Meath LSP welcomes Sport Ireland Policy on Sport & Physical Activity in the Outdoors!

Sport Ireland Publishes Policy on Sport and Physical Activity in the Outdoors

Sport Ireland today published its new Policy on Sport and Physical Activity in the Outdoor, with a vision to create opportunities for everyone to participate in and enjoy sport and physical activity in the outdoors.

The policy was officially launched by Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, and Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD.

The goals of the policy are built around four target areas:

  • Provide Leadership
  • Build Capacity
  • Support Infrastructure Development
  • Create Opportunities

The importance of outdoor recreation from a health and wellbeing perspective is identified in the National Sports Policy, which targets the development of opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity in the outdoors including running, walking, cycling and outdoor adventure pursuits.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Martin said: “We have all seen in recent months the important place nature and the outdoors has in our society and the role it has played in maintaining our mental and physical wellbeing. The Sport Ireland Outdoors Policy presents an ambitious vision for increasing participation in all forms of sport and physical activity in the outdoors and it is greatly welcomed. The Programme for Government places a strong emphasis on activities that are especially suitable for all generations. We are fortunate to live in such a wonderful country with so many natural amenities available to us for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. I would encourage everyone to get out and be active outdoors and avail of what is around us”.

Sport Ireland plays a lead role in promoting and supporting participation in all forms of outdoor sport and physical activity in Ireland and along with the sustainable development of this sector. This includes the management of the National Trails Register and trail accreditation system in Ireland, and supporting a number of infrastructure development and participation initiatives such as Greenways, Blueways, Get Ireland Walking and Get Ireland Cycling.

Minster Chambers added: “The recent findings of the Irish Sports Monitor 2019 show that more and more people are getting out into the outdoors to participate in sport and physical activity. The addition of Greenways and Blueways to the Irish landscape has been revolutionary for many, providing plenty of opportunities for people to get out and experience the outdoors in a safe and welcoming environment. The policy published today is timely and I look forward to seeing many more opportunities being developed in the years to come.”

The social, physical and health benefits associated with participating in sport and physical activity in the outdoors are well documented and are reflected in the new policy.

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, said: “Outdoor recreation plays an important role in supporting the wellbeing of society. We know that getting out into the outdoors regularly provides significant improvements in mental health and psychological wellbeing and encourages regular and sustained participation. There are relatively few limitations to participation and it is ideal for providing life-long physical activity. This policy will help establish new partnerships, create new participation opportunities and encourage other stakeholders, at a national and local level, to increase their work and investment in this sector, while encouraging more people to get out into the outdoors”.

Dr. Una May, Director of Participation and Ethics with Sport Ireland, commented: “Many people are fortunate to have access to a wonderful natural environments in which we can be physically active. Nature and being outdoors has many benefits and we hope to encourage people to really make use of these amenities and increase participation in all forms of sport and physical activity in the outdoors”.

The policy will be implemented and lead by Sport Ireland with support and input from a number of departmental agencies and organisations throughout the island of Ireland.

Download the Sport Ireland Policy on Sport and Physical Activity in the Outdoor here.

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Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme NOW OPEN!

€10 million Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme to support the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure along with supporting the maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland. 

The funding is split into 3 measures

  1. Small Scale repair/promotion and marketing (Available to LA & local development companies)
  2. Medium scale repair/Upgrade and new trail/Amenity development (Available to LA)
  3. Large scale repair/upgrade and new strategic trail/amenity development ( Available to LA & State agencies)

Applications close on the 30th September for measure 1 and the 30th November for Measure 2 & 3. 

Further information can be found here – https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/fd864-10-million-outdoor-recreation-infrastructure-scheme-will-support-tourism-and-community-wellbeing-in-post-covid-recovery-minister-ring/

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Age & Opportunity Grant Scheme 2020

Calling all older people and active retirement groups – the Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme is now open.

Funding is available to local clubs, groups and organisations who promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people.

Application form can be downloaded HERE

See Grant-Application-Terms-and-Conditions

Closing date for submission of application form is Oct 2nd 2020.

For further assistance, please call Meath LSP office on 046-9067337 or email mlsp@meathcoco.ie

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Meath LSP – COVID 19 Club Small Grant Scheme

 

Sports clubs and community groups (delivering sport & physical activity) can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants of up to €1,500 through Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP).

Background to the grant

The COVID-19 club small grant scheme is part of a programme from the Government of Ireland, implemented through Sport Ireland and its network of Local Sports Partnerships to support the sports sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is the grant aimed at?

This scheme is designed to support clubs and groups (whose primary focus is the delivery of sport or physical activity), and who do not have the finances to implement COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols.

As the total fund available is limited, clubs & groups which already have the finances to implement COVID-19 protocols should not apply. They must ensure that, where available, they prioritise the application for funding support via their National Governing Body or relevant representative body. Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources.

What does the grant cover?

This grant can cover costs associated with the reopening of sports clubs & physical activity. This grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting & physical activities only.

The COVID 19 Club Small Grants can be used to support COVID 19 related expenditure dating from 2nd May 2020 onwards (date of publication of Government roadmap to recovery).

The scheme will be based on identified needs. Meath Local Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland will work together to ensure that the investment is distributed fairly. Every effort will be made to ensure that the wider sports community benefits from this scheme.

How much can clubs/groups apply for?

There is an upper limit of €1,500 per club/group; applicants will be assessed on demonstrable need. Decision of the committee is final, canvassing will disqualify. Clubs/groups should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered eligible for support.

Conditions of the grant – clubs/organisations must

  • Be based in Co. Meath
  • Be affiliated to a Sport Ireland recognised National Governing Body or disability sports organisation and/or operate as a not for profit with a primary purpose of encouraging sport and physical activity
  • Be open for public membership

Collection of personal data

As part of this grant process, information collected on this Meath LSP Sports Club Grant Form will be held by Meath LSP in electronic and hard copy format as necessary. The information will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

By applying for this Meath LSP Sports Club Grant your contact information will be retained on file and will be shared with relevant stakeholders (Sport Ireland,) as required.

Completion of the application form

Applications are now closed.

Closing Date for applications is Monday 31st August 2020 at 3pm.

In exceptional circumstances, paper applications will be accepted (paper forms are available on request). If an organisation requires assistance in filling out the application form or has any queries in relation to the grant scheme please contact our office, by email: mlsp@meathcoco.ie or telephone: 046 9067337.


Terms and conditions:

The grant scheme is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • Clubs must be affiliated to a National Governing Body of Sport (NGB) or disability sports organisation and/or operate as a not for profit with a primary purpose of encouraging sport and physical activity
  • Applications are also invited from activity groups who do not fall under either category above, in this instance Meath LSP will support the group in making an application for funding under the above scheme.
  • All applicants who receive funding must have appointed a Covid -19 officer.
  • Successful clubs/organisations, will be advised of their allocation in October, at the earliest. Confirmation of how the funding has been spent will be required.
  • Successful cubs/organisations must be in a position to complete a grant expenditure form and provide verifiable evidence to support their application on request. Applications will be subject to random checks.
  • Clubs/organisations must ensure that, where applicable, application for funding support be made via their NGB or relevant representative body. Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources.
  • Clubs/organisations must comply with any reasonable request regarding publicity from Meath LSP and acknowledge Meath LSP as a source of funding in any publications, leaflets, signage, online etc
  • The information supplied by the applicant group /organisation must be accurate and complete and must be used for the purpose outlined.
  • It is the responsibility of each organisation to ensure that it has proper procedures and policies in place including appropriate insurance where relevant.
  • Only one application can be submitted per club/group
  • No canvassing permitted

Please note:

There is no guarantee of funding of applications which achieve the minimum eligibility criteria. The fund is limited, and eligible applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis against the criteria being applied.

Closing Date for applications is Monday 31st August 2020 at 3pm.

*Please see important documents below:

What can be applied for

Preview of Questions asked in application form

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Job Vacancy with Carlow Sports Partnership

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following positions on a 12 month full-time temporary contract basis:

  1. COMMUNITY SPORTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
  2. SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY HUB CO-ORDINATOR

Salary Scale applicable to both posts: €28,189 to €45,554 per annum

Application forms and full particulars are available at http://www.carlow.ie/jobs/ and also from the  Human Resources Department, Carlow County Council, County Offices, Athy Road, Carlow.  Email mmurphy@carlowcoco.ie.

Candidates may be short-listed on the basis of information supplied on the application form.  The closing date for receipt of completed applications is:

12 NOON ON THURSDAY, 20TH AUGUST, 2020. 

These posts are supported by Carlow County Council and funded by Sport Ireland.

CARLOW COUNTY COUNCIL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

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JOB VACANCY: Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership

Click here for: CSDO Job Description & Person Specification

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Phase 3 – Return to Sport

We have now entered phase three of the national COVID-19 road map. This has happened sooner than expected and is a result of the hard work of the Irish people in maintaining social distance, practicing good hand hygiene and accepting personal responsibility. By working together we have saved lives and limited the impact of the disease. Continued adherence to public health advice will determine whether we continue to move forward.

Phase 3 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business came into effect on Monday June 29th. The guidance for the safe return to sport & physical activity, agreed by the Expert Group on Return to Sport, encourages a gradual and inclusive approach to the resumption of sporting activity.

What it means:

  • Sporting activities may gradually recommence, including:
  • Team leagues for adults and children
  • Close contact sports
  • Organised sporting spectator events and fixtures.

The following may reopen:

  • Indoor Gyms and exercise facilities — Yoga, Pilates and dance studios
  • Sports clubs and public swimming pools.

Education/childcare/young people may reopen:

  • All adult education facilities
  • Creches, childminding facilities and pre-schools
  • Summer Camps
  • Youth Clubs
  • All indoor and outdoor amenities for children

Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people when conducted in line with public health advice are permissible.

Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people when conducted in line with public health advice are permissible.

Travel is permitted anywhere in Ireland

Summer Camps

The Expert Group on Return to Sport has issued three key points for clarification in relation to the operation of summer camps from June 29:

  • Numbers:  The restriction on numbers (‘15’) is lifted. However, caution is advised, as additional personnel will be required to monitor risk arising from Covid-19. Additional consideration should be given to the safeguarding recommendation (under 12s ratio 1:8, 12s and over ratio 1:10). The availability of space will be a factor in the numbers of participants.
  • Outdoor/Indoor:  Summer camps should be based outdoors with limited access to indoors in case of weather or the need for diverse activity. Indoor activity must be done under strict protocol and acknowledging the extra risk associated with indoor activity. The numbers accommodated for outdoor activity should give consideration for the necessity to move indoors at some point during the day (weather dependent).
  • Contact: Summer camps may allow a certain degree of contact in their activity in the sporting context. Organisers should observe good contact protocols off the field of play and be aware of the intensity, duration and nature of the activity that involves contact.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) has issued specific guidance on the return to sports activities for children and adolescents, which is available here: covid-19-return-to-play-sports-for-children

Additional Considerations for Participation in Sport by People with Disabilities or Older People

Whilst mitigating the risk of Covid-19 is more challenging for those who require assistance in their sport participation, steps should be taken including:

  • Consider DATE (distance, activity, time, environment)
  • Ensure daily symptom checks
  • Limit the number of participants
  • Limit the duration of the activity
  • Consider the contact (proximity, direct touch, equipment sharing) and minimise where possible.
  • Train outdoors
  • Consider the use of PPE for assisting the participant (for example, if they require assistance getting onto a bike). It is accepted that the use of PPE during sporting activities is not generally advised, however its use is promoted outside of field of play, where guidelines suggest.
  • Avoid slipstreams where possible

Competition and Training

The return to training and competition should be on an opt-in basis, with participants taking personal responsibility to decide whether they are happy to return. It is important that players & athletes are not be penalised if they wish to opt-out of training at this stage in the Roadmap. They should be encouraged to communicate their concerns to their club and/or National Governing Body so that they can be addressed.

The return to competition should be slow with consideration for the period of training completed prior to any scheduled matches/competitions. Individuals, especially high performance and professional athletes & players, may have maintained a level of fitness throughout the restriction, however the risk of injury will be increased. Those leading the delivery of their sport will need to account for this risk and tailor training accordingly. Minimising the spread of Covid-19 and the occurrence of injury will be critical.

Contact permitted, but should be limited to training and competition only. Strict physical distancing protocols should be in place outside the field and adhered to at all times. Covid-19 measures should be incorporated into all competition/procedure documents to form a normal part of the sport’s delivery. This should include the appointment of a Covid-19 Safety Officer, to ensure public health guidelines are adhered to, and appropriate mechanisms to assist with contact tracing.

Sport Ireland continues to provide a range of training & support resources to the sector in relation to Covid-19, including an online e-learning platform, which is available here https://www.sportireland.ie/covid19/course

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Meath Local Sports Partnership included in the Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnership Annual Report

Meath LSP is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) featured in the Annual Report 2019 published by Sport Ireland today.

The report outlines the work of the LSP network across the country and highlights innovative programmes and initiatives that are operated locally.

Meath LSP works with trusted professionals and valued volunteers to engage with communities across Meath to deliver inclusive, impactful and sustainable programmes and initiatives. These opportunities are tailored to local needs and aim to get people more physically active, involved in sport and improve the mental and physical health of the county.

Nationwide over €22 million was invested in the network of Local Sports Partnerships by Sport Ireland, Local Authorities and partner organisations in 2019 with over half a million people across communities in Ireland taking part in LSP sport and physical activity opportunities.

Speaking at the launch of the LSP Annual Report, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD said: “It is clear from the figures in the Annual Report that the Local Sports Partnership network has a positive impact in communities, especially for target groups who are often less represented. The Government’s new Covid 19 funding support package will ensure the survival of our vibrant sport sector, particularly the many clubs in local communities throughout the country. It is heartening to see that so many people have recognised the importance of staying active during the crisis. It is important to thank everyone involved in the LSP network for keeping programmes going. We must now seize the opportunity to secure a lasting improvement in the health and wellbeing of our nation by encouraging people to stay involved in sport. I want to acknowledge the contribution of sports volunteers, not just for everything they have done during this public health crisis but for what they do all year round. We will continue to support their growth and provide every opportunity to sustain their ongoing involvement.”

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, said: “The Sport Ireland Statement of Strategy 2018-2022 highlights the “significant potential contribution that sport can make to enhance quality of life, and tackle many societal and environmental challenges” and the LSP network has placed themselves at the forefront of this journey towards lifelong and inclusive sport for all. I would like to thank all the agencies, groups and individuals who have contributed to this report and also to all the staff and volunteers who were involved in the delivery of the programmes and projects at local level”.

Click here to read full report: https://www.sportireland.ie/sites/default/files/media/document/2020-06/2019-lsp-annual-report_1.pdf

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National BeActive Day June 28th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People of Meath Challenged to take part in BeActive Day 2020

Co. Meath is challenged to be active on Sunday, 28th June as part of the Sport Ireland National BeActive Day.

Meath LSP is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships in the country who are coming together to celebrate a day of physical activity and sport and want you to join in and be active.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Meath LSP has been working hard to ensure the people of Meath remain physically active.

As part of a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSP), Meath LSP has adapted by using online resources, printed booklets and other innovative means, to ensure that everyone in their community has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity.

International guidelines recommend children are active for at least 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes a day, National BeActive Day is a fun and inclusive way of getting in your daily physical activity.

Launching the event, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy encouraged as many people as possible to take part, “The last few months have been very difficult for people but it has been highly encouraging to see people look after their own health and well-being through taking part in regular sport and physical activity. Research has shown that unprecedented numbers of people are out walking and cycling, which is great to see. As we begin to come out of the restrictions, I think it is more important than ever that we continue to exercise and be physically active every day. I am really looking forward to National BeActive Day and challenge you all to get active, pick a new activity or sport and enjoy it”.

Manager of Meath LSP, Mary Murphy commented, “National BeActive Day is an opportunity to get everyone in the household up and active. You can do it just for fun or add a competitive element by keeping scores or splitting in to teams. No matter what you do, we encourage you to be active and have some fun, and let’s make Meath the most active county this weekend!.”

The Local Sports Partnerships have developed a printable list of games and activities to give you some inspiration, all of which are fully adaptive for people of all abilities and skill levels. With suggestions to make the games harder or easier, there is a game for everyone. Simply print out the games or display them on your phone and be active.  Or why not get creative and create your own games, activities or challenges?

Meath LSP are running a competition for the most creative National BeActive Day activity in the county so make sure to share a photo or video on social media and tag in @SportIreland and @MeathSportsPartnership (Facebook), @MeathLocalSport (Twitter), @meathlocalsportspartnership (Instagram) and the hashtag #NationalBeActiveDay to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

If you are not on social media, you can email a photo or video of your activity to mlsp@meathcoco.ie to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

For more information on the home sports day visit https://www.sportireland.ie/participation/beactive-day or www.meathsports.ie

Online Resources:

Be Active Day booklet

https://www.sportireland.ie/participation/beactive-day

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Guidelines for Exercising in the Outdoors (8th June-29th June)

Click HERE to view the guidelines for exercising in the outdoors during Phase 2.

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2020 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme now open for applications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

€10 million has been earmarked  by the Department of Rural and Community Development in partnership with Fáilte Ireland to provide funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary repair, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland.

The funding is one element of a €30 million package of co-ordinated and complementary supports launched by the Minister this week as part of his Department’s Rural Development Investment Programme which is funded under Project Ireland 2040. The other elements of the package announced by the Minister this week were the €15 million Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the €5 million CLÁR Programme.

Download application with criteria HERE

See link: https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/fd0c9f-outdoor-recreation-infrastructure-scheme/

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Safeguarding & Wellbeing during Covid-19

 

 

 

 

Sport Ireland Ethics Unit have developed Safeguarding & Wellbeing considerations intended to act as a child protection support to Sporting Organisations, Young People, Parents & Guardians during Covid-19.

See Safeguarding & Wellbeing Advisory Note

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Federation calls for a Resilience Fund for Sport and a task force to specifically focus on the survival and reignition of sport organisations nationwide. 

STATEMENT FROM THE FEDERATION OF IRISH SPORT IN RELATION TO THE CURRENT STATE OF SPORT IN IRELAND

Federation calls for a Resilience Fund for Sport and a task force to specifically focus on the survival and reignition of sport organisations nationwide. 

Issued on behalf of our members the 81 National Governing Bodies and 29 Local Sports Partnerships that organise Sport and Physical Activity in Ireland

There has been no organised sport in Ireland for 10 weeks. The stark reality is that the knock-on effects of Covid-19 financially for all sports organisations in the country are devastating. Within the last week, we have seen a number of our major team sports talk publicly of losses up to 70% of their turnover. Unfortunately, we are also seeing these type of percentages in revenue losses right across the sporting landscape in Ireland. All sports have been impacted.

While we welcome the setting up of the Return to Sport Expert Group, its remit is very specific which is to assess the consistency of the various protocols being prepared by NGBs to return to sport in Ireland. The Federation believes however that in addition to this Group, that sport needs a separate Task Force similar to the one Government has set up for the Tourism Industry. We need innovative thinking, swift action, and investment at local and national level providing business and administrative supports to Irish Sport to help sustain it through this unprecedented emergency and the recovery.

The fact is that many of our 13,000 clubs and sporting organisations may not survive the financial impact of Covid-19 without financial assistance now. We are calling on the Government to introduce a Resilience Fund for sport immediately.

While the government are to be commended not alone on their support for the charitable sector but also for the €250 million fund set up for small business, the reality is that sport needs similar support. Sports clubs across all sports are in most cases small businesses as well as social enterprises – in some cases not that small either!  It is all too easy to forget that sport in Ireland is today an industry that employs some 40,000 people (supported by some 500,000 volunteers) and which also accounts for €2.7 billion in consumer spending. It also is worth €500 million to our tourism industry.

The Covid-19 Irish Sport Resilience Fund needs to be established by Government as a matter of urgency. Similar funds were introduced by Sport England and Sport New Zealand a number of weeks ago.  As is the case in both those countries, support will be needed for club and community sports organisations as well as sports organisations funded through Sport Ireland. This financial assistance must help sports organisations facing particular financial difficulty and support organisations in getting back to business and adapting to the new reality as restrictions lift.

There has been a significant fall off in income, as the normal revenue sources such as subscriptions, gate receipts, sponsorship, summer camp and coach education income have dried up. At the same time, running costs including insurance and facilities maintenance all continue to be incurred. Most sports clubs are not-for-profit organisations with minimal reserves, and they are now also facing substantial costs to be able to implement return to sport protocols in accordance with public health guidelines.

This at a time when physical activity and exercise has never been as important to maintain both physical and mental wellbeing. Irish Sport is supporting the Government call in this regard with sports organisations of all types being innovative in their use of digital channels to encourage activity and maintain a sense of community.

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Stay Local, Stay Apart & Stay Safe in the Outdoors

Agencies and organisations involved in the delivery and promotion of outdoor amenities have welcomed the recognition of the importance of the outdoor recreation in Phase 1 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

Outdoor recreation plays an important role in supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of society and people are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors while adhering to Government protocols and public health guidelines.

One significant change in Phase 1 means that from May 18th, people can exercise using outdoor public amenities – either on their own or in a group of no more than 4 people – where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact with other people.

As part of a phased reintroduction of opportunities to be active in the outdoors, and recognising the over-riding principles of the Government’s Roadmap, a nationwide approach to participating in outdoor recreation has been adopted.

Agencies and organisations are advising members of the public to:

  • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines
  • Stay local and within a 5km radius of your home for exercise
  • Exercise with members of your household or a maximum of 3 people from outside your household
  • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart
  • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities
  • Keep dogs on a lead at all times
  • Respect the natural environment and dispose of waste properly

The outdoors is a valuable amenity for all members of society to enjoy. People are encouraged to take personal responsibility and adhere to the spirit of the guidance so that the outdoors remains accessible to all for the duration of restrictions.

For more information on being active in the outdoors, visit:

Sport Ireland Outdoors: www.sportireland.ie/outdoors

Forest Recreation : www.coillte.ie

National Parks: www.npws.ie

Heritage Sites: www.opw.ie

Leave No Trace Ireland : www.leavenotraceireland.org

Inland Waterways: www.waterwaysireland.org

Beach Information: www.beaches.ie

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#INTHISTOGETHER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#INTHISTOGETHER campaign – We’re in this together and we will come out of it together. Let’s set ourselves the target to do something each day to make us feel a little healthier and a little happier.

On April 24th last, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar launched a new campaign – In This Together – which aims to help everyone in Ireland to Stay Connected, Stay Active, and look after their Mental Wellbeing throughout the Covid-19 Emergency.

The campaign encourages everyone to pick a new activity which could help them to feel a little healthier or a little better as we deal with Covid-19. It signposts useful advice to help people of every age group to cope with the ongoing restrictions, whether they are looking after children, dealing with self-isolation, preparing for the Leaving Cert, or coping with cabin fever.

#INTHISTOGETHER will offer regular videos, ideas and activities for people of all ages throughout the Emergency, over social media, through our partners in the media and promoted by the Community Call Forums which have been set up across Ireland.

All this information is being made available on gov.ie/Together, on local authority websites, on social media, television, radio and newspapers throughout the Emergency.  For information specific to physical activity in Meath, see http://www.meathsports.ie/being-active-during-covid-19/

For full details of An Taoiseach’s launch speech and for further information regarding the In This Together nationwide campaign – check out link:

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/together/?referrer=/together/

“We all need to stay physically active, stay connected with friends and family, and look after our mental health.

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Operation Transformation – Keeping Well Apart

Cocooning, self-isolation, physical distancing, Never before has our collective health depended more on our ability to stay apart. Over the past weeks, we’ve seen huge efforts across the country to do just that in a collective effort to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the most vulnerable in our society.  

This way of living is not something that comes naturally to us and, as our time in separation increases, it may become increasingly difficult to keep up our collective efforts, 

In Operation Transformation: Keeping Well Apart, the team from Operation Transformation are back to try and help people get through these challenging times. 

This is not a weight loss series. It is about providing individuals and families with the tools to sustain our collective effort.  

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Eddie Murphy will be offering tips on mental health and our resident GP Dr. Sumi Dunne will be on hand to advise people on their health concerns. Dietician Aoife Hearne will be offering ideas on meal planning, weekly shops and there will be helpful “how to cook” videos available online. While Karl Henry, the champion of the Ad Break Challenge will be showing people how they can stay fit in their homes.  All exercises, resources tips and recipes will be available on line.

At the heart of any series of Operation Transformation is people sharing their lives and experiences and in doing so helping others. In this series, we will be following the lives of households who have asked for the support of the Operation Transformation experts.

In studio Kathryn Thomas will be linking to the families at home, we will see how they are getting on and the experts will be there to offer ideas on food, exercise and mental well-being.  

This is a special series of Operation Transformation where nobody steps on the scales and nobody has a weekly target. It is about the experts and the participants sharing their knowledge and real-life experience to help others. We have to stay apart to keep well and this brings a unique set of challenges and Operation Transformation with its team of experts will be there to give support to the many people who are want some guidance on how to get through these difficult days.

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Operation Transformation – Self Isolation

Calling all households!!

In these uncertain times that we find ourselves in Operation Transformation – Self Isolation is coming to RTÉ One in April 2020.

Our Operation Transformation experts are developing wellness, food and exercise plans that we would like each household, who have chosen to live in self isolation to follow.  This special series that is not about weight loss

As the population across Ireland learn to live their lives in self-isolation, we want to hear from households from across the country to capture how they are coping behind closed doors since Covid-19 arrived in Ireland.  Whether you are living alone, in a house share, working from home, adapting to home school your children and have chosen to self-isolate our Operation Transformation experts want to support and help you.

Five households will be chosen for this series.  The production will install unmanned cameras in your home to see how each household is living day to day.  Each household will be paid an appearance fee for participation in the series.

The strict social distancing guidelines will be followed by all production team members to avoid any contact with the household members.

Should you and your household wish to be considered for this unique series, please visit www.rte.ie/ot where you will find the application form.

If you require any further information please email optransrte@gmail.com

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Home Exercises for Older Adults

Home Exercise for Older People

Physical activity is the single most important thing that individuals can do to maintain their health, function and quality of life.

Research shows that you need to do 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day to gain many health benefits. The below exercise programme Easy Exercises focuses on mobility, strength, balance and aerobic fitness.

As we will be spending a lot of time indoors over the coming weeks due to COVID-19, the HSE have a great physical activity booklet to help you keep active at home!

This physical activity handout includes some gentle exercises that can be completed on a daily basis. The exercises will help maintain your mobility, strength and balance. Each exercise has a picture image and teaching points to make it simple to replicate.

Click here to view: Easy Exercises

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Community Grant Scheme 2020 & Community Amenity Project Scheme 2020 NOW OPEN

Meath County Councils Community Grant Scheme and the Community Amenity Project Scheme for 2020 are now open for applications.

The Community Amenity Project Scheme is a new grant scheme which provides financial assistance for capital projects such as the development of sporting, recreational, environmental, amenity, heritage and cultural facilities.

For more information please see https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/community/community-grants-and-initiatives/community-amenity-project-scheme 

The Community Grant Scheme is available to Community Groups, Tidy Towns/Village Committees, Residents Associations and other organisations, to assist with actions and projects being undertaken in their local area for the Meath County Council Community Grant Scheme 2020.

For more information please see https://www.meath.ie/council/council-services/community/community-grants-and-initiatives/community-grant-scheme

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm Friday, 6th March, 2020

 

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Meath LSP’s Winter/Spring Ezine 2020!

Please see Meath LSP’s latest Ezine for Winter/Spring 2020! Packed full of news, updates and upcoming events/programmes!

Click here to view: Meath LSP Winter/Spring Ezine 

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Sport Ireland announces that €8.3million will be invested into the Local Sports Partnership network in 2020

Meath Local Sports Partnership welcomes Sport Ireland’s announcement that 8.3million will be invested into the Local Sports Partnership network in 2020

  • €13.8 million for core activity of 58 National Governing Bodies
  • €8.3 million to support work of 29 Local Sports Partnerships
  • €9.4 million to support High Performance programmes & Tokyo 2020
  • €2.43 million in International Carding Scheme – a 26% increase

Sport Ireland today announced a significant €36 million investment package for National Governing Bodies of Sport, High Performance sport and Local Sports Partnerships for 2020. In 2020, Sport Ireland will invest an additional €1million in the core operations of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs), bringing the total funding to €13.85 million in 2020.

The €9.4 million being invested in High Performance programmes and Tokyo 2020 support, along with €820,000 allocated to the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics to support operations and administration ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is the highest amount ever invested in High Performance sport in Ireland.

This investment in High Performance sport is bolstered by a 26% increase in investment in the International Carding Scheme, with €2.43 million being allocated in 2020. €220,000 will be allocated to the Team Ireland Golf Scheme.

The Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnership Network will receive €8.3 million to support operations and programmes at a local level. This year, Sport Ireland will invest €871,010 in programme funding to the LSP network, an increase of 53% from the €568,650 invested in 2019.  Programme funding is at the core of the LSPs engagement with participants and allows for the delivery of a range of community, club and school based initiatives, programmes and events.

There was continued success for Irish athletes and teams in 2019, with a total of 80 medals won at major competitions.  At a local level, NGBs and LSPs saw sustained participation and engagement with their programmes and introduced many new initiatives nationwide.

Speaking at the announcement at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena today, Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, said: “It is encouraging to see this significant uplift in funding for sport in Ireland; 2020 will see Sport Ireland allocate the highest amount ever in grant funding across the board. I would like to thank Minister Ross and Minister Griffin, and their colleagues in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, for their continued commitment to the National Sports Policy and the vision to transform the Irish sporting landscape in the coming decade.

Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy welcomed the increased funding, adding, “Sport Ireland is delighted to be in a position to provide the majority of performing National Governing Bodies for Sport and Local Sports Partnerships with another increase in funding in 2020. The continued investment in high performance sport will be enhanced by a 14% increase in investment in the facilities and expertise available at the Sport Ireland Institute which is vitally important as we start move towards Tokyo 2020. The strengthened relationship between the Olympic Federation of Ireland, Paralympics Ireland and Sport Ireland means we are starting the Olympic and Paralympic countdown in a very strong and positive position and look forward to another good year for Irish sport at all levels.”

Speaking at the investment announcement, Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr. Una May, commented: “At a local level, the increased investment in Local Sports Partnerships, and in particular the funding for additional LSP Development Officers will continue to build capacity across the network and effectively support the delivery of the actions outlined in the National Sports Policy. In 2020 Sport Ireland will also support Local Authorities to develop Local Sports Plans to increase participation locally, in a manner consistent with the vision and objectives set down in the National Sports Policy. As per the policy, a locally-led, nationally supported approach will be a key feature of our participation strategy and the funding announced today will support this key work.”

Sport Ireland allocations brochure can be viewed here –
https://www.sportireland.ie/sites/default/files/2020-01/invest_final.pdf

 

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Operation Transformation National Walk Day!

Operation Transformation National Walks 2020

Meath Local Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland have linked up with the OT team to promote National Walk Day on Saturday 18th January.

Organisers welcome all ages and abilities on the day and would love to see families getting involved. The event is ideal for beginners to come out and give it a go. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In the interest of safety and out of respect to other walkers, dogs are not allowed/.

There are a number of walks happening across the County on the day – check out walks below for one that suits you:

  • Ashbourne: meeting at Ashbourne Garda Station at 10am.
  • Ballinacree, Oldcastle: meeting at walking track in St. Brigid’s GAA at 11am.
  • Bettystown: meeting at main beach entrance at 10am.
  • Carnaross: meeting at Carnaross Community Centre at 10am.
  • Castletown: meeting at Castletown Pitch & Putt club at 10am.
  • Cormeen: meeting at Cormeen Sports Complex at 10am.
  • Kilmainhamwood: meeting at Kilmainhamwood GAA at 9.30am.
  • Gibbstown: meeting at Wolfe Tones GAA at 9.30am.
  • Trim: meeting on Castle Street (across from Garda Station) at 10am.

Participants are also welcome to join Parkrun on the day. Parkrun is suitable for walkers, joggers and runners of all ages! Parkrun is a free 5km timed course which takes place every Saturday at 9.30am in the following locations in Meath:

  • Oldbridge (meet at Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Drogheda)
  • Blackwater Park, Navan
  • Deerpark, Carlanstown

On Sat 18th, those wishing to participate as a walker and are new to Parkrun can come along on the day and join in the National Walk event without having to pre-register with Parkrun. Meath LSP will have walk leaders present to accompany those new to the event.

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Meath Sports Clubs awarded over €1.5 million under Sports Capital Grant Scheme!

Congratulations to all the Meath Sports Clubs who were successful in being awarded funding under the Sports Capital Grant Scheme 2018. In total €1,505,892.00 was allocated to projects in Meath.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY! Meath LSP wish to recruit a Sports Development Officer!

Meath Local Sports Partnership wishes to recruit a Sports Development Officer

This is will be a specified purpose contract for a period of 2 years. Hours of work will be 35 hours per week. The salary for this post will be aligned to LA Grade IV Salary Scale commensurate with experience.

The Sports Development Officer will foster and encourage a culture of Active Participation, supporting opportunities for and access to sport and physical activity in local communities paying particular attention to the development of initiatives for cross community engagement & participation; club development; volunteer development & full utilisation of and access to local resources.

The candidate shall have:

  • A recognised qualification at degree (or higher) level or equivalent in sports development/community development/youth leadership or similar. Those presenting with a qualification in Community Development or Youth Leadership must be able to demonstrate life-long interest is sports participation/involvement.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • A good understanding of project-based programme delivery with measureable outcomes
  • A good understanding of project evaluation
  • Be motivated by and committed to sports development and increasing opportunities for participation, in particular among hard to reach groups in local communities
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently to meet or exceed goals displaying passion & enthusiasm for the area of work
  • Be physically active & meet the National Physical Activity guidelines for adults on a daily basis (as a minimum)

Candidate must hold a full clean driving licence and have own transport.

Job & Person Specification available to download HERE

Please send Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae by email to: mlsp@meathcoco.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 noon Friday 22nd November 2019. Candidates may be short-listed on the basis of information supplied in their application.

Meath Local Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

 

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Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine

Please see Meath LSP’s latest Ezine for Autumn/Winter 2019

Click here to view: http://bit.ly/2lS9fH1

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Cycling Ireland Launch AXA Community Bike Rides

Cycling Ireland has partnered with AXA Insurance to create AXA Community Bike Rides, an exciting new programme that inspires people all over the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to get out on their bikes.

AXA Community Bike Rides are free social leisure rides for adults of all ages and abilities. A trained Ride Leader will ensure your cycle is both safe and enjoyable. Participants can choose from ‘Easy Going’ or ‘Challenging’ rides meaning there is a distance and pace to suit everyone.

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Volunteer in Sport Awards!!

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Sport Ireland Publishes 2018 Local Sports Partnerships Annual Report

Sport Ireland today published the 12th annual Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnerships Annual Report on the national network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).

The report provides an overview of the work of the 29 LSPs across the country, and highlights the innovative good practice projects and programmes that are being operated locally.

Over €21 million was invested in the LSP network, including benefit in kind funding.

Speaking at the launch of the LSP Annual Report in Killarney, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD said: “The work of the Local Sports Partnership Network is vital in providing opportunities and increasing participation, particularly among those sectors of society which are underrepresented in sport. This work is making a substantial contribution to the health and wellbeing of individuals, local communities and the wider population. The 2018 Annual Report of the Local Sports Partnership Network puts a spotlight on the many innovative local projects which are being undertaken across the country which provide an opportunity for all members of society, young and old, to take part in a wide range of sport and physical activities.”

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, said: “One of Sport Ireland’s key priorities for the Local Sports Partnership network is the sustainable development within the local sports infrastructure; this report shows that LSPs are doing vital work with clubs and groups ensuring that structures are in place to allow people across the various target groups to participate in sport. I would like to thank all of the agencies, groups and individuals who have contributed to this report, and to those who were involved in the delivery of the programmes and projects at local level.”

Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr. Una May, added: “Increasing participation across every age group and from all social backgrounds throughout Ireland is one of the key aims of Sport Ireland. The 2018 Local Sports Partnerships Annual Report highlights the many great initiatives and projects run by the LSPs to remove barriers that hinder participation in sport and physical activity. Sport Ireland, through the Local Sports Partnership network, will continue to take a strategic approach with regard to programme delivery, continuing to place a strong emphasis on monitoring and evaluation of the programmes delivered.”

The full 2018 LSP Annual Report can be viewed here.

2018 LSP Annual Report Highlights:

  • 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs)
  • 390,571 people participated in 1,229 locally delivered participation initiatives
  • 25,138 females took part in 134 local Women in Sport initiatives
  • 17,500 people took part in Operation Transformation 5k Fun Run and Nationwide Walks
  • 24,697 children took part in The Daily Mile with LSP support
  • 2,368 Clubs/Groups were supported by LSPs
  • LSPs planned and delivered 311 training and education courses, 23,892 people participated on these training courses
  • 9,037 completed 512 Safeguarding Courses
  • 25 LSPs were supported with Community Sports Development Officer positions
  • 21 LSPs were supported with Sports Inclusion Disability Officer positions
  • Over €21m was invested in the LSP network, including benefit in kind funding
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Meath LSP Summer Ezine

Please see Meath LSP’s latest Ezine for Spring 2019

Click here to view: http://bit.ly/2Raiqy6

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Adventure Walks Meath Smartphone app

Meath Local Sports Partnership is leading a new innovative programme which integrates modern technology, physical activity and having fun! It is a new and exciting programme to encourage families to get out and exercise together. Funding for this new programme has been provided under the Healthy Ireland measure.

The Adventure Walks app is a collection of 1 and 2 km treasure hunts. All treasure hunts are designed for families with children from ages 4 – 15. Families can get out and about exploring somewhere new, or seeing somewhere they have lived all their life. Meath LSP is currently trialling the app in Blackwater Park in Navan – our aim is to develop this app in as many parks and towns in Meath as feasibly possible over the coming year. There are 8 treasure hunts mapped in Blackwater Park – most of which are both buggy and wheelchair inclusive.

This app is FREE to download and requires minimum personal information.

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How to use the Adventure Walk App

  1. Download app onto your phone 

For Apple phones – visit the App store, search for Adventure Walk App (see image) and download

For Android phones – visit Google play store, search for Adventure Walk App (see image) and download

You will need to enable Mobile Data services on your phone

  1. Username

Select username of choice – can be your family surname, your pet’s name, whatever you choose to enter

  1. Select language

Select between English and Irish language

  1. Select County

Currently there are 4 counties in Ireland participating on the Adventure Walks app – for the purposes of this programme,  please select Meath.

  1. Select venue

At the moment, Adventure Walks app is only available in Blackwater Park – please select Blackwater Park

  1. Choose treasure hunt

There are 8 treasure hunts to chose from, each represented by a different celebrity. You will be asked to pick a celebrity and to either help them find a trophy, lost keys or a code. Follow the map, locate the treasure, answer a question and move onto the next treasure.

Each time you complete a course you will be awarded 100 dollars; you need to collect 1000 dollars (10 courses) to unlock the most difficult challenge (celebrity – Johnny Sexton). You can repeat the same course as many times as you wish.

Happy treasure hunting!!!

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Sport Ireland takes over Governance Code for sporting organisations

Sport Ireland today announced that it is taking over the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations as a Governance Code for Sport.

This follows the decision of the Governance Code Working Group to retire the Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations (the Code).

The Government’s National Sports Policy, published in July 2018, tasks Sport Ireland with overseeing a process whereby all National Governing Bodies for Sport and Local Sports Partnerships adopt the Code by the end of 2021 (Action 31). In taking over the Code, Sport Ireland can ensure that this objective is delivered and that all funded organisations have appropriate governance structures in place.

Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, said: “This is an important step for Sport Ireland, which has a long history with the Code, having been the first state body to adopt the Code as best practice for our sector in 2013. In taking over the Code, Sport Ireland is reaffirming its commitment to supporting all of funded bodies in putting in place and maintaining robust corporate governance structures. I would like to thank the Governance Code Working Group for their hard work over the last ten years in developing and rolling out the Code, which set a high bar for standard not just for sporting bodies, but also for many other organisations.”

The handover of the Code will not have any impact on funded bodies who have fully adopted the Code or are on the adoption journey. All resources relating the Code and its adoption will remain on the Code website: www.governancecode.ie.

Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, added: “Sport Ireland places a high premium on good governance, and encourages high standards in governance from all funded bodies. As a development agency, it is our aim to provide leadership in this area, empowering sport organisations to take responsibility for their own governance and meet the challenges that they face. In line with the actions laid out in the Government’s National Sports Policy, Sport Ireland is looking forward to taking over the Code with a view to all funded bodies completing the adoption journey by 2021. To support this, we will continuing to identify and put in place the training and supports needed by the different organisations to assist with the adoption process. I would like to thank the Governance Code Working Group for their support in handing over the Code to Sport Ireland.”

Charities that have adopted, or are on the journey to adopt, the Code will be directed towards the Charities Regulator’s new governance code.

Chair of the Governance Code Working Group and Chief Executive of Volunteer Ireland, Nina Arwitz, said: “The members of the Working Group are proud to have led the movement around improved governance for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland, and played a role in building trust in our sector at a time when it was particularly needed. Ten years since we started this journey in 2009, we can say that our job is done and pass the mantle to the Charities Regulator and also to Sport Ireland.”

Sport Ireland would like to thank the current and former members of the Governance Code Working group for their hard-work in putting together and maintaining the Code since its introduction in 2012.

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Kells plays host to the 9th annual Royal County 10k/5k event

It isn`t just the local councillors who are running at this time of year, but judging by the number of participants in the Royal County 10k/5k event in Kells on the bank holiday last, everyone in the county both young and old seems to have taken up running!

With numbers massively increased in both distances from previous years and local athletes out in force – it was always going to be a competitive field. Weather conditions were ideal for running and in particular for the young female athlete, Catherina Mullen from the Metro St Brigids Club in Castleknock who demolished the 10k field by being the first runner past the finish line in an impressive time of 36 mins 51 secs. (Course record of 36:36 was set in 2016 by Maurice Looby of Mullingar). Catherina`s time is a new course record for female athletes. 2nd home in the 10k was Nigel Smith from Virginia AC with a time of 37:25, with Kevin Prunty of Dunshaughlin AC finishing a close 3rd in 37:46.

Colm Reilly from Drogheda & District Club won the mens 5k event in a time of 18mins 12 secs; with Jack Boyle, student of Beaufort College in Navan finishing 2 secs behind and only managing to pip John Carroll of Bohermeen AC on the line in a very competitive finish.

Claire Ludlow from Tri an Mhi finished 1st of the women in the 5k distance in a time of 21:08, with Eimear Dowling of Navan AC finishing very strongly to take 2nd in a time of 21:12. Kerry-Lynn Martin took the 3rd place on the podium in a time of 21:21.

In the junior category 5k distance, Andrew Gormley took the 1st prize in a time of 19:12 for male entrants, while Emma Hunt won the female section with a time of 24:25.

In the junior 10k distance, Ciaran Bogie, Bohermeen AC, took the 1st prize in the male section with a time of 49:52; and Lucy Gilsenan winning the female section with a time of 55:50.

Beaufort College in Navan were yet again the leading school with massive numbers participating on the day. Meath LSP not only would like to acknowledge the efforts of the students but also those of their P.E teacher Ger Murphy who actually hobbled her way around the 5k this year!

Podium finishers and category winners:

Overall – 10k Female

1st Catherina Mullen (Metro St Brigids) 36:51

2nd Elaine Donoghue (no club) 43:54

3rd Kay Smith (no club) 44:55

5k Female

1st Claire Ludlow (Tri an Mhi) 21:08

2nd Eimear Dowling (Navan AC) 21:12

3rd Kerry-Lynn Martin (no club) 21:21

Overall – 10k Male   

1st Nigel Smith (Virginia AC) 37:25

2nd Kevin Prunty (Dunshaughlin AC) 37:46

3rd Conor O Loughlin (Navan AC) 38:07

5k male     

1st Colm Reilly (Drogheda & District) 18:12

2nd Jack Boyle (Beaufort School) 18:14

3rd John Carroll (Bohermeen AC) 18:14

Category winners:

10k   

M40:               Shane McCabe (Bohermeen AC) 38:57

M50:               Jim McArdle (No Club) 41:23

M60:               Pat Ryan (Dunboyne AC) 50:06

M70:               Michael Hegarty (No club) 1:10:47

5k   

M40:               Richard Califf (Dunleer AC) 18:54

M50:               Domo Moran (Dunshaughlin AC) 20:11

M60:               Tom Durcan (Bohermeen AC) 22:59

M70:                Desmond Brownlie (Lagan Valley AC) 33:15

10k 

F40:                Chris Perle (Bohermeen AC) 48:13

F50:                Linda Gunning (Bohermeen AC) 51:18

F60:                Kathleen Brady (Navan AC) 52:52

F70:                Rose Healy (Fr. Murphy’s AC) 1:09:25

5k   

F40:                Rachel Morgan (No Club) 23:56

F50:                Mary Watters (Navan AC) 22:26

F60:                Maura Sheridan (Killinkere Running) 28:54

F70:                 Nancy O Reilly (No Club) 59:55

The organisers – Meath Local Sports Partnership extended their congratulations to all the winners and expressed thanks to Bryan and Paul of Club Active Kells for sponsoring each of the prizes.

For large numbers participating on the day, this event was their very first 5k and 10k to complete. Congratulations to everyone who did so.

Many thanks to photographer Bernard Hand of Kells Photography Club and Meath Daily for giving of their time to capture the atmosphere and winners and participants from the day itself.

Meath LSP also expressed their thanks to all who supported the event in particular to St Brigid`s AC; Kells Gardai; Civil Defence; Meath County Council and local volunteers. Special acknowledgement to Vincent and Olivia Duff and staff of the Headfort Arms Hotel who kindly opened their facilities for  registration and provided much needed refreshments afterwards free of charge to all the participants.

 

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Meath Heritage Cycle Tour

The Meath Heritage Cycle tour which has been organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership for the past 10 years will not be taking place in 2019. We would like to thank all the people who supported Meath LSP in making the event happen over the years including our organising committee, partner agencies, sponsors, community groups/ clubs, volunteers and the many cyclists who took part, a sincere thank you to all.

A legacy of the Meath Heritage Cycle tour will be the development of a permanently signed 50k cycle route. Funding for this cycle route has been provided by Meath County Council under the Outdoor Recreational Infrastructure Scheme and is linked to the Blueway development in Trim. It will be known as the Meath Heritage 50k Cycle route & will start and finish under the watchful eye of St John`s Castle  in Trim. The development of this route not only for local leisure cyclists but for active tourists visiting Meath is anticipated as being hugely beneficial to the local economy. Cycling’s popularity as a recreational pursuit, coupled with a growing interest in sustainable tourism, health and the environment is making cycling an increasingly popular holiday activity which in turn generates economic impacts from visitor spending and employment.

We fully anticipate to officially open this route by mid June 2019. Our plan is to hold a cycle event to coincide with this launch. Keep an eye on our website for more information – www.meathsports.ie .

By way of information and for those who never experienced the enjoyment of being part of the Meath Heritage Cycle tour, the route which will be permanently sign posted is detailed below.

Meath Heritage 50k Cycle route:

Start at castle Street, left at roundabout and then right for Marcie Regan`s, turning left for Kiltale. From here it will turn left at Pike Corner through Kilmessan village, out towards Crocketts of Bective, turning right to Bellinter cross and then right again up towards Tara Golf club before commencing the approach up to the Hill if Tara and the much anticipated homemade muffin & tea in Maguires cafe. Stunning views from the Hill include the Hills of Slane & Skryne and the undulating countryside of the Boyne Valley. Having taken a much earned break, cyclist then heads straight down to Belpere Cross and Dunsany Castle. A number of small journeys along the boreens eventually bring the cyclist out at Dunsany Lodge. Taking great care in crossing this busy road, turn right, once past Kiltale GFC take a left and a right at next t junction before turning left at Foxtown and down this quite road to Ginnets Great on the Summerhill road. Turn right, return to Trim and finish at Castle Street.

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Royal County 5km & 10km technical t-shirt unveiled!!

The Royal County t shirt 2019 has been unveiled and what a success it already is!! Has the Round Tower ever looked as resplendent decorated in an eccentric vibrant yellow against a sparkling sapphire background?? Definitely a collector’s item! Make sure you register in time to ensure you receive (free with entry) one of these magnificent t shirts.

To register see http://www.meathsports.ie/event/royal-county-5km-10km-run-walk/

 

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Slane Castle 5km Trail Run/Walk

We are delighted to announce the 5th year of ‘The Slane Castle 5km Trail Run/Walk’ which will take place on Sunday 12th of May in the grounds of Slane Castle at the time of 10.00am.

The 5km route itself is completely within the majestic grounds of The Castle & includes the scenic forest trail along the River Boyne. This is a real opportunity for everyone regardless of ability or fitness level to experience the magnificent surrounds of Slane Castle.

For the 4th year in a row, Keating’s Oil has generously come on board as our main sponsor for this popular event which saw over 400 participants (adults & children) take part in 2018.  The feedback from the 2018 event was extremely positive & participants commented on the beauty of the course & said it was an “excellent route”.

The event is organised by The Parents Association of St. Patrick’s National School, Slane, along with help from Meath Local Sports Partnership, Slane Castle and the Civil Defence.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Alex Mount Charles welcomed the return of the 5km Trail Run/Walk & said how “delighted he was to support the cause and looked forward to everyone enjoying the Slane Castle experience”.

Also at the launch was the acting principal of St Patrick’s National School, Lorna Gerrard, and she, along with the staff & pupils of the school, are partaking & enjoying fun training in preparation for the big day.  All members of the community & the wider catchment area (young, old, past & present pupils) are encouraged to take part in this event.

To commemorate this special anniversary, the first 400 finishers will receive a bespoke special edition medal. The first 200 adults to arrive on the day will also receive a technical running T-shirt. Children will also receive a t-shirt on registration this year. After race refreshments will be available to all who support the event. Registration is open online through eventmaster.ie, and interested participants can also check out the Slane Castle 5km Trail Run/Walk face book page. Early bird registration is €15.00 for anyone over the age of 16, and you can also register on the day (before 9.30 a.m.) for €20.00 for Adults and €5.00 for children under the age of 16.  Race-goers can also avail of parking on the grounds of the castle. Please note that pets are not permitted in the grounds of Slane Castle and we ask you to please respect this.

To celebrate the 5th year anniversary of Slane Castle 5k Trail Run, Slane Castle and Slane Distillery will be offering a 50% discount on Combination Tours! To avail of this 1 time offer, please book through the Castle or Distillery website www.slanecastle.ie www.slaneirishwhiskey.com using the promo code: SLANENS5K

 So come along, bring the family, have a wonderful day in Slane Castle.

Happy running or walking to all who take part!

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Meath LSP Spring April

Please see Meath LSP’s latest Ezine for Spring 2019

Click here to view: http://bit.ly/2Iqfewi

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Get your running shoes out…the Royal County 5km & 10km returns to Kells!

The 9th annual Royal County 5km & 10km event returns to Kells on May 6th Bank Holiday Monday.

This well run event starts and finishes at the historical landmark of the Round Tower on Canon street in Kells. The Royal County event is open to club runners, joggers & walkers alike – whether it`s your first 5km distance or you are trying to break the course record, a warm welcome awaits you in Kells.

Registration is currently open – see www.meathsports.ie; early bird registration is €10 for 5k distance & €15 for the 10k.  Cost of entry includes t-shirt, refreshments and chip timing. Early bird registration closes Thursday 2nd May! After this date, registration will only be available on the day at full price.

Cash prizes on the day for 5k & 10k male/female winners & category prizes for runner-up places – make sure your club is represented. Keep an eye on the website for sneak pre-view of the limited edition tee shirt!!!

The annual Royal County event is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership  with the support of St Brigid`s AC, Club Active, Kells;  Headfort Arms Hotel; Kells Gardai; Kells Swimming Pool; Meath county Council; Civil Defence and local volunteers. The Royal County 5k/10k run/walk is a licensed event by the Athletic Association of Ireland.

Anyone interested in participating in the 2019 Royal County 5km/10km should see http://www.meathsports.ie/event/royal-county-5km-10km-run-walk/

 

 

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JOB VACANCY: Community Sports Development Officer

Meath Local Sports Partnership wishes to recruit a Community Sports Development Officer!

This is will be a specified purpose contract for a period of 2 years. Hours of work will be 35 hours per week. The salary for this post will be aligned to LA Grade IV Salary Scale commensurate with experience.

The Community Sports Development Officer will foster and encourage a culture of Active Participation, supporting opportunities for and access to sport and physical activity in local communities paying particular attention to the development of initiatives for cross community engagement & participation; volunteer development & full utilisation of and access to local resources.

 The candidate shall have:

  • A recognised qualification at degree (or higher) level or equivalent in sports development/community development/youth leadership or similar. Those presenting with a qualification in Community Development or Youth Leadership must be able to demonstrate life-long interest in sports participation/involvement.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • A good understanding of project-based programme delivery with measureable outcomes
  • A good understanding of project evaluation
  • Be motivated by and committed to sports development and increasing opportunities for participation, in particular among hard to reach groups in local communities
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently to meet or exceed goals displaying passion & enthusiasm for the area of work
  • Be physically active & meet the National Physical Activity guidelines for adults on a daily basis (as a minimum)

Candidate must hold a full clean driving licence and have own transport.

Job & Person Specification to download HERE

Please send Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae by email to: mlsp@meathcoco.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 noon Wednesday 20th March 2019. Candidates may be short-listed on the basis of information supplied in their application.

Meath Local Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

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Sport Ireland Publishes New Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport

Sport Ireland today launched the new Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport.

The new Guidance specifically builds on the core principles of safeguarding originally set out in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children in Sport, providing alignment with current legislation and Children First Guidance 2017.

Speaking at today’s launch, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, said: “Ensuring children and young people partake in sport and physical activity in a safe an dwelcoming environment is of paramount importance, and is given particular emphasis in the new National Sports Policy. This is underpinned by the three levels of safeguarding training offered by Sport Ireland. These are the recognised basic training requirements and must be adhered to by all sporting bodies. The new developments announced today by Sport Ireland, will have a positive impact on the safeguarding landscape, not just on a national level but also in every sports club across the island of Ireland. I commend those who have put a lot of hard work into the development of these resources and I look forward to their rollout.”

The new Safeguarding Guidance, which was developed in conjunction with Sport NI and National Governing Bodies of Sport addresses issues facing sports leaders involved in children and young people’s sport by providing guidance relating directly to their roles and responsibilities within their clubs. The document outlines principles of good practice and child protection legislation, policy and procedures.

Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, added: “Sport Ireland is delighted to publish the new Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Sport. This important resource reflects the challenges that National Governing Bodies and their clubs face on a day to day basis, ensuring that current best practice is followed while also complying with today’s relevant legislation. On behalf of Sport Ireland, I would like to thank the National Governing Bodies and Sport NI for their valuable input into this document.”

At today’s announcement on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, the Minister announced details of Sport Ireland’s new safeguarding self-assessment framework for National Governing Bodies of Sport. The framework will also provide a mechanism and supports for NGBs in turn to audit their clubs in relation to the area of Safeguarding.

The main purpose of the Sport Ireland Safeguarding Audit framework is to support National Governing Bodies to strengthen their adherence to safeguarding policies and procedures thereby ensuring that children and young people partaking in sport are protected. The audit framework was developed in conjunction with The Ineqe Group and follows an extensive consultation process with National Governing Bodies, including workshops, pilot testing, and culminating now in the roll out of the audit tool.

Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr Una May, commented: “The main focus of Sport Ireland’s new Safeguarding Audit Framework will be to ensure that sporting organisations at all levels across Ireland are adequately structured and resourced to provide a safe environment in which all children and young people can partake in sport and physical activity. This is an important development for sport in Ireland, and Sport Ireland acknowledges the input and buy-in from the sporting sector in supporting this initiative.”

Also announced today was Sport Ireland’s second online resource in the area of safeguarding. The Sport Ireland Staying Safe Online resource is a web based information and guidance tool on internet safety predominately aimed at parents, guardians, coaches and young people involved in sport. The resource provides detailed content on all aspects of online safety.

The new Safeguarding guidance for Children and Young People in Sport can be downloaded here.

The Sport Ireland Staying Safe Online resource can be accessed here.

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Congratulations to graduates of our Community Coaching Programme!

8 newly qualified coaches graduated on Tuesday last from Meath Local Sports Partnership`s Community Coaching award 2018/2019. The Community Coaching award is a 14 week programme, funded by Meath LSP through Sports Ireland`s Dormant Accounts measure.

The aim of the programme is to equip participants with the necessary skills which will allow them to deliver coach education within local communities.

The graduates completed modules in the following disciplines:

Sport Ireland Coaching Children Modules 1 – 4; Sport Ireland Active Leadership Award: Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1 & 2; CARA Disability Awareness Training; Hockey stepping stones 1 & 2; Athletics Leader Award; Volleyball – Introductory level; Basketball – introductory level; Ladies Gaelic – Fundamentals Award; Irish Heart Foundation Walk Leader Training; LMETB QQI Level 3 in Personal Development; FAI awards in PDP 1, Futsal Introduction & Integration workshop; Manual Handling; Occupational First Aid; Nutrition – Fuel for the body & Event Management.

All of the graduates will assist Meath LSP in delivering projects county wide over the coming months.

Cllr Sharon Tolan (Chairwoman of Meath LSP) congratulated all the graduates on completing the 14 week programme and wished them well in their respective future roles with Meath LSP and wider community.

Sharon also paid particular tribute to Thomas Winters who is the first Powerchair Graduate of the Community Coaching programme, saying “that Thomas was not only an inspiration to everyone who took part in the programme, but to the wider sports disability network”. Thomas has agreed to act as an Ambassador for Meath LSP`s Sports Disability programme.

Thomas has recently been selected on the Irish Powerchair football team which will represent Ireland at the upcoming Nations Cup in Finland in May 2019.

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Meath County Council Community grant scheme for 2019 is now open!

Applications are invited from Community Groups, Tidy Towns/Village Committees, Residents Associations and other organisations, to assist with actions and projects being undertaken in their local area for the Meath County Council Community Grant Scheme 2019.  The range of grant categories available under the Community Grant Scheme 2019 are:

  • Residents Association
  • Tidy Towns
  • Equality and Social Inclusion
  • Recreation and Sport
  • Festivals & Events
  • Burial Ground

Further details and application forms can be obtained from the Community Department, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath C15 Y291 or by emailing communitygrants@meathcoco.ie.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5p.m., Friday, 8th March 2019

Please see:  http://www.meath.ie/Community/CommunityInformation/CommunityGrants/CommunityGrantsScheme/ to download a form.

 

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CARA CENTRE – JOB VACANCY

Cara, through the support of the Dormant Accounts Fund and Sport Ireland, is looking for a Full-time Sport Inclusion Coordinator to coordinate, support and enhance opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport and physical activity throughout Ireland.

Closing Date: Applications to be received no later than 12 noon on Thursday 21st of February 2019

Interviews: Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place the week of the 4th of March 2019

Salary: Remuneration will be dependent on qualifications and experience

Contract Type: This is a 1-year fixed term contract, renewal subject to continued annual funding from our funding partners

Position Details:

Cara is committed to working in collaboration with our partners at a national and local level in enhancing the range and quality of participation opportunities available for people with disabilities in sport and physical activity.  Over the past 12 years Cara has been supporting the work of the Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) specific to the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity. With the recent announcement in the National Sports Policy 2018-2027 of a designated Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) in each county, Cara is now seeking to employ a Sport Inclusion Coordinator to coordinate, support, enhance and promote the work of LSPs in increasing local sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.

This is an opportunity for a highly motivated, driven individual to play a key role within a dynamic team operating in a rapidly evolving national pan-disability sport organisation. Cara’s vision is ‘putting disability sport and inclusive physical activity at the heart of our nation’.

Job Purpose:

As the Sport Inclusion Coordinator, you will be responsible for the strategic development and implementation of key objectives specific to increasing sustainable community sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities. A key priority is to guide, advise and support the national network of Local Sports Partnerships through collaboration with Sport Ireland’s Participation Unit and the national network of Sports Inclusion Disability Officers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive and develop the strategic objectives of Cara specific to enhancing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport and physical activity within their local communities.
  • Provide leadership, support and advice on key aspects of inclusive sports and physical activity.
  • Develop insight on the local provision of sport and physical activity for people with disabilities to enable collaboration, partnerships, shared knowledge and synergies across various partners within the sector.
  • Work closely with Sport Ireland’s Participation Unit in coordinating and supporting the Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) to develop and enhance local sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities. This will include: a consultative process with LSPs in the development of national KPIs for local delivery, providing training/upskilling to the network, coordinating national networking days and developing toolkits/support resources and sharing of good practice.
  • Provide support and direction to the LSPs in the adoption of the Sport Inclusion Disability Charter and the promotion of the charter to all local clubs and organisations.
  • Develop a coordinated approach to the promotion and delivery of standardised inclusive training workshops across the LSP network.
  • Develop an agreed approach with the LSP network in relation to heightening good practice at local level and recognition of organisations’ contributions to increasing sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Consult and scope out the potential for a standardised toolkit for LSPs to use in supporting local clubs and organisations to provide sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Encourage and support effective relationships between sport organisations and disability services providers to assist in increasing participation opportunities at community level.
  • Encourage and support effective relationships between the LSP network and National Governing Bodies of Disability Sport.
  • Agree and support an identified role for the LSP network in the promotion and delivery of a national physical activity education programme for adults with disabilities.
  • Engage with the LSP network in heightening awareness of people with disabilities experiences in sport and physical activity.
  • Advocate for increased participation opportunities for people with disabilities through partnerships with local/regional and national forums and organisations.
  • Provide regular analysis of the level of participation and development of sport and physical activity for people with disabilities.
  • Manage related programme areas finances, budgets and reporting.
  • Where necessary undertake other duties as requested.
Essential Qualities Required Demonstrable
A third level qualification in sports development, leisure management, adapted physical activity, community development, health promotion, other relevant discipline and/or equivalent work based experience in the sports/disability sector. Application Form
Proven track record of working with sports organisations such as Sport Ireland, NGBs, LSPs, Disability NGBs etc. Application Form / Interview
Demonstrated track record of strategic coordination ability, leadership and relationship management specific to engaging with key stakeholders. Application Form / Interview
Experience of developing and managing financial plans, fundraising, budgets programme monitoring, evaluating and reporting. Application Form / Interview
An understanding of the sport and physical activity structure in Ireland with in-depth knowledge of the role of the Local Sports Partnership network. Interview
Knowledge of disability equality issues and a good understanding of the barriers people with disabilities experiences in relation to participating in sport and physical activity. Interview
Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate with multidisciplinary partners. Interview
A proficiency in IT and communication technology systems. Interview
Ability and commitment to work independently and as part of a team with a commitment to work flexible hours when necessary. Interview

Note to all applicants: 
Only those applicants who clearly demonstrate, by example, how they meet the criteria will go forward to the next stage in the recruitment and selection process. For reference see the Interview Scoring Criteria

Please note: this job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and can be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

Suitable candidates should apply by completing this Application Form

Closing date for applications is Thursday 21st of February at 12noon. 

Please submit your application form electronically to Niamh Daffy (CEO, Cara) at ndaffy@caracentre.ie 

Queries may be directed to Niamh Daffy at ndaffy@caracentre.ie or 066 7145646.

Cara is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be treated in strict confidence.

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Meath LSP’s Latest Winter/Spring Ezine

Please see Meath LSP’s latest Ezine for Winter / Spring http://bit.ly/2MmwC4V

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Opportunity for Recently Qualified Graduates!

Please download Job & Person Specification HERE

This is year 2 of this programme. Please see youtube link below of experiences gained by those who took part in year 1 (will provide interested graduates with a more in-depth insight into the programme)  https://youtu.be/2ccyKofLvpc

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Move More…….Fitbit Challenge 2019

Move More ……. FitBit Challenge 2019

Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with Healthy Ireland and Meath County Council invite adults from around Meath to participate in our new 12 week Move More fitbit challenge.

Participants must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be new to exercise (not currently active)
  • Be willing to participate fully in the 12 week Move More challenge
  • Preferably have access to a smart or android phone
  • Have access to the internet
  • Have a basic working knowledge of computer

The Move More programme aims to increase & track activity levels amongst participants with the aid of a FitBit wristwatch. (Fitbits will be provided to all participants for the duration of the programme).

If you are interested in participating in the Move More …FitBit challenge, please register your interest by email to mlsp@meathcoco.ie before Friday 18th January @ 4pm.

Qualifying criteria will apply, places are limited.

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Operation Transformation National Walk Day

Meath Local Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland have linked up with the OT team to promote National Walk Day on Saturday 12th January.

Organisers welcome all ages and abilities along on the day and would like to see families getting involved. The event is ideal for beginners to come out and give it a go. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In the interest of safety and out of respect to other walkers, dogs are not allowed.

There are a number of walks happening across the county on the day – check out walks below for one that suits you:

Area Walk leader Contact Start date/time Meeting point
Carnaross Victoria Olwill

Natasha Shannon

Noeleen Farrelly

086 1955539

086 8527547

086 3260857

10am Carnaross Community Hall
Kilmainhamwood Bernadette Finnegan

Niamh Madden

087 2910896

087 7673792

9.30am Kilmainhamwood GAA
Duleek Carol Saurin 0857538995 10am Duleek village green
Nobber Gerarda Bradley 0872469416 9.30am Nobber amenity park/ National school
Ratoath Brian Hayes 085 1745082 10am Ratoath GAA
Ballincree

 

Noel Walmsley

Norman Coyle

 

Mairéad Coyle, Assistant Secretary, St. Brigid’s GFC

0877611767

 

11am

Registration starts from 10am.

 

St. Brigid’s walking track, Ballinacree

 

Athboy Dolores Grace

Helen Ennis

086 3868474

086 3704395

 

10am Clann Na Gael GAA
Castletown Nichola Smith 086 8617289

 

10am Castletown Pitch & Putt
Fordstown Aisling Clarke 087 9006119 10am Girley Hall
Ashbourne Theresa Byrne 087 2376175 10am Ashbourne Garda Station
Trim Meath LSP 046 9067337 10am Castle Street

(across from Garda Station)

Walkers are also welcome to join Parkrun on the day. Participants are also welcome to join Parkrun on the day. Parkrun is a free 5km timed course which takes place every Saturday at 9.30am in the following locations in Meath:

  • Oldbridge (meet at Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Drogheda)
  • Blackwater Park, Navan
  • NEW LOCATION – Deerpark, Carlanstown

Parkrun is suitable for walkers, joggers and runners of all ages! You will need to register for FREE at www.parkrun.ie before attending!

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Meath LSP sign up to the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter!

Meath LSP are delighted to announce that we have signed up to the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter!!

We would encourage all clubs/schools and organisations to sign up to the charter supporting the inclusion of people with a disability in sport and physical activity.

Click on the link below to sign up and get access to more information and resources.

https://caracentre.ie/sport-inclusion-disability-charter/

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Meath to benefit from €144,100 of Dormant Accounts Funding!

Dormant Accounts Funding support – Meath LSP 2018/2019

Total awarded to Meath LSP €144,100.00

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Breakdown of Dormant Accounts Funding:

  1. Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH)

The objective of the CSPAHs is to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations. The Hubs provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people in disadvantaged areas to get involved in and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Phase 2 (New area) Johnstown, Navan                                                  €56,600

Phase 1 (Existing hub) Windtown/Blackcastle                                     €40,000

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  1. Youth Leadership award

This project involves the development and delivery of specialised Sports Leadership training for young people providing a stepping stone for learners into employment and also into further education or training.

This programme will 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. It will also assist to develop trained volunteers who can assist with the delivery of sport and recreation initiatives within their community.

The initiative will provide training for young people, keeping them engaged, increasing their responsibility and developing their confidence and self-esteem and will provide an opportunity for lifelong volunteering. The programme has the potential to impact on both early school dropout in disadvantaged areas and dropout rates from sport within the targeted age group.

Funding provided to Meath LSP                                                                                €22,500

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  1. Volunteer Training & Support programme

The volunteer supports initiative aims to successfully identify and assist targeted individuals who are volunteering in disadvantaged communities or with people with disabilities to gain community sport and physical activity leadership skills e.g. as coaches, leaders, referees, committee members etc.

This fund will also be used to support Community Coaching programmes or to support standalone training opportunities to support targeted volunteers. This funding stream is only open to individuals operating in a volunteer capacity within disadvantaged communities or with people with disabilities.

This project will contribute to the development of confidence amongst participants, and eventually in the community through the subsequent volunteer sport development work carried out by participants.

Funding provided to Meath LSP                                                                                €15,000

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  1. ASPIRE Graduate programme

Meath LSP were successful in our bid to secure a Graduate under ASPIRE Graduate Programme Phase 2. Sport Ireland will employ a graduate on the scheme for a fixed term basis (11 months). The Graduate will be based in Meath LSP for the duration of the programme.

Both Sport Ireland and Meath LSP will support the graduate scheme employees with mentoring, executive coaching and skills development training for the duration of the scheme, ensuring appropriate standards and quality of experience is provided for each employee and host organisation.

It is anticipated that upon completion of the programme, each participant will have gained experience and skills development to ensure their likelihood of securing long term professional employment in the Irish sports sector is greatly increased.

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  1. Sports Inclusion Disability Programme Capital Supports

The Sports Inclusion Disability Programme (SIDP) Capital Supports initiative will provide capital support to the implementation of the national SIDP. The fund aims to reduce the barriers to sports participation for people with a disability through the provision of equipment and minor infrastructure. The fund can be used to purchase a range of disability sports equipment and enabling infrastructure including hoists, hand rails, fittings, mats, wheel chairs etc.

Funding provided to Meath LSP                                                                                €10,000

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Tutors/Coaches/Instructors WANTED!

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Launch of new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF)

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D. today announced that applications are being invited for funding under the new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF).  The fund will be open for applications until April 2019 and a minimum of €100m is being provided. The new fund will initially focus on the requirements and development plans of National Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Authorities.

Minister Ross said “2018 has been a phenomenal year for Irish sport and we are determined to provide the necessary investment to ensure this success continues.  The establishment of the LSSIF confirms the commitment expressed in the National Development Plan and the National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 to increase investment in sporting facilities across the state. This fund offers tremendous possibilities to develop high quality sports facilities and I have no doubt there will be a huge level of interest across all sports and all regions.”

Minister Griffin said: “This is another important day for Irish sport. Decisions to provide Government funding for large sports projects were previously made on an ad-hoc basis and there wasn’t any mechanism to apply for funding. This new fund represents a transparent and competitive process whereby all sports organisations and local authorities can apply. Apart from the obvious health and social benefits, the projects that are ultimately awarded grants under this new fund will also provide a significant economic benefit to their respective areas.”

The main features of the scheme are as follows:-

  •  The scheme is initially open to applications from National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Local Authorities (LAs).
  •  The scheme will consist of two streams. Stream One, which is aimed at smaller NGBs and Local Authorities, will help fund the development of proposals to tender stage. Stream Two will assist applicants to bring projects from tender stage to completion.
  •  The scheme will require a minimum contribution of 30% from applicants toward the cost of any works/design.
  •  The scheme encourages multi-functional sports facilities that will serve more than one sport. Sharing between sports, NGBs and LAs is encouraged and such projects will be viewed more favourably.
  •  The existing  Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme is closed for new applications and  any proposed funding for swimming pools will be considered under the LSSIF

The new fund is separate and distinct from the Department’s long-running Sports Capital Programme (SCP). The SCP is focused on smaller capital projects where the maximum grant is €150,000 for local projects.

The full terms and conditions of the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund are available athttp://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/large-scale-sport-infrastructure-fund-lssif

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Job Vacancy – National Coordinator – Be Active After School Activity Programme

NATIONAL COORDINATOR – Be Active After School Physical Activity Programme

Meath Local Sports Partnership in conjunction with the Health Service Executive wish to recruit a National Coordinator for the Be Active After School Activity Programme (Be Active ASAP).

This is will be a specified purpose contract for a period of 1 year initially. Hours of work will be 37 hours per week. The salary for this post will be aligned to HSE Grade V (Clerical) Salary Scale (€41,209 – €49,496) commensurate with experience.

The National Coordinator will be responsible for the promotion and coordination of the Be Active ASAP across the primary education setting and with key stakeholders.

The candidate shall have:

  • National Degree in a relevant field e.g. Physical Education, Health Promotion & Sports Development or equivalent qualification. Post Graduate qualification desirable.
  • Minimum of 3 years project management experience in the health, education or sports development sector.
  • Experience of estimate preparation and managing budgets with particular emphasis on procurement and cost saving/value for money.
  • Experience of presenting and facilitating workshops to teachers and key stakeholders.
  • An in-depth understanding of the Primary School PE Curriculum.
  • Experience of grant application processes desirable.
  • Strong project management skills with evidence of leading programme implementation
  • Sound working knowledge of the use of social media to include Google+, Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn as a marketing and effective short burst communication tool.
  • IT proficient in Microsoft office, website maintenance and content management systems.
  • Excellent literacy and presentation skills with particular emphasis on press releases, stakeholder presentations and report writing.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills

Candidate must hold a full clean driving licence and have own transport.

Job & Person Specification available here: National Coordinator Be Active Person Job Description Specification

Please download application form here: Be Active ASAP application form 

Please send completed application form by email to: marymurphy@meathcoco.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 noon Wednesday 5th December 2018. Candidates may be short-listed on the basis of information supplied in their application.

Meath Local Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

 

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Hinterland kicks off in December with a new festival dedicated to sport!

The highly successful Hinterland festival, which takes place over the last weekend in June each year in Kells, Co. Meath, is branching out to celebrate great sports writing in a brand-new festival which will be unique to these islands.

Hinterland presents Tailteann: A celebration of sport and sportswriting, a two-day festival which will take place in Kells on the weekend of 1st/ 2nd of December 2018.

Taking part will be will some legendary names in terms of sports broadcasting and journalism as well as active and retired elite sportspeople from the world of Gaelic games, Rugby, Soccer, Motorsport, Rowing, Cycling & Eventing.

Among an impressive and diverse line up are RTE sports broadcaster George Hamilton, who will be reflecting on four decades behind the microphone; award-winning journalist Paul Kimmage on the joys of ghost-writing; Ireland’s foremost sports historian Paul Rouse; motorsport icon Rosemary Smith; former world champion rowers Sinead & Sam Lynch; and members of the Irish Women’s Hockey Team.

Also making an appearance is the Meath Chronicle’s very own GAA correspondent Jimmy Geoghegan, who will be looking back over some of the memorable interviews in his career as a regional sports journalist.

Through the Hay/Kells, Hinterland, and Gallipoli100 festivals, the town of Kells has shown its ability to attract great Irish and overseas writers (Germaine Greer, Jung Chang, Colm Toibin, Jeremy Paxman, Jeanette Winterson, Brian Eno, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Sebastian Barry) since the inception of Hay/Kells 2013.

This is a truly unique event with the chance for fans of both sport and sportswriting to enjoy interviews, discussions and talks on Irish sport.

Tickets for Hinterland presents Tailteann: A celebration of sport and sportswriting are now available online at www.hinterland.ie

 

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Go for Life Assistant Manager Vacancy

Age & Opportunity is the national organisation that provides a range of opportunities for older people who want to get more involved in arts and culture, sport and physical activity and education and personal development.

Our Vision is an Ireland where all older people are more active; more visible; more creative; more connected; more often.

Our mission is to achieve the best possible quality of life for people aged 50 to 100+.

Go for Life is an Age & Opportunity Sport initiative, and the national programme for sport and physical activity for older people.  It is funded by Sport Ireland and supported by local sports partnerships and the HSE.

Activities include:

  • PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) – a network of over 1,200 volunteer Physical Activity Leaders (PALs) – mostly older people themselves, who regularly lead members of their groups in Go for Life physical activities.
  • Go for Life Games –including the National Games (held on one day annually), Leagues and Friendly games. These games involve three sports that can be played in Singles, Pairs and Teams. The games are run with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE.
  • Go for Life Grant Scheme – a joint initiative between our 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 approx. €300,000 was available in grants in 2017. Each grant is usually between €200 and €600.
  • Fitline – a telephone based service that encourages older people to get more active.
  • CarePALs workshops – to empower staff and volunteers in day and residential care settings to lead suitable physical activities with older people. Staff can deliver physical activity sessions, which can then be included as part of the daily or weekly routine without additional costs to the care service.

We are currently recruiting a Go for Life Assistant Programme Manager

Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience in managing and /or co-ordinating sports and physical activity programmes. A degree level qualification in a sport or physical activity related field is essential.

This position is full-time, 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday. Flexi-time working arrangements apply.

This position involves a specific purpose one year contract.

Salary: €40,000

A full job description and person specification is available on our website www.ageandopportunity.ie.

Please submit your CV and cover letter to:

Margaret Roe,

HR Manager,

Age & Opportunity,

St. Patrick’s Building,

Marino Institute of Education,

Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9

(or Margaret.Roe@ageandopportunity.ie) by 12 noon on Monday the 12th of November 2018.

Interviews will be held in early December 2018.

Age & Opportunity is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Please download Job Description & Person Specifation HERE

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Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine

The latest Meath LSP E-Newsletter for Autumn/Winter 2018 is now available.

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine

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Sports Capital Programme 2018 – €40M for Improved Sports Facilities

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D., today announced that €40 million is being made available under a new round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP). The SCP is the Government’s primary vehicle for providing support to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure around the country. Applications can only be made online from 9am on Friday 7th September until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.

Minister Ross stated “This is further excellent news following a superb summer of Irish sporting achievements. Recently we launched our new National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027 which confirmed our commitment to invest in sports facilities in the years ahead. The opening of a new round of the Sports Capital Programme shows that we are committed to delivering on this objective. The programme itself has already transformed sports facilities in practically every community in Ireland. The €40 million that is now available provides an opportunity for even further improvements and I would urge all organisations with a suitable project to apply”.

The Minister of State, Brendan Griffin highlighted the changes to the terms of the new programme. “While the Sports Capital Programme is already hugely popular with sports clubs across so many different sporting disciplines, we are determined to make the application process as simple and user-friendly as possible.  We undertook a detailed review of the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme and the recommendations arising have been fully factored in to the new terms and conditions of the 2018 scheme.  In particular, we are introducing some significant changes in our assessment methodology to ensure that we minimise the number of invalid applications. We will also give even greater priority to applications from disadvantaged areas and projects that promote the sharing of sports facilities with other clubs and the wider community.”

All applicants must be registered on the Department’s online system and the Ministers encouraged any clubs which are not already registered to do so now. The guide to making an application was also published on the Department’s website today on www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie(link is external). Registrations will close at 5pm on Friday 5th October.

Welcoming the opening of applications, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton T.D. said, “I’m delighted that this year, following an agreement by both my own Department and the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, that all schools may now be able to avail of the Sports Capital Grant Scheme as long as they do so in conjunction with a sports club. This is a great opportunity and I encourage all interested schools to apply.”

Clubs who wish to register on the Department’s online system can do so now at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie(link is external). Once registered, all applications must be made on the same website. The system will be open for applications from 9am on Friday 7th September to 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.

A guide to making an application and a link to YouTube video instructions is also available on the Department’s website.

In relation to Minister owned property, a small number of schools were previously unable to avail of the Scheme. However, a solution has been agreed between the Department Of Education and Skills & the Department Of Tourism Transport and Sport to allow such schools certain flexibility to meet the criteria set for Sports Capital Grant Schemes.

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10 years of cycling in Meath!

The Sport Ireland Meath Heritage Cycle tour returned for its 10th year over the weekend of the 28th & 29th July. The ever popular event, run by Meath Local Sports Partnership continues to attract big cycling numbers not only to Trim over the weekend to the entire county. In the 10 years that the tour has been running, over 30,000 cyclists from the very young to the very old, from the elite cyclist to the beginner have all participated in the cycle tour.

With over 2500 cyclists participating between  the 11k family spin, the 50km Tara Loop and the 100km Royal Challenge – the Meath Heritage Cycle tour remains one the most enjoyable sportifs for all participants irrespective of age or cycling ability

The success of the 10 years would not be possible were it not for the continued support of the 300 volunteers who once again turned out in force to take registrations, man junctions, serve tea, provide directions, collect cyclists out along the routes, provide medical and mechanical support and most importantly extend a welcome and a word of encouragement to all those cycling over the weekend. The committee of the Meath Heritage Cycle tour extends a massive thank you all those volunteers who gave of their time freely on Sat 28th & Sun 29th July.

In addition to the voluntary support, a number of community and sporting facilities opened up their doors to provide refreshment stops and comfort breaks to all the participating cyclists. From Mary & Jack Quinn in Jack Quinn’s public house (11k food stop), to Senchalstown GAA club, Wilkinstown community centre, Kiltale GAA club to Michael Maguire and staff on the Hill of Tara – all played their part in extending the unique Meath welcome to the cyclists. In lieu of their efforts, a small donation is made either to the participating centre or a charity of their choice by Meath Heritage Cycle tour.

As with all large events, success would not be possible without the continued support of the Gardai, in particular Sgt Tom Mahon of Trim Garda Station and Sgt Pat Dowd of the Road Traffic Division and their respective teams. Medical support is provided by Meath Civil Defence with a number of ambulances, stationary medical stations, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and first responders all located out along the routes with the Control Centre based at the event HQ in Trim.

Special thanks to the mechanics who delivered much needed repair to bikes – Gary Sheehan – Bike Fit, George Allen of Feel Good Cycles in Virginia,  Michael Kennedy & Dave Webster of Spun Cycle in Trim and Thomas McElroy, Navan cycle Centre.

The motor bike marshals, support crew (lead, broom and pick-up), members of Trim Cycling Club, Physios (David Murphy, Frank Foley & Aodhan McEntee),  Trim Tidy towns, Aura Leisure centre, Meath County Council, Trim Municipal District, Trim Castle Hotel and the OPW all played a part in ensuring that the Meath Heritage Cycle tour ran smoothly.

The Meath Heritage Cycle tour is an established and well regarded, recognised event in the national cycling calendar.  Mary Murphy (Event Coordinator) attributed the popularity of the tour to the countless hours of preparatory work undertaken by a dedicated team of people all intent on providing professional and expert service to all who participate in the Meath Heritage Cycle Tour. Further thanks were paid to sponsors Sport Ireland and Dunnes Stores; and to LMFM, Meath Chronicle, Trim Tourism Network and Meath Daily for their extensive promotion and coverage of the cycle tour.

Special mention to our ambassador Meath Rose, Saoirse McGrath who also took part in the 50k distance. On behalf of everyone involved with the tour, we wish Saoirse well in the upcoming Rose of Tralee contest.

The nominated charity for the event was Enable Ireland (Meath branch) who provides early services for children with disability in Meath. Sophie Deegan (fundraising officer with Enable Ireland), expressed her delight with the amount of funds raised over the weekend. With donations still coming, she was looking forward to seeing the full total of all monies collected in due course and ensured that all monies would be put towards  enhancing programmes for children with disability in Meath.

Finally, particular thanks to the remarkable and entertaining MC – the legend that is Eamonn Duffy. To the sounds of U2`s “Where the streets have no name” is the memorable voice that counts down the start, welcomes the different cycling clubs and cyclists and sends all off on their journeys and is the voice that sets the scene for epic encounters at the finish line.

Date for 2019 diary – Meath Heritage Cycle tour, July 27th & 28th… be part of it!!!

 

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Food & water stops along the routes!

Cyclists are reminded to bring full water bottles and small amount of food with them on the day. Food and water stops are provided along the routes, whereas food supplied is aimed at refuelling the cyclist, it is not intended to replace a main meal!

Cyclists who have additional dietary requirements are responsible for bringing food along with them which will cater for their own particular need. There will be a small selection of gluten free options at all stops.

Food & water stops along the routes:
100k – Senchalstown GAA –water stop; Wilkinstown Community Centre – food stop; marquee in Trim – at finish.
50k – Hill of Tara – food stop; Kiltale GAA – water stop; marquee in Trim – at finish.

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Meath Heritage Cycle Tour Pre-event guide

Pre- event guide and information

The Meath Heritage Cycle tour is a leisure cycle event, it is NOT A RACE. Please complete the cycle safely and do not take any risks that put yourself or fellow cyclists in danger. Always show respect for your fellow cyclists and other road users and obey event stewards and officials at all times.

This event is held on open roads with live traffic.  We work closely with An Garda Siochana and local volunteers to provide extensive traffic management along the way. Those people you see in hi-vis vest standing at junctions are volunteers – please show due regard and respect to them. They are there to make your journey more enjoyable.

Sweep Vehicles: A number of sweep vehicles will be following the cycle to ensure that any cyclist who has difficulty completing is given assistance.

Mechanical Support: 

We will have a number of mechanical support vehicles out along the routes. However in advance of the Meath Heritage Cycle tour, we recommend that you have your bike serviced in advance and we advise all participants to carry a pump, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and a couple of spare inner tubes with you. This is crucial to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable day.

Medical Support & First Aid:

Civil Defence provides the extensive medical cover for the tour. Emergency Medical Technicians, First Responders, Paramedics etc will located along the various routes with static stations at food/water and start/finish areas.

All cyclists receive an emergency contact card detailing the Mechanical and Medical team`s contact numbers in the event of requiring assistance.

IMPORTANT: Please give way, stop and pull off the road for any emergency vehicles that require access on the route.

An Garda Siochana: Gardaí are deployed throughout the event course to assist at major road junctions, monitoring the event flow and traffic flow, and ensuring the safety of cyclists and the non-event community. Ensure you follow the directions of Gardaí during your cycle.

Stewards: Look out for the friendly and knowledgeable stewards at key junctions and turns who are there to make sure that you are always on target to successfully complete your cycle. Note that the volunteer stewards are not permitted to direct traffic, so take care at intersections and roundabouts.

Motor Cycle Marshals: Throughout the group there will be cycle marshals who will ensure rules of the road are adhered to. Please obey any instructions given by the Cycle Marshals. They will have Yellow coloured bike tags and an Official Cycle Marshal Jersey.

Respect your fellow cyclists: Be aware that the ability and bike handling skills of those taking part will vary. If you are a slower cyclist and you find yourself being passed, then please try to stick to the left hand side and allow faster cyclists to pass on the right. Conversely, if you find yourself behind a slower cyclist, a polite “Left/Right/Inside” should do the trick. Aggression and rude behaviour will not be tolerated.

Cycle Route Directional Signage & Safety First
At strategic locations along the cycle, directional signage will indicate the route you are to follow, indicating where care is required and where safety is your first priority.

Do`s and Don`t of Meath Heritage Cycle tour –100km & 50km cyclists only:

Do`s:

  • Bring your booking pass with you to sign-in
  • Collect your wristband and number from “sign-in (marquee on Castle Street)” either on Sat 28th or up to 30 mins  before your event start time on Sun 29th
  • Wear your wristband at all times during the cycle – you require same for access to food stations and for medical and mechanical support
  • Park in the FREE designated parking area (Porchfields)
  • Make sure that your bike is in PERFECT working order – road bike are preferable, but mountain and hybrid touring bikes are acceptable (Tri-bars not allowed)
  • Wear your helmet at all times – helmets should confirm to CE standard EN1078 (visible on inside of helmet)
  • Rules of the road apply at all times.
  • Cycle on the left at all times – if dismounting walk on the left in single file (be aware of cyclists behind you before you dismount)
  • Cycle 2 abreast
  • Give a shout to fellow cyclist if you are overtaking them
  • Be aware of weather conditions and dress appropriately – wear sun screen if necessary
  • Obey the instructions of the Gardai, road bike Marshalls and stewards.
  • Follow the route as marked and signed – do not stray off the route or cycle against the flow of cyclists
  • Think safety at all times – this event is held on OPEN ROADS.
  • Put out the Child of Prague and face him to the sun!
  • Enjoy the cycle!!

Don`t:

  • Drop litter – respects your surroundings
  • Behave in a manner that may offend or endanger other cyclists and road users
  • Cycle more than 2 abreast unless overtaking other cyclists
  • Ride in a large groups in the middle of the road – all roads are open to live traffic
  • Pass on the left of a cyclist

What to bring:

  • Booking pass confirmation slip
  • Bike & Helmet!
  • Appropriate cycle clothing and footwear
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Basic bike repair kit that includes: 2 inner tubes; puncture repair kit; tyre levers;
  • Mobile phone – fully charged
  • Some cash – in case you need additional supplies along the route & need to pop into a shop

Other items we recommend that you carry:

  • waterproof jacket
  • sun screen
  • sun glasses

Please be aware that weather conditions can change and you should bring appropriate clothing to keep warm in any adverse weather.

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Get on your bike, kids – its family fun time!

The ever popular and much awaited 11km Meath Heritage Cycle tour family spin starts at 5pm from Castle Street, Trim on Saturday 28th July. Families can register on the day from 2pm in the marquee on the grounds of Trim Castle. The 11km family spin is a flat route, suitable for all family members – grannies, granddad`s, uncles, aunts, au pairs etc, all very welcome. Following rules will apply – you must register on the day, you must be over 6 yrs of age, you must be able to cycle independently and you must wear a cycle helmet – stabilisers, tricycles, scooters are not permitted. Please note – the family spin is a controlled leisure cycle.

The aim of the family spin is to promote cycling as a fun and enjoyable activity, with safety a key priority. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all stages of the cycle spin. Cost per entrant is €5. Gardai and cycling coaches will provide guidance and instruction along the route. Food stop will be at Jack Quinns, on return to Trim, participants can enjoy taking part in the cycle challenges and obstacle course along with bouncy castles.

Check out our website www.meathsports.ie for full details and criteria for the family spin. The 50km Tara Loop & 100km Royal Tour takes place on Sunday 29th July – those interested in taking part can register online or call into our office up to 5pm on the 25th July. Contact 046 9067337 for further details.

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VACANCY at Cormeen Sports Complex

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Great value if you register early for the Meath Heritage Cycle Tour!

With discounts available of 10% for Cycling Ireland members, unemployed/OAP`s and a special incentive on offer for clubs and cycling groups – the Meath Heritage Cycle tour continues to represent huge value for those registering to do the event. At a time when the other larger sportifs (Great Dublin Bike Ride & Ring of Kerry) have all increased their entry fee and are charging extra for a jersey – the cost of entry to the Meath tour represents tremendous value.  All participants doing either the 50k or 100k spins will receive a free jersey. Cost also includes fabulous refreshments along the route and catering at the finish for all in the marquee in Trim.

Special offer for clubs (1 free cyclist with every 5 cyclists paid) is available until 26th July (club must be registered with CI). All those availing of this offer must complete forms manually and send into the office. Contact 046 9067337 for further details or checkout www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour

Popular MC returns for cycle tour! 

Evergreen and popular MC- Eamonn Duffy will be back in situ at the start/finish line over the weekend of the cycle tour. Eamonn`s commentary and build up to the start of all events along with well chosen up tempo music has become an integral part of the cycle tour. His welcome back commentary of cyclists is akin to that on the Tour de France. Eamonn is renown amongst the cycling fraternity, having blazed a trail several times with the Blazing Saddles Charity cycle across America and served his time as CEO of Cycling Ireland.

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Jersey unveiled!

This year’s much awaited Meath Heritage Cycle tour jersey has been unveiled. The jersey design celebrates the rich heritage of Meath and our 10 years of cycling in Meath. The vibrancy encapsulated in the luminous yellow spectacularly energises the watermelon red consistent throughout the jersey.  As part of the tradition of past years, the jersey promotes one of Meath`s iconic and very popular tourism sites – St John`s Castle in Trim. All cyclists registering for the 50k & 100k distances will receive the jersey as part of the entry fee.

 

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Enable Ireland Meath announced as charity beneficiary for the Sport Ireland Meath Heritage Cycle tour

Enable Ireland provides Early Services in Meath for children with disabilities. The services provided include: clinical assessment, therapy, education, training and family support. These are vital services promoting personal development of children with disabilities, which enables independence, choice and inclusion.  Enable Ireland teams work with the individual and their family on a plan for each life stage.

Funds raised over the weekend of the tour will be invested in multi use sensory rooms for children – these rooms are specially designed environments which give users an opportunity to completely relax or access a wide range of sensory experiences for therapy, learning or fun. They are used by people of all ages and all abilities for relaxation, focused work, stimulation, physiotherapy, communication, sensory motor development and stress release.

Spectators and cyclists alike are asked to support this worthy charity over the weekend of the cycle tour.

The 10th Meath Heritage Cycle tour, part of the Sport Ireland Cycle series is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership. The tour will take place over the weekend of July 28th and 29th. The organisers anticipate in excess of 2500 cyclists will descend on Trim for this weekend. The Sport Ireland Meath Heritage Cycle tour is made up of 3 distances: 11k Family Spin; 50k Tara Loop & 100k Royal Tour. The 11k Family spin takes place on Sat 28th with the other 3 distances taking place on Sunday 29th.

So whether you are an avid cyclist or just dusting down the bike for the first time this year, there is a distance to suit your ability!

Early Bird price offer ends on Thursday 19th – after this date, the cost of entry reverts to full price. See www.meathsports.ie/cycletour for full details.

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10 years of cycling in Co. Meath

Meath Heritage Cycle tour ambassadors 2018: Saoirse McGrath (Meath Rose 2018) & Cillian O Sullivan (Meath footballer). Also Sophie Deegan (Enable Ireland – nominated charity for 2018 event)

2018 sees the Meath Heritage Cycle tour celebrate its 10th year. Since the first cyclist took to the roads in 2009 up to last year, 21,885 cyclists have participated in the tour. The tour reached its peak in 2014 with 3500 cyclists.

In 2009, the tour commenced with 3 distances – 40km Tara Loop; 100km Royal Tour & 160km Royal Challenge. The 11km Family spin was introduced in 2010 and has been hugely popular ever since. Numbers participating in the family spin have grown from just over 100 in 2010 to almost 900 in 2017 – popularity of this distance can be partly attributed to the welcome received from Mary & Jack Quinns in Scurlorgstown who annually open up their premises to provide refreshments to all the participating cyclists. In 2011, the 40km distance became a 50km spin and has remained the same ever since.

Cyclists taking part in the 50km very much enjoy the ascent onto the Hill of Tara with its magnificent views, the eagerly awaited muffin and the welcome provided by the team from Maguires cafe and local volunteers.

Our 100km & 160km distances have changed routes over the years from taking in the climbs around Lough Carew to the mandatory cuppa in Bohermeen. From Loughanlea and the climbs around Cormeen to the Hills of Skryne, Slane and Sliabh Breagh – cyclists have seen many a by road in Meath which they may otherwise have never visited. Ryans Pub of Gormanlough has been a main water stop on the tour since 2009; 2018 will be the first year that the tour doesn`t include a stop at this popular watering hole.

Speaking at the launch of this year`s cycle tour event, organiser Mary Murphy (Coordinator of Meath Local Sports Partnership) thanked everyone for their continued support over the past 10 years in running a very successful and popular event. She paid tribute to the local communities who come out in force each year to open up their facilities and to provide a warm welcome to all cyclists. Since 2009, over 3700 volunteers have provided assistance to the event – without their support, the event just wouldn`t have happened.

She went on to acknowledge the tremendous support which Sport Ireland and An Post (main sponsor from 2009 – 2016) have provided; this is in addition to the support provided by Meath County Council, Gardai, Meath Civil Defence, Cycle clubs, OPW, Dunnes Stores, AES, Cycling Ireland, LMFM, Meath Chronicle, Aura Leisure Trim, SPIN 11, Bike Fit Studio, Trim Tidy Towns, Trim Castle Hotel and local sports clubs.

Local charities have benefitted greatly from their involvement with the cycle tour. Over the years – Meath Alzheimers Society, Friends of St Josephs in Trim and Enable Ireland have all served their time as the nominated charity for the event.

Over the years a number of well known faces and celebrities have taken part in the tour – comedian PJ Gallagher was the tour ambassador for 3 years with Bressie taking over the role in 2016. From the UK Ambassador, Dominic Chilpott to cycling legends of Philip Cassidy, Joe Barr, PJ Nolan & the Paralympic Cycling team to the sporting greats of Trevor Giles, Colm O Rourke & Eoin O Gara (Dublin) – the Meath Heritage Cycle tour is grateful to all for their participation and support of the event.

On a sadder note, it would be very remiss not to mention the contribution that cycling greats Joe Roche and Gay Howard gave to the tour particularly in the early years. Joe was responsible for route selection and very much enjoyed bringing cyclists up the hills and on lesser travelled routes! Gay acted as a mentor to the tour and was always on hand to give advice.

The event just would not be the same without the presence of our Master of Ceremonies – Eamonn Duffy. Eamonn is well known in cycling circles and always has an encouraging word for returning cyclists.

In the 10 years of the event, the Meath Heritage Cycle Tour has been shortlisted for the Meath Business Tourism Award and nominated Cycling Ireland Best Sportive. It has contributed greatly to boosting the local economy of Trim & surrounds and continues to be responsible for a high return of visitor numbers to the area each year.  The Meath Heritage Cycle tour has become a well established calendar event not only on the Meath calendar but nationally on the calendar of cycle enthusiasts.

The Heritage Cycle tour will return for the 10th on the 28th & 29th July. The family spin will take place at 5pm on the 28th (registration on the day) with the 100k & 50k taking place on Sun 29th. Early bird registration is now open – see www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour or contact Meath Sports at 046 9067337.

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JOB VACANCY: Sports Inclusion Disability Officer

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer

Meath Local Sports Partnership wishes to recruit a Sports Inclusion Disability Officer.

This is will be a specified purpose contract for a period of 2 years. Hours of work will be 35 hours per week. The salary for this post will be aligned to LA Grade IV Salary Scale commensurate with experience.

The Sports Inclusion Disability Officer will be responsible for the promotion and coordination of the sports inclusion programme across pan disability settings and with key stakeholders.

The candidate shall have:

  • National Degree in Physical Education, Health Promotion, Adapted Physical Activity & Sports Development or equivalent qualification. Post Graduate qualification desirable.
  • Minimum of 2 years management experience in the health, education or sports development sector.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience of project management and initiating/implementing & developing adapted physical activity programmes.
  • Volunteer management experience and background in the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
  • An in-depth understanding of Adapted Physical Activity & Sports Development
  • Proven experience in programme monitoring, evaluation & reporting.
  • Sound working knowledge of the use of social media as a marketing and effective short burst communication tool.
  • Sound working knowledge of managing budgets & preparing financial reports.
  • Be IT proficient in Microsoft office, website maintenance and content management systems.
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills required.

Candidate must hold a full clean driving licence and have own transport.

See full Job Specification: Job Spec June 2018

Please send Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae by post or email to: mary.murphy@meathcoco.ie; Mary Murphy, Sports Co-Ordinator, Meath Local Sports Partnership, Townhall, Watergate Street, Navan, Co. Meath.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 noon Wednesday 18th July 2018. Candidates may be short-listed on the basis of information supplied in their application.

Meath Local Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

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Meath LSP Summer Ezine

The latest Meath LSP E-Newsletter for Summer 2018 is now available.

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view MLSP E Bulletin Summer 2018 

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Bringing colour to Blackwater Park!

On Sunday May 27th, Blackwater Park in Navan was transformed into a colour paradise. In beautiful sunshine and set on the backdrop of the river Boyne, 400 people of all ages and ability levels gathered for Navan’s first ever 5k Colour Fun Run.

The Colour Fun Run was organised by Meath Comhairle na nÓg (Meath`s Youth County Council) in association with Meath Local Sports Partnership. Comhairle na nOg`s work theme for 2018 is “Health and Fitness” so the event represented a fantastic opportunity to highlight that exercise does not need to be a chore, but can in fact, be a very enjoyable and fun experience.

Comhairle na nÓg chairperson, Cllr. Maria Murphy and fellow board member Cllr Enda Flynn led the way for the field of runners and walkers . With 3 laps of the park adding up to the 5k distance, participants were illuminated with paint at different interval stages along the route ensuring that everyone finished in a rainbow of colours!

All proceeds from the event were donated to Jigsaw Meath (Jigsaw Meath provides vital mental health support to young people). Comhairle na nÓg would like to express their thanks to all who supported the event in particular Meath Local Sports Partnership (who helped with the organisation of the event), Jigsaw Meath, Meath County Council, Navan Gardai; Civil Defence; Aura Navan and local volunteers.

Check out the photos – http://www.meathsports.ie/photo-gallery/

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Slane Castle 5km Trail Run/Walk!

The Slane Castle 5km Trail Run/Walk will take place on Sunday 10th
June in the grounds of Slane Castle at an earlier time of 10.00am.
The events main sponsor for the third year in a row & to whom we are very
grateful is Keating’s Oil.  Last year’s event saw over 300 participants
(adults & children) take part.  The feedback from the 2017 event was
extremely positive & participants commented on the beauty of the
course & said it was an “excellent route”.

The event is organised by The Parents Association of St.Patrick’s
National School Slane, Meath Local Sports Partnership, Slane Castle &
Civil Defence.

All members of the community & the wider catchment area (young, old, past & present pupils) are encouraged to take part in this event.

The 5km route itself is completely within the majestic grounds of The
Castle & includes the scenic forest trail along the River Boyne. This
is a real opportunity for everyone regardless of ability or fitness
level to experience the magnificent surrounds of Slane Castle.

Early bird registration is €15 for over 16yrs – includes technical
running t-shirt (limited edition) & refreshments. €20 on the day. Children will also
receive a t-shirt on registration this year. Under 16’s €5 on the day only.T-shirts for first 200 adults.

Pets are not permitted in the grounds of Slane Castle, please respect
this request.

Happy running or walking to all who take part!

Registration is NOW OPEN at:https://sirius.eventmaster.ie/event/VqPFERTwv for adults only or interested participants can also check out the Slane Castle 5km Trail Run/Walk face book page.

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It`s sunshine as normal as runners and walkers take to the streets of Kells for the Royal County 5k & 10k events.

With summer finally arriving, runners and walkers took to the streets of Kells on Bank Holiday Monday last for this the 8th year of the Royal County event.

With local clubs of Bohermeen, Dunshaughlin and Navan athletic clubs out in force, it wasn`t a surprise to see familiar faces vying for podium finishes in all categories.

Jeff Ennis (no club) stormed home in the 10k event with a strong finish to beat last year`s winner – David O Connell from Bohermeen AC into 3nd place. Shane Boyle (now on his 3rd win in the 5k distance) from the Dunshaughlin AC put in a tremendous run to win the 5k in a time of 17:29 (3 seconds outside of his winning time last year).

Cailin McDonagh from Fr. Murphy AC dominated the 10k event to romp home in a winning time of 43:29 and evergreen Josephine Killeen from Dublin leading the ladies home in the 5k event in a time of 21:12 seconds. With a higher number of U16 participants than other years, Pawel Krakowiak from Dunshaughlin had his work cut out to win the Junior 5k category in a time of 22:53. Tremendous running from the 14 year old.

Massive congratulations are extended to Saheed Alawiye  (Beaufort Blazers) who was first across the line in the Wheelchair event. Saheed entered the 5km distance and together with his mentor, PE teacher Ger Murphy completed the distance to great applause from his colleagues as he crossed the finish line.

Podium finishers and category winners:

Overall – 10k Male:   

1st Jeff Ennis (no club) 37:27

2nd David O Connell (Bohermeen AC) 38:52

3rd Barry Waters (Navan AC) 38:40

5k Male:    

1st Shane Boyle (Dunshaughlin AC) 17:29

2nd Lea Fulchar (Liffey Valley) 18:38

3rd James Sherlock (no club) 18:46

10k Female

1st Cailin McDonagh (Fr Murphy AC) 43:29

2nd Paula Guinan (no club) 45:42

3rd Kay Smith (no club) 47:06

5k Female

1st Josephine Killeen (no club) 21:12

2nd Fiona Nugent (no club) 21:19

3rd Bridget Daly (Bohermeen AC) 21:28

Category winners:

10k  

M40:               Shane McCabe (Bohermeen AC) 38:57

M50:               Jim McArdle (No Club) 41:23

M60:               Pat Ryan (Dunboyne AC) 50:06

5k   

M40:               Anthony Corrigan (Bohermeen AC) 19:12

M50:               Pat Kiernan (Kells) 21:12

M60:               Michael Murray (No club) 31:14

10k     

F40:                Chris Perrie (Bohermeen AC) 49:36

F50:                Linda Gunning (Bohermeen AC) 50:12

F60:                Kathleen Burke (Dunshaughlin AC) 55:10

5k       

F40:                Breda Kelly (Virginia Tri & Cycle club) 26:54

F50:                Margaret Clarke (No Club) 24:59

F60:                Noreen Doherty (No Club) 33:11

 

The organisers – Meath Local Sports Partnership extended their congratulations to all the winners and expressed thanks to Brian and Paul of ClubActive Kells for sponsoring each of the prizes.

Special mention to the students and staff (Beaufort Blazers) from Beaufort College secondary school, Navan who have been participating in the Couch to 5k initiative in their school over  the past few weeks in preparation for the 10k and 5k distances – well done to all. Congratulations to Ger Murphy (the infectious dynamic PE teacher) had a personal best in finishing 2nd in the F60 category.

Full Results are available on myrunresults.com. Many thanks to photographer Bernard Hand for giving of his time to capture the atmosphere and winners and participants from the day itself.

Meath LSP also expressed their thanks to all who supported the event in particular to St Brigid`s AC; Kells Gardai; Civil Defence; Kells Municipal District Council and local volunteers. Special acknowledgement to Vincent and Olivia Duff and staff of the Headfort Arms Hotel who kindly opened their facilities for  registration and provided much needed refreshments afterwards free of charge to all the participants.

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5km Colour Fun Run comes to Navan!!

Meath Comhairle na nÓg in association with Meath Local Sports Partnership & Jigsaw Meath,  invite you to Navan’s FIRST EVER 5km Colour Fun Run on May 27th!

The 5 km fun event will the held in Blackwater Park, Navan starting at 11am. Organisers plan to transform the park into a multi-coloured paradise. Meath Jigsaw`s Young People`s ambassador – GAA star Cillian O Sullivan  and representatives of Meath Comhairle na nÒg are keen to promote the idea that staying fit and healthy should be a fun and an enjoyable experience in everyone`s life.

Organisers are inviting people of all ages, families, individuals, runners, walkers, joggers etc  – to come along and participate is this fun event.

Participants can either enter online https://sirius.eventmaster.ie/event/mL3fyVFM8 or on the day (registration from 10.15am in the park). Cost of entry is €5, discounts apply to family bookings. All proceeds are going to Jigsaw Meath. Jigsaw Meath provides a free and confidential youth mental health support service for young people aged 12 – 25.

Comhairle na nÓg is the young people’s council of County Meath. It gives young people the chance to have their voices heard in both local and national decision making and policy.

For more information, contact Olivia at 046 9067414 or email cnanog@meathcoco.ie

 

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Kildare Sports Partnership – Job Opportunity

Kildare Sports Partnership – JOB OPPORTUNITY

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer – 12 Month Contract

Remuneration:

€41,625 per annum – €46,923 per annum (maximum)

€48,457 per annum (after 3 years satisfactory service at maximum)

€49,990 per annum (after 6 years satisfactory service at maximum)

SIDO Application Form: http://www.kildare.ie/kildaresp/media/KSP%20Sports%20Inclusion%20Disability%20Officer%20Job%20Application%202018.doc

SIDO Job Spec:  http://www.kildare.ie/kildaresp/media/SIDO%20Qualifications%20%20Particulars.doc

 

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Destination Kells!!!! May bank holiday 5km/10km

The ever popular Royal County 5km & 10km events return to Kells on the Bank Holiday Monday May 7th. This is the 8th year of the Royal County event with interest growing year on year. The number of participants for 2018 is already up on previous years in what promises to be yet another enjoyable event. Both distances will start & finish under the watchful eye of the Round Tower on Canon Street.

The annual Royal County event is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership  with the support of St Brigid`s AC, Club Active, Kells;  Headfort Arms Hotel; Kells Gardai; Kells Swimming Pool, Kells Municipal District, Civil Defence and local volunteers. The Royal County 5k/10k run/walk is licensed by the Athletic Association of Ireland.

Registration is currently open – see www.meathsports.ie; early bird registration is €10 for 5k distance & €15 for the 10k.  Cost of entry includes t-shirt, refreshments and chip timing. Prizes on the day for 5k & 10k male & female winners. Keep an eye on the website for sneak pre-view of the limited edition tee shirt!!!

Anyone interested in participating in the 2018 Royal County 5km/10km should contact Meath LSP @ 046 9067337 or log onto www.meathsports.ie.

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Meath LSP Spring Ezine

The latest Meath LSP E-Newsletter for Spring 2018 is now available.

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view Meath LSP Spring Ezine

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“Amazing things can be achieved when no one gets the credit” according to former Meath manager Mick O’Dowd

Back row from left to right: Ruairi Murphy & Kate Feeney (Meath LSP), Mick O’Dowd, Sheelagh Quinn, Liam Moggan, Margo Finnegan & Paul Friel (Meath LSP). Pictured at the front are coaches Rosabelle Welsh and Nora Maguire (Kentstown/Beauparc Community Games), Aisling Clarke & Roisin Clarke (St. Ultan’s GAA) Murt Donnelly (Castletown GAA), & Lizzie Broderick (Donoughmore/Ashbourne GAA).

“Amazing things can be achieved when no one gets the credit” according to former Meath manager Mick O Dowd.

Former Meath Manager and current Skryne underage girls football coach Mick O’ Dowd joined Liam Moggan (Sport Psychologist and former Coaching Ireland Coach educator) and Sheelagh Quinn (Manager of the Coaching Ireland, Coaching Children in Sport programme) on stage at the Meath Local Sports Partnership`s  Coaching Children in Sport workshop held in the Ardboyne hotel last week.

The evening began with Sheelagh Quinn from Coaching Ireland setting the scene as to the current challenges in children’s sport in Ireland today. A staggering 19% of primary school children and 12% of post primary school children only, meet the national physical activity guidelines and these proportions have not improved since 2004. As a result, Coaching Ireland believes that “Sport gives us the potential to develop children beyond the pitch, swimming pool or court and with proper coaching in sport; it can help slowly reverse these inactivity patterns”.

Mick O’Dowd is currently coaching with the under 8’s and 10’s girls football in Skryne GAA club. As a well known senior football manager, Mick has learned that “children are not small adults” and the language you use when instructing and coaching is extremely important as children respond differently to various use of words. Terminology such as “mark your man” can mean so many different things to children without proper explanation.  Mick summarised by stating that as coaches, “amazing things can be achieved when no one gets the credit”. In many of his girl’s teams there is no captain and every child feels they have an important part to play as no one individual is singled out for praise or credit. This resonated with many of the club coaches in attendance on the night.

The key note Speaker, Liam Moggan, is the current Sport Psychologist with the Kildare footballers and has extensive experience with countless teams and individuals both nationally and internationally over a long career. Liam believes that as coaches, “we should all get to know the children we coach, know their story, know their background – learn their personality. It`s this personality which makes that child different from all others”. He went on to say that “coaching is difficult, it’s hard from day 1 but we do it for the love of the sport and the children”.

Of particular note was Liam’s examples of the emotion he observed at a recent children’s cross country event in Waterford. “the passion, the laughter, the tears” all makes coaching worthwhile. As each child has different developmental needs, Liam reiterated that “the great coaches coach people, the good coaches coach sport”. The theme of focusing on the child, their “story” and “getting to know the person” carried through Liam’s talk as he really dug deep into the Coaching Ireland slogan for the Coaching Children in Sport programme of “each and every child”.

Paul Friel (Senior Sports Development Officer with Meath LSP) thanked all of the speakers on the night, the MC – David Sheehan and the club coaches who attended.

As a continuance of this seminar, Meath LSP will be rolling out Coaching Children in Sport workshops in 2018. There are 4 workshops – each 3 hours in duration & will focus on the fundamentals of movement and fundamentals of games in Children’s Sport. These workshops will better enable coaches to identify individual children’s needs in a sporting context and how to improve performance based on these needs.

For further details please contact Paul Friel on 046-9067337 or email paul.friel@meathcoco.ie

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Meath GAA leading the way in Leinster!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured above: Jim Bolger (Chairperson of Leinster GAA Council); Fiona Murphy (HSE Lead Health & Wellbeing); Cllr Gerry O Connor (Cathaorleach Meath Co Co); along with Mary Murphy (Co-ordinator Meath LSP) and members of the Meath GAA Health & Wellbeing committee.

According to Jim Bolger, Chairman of the GAA Leinster Council – Meath GAA Health & Wellbeing committee are leading the way in terms of delivery of initiatives back to local clubs. He was speaking at the launch of the Meath GAA Health & Wellbeing Mental Health information boards in the Centre of Excellence, Dunganny on Monday 19th February.

In a crowd of over 120 attendees, representatives from the 59 GAA clubs were present to accept their club information board. The information boards represent the work of the Meath Health & Wellbeing committee, Meath Local Sports Partnership and the HSE. The 3 organisations collaboratively worked together in designing the boards which will be displayed prominently within all of the GAA clubs.

Chairperson of Meath Health & Wellbeing committee, Andy Fahy complemented the work of the various partners involved in the project , going on to say that the committee recognised that the mental health issues which affect our families and local communities don`t just happen between the hrs of 9 to 5. The information boards are designed to provide local communities and club health & wellbeing officers with the tools to be able to signpost people to a range of services which may provide them with the immediate assistance they require. Andy recommended that all boards be placed in areas which were accessible to all who visited the local club.

Mary Murphy, Sports Coordinator speaking on behalf of Meath Local Sports Partnership pointed out that under the Healthy Ireland framework piece which every government department have signed up, positive mental health and wellbeing is the responsibility of everyone. The anticipated end result of this Healthy Ireland plan (2025) provides for a healthier nation through cultural change, operational change and mindset change.

She went on to state that “everyone has a role to play in taking care of our physical and mental health, its collective responsibility. The Meath GAA Health & Wellbeing committee accepts their role in achieving this desired outcome & view the information boards as going in some way to meeting this objective. The boards are designed to capture the services which provide support to the different ages across the lifespan and to signpost individuals presenting with mental health issues, or their families or friends to available support services which can assist them.  All too often we hear the term “they didn`t know where to turn for help, or they had no one to talk to” – hopefully by making this information accessible through the local GAA clubs we will provide that necessary support or direction.”

Speaking on behalf of the HSE, Fiona Murphy (HSE Lead Health & Wellbeing in Meath, Louth & Midlands) stressed the importance of working in partnership with communities, voluntary groups and sports organisations in the first instance to prevent chronic disease, addiction and mental health issues. She acknowledged the work Meath LSP has done in pioneering programs which have enabled people marginalised by their mental health difficulties participate in sport and take steps back into their communities through the medium of sport and physical activity.

Fiona stated that the GAA & HSE have been working together to normalise the conversation around mental health in recent years. While we talk about improving resilience and supporting wellbeing, there are times when people need to access support and we want to be able to signpost them to services and organisations which can assist them deal with whatever situation they are in whether its mental health issues, addiction, loneliness, financial problems etc. The HSE are firmly behind this initiative, highlighting in county Meath that they are interested in and value peoples wellbeing and are here to support our communities when life isn`t plain sailing.

The information boards were officially launched by Jim Bolger with county Chairperson Peter O Halloran bringing the evening to a close.

Pictured above: Front – Jim Bolger (Chairperson of Leinster GAA Council); Fiona Murphy (HSE Lead Health & Wellbeing); Cllr Gerry O Connor (Cathaorleach Meath Co Co); Andy Fahy (Chairperson Meath GAA Health & Wellbeing committee); Back – Mary Murphy (Co-ordinator Meath LSP); with agency reps from Mental Health  Ireland, Samaritans, SHINE & Outcomers.

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Meath LSP’s Winter/Spring Ezine 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest Meath LSP Ezine for Winter/Spring 2018 is now available.

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view MLSP E Bulletin Jan 2018

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Operation Transformation National Walk Day!

Meath Local Sports Paratnership`s Operation Motivation programme commenced last weekend with a number of walks rolling out across the county. Walks were organised in conjunction with Operation Transformation National Walk day. Throughout the county over 550 participants turned out in Trim, Navan, Ashbourne, Kells, Cormeen, Castletown and Dunboyne. Despite the rain and wind, organisers were particularly pleased with the number of families who took part on the day.

Meath LSP would like to extend their thanks to the Civil Defence and local volunteers for their assistance in organising the walks.

The Operation Motivation walking programme continues in 18 different locations in Meath. All walks are free to enter & open to all ages; buggies welcome.

List of countywide walks and contact numbers below:

Area Leader Name Contact No. Start Date Meeting Point
Ashbourne Marian & Theresa 087-8598781/087-2376175 Mon 15th Jan @ 7pm Thurs 18th Jan @ 7pm

Sun 20th Jan @ 11am

Ashbourne Garda Station
Athboy Alma McClorey 087-6450811 Mon 8th Jan @ 7pm Waxies Corner
Ballivor Dolores Hannon 086-1647243 Tues 16th Jan @ 7pm Ballivor GAA Grounds (Walking Track)
Bohermeen Stephen Ball 086-0792580 Sat 20th Jan @11am Bohermeen Community Centre
Castletown Nichola Smith 086-8617289 Sat 13th Jan @ 10am Community Centre (Pitch & Putt Club)
Cormeen Aine Reilly 086-7732649 Sat 20th  Jan @ 9am Cormeen Sports Complex
Cortown Michelle McGuirk 087-6243665 April/May 2018 Cortown GAA
Ratoath Charlotte Reid 086-8158239 Wed 17th Jan @ 7pm Centra
Donore Malena McLoone 087-6890892 Wed 10th Jan @ 7pm Donore National School
Dunboyne John Holian 085-7444278 Mon 8th, Wed 9th & Fri 12th Jan @ 7pm Dunboyne Church Car Park
Enfield Anne Maher 086-2351663 Sun 14th Jan @ 10am Supervalu Enfield
Kells Ann Smith 087-9781474 Wed 10th Jan @ 8pm Gael Colmcille GAA Centre
Killalon Brian Donovan 046-9433190 Tues 9th Jan @ 11am Community Centre
Navan Michael Murray 086-0757434 Tues 16th Jan @7pm Old Town Hall
Stamullen Linda Dungan 087-6503124 Sat 20th Jan @ 10.30am St Patricks GAA Club
Tara Pauline Donnelly 087-2704016 Sun 21st  Jan @9am Hill of Tara car park
Trim Linda Hegarty/Dorenda McGee 087-7685836/ 087-2726479 Fri 19th Jan @ 9.30am Trim Castle (opposite Garda Station)

For further information contact Mary Murphy at 046 9067337.

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Meath to benefit from €59,500 of Dormant Accounts Funding

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD today announced a further investment package of €1.5 million in Dormant Accounts funding for sport.

Today’s investment follows the announcement of €2.9 million in Dormant Accounts funding for sport in November. This investment is being allocated to National Physical Activity Plan measures for disadvantaged communities and will be administered by Sport Ireland.

Announcing the investment, Minister Griffin said: “I am delighted to announce a further investment of €1.5 million through the Dormant Accounts Fund which will support the delivery of a comprehensive programme of initiatives under the National Physical Activity Plan. My department has worked with Sport Ireland to ensure that all projects are providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise engage in sport and physical activity. We are already seeing the impact of the comprehensive programme of funding announced last month. Through these initiatives being rolled out by the Local Sports Partnership Network and the National Governing Bodies for Sport, more people with disabilities and those from socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds are being given more opportunities and encouraged to participate in regular physical activity and sport.”

Among the initiatives being announced today are four new Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH), along with support for innovative new projects such as outdoor recreation programmes for disadvantaged communities and research into the needs of young women to take up leadership roles in sport.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of Sport Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is a welcome one for National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships who have been successful in their applications for funding under this initiative. Projects funded under previous rounds of the Dormant Accounts Fund have borne positive results and it is a credit to the funded bodies that these projects are now flourishing and sustainable. The Board of Sport Ireland places a premium on ensuring everyone has an opportunity to partake in sport no matter what, and the Dormant Accounts Fund is assisting us in realising that ambition.”

As with previous funding announced, today’s investment is closely aligned with the National Physical Activity Plan. A particular emphasis on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, research into pertinent areas of sport and the development of programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.

Highlighting the initiatives’ contribution to the National Physical Activity Plan John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, added: “One of the key aims of Sport Ireland is increasing participation across every age group and from all social backgrounds throughout Ireland. The investment through the Dormant Accounts Fund announced today allows Sport Ireland to work in conjunction with the National Governing Bodies for Sport and Local Sports Partnership Network to drive these initiatives which will contribute towards the objectives of the National Physical Activity Plan. What Sport Ireland hopes to achieve through the roll out of these initiatives is simple, we want to see more people more active on a regular basis.”

Breakdown of Additional Dormant Accounts Funding – National Physical Activity Plan 2017 Sports Measures:

Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs

Dormant Accounts Funding will be allocated to establish and develop four new CSPAHs, in addition to the nine new and thirteen existing hubs which were allocated funding earlier in 2017.

The objective of the CSPAHs is to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations.

The Hubs provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people in disadvantaged areas to get involved in and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Applications to establish and develop CSPAHs were sought from Local Sports Partnerships in a competitive bid process under three theme areas: Community Setting, Schools Based Setting and an Outdoor Setting.

Local Sports Partnership

CSPAH Location

Funding
South Dublin

Brookfiled, West Tallaght

€56,000
Kildare

Athy

€63,000
Cork

Various Locations

€63,000
Cavan

Kilnaleck

€53,180

Youth Leadership

This programme 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. It is rolled out by Local Sports Partnerships to teenagers in Transition Year of secondary school or in a community setting.

Local Sports Partnership Funding
Cavan €2,500
Cork €10,000
Donegal €5,000
Dublin City €5,000
Laois €2,500
Leitrim €10,000
Mayo €5,000
Meath €12,500
Offaly € 20,000
South Dublin €15,000
Wexford €2,500

 

Dublin North East Inner City Project

This is the second year of the Dublin North East Inner City RAPID Community Sports Project.  The Dublin North East Inner City Community Sports Project 2017 focuses on the provision of a range of training programmes and supporting participation initiatives in conjunction with National Governing Bodies, sports clubs and local organisations that want to work together to improve the sport offered to young people in Dublin North East Inner City RAPID area. This project will be delivered through Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership, based within Dublin City Council.

Title Allocation
Dublin North East Inner City Project €100,000

 

Urban Outdoor Adventure Initiatives

Outdoor recreation programmes have been developed and run in disadvantaged communities, for at- risk youth groups, disadvantaged school groups and people with disability in many countries with success. There is now a growing body of evidence to suggest that outdoor adventure programme where participants interact with nature and experience new outdoor adventure sports are successful in developing confidence and skills among participants and also help young people to manage risk and encourages them to welcome challenge.

Applications were invited from Local Sports Partnerships, in a competitive bid process, for urban outdoor adventure initiatives in their respective counties.

Local Sports Partnership Funding
Tipperary €47,000
Carlow €47,000
Meath €47,000
Laois €47,000
Donegal €47,000
Sligo €47,000
Kilkenny €47,000
Wexford €44,950
Waterford €35,050
Longford €33,335
Leitrim €21,800

Special Olympics Ireland Support Programme

The 2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games will take place in Dublin from Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th June 2018, the first time the Ireland Games have returned to Dublin in 16 years.  In conjunction with the Games, Special Olympics Ireland will develop and deliver a multi strand support programme. This includes both participation and showcase events along with the development of a comprehensive health and wellbeing programme. A grassroots Volunteer programme will also be developed on the lead up to the event.

Title Grantee Allocation
Special Olympics Ireland Support Programme Special Olympics Ireland €150,000

Empowering Women in Sport

Under this strand research into the needs of young women in sport with a specific focus on the role of female leadership in empowering women to stay active and involved in sport will be carried out by Sport Ireland in 2017. The project has been developed in partnership with the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Sport Ireland will facilitate research into the sector to assess the current landscape of female leaders and influencers in Ireland. From this research, and based on the potential gaps identified, a Leadership and Influencer Programme will be developed. This programme will centre on maximising the potential of females operating within the sector.

Title Allocation
Empowering Women in Sport €25,000

 

Research Programme on the Application of Behavioural Science to Sport and Physical Activity in Disadvantaged Communities

National Physical Activity Plan Action 50 aims to ‘Establish a systematic, regular and long-term national surveillance system to monitor physical activity levels in each of the target groups’, to this end Sport Ireland will invite tenders for the delivery of a two phase piece of behavioural science research and implementation.

Title Allocation
Research Programme on the Application of Behavioural Science to Sport and Physical Activity in Disadvantaged Communities €150,000

Watersport Inclusion Games

Building on the success of the inaugural Games that was held in Dun Laoghaire in June 2017 Irish Sailing will deliver a second Watersport Inclusion Games in 2018. This project proposes to develop a range of supporting participation, coaching and education, programmes throughout 2018 with the final 2 day flagship event being held in Galway City in August.

Title Grantee Allocation
Sailing – Watersport Inclusion Games Sailing Ireland €50,000

Active Places, Better Spaces

Limerick Local Sports Partnership will work in the area of Garryowen, within Limerick City, a large urban housing estate area with a population of over 3,300 people. This programme will focus on building on the investment to date in Limerick through the support of Dormant Accounts Funding including the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub and Community Coaching programmes, Rowing Ireland and Beat the Street.

This programme, to be known locally as ‘Get Garryowen Active’, aims to develop both indoor and outdoor recreational areas to provide a wide range of physical activity and educational opportunities to children, youths, older adults and families. It will also seek to advance the social and personal development of local residents

Initiative Grantee Allocation Current Allocation Capital
Active Spaces Betters Places Limerick LSP €100,000 €45,000

Programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity and sport

DCU – YPATH

Y-PATH aims to improve physical activity levels of first year post-primary youths.  Findings show that the programme has been successful in targeting youth at the critical transition from primary to second level education, and alleviate the well documented age-related dropout from physical activity and sport.

This phase of the project will see the development an innovative App for the Y-PATH programme to meet teachers’ and students’ needs. The ultimate goal will be to disseminate these resources to all DEIS schools nationally and this body of work will be completed beyond the term of this Dormant Accounts funding ensuring the long term legacy and impact of the programme.

UCC – Project FLAME

Project FLAME examines the fundamental and functional movement competencies in post-primary Irish adolescent youth at Junior Certificate level. To date, Project FLAME findings have observed that levels of fundamental and functional movement skill proficiency among adolescents were low, with significant gender differences. Findings also demonstrated that movement patterns and skills significantly declined as adolescents became older.

Through this Dormant Accounts Fund, UCC will evaluate the potential and effectiveness of this movement programme in the post-primary setting in 2018. All DEIS post-primary schools in Cork will be offered training on the implementation of the Project FLAME resources, following the completion of this pilot trial in May 2018.

Initiative Grantee Allocation
Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health (YPATH) programme DCU € 50,000
Project FLAME UCC € 25,000

 

Dormant Accounts Funding

The Dormant Accounts Act 2001 together with the Unclaimed Life Assurance Policies Act 2003 and the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Acts 2005-2012 provide a framework for the administration of unclaimed accounts in credit institutions (i.e. banks, building societies and An Post) and unclaimed life assurance policies in insurance undertakings.

Dormant funds/unclaimed life assurance policies, which have not been reclaimed by the original account/policy holder or their beneficiaries, are transferred each year by the financial institution/insurance undertaking to the Dormant Accounts Fund which is managed by the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA).

The legislation provides for a scheme for the disbursement of funds that are unlikely to be reclaimed. In each year monies may be disbursed in accordance with Part 6 of the 2012 Act, from the Account, but only for the purposes of programmes or projects to assist:

1.       the personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged;

2.       the educational development of persons who are educationally disadvantaged or

3.       persons with a disability (within the meaning of the Equal Status Act 2000)

The Dormant Accounts Fund is the responsibility of the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

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“A Partnership Approach in Meath”

 

Meath LSP recently facilitated an interactive workshop entitled “A Partnership Approach in Meath.” This event focused on engaging with the national governing bodies (NGB) of sport with a key purpose being to discuss working together in partnership to increase sport and physical activity opportunities in Meath. This is in line with Healthy Ireland’s National Physical Activity Plan, and Meath LSP’s strategic plan of “More People, More Active, More Often”.

The event proved hugely valuable as 16 National Governing Bodies, both major and minor sports attended. Discussions on the day included current programmes delivered in Meath, target audiences reached through these programmes and how we can support one another in our work. The outcomes of these discussions allowed us to highlight what the first steps are to create and build a stronger partnership approach in Meath.

Key learning’s from the representatives of the NGB’s included:

“The need to communicate as an NGB more effectively with the LSP”
“The need to work together on coach education”
“The need for more programmes for people with a disability/older adults”
“Meath LSP and other organisations share the same goals as ourselves”

Feedback on the event also included the following;

“Very informative and great way to meet other NGB’s and identify how we can work together to make more interesting and interactive programmes”
“Highly useful & informative, would like to see more networking opportunities”

Meath LSP would like to thank all the NGB representatives who attended on the day. We look forward to further engagement as we aim to develop and enhance the partnership approach in Meath in 2018.

National Governing Bodies in attendance on the day included:

Click HERE to view presentation.

 

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Sport Ireland Launch Policy on Participation in Sport by People with Disabilities

Sport Ireland launched its new Policy on Participation in Sport by People with Disabilities.

The policy, which explicitly sets out Sport Ireland’s position in relation to the participation in sport and physical activity by people with disabilities, was launched during the National Seminar for Inclusion which took place in Dublin today.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, welcomed the publication of the policy: “Everyone, no matter what their background or circumstances, should have the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity at a level of their choosing. In the publication of this policy Sport Ireland demonstrates its commitment to ensuring the number of opportunities to participate continues to increase. I would like to commend all involved with the production of this policy.”

In 2017, Sport Ireland has invested over €3.5 million in a wide range of organisations providing and promoting opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity and in athletes with disabilities.

Speaking at the launch, Sport Ireland Chief Executive John Treacy said: “Sport Ireland is committed to the equal treatment of all people when it comes to their participation in sport. While this policy captures much of what has already been done within the sports sector over many years, we felt the need to underpin this with strong guiding principles which will make sure that we have a coordinated approach to ensure that the delivery of the sector’s efforts are more effective and accountable. Sport Ireland funds and will continue to work closely with organisations such as National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Partnerships, Cara and Paralympics Ireland to ensure that there are opportunities for all to participate in sport.”

The Sport Ireland Policy on Participation in Sport by People with Disabilities affirms Paralympics Ireland’s role as the lead agency in the support of high performance athletes with disabilities. It also affirms Cara’s role in advocating for the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity, encouraging a national vision while supporting local provision, and building capacity through education and training programmes.

Sport Ireland Director of Participation Dr Una May added: “It is fitting to launch this policy at this time as it is ten years since the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme was launched and Cara was established to provide supports to the Local Sports Partnership network. This policy takes into consideration what we have learned over the course of the last decade and maps out a way forward which will ensure that no matter what level people with disability want to participate at the opportunity will exist for them. Sport Ireland looks forward to working with our funded bodies and other partners in the disability sector in bringing this policy to life.”

The Sport Ireland Policy on Participation in Sport by People with Disabilities can be viewed here.

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Vacancy for Technical Development and Participation Manager with The Camogie Association

The Camogie Association is seeking to appoint to a Technical Development and Participation Manager.
The post holder will report to to the Ard Stiúrthóir/Chief Executive, and will act as a member of the Association’s senior management team.
The Technical Development and Participation Manager will lead a range of national technical development programmes and initiatives, at club, schools and inter county levels.
The Association works to a National Development Plan Our Sport Our Future 2016-2019 and to annual work programmes. The Plan is downloadable from http://www.camogie.ie/national-development-plan.asp
The post will be based in the Camogie Association’s national office in Dublin.
The postholder will be required to work unsocial hours including weekends. Travel will also be required.
The successful applicant must have a clean driving licence; access to her/his own transport and must comply with Garda/PSNI vetting clearance in advance of taking up the position.
The post is a permanent position with a 9 month probationary period. The post is attached to a 7 point salary scale ranging from €45,500-51,500 with the first point of the scale anticipated as the initial salary offer to the successful candidate.
Expenses such as travel and subsistence are paid as per Association policy.
The full Job Description and Application Form for the role are available below:
Job Description – Technical Development and Participation Manager
Application Form – Technical Development and Participation Manager
Applicants must complete the official application form and return no later than noon on Tuesday December 5th 2017 to jobs@camogie.ie or by post to:
Joan O’Flynn
Ard Stiúrthóir
Camogie Association
Croke Park
Dublin 3
Postal applications should mark Confidential on the envelope.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday December 5th 2017 at noon.
Interviews for the post will be held on Tuesday December 19th 2017 in Croke Park.

 

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€95,000 in Dormant Account funding to benefit Sport & Physical Activity in Meath!

Minster of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD today announced €2.9m worth of funding for sport and physical activity projects through the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The investment of €2.9 million is being allocated to National Physical Activity Plan measures for disadvantaged communities and will be administered by Sport Ireland.

Speaking at the announcement in Killarney today, Minister Griffin said: “The funding of €2.9m being announced today will support the delivery of sport and physical activity initiatives across the country under the National Physical Activity Plan. The comprehensive programme of initiative support through this funding allocation will give people with disabilities and those from socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity.  This range of initiatives is as a result of close cooperation between my department, Sport Ireland, the Local Sports Partnership Network and the National Governing Bodies for Sport.”

Among the initiatives being announced today are nine new Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH), along with support for thirteen existing CSPAHs.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of Sport Ireland, said: “Previous rounds of investment through the Dormant Accounts Fund have had a real impact on local communities and sports organisations across Ireland. In particular, the Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs have delivered programmes and opportunities which make it easier for people to get involved in and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.”

The investment is aligned with the National Physical Activity Plan, with a particular emphasis on implementing programmes to promote physical activity and develop programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.

Highlighting the initiatives’ contribution to the National Physical Activity Plan John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, added: “In line with the objectives of the National Physical Activity Plan, this investment allows Sport Ireland, in conjunction with the National Governing Bodies for Sport and the Local Sports Partnership, play a lead role in making sure that more people are more active on a regular basis.”

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

The SPEAK report provides an overview of the work of the 29 LSPs across the country, and highlights the innovative good practice projects and programmes that are being operated locally.

Almost €17.2 million was invested in the LSP network, including benefit in kind funding.

Commenting on Report, Minster Griffin continued: “The Local Sports Partnership Network carries out vital work in increasing participation, particularly among those sectors of society which are underrepresented in sport. This work is making a substantial contribution to the health and welfare of individuals, communities and the nation. Today’s report puts a spotlight on the many innovative local projects which are being undertaken by the Local Sports Partnerships across the country which enable all citizens the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sport and physical activities.”

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, said: “One of Sport Ireland’s key priorities for the LSP network is the sustainable development within the local sports infrastructure; this report shows that LSPs are doing vital work with clubs and groups ensuring that structures are in place to allow people across the LSP target groups to participate in sport. I would like to thank all of the agencies, groups and individuals who have contributed to this report, and to those who were involved in the delivery of the programmes and projects at local level.”

Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, Dr. Una May, added: “One of the key aims of Sport Ireland is increasing participation across every age group and from all social backgrounds throughout Ireland. The report highlights the great work by the LSPs in removing barriers that hinder participation in sport and physical activity. Sport Ireland, through the Local Sports Partnership network, will continue to take a strategic approach with regard to programme delivery, continuing to place a strong emphasis on monitoring and evaluation of the programmes delivered.”

Click here to view 2016 SPEAK Report

SPEAK Web Infographic

Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH):

Dormant Accounts Funding will be allocated to establish and develop nine new CSPAHs in 2017. Funding will also be allocated to help further develop thirteen existing CSPAHs which were developed through Dormant Accounts Funding in 2015 and 2016.

The objective of the CSPAHs is to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations.

The Hubs provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people in disadvantaged areas to get involved in and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Applications to establish and develop CSPAHs were sought from Local Sports Partnerships in a competitive bid process under three theme areas: Community Setting, Schools Based Setting and an Outdoor Setting.

New CSPAHs:

Local Sports Partnership

CSPAH Location

Funding
Donegal

Bluestack

 €70,333
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Ballyogan

 €70,333
Fingal

Balbriggan

 €70,333
Galway

Doughiska

 €70,333
Kerry

Caherciveen

 €70,333
Longford

Edgeworthstown

 €70,333
Mayo

Ballinrobe

 €70,333
Meath

Navan

 €70,333
Sligo

Bunninadden

 €69,703
Total €632,367

 

Existing CSPAHs:

 

Local Sports Partnership

CSPAH Location

Funding
Kilkenny

Kilkenny City & Ferrybank

 €36,000
Laois

Stradbally, Vickerstown & Timahoe

 €36,000
Louth

Muirhevnamor, Dundalk

 €36,000
Offaly

Crinkle

 €36,000
South Dublin

Collinstown

 €35,000
Clare

Clarisgord Park

 €35,000
Cork

West Cork Islands

 €35,000
Donegal

Maghery

 €35,000
Limerick

Croom

 €35,000
Mayo

Ballyhaunis

 €35,000
Tipperary

Clonmel

 €35,000
Sligo

Cranmore

 €35,000
Waterford

Carrickphierish

 €35,000
Total €459,000

 

Community Coaching

The objective of Community Coaching is to develop coaching skills that provide jobseekers with improved opportunities to avail of job and volunteer opportunities in the sport sector.

This programme is focused on successfully assisting unemployed people to gain employment, coaching, volunteering and further education opportunities in the sports sector as coaches, referees, physical activity leaders etc. It provides the participants with practical and theoretical sport-related skills and helps them find relevant work experience in their local community. It also contributes to the promotion of both physical and mental health amongst participants and in the community through the subsequent employment and/or volunteering work carried out by participants.

Local Sports Partnership Funding
Cavan Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Cork Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Donegal Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Kerry Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Kildare Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Laois Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Limerick Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Longford Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Mayo Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Meath Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Offaly Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Roscommon Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
South Dublin Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Wexford Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Wicklow Local Sports Partnership  €13,333
Total €199,995

Youth Leadership

This programme 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. It is rolled out by Local Sports Partnerships to teenagers in Transition Year of secondary school or in a community setting

Local Sports Partnership Funding
Carlow Local Sports Partnership  €5,000
Cavan Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Cork Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Donegal Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
DLR Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Dublin City Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Fingal Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Galway Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Kildare Local Sports Partnership  €5,000
Laois Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Leitrim Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Limerick Local Sports Partnership  €5,000
Longford Local Sports Partnership  €2,500
Louth Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Mayo Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Meath Local Sports Partnership  €12,500
Monaghan Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Offaly Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Roscommon Local Sports Partnership  €5,000
South Dublin Local Sports Partnership  €12,500
Tipperary Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Waterford Local Sports Partnership  €5,000
Wexford Local Sports Partnership  €10,000
Total €202,500

Sport Ireland & Cara Centre Initiatives

Funding will also go towards programmes delivered by Sport Ireland and the Cara Centre, including:

Train the Trainers – Consulting with Young People €80,000
Coaching Children – Adolescents €25,000
Coaching Children – Physical Literacy Module €29,000
Aspire Programme €200,000
CARA Centre €180,000
Total €514,000

 

Get Ireland Running, Cycling and Swimming

Dormant Accounts Funding will be allocated to support the National Physical Activity Plan for disadvantaged communities through the development of new Get Ireland Running, Get Ireland Cycling and Get Ireland Swimming initiatives. Applications were invited from Athletics Ireland, Cycling Ireland and Swim Ireland for funding under these initiatives.

Get Ireland Running:

Athletics Ireland will expand a number of the Get Ireland Running Programmes which were previously funded under Dormant Accounts in 2016. The programmes propose to target approximately 50,000 participants in hard to reach communities.

These initiative include:

·       Fit4Class National Schools Programme

·       IRunForFun Secondary Schools Programme

·       RAPID Community Based Initiatives

Get Ireland Cycling:

Cycling Ireland, working in collaboration with their clubs, partners and communities will co-ordinate and deliver opportunities, across a suite of programme offerings, to people in socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged areas. The Get Ireland Cycling Programme will focus primarily on delivering both the Balance Bike and Sprocket Rocket Programmes.

Get Ireland Swimming:

Swim Ireland will roll out projects under the overall ‘Get Ireland Swimming’ banner in support of the National Physical Activity Plan and the Swim Ireland mission which is ‘to encourage participation, develop excellence and regulate the sport’.

Expansion of the Get Ireland Swimming programme 2017/2018 will see the continued delivery of community based aquatics programmes in conjunction with Dublin City Council (DCC) while also launching the programme in a number of other counties. Swim Ireland will also provide support in the development an aquatic element to the GAISCE Awards in identified deprived areas.

Initiative Funding
Get Ireland Cycling €100,000
Get Ireland Running €107,500
Get Ireland Swimming €107,500
Total €315,000

Get Ireland Walking

Sport Ireland developed the Get Ireland Walking initiative, in collaboration with a number of national partner organisations in 2013 and coordinates the program with Mountaineering Ireland with financial support from the Department of Health. The programme seeks to grow the culture of walking in Ireland and support the establishment of community walling groups throughout the country. A number of new walking initiatives will be developed with a particular focus on the personal and social development of persons who or economically and socially disadvantaged; these include Men’s Shed Walking Initiative, School Walking Initiative and Woodlands for Health initiative.

Initiative Funding
Get Ireland Walking €125,000

National Physical Activity Plan Initiatives supported through National Governing Bodies for Sport

Sport Ireland invited applications from NGBs for funding under the Dormant Account Fund to support actions in the National Physical Activity Plan for implementing programmes to promote physical activity & Develop Programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.

National Governing Body Funding
Irish Rugby Football Union

Spirit of Rugby Disability Programme

 €35,000
Rowing Ireland

Get Going, Get Rowing

 €35,000
Special Olympics

Programme of play and sport activity for children with intellectual disabilities from 4 – 7 years

 €35,000
Orienteering Ireland

Ready to Go Orienteering

 €30,000
Tennis Ireland

Enjoy Tennis Phase 2

 €30,000
Triathlon Ireland

Get Men Moving

 €30,000
Vision Sports Ireland

Coach Education Development Plan

 €30,000
Gymnastics Ireland

GymABLE – Disability Gymnastics Club inclusion phase 2

 €25,000
Hockey Ireland

Tricks4Sticks and Young Leader Programme

 €25,000
Horse Sport Ireland

Riding for the Disabled Ireland (RDAI)

 €25,000
Badminton Ireland

Shuttle Time programme

 €20,000
Basketball Ireland

Urban Hoops

 €20,000
Football Association of Ireland

Kick Start 2 Recovery Programme

 €20,000
Gaelic Athletic Association

Nationwide GAA Fun & Run Programme

 €20,000
Irish Martial Arts Commission

Spectrum

 €20,000
Mountaineering Ireland

Indoor Climbing Programme

 €20,000
Ból Chumann na hEireann

Road Bowling ScoreBowls Skittles

 €16,000
Irish Athletic Boxing Association

Boxing Bodies – Healthy Lifestyle Programme

 €16,000
Ladies Gaelic Football Association

Gaelic4Teens

 €16,000
Table Tennis Ireland

Club Development Programme

 €16,000
Total €484,000

Dormant Accounts Funding

The Dormant Accounts Act 2001 together with the Unclaimed Life Assurance Policies Act 2003 and the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Acts 2005-2012 provide a framework for the administration of unclaimed accounts in credit institutions (i.e. banks, building societies and An Post) and unclaimed life assurance policies in insurance undertakings.

Dormant funds/unclaimed life assurance policies, which have not been reclaimed by the original account/policy holder or their beneficiaries, are transferred each year by the financial institution/insurance undertaking to the Dormant Accounts Fund which is managed by the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA).

The legislation provides for a scheme for the disbursement of funds that are unlikely to be reclaimed. In each year monies may be disbursed in accordance with Part 6 of the 2012 Act, from the Account, but only for the purposes of programmes or projects to assist:

1.       the personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged;

2.       the educational development of persons who are educationally disadvantaged or

3.       persons with a disability (within the meaning of the Equal Status Act 2000)

The Dormant Accounts Fund is the responsibility of the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Key Achievements by the LSP network in 2016:

Programme Delivery

·       291,947 people participated in 860 locally delivered participation programmes

·       10,404 female participants took part in 70 local Women in Sport programmes

Development of Local Sports Infrastructure

·       1,251 clubs/groups supported in the delivery of activities

·       211 clubs/groups helped in developing their organisational or management structures

·       289 clubs attended Club Development Workshops

Delivery of Training and Education Programmes & Sport Ireland Programmes

·       LSPs planned and delivered 292 training and education courses, workshops and seminars with their partner agencies

·       15,470 people participated in these training courses

·       570 volunteers supported the roll out of these courses

·       8,321 participants completed 581 Safeguarding training courses

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Meath Running Group complete Dublin City Marathon!

Pictured above: Members of Meath Running Group who recently completed Dublin City Marathon (with coaches Paddy Mangan and Cailin McDonagh). 

Meath Local Sports Partnership would like to congratulate the 16 members of the Meath Running Group who participated in the recent Dublin City Marathon.
Training started last March, and for some this was their first 26 miler- just goes to show with training and determination your goal is achievable.

Meath Running Group an initiative of Meath LSP was established in 2009 to help support recreational runners and joggers achieve their aims of participating in middle and long distance events. Training sessions are coach led and are tailored to individual abilities and levels from beginner to seasonal running pro! To date almost 200 members have completed full marathon with a further 600 completing in the half marathons and 10k events.

Meath LSP would like to thank coaches Paddy Mangan, and Cáilin Mcdonagh for their support, encouragement and for delivering excellent but challenging sessions throughout the year to members of Meath Running Group.

If you are interested in lining out for the Dublin Marathon in 2018 or simply wish to start a running programme and enjoy the benefits of group training in the New Year, we can help you- Please contact Meath Local Sports Partnership at 046-9067337 or email at dmccaffrey@meathcoco.ie. Find us on facebook/meathrunninggroup.

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Sport Ireland launches Get Ireland Walking Strategy and Action Plan 2017 -2020

Sport Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of Get Ireland Walking’s Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2020.

Get Ireland Walking is a Sport Ireland initiative, supported by Healthy Ireland and delivered by Mountaineering Ireland.  It seeks to establish a vibrant culture of walking in Ireland by; encouraging widespread participation in walking, promoting the benefits of walking and unifying the efforts of all organisations and agencies interested in promoting walking for recreation, transport and health in Ireland.

Get Ireland Walking promotes recreational walking to all members of society regardless of age, location or ability.  The new Strategy and Action Plan outline actions across seven themes; public awareness, education and communication, children and young people, health, environment, communities, research, monitoring and evaluation and partnerships.  These themes complement each other to provide a multifaceted approach to increasing recreational walking in Ireland.

Speaking at the event, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, said: “Creating a healthier Ireland is a priority for my Government. With these new investments we can help more people, more families and more communities to look after their own health and wellbeing. We are supporting three core areas of physical activity, preventing obesity, and creating a tobacco-free society. By working with schools, communities and State bodies, we are joining the dots to ensure that the benefits of Healthy Ireland are felt at local level.”

 John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland commented: “I am delighted to see the launch of Get Ireland Walking’s Strategy and Action Plan today. Get Ireland Walking was established in 2013 and aims to promote a culture of walking throughout Ireland. The health benefits of walking, both physical and mental, cannot be underestimated. The strategy outlines actions across seven important themes, which will work to promote a healthier Ireland.”   

Walking is the most popular form of physical activity in Ireland. The 2015 Irish Sports Monitor, which surveyed over 8,500 respondents, found that 64.8% took part in recreational walking, nearly five times as many participants as personal exercise, which was the most popular sporting activity.

Recreational walking is a low impact activity that can provide significant health benefits. The National Physical Activity guidelines recommend 150 minutes per week of moderate or vigorous physical activity i.e. five thirty minute sessions. However, any amount of physical activity can provide benefits. Recreational walking is the ideal activity for participants new to physical activity or those who are already active but may not be meeting the guidelines.

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD commented “Get Ireland Walking’s Strategy and Action Plan offers a clear vision in promoting walking across Ireland. In addition to this the forty one actions within the plan also reflect areas of Ireland’s National Physical Activity Plan. Together Get Ireland Walking and its partner organisations will work to empower communities and individuals to lead a healthier lifestyle. This form of inter-organisation partnership is vital for success and we look forward to working with our partners in the future”.

Murrough McDonagh, CEO of Mountaineering Ireland commented, “This plan represents months of consultation, negotiating and evaluation by Get Ireland Walking and our partner organisations. It is a fantastic achievement to see so many partners committed to the various actions outlined in the plan over the next four years. I would like to thank the government bodies, sporting bodies, charities and other stakeholders who helped develop this plan”.

Get Ireland Walking’s Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2020 is available at www.getirelandwalking.ie

 

All information is taken from the Irish Sports Monitor 2015.

  • Recreational walking is a low impact activity that can provide significant health benefits.
  • Recreational walking remains the most popular form of physical activity with approximately 2.3 million participating weekly.
  • While men are more likely to take part in sport and exercise, women are more likely to take part in recreational walking (70.7% of women and 58.7% of men)  however there has been a notable increase among men aged under 25 years taking part in recreational walking since 2013.
  • While there are persistent social gradients in participation in sport and exercise, with high income earners and those with a third level education more likely to take part, these differences are less severe for recreational walking.
  • Older adults are more likely to take part in recreational walking than sport and exercise with 62.8% of men aged over 65 years taking part and 67.3% of women aged over 65 years taking part weekly.
  • The majority of participants walk three times a week while over 1 in 5 (22.4%) walk seven or more times a week.
  • Most people walk for at least 30 minutes for each walk for recreation they take while 54.8% of participants walked for more than 30 minutes during  at least one of their walks
  • 9% of respondents walk for transport, an increase of 3.7% since 2013. The increase in walking for transport is driven by adults aged 25 to 44 years.
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Meath LSP Ezine Autumn/Winter 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest Meath LSP E-Newsletter for Autumn/Winter 2017 is now available.

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view MLSP E Bulletin September

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European Week of Sport and Physical Activity

2017 European Week of Sport and Physical Activity will be celebrated across Ireland from 23rd-30th September 2017.

The European Week of Sport takes place between the 23-30 September and aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level.

With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more. As an annual event, the European Week of Sport will inspire all kinds of creative and exciting events and activities in different countries.

For more information, please see http://www.sportireland.ie/Participation/European-Week-Of-Sport-/

 

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Meath Heritage Cycle tour – a massive thank you!

9 years on and the Meath Heritage Cycle tour is going from strength to strength.

With over 3000 cyclists participating between 4 distances, the popularity of recreational cycling is continuing to grow in Co. Meath. However none of this would be possible without the support of the 300 volunteers who once again turned out in force to take registrations, man junctions, serve tea, provide directions, collect cyclists out along the routes, provide medical and mechanical support and most importantly extend a welcome and a word of encouragement to all those cycling over the weekend. The committee of the Meath Heritage Cycle tour extends a massive thank you all those volunteers who gave of their time freely on Sat 29th & Sun 30th July.

In addition to the voluntary support, a number of community and sporting facilities opened up their doors to provide refreshment stops and comfort breaks to all the participating cyclists. From Mary & Jack Quinn in Jack Quinn’s public house (11k food stop), to Senchalstown GAA club, Cormeen community centre, Wilkinstown community centre, Ballinlough GAA centre, Enda Maleady in Ryans of Gormanlough, Kiltale GAA club to Michael Maguire and staff on the Hill of Tara – all played their part in extending the unique Meath welcome to the cyclists. In lieu of their efforts, a small donation is made either to the participating centre or a charity of their choice by Meath Heritage Cycle tour.

As with all large events, success would not be possible without the continued support of the Gardai, in particular Sgt Tom Mahon of Trim Garda Station and Sgt Pat Dowd of the Road Traffic Division and their respective teams. Medical support is provided by Meath Civil Defence with a number of ambulances, stationary medical stations, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and first responders all located out along the routes with the Control Centre based at the event HQ in Trim.

Special thanks to the 4 mechanics who delivered much needed repair to bikes – Gary Sheehan, John Grace, Declan Byrne & Thomas McElroy – thankfully cyclists seemed to be better prepared this year with most bikes in good roadworthy condition.

The motor bike marshals, support crew (lead, broom and pick-up), members of Trim Cycling Club and Moynalty Cycling Club (cycle marshals), Physios (Mark Elmes, Frank Foley & Fiachra Ward),  Trim Tidy towns, Aura Leisure centre, Meath County Council, Trim Municipal District, Trim Castle Hotel and the OPW all played a part in ensuring that the Meath Heritage Cycle tour ran smoothly.

The Meath Heritage Cycle tour is an established and well regarded, recognised event in the national cycling calendar.  Mary Murphy (Event Coordinator) attributed the popularity of the tour to the countless hours of preparatory work undertaken by a dedicated team of people all intent on providing professional and expert service to all who participate in the Meath Heritage Cycle Tour. Further thanks were paid to sponsors Sport Ireland and Dunnes Stores; and to LMFM, Meath Chronicle, Trim Tourism Network and Meath Daily for their extensive promotion and coverage of the cycle tour.

Special mention to ambassadors Chris McElligott (hand cyclist 11k), PJ Nolan and Thomas Murphy (par cyclist) for their support and the number of cycling clubs both local and further afield who came out in huge numbers to show their support for the event.

The nominated charity for the event was Enable Ireland (Meath branch) who provides early services for children with disability in Meath. Sophie Deegan (fundraising officer with Enable Ireland), expressed her delight with the amount of funds raised over the weekend. With donations still coming, she was looking forward to seeing the full total of all monies collected in due course and ensured that all monies would be put towards  enhancing programmes for children with disability in Meath.

Finally, particular thanks to the remarkable and entertaining MC – the legend that is Eamonn Duffy. To the sounds of U2`s “Where the streets have no name” his is the memorable voice that counts down the start, welcomes the different cycling clubs and cyclists and sends all off on their journeys and is the voice that sets the scene for epic encounters at the finish line.

Date for 2018 diary – Meath Heritage Cycle tour, July 28th & 29th… be part of it!!!

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Do’s and Don’ts of Meath Heritage Cycle tour – 160km, 100km & 50km cyclists only!

Do:

  • Bring your booking pass with you to sign-in
  • Collect your wristband and number from “sign-in (marquee on Castle Street)” either on Sat 29th or up to 30 mins  before your event start time on Sun 30th
  • Wear your wristband at all times during the cycle – you require same for access to food stations and for medical and mechanical support
  • Park in the FREE designated parking area (Porchfields)
  • Make sure that your bike is in PERFECT working order – road bike are preferable, but mountain and hybrid touring bikes are acceptable (Tri-bars not allowed)
  • Wear your helmet at all times – helmets should confirm to CE standard EN1078 (visible on inside of helmet)
  • Rules of the road apply at all times.
  • Cycle on the left at all times – if dismounting walk on the left in single file (be aware of cyclists behind you before you dismount)
  • Cycle 2 abreast
  • Give a shout to fellow cyclist if you are overtaking them
  • Be aware of weather conditions and dress appropriately – wear sun screen if necessary
  • Obey the instructions of the Gardai, road bike Marshalls and stewards.
  • Follow the route as marked and signed – do not stray off the route or cycle against the flow of cyclists
  • Think safety at all times – this event is held on OPEN ROADS.
  • Put out the Child of Prague and face him to the sun!
  • Enjoy the cycle!!

Don’t:

  • Drop litter – respects your surroundings
  • Behave in a manner that may offend or endanger other cyclists and road users
  • Cycle more than 2 abreast unless overtaking other cyclists
  • Ride in a large groups in the middle of the road – all roads are open to live traffic
  • Pass on the left of a cyclist

 

What to bring:

  • Booking pass confirmation slip
  • Bike & Helmet!
  • Appropriate cycle clothing and footwear
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Basic bike repair kit that includes: 2 inner tubes; puncture repair kit; tyre levers; multi-tool with chain splitter
  • Mobile phone – fully charged

Other items we recommend that you carry:

  • waterproof jacket
  • sun screen
  • sun glasses

Please be aware that weather conditions can change and you should bring appropriate clothing to keep warm in any adverse weather.

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Get on your bike, kids – its family fun time!

Family cyclists taking part in last year`s An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour 11km family spin. The family spin starts at 5pm from Castle Street, Trim on Saturday 29th July. Families can register on the day from 2pm in the marquee on the grounds of Trim Castle. The 11km family spin is a flat route, suitable for all family members – grannies, granddad`s, uncles, aunts, au pairs etc, all very welcome. Following rules will apply – you must register on the day, you must be over 6 yrs of age, you must be able to cycle independently and you must wear a cycle helmet – stabilisers, tricycles, scooters are not permitted. Please note – the family spin is a controlled leisure cycle.

Our family spin ambassador – Chris McElligott will be taking part in his first ever sportif using a hand –cycle. Chris has an upper leg amputation and is trying out the sport of cycling in an effort to keep active and fit.

The aim of the family spin is to promote cycling as a fun and enjoyable activity, with safety a key priority. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all stages of the cycle spin. Cost per entrant is €3. Gardai and cycling coaches from Moynalty and Trim Cycle clubs will provide guidance and instruction along the route. Food stop will be at Jack Quinns where participants can meet our family spin mascot – Mr. Tayto. On return to Trim, participants can enjoy taking part in the cycle challenges and obstacle course along with bouncy castles.

Check out our website www.meathsports.ie for full details and criteria for the family spin. The 50km Tara Loop, 100km Royal Tour & 160km Royal Challenge takes place on Sunday 30th July – those interested in taking part can register online or call into our office up to 5pm on the 26th July. Contact 046 9067337 for further details.

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Popular MC returns for cycle tour!

Evergreen and popular MC- Eamonn Duffy will be back in situ at the start/finish line over the weekend of the cycle tour. Eamonn`s commentary and build up to the start of all events along with well chosen up tempo music has become an integral part of the cycle tour. His welcome back commentary of cyclists is akin to that on the Tour de France. Eamonn is renown amongst the cycling fraternity, having blazed a trail several times with the Blazing Saddles Charity cycle across America and served his time as CEO of Cycling Ireland.

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Food & Water stops along the Cycle Tour routes!

Food & water stops along the routes:

On Sunday 30th July, 7 local venues are opening up their facilities to provide refreshments and much needed nourishment to the cyclists participating in this year`s cycle tour.  Details below of participating venues:

160km    

Ryans of Gormanlough, water stop @ 50km

Cormeen community centre, food stop @ 98km

Ballinlough GAA, water stop @ 125km

100km    

Senchalstown GAA, water stop @ 30km

Wilkinstown community centre, food stop @ 59km

50km  

Hill of Tara, food stop @ 22km

Kiltale GAA centre, water stop @ 34km

Trim  – Finish, food stop for all cyclists.

Even though 17,500 bottles of water will be consumed on the day, cyclists are requested to bring with them fully stocked water bottles and snacks for consumption along the route. There is an array of food served along the routes and at the finish in Trim (including gluten free products), however cyclists with specific dietary requirements will need to bring their own food.

The organisers of the Sport Ireland Meath Heritage cycle tour would like to thank the individual venues for opening up their premises and making them accessible to all participating cyclists – without this much needed cooperation, the Meath Heritage cycle tour would not be the largest and most popular cycling event not alone in Leinster but in Ulster and Connacht included. Congrats to all the volunteers and personnel involved over the weekend in making this happen.

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Enable Ireland Meath announced as charity beneficiary for Cycle tour!

Enable Ireland Meath announced as charity beneficiary for the Sport Ireland Meath Heritage Cycle tour! Enable Ireland provides Early Services in Meath for children with disabilities. The services provided include: clinical assessment, therapy, education, training and family support. These are vital services promoting personal development of children with disabilities, which enables independence, choice and inclusion.  Enable Ireland teams work with the individual and their family on a plan for each life stage.

Funds raised over the weekend of the tour will be invested in multi use sensory rooms for children – these rooms are specially designed environments which give users an opportunity to completely relax or access a wide range of sensory experiences for therapy, learning or fun. They are used by people of all ages and all abilities for relaxation, focused work, stimulation, physiotherapy, communication, sensory motor development and stress release.

Spectators and cyclists alike are asked to support this worthy charity over the weekend of the cycle tour.

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Cycle Tour Jersey Unveiled!!

This year`s much awaited Meath Heritage Cycle tour jersey has been unveiled. The jersey design celebrates the rich heritage of Meath and it`s county colours by interlacing a vivacious yellow against a vibrant teal background.  As part of the tradition of past years, the jersey promotes one of Meath`s iconic and very popular tourism sites – St John`s Castle in Trim. All cyclists registering for the 50k, 100k & 160k distances will receive the jersey as part of the entry fee.

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Calling all Volunteers! Are you free on Sunday 30th July?

The Meath Heritage Cycle tour (formerly An Post) will take place over the weekend of July 29th and 30th. The Meath Heritage Cycle tour is made up of 4 distances: 11km Family Spin; 50km Tara Loop; 100km Royal Tour & 160km Royal Challenge. The 11km Family spin takes place on Sat 29th with the other 3 distances taking place on Sunday 30th.

We are looking for volunteers to help out in the following areas: Athboy, Ballinlough, Crossakiel, Mullagh, Seneschalstown, Slane, Trim and Tara on 30th July. Volunteers will ‘man’ junctions, give directions, provide refreshments and most of all give much needed encouragement to cyclists along the route.

This event is a fabulous opportunity to showcase the county of Meath in all its finery, so why not come out along the route and cheer on the cyclists! To volunteer or for more information please call Ruairi on 046-9067337 or email rmurphy@meathcoco.ie

To register for the event, please see http://www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour/

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Meath Heritage Cycle Tour Routes

Overview of routes:

160km Royal Challenge – exciting new finish to the 160km distance.  The 160km  commences at 8am from Castle street in Trim (under the watchful eye of St John`s Castle) and heads out the Dublin road in the direction of Kilmessan, Bective and onto the 1st climb of the day – the famous Hill of Tara. From here it`s across the Old Dublin/Navan road and up to the legendary O Connells pub (made famous in the Christmas advert for Guinness) on the Hill of Skryne (2nd climb).

From Skryne, cyclists make their way across the Navan/Kentstown road, up Brownstown (moderate climb), over Stackallen bridge crossing Navan/Slane road and down to the water stop at Ryans of Gormanlough. From here it`s more or less a straight run through Nobber and onto Milltown Glen, through Ervey and onto Muff before starting the ascent up Loughanlea (view of 9 counties from highest point)! (Check out link for further info about folklore which surrounds Loughanlea: http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/looking-at-places/cavan/aspects-of-cavan/lough-an-lea/ )

Once off the mountain, cyclists head to Cormeen for food stop and from there onto Moynalty. (New route home from this point onwards). Turning right in Moynalty, cyclists head out the Mullagh road, turning left in Mullagh down to Whitegate cross on the N3 and heading past the famous Forge Restaurant in the direction of Ballinlough. From Ballinlough, cyclists head right and then turn for Crosskiel for the final climb of the day. Water stop is in Kilskyre GAA club and from here cyclists head for Fordstown (crossing N52 at Lynch`s cross); from Fordstown, it`s onto the Hill of Ward and back home to Trim via An Gaeltacht and Dunderry road for well earned refreshments in the Marquee.

100km Royal Tour – remains same as 2016 route. This new route was added in 2016 and does test the cyclist. Even with the new challenges, cyclists last year reported that they were happy with the new route and very much enjoyed it. In brief – 100km route commences at 9.30am from Castle street in Trim (under the watchful eye of St John`s Castle) and heads out the Dublin road, turning left for Bective onto Belinter towards Garlow Cross onto the old Navan/Dublin road. From here cyclists make their way out the Navan/Kentstown road  crossing this road, up Brownstown (1st climb) and down to Senchalstown (water stop), before coming out on the N2 and heading up through Slane (2nd climb) out the Collon road turning left for Sliabh Breagh and onto Grangegeeth ( 3rd climb). From Grangegeeth, cyclists head towards Tankardstown house, onto Wilkinstown for the food stop.

From the food stop, it`s home via Stackallen (4th climb), Deanhill (final climb), onto Johnstown Old, to Cannistown, to Bellinter, and Crocketts pub, eventually turning right onto Trim/Dublin road and home for much needed refreshments in the marquee.

50km Tara Challenge – remains same as previous years. The 50k starts at 10.30am from Castle street in Trim (under the watchful eye of St John`s Castle) and heads out the Dublin road in the direction of Kilmessan, Bective and onto the famous Hill of Tara. This is the half way mark for the 50km route. From the top of the Hill, cyclists can enjoy majestic views of Ireland`s mythical east from the Hill of Slane (on your left where St Patrick lit the pascal fire) to the Hill of Slane (St. Columcille founded a monastery in the 6th century) not excluding the Hill of Tara itself (see link for more info regarding the Hill of Tara http://hilloftara.org/ ).

Once cyclists have been fed like a true High King`s, they descend the hill in the direction of Dunsany (passing by Dunsany Castle), onto the Trim/Dublin road heading towards the water stop in Kiltale GAA before turning at Jack Quinns on the homeward journey to Trim. Refreshments await your arrival in the marquee in Trim.

For details regarding elevation, exact location of food/water stops – please see http://www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour/routes/ . Those using smart or iphones will be able to download the maps to their phones – ensuring that they remain on route.

Don’t forget to avail of the early bird discount closing on the 20th July.  Entries close on the 26th of July. Entry for the 11km on Saturday 29th only from 2pm. See http://www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour/ to register! 

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Get off your leg and on your bike!!!

Celebrity OT star, Chris McElligott and local cycling legend PJ Nolan have joined forces to become this year`s local ambassadors for the 9th Meath Heritage Cycle tour.  Chris who is an amputee and avid footballer, has taken up hand cycling and hopes to lead out the family spin as part of the cycle tour.

PJ – one of the legends of not only cycling in Meath but cycling in Ireland now represents Cycling Ireland on the Olympic Council of Ireland. Between juggling a busy schedule, PJ is also in training to take part in the 100k Royal Tour event.

The 9th Meath Heritage Cycle tour (formerly An Post) is now part of the Sport Ireland cycle series and is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the Sport Ireland. The tour will take place over the weekend of July 29th & 30th. The historic town of Trim will play host to the start and finish area under the watchful eye of St John`s Castle – an impressive setting for a most memorable event.

Those wishing to register can do so online at www.meathsports.ie. Early bird entry prices apply up until the 20th July.

The organisers anticipate in excess of 3500 cyclists will descend on Trim for this weekend. The Meath Heritage Cycle tour is made up of 4 distances: 11k Family Spin; 50k Tara Loop; 100k Royal Tour & 160k Royal Challenge. The 11k Family spin takes place on Sat 29th with the other 3 distances taking place on Sunday 30th. So whether you are an avid cyclist or just dusting down the bike for the first time this year, there is a distance to suit your ability!

Details of maps with elevation, food and water stops are available to download from the website. Those using smart or iphones will be able to download the maps to their phones – ensuring that they remain on route.

Anyone wishing to avail of the early bird price or require further information should check out www.meathsports.ie or contact 046 9067337.

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Meath LSP Summer Ezine 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest Meath LSP E-Newsletter for Summer 2017 is now available.

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view MLSP E Bulletin Summer 2017

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Bike Week Schedule 2017

Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the Department of Transport is supporting a number of activities for Bike Week 2017. Bike Week 2017 takes place from June 10th to June 18th.

Bike Week 2017 is a cross-community effort to highlight cycling as a fun, cost effective and healthy way to travel. There are a number of initiatives taking place during bike week in Co. Meath which are open to all:

Date Title Activity Venue & Time Contact
Saturday 10th Greenway cycle Inspiration cycling club, Dunboyne Dunboyne Time t/b/c Martin 087 2602328

 

Sunday 11th 10km Peat Run High Nelly spin to the bog with refreshments Old Convent school @ 4pm Sean 087 2857095

 

Sunday 11th

 

Family Fun cycle 8km & 12km spins Cormeen @ 4pm Leonard 083 3458059
Monday 12th Fun cycling for all the family 5km & 7km spins

Junior obstacle course & skills

Bohermeen Community Centre @ 7.30pm Marie 087 3430785
Wednesday 14th Bring a Friend – Boogie Buddy`s Leisurely cycle for new & improving cyclists – adults only Moynalty Village @7.30pm Mary – 087 6344058
Tuesday 13th

 

Bike repair evening – High Nelly`s Bike maintenance and repair Old Convent school @ 8pm Sean 087 2857095

 

Wednesday 14th Navan Educate Cycle together Greenway cycle Navan – time t/b/c Josephine 086 3743240
Wednesday 14th Bike Fest Boyerstown NS Cycle to school;

Skills & drills in school;

Wed 14th @ 9am Niamh 087 6259566
Thursday 15th Inclusive Cycling Festival Cycling for All – focus is children with disabilities Fairyhouse racecourse @ 5pm Elaine 087 4141849
Thursday 15th Bike Fest Dunboyne Junior NS Cycle to school – various locations

Bike handling skills & drills

Dunboyne @ 9am Caroline 087 2878210
Thursday 15th 10k – 15k adult spin Suitable for novice & improving cyclists Council buildings, Railway street, Navan @ 5.30pm Lara 087 2602191
Friday 16th Bike Fest Scoil Chomcilles NS Cycle to school;

Skills & drills in school; cyc-art competition

Skryne @ 9am Fionnuala 086 2393742
Sunday 18th Solstice Dawn Cycle Solstice dawn cycle to Hill of Tara – 70kms Moynalty @ 6am Liam 086 827 7212
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Local Celebs launch The Daily Mile for Primary Schools.

Primary schools across Meath are to participate in a new daily initiative, The Daily Mile, which will improve the physical, emotional, and social health and wellbeing of all children and help in the battle to combat obesity.

In 2012, Elaine Wyllie, head teacher 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.

Meath Local Sports Partnership has invited schools to participate in this simple but effective concept, which any primary school can implement. David McCaffrey, Meath LSP said “the response from primary schools in the last few weeks has been fantastic, with more than 40 schools ready to roll out the programme. Its impact can be transformational, improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour, and general wellbeing”.

Speaking at the recent launch of the Daily Mile, Meath GAA footballer Mickey Burke said “Any initiative that encourages children to get active must to be welcomed. Becoming healthy is all about routine and with 15 minutes of daily exercise this initiative is sure to benefit all”.

“We are delighted that there are over 100 children from our senior classes taking part in this initiative. We had a running group in the school last autumn; the Daily Mile initiative has reinvigorated the group”. Enda Flynn Principal St Mary’s Enfield.

The Daily Mile is successful because it is simple and free: (1) It simply takes 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day. (2) Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier. (3) There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required. (4) Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed. (5) Its social, non-competitive and fun. (6) It’s fully inclusive; every child succeeds, whatever his/her circumstances, age, or ability.

Expressions of interest by schools in The Daily Mile can be lodged by contacting Meath Local Sports Partnership at 046-9067337 or email: dmccaffrey@meathcoco.ie For further details on the daily mile visit www.thedailymile.co.uk

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