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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Sunshine, shorts and records were order of the day for Kells Royal County 10k & 5k

Summer announced its arrival with splendid sunshine on bank holiday May 1st and gloriously shone on the runners and walkers of the 10k and 5k Royal County events.

With numbers growing year on year, this is fast becoming an annual event not only on the athletic calendar within Meath but also for recreational joggers and walkers alike. Numbers were again up on previous years with 239 participating in the 5k event and 173 in the 10k.

David O Connell from Bohermeen AC dominated the 10k event with a powerful run of 37:17; Shane Boyle (past winner on other 2 occasions) from the Dunshaughlin AC put in a tremendous run to win the 5k in a time of 17:26. Young Fergus Crilly from the Rathkenny club finished second again this year but knocked 71seconds off last year`s time; whilst the evergreen Dervilla Finnegan (Bohermeen AC) also finished second in the 5k again this year but managed to knock 49 seconds off her 2016 time.

Course records were broken in both the ladies 5k and 10k events. Marie Hegarty (no club) won the 10k in a time of 42:16 with Claire Ni Fhaircheallaigh from the Dunboyne AC setting a course record of 19:56 in the 5k. Podium finishers and category winners:

Overall – 10k Male:

1st David O Connell (Bohermeen AC) 37:17

2nd Shane Kelly (Cavan Triathlon) 37:55

3rd Ronan Moore (Trim AC) 38:38

Overall – 5k Male:

1st Shane Boyle (Dunshaughlin AC) 17:26

2nd Fergus Crilly (Rathkenny AC) 18:02

3rd David Doyle (Duleek & District AC) 18:30

Overall – 10k Female:

1st Marie Hegarty (No club) 42:16

2nd Cailin McDonagh (Fr Murphy AC) 44.52

3rd Breda Harris (Trim AC) 45:12

Overall – 5k Female:

1st Claire Ni Fhaircheallaigh (Dunboyne AC) 19:56

2nd Dervilla Finnegan (Bohermeen) 21:38

3rd Kate McCrystal (Annalee AC) 22:03

Category winners:

10k

M40:               Paul Duffy (No club) 42:44

M50:               Ciaran Ward (Moynalty AC) 51:01

M60:               David Hawcroft (Trim AC) 50:28

5k

M40:               Dessie Lynch (Bailieboro AC) 19:12

M50:               Domo Moran (Dunshaughlin AC) 20:19

M60:               Noel McCormack (No club) 31:13

10k

F40:                Ann Gorman (Kiltale Ladies on the Run) 47:43

F50:                Linda Gunning (Bohermeen AC) 50:02

F60:                Kathleen Burke (Dunshaughlin AC) 55:27

5k

F40:                Sharon Dolan (No club) 22:35

F50:                Ann Sharp (Dunshaughlin AC) 26:43

F60:                Kathleen O Brien (Dunshaughlin AC) 34:55

F70:                Bridie Lynch (Donore Steps Up) 47:21

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

Special mention to the 31 students and staff 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.

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.

Check out the photos HERE

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NOTICE TO KELLS HOUSEHOLDERS

The Royal County 5km & 10km, Kells on Monday 1st May 2017

The Royal County will take place in Kells on Monday 1st May 2017. There are 2 routes – 5km & 10km, both starting and finishing on Cannon Street in Kells. There will be over 300 runners, joggers and walkers of varying ages and abilities taking part.

Please note that there will be some disruptions during the morning along the route. The roads will not be closed. All those participating have been instructed to obey the rules of the road and to show due respect to all other road users.

Both routes start and finish on Cannon Street in Kells (beside the Round Tower). The 2 routes follow the same route out to the Carlanstown Road roundabout and from there take 2 different directions back to Kells.

The 10k route is travelling along your road. Please expect a large volume of participants along your road from 10.30am – 12 noon on Monday 1std May:

  • From L 28044(junction with N52) at Normanstown – to Dulane Cross crossing intersection on Moynalty/Kingscourt Rd (R164) – right to Glan Rd & rejoining R164 at Whistlemount

If you are using the road, please be aware of the possibility of meeting large groups of participants. Indeed, it would be great if you could avoid these roads at the times provided above.

Participants will be travelling in large groups, where necessary Gardai and marshals on junctions may request that traffic stop to allow these large groups pass.  Please cooperate, as roads are narrow!

If you have dogs, we would appreciate if you kept them safe and off the road for those times. We have marked all identifiable road hazards and filled potholes but if you are aware of anything which may cause a hazard to participants along the route that you can move, please do so.

We do appreciate that this may cause you some inconvenience. However support for the participants along the route would be most welcome, alternatively you could always take part – what better way to spend the bank holiday Monday than by taking part in a local event with friends/family members! See http://www.meathsports.ie/event/royal-county-5km-10km/ for further details or come along to the Headfort Arms on Monday morning and register to take part.

Thanking you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our offices at 046 9067337.

 

Royal County Organising Team

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Countdown is on to the West of Irelands Premier Sporting Event for Women

Castlebar is getting all geared up to welcome women from all over Ireland and beyond to the Mayo capital for the 8th Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday 30th April. The Mini Marathon, one of the flagship events around Mayo Day 2017, is expected to attract large numbers of participants, supporters, family, friends etc. Taking place also on the day immediately after the start of the mini marathon will be the 4th Mini Mini Primary Schools Children’s  Fun Run which will be French themed with a distance of 1798 metres to celebrate the “Races of Castlebar”.

The 10-kilometre run / walk and the 1.798km Mini Mini event is being co-organised by the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership. This year’s main sponsor is Mayo.ie, to celebrate Mayo Day 2017 Mayo.ie are giving a specially designed technical t-shirt to the first 1000 individual entrants of the Mini Marathon online www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com  or those who register offline by filling out the entry form in the Western People and posting to Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council,  Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

In addition a special drive to get more teenage girls participating in the event is being promoted through the ‘It’s for Girls’ initiative for secondary schools. The school with highest percentage of girls from their school population aged 12 plus will win the ‘It’s for Girls Trophy’ and receive €1,000 towards a day out at Achill Outdoor Education Centre. 2nd and 3rd prizes, worth €500 and €250 respectively, are sponsored by the Castlebar based company Mayo Adventure Experience.

Adding extra atmosphere to this years event is the 1798 Battle Re-enactment ‘The Races of Castlebar’ organised by the Tourism Office of Mayo County Council. Taking place immediately after the Mini Marathon watch the Irish Rebels and French soldiers chase the British Red Coats through the streets of Castlebar, hence the name, the Races of Castlebar. After the re-enactment there will be fun for all with a French and Irish street spectacle including games, mimes, stilt walkers, human statues and music.

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

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

Finally with an event of this nature some temporary road closures will be in operation on Sunday 30th April and again the organisers would kindly ask the public to acknowledge these restrictions for the health and safety of all. Some closures are extended to facilitate the re enactment taking place immediately after the mini marathon. These are listed below:

  • 9.30am Mall Closure- until 6pm
  • Ellison Street Closure 9.30am – 6pm
  • Lower Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30am
  • Duke St 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Newport Rd to Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Gallows Hill 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Newline 12 Noon – 1pm
  • Pontoon Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pm
  • Ballinacarriga to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pm
  • Ballynew / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pm
  • Staball Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 4pm
  • Bridge St 12.15 – 6pm
  • Main Street  12.15- 6pm
  • Tucker St 2pm – 6pm
  • Richard St 2pm – 6pm
  • Linenhall St 2pm -6pm
  • Shamble St 2pm – 6pm
  • Lucan St 2pm -6pm
  • Rush St 2pm – 6pm

Note that the road closures will be temporary in nature following the progress of the participants of the marathon, and delays may be expected. Please comply with instructions of the stewards for health and safety reasons. It is recommended that visitors to Castlebar Town arrive early and park in locations so as to best enjoy this event and other related events.

Participants in the Mini Marathon are reminded that closing date for entries is this Friday 21st April; you can enter online at www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com . For more information on any of the above contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

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Meath LSP Spring Ezine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view MLSP E Bulletin April 2017

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Concussion in Sport Awareness Workshop – Key Points

 

Concussion is described as a mild brain injury and may occur in any sport. Meath Local Sports Partnership teamed up with the Irish Rugby Football Union and Meath GAA to highlight concussion in sport. The workshop was designed to educate coaches, players, referees and parents on how to recognise concussion and the guidelines on return to play.

Shane Mooney, First Aid and Injury Prevention Coordinator with the IRFU addressed an audience representing GAA, soccer, rugby, cycling and martial arts. The message throughout the presentation was clear, concussion needs to be recognised, player removed from the game and a return to play protocol in place no matter the sport. “If in doubt sit them out” approach should be taken.

Concussion in Sports:

In a recent international Concussion Rate per 1000 Player Hours Scale – horse racing at 95.2 is a distant first with boxing at 13.2 followed by rugby at 3.9 and soccer at 0.4. There were no stats collected for Gaelic Games.

Why Concussion should be taken seriously:

Concussion must be taken seriously not only from the obvious danger to life; concussion if undiagnosed can lead to decreased on field performance, prolonged recovery periods, and a shorter playing career. Currently, the IRFU operate a traffic light system when it comes to concussion. Red – stop and inform medical staff or parents. Amber is rest and Green is return to play.

Visible clues of concussion are:

  • Loss of consciousness – lying motionless on the ground
  • Slow to get up/Unsteady on feet or falling over
  • Confused, blank or vacant look
  • Nausea or vomiting

Off -field Signs and Symptoms of Concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Sleeping more/less

Rest & Return to Play:

Shane explained that all suspected concussion be referred to a medical practitioner for treatment. Rest periods in rugby at adult level is 14 days with a further 7 days back training before a return to play is agreed and children at underage level up to  one month.  However, he stated that a national policy for all sports should be adopted by the Irish Government similar to what Scotland has recently agreed.

In addition to training coaches, medical staff and referees- Shane stated that players and parents in particular are the “key to recognising concussion so they can assist or support in the player or child’s recovery”. “Always air on the side of caution” if you suspect concussion no return to play on the same day should be adhered too, seek medical advice to be sure.

Questions & Answers:

Asked from the floor if there were different types of concussion, Shane said that “A concussion is a concussion” the length of time to recover or the symptoms may differ from mild to severe.

If you were to “group children together by age, size or weight in any given activity” would this help to decrease the levels of concussion reported? According to Shane Mooney, this was tried in New Zealand and no evidence that grouping them by age, size or weight worked.

Click HERE to view Presentation.

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Funding for National Bike Week 2017 Events in Meath!

 

Funding for National Bike Week 2017 Events in Meath!

Meath Local Sports Partnership is currently inviting applications from groups for funding to assist with the organisation of a cycling themed event during Bike Week 2017, which will take place from 10th to 18th June.

Bike Week is a cross-community effort to highlight cycling as a fun, cost effective and healthy way not only to travel but to be physically active. The objective of Bike Week is to celebrate cycling in all its forms and to get more people participating in cycling.

The type of groups which may apply are community groups, voluntary organisations, schools, cycling clubs, active retirement groups, community childcare service providers, work places or any group that wishes to organise a bike related event on a ‘not for profit basis’ during Bike Week 2017.

Examples of possible Bike Week events include (but are not limited to):

• Guided bike tour of a town/village.  These can be themed, for example, heritage, gardens, or food trips.
• Cycles from your school to a local amenity on cycle to school/work Wednesday (14th June) for bike based games such as treasure hunts and slow bicycle races;
• A midsummer night/dawn cycle
• Bike maintenance workshops
• Bike art exhibition
• Bike school art competition, quiz or dramaParticipants in Blackwater Park 2016
• Family fun cycle
The list is endless! 

Grants available may be somewhere in the range of €100 to €350 per successful group/event, depending on applications received and the nature of those applications.
Completed applications should be e-mailed to mlsp@meathcoco.ie or, alternatively, application forms can be posted to Bike Week Coordinator, Meath LSP, Enterprise Centre, Trim Rd, Navan, Co. Meath.

DOWNLOAD Application form and Criteria 2017

The closing date for applications is 4 p.m. Wed 26th April 2017. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Funding application forms can also be downloaded from www.meathsports.ie/community/bike-week or by contacting 046 9067337.

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JOB VACANCY – Community Sports Development Officer

Meath Local Sports Partnership is inviting applications from suitably qualified applicants for the following position:

Community Sports Development Officer (Fixed Term, 1 Year Contract)

Remuneration:        Salary Scale €25,576 – €42,889

The aim of the Community Sports Development Officer is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of Meath Local Sports Partnership to further develop locally led plans and more long term sustainable physical activity programmes under the National Physical Activity Plan. 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 and increasing opportunities for participation by those who experience disadvantage.

Funding for this position has been secured  through Sport Ireland.

The successful candidate shall:

  • Hold a relevant degree in sports development/health related studies
  • Have experience of working in a sports development environment (ideally 3 years or more)
  • Have experience of project management and of piloting, developing & delivering sustainable physical activity based initiatives.
  • Have the ability to consult, communicate and network appropriately and effectively with all sectors of the community
  • Possess excellent communications and organisational skills

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

Job description with full particulars may be downloaded HERE

Please send Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae by post or email to:

Mary Murphy, Sports Co-Ordinator, Meath Local Sports Partnership, Enterprise Centre Trim Rd, Navan Co. Meath.

The latest date for receipt of application is Thursday 30th March @ 4pm.

Telephone (046) 9067337              Email address: mlsp@meathcoco.ie

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Teenage Emotional Wellbeing Talk

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Launch of the 2017 Sport Ireland Cycle Series

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, TD announces launch of the 2017 Sport Ireland Cycle Series

Earlier today Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, TD officially announced the launch of the 2017 Sport Ireland Cycle Series (previously known as the An Post Cycle Series). The Cycle Series will continue in 2017 as the Sport Ireland Cycle Series and will continue to be managed by the Local Sports Partnerships who organise the high quality events in each host county for which they are renowned.

Celebrating its 9th year, the Sport Ireland Cycle Series encourages people of all fitness levels to get physically active by getting on their bikes and taking part in fun cycling events across the country between May and September.

The Sport Ireland Cycle Series will take place in five locations in Sligo, Clare, Meath, Waterford and Cork and is coordinated by Local Sports Partnerships in conjunction with their city, county and cycling club partners. Whether you want to take part in one event or fancy challenging yourself to compete in all 5, the cycle series has routes for everyone to enjoy.

Family routes will be approximately 10kms while short, medium and long distance routes will be approximately 60kms, 100kms and 160kms.

Since 2009 Sport Ireland and the Local Sports Partnerships have been supporting recreational cycling across the country through the Sport Ireland Series. Last year over 15,300 riders from all over Ireland took part in the Cycle Series and participation is expected to grow even further this year. Participants are encouraged to sign up early with family and friends to avoid missing out. Registration is now open click here

From May until September cyclists of all levels can enjoy the relaxed or challenging cycles on offer at each event, these include:

Ø  Sport Ireland Yeats Tour of Sligo (April 29th & 30th)

Ø  Sport Ireland Tour de Burren (June 17th)

Ø  Sport Ireland Meath Heritage Cycle Tour (July 29th & 30th)

Ø  Sport Ireland Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford (August 19th & 20th)

Ø  Sport Ireland Rebel Tour of Cork (September 9th)

Over the years cycling has moved from being a minority activity in Ireland to that of a broad popular activity which appeals to all ages. The 2015 Irish Sports Monitor revealed that approximately 195,000 adults take part in cycling for sport or recreation at least once a week. With routes catering for everyone from the serious amateur to the enthusiastic beginner, the Series is a great way for family, friends and work colleagues to spend a day of fun together while the serious rider can follow a more challenging route.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, TD, said: I am delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Sport Ireland Cycle Series. It is great to see the series returning for a 9th year and this clearly demonstrates the growing popularity of cycling as a sport. Each event has a great selection of routes for all levels to enjoy so I would encourage everyone to sign up and get out on the bike over the summer months.”

Speaking at the launch, John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland explained, “We are delighted to be bringing the Sport Ireland Cycle Series around the country for the summer. I would encourage everyone, no matter what your ability of cycling to take part. There is a fantastic array of routes to choose from and I have seen what a great day out this can be for family and friends. I look forward to seeing you all over the next few months.”

Source: Irish Sports Monitor 2015 – Sport Ireland and Ipsos MRBI

·         5.5% of Irish adults aged 16 years and older take part in cycling for sport or recreation at least once a week. This is the equivalent of approximately 195,000 adults regularly taking part in cycling in their leisure time.

·         Cycling is relatively popular across all age groups up to age 64 years.

·         Cycling is a popular sporting activity to take up right across the life course. When asked what age they were when they took up their current participant in cycling for sport or recreation, 55% of cyclists reported that they were 24 years or younger while 45% took up the sport when they were 25 years old or older.

·         Almost half of those who cycle for sport and recreation also cycle for transport.

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Nutrition for Sporting Success Key Points

One in three Irish adults is classed as overweight according to Daniel Davey Performance Nutritionist with Leinster Rugby and Dubin GAA as he addressed a large audience at Meath Local Sports Partnerships recent Sports Nutrition workshop.

Sports coaches, players, athletes and those with a general interest in sport and physical activity attended this workshop to get practical information on nutrition from both a health and sports performance point of view.

“We should all, regardless of our ability eat the same and eat consistently” was the message. “The only difference with players or athletes such as Leinster rugby and Dublin footballers is the volume of food as their game or training intensities are likely to be much higher” Daniel explained that it’s about calorie management – getting the balance right between the amount taken in and the amount expended “weight loss is calorie deficit and weight gain could equate to a calorie surplus”

Within the sporting context according to Daniel the modern GAA player is covering greater distances- up to 10k per game and the intensity level is higher; with 1000-2000 calories expended per game. Put simply “if you are not eating correctly you will struggle to cover these distances and sustain the intensity required”.

He added that eating does not have to be expensive; all meals can be supplemented with fresh produce using eggs, vegetables and fruit. Having said that, he maintains “if you are not willing to cook then it is very difficult to consistently eat well, you have to take responsibility for what goes into your mouth”.

Game Preparation

“If you do not plan you eating habits around training or games then no matter how well you eat on the day of the event, it simply will not be as effective”. The same applies for sleeping and drinking water.  Athletes are best advised to eat the foods they are familiar with and eat well 24 hours to 36 hours before a game or big performance. Foods such as porridge, fruit and vegetables are usually a good source of storing slow burning carbohydrates.

“Our bodies are designed to burn fat” if we digest high carbohydrate foods such as bread, cereals, or foods with high sugar content before sport, then the body is burning these carbs first and this can lead to early fatigue, and hunger pangs within 60-90 minutes leaving us wanting to eat more. Daniel advised that food with a long shelf life is not as nutritious as fresh food

Alcohol

When asked his opinion on an alcohol ban for players Daniel believes moderation is key. “You have to have a positive attitude towards food and alcohol. An outright ban or negativity towards a player having a drink or glass of wine can be counter –productive” He has never enforced such a ban with any of the teams he has worked with.

Hydration

Another question from the floor was around the intake of fluids, Daniel states that there is no substitute for water. The daily recommended intake of water is between 2.5 and 3 litres. On coffee “If you don’t drink coffee then taking it before a game can lead to dehydration depending on the intensity and duration” but if you are a habitual coffee drinker then you are less prone to dehydration.

Sports journalist with the Irish Independent and local resident to Simonstown, Colm Keys was the MC on the night. ‘Having a guest with the extensive profile of Daniel Davey, involved with two of the best teams in the modern era of Irish sport, made this a compelling and insightful presentation on nutrition that served to benefit, not just those involved in sport and with teams, but anyone with a passing interest or concern about what they consume. The audience participation was exceptional.’

To view this workshops key points please click HERE

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University of Limerick Sports Scholarships

Closing Date for Applications 1st of March 2017 at 5pm

The closing date for applications for the UL Sports Scholarship scheme and for all sports scholarships at UL including the Bank of Ireland GAA High Performance scheme is the 1st of March at 5pm.

The UL Sports Scholarship scheme provides support at 3 levels Gold, Silver and Bronze worth up to more than €10,000.

The University of Limerick has a long and proud record of supporting some of Ireland’s best young athletes and this scheme along with our fantastic facilities, coaches and scientists will give you the best environment possible to have academic and sporting success.

To find out more and apply please visit http://www.ul.ie/sportsscholarships/

Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested in coming to train and study at Ireland’s best University for Dual career athletes.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY – NATIONAL SPORTS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR AT VISION SPORTS IRELAND

National Sports Development Coordinator

The National Sports Development Coordinator will work to promote the Vision Sports ethos: ideally, every single vision impaired person, irrespective of age, level of sight or fitness, should be able to participate, in so far as possible, in the sports, leisure and social activities of their choice.
Please see full job description at
http://www.visionsports.ie/News/TabId/90/ArtMID/437/ArticleID/405/Job-op-at-Vision-Sports-National-Sports-Development-Coordinator.aspx

Applicants should submit, by email or post, a note indicating in no more than 150 words why you want this job. Please enclose an up to date CV and indicate that you comply with the pre-requisites of holding a third level qualification (diploma/degree) in sports development, or relevant discipline, as well as experience in working with sports people with disabilities (including those with vision impairment).

Applications should be sent to Joe Geraghty at the address below:
Vision Sports Ireland,
ChildVision,
Drumcondra,
Dublin 9;
Email:
geraghtyjoe1@gmail.com

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12 noon on Wednesday, 15 February 2017.

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2017 Sports Capital Programme – Workshops on How to Make an Application

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The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships is organising a series of workshops on How to make an application under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme.  For information on the seminars and to make a booking click on the links in the table below.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-dublin-6pm-730pm-tickets-31223641753

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/2017-sports-capital-programme-workshop-dublin-8pm-930pm-tickets-31223717981

 

Once you have made a booking you will receive a booking confirmation email and you should bring this with you to the event.

 

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment.Background

The Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. In particular, its stated objectives are to:

  • Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and Education and Training Boards and schools to develop high quality, accessible, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.
  • Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities.
  • Encourage the sharing of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.

Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations.

 

All applications must be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24 February

 

If you have not previously registered, your organisation must register on the website first and your organisation must have a Tax Registration Number from the Revenue Commissioners to register. The deadline for registration is 5pm on Friday 10th February.

 

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Meath LSP Winter/Spring Ezine 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view MLSP E Bulletin Jan 2017

 

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NOW OPEN: SPAR FAI Primary School 5s 2017 Applications

The 2017 application process is now open for the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s programme. Register at www.fai.ie/primary5

The programme involved almost 24,000 students last year with over 1,200 schools participating. The competition has been running since the mid 1990s and the programme promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

Please see a short clip of the National Finals Day in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVDhXIqbh84

FAI Schools are delighted to announce that the National Finals will be hosted in the spectacular surrounds of the Aviva Stadium again this year. It could be your School in the National Finals on May 31, so sign up now for your chance to go all the way and create a day to remember for your School and its students.

This magnificent competition is for kids in 4th, 5th and 6th class and it all begins at your local county level. The events are a fantastic opportunity for girls and boys to participate in a fun filled one day blitz. There are six sections (3 for boys and 3 for girls) to cater for all school sizes so whether your school falls into the small, medium or large category there is a competition to cater for you.

Please familiarise yourself with the competition structure and rules outlined in the attached PDF.

REGISTRATION PROCESS & PAYMENT

Please register your school now at www.fai.ie/primary5

Schools should forward a cheque for €50 made payable to FAI SCHOOLS to your relevant Provincial Organiser:

  • Munster: Mr. Gerard Duggan, St. Mary’s BNS, Ferrybank, Co. Waterford
  • Ulster: Mr. Martin Robins, 51 Ard Colgan, Carndonagh, Inishowen, Co. Donegal
  • Connacht: Mr. Noel Dervan, Lisaniskey NS, Ballydooley PO, Donamon, Co. Roscommon
  • Leinster: Mr. Tom Bolger, St. Bernadette’s SNS, Quarryvale, Dublin 22

Schools will not be allowed to participate until the online application form and entry fee has been received.

If you wish to make an amendment to your entry, please do not submit a second application. Amendments can be made by emailing primaryschools@fai.ie

Each participating school will receive one complimentary football for entering the competition. You will receive this on the day of your local competition.

 

LOCAL COUNTY QUALIFIERS & LOCAL CO-ORDINATOR CONTACT DETAILS

Please see attached the 2017 Schedule which contains the dates for each of the County events. PLEASE NOTE if you have any specific queries on your County qualifiers, please contact your local co-ordinator for further information.  Their name, mobile number and email address is included in the attached schedule.

CLOSING DATES

Please note that this year we have one single closing date for all counties, the closing date is strictly Friday, February 17 at 5pm and no late applications will be accepted.

For further information on the programme please email primaryschools@fai.ie.

Click to see BROCHURE 2017  and SCHEDULE 2017 

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Operation Motivation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operation Motivation is a series of county wide physical activity programmes designed to get you up and active for the New Year! Opportunities to kick start your active year are detailed within:

                                                                                                                                               

Following on from National Walk Day, a number of areas are planning weekly walks in their local areas to coincide with the 8 Week Operation Transformation programme. See below for details:

Day Area Time Meeting Point Contact name & number
Monday Cormeen 10am (from 9th Jan) Cormeen Sports Complex Aine Reilly086-7732649
  Donore 7pm (from 9th Jan) Donore National School Malena McLoone087-6890892
  Johnstown 7pm (from 9th Jan) Johnstown Shopping Centre Joe Adams086 8600961
  Athboy 7.15pm (from 9th Jan) Waxies Corner Alma Mc Clorey087-6450811
  Trim 8pm (from 16th Jan) Trim Castle (Opp. Garda Station) Patricia Edmonds087-6998799
Wednesday Carnaross 9.15am (from 11th Jan) Carnaross Hall Noeleen Farrelly086-3260857
  Navan 7pm (from 11th Jan) Old Town Hall Michael Murray086-0757434
  Athboy 7.15pm (from 11th Jan) Waxies Corner Alma Mc Clorey087-6450811
  Kiltale 7.15pm (from 4th Jan) Kiltale GAA Jackie Jackson087-6468107
  Carlanstown 7.30pm (from 11th Jan) Centra Carlanstown Kay Brogan087-2350317
  Kells 8pm (from 11th Jan) Gaeil Colmcille Centre Ann Smith087-9781474
Thursday Claremont Stadium Navan 11am (from 12th Jan) Claremont Stadium Maria Matthews046-9029693
  Ballivor 7.30pm (from 12th Jan) Ballivor GAA Grounds (Walking Track) Paul Perry089-4303768
Friday Trim 10am (from 20th Jan) Trim Castle (Opp. Garda Station) Patricia Edmonds087-6998799
Saturday Cormeen 9.30am (from 14th Jan) Cormeen Sports Complex Aine Reilly                  086-7732649
  Castletown 10am (from 14th Jan) Castletown Pitch & Putt Club Nichola Smith086-8617289
  Bohermeen 11am (from 14th Jan) Bohermeen Community Centre Stephen Ball086-0792580
Sunday Tara 9am (from 15th Jan) Hill of Tara car park Kay Carroll086-3684959
  Carnaross 6.30pm (from 15th Jan) Carnaross GAA pitch Noeleen 086 3260857 or Ann 086 3603291

 

                                                                                               

 

Are you MALE, aged 30 plus?

Would you like to be fitter?

Healthier? And have a bit of craic in the process?

Men on the Move programme is a 6 week sports based programme for MEN ONLY

Men on the Move will start in Navan on Thursday 12th January at 7.30pm in Claremont Stadium.

Please note – this programme is open to all men regardless of fitness level. Contact Ruairi on 046-9067337 or email rmurphy@meathcoco.ie for further information.

                                                                                             

Learn 2 Run to 5k

Struggling with your New Year’s “get fit” resolution? Why not train in a group?

Learn 2 Run to 5k is ideal for those who are walkers and wish to become joggers or joggers who wish to become runners – open to men & women. An experienced running coach will be in attendance each night to provide advice and support. No running ability required! Venues for training include:

Area  Details Contact
Bohermeen Beginners running group starts Mon 9th Jan @7pm; Advanced running group starts Sat 7th Jan @9am; both at Bohermeen Community Centre. Stephen Ball 086 0792580
Carnaross Walk or Run every Sun evening @6.30pm Carnaross football club. Noeleen 086 3260857 or Ann 086 3603291
Donore Couch to 5k starting Mon 9th January @7pm – continuing every Mon & Wed at Donore NS Ken Brien  086 8635470
Dunboyne Couch to 5k commences on 5th Jan – every Tues & Thurs @9pm Dunboyne AC track, Rooske Rd. Geraldine Fagan 087 2218540
Dunshaughlin  Early Feb – check out Dunshauglin AC facebook Paddy Mangan 087 2597731
Enfield Enfield- Fit 4 Life/Meet n Train Mon & Wed @ 7pm; Sat @ 8am Geraldine Cusack 087 2376267
Kells  Mon 16th @7.30pm – meet @ HSE offices, Kells Business Park. David, Meath LSP @ 046 9067337
Navan Starting 16th Jan at 7pm Claremont Stadium, Navan. David, Meath LSP @ 046 9067337

 

Target: Royal County 5km/10km on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st 2017 in Kells

                                                                                               

Join Operation Transformation leader, Chris McElligott for the FIT-ABILITY circuit training classes commencing on 19th Jan @ 6.30pm in Dunshaughlin Community Centre.

This FREE 6 week programme is open to adults with physical disabilities

Contact Elaine @ 046 9067337 for further information.

                                                                                               

Parkrun – Weekly Free 5km Timed Runs    www.parkrun.ie

Parkrun Navan – every Saturday at 9:30am in Blackwater Park, Windtown Road, Navan; Parkrun Oldbridge – every Saturday at 9:30am meet at Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co. Meath

 

For details of all other activity programmes and events please see www.meathsports.ie , call 046-9067337 or email mlsp@meathcoco.ie

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€30m in Sports Capital funding 2017

€30M Sports Capital Grant scheme for improved sports facilities and equipment

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

Minister Ross stated “I am delighted that this funding is being made available. The Sports Capital Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sport and recreation facilities and it has transformed the sporting landscape of Ireland with improvements in the quality and quantity of sporting facilities in virtually every village, town and city in the country. The new €30 million programme provides an opportunity for further improvements and I would urge all organisations with a suitable project to consider making an application”.

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

 

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


General Info:

The Sports Capital Programme is the Government’s primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.

The programme funds:

Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)

Floodlighting

Artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas

Security fencing, ball stop netting and goal posts

Hurling walls / handball alleys

Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets

Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms

Non-personal equipment including lawn mowers and defibrillators.  Anything set in the ground (such as goal posts) is not considered equipment.

Any other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance

 

Useful Links

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1kBv-FA7QcFmu8cdrIsTg videos will be published tomorrow

 

Where to apply: www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

 

Who to phone for help, sample application form and written guide to applying: http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme

 

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Dunshaughlin man set to become National Leader!

Chris McElligott from Dunshaughlin has been chosen as one of the 5 leaders for the upcoming Operation Transformation programme in January.

Chris lives in Dunshaughlin with his partner Elizabeth Mangan and 3 children – Ryan (8); Dylan (5) and Mya 9 months old.

At the age of 46 yrs, Chris works with the FAI as a Community Coach with the Football for All programmes. The Football for All programme (in Meath) runs out of Ratoath FC provides football for children with a disability. It is a hugely successful programme, having been shortlisted for the Federation of Irish Sports awards earlier this year.

Chris is an above Knee Amputee having lost his leg 16 years ago in a road traffic accident. Prior to the accident, Chris played League of Ireland with St Patricks Athletic (winning a league medal); Monaghan UTD and finally Ballymum UTD. Immediately prior to his accident, he won the league, FAI Junior Cup, Leinster Junior Cup and the Nivea for Men cup with Ballymum.

In 2011, he was introduced to Amputee Football which enabled him to go back playing football. Again his talent shone through, eventually representing Ireland. Chris now manages and coaches the Irish Amputee Football team.

Chris is hugely proud of his football career and his achievements to date. Through his participation on the OT programme, he believes that he can positively showcase the options open to people with disability in the area of sport & physical activity and help turn perceived barriers into opportunities.

Meath Local Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland have linked up with OT team to promote the national walk day on Saturday 7th January.  There are a number of walks taking place around Meath on this day with the OT cameras accompanying Chris on his walk in Dunshaughlin.

Chris would love to see everyone from Dunshaughlin, Ratoath, Dunboyne, Clonee and surrounding areas to come out and support him on the walk on the 7th Jan.  Those interested in walking with Chris and members from the OT crew, should meet at the Dunshaughlin Community Centre at 9.15am – walk starts at 9.30am. Distance is 4.5km.

Organisers welcome all ages and abilities along on the day and particularly 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 permitted.

Other walks taking place in meath on the 7th January (all start at 9.30am unless otherwise stated):

  • Trim:distance 3.7km (along the Sli na Slainte route), meet in front of the castle.
  • Navan:distance 5km (in Blackwater Park), meet at car park in Blackwater Park.
  • Kells: distance 5km, meet at Fairgreen car park.
  • Cormeen: distance 5km, meet at Sports Complex.
  • Ballivor: distance 5km, meet at GAA grounds (walking track).
  • Cortown:distance 5km, meet at Cortown GAA.
  • Castletown: distance 5km, meet at Community centre at 10am.
  • Carnaross: distance 5km, meet at hall & GAA pitch at 2pm.

Why not kick start your transformation with a walk in your locality and remember no matter what age you are it is never too late to start exercising.

See www.meathsports.ie for further information.

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Vision Sports / CARA announce job opportunity – Sports Development Coordinator

CARA Centre and Vision Sports Ireland are seeking applications for the position of SPORTS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR (with a specific purpose on sport and physical activity for people with vision impairments).
Together, the CARA Centre and Vision Sport Ireland are recruiting for the position of Sports Development Coordinator. The successful candidate will be a key deliverer of Vision Sport Irelands objectives with as well as a specific focus  on the long term planning and implementation of Camp Abilities Ireland.

CARA is a national organisation which provides a collaborative and partnership platform throughout Ireland to impact on enhancing sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities. In conjunction with the Institute of Technology Tralee, the CARA Centre established Camp Abilities Ireland, a national sport and physical activity residential camp for children with vision impairments.

Vision Sports Ireland (VSI) is the officially registered National Governing Body (NGB) for sport for people with vision impairments. VSI mission is to enable blind and vision impaired people to participate fully in sport and recreational activities of their choice.

To view the job spec and application form please click on the following link: http://www.visionsports.ie/News/TabId/90/ArtMID/437/ArticleID/399/Vision-Sports-CARA-job-opportunity-SPORTS-DEVELOPMENT-COORDINATOR.aspx

Application Process

Please forward completed application for for the attention of Niamh Daffy, Managing Director, CARA Centre, c/o IT Tralee, Clash Rd, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Email applications accepted at cara@ittralee.ie

Closing date for applications is 12.00 noon GMT on Friday 9th of December

Please note:  Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Provisional date for interviews: Week of the 19th of December 2016

Informal enquiries may be addressed to:
Niamh Daffy, Managing Director CARA Centre
niamhdaffy.cara@ittralee.ie
0667145646

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IMPORTANT! Clubs must be registered on OSCAR to apply for Sports Capital Grants

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, recently indicated that a new Sports Capital Programme may be announced in the coming months.

Therefore it is important that any clubs who wish to apply in the next or future rounds ensure they are in a position to do so by firstly registering with the online system OSCAR.

Background to the Sports Capital Programme
The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is managed by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment throughout the country. Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, VEC’s and schools may also apply for funding jointly with sports clubs.

OSCAR
The Sports Capital Programme online system is called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register).
This is the only way to apply for grants under the Sports Capital Programme. OSCAR also allows registered groups to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.
Any organisation that wishes to use the system must first register using the online system. This guide will lead users through the registration process. Organisations only need to register once. The deadline for registration on OSCAR is 10th February at 5pm. 

Getting Help Using OSCAR
The Department has created several ways to help organisations use the OSCAR system:
1. Written guides to every stage of the programme (such as this document) available at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
2. A YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq1kBv-FA7QcFmu8cdrIsTg
3. A growing knowledge base of frequently asked questions on all aspects of the programme https://www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie/
4. Email SportsCapitalProgrammes@dttas.ie
5. Phone the official that deals with your county http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sport-unit-1-sports-capital-programmes-division

You Need a Tax Registration Number to Register
A Tax Registration Number (TRN) is required for all organisations wishing to register on OSCAR. The TRN is the unique identifier and user name for logging into the system.

You need written confirmation of the TRN from the Revenue Commissioner prior to completing the registration process either in the form of a tax clearance certificate or a letter from Revenue confirming your TRN. It is not permitted to use the TRN of your national governing body, regional grouping or of a different organisation. If your organisation already has a tax clearance certificate, the TRN is in the top left hand corner of the certificate.

If your organisation is not a limited company and does not currently have a TRN, getting one is simple. You complete the 1 page form ‘Registration Form for voluntary non-profit making organisations’ and return to your local Revenue Office. It should take around 10 working days to get written confirmation of your TRN.

If your organisation is a limited company, the form to be completed is Form TR2. In this case, you should ensure that your company is registered with the Companies Registration Office prior to application for a TRN.

Further information including the contact details for your local Revenue Office is available from Revenue and from the Companies Registration Office.

Fill in the online registration form
For more information and to register see www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie 

 

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Sport Ireland Launches Safeguarding Refresher Resource

Sport Ireland today launched Safeguarding 1 Refresher, a web based education resource aimed at providing further training to those who have previously attended a Safeguarding workshop of equivalent.

The web resource, which was developed in partnership with Sport Northern Ireland, was unveiled today at a briefing event for National Children’s Officers in Dublin, which was addressed by representatives of National Governing Bodies for Sport.

The content contains four modules which will provide persons in roles with regular responsibility for children an opportunity to learn about: best practice procedure; understanding of why safeguarding children and young people in sport is important; recognising the different categories of child abuse and identify the signs of abuse; and the responding, recording and reporting issues of poor practice or abuse.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today welcomed the development of this education resource. He said: “The safeguarding of children in sport is of paramount importance and Sport Ireland has been at the forefront of ensuring that training and resources are made available to those with responsibility for children. I am aware Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland enjoy a close working relationship over many years and I welcome the continuation of this in the cross-border partnership which underpins this project, which will help to ensure that all children on the island of Ireland are given the opportunity at an early age to participate in sport in a safe and positive environment.”

Sport Ireland Chairman, Kieran Mulvey, echoed the Minister’s comments: “The safety of children and young people in sport is high on the agenda for Sport Ireland. The development of this refresher course will help ensure that everyone, regardless of age or circumstance, can participate in sport in a safe environment.”

The refresher course content was developed by Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland in collaboration with welfare officers from a number of National Governing Bodies for Sport and .

Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, added: “I would like to thank the staff of the Sport Ireland Ethics Unit, Sport Northern Ireland and the representatives of the various National Governing Bodies for their work on developing this refresher resource. Sport Ireland will continue to develop and invest in our ethics programme to ensure children and young people’s experiences of sport are fun, enjoyable and conducted in the spirit of fair play.”

The web resource was designed in collaboration with Ineqe Group, who specialise in safeguarding and child protection, both in the offline world and in the digital world.

Safeguarding 1 Refresher can be viewed here.

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Top 3 finish at the Sports Industry Awards for Meath Local Sports Partnership!

Pictured above are: Dr. Una May (Sport Ireland); Mary Murphy (Meath LSP); Bernard Brogan (President Federation of Irish Sport); Elaine Banville (Meath LSP); Brendan Carr (Lord Mayor Dublin); Ronan Toomey (Healthy Ireland) & John Holian (Chairperson Meath LSP).

Meath LSP finished joint runners-up (alongside Limerick) in the Best LSP Initiative category at the Federation of Irish Sport Industry Awards, losing out to eventual winners Cork. The awards which were held in the spectacular Round Room of the Mansion House, aim to recognise and reward the excellence shown by sports organisations and bodies over the past 12 months, whilst also highlighting the pivotal role sport plays in the Irish economy.

Meath LSP’s entry – “Kickstart 2 Recovery (in partnership with the FAI & HSE)”, showcased the great work being done in the area of disability and sport in Meath. For further information regarding this programme and all other programmes, workshops and events delivered by Meath LSP, please see www.meathsports.ie

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Minister O’Donovan Launches Irish Sports Monitor Report 

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today launched the sixth Irish Sports Monitor report, for the year April 2015-April 2016. The report, written by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Sport Ireland, measures adult participation in sport and physical activity and compares it with information published for previous years.

The report shows that 45% of the adult population participate regularly in sport equating to approximately 1.6 million people benefiting from the physical, mental and social benefits obtained from participating in sport.

Overall personal exercise is the most popular activity (13.7%) with running (8.2%), swimming (8%), cycling (5.5%) and soccer (4.8%) the next most popular.

Speaking at the launch, Minister O’Donovan commented: “The Irish Sports Monitor provides us with vital insights into the role sport plays in not just encouraging healthier, more active lifestyles, but also in fostering community spirit and developing social capital right across the country. In that regard, it is encouraging to see such strong numbers engaging in sport through volunteering, club membership and attendance at sporting events.”

 Away from sport participation, it is encouraging that the numbers regularly taking part in recreational walking, walking for transport and cycling for transport are strong resulting in almost 90% of Irish adults taking part in some form of physical activity at least once a week.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of Sport Ireland commented “I am delighted to see that the report also shows strong levels of social participation in sport through volunteering, club membership and attendance at sporting events. Team sports such as Gaelic football, soccer and hurling/camogie have the largest numbers of volunteers. Social participation in sport is very important, not just in terms of supporting sport and sporting organisations but also in maintaining the social fabric in Irish communities.”

John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, said: “This report shows that the level of sedentarism continues to decline and the latest figure of 12.1% is the lowest since the Irish Sports Monitor was initiated in 2007. However we cannot afford to be complacent. Following a number of years where we have seen increasing levels of involvement in sport, the current report has identified a slight decline in participation from 2013 driven primarily by improved economic conditions and associated time pressures on particular groups. Understanding the factors behind this decline is important in allowing us to focus attention on these groups. Sport Ireland will continue its work to increase participation in sport and reduce the level of sedentarism with a range of programmes and initiatives implemented through the National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships.”

Kieran O’Leary, Research Director, Ipsos MRBI, added: “The Irish Sports Monitor continues to demonstrate the significant role of sport in Irish society with 1.6 million people actively playing sport each week, and a similar number having another role through volunteering, attending an event or being a member of a club. However, differences exist across the population and challenges remain in increasing sports participation, particularly amongst females, older age groups and those not in paid employment.”

 Key Findings Include:

 Approximately 1.6 million Irish adults aged 16+ regularly participate in sport and exercise

  • Similar to the narrowing gender divide in sports participation, there is also a narrowing in the gender divide that exists in cycling for transport.
  • Over the longer time period, since 2011, participation in sport among females has increased by 2.5%
  • There has been an increase in participation by females aged 25-34 years since 2013.
  • Women aged between 16-19 years continue to be the most likely to take part among women, increasing by nearly 8% since 2011
  • The gender gap with regards to volunteering has narrowed from 4% in 2013 to 1.7% in 2015.
  • The gender gap with regards to club membership has narrowed from 18.5% in 2013 to 11.7% in 2015
  • Exercise, running, swimming, cycling and soccer are the five most popular sporting activities among adults
  • Soccer, Gaelic football and swimming are the most common sports played with children.
  • Mothers are more likely to say that they participate in more sport since having children.
  • Recreational walking remains the most popular activity, with more than two in three adults taking part at least once in the previous seven days
  • High numbers of parents participate in sport with their children on a frequent basis. In total, 74% do so at least once a week, with a further 13% participating at least once a month
  • The numbers walking for transport have increased since 2013
  • 2% of adults are meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines through sport and recreational walking
  • Just over 12% of the adult population are sedentary i.e. take part in no regular sport, recreational walking, walking for transport or cycling for transport
  • Almost half of the adult population are involved in some form of social participation in sport through volunteering, club membership and attendance at events
  • The trend towards individual sports such as running/jogging, cycling and swimming continues, along with a rise in gym-based activities such as Personal Exercise and Yoga
  • Gaelic football remains the most popular form of sporting event
  • There has been a slight narrowing of the gender gap in terms of volunteering for sport
  • Females aged 35 to 44 are now more likely to volunteer for sport than males of the same age
  • Team sports such as Gaelic football, soccer and hurling/camogie having the largest numbers of volunteers.
  • Soccer, Gaelic football and swimming are the most common sports played with children.
  • Over 9 in 10 (93%) of those playing Gaelic football commenced playing that sport before turning 16.
  • Those playing popular team-based sports such as Gaelic football soccer (most of whom are male) are more likely to have taken up this sport as a child.

 

The full Irish Sports Monitor can be found on www.sportireland.ie

 

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Ministers announce a further €1.4 million in Dormant Accounts funding for sport

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today announced a further investment package of €1.4 million in Dormant Accounts funding for sport.

Today’s investment follows the announcement of almost €1.5 million in Dormant Accounts funding for sport in July and €1 million for sports projects in North East Inner City Dublin last month.

The investment of €1.4 million is being allocated to National Physical Activity Plan measures for disadvantaged communities and will be administered by Sport Ireland.

Minister Ross said: “I am delighted to announce a further €1.4 million in funding for sport measures through the Dormant Accounts Fund, to go along with the €2.5 million already announced this year and my Department’s €47.3 million to Sport Ireland in 2016. This investment will support new and existing initiatives and will greatly contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities right across the country.”

Minister O’Donovan said: “This funding will support the delivery of actions for disadvantaged communities under the National Physical Activity Plan. My Department has worked closely with Sport Ireland, the Local Sports Partnerships and National Governing Bodies for sport to ensure the comprehensive programme of initiatives resulting from this funding will give more people with disabilities and those from socially, economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity.”

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of Sport Ireland, said: “Following on from previous investment in Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs we are already seeing the benefit to local communities and sports organisations. All of the initiatives funded under the Dormant Accounts Fund will make it easier for people to get involved in and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.”

Highlighting the initiatives’ contribution to the National Physical Activity Plan, John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland commented: “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.”

 

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Meath Mental Health Festival

Meath LSP in association with Meath County Council, Jigsaw Meath, SHINE, Meath Employability Services, HSE; GROW, CORE Meath and the GAA have come together to deliver the 3rd annual Meath Mental Health Festival,  taking place from 3rd – 10th October.

Meath Mental Health festival is a countywide initiative to promote the awareness of positive mental health. This will be done through a series of workshops delivered to community settings including rural, secondary schools and sports clubs.

Objectives of Meath Mental Health week

  • To promote awareness of the benefits of positive mental health
  • To create awareness of signs and symptoms of those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties
  • To provide ease of information and sign posting of existing services to those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties

Check out the poster above to see what workshops / activities you can get involved in!

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Safety Cycling Ireland: Stayin’ Alive at 1.5

Stayin’ Alive at 1.5 is a campaign by Safety Cycling Ireland to pursue the adoption of a law that requires motorists to give cyclists 1.5 metres clearance when passing from the rear.

It is a 2 pronged campaign concentrating on (a) a safety campaign through the Facebook page and sale of a dedicated safety jersey and (b) lobbying of politicians in an effort to have the current ambiguous overtaking law amended.

For more information please see http://www.safecyclingireland.org/stayin-alive-at-1-5/

 

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Parents in Sport Week

Parents in Sport Week will focus on how parents can greatly influence a child’s experience in sport through their actions, both positive and negative. This initiative is supported by Sport Ireland and Sport NI.

Date: 3-9 October 2016
Location: nationwide
Get involved: You may have your own innovative ways to promote Parents in Sport Week. If you do, please email cpsu@nspcc.org.uk. to show your support Parents’ in Sport Week.

About Parents in Sport Week

All too often, we only hear negative stories about extreme poor behaviour from the side-lines. This negative parental behaviour takes away from a child’s experience of sport or their desire to continue participating within sport, as they no longer see taking part in sport as fun.

We want help from sports organisations to raise awareness of the crucial role parents have in helping a child reach their full potential.

3 key outcomes

The key outcomes that Parents in Sport Week aims to achieve are:

  • to encourage sports organisations and clubs to promote the positive role parents play in helping children reach their full potential
  • to empower parents by sharing information regarding key roles they can do as a sports parent in supporting their child’s participation, success and fun, and therefore retaining a child’s interest in sport
  • to assist coaches and officials to understand the crucial role parents have in a child’s participation and continued involvement in sport
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Cormeen Sports Complex – Sports and Fitness Instructor position available

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Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee launches the 3rd Meath Mental Health Festival

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee launched the 3rd Meath Mental Health Festival taking place from the 3rd to the 10th October.

Meath LSP in association with Meath County Council, Jigsaw Meath, SHINE, Meath Employability Services, HSE; GROW, CORE Meath and the GAA have come together to deliver the 3rd annual Meath Mental Health Festival,  taking place from 3rd – 10th October.

Meath Mental Health festival is a countywide initiative to promote the awareness of positive mental health. This will be done through a series of workshops delivered to community settings including rural, secondary schools and sports clubs.

Objectives of Meath Mental Health week

  • To promote awareness of the benefits of positive mental health
  • To create awareness of signs and symptoms of those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties
  • To provide ease of information and sign posting of existing services to those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties

For a full list of activities for the week, please see www.meathsports.ie closer to the date.

Photo: Also pictured at the launch is: back – Cllr Noel French; Andy Ogle (Coordinator North Eastern regional drugs taskforce); Mary Murphy (Coordinator Meath LSP)

Front: Elaine Banville – Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, Meath LSP; Finola Colgan (Area Development Officer, Mental Health Ireland); Minister of State Helen McEntee; Jim Mullery (Chair Mental Health & Wellbeing, Meath GAA) & Mary French (GROW).

 

 

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Meath LSP’s Autumn/Winter Ezine 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest Meath LSP  E-Newsletter for Autumn/Winter 2016 is now available.

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view MLSP E Bulletin September

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National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People 2016

 

The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland is now open!. Grants are available to all eligible local clubs, groups and organisations that promote increased participation in recreational sport or physical activity for older people as a main element of their activities.

 

A total of €300,000 will be available in grants in 2016. This year grants will be between €250 and €700. The closing date for applications is Friday 30th September 2016.To apply please log on to www.ageandopportunity.ie to download an application form.

 

Meath Local Sports Partnership will hold a Grant Information Workshop on Tuesday 13th September at 11am in Simonstown GFC. This will give your group the opportunity to get information about the grant scheme and we will provide assistance with filling out the form.

For more information on the Grant Scheme or to book your place on the workshop please contact Ruairi Murphy, Meath Local Sports Partnership, on 046-9067337 or email rmurphy@meathcoco.ie

 

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Chi Running Workshop with Catherina McKiernan in Navan

Chi Running workshop in Navan

As part of the Healthy Town Navan initiative, former Olympian & Chi Master Instructor, Catherina McKiernan, will deliver a FREE public talk on the subject of Chi Running on Wednesday 7th September in the Ardboyne Hotel at 7pm.

 

 

 

What is Chi Running?         

ChiRunning is the world’s leader in teaching safe and efficient, natural running technique to reduce injury and improve personal performance.

ChiRunning helps reduce or eliminate injury and pain such as: knee pain, hip pain, IT Band Syndrome (ITB), hamstring pulls, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, soreness and fatigue. Conditioning your mind is just as important as conditioning your body

Places are limited – booking essential to  healthytownnavan@edelman.com

 

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Participation and Growth Officer for Meath / Kildare

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Participation and Growth Officer for Meath/Kildare

The Camogie Association is recruiting a Participation and Growth Officer for a new three year project in Meath and Kildare. The successful candidate will work across both counties as part of an overall plan to increase and grow Camogie participation.

The Officer will work in accordance with the priorities of the Camogie Association’s National Development Plan Our Sport Our Future and an agreed annual work programme.

A Steering Group drawn from Meath and Kildare Camogie and related personnel will support the work. The post will be line managed from within the Camogie Association staff.

A full job description and application form is downloadable from http://www.camogie.ie/careers.asp

 

The closing date for applications is August 30th 2016. Interviews are scheduled for 14/15th September 2016.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To review existing Camogie structures in Meath and Kildare to establish the current position of the sport and the potential for sustainable participation and growth across both counties
  • Identify opportunities and plans to develop a targeted growth plan and strengthen the infrastructure to meet the needs of Camogie growth and participation, based on changing demographics and long term sustainability
  • Introduce Camogie development initiatives and projects appropriate to clubs and the education sector with a focus on the following:
    • Teenagers across both counties
    • Former players across both counties
    • New and/or existing areas of urban/suburban development in both counties
  • Build capacity of coaches, administrators and referees in Camogie to support sustainable long term camogie structures
  • Liaise and network with a range of stakeholders, including but not limited to county boards, clubs, mentors, parents, local sport partnerships, local community groups and the education sector to identify potential projects, and support them in the wider provision of Camogie
  • Provide information on the activities and plans regarding Camogie Growth and Participation to various stakeholders, Camogie fraternity and the general public.
  • Work with Camogie volunteers to enhance the profile and position of Camogie in the designated areas
  • To work with and report regularly  to the Meath and Kildare Project Steering Group

 

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

 

  • At least 4 years’ experience (paid or voluntary) of working in a development role in sport, community development, youth work or other relevant area
  • An appropriate third level education qualification
  • Extensive experience of project management
  • Experience of using empowerment strategies and practice including consultative methods, group work and facilitation
  • Experience of working with volunteers, children and young people
  • Proven ability to network
  • Dynamic self-starter with a proven ability to work independently
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, proven ability to work and develop relationships to achieve targets
  • A high level of proven organisational ability and administrative and IT Skills
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills (verbal and written)

The post holder will be required to have a clean full driving licence and the appointment will be subject to Garda/PSNI vetting clearance.

 

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of coach education structures in Gaelic Games, particularly Camogie
  • Experience of involvement in hurling/camogie
  • Familiarity with interpreting research data
  • Ability to converse in Irish (in context of working with Gaelscoileanna)

 

 

Terms and conditions

The post will be based in the Camogie Association’s national office in Dublin and/or Sports HQ, Abbotstown, Co. Dublin.

 

The appointment will be on a fixed term contract basis of 3 years.

 

The Participation and Growth Officer will be required to work unsocial hours including weekends. From time to time travel will also be required.

 

The successful applicant must have a clean driving licence; her/his own transport and will be required to comply with Garda/PSNI vetting clearance in advance of taking up the position.

 

Salary is negotiable, dependent on knowledge and experience. The appointment will be attached to a salary scale ranging from €31,400- €36,700.

 

Expenses such as travel, overnight accommodation where required and other allowable expenditure will also be paid.

 

Other terms and conditions include:

7% pension contribution from the Association and subject to employee contribution

Annual leave entitlement of 23 days per annum. In addition, there is additional annual paid leave in the period Christmas Eve/New Year

A time in lieu facility (TOIL) for work in excess of weekly contracted hours

Study leave

Travel (bike to work scheme/tax saver commuter tickets)

Please see 2016-07-25MeathKildareApplicFormQ’aire (2)

 

 

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Sport Ireland announces funding for the Volunteer Support Programme

 

Sport Ireland announces funding for the Volunteer Support Programme

Volunteer Support Programme

As part of the National Sport Education and Training Hub measure, Sport Ireland have developed the Volunteer Support programme. Sport Ireland acknowledges that there is a significant need within National Governing Bodies for volunteer learning and development support. It is recognised that these volunteers operate at all levels, from local clubs up to regional and national level roles within an NGB. Sport Ireland  believe that assistance for this particular demographic will result in enhanced skills for the volunteers and an increased likelihood in their retention as active participants in sports and physical activity. Details of the 2016 Volunteer Training Programme are attached below and volunteers may book themselves on to courses in the links attached.

Location Course Title Time Date Registration Link
Dublin

Hilton Airport

Social media – fundamentals 9.30am – 12.45pm Sat 17th Sept https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/social-media-fundamentals-dublin-half-day-tickets-26657543430
Hilton Airport Social media – advanced 1.30pm – 4.45pm Sat 17th Sept https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/social-media-advanced-dublin-half-day-tickets-26657608625
Hilton Airport Marketing – fundamentals 9.30am – 12.45pm Sat 24th Sept https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/marketing-fundamentals-dublin-half-day-tickets-26657792174
Hilton Airport Communication Skills & NLP 1.30pm – 4.45pm Sat 24th Sept https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/communication-skills-and-nlp-dublin-half-day-tickets-26681447929
Hilton Airport Event Management 9.30am – 12.45pm Sat 8th Oct https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/event-management-dublin-half-day-tickets-26657866396
Hilton Airport Personal Effectiveness & Wellbeing 1.30pm – 4.45pm Sat 8th Sept https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/personal-effectiveness-and-wellbeing-dublin-half-day-tickets-26657995783

For details on training delivered in Limerick & Galway venues, please click link: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/OD-Change/Organisational-Capability-Building/Learning-Support-Services/Volunteer-Training-/

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Cormeen Community Development Ltd seeking to hire Sports Coordinator

Cormeen Community Development Ltd

Cormeen Community Development is a community based group working to improve their local community through a range of initiatives. A key project of the group is a Community Sports Complex which comprises a large sports hall, a squash court, a handball/racquetball alley, a meeting room and a fitness room. We are seeking to hire a Sports Coordinator on a part-time basis who will be charged with organising and assisting with running activities and classes for adults and children. The role is part-time comprising 25 hours per week and will be on a contract basis. Remuneration is €9.15 per hour. Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 12th August. To apply please send a completed application form to cormeenvacancies@gmail.com or post to The Secretary, Cormeen Sports Complex, Cormeen, Moynalty, Kells, Co. Meath. Application forms are available by emailing cormeenvacancies@gmail.com or by calling into Cormeen Sports Complex.

 

Job Description

Sports Co-ordinator (part time)

 

Position:              Sports Coordinator

Reporting To:    Sports Complex Committee

Location:             Cormeen, Moynalty, Kells, Co Meath

Job Function:     To initiate and faciliate sporting activities and maximise the use of the Cormeen Sports Complex facility.

To supervise and co-ordinate sports and social activities for people of all ages.

 

Duties & Responsibilities of the role

  • Provide coaching and supervised sports and fitness opportunities in a safe environment for people who use the complex.

 

  • Maintain the Sports Complex Facility on a day-to-day basis, ensuring facilities are clean and presentable and suitable for use.

 

  • Make facilities available during arranged opening hours.

 

  • Facilitate the development of sporting and social opportunities for people of all ages within the community.

 

  • Work closely with Schools and other local groups in the area to maximise the use of the Cormeen Sports Complex facility.

 

  • Work closely with existing staff to manage booking and maximise usage and revenue making capacity of the Sports Complex.

 

  • Provide regular reports at staff meetings.

 

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have:

 

  • Recognised qualifications in the provision and management of sporting and fitness activities for people of all ages.

 

  • Demonstrable ability in initiating and planning sporting events and seeing them through to a successful completion.
  • Experience or an interest in working with people of all ages in a community setting.

 

  • Be aware of the importance of good health and safety practices in providing community facilities and services.

 

  • Have experience in taking part in and/or coordinating social activities.

 

  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

 

  • Have or be willing to provide Garda clearance in relation to working with Children and vulnerable adults.
  • Be imaginative and creative in their new role.

 

  • Be willing to carry out extra duties as they occur.

 

Cormeen Community Development Ltd is an equal opportunities employer.

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Tour de Meath – out in force!

Now in its 8th year, the An Post Meath Heritage cycle tour was back in full flow around county last weekend. With almost 4000 cyclists participating between the 4 distances, the weekend kicked off with the 11km family spin which saw almost 1000 cyclists, young and old participate.  Having stopped in Jack Quinn’s for refreshments all returned safely to Trim where they basked in glorious sunshine and enjoyed an evening of free activities.

 

Support along the 11km route was provided by the Gardai and the Civil Defence along with coaches from the Moynalty Cycling club who cycled alongside the group offering support, guidance and assistance.

 

The local showers which fell early on Sunday morning and threatened to dampen the atmosphere didn`t succeed with almost 700 hardened cyclists heading off on the 160k route and up the hills of Tara, Skryne and Loughanlea. An Post cycle series Ambassador, Bressie led the cyclists off. Bressie who is currently in training for the Ironman did enjoy the spin but found it challenging having initially thought that Meath was flat! Warm welcomes lay in wait for the 160k cyclists in Ryan’s of Gormanlough, Cormeen Community centre and the Bawn Inn in Athboy.

 

The 1550 cyclists, who completed the 100k route, were led off by the experienced ex-Irish cyclists, Philip Cassidy and Laurence Roche. The relatively new 100k route was very well received by all cyclists even though some struggled around Grangegeeth and Sliabh Breagh; when they had time to sit and reflect, all were delighted with their efforts and sense of achievement. Again a warm reception was extended to the participating cyclists by Senchalstown GAA centre and Wilkinstown Community centre.

 

Dr. Una May, Director of Participation and Ethics with Sport Ireland and her daughter Caoimhe (National Track Cycling champion) led out the 850 cyclists on the 50k route. Cyclists enjoyed the refreshments on the Hill of Tara and the water stop at Kiltale GAA club.

 

The tour would not be a success without the hard work of the 350+ volunteers who give their time to marshal junctions, give directions, provide refreshments and most of all give much needed encouragement to cyclists along the route. Particular praise must go to the community areas that open up their facilities to cater for the cyclists: Ryan’s of Gormanlough; Maguire’s Café, Hill of Tara; Jack Quinn’s, Scurlogstown; Wilkinstown Community Centre; Bawn Inn, Athboy; Senchalstown GAA centre; Cormeen Community centre and Kiltale GAA club.

 

Special thanks were extended by Mary Murphy, Event Coordinator, to the Gardai; Meath Civil Defence; HSE Ambulance service; Motorbike marshals and the many volunteers, organisations and support staff who gave of their time to ensure that the 2016 cycle tour was a success.

 

The An Post Meath Heritage Cycle tour is fast becoming one of the main calendar events in the cycling calendar.  Mary Murphy 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 An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour. Further thanks was paid to An Post; Sport Ireland; Trim Municipal District; Meath County Council; Meath Tourism; Meath Chronicle; LMFM; OPW; Trim Castle Hotel; Dunnes Stores; Glanbia; local Cycling clubs; Bike Fit studio; Cyclize; Navan Cycle Centre; TC Racing; Aura Centre; Physios, the Meath Heritage Cycle Tour committee & the Board and staff of Meath LSP for working together to ensure that the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour of 2016 was truly a memorable event. Particular thanks to the remarkable and entertaining MC – the legend that is Eamonn Duffy,

 

The nominated charity for the event was the Friends of St Josephs Hospital in Trim who assisted over the weekend of the tour by marshalling at the car park area and serving food in the marquee. Friends of St Josephs Hospital provide much needed support towards the comfort needs of the patients.

 

Meath is one of five counties to participate in this year’s An Post Cycle Series and the series will continue in Waterford on the 27th & 28th of August with the Sean Kelly Tour and with the Cork Rebel Tour on the 11th of September. The An Post Cycle Series is run in association with the Sport Ireland, An Post and 5 Local Sports Partnerships.

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Food & Water stops on Cycle Tour

Food & water stops along the routes:

On Sunday 24th 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

Bawn Inn, Athboy, water stop @ 132km

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

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 23rd 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 €3. Gardai and cycling coaches from Moynalty Cycle Club will provide guidance and instruction along the route. Food stop will be at Jack Quinns where participants can mingle with the Minion, Kevin and Princess Elsa. 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 24th July – those interested in taking part can register online or call into our office up to 5pm on the 20th July. Contact 046 9067337 for further details.

Minion on bike

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Friend’s of St. Joseph’s in Trim to benefit from Cycle Tour

Friends of St Joseph`s in Trim to benefit from cycle tour

One again, the charity Friends of St Joseph`s in Trim will benefit from the An Post Meath Heritage cycle tour.

The Friends of St Josephs charity which is made up of local volunteers, regularly fundraise to enhance the comfort needs of the residents both personally and in their living environment within St Joseph`s in Trim. With the proceeds from this year`s tour, the charity hope to develop an outdoor green area where residents will be able to grow their own vegetables and fruit in addition to raising hens. Hen therapy has been proven to enhance cognitive learning, reduce loneliness and stimulate positive sense of well being.

The efforts of the volunteers help to bring a degree of comfort to the residents of St Joseph`s in Trim which would otherwise not be possible.

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

The 8th Meath Heritage Cycle tour, part of the An Post Cycle series is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the Sport Ireland and An Post. The tour will take place over the weekend of July 23rd and 24th. The organisers anticipate in excess of 3500 cyclists will descend on Trim for this weekend. The An Post 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 23rd with the other 3 distances taking place on Sunday 24th.

 

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 14th – after this date, the cost of entry reverts to full price. See www.meathsports.ie/cycletour for full details.

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Calling all Volunteers!

Calling all Volunteers! Are you free on Saturday 23rd or Sunday 24th July?

The Meath Heritage Cycle tour, part of the An Post Cycle series will take place over the weekend of July 23rd and 24th.
The An Post 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 23rd with the other 3 distances taking place on Sunday 24th.

We need your help on the weekend! Volunteers will ‘man’ junctions, help with registration, 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 register for the event please call Meath LSP on 046-9067337 or check out  http://www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour/

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An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour Jersey 2016

Cycle tour jersey unveiled!

Meath Local Sports Partnership have revealed the jersey for this year’s An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour. Once again, it’s bright (electric orange bright balanced on a warm charcoal and vibrant white background); as with other years it celebrates the heritage sites in Meath – this year showcasing the iconic St. John’s Castle in Trim.

Main sponsors are again highlighted on the back of the jersey – many thanks to all for their continued support.

The An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour will take place over the weekend of 23rd and 24th July. The family 11km spin commences at 5pm on Sat 23rd with registration on the day from 2pm.

The other 3 distances (50km Tara Loop, 100km Royal Tour & 160km Royal Challenge all take place on Sun 24th). Avail of the early bird registration up until 14th July – registration closes on the 20th July. Check out www.meathsports.ie for further details or contact Meath LSP at 046 9067337.

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Meath LSP’s Summer Ezine 2016

The latest Meath LSP  E-Newsletter for Summer 2016 is now available.

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view MLSP E Bulletin Summer 2016

 

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Bike Week Schedule 11-19th June 2016

Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the Department of Transport is supporting a number of activities for Bike Week 2016.

Bike Week 2016 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 11th Beach Party 10km 10km family cycle from Athboy to the Bahoomas Old Convent school @ 4pm Sean 087 2857095
Sunday 12th Family Fun cycle 8km & 12km spins Cormeen @ 4pm Leonard 083 3458059
Sunday 12th 5km Family Cycle 5km spin from Ashbourne to Pillo hotel return Ashbourne Garda Station @ 10am Fiona 085 1744378
Monday 13th Cycle Fest 7km Family spin, Bike Maintenance Safety Skills Bohermeen Community Centre @ 7.30pm Marie 087 3430785
Tuesday 14th Bike repair evening Bike maintenance and repair Old Convent school @ 8pm Sean 087 2857095
Tuesday 14th Bike maintenance evening Bike Maintenance Workshop Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA Centre 8pm Fiona 085 1744378
Wednesday 15th Cycling for Beginners Leisurely cycle for new & improving cyclists – adults only Moynalty Village @7pm Shane – 086 7272822
Thursday 16th 10km kids spin Controlled cycle spin for children with Navan RC Fair green, Navan @ 7.30pm Michael 086 2778600
Thursday 16th 40k adult spin Suitable for novice & improving cyclists Fair green, Navan @ 7.30pm Michael 086 2778600
Thursday 16th Lunch & Learn Bike maintenance workshop Meath County Council, Buvinda House @ 1pm Lara 046 9097165
Friday 17th Cycling for Beginners Leisurely cycle for new & improving cyclists – adults only Moynalty Village @7pm Shane – 086 7272822
Friday 17th Social spin 18km social spin for new/novice cyclists Buvinda House, Navan @ 6pm Lara 046 9097165
Sunday 19th Solstice Dawn Cycle Solstice dawn cycle to Hill of Tara – 45kms Ashbourne Retail Park @ 5am Fiona 085 1744378
Monday 20th Inclusive Cycling Festival Cycling for All – focus is children with disabilities Fairyhouse racecourse @ 5pm Elaine 087 4141849
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Bressie announced as ambassador for the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle tour

 

Niall Breslin, better known as Bressie has been announced as this year`s ambassador with the An Post Meath Heritage cycle tour. Popular judge on RTE`s show “The Voice”, musician and The Blizzards band member, Bressie who is also a keen cyclist is a former Westmeath Gaelic footballer and Leinster rugby player, representing Ireland at Under-21 level in the Rugby World Cup. Speaking at the launch, Bressie said “ he was looking forward to being part of the Meath tour, in particular taking on the rolling hills of Meath!”

The 8th Meath Heritage Cycle tour, part of the An Post Cycle series is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the Sport Ireland and An Post. The tour will take place over the weekend of July 23rd and 24th. 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 14th July.

The organisers anticipate in excess of 3500 cyclists will descend on Trim for this weekend. The An Post 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 23rd with the other 3 distances taking place on Sunday 24th. 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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Royal County 5km & 10km 2016

Local athletes turn out in force to support Royal County in Kells

This year saw the introduction of a 10k event to the Royal County calendar in Kells on Bank Holiday Monday last – this is in addition to the popular 5k distance which is in its 6th year.

With numbers up almost 50% on last year, organisers were delighted with the turn out particularly with the large number of athletes representing local clubs. As always those coming through the learn2run groups were prominent none more so than the groups from Dunshaughlin, Kells & Navan and Beaufort Secondary school.

Maurice Looby from Mullingar dominated the 10k event with a powerful run of 36:36; Liam Murray from the Virginia Triathlon club put in a tremendous run to win the 5k in a time of 18:20. The ladies 10k event was won by Ruta Balciune (no club) in a time of 44:37 with the ever popular local lass Fiona Nevin (ex physio to Meath Senior team) winning the 5k in a time of 22:02.

Full results:

Overall – 10k Male:  1st Maurice Looby (Mullingar) 36:36

2nd Liam Cunningham (Fr. Murphy) 40:09

3rd Andrew Remington (Trim AC) 40:43

5k Male: 1st Liam Murray (Virginia Triathlon Club) 18:20

2nd Fergus Crilly (Rathkenny AC) 19:13

3rd Paddy Mangan (Dunshaughlin AC) 19:31

10k Female: 1st Rita Balciune (No club) 44:37

2nd Eimear Foley (No club) 45:24

3rd Bridget Daly (Bohermeen AC) 45:33

5k Female: 1st Fiona Nevin (Moynalty AC) 22:02

2nd Dervilla Finnegan (Bohermeen) 22:17

3rd Susie Grimes (No club) 23:33

Category winners:

10k  

M40: Shane Boyle (Dunshaughlin AC) 43:01

M50: Padraic Dolan (Bohermeen AC) 44:48

M60: Brendan Smith (No club) 49:25

5k  

M40: Stephen Bateson (Dunshaughlin AC) 19:56

M50: Pat Kiernan (No Club) 20:59

M60: Patrick Burns (Clonliffe Harriers) 23:32

10k  

F40: Bernadette Finnegan (No club) 47:52

F50: Linda Gunning (Bohermeen AC) 49:50

F60: Kathleen Burke (Dunshaughlin AC) 57:37

5k    

F40: Kerrylynn Martin (No club) 24:16

F50: Margaret Erickson (No club) 24:57

F60: Mary Ryan (No club) 31:15

The organisers – Meath Local Sports Partnership expressed their thanks to all who supported the event in particular the Club Active gym in Kells (sponsorship of all prizes); St Brigid`s AC; Kells Gardai; Civil Defence; Kells Municipal District Council and local volunteers. Special mention to the Headfort Arms Hotel who kindly opened their facilities for registration and provided much needed refreshments afterwards free of charge to all the participants.

For full results, click attachments below:

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Funding Available for National Bike Week events in Meath

 

 

Funding available for National Bike Week 2016 events in Co. Meath

Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the Department of Transport are calling on groups and cycling clubs interested in running a cycling event to coincide with Bike Week 2016 (11th – 19th June) to apply for funding.

Bike Week is a cross-community effort to highlight cycling as a fun, cost effective and healthy way not only to travel but to be physically active.

This year Bike Week will take place from the 11th – 19th June. Events must take place during this week. Groups wishing to organise events must make provision to include non cyclists and must demonstrate additionality to existing programmes. Suitable events include mass participation cycles, beginner spins, mechanic fix`n spins etc. The types of groups which may apply are community groups, voluntary organisations, schools, sports clubs, active retirement groups, community childcare service providers, work places or any group that wishes to organise a bike related event on a ‘not for profit basis’ during Bike Week 2016.

Grants available may be somewhere in the range of €100 to €350 per successful group/event, depending on applications received and the nature of those applications.
Completed applications should be e-mailed to mlsp@meathcoco.ie or, alternatively, application forms can be posted to Bike Week Coordinator, Meath LSP, Enterprise Centre, Trim Rd, Navan, Co. Meath.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM: APPLICATION FORM 2016

The closing date for applications is 4 p.m. Wed 11th May 2016. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Funding application forms can also be downloaded from www.meathsports.ie/community/bike-week or by contacting 046 9067337.

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Meath LSP’s Spring Ezine 2016

The latest Meath LSP  E-Newsletter for Spring 2016 is now available.

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view MLSP E Bulletin Spring 2016

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The 2016 An Post Cycle Series Officially Launched

The 2016 An Post Cycle Series was officially launched by the 2016 ambassadors; eight time All-Ireland winning hurler and former Kilkenny sharpshooter Richie Power, former Irish International women’s rugby captain, Fiona Coghlan, Cycling Ireland Paracyclist Peter Ryan, musician Bressie and cycling legend Sean Kelly. The five event series which is a joint initiative between An Post and Sport Ireland will take place over the summer months between May and September.

All five ambassadors have declared themselves Series Cyclists and will be taking to their bikes this summer to ride alongside the thousands of people who join An Post Cycle Series events. Over 16,800 people in total took part last year and with more people cycling at all levels, the numbers are set to increase again.

The series caters for all ages and abilities, with routes ranging from a family 10k spin to the more challenging 50k, 60k, 100k and 160k distances.

Richie Power, who recently retired from Kilkenny’s inter county setup is hoping that by taking to the saddle he’ll be able to keep active and maintain the levels of fitness he has shown throughout his career. “I’m retired now from senior inter county hurling due to an ongoing injury with my knee so cycling is the perfect fit for me. I’ve always seen the bike as a good way to keep fit and any time I’ve gone for cycles, I’ve really enjoyed them. It’s a great way of getting out in to the fresh air with your friends and I’m looking forward to just giving it a go and trying something new.”

Fiona Coghlan, who is on board as a Cycle Series ambassador this year, is continuing to lead the way for women this summer as she is set to take part in Cork’s Rebel Tour in September.”I’m really looking forward to the day out at the Cycle Series. I’m going to bring a couple of friends along and it’ll be a great day out together on the bikes. Cycling is a great way for me to maintain my fitness levels and it’s a very social activity too so it ticks both boxes for me. Glengarriff here I come!”

Cycling Ireland paracyclist Peter Ryan will take part in the An Post Tour de Burren in June, incorporating the event in to his busy training schedule ahead of the Paralympics in Rio this summer. The former Tipp hurler is delighted to see the continued rise in numbers in cycling.”Taking to the bike changed my life in so many ways and cycling is now a huge part of my life. It’s fantastic to see so many people signing up to the events and what I love the most is that each of them cater for everyone, so it’s a very social day out.”

At the launch Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy commented:”The Cycle Series is an event for everybody, all ages and all fitness levels and is all about encouraging people to get active through cycling and developing habits of regular exercise which will ultimately lead to enhanced quality of life.”

An Post Chief Executive, Donal Connell welcomed the ambassadors to the 2016 event saying: “An Post is supporting Irish cycling at every level. We are working with well-known sports people and advocates for mental health and well-being to spread the word about the benefits of the sport for families, for people who want to be active and outdoors and of course there are wider benefits in terms of tourism and economy. An Post Cycle Series is now in its seventh year and in 2016 well over 100,000 cyclists will have gotten on their bikes and taken part since the first event. It’s a great achievement for everyone involved.”

The 2016 An Post Cycle Series gets underway on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May with the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo ( www.tourofsligo.ie ). This will be followed by the An Post Tour De Burren in Clare on Saturday, 18th June, while the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour will take place on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July. The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford takes place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August and finally the An Post Rebel Tour of Cork will be on Saturday, 10th September. All of the events are organised by the Sport Ireland’s Local Sports Partnerships in conjunction with their city, county and cycling club partners.

– See more at: http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Media/Latest_News/The-2016-An-Post-Cycle-Series-Was-Officially-Launched-Today.html#sthash.QWsHa4FF.dpuf

Online Registration for An Post Meath Heritage Cycle is now open! You can now register on http://www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour/how-to-enter/ 

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10k distance added to popular Royal County event

On Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd next, the town of Kells will welcome runners, joggers and walkers for the 6th Royal County Run/walk. This year sees the return of the 5k distance with the added attraction of a new 10k event. Both will start and finish on Canon Street.

The annual Royal County event is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership  with the support of Club Active, Kells;  Headfort Arms Hotel; Kells Gardai; St Brigid`s AC; 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 will open online on Friday 18th March – 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.

If you are interested in participating the 2016 Royal County event and haven`t as of yet started to train or perhaps need assistance reaching either the 5k or 10k target – check out your nearest Learn 2 Run programme in Meath (all jogging/running abilities catered for):

Trim – Tues & Thurs @ 7pm meeting opposite Garda Station.  Contact Ciaran 086 3445903

Navan – Tues @ 7.30pm Claremont Stadium. Contact Meath LSP 046 9067337

Kells -Monday @ 7pm meeting at Kells Swimming Pool. This is a 6 week programme starting on Monday 21st March. Coach Domo Moran 087 9159928

Dunshaughlin – Wed @ 7pm. Contact Paddy 087 2597731

Ashbourne – Wed 8.15pm @ Greenogue track. Contact Jim 087 6691559

Tara –Mon & Thurs @ 8pm Tara sports ground. Contact David 087 2657770

Dunboyne – Tues @ 8pm. Athletic track. Contact Geraldine 087 2218540

Moynalty – Sat @8.30am in park. Contact Alison 087 7566071

Laytown – Tues & Thurs @7.30pm in Tesco car park. Contact Lorraine 087 2033803.

Enfield – Mon & Wed @ 6.45pm at bypass, Enfield. Contact Geraldine 087 2376267

Bohermeen – Mon @7pm; Wed @ 7.30pm community centre. Contact Stephen 086 0792580

Anyone interested in participating in the 2016 Royal County 5km should contact Meath LSP @ 046 9067337 or log onto www.meathsports.ie.

 

Men on the Move participants commit to doing their first 10k. Gerry Martin, John Bell, Michael Cahill & Joe Smith

Men on the Move participants commit to doing their first 10k. Gerry Martin, John Bell, Michael Cahill & Joe Smith

Participants from Parkrun Navan encouraging all to get involved in this year`s Royal County event

Participants from Parkrun Navan encouraging all to get involved in this year`s Royal County event

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Kiltale Hurling & Camogie club chosen to be included in the GAA National Healthy Club Project

The Kiltale Hurling & Camogie Club has been selected to participate in Phase 2 of the innovative GAA Healthy Clubs project.

GAA Healthy Clubs aim to support their members’ and their communities’ health by empowering them to take greater ownership of every aspect of it – be it physical, emotional, or social. Our motto is: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Clubs.

An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Aogán Ó Fearghail, commended all the clubs that applied for Phase 2 (almost 100 in total) and wished those selected every success on their journey.

“The GAA is more than just a sporting association, we are also a community organisation. We want to ensure that everyone who comes in contact with our clubs – be they players, officers, coaches, referees, parents, or just members of our communities – benefit from that experience. We believe that the Healthy Clubs project will help support clubs in achieving that goal,” he said.

The Healthy Clubs project is a key element of the GAA’s growing work in the area of wellbeing. It involves a unique public-private partnership involving the Irish health sector (Health Service Executive/National Office for Suicide Prevention) and Irish Life, whose Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investment has made Phase 2 possible. It also benefits from input by Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency, and relevant academia.

The independent evaluation into Phase 1 (which ran from March 2013-July 2015 and involved 16 clubs across the four provinces) strongly endorsed the project’s partnership approach to addressing health and wellbeing at community level. The report, by a team from Waterford IT’s Centre for Health Behavioural Research, also commended the clubs’ volunteers for their selfless work in areas relating to healthy eating, physical activity, emotional wellbeing and mental health, social inclusion, youth development, and much more.

Phase 2, which will run for approximately 18 months, remains a learning experience for all involved.  The 60 participating clubs (at least one from each county) and the Community & Health team in Croke Park are breaking new ground. Through the continued evaluation of their experiences they hope to develop a suite of resources and materials that will be fit for purpose as they aspire to make the Healthy Clubs project available to all interested clubs in Phase 3.

This is going to be of great benefit to the health & wellbeing of all our club members and their families – Jane Donnelly  Kiltale Health & Wellbeing officer

“Our club will be using Lá na gClubanna on May 8th as an opportunity to officially launch our participation in the project. More details will follow but we are inviting all interested persons to come along, get involved, and help make our community a healthy place for everyone to enjoy.

For more details visit the Kiltale club’s website, Facebook, Twitter

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Olympic Coach to assist Meath Running Group

This coming March, a local athletics coach Evan Scully who has worked with some of the world’s top athletes will give his time to coach a 9 week indoor session for members of the Meath Running Group.

Evan is a Sports Therapist, Strength Coach and Acupuncturist operating from Batterstown. He is a renowned runner in his own right having represented Ireland at juvenile level, he then progressed to coaching. Work opportunities with NIKE in Oregon and training camps in Kenya have paved the path for Evan to coach top middle and long distance runners such as Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie.

Evan is travelling to the Rio Olympics in August in an official coaching role with the Kenyan and New Zealand athletics team, but before he does so he has offered to coach the Meath Running Group.

“I am delighted to hear that Meath Running Group continues to grow in numbers, it’s great to know that so many recreational runners are dedicating time to train for events such as the half and full marathon. For me, it will be refreshing to take time out from my Olympic preparations to work with the members of the Meath Running Group. My aim is to improve their running efficiency, their flexibility but most of all their enjoyment of running”

His clinic (Scully Therapy Clinic) can be found on his website www.ScullyTherapyClinic.com.

Meath Running Group is an initiative of Meath Local Sports Partnership. Established in 2009 to help support recreational runners and joggers achieve their aims of participating in middle and long distance events. Training sessions are tailored to individual abilities & levels – from beginner to seasoned running pro. We provide a 30 week programme/3 blocks – depending on your target (each block can be stand alone).

Block 1 (Conditioning for Running) Evan Scully – (Wednesday March 9th 7pm-8pm Claremont Stadium Hall Navan).

Block 2 (Middle distance & speed work) Coach Paddy Mangan (May – July at Claremont Stadium)

Block 3 (Middle & long distance training) Coach Paddy Mangan (Aug –Oct at Claremont Stadium)

Registration is now open and forms are available here MRG Registration Form Block 1 2016

Please note that places are limited for block 1 so registration is required in advance.

For further please contact David McCaffrey at Meath Local Sports Partnership on 046-9067337 or email dmccaffey@meathcoco.ie

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Minister Ring and Sport Ireland announce 27million euro in sports grants for 2

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

To support Irish participation at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games in August and September, a total grant package in excess of €10 million was announced. In addition, with the supports of the services of the new Institute of Sport High Performance Training Centre, at Sport Ireland’s National Sports Campus, the total investment in High Performance Sport for 2016 will be well in excess of €11 million.In addition, there was a package of €10.6 million invested in National Governing Bodies of Sport with a further €5 million investment through the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships.

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

Chair of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, speaking at the announcement added: “We are delighted to announce a wide range of grants for Governing Bodies which cover the critical period of 2016 towards Rio but also a wide range of important programmes which are covered by the National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Local Sports Partnerships. Sport has flourished over the past number of years despite financial difficulties and have continued to expand their services. Some of the highlights of the today’s announcement include:
• Over €1.8 million invested through the International Carding Scheme (Details of which will be announced soon)
• Additional investment has been allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland to support the training camps and their Rio activities
• Significant investment has been allocated to Paralympics Ireland to support their pre-games camp in Uberlandia and all their games activities
• Additional support was to Hockey Ireland and Pentathlon Ireland who delivered outstanding results in 2015 and are well placed to deliver  excellence in Rio
• Support will be provided to the IRFU towards the Olympic Repechage Rugby 7s taking place in UCD in June
• €200,000 will be invested through the Team Ireland Golf Trust to provide direct financial support to a number of golfers as well as additional financial support to hosting the Challenge Tour event in Ireland which is a vital component of the development of Irish Golf and Irish Golfers
• Over €600,000 will be invested in NGBs towards Women in Sport Programmes to ensure opportunities for women across the sporting spectrum (with further investment to be announced across the FAI and IRFU) and a further €114,700 through Local Sports Partnerships

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

 

See the full breakdown of funding Sport Ireland Sports Investment 2016

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