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Mayo Sports Partnership News Update September 2016
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Mayo Sports Partnership News Update September 2016


1. Autumn / Winter 2016 Training & Events Programme

2. Go for Life Grant Scheme for Older People Groups - Now Open
3. Applications Open for Claremorris Goal to Work Sports Coach Training
4. The Daily Mile - A new initiative for Primary Schools commencing soon
5. Men on the Move new programmes in Ballaghdereen, Ballina Crossmolina
6. 2nd European Week of Sport 10th - 18th September
7. Mayo Councillors, TDs and local media to participate in unique soccer match to launch European week of sport
8. Youth Sports Leadership Training
9. Ballyhaunis Community Sports Hub
10. "Get Ireland Walking" Programmes in Mayo
11. Participation Opportunities this September for People with a Disability
12. Upcoming Events


1. Mayo Sports Partnerships Autumn / Winter 2016 Training & Events Programme

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 online at

Mayo Sports Partnership are also proposing to hold a Girls in Sport seminar on the 24th November which will look at some of the barriers which face teenage girls participating in sport / physical activity. Some high profile speakers are planned and more details are to be announced in due course.

Also included in the comprehensive schedule is a series FREE of Sports Volunteer Workshops provided by Sport Ireland at locations around the country including Galway. 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

All courses / events are subsidized by the Partnership and more details can be got by logging on to .You can book places by contacting the office at 094-9047025.


2. Go for Life 2016 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 or log on to its website at
The closing date for applications is Friday, 30th September 2016. Application forms are available on Go For Life Grant Scheme page

3. Applications Open for Claremorris Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Prog
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.

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 or call 087 1247771 for details. Application forms can also be downloaded at or

4. The Daily Mile - A new initiative for Primary Schools commencing soon

In 2012 Elaine Wyllie, Headteacher of a large Scottish primary school, realised that her pupils, like many others, were unfit. She introduced the concept of every class doing 15 minutes of a walk, jog or run daily and found the results hugely beneficial. The Daily mile initiative was born and now has become so popular that hundreds of schools in the UK participate in the programme and is also in countries such as Belgium, Holland, the US and now Ireland.

The aim of the Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children - regardless of age or personal circumstances.
It is a profoundly simple but effective concept, which any primary school or nursery can implement. Its impact can be transformational- improving not only the childrens' fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.
The Daily Mile Works!
The Daily Mile is successful because it is simple and free:

  • It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.
  • Children run outside in the fresh air - and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.
  • There's no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.
  • Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.
  • It's social, non-competitive and fun.
  • It's fully inclusive; every child succeeds, whatever their circumstances, age or ability.

Mayo Sports Partnership in association with HSE West and the Mayo Education Centre will be shortly inviting Primary Schools throughout Mayo to participate in this programme. An information meeting for participating schools will be organised at a date to be arranged. Expressions of interest by schools can be lodged by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email:

5. 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.

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:

Ballina Family Resource Centre  on Tuesday 13th September 7pm

Crossmolina GAA Centre  on Monday  12th September 7pm

Community Resource Centre, Market St, Ballaghaderreen,Co Roscommon  on Thursday 15th September 7pm

If you wish to register for the initiative in the above areas please call the Mayo Sports Partnership office on 094 9047025, email  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.

6. European Week of Sport 10th - 18th September - Register Your Event Now

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
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
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 The #BeActive (hash tag) should be used where possible on line and on social media platforms.

7. Mayo Councillors, TDs and local media to participate in unique soccer match to launch European week of sport

To launch the week Mayo Sports Partnership are proposing to organise a fun soccer game on Friday afternoon 9th September at 4pm in Castlebar Celtic Astroturf.

Participants will include TDs, councillors, senators, local sports personalities, representatives from media, sports partnership members etc. The event will also raise some funds for Mayo Mental Health and some refreshments will be available in the Castlebar Celtic clubhouse afterwards.

So why not come along on Friday 9th and lend your vocal support for this unique event.

8. Accredited Youth Sport Leadership Training to be delivered this Autumn

Following successful delivery of Dormant Account funded Youth Sport Leadership Programmes in Castlebar, Crossmolina and Ballyhaunis a further 4 sites will receive training this Autumn / winter season. The Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership provides the ideal starting point for learners aged 13 years and over who wish to develop their leadership skills, whilst under the direct supervision of their Tutor/Assessor or other suitably qualified adult.
The syllabus is designed to develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of sports and/or recreational situations as well as contributing to the personal development of the learner.The Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership is a practical award in which learners must demonstrate their ability to lead others in simple sport/activity.
Mayo Sports Partnership plans to work through second level schools in particular so expressions of interest should be sent to Anne Ronayne Community Sports Project Worker email: or telephone 094 -9047022

9.    Ballyhaunis Community Sports Hub
Recent activities at the hub have included the very successful come and try sports day on the 4th June and an Inclusive Summer Camp for Children at the recreation park in the Maples in August. In addition a Get Ireland Walking group has formed and walks on Tuesday evenings have had up to 20 participants.

A menu of activities are planned for the Autumn including:

-    Ballyhaunis Cricket Day Saturday 24th September 1pm - 3pm
-    Relaunch of Men on the Move
-    Couch to 5K
-    Continuation of Walking Programme
-    Cricket Coaching
-    After School Activity Programme
-    Active 55
-    Youth Sport Leadership
-    Volunteer in Sport Seminar
-    Sports Awards Evening
-    Sports Volunteer Training ie Child Protection in Sport, First Aid etc

For more information about the Ballyhaunis Sports Hub please contact Anne Ronayne Community Sports Project Worker 094-9047022 email:

10.    Get Ireland Walking  Programmes in Mayo

Since the start of the summer 6 communities / groups have been participating in the Get Ireland Walking Programme and have been assisted in developing their groups by Mayo Sports Partnership tutors Deirdre Donnelly and Geraldine Finn. Below are details of the current status of the groups:

  • Ballintubber/Ballyglass walking group meeting Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm at Ballintubber Abbey Gates.
  • Carrowholly walking group meeting Monday and Thursday 8pm at carrowholly NS
  • Achill GAA Healthy Club in conjunction with MSP host their first morning walk is Wednesday Sept 7th @ 10am at keel beach car park
  • ‘Ballina Walking Group' meet at the Soccer Pitch beside Beleek woods on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7pm
  • ‘Breaffy Wanderers' meet every Wednesday evening 8pm at the G.A.A.Pitch.
  • ‘Ballyhaunis Walking Group' meet at the Enterprise Centre Ballyhaunis on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm and also Thursdays evening at 7.30pm

Members of the public are welcome to join any of the above groups at the appointed times. Finally Mayo Sports Partnership ‘Get Ireland Walking' are holding a walk on Sat Oct 1st meeting at Clonbur woods at 10am where all are invited to attend.

If you would like your community to be part of the Get Ireland Walking Initiative or indeed to find out more details locally contact Anne Ronayne Mayo Sports Partnership Community Sports Project Worker at 094-9047022 email:  

11.    Participation Opportunities this September for People with a Disability

Sports Inclusion Development Programme

Community Setting

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

Para Athletics and Para Cycling Games Day 8th October Ballina Athletics Track 11am -2pm.

County Boccia League is on Monday 12th September in Breaffy Gaa Club.

Soccer Blitz for People with a learning difficulty on Wednesday 14th September Castlebar Celtic 11am -1pm

Connaught Wheelchair Hurling team train in Barnacarol community centre contact Adrian or Ray 0876973093

Service Setting

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

Inclusive Tennis in the new Dome in Castlebar Tennis Club.

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.

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 7.30pm

12.    Other upcoming events:
September 2016

  • Westport parkrun, Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th September @ 9.30am, Weekly event,
  • Castlebar parkrun, Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th September @9.30am, Weekly event,
  • Ballina parkrun, Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th September @9.30am, Weekly event,
  • Ballina Junior parkrun, Sunday 4th , 11th, 18th, 25th September @9.30am, Weekly event,
  • Erris parkrun, Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th September @9.30am, Weekly event,
  • Quest Achill, formerly Achill Roar Adventure Race. Saturday 3rd September. Full details at
  • Open Sports Day, Hosted by Moy Valley Athletic Club, Sunday, 04th September @2pm, St. Muredach's College, Ballina. Admission €3 per adult/child, entry fee covers all races per age category. for more info email
  • Cloontia 6K, Wednesday 7th September Further details on registration Contact Alan Bracken 087-6340111 Peter Hynes 087-9014211 Padraic Walsh 086-8738691 Entry fee is €2 for Members & Children €5 for everyone else
  • Tour de Achill, Achill Wheelers Cycling Club will host a ‘Tour de Achill' leisure cycling event on Saturday 10th September 2016 starting in Achill Sound at 10am. There will be three distances 40km; 60km and 110km.
  • Charlestown 10k, Saturday, 10th September @ 12 noon. Chip timed. Entry fee €20. Registration on day at CBD Complex, Lowpark, Charlestown, 9 to 11am. For Further details contact Christina Duffy 0863309653
  • Blacksod Point Challenge Triathlon, Saturday 10th September

  • Foxford 5k, Wednesday the 14th, September at 7:15pm, everyone welcome. For further details contact Alan Bracken 087-6340111 Peter Hynes 087-9014211 Padraic Walsh 086-8738691 Entry fee is €2 for Members & Children €5 for everyone else
  • Crossmolina 5k, Fun Run Saturday 15th September 1pm, registration from 12 at Western Care's Cluainin Resource Centre. Contact Joe Brett Western Care 087-2338570
  • Charity Cycle, Claremorris Cycling Club hosts a charity cycle on Saturday 16th September, 9:45am, Sam's Bar James Street Claremorris. 33km/55km/110km Registration from 8:30, cost €35.
  • Pure Magic "Battle for the Lakes" Kite surfing & Music Festival. Achill Island 23rd -26th September Full details at
  • Wild2Wild Wilderness Challenge Duathlon, Saturday 24th September 10am, Newport. Scenic routes with wilderness run on forestry track. Registration Friday 23rd Sept 7-9pm, Saturday 24th 8-9am Hotel Newport. For more information contact Mary 0876636839

  • Clew Bay Half Marathon and 10km, Louisburgh, on Saturday September 24th, 2016. Stunning scenery, chip timing, tasty homemade refreshments, medals and t-shirts. Contact Claire O'Grady on 086 1037888. Tommy Morahan on 087 7700316
  • Ballyhaunis 8K, Sunday 25th 3pm, Ballyhaunis Rugby Club, Prizes for top three, Category prizes and Fit4Life Prizes. Contact Martin 087-2455989
  • Ladies Cycling Sportive, Sunday 25th September, 8:30am Cycling Centre Kilmaine Road Ballinrobe

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