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Mayo Sports Partnership News November 2014
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Mayo Sports Partnership News November 2014


New Chairman for Mayo Sports Partnership
Ballina parkrun commences Sat 22nd Nov
Men on the Move, Couch to 5K and Operation Transformation Update
Internships now available with Mayo Sports Partnership
National Report on the Sports Partnership Network for 2013 launched
Runners/walkers go the extra mile to spread road safety message
West Region Outdoor Recreation Strategy now available
Post Primary Schools Healthy Living Programme
Go for Life Games Blitz for Older People Groups
Sports Volunteer Training Courses
Participation Opportunities for People with a Disability
Upcoming Events

1. New Chairman for 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

2. Ballina parkrun commences Sat 22nd November
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 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 3 parkrun sites in Ballina, Castlebar and Westport and information on each can be found on

3. Men on the Move, Couch to 5K and Operation Transformation Update

Over 300 men aged 30 plus are engaged in beginner Men on the Move activity programmes at 10 different sites across the county. The success of the programme is such that a National Research Study of Mens Health is to commence in the new year in 5 counties with the Men on the Move programme being the vehicle to engage physically inactive men. 3 new sites are to be announced for the programme in the new year so if your area is interested in the programme lodge your expression of interest to

Couch to 5K has been an outstanding success with the programmes in Ballinrobe, Castlebar and Claremorris twice oversubscribed. It is planned to recommence these programmes in the new year with a focus on Couch to 10K leading in to the West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon in May. For more information contact Anne Ronayne Community Sports Project Worker at 094-9047025.

A brand new Operation Transformation Series will be launched in the new year and Mayo Sports Partnership will be inviting communities across Mayo to get involved in the Get Active Mayo Campaign which will commence with four 5K walks on Saturday 17th January. A 6 week programme of activity will then culminate in a celebration 5K walk / run at each of the 4 locations. Mayo Sports Partnership hopes to run Operation Transformation Leader Training in the coming weeks so if your community is interested please contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

4. Internships now available in Mayo Sports Partnership

Title of Internship : Sports Public Relations Officer
Department where placement is offered: Mayo Sports Partnership
The intern will gain practical experience in a busy sports office. Some of the key experience will be promoting events & general news through social media channels i.e.Facebook etc & designing press releases, posters etc. The Intern will be required to update websites & other mediums continually transmitting the message of positive participation in physical activity. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: health & safety, interpersonal & communication, project delivery & other relevant training which will be identified during induction. Project administration & promotion skills. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Project Communication & Promotion, project delivery, networking with various organisations.
Skills Requirements
Some interest in 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. (Note this is not a Sports Development Position). Applicants must supply suitable character references.
Education Requirements
Other - 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.

Position 2
Title of Internship : Assistant Sports Development Officer
Department where placement is offered: Mayo Sports Partnership
The intern will gain practical experience in a busy sports office. Some of the key experience will be assisting in the delivery of key participation events such as Come and Try it Days, Women in Sport Projects, Walking/Cycling initiatives and general inclusion Sports Projects. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following; Health & Safety, Interpersonal and Communication skills, Project Delivery, Project administration skills i.e. bookings, PR, website and social media updating and other relevant training which will be identified during induction. On completion the intern will have attained skills in; Organisation and group management skills, project delivery, networking with various organisations. Applicants must supply suitable character references.
Skills Requirements
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. The person will be required to report on a weekly basis to management. Applicants must supply suitable character references.
Education Requirements
Other - A basic third level or PLC Sports Development course. Good knowledge of MS Office and computer applications; Word, Excel and Outlook office suite would also be required.

5. 2013 National Report on the Sports Partnership Network

The Irish Sports Council recently 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.
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.

To download a full copy of the report please click here,25550,en.pdf

6. 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 users
Yes - 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.
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.

7. West Region Outdoor Recreation Strategy 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: under the ‘Publications' section (see ‘Regional Planning'). It will shortly be accessible from the Council websites.

Existing hubs of activity were highlighted by the Outdoor Activity Finder (click on this ) 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.

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.

8. Post Primary Schools Healthy Living Programme

A 4 hr workshop to illustrate the benefits of Sport Vs Alcohol will take place with all 2nd Yr students in Davitt College Castlebar on Wednesday 19th November. The workshop will consist of a number of 45 minute inputs including participation in sports and teambuilding exercises, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and a questions and answers session with a top Mayo GAA star.

This Workshop is being organised by Castlebar Sports Forum. The Castlebar Sports Forum is headed up by Mayo Sports Partnership and aims to provide inclusive, safe, and fun sporting and recreational opportunities and programmes for all residents in Castlebar. The forum aims to encourage all people to become more physically active and improve their health, fitness and quality of life.

To find out more contact Anne Ronayne Community Sports Project Worker 094-9047022

9. Go for Life Games Blitz for Older People Groups

Over 50 participants from 10 older people groups across the county took part in the inaugural Mayo Go for Life Games Blitz which took place on Thursday 6th November in An Sportlann Castlebar. 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). Participants are brought through the games and groups can bring bags of equipment back to their centre and run the games there which will enable the group to become more active.

For more information on the Go for Life Games contact Ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Development Officer at 094-9047023.

10. Upcoming Volunteer Training Events

Wed 12th November - Social Media Training for Sports Clubs

Following on from a previous hugely successful seminar in 2012 Mayo Sports Partnership is calling all sports clubs in the region to sign up for the 2014 Social Media Seminar for Sports Clubs in the Mayo Education Centre, Old Westport Rd, Castlebar on Wednesday 12th November.

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.

For more information on the event log onto Clubs can register for a fee of €20 per person and includes tea / coffee, free parking, an information pack and supporting material. Places are limited to 20 so early booking is advised ( see attached application form).
Contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 for further details.

Wed 12th November - Code of Ethics Training in Belmullet

Mayo Sports Partnership is hosting a 3 hour workshop titled Code of Ethics and Best Practice in Sport on Wednesday 12th November 2014. The workshop will take place in Belmullet Civic Centre from 7pm - 10pm. A course fee of €15 per participant applies.

This ‘Child Protection in Sport' training is for Children's Officers and/or Designated Persons, Sports Leaders and other adults involved in the organisation of sport for young people.

The training will enable Children's Officers/Sports Leaders to:
· Implement best practice in protecting the welfare of participants
· Create a child-centred environment within the sports club
· List categories of abuse and some indicators associated with abuse
· Make appropriate response to a disclosure
· Make a report to designated officer or appropriate Statutory Authorities

Places are limited on the course and some places are still available by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or by e-mail to . Or download the application form on

Saturday 29th November - Cycling Foundation Level Training Course

The Foundation Level Coaching Award is the first level of the Cycling Ireland Coaching Pathway. This course is aimed at people new to coaching and those wishing to start on the cycling coaching ladder. The course takes place on Saturday 29th November 9.30am - 5pm in the Mayo Education Centre ( At rear of GMIT) Castlebar and covers all the basics of cycling coaching and provides you with a good introduction to the principles of coaching and training.

Course Content
Cycling Events and Disciplines
Role of the Coach
Coaching Principles
Planning for Coaching
Practical Coaching
Cycling Safety
Coaching Cyclists with Disabilities
Code of Ethics

For information on how to book contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

11. Participation Opportunities for People with a Disability

Sports Inclusion Development Programme

Community Setting

The County Boccia League continues in Breaffy Gaa Club House on 8th December. This month groups will play for a new annual trophy sponsored by Mayo Sports Partnership.

Wheelchair Hurling national finals on 1st November in Sligo It 10.30am - 4pm

Inclusive Gym/Fitness Initiative in Westport Leisure Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Mayo Autism Activity Club in Arás attrácta Swinford on Tuesdays 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Soccer for children u16 with learning difficulties in Knock Kiltimagh Soccer club starting Saturday 8th November from 12noon - 1.30pm

Para Cycling will be re starting at Ballina athletics Track in Late November contact Ray for more information.

Inclusive Tennis in the new Dome in Castlebar Tennis Club.

Acquired brain injury coach 2 5k starts in late November in Lough Lannagh Castlebar

Service Setting

FAI Soccer Blitz in Milebush Park on19th November from 11.00am - 3.00pm

Swimming Lessons in Castlebar Swimming Pool on Mondays and Thursdays at 11.30am

Soccer programme in An Sportslann Castlebar every Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

Tab Rugby With Rehab Care every Wednesday at 2.30 pm in the Castlebar Town Park

Basketball with National Learning Network every Wednesday 3pm - 4pm in an Sportslann Castlebar

Sit and be Fit Class with Cranmore Centre Ballinrobe contact the Mayo sports Partnership office for more details.

Soccer Blitz in An Sportslann Castlebar onWednesday 26th November from 11.00am - 2.00pm

Castlebar Training Centre Walk on every Thursday at 2.30pm

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Boccé Club in Westport Leisure Park on Wednesdays 5.00 - 6.00 pm

Special Olympics Table Tennis Club every Thursday at 7.30 in St Mary's Hall GMIT Castlebar

Special Olympic Kayaking Club every Saturday at Lough Lannagh Lake Castlebar from 11am -1pm

Special Olympic Bowling Club every Tuesday evening at Mayo Roller Bowl Castlebar
Inver Artrithis Walk every Thursday at 11am.

Claremorris All Stars Special Olympics Club meets every Wednesday at 8.15pm

Erris Special Olympics Club in Belmullet Sports Complex on Wednesday at 7.30

12. Upcoming Events ( which we are aware of):

Westport Sea to Summit Adventure Race Saturday 8th November 8am. Contact Sinead Hopkins 098 55088
Ballina Town FC 5K Sunday 9th November 12 Noon Cotact Ann Egan 087 4186895
Westport parkrun Saturday 8th, 15th, 22nd 29th November @ 9.30am, Weekly event,
Castlebar parkrun Saturday 8th, 15th, 22nd 29th November @ 9.30am, Weekly Event,
Ballina parkrun commences Saturday 22nd @ 9.30am, Weekly event,
· Davitts Winter 5k Series. Walk/Jog or Run. Limited to first 150 entrants. Sunday November 30th at 10am, Sunday December 7th at 10am, Sunday December 14th at 10am in Irishtown Village. Total cost is just €15. Contact Anne Ronayne 0876973587 or enter on

Broadhaven 10k Run, Jog or Walk Saturday 8th November 1pm. Starts at Aughalasheen N.S.. Contact 086 1636704 or
Belleek Woods 10km. Walk/Jog or Run. .Register with Run Ireland or on the day from 10:30 at Ballina Athletic Club, Beleek Road, Ballina, Co Mayo. Entry Fee: €15 contact: Ann Egan 0874186895 or Michele Reynolds 0864180159.

10 km Hollymount Road Race takes place on 9th of November. Registration in Hollymount hall on the day.Further details contact Sean 0868402679
1.00pm Youth race, u17 (3km)
1.30 pm Ladies 3km race
2.00 pm Mens senior 10 km

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


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