

o Security fencing and ball stop netting

o Hurling walls / handball alleys

o Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets

o Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms

o Non-personal sports equipment

o Shared facilities

o Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance

 

 

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:11:00 GMT

Federation of Irish Sport Publishes Annual Review

Sport Could Play Major Role in Tackling Obesity Problems

 Irish sport continues to be one of the few bright spots for Ireland in these difficult economic times.  In a year that has seen Irish soccer feature once again at a major championship, Katie Taylor win Olympic Gold, our Paralympians take 16 medals at the London Games, Kilkenny continue their remarkable feats, Rory McIlroy win all around him and Irish rugby unveil a new and exciting generation of players, Irish sport has provided one of the few beacons of hope for the country.

At the same time sport cannot be taken for granted and decisions taken now could have a major negative impact in the future that could set Irish sport back decades.  These are just a number of the key messages in this year’s annual Review of Irish Sport which has been published by the Federation of Irish Sport.  The Review was launched earlier today, Friday, 30 November, 2012.

To view the report please click here http://irishsport.ie/wpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/3525_SportMatters_AR_Final.pdf

The Federation, which represents Ireland’s national sporting organisations, has been publishing an annual review since 2009.  The main purpose of the Review is to remind key influencers of the positive power of sport in Ireland and also to ensure that the development and funding of sport remains a Government priority.   As in previous years the Federation has used its Review not alone to warn against funding cuts but to also suggest ways in which changes in Government policy could be beneficial to the development of Irish sport and its funding.

In her review of the year Federation CEO, Sarah O’Connor, said that she was delighted to note that the Government had given a commitment to involve sport in next year’s Global Economic Forum. She said it was recognition of the very real contribution sport is today making to the Irish economy and to our reputation both at home and abroad.

She went on to say that the Federation and its members fully recognise the difficulties for Government funding for sport today and that she was felt it was even more essential that the Government be open to explore other ways of securing investment in sport.  She said that now was not the time to make decisions on areas such as sports sponsorship by alcohol companies. She said that all the research that the Federation had undertaken pointed to the fact that there are little or no new sponsorship monies available in the marketplace.  She said that whatever is done in the long-term nothing should be done in the short-term.

She also noted that sport had made a submission to the Government in relation to funding of amateur sport.  “Amateur sport is at a distinct disadvantage to other areas of community and voluntary sector given that unlike them it doesn’t qualify for charitable status.  There is therefore no incentive to give to sport in the same way that there are for other causes that are of public benefit.”  She said that a change in the status of amateur sport could make a huge difference to sport in the short term.

She again noted the importance of volunteerism in Irish sports.  She said that without the 500,000 plus volunteers that are involved in Irish sport every year that it would simply cease to function.  She said it was all too easy to forget that there is a real economic value on such volunteering and the value to sport is of the order of €350 million a year.

In conclusion she also noted the fact that sport was committed to being part of The Gathering in 2013.  She believed that sports tourism, as evidenced by such events as the US Football match in Dublin and the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway could be of huge benefit in the re-building of the country.  She appealed to the Government to set up a specialist agency, along similar lines to that in Denmark, to bid for sports events.  She noted that Sport Event Denmark was now successful in two out of every three bids it made.

 

The Future of Irish Sport

As part of this year’s Review the Federation asked a number of experts in the sporting area to look ahead to the year 2020 with a view to seeing what sport could be like for the country if it were given the right support.  There was remarkable consistency among many of those asked and the key findings as to what they would like to see sport looking at in 2020 were as follows:

One single State entity to deal with all sport,  bringing together the old Irish Sports Council, the National Sports Campus Development Authority, Coaching Ireland and the Irish Institute of Sport.  The new entity to have control over all elements of sport including high performance NGB grants, the sports capital budget and also to be involved in all decisions relating to sport and health and sports tourism.Recognition of sport as a cornerstone for the improvement of Irish Society and increased co-operation between all Government Departments having an impact on sportCharitable status for amateur sport to help free up new streams of revenue.Monies from taxes raised from the betting industry to be shared across all sports.The setting up of a single agency to bid for international sports events.Sport to be used as a vehicle to improve the health of the nation.  Only this week a new study showed that obesity/overweight is costing the island of Ireland €1.65 billion a year.The completion of the National Sports Campus.Ireland having a high performance system that matches the very best in the worldAll schools having physical education as part of their curriculum.Greater involvement of women in sport throughout all of their livesIreland hosting the Rugby World Cup 2023.

 

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:22:00 GMT

Minister Ring announces €15,865 in sports grants for 50 older people’s groups i

 50 groups in Mayo are among 872 groups nationwide to share an allocation of €285,000 under the twelfth Go for Life National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People. Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring announced the allocations at an event held in Dublin. The Irish Sports Council is awarding the money under the Go for Life national grant scheme, which aims to help local clubs and organisations to increase opportunities for their older members to actively participate in recreational sport and a range of physical activities.

To view the full list please click here 2012 List of Grantees for SPG

 This year over 1000 applications were received from older people’s groups all over the country.  The 872 successful applicants include active retirement associations, senior citizens clubs, ICA guilds, sports clubs, Local Sports Partnerships, day centres and community centres in 26 counties.  The grant aid is being used to buy sports equipment and to fund sport and activity programmes.

This year the grant announcement coincided with Go for Life / Irish Sports Councils launch of  a new report, “Physical Activity & Sport 2011: Participation and Attitudes of Older People in Ireland”. The Ipsos MRBI report is the third in a series which tracks older Irish people’s physical activity levels and their attitudes to getting active. The report found a third of people over 50 in Ireland still mistakenly believe that housework and gardening will keep them fit.

All adults, regardless of age, actually require 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week, in line with the national guidelines. The report also found that many people are achieving their ‘30 minutes a day’ simply through walking. Apart from that, the most popular activities for older people were cycling, dancing, golf, swimming and aerobics. Walking was also proving to be a ‘first step’ into getting active in other ways. The report recommends that there is also plenty of scope to promote activities like yoga, aqua aerobics, pilates and bowls. 

 Commenting on the funding to Mayo, which totaled €15,585, Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert  said he was delighted to see so many  groups from Mayo included in the allocation. 

“Last year we had 46 groups who received funding through the scheme so this years funding illustrates that more and more groups are catering for older peoples activities.”

 This years allocation brings to €4  million the amount granted under this scheme to older people’s groups over the last twelve years. Mayo Sports Partnership will continue to have older peoples involvement in physical activity as one of its main objectives in 2013. Through its very successful Be Active 55 and County Boccia league programmes throughout the county numerous older people are having fun while taking exercise in a friendly and sociable environment. For more information on these projects and other initiatives please contact the Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:11:00 GMT

Social Media Seminar for Clubs -Wed 5th Dec

Following on from the very successful Club Development Seminar held earlier this year Mayo Sports Partnership is calling all sports clubs in the region to sign up for the 2012 Social Media Seminar for Sports Clubs in the Mayo Education Centre, Old Westport Rd, Castlebar on Wednesday 5th December 2012.

To download flier and application form click here Social Media Workshop Flier

 Most clubs are aware of Facebook and Twitter but are unsure how to best utilise these free PR tools. This seminar will look at these social media platforms and will show the ease at which people can use them, will highlight the dos and don’ts and outline examples of where ordinary sports clubs have embraced it for positive benefit and how your club can benefit from social media also.

 

The London Olympics and Paralympics showcased the importance of social media in a modern sporting arena, allowing members of the public to send messages of support directly, to follow progress, updates and results and to enable the athletes to connect directly with viewers and supporters. At a time when we’re all looking to increase engagement with what we do, it’s essential that we understand the role social media can play in this.

 

The event will run from 7pm to 9.30pm with the main speaker on the night being Ballinrobe native Liam Horan (Sports Commentator and Ex-journalist at the Irish Independent and RTE) who will be getting clubs more familiar with the various social media platforms and encouraging them to look at using social media as a promotion and recruitment tool. Attendees should typically be sports club members including administrators, committee members, coaches and volunteers who are involved in the running or governance of sports clubs.

 

Clubs rely on social media these days for build up to games, in terms of communicating their team announcements, fixtures, results and club events. The seminar aims to inform and guide clubs about this valuable communication tool and we hope to see as many clubs as possible on the day.

 

For more information on the event log onto www.mayosports.ie/news. Clubs can register for  a fee of €15 per person and includes tea / coffee, free parking, an information pack and supporting material. Places are limited to 20 so early booking is advised. Contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 for further details.

 

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:53:00 GMT

Success in Sport Video Now Available

Self motivation, good friends and a liking for the taste of success were three of the things Sonia revealed as part of her winning formula at The Breaffy House Hotel in Castlebar last Wednesday night.

To view a hort video please click here http://vzaar.tv/1121819

 Speaking to sports commentator Liam Horan, she said that when she was a teenager training mostly alone in Cobh, she preferred to be able to go for a run than stay out late with her friends.  It was this ability to adapt, from an early stage, to what other people might see as big sacrifices, like drinking or going to discos, which she said helped make her one of Ireland’s sports legacies.

 “It’s important to get a taste of success,” she told the audience of over 200 people gathered for the Achieving Success in Sport seminar.  “Once you get that taste you want more.  You know what it takes to achieve things but you will do anything to get back to it.”

 She said that she did take some time out to enjoy things outside of dedicated training.  However, the taste of athletic success always pulled her back to the track.

 “A small taste (of a different life) is enough,” she said.  “But the taste I really want is success.”

 She also said that aspiring athletes had to surround themselves with a good team – not just a team to look after physical and mental needs – but friends and “people who know whether you’re having a good day or not.”  

 Gavin Duffy, Connacht Rugby Captain, Irish cap and former Mayo Minor Footballer said that his parents, and particularly his father, were the ones who looked out for his welfare when he was a young, enthusiastic player.  He recalled the day that former Mayo manager John Maughan called him up to the senior team bench but Gavin’s father told John that his son would be going home for his Sunday lunch because he had already played a tough minor match on the Saturday. As Gavin said; “there weren’t many men who would say no to John Maughan.”

 Mayo Star Aidan O’Shea said that while talent was important it was not the thing that was going to get any sports person to the top alone.  As well as talent, you need a super attitude and huge self-discipline, he said, particularly in an amateur sport like GAA, he said.  

 Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly agreed.  He said that success in sports was 80% attitude and 20% talent.  Every top sports person, he said, had worked hard for what he or she had achieved.  He also said that it was important to be focused and to be ready to be the best at all times.

 “On average a goalie will touch a ball 27 times in a game,” he said.  “You’re not called on that often but when you are called on you have to do the right thing.  That’s what makes the difference between a good goalkeeper and an ordinary one.”

 The seminar was one of the key Mayo events during the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, which took place from the 12th to 16th of November.  The event was organized by the Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Western Region Drugs Task Force (WRDTF), Mayo County Development Board and South West Mayo Development Company.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:57:00 GMT

Grants available for Gathering Events in 2013

The Gathering Ireland Local Community Fund

 Mayo County Council is inviting applications from groups or organisations who are planning Gatherings during 2013 to compete for funding under the Gathering Ireland Local Community Fund. 

 Do you have a sports or physical activity event which you are planning in 2013. Need some funding assistance to get it off the ground.

Application Form can be downloaded here The Gathering Application Form and Guidelines here The Gathering Guidelines Document for this limited fund is available from the Gathering Co-Ordinator, Mayo County Council, Arasan Chontae, Castlebar, or can be downloaded from www.Mayo.ie.

 

Completed applications must be e-mailed to thegathering@mayococo.ie or posted to Mr. Padraig Philbin, Gathering Co-Ordinator, Mayo County Council, Aras an Chontae, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, before 5.00 pm on Friday, 30th November 2012

 

 

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:12:00 GMT

2012 Autumn / Winter Newsletter Now Available

Welcome to the Autumn 2012 edition of our bi annual newsletter. To download please click here 2012 Autumn / Winter Newsletter   Despite Mayo losing out to Donegal in the All Ireland its full steam ahead in Mayo Sports Partnership. In this issue we see the fantastic success of the Men on the Move Programme, West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon  and walking / cycling initiatives in the county. 2013 is the year of the Gathering and we invite all community / sporting organisations to get involved by organising an event in your locality. If you require any further information on any of the initiatives in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact the office at 094-9047025

 Contents

  1. Introduction | Réamhrá
  2. Men on the Move Initiative | Tionscnamh ‘Men on the Move’
  3. West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon 2012 | Mion-Mharatón na mBan 2012
  4. Mini Marathin Pictorial | Pictiúir ó Mhion-Mharatón na mBan
  5. Great Western Greenway 10K | 10K an Bhealaigh Ghlais
  6. Funding Information | Maoiniú
  7. Sport and Disability Update | Tuairisc ar Spórt agus Míchumas
  8. Community Sport Programmes | Clár Pobail Spóirt
  9. Initiatives for the Unemployed | Tionscnaimh do Dhaoine Dífhostaithe
  10. Club Profile | Cur síos ar Chlub
  11. Schools Section | Rannóg na Scoileanna
  12. Walking and Cycling Initiatives | Tionscnaimh Siúlóide agus Rothaíochta
  13. Older Adult Programmes | Cláir do Dhaoine níos sine
  14. Project Updates | Tuairisc ar Thograí
  15. Other News | Nuacht Eile
  16. Latest Research |  Taighde
  17. Upcoming Events | Imeachtaí

 

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:41:00 BST

Tragic Death of Mayo Soccer Coach

 Mayo Sports Partnership would like to offer our sincere condolences to Jeremy Dees family, friends and all in the soccer community. He was a true sportsperson and a gentleman to work with. He did so much for sport in the county and will be a huge loss. May he rest in peace.

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:18:00 GMT

Sonia Shares her Thoughts on Success in Sport – What Does it Take?

Special Seminar – November 14th

 Track legend Sonia O’Sullivan will lead out a strong team of sports men and women at a special seminar to explore what it takes to succeed in sport in today’s world where injuries, heartache losses and set-backs have to be overcome and where the lure of an easier life is never too far away.

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 The Seminar, called Success in Sport – What Does it Take? will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at The Breaffy House Hotel starting at 7:30 pm. It will be chaired by Ballinrobe native and well known GAA commentator Liam Horan. Current Mayo GAA player Aidan O Shea, Connaught Rugby and Irish International Gavin Duffy and Sligo Rovers penalty stop king Ciaran Kelly will also attend.

To download poster please click here Success in Sport Poster Success in Sport Leaflet

 The open debate will explore all aspects of sporting life including issues such as:

·the relationship between sport and physical, emotional and mental health; ·the thorny question of the relationship between sport and alcohol in a society where alcohol is an endemic part of all aspects of culture, including the sporting culture; ·the demands and pressures on high performance athletes – what do they have to say no to in order to get to the top; and ·the importance of leadership, management and preparation so that teams and individuals can make winning a habit.

 

The seminar is one of the key Mayo events during the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, which is taking place from the 12th to 16th of November. The event is being organized by the Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Western Region Drugs Task Force (WRDTF) and South West Mayo Development Company.

 

Everybody over 16 involved in sport – budding future stars, those who are competing at club, county or national level now, parents, coaches and managers are invited to attend this free event. Tickets can be booked through the Mayo Sports Partnership on 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie. Alternatively you can complete the attached leaflet and return to the Sports Partnership Office by Tuesday 13th November.

 

Please note that a limited number of places will be available. Early registration is advised so to avoid disappointment.

 

For more media information contact: Edel Hackett, Tel: 087-2935207

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:12:00 GMT

Jobseekers making Difference in East Mayo Communities

 12 Jobseekers from the Ballyhaunis area are currently undertaking a sports coach training programme for 2 days a week, over 14 weeks which it is hoped will provide them with the tools to obtain some part time employment. The “Goal to Work” training programme will allow trainee coaches to become fully qualified G.A.A., Rugbyand Soccer coaches gaining practical experience in settings such as local primary schools and the wider Ballyhaunis community. In addition, training will be provided on how to explore setting up a business, enterprise and further educational opportunities.  Other modules will include IT, communication skills, progression routes and CV preparation, all of which would help participants to identify possible employment after the 14 week programme.

 Members of the Organising Committee, sport development officers and trainees.  

Goal to Work Ballyhaunis is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board. The first training programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified Soccer Coaches with many of those gaining some part time employment as a result. Goal to Work Ballina which was completed in December 2011 built on the pilot initiative and was multi sport and specifically targeted jobseekers from the Ballina urban area

 

Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert said “This unique programme has been made possible through agencies working together.  The partnership with the Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company,Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Development Board, Connacht Rugby, the FAI, Mayo GAA, HSE West, Mayo Mental Health Association, Department of Social Protection and the Social Inclusion Measures Group of CDB has been the key to the success of this programme”. Another added benefit, according to Charlie will be the availability of an increased database of coaches to work with schools, clubs and youth groups across a number ofsports.

 Rugby Development Officer Gavin Foley with Goal to Work Trainees  

According to Siobhán Carroll–Webb of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company the focus of “Goal to Work” will be to tutor people as coaches with the aim of providing them with an option of setting up a business on a self-employed basis at the end of the coaching period, gaining employment or progressing onto further education or training. It is hoped that the initiative will benefit the Ballyhaunis area with many of the coaches linking in with local community organisations providing increased physical activity opportunities for all. “This is a fine example of effective and efficient inter-agency work” states Siobhán as she stresses the importance of and value in collaborative inter-agency working in the current economic climate.

 

This year the programme will have a community element, co-ordinated byAnne Ronayne, Community Sports Development Project Worker Mayo Sports Partnership, encouraging people living in the Ballyhaunis area to take up some physical activity.Anne explained that she hopes that the Ballyhaunis community will get involved in the activities she is organising.

“Recreational GAA both football and hurling, late night soccer for men, inclusive activity day and an over 55s day are just some of the programmes which we hope the trainees will deliver through the course”

 Paul Byrne Development Officer with Soccer Trainees  

For further information on Goal to Work contact Charlie Lambert, Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership clambert@MayoCoCo.ie  or Siobhán Carroll-Webb, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co. siobhancarrollwebb@mayonortheast.com

To get involved in Ballyhaunis community activities contact Anne Ronayne, Mayo Sports Partnership aronayne@MayoCoCo.ie  or (094) 9047025

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:29:00 BST

MSP 2011 Annual Report now available

Huge Demand for Sports Partnership Services in 2011

Providing physical activity opportunities for some 15,000 people, information to 500 clubs / organisations, 7,000 people contacting the Partnership for sports specific information  were just some of the highlights of the 2011 annual report presented to board of the Mayo Sports Partnership recently. The boards function is to oversee the workings of the Sports Partnership and comprises of 19 representatives from local agencies, community and sporting organisations within the county.To download a copy of the full report please click here 2011 Annual Report    2012 Annual Report  

 Again as in previous years, the Partnership has made significant advances and increased the number of locally delivered programmes and training opportunities. Target groups focused on during 2011 included children and young people, people with a disability, unemployed and women. The Partnership is also continuing to deliver projects to increase the participation and involvement of harder to reach groups such as those living in disadvantaged communities.

 A particular highlight from the report has been the continued success of the mass participation initiative, theWestern PeopleWest of Ireland Women's Mini Marathon. In 2011, almost 4,000 people took part in this fantastic event co-organised by the Partnership. The enthusiasm and enjoyment evident from both the participants and volunteers demonstrated the value and importance of this type of intervention for local communities.

 Cllr Henry Kenny-Chairman of Mayo Sports Partnership was loud in his praise for the level of support given to the Partnership by statutory, community and voluntary groups across the county. He particularly thanked County Manager Peter Hynes, the Irish Sports Council and Minister of State for Sport and TourismMichael Ringfor their support in these challenging times.

 “ Much credit must go to the Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert and his staff for continually delivering high quality participation programmes and working with local agencies and all sections of society.” Cllr Kenny added.

 The Sports Partnership can be contacted at 094-9047025 or e-mail msp@mayococo.ie . You can also log on to its website and download the full report at www.mayosports.ie/news  

 

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:20:00 BST

Intercultural Family Fun Day a Great Success

Large crowds attend ‘Family Fun Day’ in Claremorris

Mayo Integration Forum held a ‘Family Fun Day’ last weekend in Claremorris. The Forum comprises migrant representatives, Mayo County Development Board, Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo Intercultural Action, Mayo County Childcare Committee, and other agencies and groups. One of the main goals of the Forum is to promote active integration of people from different countries of origin who chose Ireland as their home. The event was organized to encourage integration of diverse communities through active sport interaction and cultural exchange.

 The Family Fun Day was held at the Claremorris Athletic Club indoor facilities. With over 400 people attending from communities with origins from DR Congo, Latvia, Ireland, Nigeria, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Russia, Zimbabwe, Poland, Philippines, Ghana and Venezuela getting together to showcase their traditional food, craft, music and sport. Asylum seekers residents of the Old Convent, Ballyhaunis, who came to Ireland from different parts of the world, took active part on the Day presenting their traditional food, dance, singing and wearing traditional dress of an outstanding colour and design.

Athletics in Claremorris  

A number of athletic activities were organized by Mayo Sports Partnership and the Claremorris Athletic Club for children, such as races, high jump and hurdles. Everyone got an opportunity to sample great varieties of food (most of which are now available in local ethnic shops). Attendees also got to take part in sport activities, enjoy music, singing, chat and dance..

The day proved to be a fantastic opportunity to get to know other people and make friends with people from all over the world living in our communities.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:14:00 BST

Unemployed? Discounted Bike Hire rates now Available on Greenway

Mayo Sports Partnership and Clew Bay Bike Hire Co have teamed up to provide unbeatable discounted daily bike hire rates for anyone in receipt of a social welfare payment. The special 5 euro daily rate from outlets in Westportand Newportwill be available from the 1st October. This latest initiative under the Sports Partnerships “Link2BActive” scheme continues to encourage participation by those on social welfare in sport and physical activity.

 Close to 20 sports facilities / suppliers are now offering discounted rates with full details now available on the Sports Partnerships website at www.mayosports.ie/ProgrammesGrants/Link2BActive/

 “Through this scheme people will be able to experience the thrill of cycling on the Greenway” commented Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring when launching the initiative recently.

Minister Ring with Travis Zeray of Clew Bay Bike Hire and Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator  

 “I would also like to commend both Mayo Sports Partnership and Clew Bay Bike Hire for coming together to provide accessible participation opportunities on our fantastic Greenway facility.” Minister Ring added.

 To avail of this special offer participants can call to either of the Clew Bay Bike Hire shops at Westportand Newportand quote the Link2BActive slogan. You should also provide some evidence of being in receipt of a social welfare payment ie latest receipt slip.  You can also call Clew Bay Bike Hire at 098 37675 or email: info@clewbayoutdoors.ie for more information. 

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:04:00 BST

18 Primary Schools to Participate in New Physical Activity Initiative

 New initiative for Primary Schools

 

Mayo Sports Partnership is to deliver a new initiative this Autumn to assist primary schools in providing additional physical activity opportunities. The Be Active After School Activity Programme (ASAP) is an exciting new programme that provides opportunities for children to engage in physical activities in a non competitive after school setting. Led by teachers and supported by parents the Be Active ASAP supports the PE curriculum. It is funded by the HSE, supported by the Irish Sports Council and St. Patricks College of Education in Drumcondra.

 

The Be Active ASAP is designed for 7-8 year olds and is FREE to all participating schools. The programme includes a comprehensive resource folder, teacher handbook, teacher training, support and school visits.

 

It is recommended that schools wishing to achieve the Active School Flag should consider the Be Active ASAP as a means of securing the flag.

 

A series of training workshops will take place across the county for a total of 18 schools. Details are given below:

 

 

Area                               Date                                                                  Time                                                                Venue             

South Mayo                 Tuesday 2nd October                                3.45pm – 6.45pm                           St Josephs Primary School Ballinrobe

North Mayo                  Wednesday 3rd October                           3.45pm – 6.45pm                           Crossmolina N.S.

East Mayo                    Tuesday 9th October                                 3.45pm – 6.45pm                           St Attractas N.S. Charlestown

West Mayo                   Wednesday 10th October                          3.45pm – 6.45pm                           Derrywash N.S. Castlebar

 

 For more information visit www.beactiveasap.ie . Any additional schools wishing to participate in this programme can express their interest in the 2013 delivery by contacting the contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:31:00 BST

Sports Club Directory Update

Mayo Sports Partnership is constantly updating the Sports Club/Organisation

Directory. If your club contact details have changed, could you please contact MSP offices on 094-9047025 with up to date contact details for your club (including the name, address, contact no, club facilities, e-mail address of the contact person and their role in the organisation). This information will be used to update our online directory and our sports clubs database.

 

If you would like to advertise your clubs events on the MSP website or in our Calendar of Events, please contact the Sports Partnership office with all the details

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:37:00 BST

Men on the Move Autumn Programme Announced

“Men on the Move” is a pilot project which hopes to inform future policy in the area of mens health.

The initial 8 week programme is led by a physical activity leader in each area who tailors the programme to participants needs. Following consultation with the participants a further 8 week programme may follow.

 

Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West and the Erris Community Health Forum are offering a new programme for men aged 35+ over the coming weeks in the Erris Area.

Following the success of the programme in Ballina, Westport and Claremorris this initiative is being coordinated in Erris in conjunction with the ‘Erris Men’s Shed’ and the ‘Men’s Community Initiative’ which are local community development programmes for men which are in operation all year round.

 We are calling for men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged.

The Erris Group is now meeting every Wednesday at 8pm in the Áras Inis Gluaire Belmullet.

 The programme is also set to continue in the Ballina (starting 17th September)Westport(starting 18th September), And Claremorris (starting 20th September) areas over the coming months. All groups in the 3 areas comprise of men from a wide variety of backgrounds with varying reasons such as health, weight, social etc given for participating in the programme.

Securing future funding to include additional areas in the project would be one such positive outcome from the initiative.

 For further information on the initiative contact Ray Mc Namara Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or Laurence Gaughan HSE West at 094 9042509

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:26:00 BST

Mayo Sports Partnership announces Autumn / Winter 2012 Events Programme

Child Protection in Sport, Sports First Aid, Sports Leadership Training, Club Development Workshops and leader training for older people groups  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community / sport volunteers, coaches or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport or physical activity. Dates and venues are finalized with a full listing now available by clicking here 2012 Autumn / Winter Programme of Training & Events  

 Included in the comprehensive schedule is a club development workshop for clubs / groups titled “Social Media and Your Club” and also training workshops for primary school teachers in a new after school physical activity programme.  

 Plans are also afoot for an evening seminar in October with some sporting household names to discuss topical issues in sport. More details to be announced later.

 All courses are subsidized by the Partnership and more details can be got by logging on to www.mayosports.ie/CalendarofEventsTrainingCourses/ .You can book places by contacting the office at 094-9047025

 

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:28:00 BST

Men on the Move Activity Programme launched in Erris

Last Wednesday saw the launch of the Men on the Move Programme in Erris by Minister of Sport Michael Ring, local sporting hero Henry Coyle WBF Light Middleweight Champion of the World,  Charlie Lambert from Mayo Sports Partnership and members of the Erris Men’s Shed.

 Speaking of the launch Minister Ring stressed the importance of keeping active in maintaining health and wellbeing while Henry Coyle spoke of his delight in being involved in such a worthwhile initiative

Pictured at Páirc Bheo, Belmullet for the launch are L-R: Michael Carolan, Seamus Cafferkey, Bertie Heffron, Charlie Lambert, Minister Michael Ring, Henry Coyle, Padraig Brogan, Mick Ruddy and Chris Tallott  

 Developed by Mayo Sports Partnership in collaboration with HSE West and the Erris Community Health Forum, this free programmed is designed for men who are worried about that extra weight,  thinking about getting more active or who just want to improve their overall health and wellbeing and will be available for men aged 35+ over the coming weeks in the Erris Area.

 Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for  men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged.

 An open evening is being organised, where men can come along and get a free health check (from 6.30pm), information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme. The open night for the Erris area takes place in:

 Áras Inis Gluaire Belmullet on Monday 10th September at 7.30pm

 Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant.  There will be leaders there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the proposed activities.

 Following the success of the programme in Ballina, Westport and Claremorris this initiative is being coordinated in Erris in conjunction with the ‘Erris Men’s Shed’ and the ‘Men’s Community Initiative’ which are local community development programmes for men which are in operation all year round.

 If you wish to register for the initiative please call the Mayo Sports Partnershipoffice on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie,  Text your name to 087 6973093 or alternatively email erris@menssheds.ie or l.wilson@arasinisgluaire.ie

 

So get out there and get active and be part of this super programme!

 

 

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:04:00 BST

Go for Life launches the twelfth National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Ac

 

Go for Life has launched its annual grant scheme for older groups and clubs. Almost €300,000 has been allocated to this year's scheme, organised by Go for Life and the Irish Sports Council. Groups and clubs of older people all over the country can apply for grants to spend on equipment, to get an instructor in for a few sessions or to organise a Sports Fest in their area. Typical amounts awarded are between €300 and €700 and the grants generally go to active retirement associations, senior citizens clubs, ICA guilds, day centres and community centres. To download application form click here 2012 Go for Life Grant Scheme Application Form  

 

"Thousands of  older people who get active with Go for Life every week  tell us that variety is the spice of life. This small grant helps to spice up Go for Life sessions. Over the years, people have used the grants to do various physical activities like Tai Chi, archery, Pilates, hip-hop, swimming or to get  sports equipment like kurling, skittles, Molle balls, bocce discs or parachute and all kinds of other things besides. They've also used their grants to get a bit of competition going with different groups in a local Sports Fest, attracting new members in the process", says Go for Life's Sue Guildea. "We're looking forward to seeing what people request in their grants this year and to hearing about the difference that the money can make."

Go for Life Grant Scheme Launch  

 

The Go for Life Programme was developed by Age & Opportunity and the Irish Sports Council. Go for Life gives members of older people’s groups around the country the information and skills which enable them to lead sport and physical activity sessions within their own groups.

 

Application Forms are now available from Go for Life, Age & Opportunity, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. Phone 01 805 7733, email gfl@ageandopportunity.ie or download a form from the website www.ageandopportunity.ie.

 

 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 28th September 2012.

 

 

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:32:00 BST

Let us know what you think of Getirelandactive.ie ?

The HSE and a number of partner organisations are working together to encourage people throughout the Country to become more active more often. The Get Ireland Active website, www.getirelandactive.ie has been developed as a one-stop-shop for information on physical activity.

 We want to know what you think of the site to help us improve it.

 You may use the site to post information about events and activities, or search for events in your area, or to find other information on physical activity, you may never have visited the site. We would like feedback from as many people as possible. If you have not visited the site why not have a look now, visit www.getirelandactive.ie and let us know what you think.

 Click on the link below to complete the survey. It should take you no more than 10 minutes.

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3SXBNHF

 You can also complete the survey on out facebook page. www.facebook.com/getirelandactive

 Many thanks in advance for your time and helping us to improve getirelandactive.ie

 

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:15:00 BST

DEADLINE FOR NATIONAL AWARDS TO VOLUNTEERS IN IRISH SPORT EXTENDED

 

The importance of volunteering in Irish sport has never been more important than in today’s difficult economic times when funding for Irish sport is at its most stretched. The efforts of the 450,000 people who each year volunteer their time is crucial to the well-being of Irish sport according to Sarah O'Connor, the Chief Executive of the Federation of Irish Sport.

"It is in recognition of those efforts that the National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport were set up a number of years ago" said Ms O'Connor who was announcing that the deadline for nominations for this year’s awards has been extended to Friday, August 24th, to ensure that these dedicated individuals are recognised for the work they do.

Sport remains the biggest driver of voluntary activity in Ireland and the work of volunteers in sport is vital at every level. Without grassroots helpers, sport simply wouldn’t happen. The Irish athletes currently representing their country arrived at the pinnacle of their sporting careers as a result of the hours of passion, dedication and effort that volunteers afforded them as they developed as players and athletes.

This was highlighted by Irish Olympic swimmer Sycerika McMahon at the launch of the awards in May: “It is impossible to get to the Olympics irrespective of the sport without a huge number of people making sacrifices to get you to that point. This includes friends, family, coaches but also the people at my club and school who invested me at the beginning when I was just another child learning to swim.”

From the nominations received, ten winners will be selected to receive an award at the ceremony in the Aviva Stadium in November. An overall or lifetime award to honour a volunteer, who has consistently given of their time for a sport, a team, or an event over many years, will also be awarded.

This is the fourth edition of the Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards, which is an initiative of the Federation of Irish Sport in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and The Community Foundation of Ireland.

Full details of the scheme and how to nominate can be found on line at www.volunteersinsport.ie . Nominations can be made by clubs, individuals or sporting bodies.

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 12:02:00 BST

Unique Project to produce Future Olympians

Mayo Sports Partnership and Claremorris Athletic Club prepare future Olympians

 Right now the Olympics is a hot topic. There are lots of experts and analysts commenting on how our Irish Athletes have performed in London 2012. The question is being asked as to what we as a nation could or should have done to improve the standard or quality of the athletes being sent to the Olympics every 4 years. Politicians such as Senator Eamon Coughlan have proposed that a programme should be rolled out in schools to introduce children to athletics and Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring has emphasised the need for more money to be invested in our athletes in the future.

 3 years ago Mayo Sports Partnership (core funded by the Irish Sports Council) and Claremorris Athletic Club devised a programme called ‘Introduction to Athletics for Primary School Children’. This Primary School Programme invites schools throughout South and East Mayo to come along to Claremorris Athletic facilities within school time to partake in this very unique programme. This unique programme introduces children from various backgrounds to the many disciplines within athletics. Children as young as 4 years of age are shown how to throw ball, throw the javelin, the shot putt, they are shown the technique of long jump, high jump, hurdles relay as well as being coached in running.

 “So far over 1500 children have participated in this unique ‘introduction to athletics initiative for national school children” said Anne Ronayne Community Sports Project Worker with Mayo Sports Partnership.

Children and teachers from Manulla National School at the introduction to athletics programme at Claremorris Community Facility pictured along with Jim Ryan and Thomas Waldron coaches and Anne Ronayne Mayo Sports Partnership  

 With a wonderful partner in Claremorris AC who provide coaches that are highly skilled and trained at a national and international level and who work on a volunteer basis. This programme is an example to other counties as to how perhaps a good start can be made in developing future national athletes and possible Olympians. The schools that have participated so far are thrilled with the initiative which also ties in with the Primary School curriculum.

 Claremorris Athletic Club have hundreds of new young members through this programme, some reaching national status at community games and national games. The initiative has made a real difference introducing athletics to all children regardless of ethnicity or background. This way the children aren’t disadvantaged by lack of funds or inability to travel.

 Jim Ryan Chairman and coach with Claremorris Athletic Club commented “Through this introduction to athletics’ programme we have created a much greater awareness of athletics in primary schools throughout south and east Mayo. Its success is palpable. There is no reason why this programme which we devised in Mayo cannot be replicated throughout the country. Following on from the local coaching element then and with a greater emphasis on coach development at a regional and national level there is no reason

why we cannot anticipate many Olympians from all corners of Ireland in the future. We need to encourage children early to take up athletics and hope that they form a great love of the discipline that suits them.”

June 2010 children participating at the Athletics Fun day as part of the ' introduction to athletics' for national school children  

 Lorraine Grimes Sports Coordinator of St Josephs Primary School Ballinrobe emphasised that the ‘Introduction to Athletics’ programme rolled out by Mayo Sports Partnership and Claremorris Athletic Club has made a significant difference to the children at their school.

“Over the past 3 years the children from all classes at our school were introduced to athletics disciplines which they would previously have had no familiarity with; such as hurdles, relay, long jump, high jump, shot putt and many others. The children’s athletic skills have improved so much in the past few years with many of them becoming members of their local athletic Club as a result. Some of them have even gone on to have wonderful success at local, regional and national level through the club.”

 “Cooperation between the schools, Mayo Sports Partnership and the local athletic club is the key to the programmes success. We would be delighted if this initiative could be used nationally to expose children to disciplines which they might not get a chance to normally do” added Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 This Autumn phase 5 of the programme will be offered to schools in the South and East Mayo areas. If you would like to learn more about “Introduction to Athletics” contact Anne Ronayne at 094-9047022 or email aronayne@mayococo.ie

 

 

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:08:00 BST

News Update for August 2012

To see all the latest news, events and local happenings during August please click here MSP August 2012 News Update  

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:05:00 BST

Deadline near for nominations for National Volunteer of the Year Awards

“Saying Thank You to Ireland’s Team of Sporting Volunteers”

London 2012 bound Sycerika McMahon paid tribute to the volunteers who played a vital role in her sporting career, when she helped launch the 2012 Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards recently.

This is the fourth edition of the Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards, which is an initiative of the Federation of Irish Sport in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and The Community Foundation of Ireland. The first awards were presented in 2007 and are designed to recognise the contribution of the 450,000 Irish adults who volunteer in sport every year. Sport remains the single biggest driver of voluntary activity inIreland

Members of the public are invited to nominate an individual whose contribution to their sport has made a real difference and to provide details on the person nominated. Ten winners will be selected to receive an award from the nominations received. An Overall or Lifetime award to honour a volunteer, who has consistently given of their time for a sport, a team, or an event over many years, will also be awarded. Full details of the scheme and how to enter can be found on line at www.volunteersinsport.ie. The website includes a nomination form and guidelines for the 2012 awards. Nominations can be made by clubs, individuals or sporting bodies.

Previous winners from Mayo include Eric Reilly from Erris United and Jimmy Corbett from Carnacon Ladies GAA Club.

The deadline for nominations for the 2012 Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards is 3rd August 2012.

 

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:48:00 BST

Men on the Move Activity Programme Set for Erris this Autumn

Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

 Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West will be offering the successful Men on the Move Programme  in the Erris area this coming Autumn 

Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged.

 

An open information evening is being arranged where men can come along and get a free health check from 6.30pm, information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme.

This information night is being planned for Monday 10th September at the Aras Inis Gluaire Time: 7.30pm

 

Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant.  There will be leaders and a life coach there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the proposed activities.

 If you wish to register for the initiative please call the Mayo Sports Partnership office on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie  or Text your name to 087 6973093.

 More details will be announced later.

 

 

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:50:00 BST

Irish Sports Council Publishes Irish Sports Monitor Report 2011

 

Key Findings

Participation in sport increased from 34% in 2009 to 46% in 2011

Sedentarism fell from 16% in 2009 to 13% in 2011

Rates of volunteering in sport increased from 7% in 2009 to 15% in 2011

Club membership has increased from 32% to 38%

Attendance at sporting events rose from 17% in 2009 to 22% in 2011

Personal exercise (11%) and swimming (10%) are the most popular physical activities

Increased time a key factor in increased participation with notable increases among the unemployed as well as those among the younger and older groups of adults

 

 The fourth Irish Sports Monitor report, for the year 2011, was recently published by the Irish Sports Council. The report, written by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of the Council, measures adult participation in sport and physical activity and compares it with previously published information.

To download the full report go to http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/News_Events/Latest_News/2012_Archive/Irish_Sports_Council_Publishes_Irish_Sports_Monitor_Report_2011.html

The report shows that there were very significant increases in the levels of engagement with sport across active and social participation measures. This occurred most notably in relation to active participation in sport which recorded a rise from 34% in 2009 to 46% in 2011.

Another key metric is the level of sedentarism which reflects the extent of inactivity within the population. Between 2009 and 2011 this measure recorded a decrease from 16% to 13%. This is important for population health as the biggest health gains are shown to be achieved when getting totally inactive people to participate in some form of physical activity.

Overall personal exercise is the most popular activity (11%). Swimming continues to grow (10%) and the apparent boom in running is captured with 7% participating. Soccer (6%), cycling (6%) golf (5%) and dance (4%) are also very popular.

The report was officially launched by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring. Speaking at the launch in Dublin he said: 'The growing participation in sport is great news, especially for all the people and organisations who work hard to get more people involved. I'm particularly happy to see that there are more volunteers, more people joining clubs, and more people attending sporting events. The Report shows that Government investment in sport is boosting sporting activity, and hopefully producing a healthier society'.

The Irish Sport Monitor reports a rise in levels of voluntary activity for sport between 2009 and 2011 from 7% to 15%. It is also significant to note the increase in club membership from 32% to 38% and attendance at sporting events for 17% to 22% including 8% who had attended a Gaelic football match. Each of these measures indicates that sport makes a very significant contribution to community and economic life in Ireland.

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council: "The increase in participation and the decrease in sedantarism are significant and very important from a health point of view. The ISM reports on a notable shift in the behaviour of the Irish population which is the result of the interventions of many agencies, groups and individuals. The challenge now is to maintain the good work and keep Ireland active"

Changes ion participation between the two years varied across groups with significant increases being particularly notable among the younger (16 - 25 year old) and older (55+) age groups as well as among the unemployed suggesting the importance of free time as an influence on sporting behaviour. Despite the significant increases being reported it is interesting to note that there is a strong desire across the adult population to increase their current levels of activity with swimming, walking and cycling being particular favourites in this regard.

Kieran O'Leary, Research Director, Ipsos MRBI: "The wider context to this report is one in which Irish society is placing less focus on short-term economic gain and is taking a more holistic view on quality of life. This is clearly benefitting sport through increased active and social participation"

The Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) is a survey of participation in sport and physical exercise in Ireland, which began in 2007 and continued throughout 2008 and 2009. There was a gap in 2010 when there was a competitive process to agree the provider of the ISM to the Council. Based on regular interviews with adults aged 16 and over, the ISM is primarily designed to track levels of participation in sport and recreational exercise, both for the population as a whole and various subpopulations of interest. To achieve sufficient accuracy, it employs large annual samples: 8,749 in 2011, 9,781 in 2009; 6,829 in 2008; 9,767 in 2007.

 

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:03:00 BST

€18,000 in funding distributed to 41 Sports and Recreation groups by Mayo Sports

At a recentMayo Sports PartnershipBoard meeting almost €18,000 was allocated to 41 clubs / organisations in Mayo through both the Partnerships 2012 special participation and  Bike Week grant schemes. In announcing the funding Chairman of the Sports PartnershipCllrHenry Kennycomplimented the work being done on the ground by many volunteers in tough times.

To see full list of SPG Grantees please click here 2012 List of Grantees for SPG  

To see full list of Bike Week 2012 Grantees please click here 2012 List of Bike Week Grantees  

 “ Volunteers are the lifeblood of sport across this county and I would like to put on the record our appreciation for all their hard work. While amounts in this funding scheme are not huge its amazing what can be done with little resources  ” Cllr Kenny  stated.

  The aim of the Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport / physical activity and it is envisaged that all projects will help to do just that particularly in disadvantaged sectors of the population. This year the Partnership was able to distribute €5,000, through funding from the Department of Transport, for recreational Bike Week events which take place from the 16th – 24th June.

 “Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to work with clubs / organisations throughout the county to enhance peoples quality of life. We are open for business to talk to any group who may be looking to further develop their activities.”  Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert added

 Mayo Sports Partnership comprises of representatives from local agencies, sports organisations and community representatives, is core funded by the IrishSports Council and is a sub-office of the Mayo County Development Board. For funding under this scheme applicants need to show that the suggested project will increase participation and is sustainable.

  This year the scheme has funded initiatives including the further development of Camogie in North Mayo, the start up of the Lake District Athletic Club in Ballinrobe, a come and try it mini triathlon with Westport Triathlon Club, a ladies meet and train group inCharlestownand further development of Clare Island Regatta Clubs activities.

 Since 2005 the Partnership has brought an overall investment of close to €4 million to developing sport and recreation within the county. Many projects / initiatives involving pre-schools all the way up to older people have benefited from this significant investment mainly through the Irish Sports Councils direct funding. The above figure does not include the very significant input of partner agencies on the board such as Mayo County Council, Mayo VEC, HSE West, GMIT, Leader Companies, Udaras na Gaeltachta, MayoEducation Centreand other stakeholders.

 Any further information on the above can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnershipat 094-9047025 or by logging on to www.mayosports.ie

 

 

Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:06:00 BST

Get on Your Bike in Mayo during Bike Week 2012

National Bike Week was launched in 2009 to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport. Bike Week 2012, which takes place from 16th – 24th of June, looks to add to the success of previous Bike Weeks by creating more opportunities for people to participate in cycling events throughout the Week.

 Mayo Bike Week is an integral part of the overall National Bike Week initiative and is organised by Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council, Westport Town Council, Smart Travel Castlebar and many other community /sporting organisations across the county.

For a full list of events please click here 2012 Bike Week Programme of Events   

Bike Week begins in Mayo on Saturday 16th June with a Group and Family Cycle with the Cornmarket to Castle Family Cycle organised by Western Lakes Cycling Club in Ballinrobe starting at 12noon  from the Cornmarket Ballinrobe. Erris Beo are also organising a group cycle on this date from Aras Inis Gluaire at 2pm. Ballina Lions Club are organising a “Get Off the Couch and on Yer Bike” Family Cycle in Beleek Woods at 10am on the 16th as well.  A cycle skills workshop is also due to take place over the whole week in St Geralds School Castlebar by Castlebar Cycling Club on the 16th / 17th/19th/20th/21st/22nd June at 6pm each day.

Poster  

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has expressed his support for all communities who are organising these fantastic array of events.

“ Its fantastic to see the many clubs / communities arranging all these events which are open to all. I would encourage everybody to get out there and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mayo” commented Minister Ring

A whole host of other events are due to take place throughout the county with Achill GAA Club and Westport Cycling Club  in particular organising family fun cycles on the Great Western Greenway on Sunday 17th June at 12noon and 2pm on Saturday 24th June respectively.

“Cycling really has caught on as a form of recreational physical activity for all in the last couple of years. Last year over 600 people participated in 12 events and we hope to further build on that in 2012.” says Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership.

“Through funding from the Department of Transport and Mayo County Council we were able to allocate a small amount of financial assistance to community groups / clubs to organise an open and accessible event during Bike Week” Lambert added.

From Kilmovee to Tourmakeady there is an event for everyone to participate in.

A full and detailed listing of all 16 events can be found on the Mayo Sports Partnershipwebsite at www.mayosports.ie/news . For further information contact the Partnerships Office at 094-9047025

 

 

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:38:00 BST

Events announced for Mayo in Motion Month June 2012

 

30 communities organizing walks, 16 cycling events, walking festivals, Nordic walking demonstrations are just some of the highlights of the Mayo in Motion Initiative for 2012 just announced. Download a full list of walking events here  2016 Walking Calendar of Events   

Jointly facilitated by the Mayo Walking Partnership and Mayo Sports Partnership, the month long initiative aims to promote walking and cycling as a means of physical recreation which can be enjoyed by anybody. Communities, schools, workplaces, individuals are all encouraged to get out there and experience the many walking / cycling trails which have recently being developed.

For further information on Mayo in Motion events log on to www.mayosports.ie  contact  Anna Connor Walking Officer Mayo County Council Tel: 094 9047545 Email: aconnor@mayococo.ie or  Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or msp@mayococo.ie

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:42:00 BST

Unemployed and from Ballyhaunis Area? Want to become a Sports Coach? Read On

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company andMayo Sports Partnershipin association with Mayo County Development Board, Mayo Mental Health Association, Connacht Rugby (IRFU), the FAI, Mayo GAA, HSE , and the Department of Social Protection will deliver “Goal to Work” in Ballyhaunis this September. To downoad appliaction form click here Goal to Work Ballyhaunis Application Form  

 “Goal to Work” is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board . The first programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining part time employment as a result. “Goal to Work 2” in Ballina built on the successful pilot initiative giving participants the opportunity to train at foundation level in Soccer, GAA andRugby. Each trainee coach delivered coaching in local primary schools in Ballina with the support of FAI County Development Officer Paul Byrne, Mayo Games Manager Billy McNicholas and Domestic Games Manager Connaught IRFU Lyndon Jones.

 Goal to Work 3 specifically targets unemployed males and females living in the Ballyhaunis area who are  in receipt of a social welfare payment. Participation on this two day week course will not affect this payment.

This Goal to Work sports coach training programme will include a classroom based learning component with FETAC accredited modules in IT and Personal Effectiveness. It will also deliver accredited training in Occupational First Aid, Child Protection in Sport, Irish Sports Council Active Leadership and Disability Awareness.  In addition to these accredited modules the programme will also provide information through specialist guest speakers on how to set up and manage your own business, enterprise opportunities, job readiness skills, personal development, building self esteem and self confidence, identification of personal progression options in employment, further education and training. Should they wish, trainee coaches will also visit a third level education college of their choice to meet with the Access Officer and benefit from an orientation visit of the campus. Mayo Job Club will work with trainee coaches to improve their interview performance skills through provision of live interviews that will be digitally recorded with one to one critique of these interviews to enable improved performance at interviews.

 Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company would like to invite applications from unemployed people in the Ballyhaunis area who will commit to attending this Goal to Work sports coach training programme for two days a week over fourteen weeks to become a qualified GAA, Soccer and Rugby Coach. The programme will commence in early September and is open to currently unemployed men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time or full time coach in these sports. 

 According to Siobhán Carroll – Webb of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company the focus of “Goal to Work” will be to tutor people as coaches with the aim of providing them with an option of setting up a business on a self-employed basis at the end of the coaching period, gaining employment or progressing onto further education or training.. It is hoped that the initiative will benefit the Ballyhaunis area with many of the coaches linking in with local community organisations providing increased physical activity opportunities for all. “This is a fine example of effective and efficient inter-agency work” states Siobhán as she stresses the importance of and value in collaborative inter-agency working in the current economic climate.

Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert said “This unique programme has been made possible through agencies working together.  The partnership with the Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company,Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Development Board, Connacht Rugby, the FAI, Mayo GAA, HSE West, Mayo Mental Health Association, Department of Social Protection and the Social Inclusion Measures Group of CDB has been the key to the success of this programme”. Another added benefit, according to Charlie will be the availability of an increased database of coaches to work with schools, clubs and youth groups across a number ofsports. 

 Places will be limited to twelve trainee coaches.  If you would like further information or an application form please contact Mary Glynn, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Knock Office on 094 9376627 or e-mail maryglynn@mayonortheast.com Application forms can also be downloaded at www.mayonortheast.com or www.mayosports.ie  

 Completed application forms should be returned to

 Mary Glynn, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership, Knock  Office, Knock, Co. Mayo.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is strictly 4pm Thursday 21st June

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Short listing may apply based on information provided in completed application form. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 10th July in Ballyhaunis.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:44:00 BST

New initiative for Primary Schools this September

 

 The Be Active After School Activity Programme (ASAP) is an exciting new initiative that provides opportunities for children to engage in physical activities in a non competitive after school setting. The programme is led by teachers and supported by parents. The Be Active ASAP supports the PE curriculum. It is funded by the HSE and supported by the Irish Sports Council andSt. Patricks College of Education in Drumcondra.

 The Be Active ASAP is designed for 7-8 year olds and is FREE to all participating schools. The programme includes a comprehensive resource folder, teacher handbook, teacher training, support and school visits.

 It is recommended that schools wishing to achieve the Active School Flag should consider the Be Active ASAP as a means of securing the flag.

 To register your school for the programme contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025

For more information visit www.beactiveasap.ie , contact Project Facilitator,Paul Friel at 046 9067346 or pfriel@meathcoco.ie

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:50:00 BST

Sweltering Conditions for 2nd Great Western Greenway 10K

The 2nd Great Western Greenway 10k Run/Walk, co organised by Mayo Sports Partnership, Westport Leisure Park and Westport Town Council, took place on Saturday 26th May with over 300 participants lining up for a 2pm start on the Newport side of the Greenway. The event which took place in fantastic weather conditions mainly attracted first time runners of this distance and was unique in the fact that it was an off road trail run / walk. 

To see full list of results please click here Great Western Greenway 10K Results  

The first lady to cross the line at a time of 38 minutes 52 seconds was Mary Gleeson from Mayo Athletic Club followed in 2nd by Maura Ginty and in third place Ann Marie Needham.  In the mens section Gerry Ryan Craughwell AC finished in a time of 34 minutes 32 seconds, 2nd place went to Noel Gibbons and followed by Brendan Conway in 3rd place.  The first over 40 lady to cross the line was Kathleen Barry; the first male was Noel Gibbons, who incidentally are brother and sister.  Tony Killarney left his contemporaries behind as the first to finish in the over 50 age group, Pauline Moran was the first lady to finish in this category. All participants were treated to a wide range of refreshments and entertainment at theWestportLeisurePark where presentations to place winners and many spot prizes took place. Cllr Ollie Gannon Leas Caitheoirleach of Westport Town Council presented the prizes and was wholesome in his praise of all the participants whether they walked or ran.

" The Town Council was anxious to take this opportunity to promote awareness of the fantastic amenity which is the Great Western Greenway and we are delighted with the response. We would hope to build on this unique event in future years" Cllr Gannon commented.

The organisers would like to thank the landowners along the Greenway, the residents ofSt Marys Crescent, Mayo Civil Defence and all the volunteers from various organisations who assisted with the running of the event.

For future opportunities to participate in similar events log on the the Mayo Sports Partnership website at www.mayosports.ie

Wed, 30 May 2012 12:05:00 BST

Mayo Men on the Move complete 5K Fun Run / Walk

 

 

More than 100 men from Mayo are taking part in a physical activity programme called the Mayo Men on the Move Programme which is a HSE funded initiative co-ordinated by the Mayo Sports Partnership.  The programme is also supported by Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation and Midwest Radio. 

 The programme is running in the Ballina, Westport and Claremorris areas and as an initial target all of the men recently came together to complete a 5k walk and fun run at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar. 

Participants on the Men on the Move Programme  

 Initially, information evenings were held in three locations where men enrolled for the programme and received a free health check.  The programme targeted men over 35, who were physically inactive. Local leaders in the three Towns support the programme and lead the physical activity programmes twice weekly at each location.  The programme is being formally evaluated with the men’s health data being updated at week 8, week 16 and again towards the end of the programme.

 

Commenting on the initiative Mr. Paul Gillen, HSE Health Promotion Department stated, “This is one of the most significant physical activity and health education projects, ever ran in Ireland for men.  The level of enthusiasm and commitment shown by the men to date has been remarkable and the success of the programme is a tribute to the partnership working which exists in Mayo between the HSE, Mayo Sports Partnership, Croí, and Midwest Radio.”

Participants going over the bridge at Lough Lannagh during the Men on the Move 5K  

 The programme is continuing in the three Towns and it is hoped that this initiative can be further extended to other locations once the formal evaluation of the project has been completed.

 Mr. Charlie Lambert, Coordinator, Mayo Sports Partnership, complimented all of the participants for their remarkable dedication to the programme to date and paid tribute to the local leaders in the three Towns for making the programme so successful.

 For more information on the programme please contact the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094 904 7025 or go to www.mayosports.ie .

 

Tue, 29 May 2012 17:14:00 BST

MINISTER RING LAUNCHES SPEAK REPORT ON LOCAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPS FOR 2011

55% of funding of Local Sport Partnerships raised locally More than 200,000 people participated in locally delivered sports programmes380,000 children given access to Buntús since programme initiated in 2002LSPS provided responses to 158,000 specific requests for information on sport 

 May 23, 2012.

The impact of the national network of Local Sports Partnerships in 2011 in creating a local infrastructure for sport was detailed in a new report launched today (May 23).  The 31 Sports Partnerships are having a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of people through the delivery of direct programmes, support to local sports organisations.

Download a copy of the report here 2011 SPEAK National Report of LSP Nework  

In 2011, 202,458 people participated in 998 sports programmes delivered locally by the Sports Partnerships. This number includes 43,872 people who took part in the 316 programmes which were delivered for the first time in 2011.

An additional responsibility of the Sports Partnerships is the delivery for the Buntús range of sport programmes which introduce children to sport. Since the initiative started in 2002 more than 380,000 children have been provided access to Buntús which aims to give every child a quality introduction to a sport that is suitable to abilities. In 2011, 105 schools received training in Buntús and 466 childcare centres received Buntús Start training.     

SPEAK 2011, the fifth annual evaluation of the national network of Local Sports Partnerships, was launched in Athy, Co Kildare by the Minister of State for Sport Mr. Michael Ring T.D. He was joined by Niall Quinn, the Chairman of Kildare Sports Partnership and John Treacy, CEO of the Irish Sports Council.  Also, in attendance were trainees from the Community Sports Leaders programme operated by Kildare Sports Partnership which is giving local unemployed people an opportunity to become trained as sports coaches and leaders. 

Minister Ring stated: “The SPEAK Report is very welcome as it outlines the impact of the Local Sports Partnerships. It provides clear indicators of their work and demonstrates the positive impact of the Partnerships especially on target groups who are often excluded from sport. I would like to thank all of those in the Local Sports Partnerships and sports organisations who are working to increase the levels of participation in sport and physical activity and I would encourage people to become involved in sport events in their local areas so that they can enjoy the health and social benefits that come from sport and physical activity.”    

The Sports Partnerships were created by the Irish Sports Council in 2000 to provide opportunities in sport for target groups which face barriers to sport. In 2010 there were increases in the number of locally delivered programmes and training opportunities for children & young people, people with a disability and women. 

Funding from the Irish Sports Council accounts for 44.6% of the total LSP funding in 2011, the remaining 55.4% is raised from other sources this meets the recommendation from the Fitzpatrick Report of 2005.   Over €12.7m was invested in the network in 2011 including Monetary Funding leveraged locally of €3,878,458 and Benefit-in-kind (BIK) of €3,167,060.  Irish Sports Council funding to the LSP network reduced by over €428,000 or 7% from €6.11m in 2010 to €5.68m in 2011 reflecting the reduction of €2.6m in the Council's own budget.

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council attended at the launch and commented; “The one development that I have noticed in 2011 is the greater awareness of the work of the LSPs. The governing bodies are reporting to me a much greater level of collaboration with Sports Partnership which is what we had always planned and hoped for. The focus of the national network is on increasing participation and the SPEAK Report demonstrates real and measurable success in that regard”.

Tue, 29 May 2012 12:52:00 BST

Westport’s ‘Get Out There’ Adventure Festival 18th - 27th May

 Westport’s ‘Get Out There’ Festival, now in it’s third year is again aiming to novices, adrenaline junkies, families and individuals alike to gear up 10 days of adventure and action. A wide and varied programme of events has been put in place by the organisers, Westport Town Council, WestportLeisureParkand Mayo Sports Partnership. Key events on the programme include The Great Western Greenway 10k on Saturday 26th May with up to €2,000 in prizes; Tagged inWestport is the kick-off event – Tag Rugby League organized by The Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotels resort. TheInter Schools Splash’n’Dash Relay Event returns toWestportLeisurePark. Teams of 3 from Primary Schools in the area compete in a swimming challenge followed by a relay/obstacle run. – Great success last year with lots of fun for all.

 This year also sees the event coinciding with An Post Rás – Stage (Gort-Westport) which will finish on Mill Streeton Tuesday 22nd at 2.00pm. The An Post Rás is an annual, eight-day, stage race aroundIreland. The race isIreland's number one cycling event and will take place from May 20th - 27th, 2012. The epic race began in 1953 and has been held every year since. It is one ofIreland’s top sporting events bringing world class sporting action and a significant economic boost to towns and villages nationwide. The Rás has a worldwide reputation of being a grueling challenge in the elite, international calendar. The open racing style allows amateur county and club riders to pit themselves against domestic and international professionals.

 Alongside The Rás another novel event is taking place, Race The Rás charity cycle - 150 amateur cyclists and a host of current and former GAA stars lining up to bike across Ireland from May 20th to May 27th. All the money raised will go to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and AWARE. Westport-Bundoran stage organised by Mayo Lions Clubs starts at 8.00am on Wednesday 23rd.

 Abseiling down Westport Leisure Park  

Other events worth checking out are: Sunday 20th. Family Greenway Cycles.Try out The Great Western Greenway – Family Event. In association with Clew Bay Bike Hire who are offering a 50% reduction on groups cycling the Greenway fromWestport -Newport, with a shuttle returning the cyclists back toWestport, Cycle from 10:30am - 4:00pm with the last shuttle departingNewport at 5:15pm Further details and bookings: Clew Bay Bike Hire, Distillery Road, Westport, Co. Mayo. 098 24818; email:traviszeray@gmail.com

On Thursday 24th. At 6.00 pm Toddlers’n’Trikes in association with Koochie Koo Nursery Store – Let your Toddlers experience the Greenway – Bring your junior crew in buggies or on tricycles and meet at Westpoint Shopping Centre/Tesco. Registration at Koochie Koo Nursery Store from 5.30pm – all participants will be entered into a Free Draw for spot prizes from Koochie Koo. The walk will take you along the Viaduct to theCastlebar Road and back viaCastlebar Street and Distillery Road– Meet Minnie Mouse and Dora as they stroll along the route.

 Westport’s ‘Get Out There’ Festival, promises lots of fun, action, and adventure activities over the ten days, check out the programme advertisements or www.westportadventurefestival.ie

 

Wed, 16 May 2012 11:13:00 BST

Peil Abú Recreational GAA Comes to Westport

 Retired from competitive GAA? Looking for some new activity which is fun? Never played any GAA before? Then Peil Abú could be for you.

The game is aimed at both men and women that don’t play competitively, or indeed who have never played GAA at all at any level. It is effectively tag-Gaelic football where physical contact is not allowed.

Come and Try It  taster sessions will take place over the next two Wednesday evenings 16th & 23rd May at Westport GAA Astroturf facility Newport Rd from 8pm – 9pm each evening. This is a recreational football game designed by the GAA and ran in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership.

   Peil Abu Comes to Westport  

The rules are quite simple, it’s basically Gaelic football but once players are tagged, they must turn over possession. Scores, solo-running, hand passing and the pick-up can be altered to better suit the needs of the players. It’s also a fantastic way of working up a sweat!

“This game should appeal to guys who have retired from the competitive side of GAA and are looking to get active, meet some old friends and have a bit of fun” commented Mayo GAA Games Manager Billy Mc Nicholas.

Indeed as part of the Westport Get Out There Adventure Festival it is planned to have a mini Peil Abú blitz on Saturday 26th May from 4pm – 6pm at the superb Westport GAA facility.

“ We are delighted to support this recreational activity which is open to all. The activity links in perfectly with the “Get Out There Festival” which promotesWestportas a top destination for the outdoor life” added Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert

Participants must be over 18 and need to be in possession of a tracksuit and runners! All tags, bibs and additional equipment will be provided on location.

To register your interest or to find out more about the initiative contact Mayo GAA Peil Abú co-ordinator Eamonn O Malley at 087 1360936.

Fri, 11 May 2012 15:38:00 BST

Bike Week 2012 Small Grant Scheme

 Building on the fantastic enthusiasm and participation of groups around the county in Bike Week 2011, Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Mayo County Council is now inviting applications for funding from interested community groups / sports clubs for Bike Week 2012 (16th -24th  June) events.

 If your group is interested in promoting cycling as part of a fun, national programme, this is an ideal opportunity to apply for funding to help deliver your event. Grants for Community Groups, who are properly constituted, are available up to a potential maximum of €500.

 To download an application form please click here 2012 Bike Week Application Form  

Events that will be eligible for grant assistance in 2012 must target non-cyclists /aspiring cyclists or seek to deliver cycling training – such events must aim to achieve high public visibility and involve the greatest number of people possible.

 " Last year we had leisure cycle events on the Greenway, a bike maintenence workshop in Kilmovee and safe cycle training in Castlebar to name but a few events. Overall 600 people participated in 18 different events, hopefully we can better that in 2012." commented Mayo Sports Partnership director Charlie Lambert. 

 Groups can obtain an application form by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or download a form on www.mayosports.ie

 The closing date for applications to Mayo Sports Partnership is Friday 18th May 2012. Funding is at the discretion of Mayo Sports Partnership / Mayo County Council and as such applicants may receive all/some/or no funding applied for.

 For more information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

 

 

 

Fri, 11 May 2012 15:29:00 BST

Colette retains title after winning Western People Mini Marathon

 Castlebar’s Colette Tuohy has retained her title, beating last year’s time by one minute and crossing the finish line in first place at the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon in Castlebar. The Milltown native – who lives in the county town with her husband Cormac and the couple’s young family – was first home, completing the picturesque 10km course in a time of 38 minutes and 29 seconds.

The energetic Colette, who runs with Mayo AC and was part of the team to pick up the Western People Athletics Sport Star Award in February, warmed up for Sunday’s event by finishing first woman in the Athenry 5km event last Tuesday. 

Second placed was Dervilla Holmes from Dunore Harriers, a native of Moygownagh, who ran strongly and finished in 39.25. Angela O'Connor from Mayo AC was third on the day in 40.39, followed by Ann-Marie Hynes (41.20) and Sarah Syron (41.48).

Chris Gallagher was first home in the Over 40 category, while Rosie Hynes was the first junior runner home. Chris and Rosie were almost inseparable at the line in the most exciting finish of the day.

Minister Ring presenting winner Collette Tuohy with her medal  

Mayo AC women put the red and green icing on a predominantly pink celebratory cake and took a large slice of the prizes, winning six of the nine on offer. They repeated the recipe that brought so much success recently in the National 10k. 

Thousands of women gathered in the Castlebar sunshine for the third annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon. Some were adamant to beat last year’s record, others were competing for the first time and while a large crowd ran the entire course, there were plenty who jogged, walked and even strolled the route.

Participants on the Newport Rd in Castlebar  

Once again, Frank ‘the motivator’ Fahy warmed up the crowd and got the women ready for the starting line. On behalf of the Western People, Cróna Esler welcomed the participants to the event, while Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Town Council, Cllr Eugene McCormack spoke of the benefit of the Mini Marathon for the town.Teresa Warde from the Mayo Sports Partnership – co-organisers of the event with the Western People – also spoke, while the special guest on the day, Tourism MinisterMichael Ring, was thrilled to welcome the thousands of participants and volunteers to Mayo.

While some took part just for fun, a huge portion of the ladies – and questionably dressed men – signed up for the event to raise money for their favourite charity. Over 50 charities were involved on the day, with participants raising vital funds for so many worthy causes.

 As with the 2010 and 2011 events, the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon on Sunday proved to be a tremendous success and already, many of the participants are looking forward to the 2013 event in Castlebar.

 For more information on the mini marathon and other events such as the Great Western Greenway 10K on Saturday 26th May in Westport contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie

Tue, 08 May 2012 17:26:00 BST

Mayo Active Living Month May 2012

Get your Walking Shoes on during May!

 Local Heart & Stroke Charity Croí and Mayo PCCC, HSE West are encouraging everyone to get out and get active during ‘Mayo Healthy Living Month’ which takes place during May.To see full list of events click here Mayo Active Living Month Events  

 A number of guided  walks are being organised which are especially geared towards encouraging individuals who do not usually get moving to be more active. These walks are taking place in Tourmakeady, Castlebar, Westportand Moore Hall and further details are available on www.croi.ie and www.mayotrails.ie. These walks should appeal to all levels of fitness.

 To kick start the schedule, a guided walk of the Tourmakeady National Loop will take place on Wednesday 2nd May. This walk is 5km and will be led by a local walking leader. Participants are asked to meet at the Tourmakeady Community Centre at 7pm sharp.

 Other opportunities in Mayo to get you active:

 The Féile Siúlóidí Acla / Achill Walks Festival takes place from Friday 4th to Monday 7th May and will offer a range of walks for all abilities.West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon takes place on Sunday May 6th  in CastlebarGreat Western Greenway 10k takes place on Saturday May 26th inWestport

 To find out more about these events and to know more about the activity programmes on offer in your local community, contact the Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 9047025. Mayo Sports Partnership offers a wide range of ‘Meet and Train’ groups and ‘FitWalk’ clinics so check out their programmes on www.mayosports.ie.

 For more information on the ‘Mayo Healthy Living Month’ contact Ailish Houlihan, Croí Nurse Lead, ‘Mayo Action on Heart Disease & Stroke’ on 094-9049172 or email ailish@croi.ie or log onto www.croi.ie

 For further information contact:

 

Ailish Houlihan

Croí Nurse Lead

‘Mayo Action on Heart Disease & Stroke’

Mayo PCCC

St. Mary’s Headquarters

Castlebar

094-9049172

Thu, 03 May 2012 17:24:00 BST

Sports Partnership Grant Scheme Closing Date this Friday 4th May

The Board of the Mayo Sports Partnership announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2012 recently. This scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would target increasing participation amongst target groups such as children, disadvantaged, women, travelling community, older people, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations. Initiatives which received funding in the past included a water sports initiative in the Erris Area, setting up community adventure sports opportunities, mass participation event such as a local 5K fun run, new badminton club, cycling initiatives, and the promotion of camogie in Mayo.

Approx € 13,000 has been allocated under this years scheme which has a closing date of Friday May 4th. The schemes allocation has remained steady over the last 3 years or so due to the success of the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon.  The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

 For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at

094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie

 

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:22:00 BST

Thousands of Women to take to the Streets of Castlebar on Sunday 6th May

Castlebar is getting all geared up to welcome thousands of women to the Mayo capital for the 3rd Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday 6th May. The event is expected to attract approx 5,000 participants, supporters, family, friends etc. The organisers are planning a top quality event which will have something for everybody whether you are a participant or a supporter.

 The 10-kilometre run and walk is being co-organised by theWestern PeopleandMayo Sports Partnership. Other partners include Castlebar Town Council, Mayo County Council, Castlebar Chamber of Commerce, the Mayo Athletics Community and local clubs / organisations.

Castlebar Girl Lisa Cannon of Expose fame gives the thumbs up for rhe Mini Marathon  

 While the presence of elite runners is sure to provide the race with a strong competitive element, central to the Women’s Mini-Marathon will be the opportunity for all West of Ireland charities to raise much needed funds for their respective organisations.

 Now firmly established as the premier event of its kind in the west the arrival of so many runners, walkers and their families /supporters to Castlebar is sure to boost the local economy.

 “Its been fantastic to see the response. Women are preparing for the event by training individually or through local meet and train networks which can be very sociable and enjoyable. Its something which we are trying to foster in communities” said Mayo Sports PartnershipCo-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 With the mini-marathon only days away the excitement is building. To capture the festival atmosphere the Mall, will incorporate a stage with music, food court area, childrens activity zone etc. The run / walk will commence at 12 Noon from the Courthouse with the Mall open to the public from 10.30am – 4pm. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring will be in attendance to welcome all participants.

 The organisers would like to ask participants and members of the public to be environmentally friendly and utilise recyclable waste bins on the Mall as well as the race route itself. 

 Finally with an event of this nature some temporary road closures will be in operation on Sunday May 6th and again the organisers would kindly ask the public to acknowledge these restrictions for the health and safety of all. These are listed below

 9.30am Mall Closure- until 4pm

Ellison StreetClosure 11.30am – 3pm

Lower Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30am

Duke St 12 Noon – 1pm

Newport Rd to Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Gallows Hill 12 Noon – 1pm

Newline 12 Noon – 1pm

Pontoon Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballinacarriga to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballynew / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pm

Staball Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Bridge St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Main Street  12.15- 2.30pm

 For further information log on to www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com  or contact theMayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:26:00 BST

Are you ready to take on the Sports Council Challenge?

 

A Chara,

I would like to present you with a corporate challenge which the Irish Sports Council is running in May 2012. Our CEO, John Treacy is asking companies to get involved and motivate their employees to become more active over the course of May. Below is a brief outline of what the Sports Council Challenge entails:

The Challenge:Your staff will set physical activity challenges to complete over the four weeks in May. The challenges can be large scale initiatives or smaller events to suit smaller workforces. They can be associated with a specific target like cycling the distance of the Tour de France or swimming the distance of the Irish Sea. Making it measurable like this will give your staff a goal to focus on and keep them interested. After the four weeks of activity, your company will send a report to the Irish Sports Council, outlining what you have achieved with your challenges.

 

 he Awards:We will be hosting an awards night on the 7th of June to showcase the achievements of the companies involved. Further details on the awards night will be given to all companies after they register.   The awards categories are as follows:

Best Overall Organisation AwardBest Small Organisation Award (0-20 employees)Best Medium Organisation Award (21 – 100 employees)Best Large Organisation Award (101 + employees)

Each company that takes part in the Sports Council Challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement regardless of whether or not they win an award.

 What’s in it for your company?

Publicity for your company through our Sports Council Challenge campaignA chance to highlight your own company’s achievements during the ChallengeA chance to win a Sports Council Challenge AwardYou can help create a healthier, happier and more productive workforceBuild team spirit within your organisationYou can have a bit of fun and entry is free! 

 Get Involved:To get your staff involved we would suggest that you forward this email to them and direct them to the flyer and promotional video and get them thinking about challenges they could achieve.  Further details on the Challenge are contained within the application form but if you have any additional questions, please contact me by email at gcostelloe@irishsportscouncil.ie or by telephone at 01 8608800.If your company would like to get involved you must complete the application form and return it to the Irish Sports Council before 5pm on Friday the 27th of April 2012. You can download the application form at http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/Sports_Council_Challenge/application_form.pdf 

 

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:50:00 BST

Big Take Up for Men on the Move Initiative

An over 35 mens only physical activity initiative is having a big impact in the Ballina, Claremorris and Westportareas. Over 100 men are meeting on a twice weekly basis in preparation for a 5K Run / Walk which is due to take place on Wednesday 16th May in Castlebar. All groups in the 3 areas comprise of men from a wide variety of backgrounds with varying reasons such as health, weight, social etc given for participating in the programme.

 On a recent visit to theWestportgroup Minister of State for Sport and TourismMichael Ringpraised the participants for taking up the challenge and commented on the huge benefits such initiatives bring.

 “ 15% of the population don’t do any physical activity at all and this is something that projects such as Men on the Move can address. The more people we can get active means less people in hospital with health problems and less money needed in the health service” Minister Ring commented.

 “ I would like to thank all involved in organising this initiative including Mayo Sports Partnership, HSE West, Croí and Mid West Radio for all their promotion” he added.

 “Men on the Move” is a pilot project which hopes to inform future policy in the area of mens health. Securing future funding to include additional areas in the project would be one such positive outcome from the initiative.

Minister Michael Ring with Westport participants of Men on the Move  

 The initial 8 week programme is led by a physical activity leader in each area who tailors the programme to their needs. Following consultation with the participants it is planned to have a further 8 week programme in operation after the mid May 5K event.

 “The response has been fantastic. The banter and craic amongst the lads motivates them to be participating each week. We do plan to have a re registration in each of the 3 areas after the event on the 16th so guys will be able to join after the initial 8 week period” stated Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 For further information on the initiative contact Ray Mc Namara Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or Laurence Gaughan HSE West at 094 9042509

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:02:00 BST

Irish Sports Council Announces Funding Plans for 2012

€10.92 million allocated to governing bodies of sport€8.27 million to GAA, FAI and IRFU to support their participation programmes€5.38 to 31 Local Sports Partnerships€1.01 million in grants to the sports bodies under the Women in Sport Programme

 The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Mr Michael Ring TD made the official announcement at an event in Dublin which was attended by representatives of the sports bodies. He commented "This grant funding of €25.58 million is a significant investment in Irish sports and is a strong indication of this Government's commitment to sport. I want to pay tribute to all of the sports organisations; they are continuing to do outstanding work for sport in Ireland and are playing a very important role in delivering opportunities in sport both nationally and for local communities throughout the country."

The Council's budget was reduced to €44.5 million in 2012 from €47 million in 2011. Given the importance of 2012 for Irish sport the High Performance budget was left untouched at €10.5 million. The GAA, IRFU and FAI see cuts of 10% in their budgets with 5% for the bigger governing bodies and 2.5% for the small sports. The Local Sport partnerships will see a reduction of around 7% in their annual grants.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council said: "The Council has taken great care in allocating money to ensure that the most vulnerable sports bear the least impact in 2012. The priority this year was high performance because everyone wants to see our athletes do well in London. This means the NGBs and LSPs have to plan the year with less resources. They are doing a fantastic job on behalf of the country and it is important that we recognise and acknowledge their outstanding work".

In addition there will be a reduction in the Women in Sport programme based on the recommendations of a review into the programmes. The review's outcomes emphasised targeting the individual sports that made the greatest impact and where NGBs and LSPs have worked together to increase participation among women.

The total Irish Sports Council budget for 2012 is €44.5 million. The main spending areas are NGB core grants (25%) approximately), Local Sports Partnerships (12%), Youth Field Sport (18%), High Performance (24%) and other Council programmes (10%). The Council operating costs, including salaries, comes in around 7% of total budget.

The Council also published its Statement of Strategy for the years 2012 to 2014. It will concentrate on implementing its Participation strategy, developing the governing body sector and sustaining the high performance system. The document includes a report on progress against measures set out in the previous strategy. In the development of the strategy sports bodies were surveyed on the work of the Council. 97% stated that Council funding was Vital or Very Important to their organisation and 86% replied that they enjoyed an Excellent or Very Good relationship with the Council, responses consistent with similar surveys in previous years. John Treacy Chief Executive of the Council commented on the strategy: "We were happy to report excellent progress on all areas of work over the past three years and we have set out our priorities for the next three years. The Council received very positive feedback from the sports sector on our work. The excellent working relationships in the sector is something that we can all be proud of".

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:26:00 BST

Information from Sports Capital Grant Workshop

Mr Joe Butler from the Mayo Assocation Football League delivered a very informative workshop on the workings of the new Sports Capital Grant Scheme to a very well attended meeting at the Mayo Education Centre recently.

To download a copy of the presentation please click here 2012 Sports Capital Grant Scheme Presentation  

To download a copy of the application form click here 2012 Sports Capital Application Form  

To download a copy of the schemes guidelines please click here 2012 Sports Capital Guidelines  

 

The new round launched  Wednesday 28th March 2012.

 This Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. In particular, its objectives are to:

Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and VECs and schools to develop high quality, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities.Encourage the multi-purpose use of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.Main Aspects of the 2012 Round of the SCPAll applicants and potential applicants are advised in the strongest possible terms to READ THE GUIDE TO FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION FORM fully and carefully.Start to get your supporting documentation together as soon as possible – under each round several hundred applicants forget to provide vital pieces of supporting documentation.  The documents most frequently omitted are: evidence of title (for capital grants of over €25,000), evidence of sufficient own funding in place (a fund raising plan or a letter from a benefactor that you will/might get funding is worthless), evidence of full planning permission received or planning application lodged with the Local Authority or evidence that planning is not needed.The staff assessing applications have a knowledge of almost all sports and all types of facilities.  However, the application form and assessment process does allow us to evaluate applications for new ideas to get more people involved in sport and applications from small minority sports.€30m will be allocated in late autumn or early autumn - €4m for non-local projects and €26m for local projectsThere will be a stronger focus on projects that will increase active participation in sport

The Scheme funds:

Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)FloodlightingArtificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areasSecurity fencing and ball stop nettingHurling walls / handball alleysBuilding or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toiletsBuilding or refurbishment of sports halls and gymsNon-personal sports equipment – including cardiovascular gym equipment and outdoor gym equipmentShared facilitiesAny other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance (see definition above)

The Scheme does not fund:

Private and commercial operationsOperational costsViewing standsCar parks, roads or landscapingBars, kitchens or officesProjects where work has already commenced or where contracts have already been signedThe building or renovating of swimming pools, for which there is a separate Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme managed by this DepartmentProjects that are not sporting in natureApplications from schools that are not made jointly with at least one sports club (see separate section on school applications on page 6)The repayment of loans(see information below on the tax relief for donations to sports clubs which can be used to fund the repayment of loans)The purchase of land or buildings (see information below on the tax relief for donations to sports clubs which can be used to fund the purchase of land or buildings)There will be a greater focus on disadvantaged areas of the country, with clubs and groups in the most disadvantaged urban areas only needing to raise a minimum of 5% of their project’s cost, half of that required under the previous round in 2008. The amount of minimum funding required for projects in CLAR areas has also been halved from 20% to 10%. Clubs and organisations in non-disadvantaged areas will have to show at least 15% of the project cost – down from 30% in 2008 when the programme was last run.Some clubs that were previously excluded will be able to apply this year.  Even clubs/organisation who do not own their land or do not have a long lease will be able to apply for modest grants of up to €25,000 to upgrade facilities. The maximum grant a club/community sports group can apply for is €300,000 – there is no minimum grant.Deadlines for applications

Online applications and those made in Irish (and hard copy of the signed application form and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 1st June 2012.  We cannot accept supporting documentation by email or online.

 Paper based applications (and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 11th May 2012.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:15:00 BST

€30M fund launched by Minister Ring to upgrade sports facilities across Ireland

 A new €30 million fund for important sports capital projects has been launched today by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD.

 This is the first round of sports capital funding for four years and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to encourage more people to take part in sport.

 The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland.

 The scheme will also be open to far more clubs and groups than ever before, because a strict requirement on landownership has been relaxed. In the past, all applicants had to own their land or have it on a long lease. Minister Ring has decided that these clubs will now be able to apply for grants of up to €25,000 to upgrade facilities.

 “In line with the Programme for Government, this new Sports Capital scheme will have a stronger focus on projects which increase active participation in sport, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Under this scheme pitches will be drained, floodlights will be installed, sports halls will be improved and dressing rooms will be built,” Minister Ring said.

 “Thanks to these grants, people will have more opportunities than ever to get active and stay active in a wide range of sports. It will also have a positive impact on job creation in construction.”

 The minimum amount of matching funding which clubs and organisations will need to provide themselves in order to apply for a grant has been halved from the previous round of the programme in 2008:

 Groups in RAPID areas will only need to raise a minimum of 5% of the project cost in order to apply;Groups in CLÁR areas will only need to raise a minimum of 10% of the project cost in order to apply;Groups in non-disadvantaged areas will only need to raise a minimum of 15% of the project cost in order to apply.

 Minister Ring said he is delighted to be able to able to oversee the return of the Sports Capital Programme. However, with less money available than in the past, many grants will be smaller. He also stressed that the Department will monitor spending by clubs closely in order to ensure it is utilised fully for the purpose intended.

 Application forms and information about how to apply is available on the website: www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

 The deadline for applications made online and those made in Irish (and hard copy of the signed application form and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 1st June 2012.

 Paper based applications (and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 11th May 2012.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:49:00 BST

Meet & Train Sessions in Belmullet

A women's only Meet & Train Session has started in Belmullet, to help walkers, joggers and runners get fit and healthy for the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon on Sunday 6th May.  The group meets every week on Wednesdays at 10.30am and Saturdays at 9.30am, starting and finishing at Pàirc Bheo which is next to Àras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet.  Anyone who is interested in walking, jogging or running to increase fitness, meet new people and improve their health is more than welcome to join.  The group leader Helen Cox promises that no-one will be made to feel 'left out' or 'left behind'. Beginners are more than welcome to come and join the Meet & Train sessions. 

Community Sports Development Project Worker with Mayo Sports Partnership Anne Ronayne said “We are delighted with this new programme in Erris. This type of initiative is exactly what we at Mayo Sports Partnership want to see happening in communities. It is a wonderful opportunity for women in the Erris area to prepare as a group for the mini marathon and get used to physical activity as normal in their weekly schedule”

The Meet & Train has been initiated and funded by Mayo Sports Partnership, Helen Cox will be the group leader for both the Wednesday and Saturday sessions.  Training sessions start with a group warm up on the amazing facilities offered at Pàirc Bheo, once the warm up is finished the group then splits into walkers, joggers and runners, before heading out onto the designated loop. The session is finished with a cool down and stretch.    The training session costs €2 which is a donation to charity.  It was decided by the group that each session everyone would nominate a charity, on the last session before the mini marathon the charity would be drawn and the money generated over the weeks would be given to that charity.  A double bonus - not only are the group members getting fit and healthy but they are also helping a local charity too each time they turn up to train.    For anyone who is interested in joining the Belmullet Meet & Train sessions please contact Helen Cox on 086 8514188, or join our dedicated facebook page - www.facebook.com/belmulletmeetandtrain .   Helen Cox runs slainte mhaith, health and wellbeing studio, glencastle, which currently offers morning and evening group fitness classes ranging from pilates, I move freely, active living, to Spinning, Pump Fx and Bootcamp. Morning classes have a free childcare facility helping busy mums to stay in shape and take important time out from the world, whilest the little ones play safe and happy with our qualified childcare worker. For more information on any of the studio classes or the Belmullet Meet & Train sessions please check out the website on www.slaintemhaith.com or call Helen direct on 086 8514188. 

 

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:52:00 BST

Sports Partnership Launches Annual Funding Scheme

 The Board of the Mayo Sports Partnership has announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2012. This scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would increase participation amongst target groups such as youth at risk, disadvantaged communities, unemployed, women, travelling community, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.  To download a copy of the application form please click here 2012 Special Participation Grant Scheme Application Form  

 This year a particular focus is being placed on inviting communities / organizations to think about forming meet and train/spin groups for their area. Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert explains

 “Meet and Train involves people of all ages and abilities meeting up on particular evenings / times to walk, run or even cycle in a fun non competitive environment. A number of these groups are already up and running and are providing a fantastic social outlet which is particularly important in the current environment”

 Initiatives which received funding under the scheme in the past included a water sports initiative in the Erris Area, setting up community sports clubs, adventure sports opportunities, mass participation programmes in running / walking , new badminton club, cycling initiatives, and the promotion of camogie in Mayo.

 Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects are not eligible for funding under the schemes criteria.  

 “ Mayo Sports Partnership recognizes the role that community and voluntary organizations throughout the county play in providing participation opportunities for all sections of the population. This scheme aims to provide support in whatever small way possible to enable such projects to come to fruition” commented Mayo Sports Partnership ChairmanHenry Kenny.

 Unfortunately like a lot of funding schemes this initiative has also been reduced  however the Sports Partnership is able to supplement this years reduced allocation with funds from the Western PeopleWest of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon .Approx € 14,000 is available under this years scheme which has a closing date of Friday May 4th. Maximum which can be allocated to any one project is €1,000  and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

 For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at094-9047025

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:05:00 BST

See all the latest News in our Spring 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring 2012 edition of our bi annual newsletter. In this edition we review some of the major projects / events over the last few months and look forward to some major upcoming initiatives. One exciting upcoming project is the “Men on the Move” initiative to target men aged 30 plus for increased physical activity. We look forward to working with key partners such as the HSE and other agencies in providing opportunities for all.  

 To view the latest copy of our newsletter please click here 2012 Spring Newsletter  

 

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:39:00 GMT

Men on the Move Activity Programme Launched

  Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

 Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West are offering a  new programme for men aged 35+ over the coming weeks in the Ballina, Claremorris and Westport areas.

 Speaking at the launch of the project Mayo Senior GAA Team Manager James Horan encouraged men to take up this unique opportunity to improve their overall wellbeing

 “ There are a lot of men who once they finish playing competitive sport just give up on taking exercise. It is so important for both physical and mental health that people in general participate in some form of sport / physical activity, this programme gives men a chance to do that and I highly commend it” Horan commented.

Pictured at the launch of the Men on the Move Activity Programme at the newly developed Lough Lannagh trail in Castlebar were left to right Tommy Marren Mid West Radio, Brendan Fitzpatrick Participant, Laurence Gaughan HSE West, James Horan Mayo GAA Senior Team Manager, Pat Doherty Participant, Ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Officer, Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership

 

 Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for 100 men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run on Wednesday 16th May.

 

 “Mid West Radio are delighted to support this project and we plan to follow its progress through the 8 weeks. We hope that many men throughout the region avail of this fantastic opportunity” presenter Tommy Marren added.

 3 open evenings are being organised, where men can come along and get a free health check ( from 7pm), information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme. The open nights are in the following venues:

 

Manor Hotel Ballina on Monday 12th March 7.30pm

Mill Times Hotel Westport on Tuesday 13th March 7.30pm

Mc William Hotel Claremorris on Thursday 15th March 7.30pm

 

 Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant.  There will be leaders and a life coach there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the proposed activities.

 Men on the Move  

 If you wish to register for the initiative please call the Mayo Sports Partnershipoffice on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie  or Text your name to 087 6973093.

 So get out there and get active and be part of this super programme.

 

 

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:11:00 GMT

"Fit4Work" Workplace Physical Activity Guidelines now Available

In September 2009Mayo Sports Partnership, Health Promotion Services,HSEWest & GMIT Castlebar developed a pilot physical activity programme for staff in five workplaces in Castlebar. The target group for the programme were five organisations who were members of theMayo Sports PartnershipBoard –HSE, Mayo County Council, GMIT, Mayo VEC and Western Care. These five workplaces are also located close to each other in Castlebar town.

The benefits of a physically active workforce include:

Less illness and quicker recovery time from illness

Lower work absenceLower staff turnover

More productive workforceFewer work injuries

Higher work satisfaction levels

 This project has been ongoing for the last 3 years with tremendous success. In 2011 alone 300 employees of the above workplaces participated in a programme of activity which was co-ordinated by the organising committee.

 With the success of the programme it was proposed to develop a guidelines document to enable other workplaces to run a similar initiative in their venues.  

To view the guidelines please click here Fit for Work Guidelines Document  

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:34:00 GMT

Men on the Move Activity Programme

 Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active?

 Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West are offering a  new programme for men 35+ over the coming weeks in the Ballina, Claremorris and Westport areas.

 3 open evenings are being organised, where men can come along and get a free health check, information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme. The open nights are in the following venues:

 

Malton Hotel  Ballina on Monday 12th March 7.30pm

Mill Times HotelWestporton Tuesday 13th March 7.30pm

Mc William Hotel Claremorris on Thursday 14th March 7.30pm

 

Programmes on offer will include Walking, jogging, cycling and recreational GAA (or Tag Gaelic). There will be leaders there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the programmes. So why not come along and give it a go. If you are interested in coming along call the Mayo Sports Partnershipoffice on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie  or Text your name to 087 6973093.

 So get out there and get active and be part of this super programme.

 

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:09:00 GMT

Minister Michael Ring Launches Get Ireland Active Website in Mayo

 Michael RingTD, Minister of State, at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport launched the “Get Ireland Active” website at a club development seminar organised byMayo Sports Partnershipin Castlebar last night, Monday 06 February.

 The Get Ireland Active website (www.getirelandactive.ie) is a great resource for anyone who would like to get more active and is looking for advice and suggestions on where to begin. The website was developed as a one-stop information source on how to get involved in physical activity and includes information on:

 How do I get Started?Tips to keep ActiveLetting go of the Excuses!A listing of all events taking place in Galway City and County with a search facility to allow you to select activities by date, age group, ability or cost.

 Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring lauched the new Get Ireland Active Website. Included in photo are Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator and Paul Gillen HSE West along with club representatives.  

Paul Gillen, Health Promotion Officer, HSE West says, “With three out of four Irish adults and four out of five Irish children not sufficiently active for health benefits, the website is designed to encourage people to become more active.”

 “No matter what age or ability level, there is something for everybody to get involved in. With individual and team sports and family friendly activities listed, there is a wide range of healthy and fun activities to choose from“, Charlie Lambert, Co-ordinator,Mayo Sports Partnershipadded.

 The HSE recommends that all adults should aim to be active for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.  Children and young people should be active for at least 60 minutes every day.  You don’t have to do it all at once.  You can build up to 30 minutes or more a day by doing a number of short bouts of physical activity.  However, you must be active for at least 10 minutes for it to count.  Children are naturally active, so any amount of physical activity counts towards their 60 minutes.

 Physical inactivity is a risk factor for a broad range of chronic illnesses including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancer. Being physically active is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health, whatever your age or ability.

 For more information on getting active, go to www.getirelandactive.ie,Ireland’s only dedicated online source for getting active.

 

 

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:17:00 GMT

Greater Collaboration the Way Forward for Sport – Minister Ring

 Increased co-operation between sports clubs / organisations and more support for sports volunteers were Minister of State for SportMichael Rings message to delegates atMayo Sports Partnerships Club Development Seminar held recently at Breaffy GAA Centre, Castlebar.

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring with representaives from the Comets Basketball Club Castlebar and Western Lakes Cycling Club  

 " My department will be announcing the new sports capital grant scheme at the end of this month. The scheme will benefit minority sports in particular and will seek applications from clubs who can demonstrate that they are going to share facilities" Minister Ring commented.

 The well attended seminar addressed issues such as child protection, better use of facilities, social media use for beginner clubs, club structures/roles and volunteer recruitment.

 Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring addressing Club Representatives at the Building an Effective Club Seminar recently  

As a result of the very successful event Mayo Sports Partnershipplans to run a series of one night workshops on some of the more popular topics such as the use of social media. A workshop will also be held on the new Sports Capital funding scheme at the end of Feburary / early March. Details of these workshops will be announced in due course and will be available on the Sports Partnership website www.mayosports.ie   

 

Many thanks to Breaffy GAA Club for the use of their fantastic facilities, Elvery Sports, partner agencies, presenters and all the sports volunteers who attended the event. For more information contact the Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 

 

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:21:00 GMT

MINISTER RING ANNOUNCES €5 MILLION SMARTER TRAVEL INITIATIVE FOR WESTPORT.

 WESTPORT WINS NATIONAL TRANSPORT COMPETITION.

 Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring, has today announced a major smarter travel investment programme for Westport totaling €5million.

 The county Mayo town has beat off stiff competition to be selected as one ofIreland’s Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas 2012-2016.   The Westport Smarter Travel proposal was developed by Westport Town Council and Mayo County Council with strong community support from the people ofWestport.

 “This news is a major boost for the town.   It will put Westport right at the centre of the Government’s transport policy and make the town a national leader in terms of innovation in transport and will be a great boost for the town’s tourism potential” stated Minister Ring.

 “There were fears this programme would be scrapped with the cut backs but I have been working closely with public transport Minister, Alan Kelly, to make sure this got over the line.   It was an excellent bid by Westport Town Council and Mayo County Council and I am delighted to see it has been approved because I pushed so hard for it” added Minister Ring.

 The Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas is a national competition that looked at towns to provide the best package to facilitate initiatives that would encourage people out of their cars and into using walking, cycling and coordinated public transport.  Westport’s bid had strong community support and was based around active tourism so thatWestportwill offer visitors a high quality smarter travel experience.

 “What we will see here are a number of measures aimed at facilitating cycling, walking and using more public transport.   You will see high quality greenways connecting residential areas with schools, workplaces and the town centre.   Furthermore, the provision of a sustainable transport coordination facility for the town is also proposed”.

 “Westportwill now joinLimerickand Dungarvan and lead the way in terms of transport initiatives for the country.   Other local authorities will use the example set inWestportin their own towns and will work towards reducing the carbon footprint of travel in our towns.  Change in travel behaviour inWestportwill be based on hard and soft measures supported by partnership with community, business and voluntary groups in the area”.

 “The cross community support and engagement with this winning bid is extremely impressive.   It is typical of the kind of co-operation and involvement which we have come to expect fromWestportand which is a fundamental part of the success of the town in the Tidy Towns Competition and other competitions over the years.   I would like to thank the many individuals, groups, organizations and agencies which have contributed to making this success possible.”

 Welcoming the announcement, the Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council, Councillor Christy Hyland said “It is a great day for this town and offers the opportunity to reinforce the message thatWestportis an environmentally friendly, sustainable and beautiful welcoming place to visit, live and invest.”

 The County Manager Mr. Peter Hynes said “The award is testimony to twenty years of hard work and responsible planning in the town and it’s environs and we in Mayo look forward to the challenge of delivering the project to makeWestportinto The Ideal Town and a model for other towns in the twenty first century”.

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 10:07:00 GMT

Now open for Entries - Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon

Thousands to take to the streets of Castlebar for

Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon

 The third annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Castlebar on Sunday, May 6, 2012. More than 5,000 women are expected to take part in this year’s event.

The event was officially launched in Áras an Chontae, Castlebar on Thursday evening, January 26, by Minister for Sport and Tourism, Michael Ring. The Minister congratulated the organisers and participants who have made the event possible over the last two years and wished them the very best of luck on the May Bank Holiday Sunday this year,

The event was dreamt up by the Western People in 2010 and enthusiastically taken up by the Mayo Sports Partnership. The inaugural event attracted some 3,000 participants, while 4,000 took to the streets of Castlebar in 2011. It is expected that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before.

Pictured at the launch of the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon were Left to Right Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator, Seamus Granahan Castlebar Town Manager, Cllr Eugene Mc Cormack Mayor of Castlebar,Anne Ronayne Community Sports Project Worker, Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring,Crona Esler Western People,Cllr Austin O Malley Caitheoirleach Mayo County Council and Brian Feeney CEO Western People  

In developing Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon, the intention was to create a fun day, encouraging people to get out, get fit and enjoy the company of other women.

The 10k race is open to serious athletes, fun runners and walkers. It also acts as a major fundraiser for charities and over the last two years, local charities have succeeded in raising €1million through the Mini Marathon. Some 60 charities were represented in the Mini Marathon in 2011.

In addition to the event itself, the benefits the Mini Marathon brings for Castlebar cannot be underestimated. “Holding the Western People Mini Marathon in the County Town is something we’re very proud of in the Western People and we are thrilled with the economic benefit it brings for Castlebar. Again this year, we are hoping that the town comes out in force to welcome the entrants,” said Cróna Esler, deputy editor of the Western People, speaking at the launch of the event in the county council chamber, Áras an Chontae.

“The mini marathon has become a major event in Mayo Sports Partnerships calendar and is a vital focus now for women who participate in our walking programmes such as our ‘FitWalk Programme and running programmes such as Fit4life ‘meet and train’ programmes throughout the year. The revenue from the mini marathon has also allowed us to develop many new programmes some targeting minority groups in disadvantaged areas as well as ‘introduction to athletics’ programmes for national school children in Mayo. The Mini Marathon has also allowed us continue our ‘Special Participation Grant Scheme’ which funds worthy sports programmes in clubs and organisations throughout the county. We are really looking forward to the 2012 mini marathon and a new impetus in Physical Activity throughout the county. ” added Anne Ronayne, Community Sports Development officer with the Mayo Sports Partnership.

Entrants must be over 15 years of age. To enter, fill in the form in the Western People or enter online at www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com. Entry costs €20.

 

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:40:00 GMT

Spring 2012 Programme of Courses and Events Launched by MSP

Child Protection in Sport, Sports First Aid, Sports Leadership Training, Funding Workshops, Club Development Seminars, coach education and Disability Awareness Training are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through the Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community / sport volunteers, coaches or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport / physical activity. Dates and venues are finalized with a full listing now available online. To view timetable please click here 2012 MSP Spring Timetable of Courses and Events  

 “ Supporting the Sports Volunteer is one of our primary objectives in the Sports Partnership. We recognise the outstanding work that volunteers do in the community and we hope to give them some quality information through our programme. All courses / events are subsidised through Irish Sports Council funding and through local funds from initaitives such as the Western People Womens Mini Marathon” Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert commented.

 Included in the comprehensive schedule is club development seminar on Monday 6th February titled "Building an Effective Club" with Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring as keynote speaker. Issues to be discussed in an informal type workshop setting include Child Protection in Sport, Better Use of Facilities, Social Media, Volunteer Recruitment and Committee roles and structures

  All courses are subsidized by the Partnership and more details can be got by contacting the office at 094-9047025

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:58:00 GMT

Minister Ring to address Club Development Seminar in Breaffy Mon 6th Feb

 As part of their spring 2012 programme of events Mayo Sports Partnership are to host a club development seminar for sports clubs / groups on Monday 6th February 7pm - 10pm in Breaffy GAA Centre Castlebar. Keynote speaker on the evening will be Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ringwho will be joined on the night by local experts giving presentations on a number of pertinent topics including child protection in sport, generating income through better use of facilities, social media for beginner clubs, committee structures / roles and volunteer recruitment strategies. Indeed as part of the proceedings Minister Ring will also locally launch the new Get Ireland Active website www.getirelandactive.ie which is a one stop shop for physical activity in the country.

To download a copy of the application form please click here 2012 Club Development Seminar Application Form  

 Clubs / organisations are challenged, in the current economic climate, to raise enough funds for their club. One of the seminars key inputs will be on how clubs can utilise their indoor / outdoor facilities to generate additional income. Practical ideas will be presented, utilising a successful club template in Breaffy GAA Club with examples of successful Sports Partnership and other programmes also highlighted on the night.

 The seminar MC Liam Horan will ensure that the event will be interactive in nature, attendees will be able to select from 3 workshops on the night with a questions and answers session also part of the programme. An individual fee of €10 will apply but clubs will be able to send a maximum of 4 representatives for a nominal €20. An added bonus is that all clubs represented on the night will be entered into a draw for €200 worth of sports equipment kindly sponsored by Elverys Sports. A representative of Elverys Sports will also be discussing the great team wear ranges available from Elverys Sports.    

Club Development  

 “Mayo Sports Partnershiprealises that club volunteers are facing many issues of which changes in child protection legalisation is one. We hope that the seminar will inform people and give them some ideas on how to make their club more effective. I would particularly like to thank MinisterMichael Ring for his support and also acknowledge South West Mayo Development Company, Mayo North East Leader Partnership, Mayo County Community Forum, Mayo County Development Board and Elverys Sports without whom this event would not be able to take place” commentedMayo Sports PartnershipCo-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 The seminar will appeal to sports volunteers, administrators, coaches, leaders, teachers, parents, sport development officers or general members of the public who may be interested in being involved in sport in their local community. Indeed the event is open to members of any clubs / organisations who may not have sport / physical activity as part of their central focus. To book your place at the event you can download an application form at www.mayosports.ie/news where you can also view a wide range of other workshops / courses such as Child Protection in Sport, Sports Leadership, Sports First Aid, funding information and disability awareness. To obtain an application form you can also contact Padraic at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie .  

 

 

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:32:00 GMT

Community Fit Walk now running in Roundfort and Westport

The Community Fit Walking Programme is continually expanding throughout communities in Mayo. This 5 week programme suitable for people of all ages and abilities is now available in Roundfort Community Centre on Tuesdays 8pm - 9pm and is due to commence in Westport Leisure Park on Tuesday 24th January at 11am. For more information on this programme on the community Fit Walk initiative please see below or phone Mayo Sports Partnership 094-9047025

Community Fit Walk Programme  

 

Is your community looking for new innovative fitness sessions in your local community centre? Tired of the same old routines? Why not try the newly launchedMayo Sports Partnership/ Mayo County Council Fit Walk Programme which is delivered by fully qualified fitness / walking instructors.

 The overall aim of this programme is to promote Fitness through Walking.

The Programme comprises 5 x 1hr once-weekly sessions delivered in an indoor setting. The key outcomes are that participants will;

- understand the key components of physical fitness and how to get best fitness benefits from walking;

- understand how to use Step Counters and Heart Monitors and their function in getting best fitness benefits from walking;

- be familiar with the techniques of StrideWalking and PowerWalking.

Community Fit Walk  

 

Participating communities must have access to an indoor hall, minimum badminton court size,  for 1 hour per week for 5 weeks. Cost for the 5 week programme will be €20 working out at four euro per class.

 This fee will cover use of materials and equipment ie Heart Rate Monitors and Step Counters. The group should be about 20 in number. Classes can also be scheduled in the mornings as well as evening time. 

 If your community or group is interested in taking up this programme, expressions of interest can be made to the Sports Partnership Office 094-9047025 or by email to msp@mayococo.ie

 

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:37:00 GMT

Fantastic Turnout for Operation Transformation Walk

In prime weather conditions  the Mayo leg of the national Operation Transformation walk went ahead on Saturday 14th January on the greenway inWestport. Approximately 300 people, including Mayo Ladies GAA and Carnacon star Cora Staunton, participated in the event organised byMayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council andWestportLeisurePark.

 After participants were treated to a fun warm up by leader Eduardo SantosCaitheoirleach of Westport Town Council Christy Hyland formally welcomed the large attendance to the area.

Eduardo Santos leading the Operation Transformation Walk Warm Up  

 Trained leaders led the participants who were organised into groups based on their level of fitness and ability. All completed the 5K walk and were treated to welcome  refreshments at theWestportLeisureParkafterwards. Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert and Dermot Langan fromWestportLeisureParkaddressed the gathering giving them useful tips and pathways for further opportunities in active recreation.

 As an outcome of the event the group has decided to continue walks on the Greenway every Tuesday at 7pm. The meeting point is theWestportLeisureParkand all are welcome. People call exercise at their own pace in a social group setting with a walking leader in attendance.

 Indeed the LeisureParkis commencing a 5 week indoor Fit Walk programme, in association with Mayo Sports Partnership, commencing on Tuesday 24th January at 11am. Through the programme people will understand the key components of physical fitness,how to get best fitness benefits from walking,understand how to use Step Counters and Heart Monitors and be familiar with the techniques of StrideWalking and PowerWalking

Participants walking on the Westport Town Greenway  

 The Sports Partnership would like to thank all who participated and assisted with the organisation event including walking leaders, Mayo County Council Walking OfficerAnna Connor,DermotLanganWestportLeisureParkand Supervalu who sponsored water for attendees.

 Further information on walking groups or meet / train networks in Mayo can be got by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnershipat 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:53:00 GMT

Fit4Life Resumes after the Festive Break

Mayo A.C. ‘Fit4Life’ organised in association with Mayo Sports Partnership, resumes this week after the Festive break.The increasingly popular weekly sessions which cater for all fitness levels from beginners upwards, are an ideal opportunity for people of all ages to improve their health and well being. They take place in a safe sociable environment and at low cost and are open to people over 18, with no upper age limit. All centres have trained team leaders in attendance catering for those who wish to walk, jog or run or who want to progress from one of those levels to another.

Mayo A.C. Fit4Life venues times and contacts:

Ballyhaunis Tuesday evenings 6pm for walkers 7pm for runners Saturday mornings 9am for all Venue .Multi Use Games Area [beside Friary Field Contact.Martin [087] 2455989 or Anne [086] 8115769

 Ballinrobe Thursday evenings 7.45 and Sunday 10 am Venue The Green Ballinrobe [beside soccer pitch] Contact ..Joan [087] 6726029 [after 6pm]

Castlebar Monday evening at 7pmVenue Breaffy G.A.A. CentreContact Anne [086] 8635534

Claremorris Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm Venue Claremorris AC. Track at 7.30 pm Contact Michael at [086] 8534729 after 7pm.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:02:00 GMT

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