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Mayo Sports Partnership News December 2016
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23, Dec 2016 - 13:45

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Mayo Sports Partnership News December 2016


1. €30 million Grant Scheme for improved sports facilities and equipment
2. Operation Transformation National Walks Saturday 7th January
3. Invite to participate in Operation "Get Active Mayo"
4. Primary Schools see benefits of Daily Mile Initiative
5. Louisburgh joining the countywide Couch 2 5K programme in New Year
6. 43 Mayo Groups / Organisations receive €12,360 for activities
7. Claremorris parkrun commencing soon
8. Claremorris Sports Coaches join Goal to Work Network
9. Ballyhaunis Sports Hub Update
10. Girls and Women in Sport Seminar'Are we playing in a different League?
11. Have your say in the National Sports Policy Framework
12. Federation of Irish Sport Annual Review
13. Sport Ireland Trails Newsletter

1. €30 million Grant Scheme for improved sports facilities and equipment
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O' Donovan T.D., announced today that €30m is being made available under the Sports Capital Programme to develop sports infrastructure around the country. In this regard, online applications will be accepted from the 23rd January to the 24th February, 2017. Clubs not previously registered on the Department's online application system need to do so in advance of this date and the Ministers encouraged clubs to register now. The guide to making an application was also published on the Department's Sports Capital Programme website today ( ).

The Minister of State, Patrick O'Donovan highlighted some of the changes to the terms of the new programme. "The Programme for Government contains the aim of allocating sports capital grants on an annual basis and since being given responsibility for sport, I have been struck by the huge level of interest in the Sports Capital Programme across so many different sporting disciplines. I was determined to make the application process as simple as possible and in this regard we have significantly shortened the application form, issued new guides for completing the form and my Department is also arranging a series of regional workshops in the new year to assist applicants. The upcoming holiday period provides a good opportunity for clubs to get registered on, familiarise themselves with the guide and undertake any other preparatory work in advance of formally submitting their application".

Clubs who wish to register on the Department's online system can do so now at Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from the 23rd January. A guide to making an application and a link to YouTube video instructions is also available on the website.

2. Operation Transformation Walks taking place Countywide Sat 7th January
Looking to get more active in 2017? Need some support? RTEs Operation Transformation is once again joining forces locally with Mayo Sports Partnership to encourage people to become more physically active in 2017. A number of walks will take place across the country on Saturday 7th January with Mayo walks taking place in Ballina, Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Castlebar, Claremorris, Kiltimagh 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 Ballina Town Soccer Club 9.30am Belleek (9.15am)
Ballyhaunis Friary Field (beside playground) 9.30am
Castlebar New Castlebar Tennis Club (9.15am) 9.30am
Claremorris Entrance to Clare Lake (9.15am) 9.30am
Erris Cross Loop Binghamstown (9.15am) 9.30am
Kiltimagh Market Square (9.15am) 9.30am
Westport Mill St / High St Car Park (9.15am) 9.30am
"Here in Mayo Sports Partnership we are aware of the challenges that people encounter when they are thinking of getting more active. The Operation Transformation National Walks Day is a perfect starting point for beginners as most people that turn up on the day do so for recreational and social reasons. There are no winners or losers at these events." Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert commented.
County 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,participants are asked to wear loose clothing and to bring some water. Further information on Operation Transformation can be viewed at :
Details of Mayo Sports Partnerships follow on 5 week initiative "Operation Get Active Mayo" involving approximately numerous communities / groups throughout Mayo will be promoted at 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

3. Call for Clubs, Communities, Groups, Workplaces to join Operation Get Active Mayo in 2017

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 20 + 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.
Contact us by Friday January 6th 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 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 Padraic Durcan on 094 9047025 to register your programme on our Operation Transformation Mayo Calendar or email before Friday Jan 6th.

4. Primary Schools see benefits of Daily Mile Initiative
Primary school children throughout Mayo are spending 15 minutes daily engaging in completing a mile walking, jogging or running. This is in addition to their to their weekly PE programme and extra curricular activity. Its all because of a new initiative, the Daily Mile, which has taken the UK, Holland and other countries by storm in the last year or so.
The Daily Mile is an initiative which was started by Elaine Wyllie, Headteacher of a Large Scottish Primary School in 2012. 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.

Approximately 30 Mayo schools are participating in the programme with many mapping their school on the Daily Mile website see

The difference the programme is making can be seen in the comments received from school Principals

"It has made a big difference to the children's attitude towards exercise and has also increased their fitness levels remarkably" - Richmond National School Crossmolina

"We have really enjoyed doing the Daily Mile, all the students in our school are involved, as are all the staff! If we happen to forget to go out, we are quickly reminded by the children that it's Daily Mile time" - Holy Angels NS, Clogher, Claremorris, Co Mayo

For more information or to register interest in the programme contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

5. Louisburgh joining the countywide Couch 2 5K programme in New Year
The new Year Beginners Couch to 5k will recommence in the new year with 5 locations in Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Castlebar, Claremorris and now Louisburgh. The programme is designed particularly for ‘absolute beginners' who want to be able to achieve that 5k distance by walking, walking/jogging or jogging. Many of us look at others taking part in the Park Run or the local 5k and wish that it could be us who are participating and this programme is the ideal way to reach that goal. The programme is led by qualified leaders who understand that participants need to build confidence, fitness and change their habits.

The Beginners Couch to 5k was designed by Mayo Sports Partnership in partnership with Claremorris Athletic and leisure club, Connacht GAA and Ballinrobe AC. The target group is teenagers and adults who are not physically active but would like to be.
Contact Anne Ronayne, Community Sports Development Project Worker, Mayo Sports Partnership on or 094 9047022 for further details or if you would like to set up a group in your area.

6. 43 Mayo Groups / Organisations receive €12,360 for activities
A total of 43 groups in Mayo are celebrating the awarding of grants to fund physical activity for older people (aged over 50). The Go for Life Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland is awarding almost €12,000 to groups around Mayo. These grants are aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people across the country by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport. Grant recipients include Active Retirement Groups, ICA guilds, Local Sports Partnerships, Sports Clubs, Family Resources Centres and many others who provide older people with opportunities to get active.
To see full listing of groups who received funding click on this link 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 16th year, it has so far awarded over €5 million in almost 12,000 grants during its lifetime.
Mayo Sports Partnership assists groups and organisations across the county in providing participation opportunities including Active 55, Go for Life Games, County Boccia League, Walking Programmes and Physical Activity Leader training (PALs) for community activists. To find our more about any of the above initiatives please contact Sports Inclusion Officer Ray Mc Namara at 094-9047023.

7. Claremorris parkrun commencing soon!!!!!!!
Claremorris will join Ballina, Belmullet, Castlebar and Westport shortly in providing a parkrun in their locality. Claremorris parkrun, 5K in length, is a new community based initiative that will take place every Saturday morning 9.30am at Clare Lake commencing February 2017. The Saturday morning runs and walks are open to all ages, and make for a fun and active way for families to kick start their weekends. Claremorris parkrun encourages participation not competition, is totally free of charge and is hosted by various sporting clubs and organizations in Claremorris along with the support of other local voluntary organizations such as Claremorris GAA Club, Mayo AC, Claremorris Fit4life Group. The initiative is supported by Mayo Sports Partnership, the HSE through their Get Ireland Active initiative and Mayo County Council.
Further information can be obtained on the Park Run website or locally by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025

8. Claremorris Sports Coaches join Goal to Work Network
A group of jobseekers mainly from the Claremorris 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 Claremorris GAA / Claremorris Family Resource Centre allowed trainees to become qualified GAA, Soccer and Rugby 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.
Over 100 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.
To find out more about the programme log on to or contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 email

9. Ballyhaunis Sports Hub Update
Late 2015 saw Mayo Sports Partnership receive Dormant Account funding towards the development of Ballyhaunis Sports Hub. In 2016 some of the hubs achievements have been:

• The development of the Maples Recreational Park incorporating a cricket crease the only one of its kind in the Republic of Ireland.

• Establishment of a Ballyhaunis Sports Network incorporating representatives from local sports clubs, organisations and agencies.

• Operation Transformation Programme, Couch to 5K and Men on the Move participation programmes

• A Goal to Work / Community Sports Coach Training Programme for 12 unemployed jobseekers in the Ballyhaunis area

• Cricket coaching with Cricket Ireland took place in February 2016

• Youth Sports Leadership training for Transition Years took place in Ballyhaunis Community School enabling the school to have sports leaders delivering extra curricular activities.

• Walking Group established under the Get Ireland Walking Programme

• 2nd Year Healthy Living Programme at Ballyhaunis Community School.

• Come and Try It Sports Day took place on Sat 4th June IN Ballyhaunis GAA

• Soccer and Cricket Day Saturday 24th September at Ballyhaunis FC

Plans for 2016 include:

• Appointment of a Ballyhaunis Sports Co-ordinator under Mayo North East Leader Partnership Community and Employment Scheme

• Spring 2017 Primary school Cricket skills development programme at Scoil Íosa

• Further development of participation programmes

• Volunteering in Sport Seminar in March 2017

• Volunteer Awards evening

• Introduction of Club Mark Scheme for Sports Clubs in Ballyhaunis

• Multi Sport Easter/Summer and Halloween Camps at the Maples

• 2nd Year Healthy Living Programme at Ballyhaunis Community School.

• Continued assistance to club development e.g. Ladies GAA to develop senior team, Soccer Club to develop their club to include more age groups

More opportunities will be developed in due course. For more information please contact hub co-ordinator Anne Ronayne at 094-9047022 email

10. ‘Girls and Women in Sport Seminar'Are we playing in a different League?

Taking place on Thursday 9th February 10am - 3pm in St Marys Hall GMIT Castlebar, this seminar targets all girls and women especially girls in senior cycle of national school and all secondary school girls, third level women along with those coaching or teaching these groups. Topics such as girls and women's participation, retention, fair play, attitude, equality and media coverage will be discussed by speakers/panellists. Speakers include RTE's Jacqui Hurley, Paralympics swimmer and bronze medallist Ellen Keane, Dr Aoife Lane from the Department of Health Sciences -Health Sport And Exercise Science in WIT, Cora Staunton 10 time All Star in Women's Gaelic and many other inspiring and influential girls and women in sport. Contact Anne Ronayne, Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 9047022 or for further information.

11. Have your say in the National Sports Policy Framework
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O'Donovan TD, on 17th Nov 2016 launched a public consultation process on the development of a new National Sports Policy Framework.
The aim of the consultation process is to give all stakeholders the opportunity to feed into the development of the new National Sports Policy. The policy will provide a framework for sport in Ireland over the next ten years and will set the agenda for Sport Ireland. The public consultation document addresses and raises questions under the following themes:
- Contribution of sport
- Participation
- High Performance
- Local and Regional Facilities
- National Sports Campus
- Governance
- Coaching
- Volunteer engagement
- Safety in sport
- Integrity of sport and international influence
- Sport in a cross-sectorial context
- Outdoor recreation
- Sports Tourism
- Financing Irish sport
- Measuring the impact of sport
The consultation document, along with details of how to make a submission, are available on the website of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport:
The closing date for submissions is 17:00, 6 January 2017.

12. Federation of Irish Sport Annual Review

The Federation of Irish Sport is the representative organisation for the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) in Ireland. The Federation's membership consists of over 100 NGBs and LSPs from every corner of the country, including the GAA, FAI, IRFU, Swim Ireland and Athletics Ireland.

Some of the successes achieved by the Federation over the last year are:

• Following the announcement of €47.2m in Budget 2017 the Federation engaged with Government Ministers and all political parties with the goal of securing an increase. Our lobbying efforts secured a further €1.775m funding for 2017.
• Deeper and wider engagement with members of the Oireachtas; Ministers, TDs and Senators building cross party support for Sport and Physical Activity in Ireland.
• Significant progress on the National Sports Policy. We have reached the consultation phase and look forward to the publication and implementation of the National Policy for Sport in 2017.
• The attendance of 65 sporting bodies with over 200 guests at our 4th Annual Conference in May.
• Over 200 people attending the second Sport Industry Awards at the Round Room, The Mansion House in November. The Sport Industry Awards go from strength to strength.
• Publication of our 8th Annual Review of Irish Sport promoting the work of our members as facilitated by Sport Ireland funding. To view the review please click on the link
• Recognition of the role of sport by the Department of Health through the continuing work of the Federation with the Healthy Ireland Council.
• The Federations significant role as a member of the National Physical Activity Plan Implementation Group which is co-ordinated by the Departments of Sport and Health.
• Continued savings on the insurance premia and consistency of cover of NGBs as a result of the introduction of our group insurance scheme;

We are looking forward to 2017 and intend to focus in particular on the following:

• Securing an increase in funding for sport in Budget 2018;
• Publication and Implementation of the National Sports Policy
• Ensuring Sport has a voice at the National Economic Forum in 2017.
• Progressing the roll out of the National Physical Activity Plan.
• Furthering our advocacy programme and engaging at the highest political level.
• Making the case that sport should also receive some of the allocation of any additional revenues generated from betting taxes and not just the horse and greyhound industry as is the case at present;

For more information on the Federation of Irish Sport contact 01 625 1155
or go to

13. Sport Ireland Trails Newsletter
Sport Ireland has just released its new Trails Newsletter. This will be a quarterly release from the Trails Unit in Sport Ireland and will provide updates on the work being undertaken and planned. I hope you find it useful and please feel free to forward this newsletter to any of your own contacts.

The National Trails Office has been rebranded as Sport Ireland Trails since October 2016.

Sport Ireland Trails maintains a National Trails Register in conjunction with a number of partner agencies and bodies (currently there are more than 800 trails listed), promotes standards and good practice for trail development, supports new trail initiatives and undertakes promotional work aimed at increasing awareness and usage of recreational trails in Ireland.

To view the newsletter click on this link

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