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.

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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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Run, jog or walk – GloHealth invites Meath schools to complete the GloHealth School’s Mile Challenge 2016!

Help promote health and fitness among students with Athletics Ireland

Meath secondary schools are part of the 15,000 students across Ireland that took part in the challenge last year

The GloHealth School’s Mile Challenge is calling on Meath pupils to run, jog or walk a manageable one-mile distance in order to promote health and fitness through recreational participation in sport. The Challenge is open to secondary school students of all fitness abilities and can be organised by an individual class or across the entire school.  In 2015 an estimated 15,000 pupils all over Ireland took the GloHealth School’s Mile Challenge, which is a joint initiative between Athletics Ireland and the Irish Schools Athletic Association.

Parents, teachers and pupils are now being encouraged to support this fantastic initiative in 2016, which can be held during or after school hours on school grounds and is easy to implement. Every student who takes part has their time recorded and is awarded with a coloured wristband which represents their one mile completion time. Schools can also arrange a repeat challenge which is often the case, as they aim to improve their times and upgrade their wristbands.

Irish Schools Athletic Director Anthony White said “The GloHealth School’s Mile Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people to get active and involved in a healthy form of exercise. The initiative is about enjoyment and participation open to all students, the main purpose is to promote running or walking as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle.”

Since the inception of the School’s Mile Challenge in 2011, its popularity has gone from strength to strength. The first year of the challenge saw 5,000 pupils across 28 schools participate. Now in its fifth year, the challenge has recorded the highest number of participants with 15,000 students across 57 schools nationwide taking part in this initiative in 2015.

Speaking about the initiative Jim Dowdall, CEO, GloHealth said “GloHealth is delighted to support the School’s Mile Challenge, as we are acutely aware of the proven relationship between participation in sport and its impact on a child’s current and future health, as well as the range of direct and indirect benefits associated with ongoing physical activity. Our partnership with Athletics Ireland demonstrates our continued commitment to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle across Ireland.  At GloHealth we also reward parents who have kids in sports clubs by giving €30 cash back on their club membership*.”

If your school would like to take on the GloHealth School Mile Challenge please contact Anthony White by email: schools@athleticsireland.ie or telephone: (01) 8669933.

 

 

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Meath Community Grant Scheme 2016

Applications are invited from Community Groups, Tidy Towns/Village Committees, Residents Associations, Schools and other organisations, who are engaged in, or intending to engage in environmental works or anti litter initiatives in their communities. Closing Date for receipt of completed applications for the following Schemes is 5pm on Thursday, 31st March, 2016

COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT SCHEME 2016

Meath County Council’s Community Action Grant Scheme is set-up to assist local community and voluntary groups that would benefit from small scale or once-off funding to support the group’s activities or to develop a particular project.

TIDY TOWNS GRANT SCHEME 2016

This grant will assist local Tidy Towns groups to undertake improvement works for the purpose of enhancing the local environment of their town or village with a view to participating in the National Tidy Towns Competition 2016.

RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION GRANT SCHEME 2016

This grant replaces the former Amenity Grant Scheme and is designed to assist Residents Associations with grass cutting and similar works in their estate.

FESTIVAL AND EVENT GRANT SCHEME 2016

Meath County Council recognises the contribution that Festivals and Events make to the lives of the people of the county and the economic benefits in terms of increased commercial activity that is generated. This grant provides   assistance   to groups who co-fund their event from different sources.

STREETSCAPE PAINT SCHEME 2016

This funding is available to groups formed with the intention of carrying out a streetscape painting scheme which would assist in giving a number of adjoining houses a paint treatment or where a group wish to decoratively paint a discussed area in a town/village. The fund is intended to assist with the cost of painting the front façade of key buildings in town/village streets, subject to terms and conditions of the scheme.

BURIAL GROUND GRANT SCHEME 2016

This grant will assist Local Cemetery Committees/Groups in delivering specific projects which maintain and enhance specific local graveyards in the County.

PRIDE OF PLACE SCHEME 2016

Pride of Place will be launched in early April and categories will be broadly similar to 2015. There will be additional categories for Best Shop Front, Best Streetscape and Best Hospitality/Tourism. There will be 3 separate Categories for Housing Estates. Further information will be available at our Municipal District Information Evenings.

ANTI – LITTER INITIATIVE 2016

Meath County Council is holding an Anti-litter Initiative during the months of March and April 2016. This is open to all towns, villages, housing estates, voluntary groups, youth groups, etc. Judging will take place during March and April and groups who attain a certain average score will receive a Certificate and a minimum grant of €150.00. Details are available on our website at  http://www.meath.ie/Community/PrideofPlace/AntiLitterLeague/

Applications to be submitted to Meath County Council, Community Department, Pride of Place, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan or by e-mail to prideofplace@meathcoco.ie  before Friday, 19th February, 2016.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Groups or individuals who would be interested in availing of these grants are invited to attend at Information sessions in their local Municipal District on the following dates at 6.30pm:
Ashbourne Civic Office –Tuesday, 9th February
Dunshaughlin Civic Office – Wednesday, 10th February
Duleek Civic Office –Tuesday, 16th February
Trim Castle Arch Hotel – Wednesday, 17th February
Kells Civic Office (Town Hall) – Tuesday, 23rd February
Navan Civic Office (Town Hall) – Wednesday, 24th February

Further info see: http://www.meath.ie/…/CommunityGrants/CommunityGrantsScheme/

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Winter Activities 2016 for Adults and Children with a disability

See below for details on Winter Activities Programme 2016 for Adults and Children with a disability

Winter Programme 2016

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Meath LSP’s Ezine Winter/Spring 2016

View MLSP E Bulletin Jan 2016

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events

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Walkers transform Kells!

Fordstown`s Lucy Dillon (leader with this year`s Operation Transformation programme) along with RTE`s Kathryn Thomas led off approx 1000 walkers (young & old) in Kells last Saturday as part of Operation Transformation National Walk day run in association with Meath Local Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland.

Lucy who is the youngest member of the OT leaders this year undertook the 5km walk in Kells along with her partner, Conor, baby Molly Therese and family members.  Prior to the start of the walk, Lucy told everyone about how much she was looking forward to being part of the programme, that she appreciated that her journey would be tough, but with the help of her family and support of everyone in Meath she would get there. Organisers were particularly pleased with the number of families who took part on the day.

Walks organised by Meath LSP in Navan and Trim, saw approx 400 people participate in both areas.

Meath LSP would like to extend their thanks to the Gardai, Civil Defence and local club volunteers for their assistance in rolling out the walks in all three areas.

Anyone interested in walking as part of a group should come along to either of the venues below, where local community groups are organising Couch to 5k walks. Walks are free and open to all walking abilities:

  • Walk 2 Fitness in Kells. Meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings @7pm at Titan Sports in the Business Centre in Kells. Contact Titan for further info: 046 9247527
  • Meet`n Walk in Navan. Starting @ 7pm on Wednesday 13th January at the Old Barracks (Town Council) in Navan

Lucy Dillon hopes to make it to Kells at some stage to join in the walks and will also be attending the Parkrun on Sat mornings in Blackwater Park, Navan @ 9.30am. Parkrun is free and is open to all jogging/running abilities – suits absolute beginners in addition to seasoned pros. If you are looking to build up to jogging/running a 5km, why not try out the Parkrun?

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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 include:

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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. Venues for training include:

Area Details Contact
Trim Meet n Train every Tuesday & Thursday @ 7pm meeting at White Lodge B&B, Ring Road, Trim. Ciaran Tobin 086 3445903
Navan Commencing Tuesday 8th March at 7pm Claremont Stadium Meath LSP 046 9067337
Dunshaughlin Registration Wednesday January 13th Dunshaughlin Community Centre Paddy Mangan 087 2597731
Ashbourne Starts 13th @ 8.15pm January at Greenogue Track Jim Kavanagh 087 6691559
Athboy Commencing early March David Ivers 086-0842109
Tara Meet `n Train every Monday & Thursday @ 8pm Tara Sports Grounds David McCarthy 087 2657770
Dunboyne Couch to 5k commencing Tuesday 5th Jan @ 9pm Dunboyne AC track, Rooske Rd Geraldine Fagan 087 2218540
Laytown Fit 4 Life commences late January/Feb Lorraine Hyland 087 2033803
Oldcastle Learn 2 Run commencing mid May every Monday @8pm in Gilson Park, Oldcastle Robert Caffrey 087 9916946  www.stbrigidsathleticclub.com
Moynalty Couch to 5k commencing in mid January Alison Boland 087 7566071www.facebook.com/moynaltyac
Enfield Fit 4 Life every Monday & Wednesday at 6.45pm meeting at bypass, Enfield Geraldine Cusack 087 2376267
Bohermeen Fit 4 Life every Monday @7pm Wednesday @7.30pm – Bohermeen Community Centre Stephen Ball 086 0792580

Target: Royal County 5km & 10km on Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd 2016 in Kells

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Meet`n Walk

Navan Community meet`n walk – commences Wed 13th Jan. Meet at the Old Barracks (Town council) @ 7pm

Please bring a hi-vis vest. Free event, open to all walking abilities.

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Men on the Move                                                          1525x750mm banner PRINT

Calling all men over 30 years of age!

Would you like to be fitter than you are now?

Would you like to improve your energy levels?

Yes???Why not come along to our Men on the Move physical activity Programme – you don’t need to be fit or even healthy to join, just willing to give it a go!

Men on the Move will start in the following areas in January 2016:

Laytown St. Colmcilles GAA Monday 11th January at 7.30pm
Dunshaughlin St. Patricks Hall Tuesday 19th January at 7.30pm
Navan Claremont Stadium Thursday 14th January at 8pm
Kiltale Kiltale GAA Wednesday 20th January at 8pm

Coming Soon – Men on the Move is coming to Oldcastle at the end of January.

To register your interest or for more information please contact Ruairi on 046-9067337 or email rmurphy@meathcoco.ie

If you would like to start a “Men on the Move” programme in your area – please give Ruairi a call at the number above.

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Meath Running Group……. every step a victory!

Ever thought of completing a 10km, half marathon or a full marathon, but don’t know where to start, how to train for it or simply keep to a regime on your own? Meath Running Group can help you do just that!

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).

When Where What Why Benefit
Block 1Wed 9th March @7pm Claremont Stadium, Navan Indoor Core & Conditioning (9 weeks) To work core strength, improve flexibility, posture & balance Injury prevention & improves general strength
Block 2Wed 18th May @ 7pm Claremont Stadium, Navan Speed & Middle Distance training (11 weeks) Preparation for 5 mile, 10km & 10 mile distances Improves running form & speed
Block 3Wed 17th Aug @ 7pm Claremont Stadium, Navan Middle to Long  Distance Training (10 weeks) Preparation for the half, ¾ & full marathon distances Improves running endurance

In 2015, Meath Running Group helped over 80 recreational joggers & runners to reach their target – either completing a 10km, 10 miles, half or full marathon. This year that person could be you! Find Meath Running Group –     http://www.facebook.com/meathrunninggroup

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All of the above events are organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership. For details of other events, activities and programmes please contact 046 9067337 or visit www.meathsports.ie or follow us: http://www.facebook.com/meathsportspartnership          http://www.twitter.com/MeathLocalSport

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GormleyLogo jpeg (2)Walk to Fitness

Free walking programme organised by Gormleys Pharmacy, Kells & Titan Strength & Fitness, Kells. Starts Thursday 14th Jan at Titan Stength & Fitness, Kells Business park. Suitable for all walking abilities!

Free health check in Gormleys (expires end Feb) – weight, height, BMI etc;

Contact:          Gormleys:       046 9240950;    Titan Fitness:     046 9247527

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kprc-logo1-150x150Kells People`s Resource Centre

Walking Group – open to everyone in the community

Morning walks commencing Mon 11th; Wed 13th & Fri 15th Jan @ 9.30am

Includes Healthy Eating workshops with tips on: good nutrition on a budget, portions sizes, recipes, meal planning & shopping tips. Once off registration fee of €5 applies.

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parkruntreeParkrun – 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

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Operation Transformation National Walk 2016

Local lass, Lucy Dillon becomes national leader!

 

Lucy Dillon, from Fordstown, Kells has been recently selected as a leader with RTE`s Operation Transformation programme in January.

 

Meath Local Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland have linked up with OT team to promote the national walk day on Saturday 9th January.

 

Lucy, alongside family and friends will lead the walk from Kells. She is originally from Fordstown, went to school in Eureka Kells, worked in the Arches bar, kicked football with the women in Gaeil Colmcille, Kells & Meath GAA; basketball with Athboy Cobras & the North East Basketball team.

 

She is currently working as reservation/sales executive in Knightsbrook hotel, in Trim.

 

Herself, her dad Pat and two brothers Ben & Joe operate the hugely successful Grove Gardens, better known for its Haunted Spooktacular adults event at Halloween. Lucy is living with her partner Conor and their 1 yr old daughter Molly Therese in Clonmellon.

 

Lucy would love to see everyone from Kells, Athboy, Clonmellon, Trim and surrounding areas come out and support her on the walk on the 9th Jan.  Those interested in walking with Lucy and members from the OT crew, should meet on the Fairgreen car park at 9.45am.

 

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.

 

There are 2 other walks (at 10am) in Meath on the day – if Kells doesn`t suit you – try:

Walk 2: Trim Castle distance 3.7km (along the Sli na Slainte route), meet in front of the castle.

Walk 3: Navan Blackwater Park 5km, meet at car park in Blackwater park.

 

 

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.

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Eurolink commit sponsorship to primary school cycle safety programme.

Eurolink Motorway Operations Ltd have committed increased sponsorship support to Meath Local Sports Partnership`s Cycle Safety programme for the coming year 2016.

In 2012, Eurolink agreed to become the official sponsor of the Cycle Safety programme. Since then almost 5000 primary school children have availed of this training. Increased sponsorship will see an additional 100 primary students participate in 2016, bringing to total number of children participating for this year to 1700.

David Schuller (Operations Manager with Eurolink) stated how pleased he was that Eurolink will continue to partner Meath LSP in rolling out the primary school safe cycling programme.

Eurolink are committed to improving road safety and would view the cycle safety programme in particular the safety components of road awareness and positioning as critical to improving the overall safety of children on our roads.

The Cycle Safety programme provides training to classes from 3rd up to 6th class. Schools can opt for annual training, bi annual or every 3 to 4 years depending on the number of children to be trained. Bicycles and helmets are provided for up to a limit of 30 children per class.

Cycle Safety is co-ordinated by Meath LSP and rolled out with the support of the Road Safety Authority and sponsors Eurolink.

If your school wishes to take part on this programme in 2016, please contact Meath LSP at 046 9067337 or email dmccaffrey@meathcoco.ie

 

Cycle Safety Programme

Cycle Safety Programme

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Ireland is finally tipping the balance in active ageing

Irish people over 50 are now more likely to be active than inactive, according to a new survey from Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life and Sport Ireland. The research, launched  by Minister Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Tourism and Sport, shows that there are 53% of older adults who can be classed as ‘active’ instead of ‘low or not active’. Just over half of those are getting half-an-hour of physical activity five days a week, so they are reaching the national guidelines for adults. Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland have been tracking the behaviours and attitudes of older people since 2006 and this has been the first time that active older people are in the majority, though the research has been seeing activity levels slowly rising over that time from 39% to 53%.

 

“The research is great news,” says Go for Life manager Mary Harkin, speaking at the launch, “It shows the kind of impact that programmes like Go for Life are having on the lives and health of older people across the country. While the work of Go for Life continues community-by-community with our Physical Activity Leaders providing peer support to get people active, it feels like we’ve reached a bit of a milestone by becoming the majority”.

The majority of people are becoming healthier and more active simply by increasing their walking speed and making time for a regular walk each day. Apart from walking, the most popular activities are swimming and golf among those over 50. One area that is seeing a notable rise is the popularity of cycling among older people. Since 2011, the numbers on their bikes have risen from 4% to 7%, having passed out activities like dancing and weight training. While this may be due to increases and improvements in cycle routes, to the popularity of cycling among the general population or to other factors, it is expected that there will be an increased number of older people getting up on their bikes.

“At the same time, we can’t be complacent” warns Harkin “the research is clear that there are still a lot of people who feel completely excluded from sport and physical activity and that, through the Small Grant Scheme and through our other work, we are trying to empower people in their own communities to get more active and to open the door for other people to take part. What we have seen over the years is that many people want to take part but have been put off by misconceptions about sport. Go for Life shows them that it can be fun and that there’s usually tea and a biscuit at the end of it.”

John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland added:

“From the perspective of public health it is great to see the numbers of older people meeting the National Physical Activity Guidelines. These changes are in no small part a testimony to the work of the many sporting organisations including the Local Sports Partnership who continue to direct and focus their efforts towards inactive groups. The challenge now is to maintain the good work and keep Ireland active”.

The research, carried out by Perceptive Insight as a survey of 1,000 Irish people over 50, also found that there were inequalities present within the numbers participating. Those aged 50 to 64 were more inclined to be active than those aged 65 and over and that people from more affluent socio-economic backgrounds were more likely to be active than their less well-off neighbours. On a positive note, older women are beginning to catch up with men on participation in sport.

The research was launched along with the announcement of the Go for Life Small Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland which was awarding over 1,000 small grants to groups and clubs across the country who are encouraging physical activity among older people. These grants are estimated to reach over 30,000 older people each year and have, over 15 years, invested €5million in getting older people more active within their communities.

Minister Ring speaking at the launch of the research in the Alexander Hotel, Dublin, stated:  “One of my priorities is to increase participation in sport and physical activity, across all ages and groups.  I am very aware of the importance of sport and physical activity in the lives of all Irish people, both socially and from a health perspective. Go for Life is doing a wonderful job of providing greater opportunities for older people to enjoy all the benefits that participation can bring.”

For more information on Age & Opportunity, visit www.ageandopportunity.ie or find the organisation on Facebook or Twitter (@Age_Opp)

 

 

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Meath Local Sports Partnership shortlisted for National Award

Active Minds – a physical activity programme designed and rolled out by Meath LSP to combat the early onset of dementia in adults and to offer pathways to physical activity to adults with dementia, their carers and siblings has been shortlisted for the national Elevator Innovation in Dementia Award 2015.

The programme which is funded by the HSE, is in its infancy and is being rolled on a pilot basis in the following 3 areas:

  • Meath Alzheimers Society – Day Care Centre in Liscarton
  • Meath Mental Health Services (St Brigids Day Care centre, Donore)
  • Knightsbridge Nursing Home, Trim

Dementia Elevator is an education and empowerment programme developed by DCU and the HSE (with the support of Atlantic Philanthropies) to help individuals, communities and health systems engage appropriately with people with dementia. Elevator focuses on ability (rather than disability) and takes a person-centred approach to dementia care.

For more information on the Active Minds programme please contact Ruairi @ 046 9067337.

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Go for Life Grant Scheme Awards 2015

The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme awards have been announced for 2015. 31 groups in Meath have shared €8710 in funding.

The Small Grant Scheme is a joint initiative between Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme and Sport Ireland. Grants were 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.

The National Grant Scheme aims to assist in the implementation of locally-developed, well-planned initiatives designed to increase participation in recreational sport and physical activity by older people. In particular, the scheme is aimed at:

  • supporting the work of Go for Life including the network of PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) and the development of Go for Life Games and other initiatives;
  • assisting local clubs/organisations to enhance existing opportunities for their members in recreational sport and physical activity;
  • assisting local clubs/organisations to start new initiatives geared at involving older people in recreational sport and physical activity

Meath Groups awarded funding are as follows:

Ashbourne ICA 250.00
Athboy Active Retirement Club 250.00
Ballivor ARA 270.00
Beauparc ARA 250.00
Bective ICA 250.00
Bohermeen ARA 270.00
Carlanstown Community Development 270.00
Carnaross ARA 270.00
Clonmellon / Killallon ARA 280.00
Crossakiel Young at Heart ARA 280.00
Drumconrath ARA 270.00
Duleek Women’s Forum 250.00
Duleek-Bellewstown ARA 250.00
Dunboyne ARA 270.00
Dunshaughlin ICA 250.00
Horace Plunkett ICA 270.00
Irish Wheelchair Association, Navan 260.00
Kilmesssan Bowls Club 270.00
Lismullen ICA 250.00
Meath Local Sports Partnership 1,000.00
Mens Shed Dunboyne 250.00
Moynalty ICA 250.00
National Learning Network 250.00
Oldcastle ARA 270.00
Oldcastle GFC Club 270.00
Ratoath ICA 250.00
Skane ARA 270.00
Third Age Foundation 260.00
Trim Adult Learning and Leisure Programme ALPS 250.00
Wilkinstown ARA 150.00
Young at Heart Tierworker ARA 260.00
Total 8,710.00

 

Full details of funding are available http://ageandopportunity.ie/about/publications/go-for-life-publications/74-go-for-life-grants-awarded-2015/file

Meath LSP runs a number of physical activity programmes for older adults across the county. Anyone interested in learning more about these activities, should contact Ruairi Murphy @ 046 9067337

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VACANCY: Sports Inclusion Disability Officer

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

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer

(Fulltime, 3 Year Contract)

Remuneration:       Salary Scale €25,501 – €42,889

The position of Sports Inclusion Disability Officer is to support the strategic development and implementation of disability sport within Meath LSP.  The main function of this position is to increase the participation of people with disabilities in sport/physical activity and to ensure that local resources are used to best effect to facilitate inclusion.

The successful candidate shall:

  • Hold a relevant degree in sports/health related studies
  • Have minimum of 2 years experience  working in a similar role within the disability sector
  • Have minimum of 2 years experience of project management and of piloting and developing physical activity based initiatives.
  • Have the inter-personal skills to involve people, schools and communities in the planning, delivery and evaluation of programmes and initiatives.

Ideal candidate should be competent in the area of sports inclusion of people with disabilities.

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

Download Job Description  or also available by calling 046 9067337

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 Friday 20th November.

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

 

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Meath LSP’s Ezine Autumn/Winter 2015

View MLSP’s Ezine Autumn-Winter 2015

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events

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Community Coaching Programme

New Community Coaching Programme for further information see

http://www.meathsports.ie/community-coaching-programme/

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€41 million in funding under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) 2015

Minister for Sport, Michael Ring, TD, today announced €41 million in funding under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) 2015. This is the third round of the Sports Capital funding allocated under Minister Ring, following suspension of the Programme, under the previous administration, from 2008-2011.

These allocations have provided support for more than 2,600 projects nationally and demonstrate the Government’s commitment to sports and to providing for local facilities and local communities.

Congratulations to all the successful clubs and groups who obtained funding under this years Sports Capital Programme.

In total between Local and non local projects Meath was allocated €1,961,848
Non-Local Projects

Meath and District League €121,643

Local Projects

Meath Total Local Projects  €1,840,205

Ashbourne United Association Football Club Limited €30,000

Ballinlough Gaelic Football Club €80,000

Ballivor G.F.C. €44,000

Bective GAA Club €31,000

Boyne Hockey Club €800

Castle Villa AFC €63,000

Castletown GFC €38,000

Clonard G.A.A. €123,000

Coolmine Gymnastics Club €14,000

Cortown GFC €8,000

Drumconrath GFC €31,000

DUNBOYNE AFC €15,000

Dunshaughlin Community Centre Ltd €18,000

Enfield Celtic FC €100,000

KNOCKHARLEY CRICKET CLUB €6,000

Meath Hill GFC €33,000

Na Fianna Hurling and Football Club €120,000

Navan Pitch and Putt Club €85,000

Omega Sub Aqua Club €16,000

Parkvilla Football Club €17,000

Rathkenny A.C. €18,000

Ratoath GAA Club €12,000

Ratoath Rugby Football Club €132,000

Ratoath Tennis Club Ltd €32,000

Ribbontail Paddlers Canoe Club €5,000

Skryne Gaelic Football Club €100,000

SLANE GAA CLUB €110,000

St Brigids GFC €27,000

St Mary’s GFC €123,000

St Michaels G.F.C. €62,000

St Patrick’s GAA Club €23,000

St Vincents GFC €40,405

Stackallen Lawn Tennis Pitch & Putt Club €14,000

Summerhill GFC €65,000

Trim Canoe Club €6,000

Trim GAA €65,000

Trim Tennis Club €63,000

Walterstown GFC €70,000

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Kieran Mulvey to be appointed as Chair of Sport Ireland

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, today (Tuesday) announced that Mr Kieran Mulvey is to be appointed as the Chairperson of the newly-established Sport Ireland.

Sport Ireland, which is the new State Agency with responsibility for sport, arising from the merger of the Irish Sports Council and the National Sports Campus Development Authority, came into operation with effect from 1st October 2015. The Sport Ireland Act 2015 was signed into law on 13th May.

Minister Donohoe said: ‘I have today informed the Government that I intend to appoint Mr Kieran Mulvey as Chairperson of the Board, subject to the endorsement of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications.  I am delighted that Kieran has agreed to serve as Chairperson of the new Board and I am sure that his experience as Chairperson of the Irish Sports Council over the last five years will be of considerable value to Sport Ireland’.

Minister Michael Ring said: ‘The establishment of Sport Ireland is a positive move for Irish sport, delivering a single well-structured agency focused on the continued development of Irish sport. I am confident that Mr Mulvey has the right skills to take the new agency forward and that he and his Board will work hard to make sure that the transition to a single Sport Ireland is a safe and smooth one. I wish the Board and the Sport Ireland management and staff well in their work for Irish sport’.

In addition to the Chairperson, 10 members who previously served on the Boards of the Council and the Authority have been appointed to the Board of Sport Ireland. They are Bernard Allen, Seán Benton, Donal Óg Cusack, Roy Dooney, Mary Dorgan, Frances Kavanagh, John Maughan, Caroline Murphy, Patrick O’Connor and Liam Sheedy.

Minister Ring said: ‘Some members of the Council and the Authority have been appointed to the new Sport Ireland Board in order to ensure some continuity on the Board. We are at a critical and exciting phase in the development of the National Sports Campus, with construction of the National Indoor Arena well underway. Also we recognise the significant contribution that members of the Council and the Authority have made to the work of their respective agencies and the need to ensure a continuation of that work for Irish sport. I believe that the experience and skills of those members will be very valuable over the next few months as we move from two agencies to one’.

 

 

 

 

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Meath Mental Health Week

Meath Mental Health week is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with Meath County Council; HSE; Jigsaw Meath; SHINE; IFA; GAA; Jobmatters Meath; safeTalk & GROW.

The aim of the week is to promote awareness of the benefits of positive mental health; to create awareness of the signs and symptoms of those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties and to provide ease of information and sign posting of existing services to those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties

Speaking at the launch, CEO of Meath County Council, Jackie Maguire welcomed the initiative and said that “Meath County Council is delighted to sponsor the launch of Meath Mental Health Week and we are encouraging people to attend some of the workshops that will take place across the county. Mental health is as important as physical health and we hope that the activities will help to start a positive conversation and explore ways to improve our mental wellbeing.”

See Change ambassador Barbara Brennan introduced herself as a motivational speaker, a mum, sister, daughter and suicide survivor.  She spoke about how “incredibly positive and informative the launch was. It is great to see so many different avenues explored and being opened up to everyone with all the events planned during Mental Health Week. It is wonderful to see the participation of the local students and how to date they have engaged with the week – both with the advance artwork that is displayed here at the launch today, but also with the presentation and discussion itself. This is the kind of openness Ireland needs to make a difference and break the stigma surrounding mental health and make it a more honest, open and daily thing”

All workshops during the week are free to the public and are open to those over 16 years of age (unless stated otherwise) – some require advance booking due to limited numbers.

See details of workshops here – Meath Mental Health Week Timetable

If you require additional information regarding this upcoming workshop – please contact Aine at 046 9067337. Aine is the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Meath Local Sports Partnership.

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Men on the Move Information Nights a huge success

The Men on the Move information nights kick-started this week and they proved to be a great success.

Men from the 3 areas came out in huge numbers to sign up for the Men on the Move Project and to checkout their health.

The FREE physical activity programme will be rolled out over 12 weeks (2 blocks of 6 weeks) in 3 areas around the county. Men on the Move aims to provide men aged 30 plus with more opportunities to become physically active. Other components of the programme include fitness testing, healthy eating, maintaining lifestyle changes and stress management.

The Men on the Move Project will now commence with a 6 week physical activity programme in the following areas next week:

  • Dunshaughlin on Tuesday 6th October at 7.30pm in St. Patricks Hall.
  • Kiltale on Wednesday 7th October at 8pm in Kiltale GAA.
  • Navan on Thursday 8th October at 8pm in Claremont Stadium.

If you or anyone you know would like to participate in this programme please contact Ruairi Murphy, Meath Local Sports Partnership on 046-9067337 or email rmurphy@meathcoco.ie

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Launch of Meath Mental Health week Oct 4th – 10th

The launch of the upcoming Meath Mental Health week took place on Tuesday last with dignitaries from all walks of life in attendance.

Meath Mental Health week is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with Meath County Council; HSE; Jigsaw Meath; SHINE; IFA; GAA; Jobmatters Meath; safeTalk & GROW.

The aim of the week is to promote awareness of the benefits of positive mental health; to create awareness of the signs and symptoms of those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties and to provide ease of information and sign posting of existing services to those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties

Speaking at the launch, CEO of Meath County Council, Jackie Maguire welcomed the initiative and said that “Meath County Council is delighted to sponsor the launch of Meath Mental Health Week and we are encouraging people to attend some of the workshops that will take place across the county. Mental health is as important as physical health and we hope that the activities will help to start a positive conversation and explore ways to improve our mental wellbeing.”

See Change ambassador Barbara Brennan introduced herself as a motivational speaker, a mum, sister, daughter and suicide survivor.  She spoke about how “incredibly positive and informative the launch was. It is great to see so many different avenues explored and being opened up to everyone with all the events planned during Mental Health Week. It is wonderful to see the participation of the local students and how to date they have engaged with the week – both with the advance artwork that is displayed here at the launch today, but also with the presentation and discussion itself. This is the kind of openness Ireland needs to make a difference and break the stigma surrounding mental health and make it a more honest, open and daily thing”

All workshops during the week are free to the public and are open to those over 16 years of age (unless stated otherwise) – some require advance booking due to limited numbers.

See details of workshops here – Meath Mental Health Week Timetable

If you require additional information regarding this upcoming workshop – please contact Aine at 046 9067337. Aine is the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Meath Local Sports Partnership.

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Facilities Directory Update

Is your facility listed and up to date?

We have a comprehensive Facilities Listing of sport and leisure facilities in Meath: See http://www.meathsports.ie/clubs-facilities/facilities-directory/
Please check to make sure your facility is listed and the contact details are correct.

Please advise us of any changes, or if you have a new facility that is not on the directory please complete the following survey:

Create your own user feedback survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8ZJGNP

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Men on the Move in Meath

The Men on the Move project is back this September. The FREE physical activity programme will be rolled out over 12 weeks (2 blocks of 6 weeks) in 4 areas around the county. Men on the Move aims to provide men aged 30 plus with more opportunities to become physically active. Other components of the programme include fitness testing, healthy eating, maintaining lifestyle changes and stress management.

In 2014 93 men aged 30 years plus participated in the project in Laytown/Bettystown, Kiltale and Dunshauglin with great success. Men on the Move has the ability to change people`s lives, as one of the participants from Laytown said of last year`s programme – “I had a double by-pass last year and have struggled back to exercise. The Men on the Move has really brought me on. I am now walking 3-4 times a week and I’m delighted I took part in this. I have lost weight over the last few months and that is just by doing this programme. I have more energy to do other things around the house”.

Men on the Move can also influence family life as one participant in the Dunshaughlin area said “After a couple of weeks you feel the benefit and you can see the difference so that gives you extra motivation. Saturday and Sundays I used to lie around, now I go for a walk with the family or go for a run or cycle. That’s a massive achievement for me”.

This year the Men on the Move project will be delivered in Navan, Kiltale, Dunshaughlin and Laytown/Bettystown. The project will commence with information evenings in the 4 areas:

  • Dunshaughlin on Tuesday 29th September at 7.30pm in St. Patrick Hall.
  • Kiltale on Wednesday 30th September at 8pm in Kiltale GAA.
  • Navan on Thursday 1st October at 8pm in Claremont Stadium.
  • Laytown/Bettystown on Monday 2nd November at 7.30pm in St. Colmcilles GAA.

The information evenings will outline what the ‘Men on the Move’ activity programme involves and also includes an opportunity to get body measurements (Waist to Hip Ratio) along with tips on healthy eating and heart health information.  If you or anyone you know would like to participate in this programme please contact Ruairi Murphy, Meath Local Sports Partnership on 046-9067337 or email rmurphy@meathcoco.ie

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Call for Tutor submissions

Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP) is now inviting applications from suitably qualified individuals to join our Approved panel of Tutors.

Meath LSP, an Irish Sports Council initiative, plan, lead and coordinate the development of sport and physical activity in county Meath. Meath LSP deliver physical activity programmes to specific target groups including older adults, women, and men aged 30+ and people with disabilities.

Meath LSP is seeking applications from tutors who can demonstrate relevant expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Health/fitness qualifications
  • Facilitating and leading group physical activity sessions
  • Working with groups to increase their motivation and confidence in relation to physical activity
  • Experience of working with specific target groups as outlined above

All successful applicants will be engaged through service delivery contracts and must have a valid first aid certificate.

To apply, please send cover letter, C.V., copy of Public Liability Insurance and relevant qualifications to:

Ruairi Murphy

Meath Local Sports Partnership

Enterprise Centre,

Trim Road,

Navan,

Co. Meath

Or by email to rmurphy@meathcoco.ie

Deadline for receipt of applications is Tues 22nd September 2015.

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National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People 2015

The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and the Irish Sports Council 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 2015. This year grants will be between €250 and €700. The closing date for applications is Friday, 25 September 2015.To apply please log on to www.ageandopportunity.ie to or download and application form – NGS_15_Application_form_final

Meath Local Sports Partnership will hold a Grant Information Workshop on Tuesday 8th 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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Partial Exemption from Commercial Rates for Community Sports Clubs

The Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 provides a new partial exemption from commercial rates for Community Sports Clubs that are registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act 1904.

Buildings or part of buildings used for or in conjunction with the sale or consumption of alcohol or food, retail use or hire to non-community organisations continue to be liable for rates.

In order to avail of this partial exemption, Community Sports Clubs registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act 1904 are required to complete and submit an application, with supporting documentation, to the Valuation Office on or before Tuesday September 15th 2015.

Application forms and full details are available online from the Valuation Office website at www.valoff.ie , by emailing valuationservices@valoff.ie, or by telephoning the Valuation Office on 01 8171033.

For more information see:

http://irishsport.ie/wpress/index.php/2015/08/partial-exemption-from-commercial-rates-for-community-sports-clubs/

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Meath Running Group – Autumn Training Schedule

To-date over 80 recreational runners and joggers have participated in the weekly training sessions organised by Meath Running Group. The majority of which trained for 5k, 5 miles and10k events. Now after a short summer break the group training sessions are back.

The autumn sessions will start back on Wednesday August 19th at 7pm in Claremont Stadium Navan. This 10 week block will work on speed and long distance endurance training. This is ideal preparation for a half marathon or those interested in the full marathon.

However, if neither suits you and you simply wish to increase your distance and enjoy the benefit of group training then why not come along to the Meath Running Group

Registration will take place at the track at 6.45pm.  This 10 week programme will cost just €40. For more details please contact David 046-9067337 or email dmccaffrey@meathcoco.ie

Or download the form here MRG Registration Form 2015

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Vacancy – Clerical Assistant (CE Scheme)

Please find attached information relating to Clerical Assistant MLSP post.

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Tour de Meath – out in force!

Once again over last weekend, the County of Meath became the cycling destination of choice for almost 4000 cyclists in the seventh An Post Meath Heritage Cycle tour. The weekend kicked off with the 11k family spin on the Saturday with 600 cyclists from 6 year olds to the glamorous Grandmas and Granddas – all thoroughly enjoying themselves. On their return to Trim, Mr. Tayto was on hand to distribute certificates and freshly made tayto crisps.

Support along the 11km route was provided by the Gardai and the Civil Defence who and coaches from Trim & Moynalty Cycling cycled with the group offering support, guidance and assistance. Having stopped for refreshments in Jack Quinns, the young cyclists made their way back to Trim where they enjoyed an evening of free activities.

On a day which would test the most hardened of cyclists weather wise, over 600 brave cyclists took on the 160k route and headed up the hills of Tara, Skryne and Loughanlea. Against a head wind that started in Trim and didn`t let up for many until they got to Athboy, the 160k proved a tough test. The warm welcome and tea in Cormeen at the food stop was very well received.

1450 cyclists completed the 100k route, with almost 1000 taking on the Hill of Tara on the 50k.

Local celebrity, Fergus Cosgrove was on hand to act as the starting marshal the 50k route. Fergus, aged 9 learned to cycle independently earlier in the year through one of Meath LSP`s cycling safety courses. Fergus and his mum and two brothers completed their first ever 11km cycle spin as a family with Dad participating on the 50k on the Sunday.

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; Bohermeen Community Centre; Bawn Inn Athboy & Cormeen Community centre and Kiltale GAA.

Special thanks were extended by Mary Murphy, Event Coordinator, to the Gardai; Meath Civil Defence; HSE Ambulance service; Slane Motorbike marshals and the many volunteers, organisations and support staff who gave of their time to ensure that the 2015 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; the Irish Sports Council,; Trim Municipal District; Meath County Council; Meath Tourism; OPW; Trim Castle Hotel; Dunnes Stores; Glanbia; Trim, Dunboyne, Moynalty & Bohermeen Cycling clubs, Cycleways, 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 2015 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 22nd & 23rd of August with the Sean Kelly Tour and with the Cork Rebel Tour on the 12th of September. The An Post Cycle Series is run in association with the Irish Sports Council, An Post and 5 Local Sports Partnerships.

Photos and videos from the day are available on Cycle Tour Photo Gallery

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Get on your bike, kids – its family fun time

Family cyclists promoting the 11km family spin as part of the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour which takes place at 5pm from Trim on Saturday 25th 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. The aim of the Family spin is to promote the fun and enjoyment of cycling, with safety a key priority. This is open to children aged 6 years and over – stabilisers/tricycles are not permitted. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all stages of the cycle. Cost per entrant is €3. All participants must wear a helmet.

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 26th July – those interested in taking part can register online or call into our office up to 5pm on the 22nd July. Contact 046 9067337 for further details.

On Sunday 26th an array of food stalls and bouncy castles will add to the friendly family atmosphere at the start/finish area on Castle Street. So once you have completed the 11km on the Sat, why not bring the family along and support the cyclists on the Sun.

Family cyclists promoting the 11km family spin as part of the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour which takes place at 5pm from Trim on Saturday 25th 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. The aim of the Family spin is to promote the fun and enjoyment of cycling, with safety a key priority. This is open to children aged 6 years and over – stabilisers/tricycles are not permitted. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all stages of the cycle. Cost per entrant is €3. All participants must wear a helmet.

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 26th July – those interested in taking part can register online or call into our office up to 5pm on the 22nd July. Contact 046 9067337 for further details.

On Sunday 26th an array of food stalls and bouncy castles will add to the friendly family atmosphere at the start/finish area on Castle Street. So once you have completed the 11km on the Sat, why not bring the family along and support the cyclists on the Sun.

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

For the 2nd year, the charity Friends of St Joseph`s in Trim will benefit from the An Post Meath Heritage cycle tour.

This charity who is made up of volunteers regularly fundraise to enhance the comfort needs both personal and environmental of the residents of St Joseph`s in Trim. The funds raised to date have provided the residents with special motorised/multipositional wheelchairs, satellite TV`s, inner gardens, sun room and basic furniture for their own rooms.

Their efforts 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 tour.

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Unsure about the 160km Royal Challenge?

We have received a number of phone calls relating to the 160km Royal Challenge

The 160km Royal Challenge requires a high level of cycling fitness and experience. Cut-off applies at 77km on the 160km route. Cyclists not through this point before 11am will be directed to Moynalty village and back on to the 160km route. This measure is taken in the interest of health & safety and out of respect to the volunteers out on the course.

The tour officially closes at 4pm.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable cycle and if you have any further queries please go to the “help desk” at sign on in marquee on Castle Street, Trim.

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Still time to register for the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour on the 25th & 26th July

Those wishing to register can still avail of the early bird entry fee up until 16th July – registration will remain open online until 22nd July.
There are 4 distances to choose from:
11km Family Spin
50km Tara Loop
100km Royal Tour
160km Royal Challenge

All participants on the 50k, 100k and 160k will receive the special commissioned souvenir jersey – a real collector’s item. There are discounted rates available for OAP’s/Unemployed and Cycling Ireland members.

The family 11km spin commences at 5pm on Sat 25th with registration on the day. The other 3 distances take place on Sun 26th.

For further details see www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour/

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Vacancy: Federation of Irish Sport

The Federation of Irish Sport is recruiting a Chief Executive.

See CEO job description.pdf

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Calling all Volunteers!

Are you free on Saturday 25th or Sunday July 26th?

The Meath Heritage Cycle tour, part of the An Post Cycle series will take place over the weekend of July 25th and 26th.
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 25th with the other 3 distances taking place on Sunday 26th.

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 www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour

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Meath Disability Inclusion Training

 

 

When: Saturday, 27th June 2015

Where: Simonstown GFC, Navan

Time: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

 

Facilitated By:

Meath Sports Partnership in conjunction with the CARA National APA Centre and Coaching Ireland.

 

Who Should Attend?

Sports Coaches, Instructors, Sport leaders, Teachers, Parents, Volunteers and anyone interested or involved in the provision of Sport, Physical Activity and Physical Education for people with disabilities.

 

Certification:

On completion of the course all participants will receive a Coaching Ireland/CARA APA Centre certificate of completion and a course resource pack.

 

Cost:

€45.00

Note: Closing date for all bookings is 4pm on Thursday 23rd April.

 

Booking is on a first come first served basis. Book now to secure your place!

Ø Online booking here

Ø Download the course information flyer here

Ø Watch the youtube promotional clip here

 

Want to speak to someone about the course?

Training and Education Officer CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre

Tel: 066 714 5647

E Mail: apa@ittralee.ie

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An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour 2015 Jersey

Meath LSP have revealed the much anticipated jersey for this year’s An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour.
The An post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour takes place over the weekend of 25th and 26th July. The family 11km spin commences at 5pm on Sat 25th with registration on the day. The other 3 distances take place on Sun 26th. Avail of the early bird registration up until 16th July – registration closes on the 22nd July. Check out www.meathsports.ie for further details or contact Meath LSP at 046 9067337.

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Vacancy: National Co-ordinator for Be Active After School Physical Activity Programme

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR

 For Be Active After School Physical Activity Programme

Meath Local Sports Partnership in conjunction with the Health Service Executive wish to recruit a National Co-ordinator for the Be Active ASAP programme.

This is a specified purpose contract for a period of 2 years. Hours of work will be 37 hours per week.

The National Co-ordinator will be responsible for the promotion and coordination of the Be Active ASAP and the Active Living agenda across the primary education setting and with key stakeholders.

The candidate shall:

  • Hold a National Degree in Physical Education, Health & Leisure Management or equivalent qualification. Post Graduate qualification desirable.
  • Minimum of 3 years management experience in the health, education or sports development sector.
  • Staff management experience in the areas of staff training, appraisals, work schedules and performance reviews.
  • Solid financial management background with experience of estimate preparation and managing budgets with particular emphasis on procurement and cost saving/value for money.
  • Volunteer management background and experience in the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
  • An in-depth understanding of the Primary School PE Curriculum.
  • Sound working knowledge of the use of social media to include Google+, twitter, facebook & Likendin as a marketing and effective short burst communication tool.
  • IT proficient in Microsoft office, website maintenance and content management systems.
  • Have the inter-personal skills to involve people, schools and communities in the planning, delivery and evaluation of programmes and initiatives.

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

The salary for this post will be aligned to HSE Grade V (Clerical) Salary Scale commensurate with experience.

Download Job Description & Person Specification or available from mlsp@meathcoco.ie or by calling 046 9067337

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 or mlsp@meathcoco.ie.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 noon Wednesday 1st July 2015.

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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Minister Ring Launches Irish Sports Council Safe Sport App

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring recently launched the Irish Sports Council Safe Sport App at the Code of Ethics Information Day. The app is aimed at creating greater awareness and understanding about safeguarding best practice in children’s sport.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD commented “I believe it is extremely important that children and young people are given the opportunity at an early age to participate in sport in a safe and positive environment to develop and enhance their physical and social skills. Participation in sport will ultimately lead to a healthier society and an overall improved quality of life.”

John Treacy, CEO Irish Sports Council commented “The Safe Sport app is based on the Irish Sports Councils Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sports which has been adopted and implemented by National Governing Bodies of Sports, clubs and Local Sports Partnerships on an on-going basis.  It features key information regarding your role in sport to ensure children and young people’s experiences of sport are fun, enjoyable and conducted in the spirit of fair play”.

Users of the app will have access to exclusive video messages from Michael McKillop (Irish Paralympian), Mary Davis (President & Managing Director, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia), Liam Sheedy (Sports Analyst) and Alan Brogan (Dublin Football GAA). The app includes a ‘Travel Tracker’ which allows parents, coaches, who are driving someone else’s child/children home, for example after a training session, to permit the child’s parent, or guardian to view and have oversight of their location for a specified period of time while they are travelling on a journey.

The Safe Sport app is presented in two formats and you can choose to read or listen to the information. The native app is available for free download and available on IOS and Android platforms.

See http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/Code_of_Ethics/Code-Of-Ethics-App/

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PJ Gallagher returns for the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour

Popular comedian, avid cyclist and An Post Cycle Series ambassador, PJ Gallagher returns to Meath again in July for what will be the 7th Meath Heritage Cycle tour. The Meath Heritage Cycle tour, part of the An Post Cycle series is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the Irish Sports Council and An Post. The tour will take place over the weekend of July 25th and 26th. 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 16th 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 25th with the other 3 distances taking place on Sunday 26th. 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’s Ezine Summer 2015

View MLSP’s Ezine Summer 2015

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events

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Bike Week 2015

Bike Week 2015 13th June – 21st

Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the Department of Transport is supporting a number of activities for Bike Week 2015.

Bike Week 2015 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
Tuesday 9th Bike Right Sprocket Rocket Bicycle Maintenance workshop Suitable for children age 6 – 12 years Threshing Field, Moynalty @ 7pm Kieran – 087 2077624
Saturday 13th Tour de Dunboyne 10km Family Spin Meet in Dunboyne Village at 11am Liam 086 8128969
Sunday 14th Couch to 50km Controlled leisure spin – new/improving cyclists Ashbourne Retail Park @ 10am Alan 087 6117669
Monday 15th Cycle Fest 5km & 8km Family spins Bike Maintenance Safety Skills Bohermeen Community Centre @ 7.30pm Marie 087 3430785
Tuesday 16th Bike Right Bike Maintenance and Workshop Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA Centre 7.30pm – 9pm Alan 087 6117669
Tuesday 16th Leisure Spin Newbie cyclists –approx 20km Youth café, Oldcastle @ 7pm Tom – 086 7710099
Wednesday 17th Bike Right Sprocket Rocket Bicycle Maintenance workshop Suitable for children age 6 – 12 years Threshing Field, Moynalty @ 7pm Kieran – 087 2077624
Wednesday 17th Cycling for Beginners Leisurely cycle for new & improving cyclists – adults only Moynalty Village @7pm Shane – 086 7272822
Thursday 18th Intro to Cyclecross Cyclecross Training for Newbies – includes Mountain bikes, BMX`s etc Loughcrew Gardens @ 7pm Tom 086 7710099
Friday 19th Cycling for Beginners Leisurely cycle for new & improving cyclists – adults only Moynalty Village @7pm Shane – 086 7272822
Saturday 20th Leisure spin (30km controlled spin)

60km spin

80km spin

New and beginner cyclists – adults only

 

Improving cyclists

Experienced

Credit Union car park, Oldcastle @ 10 am Tom 086 7710099
Saturday 20th Bike Right Sprocket Rocket Bicycle Maintenance workshop Safety skills Credit Union car park, Oldcastle @ 2 pm Tom 086 7710099
Sunday 21st Family 6km Spin Launch of cycle lanes in Ashbourne Frederick Street, Ashbourne @ 10am Alan 087 6117669
Sunday 21st Family 10km 

Cycle Games along route

Suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities. High Nellie users welcome

Come and Try comic bike cycling

Old Convent School @ 2.30pm 

Old Convent School @ 2.30pm

Sean 087 2857095 

Sean 087 2857095

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Summer Activities Programmes 2015

See Summer Activities Programme 2015 for details on Summer Activities for Adults and Children with a disability

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Meath Community Grants 2015

Meath County Council provides a range of Grants to community groups to assist with actions and projects being undertaken in their local area. These grants are intended to sustain community activity and active citizenship.

The range of grants available under the Community Grants 2015 are:

Closing date for receipt of completed applications for the following schemes is 5.00pm on Friday, 5th June, 2015

COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT SCHEME 2015

Meath County Council’s Community Action Grant Scheme is set-up to assist local community and voluntary groups that would benefit from small scale or once-off funding to support the group’s activities or to develop a particular project. Applications will not be accepted from statutory bodies and proposals from individuals will generally not qualify. Only one application from any group will be considered under one of the following sub-headings:
Community Involvement: Active Elderly: Equality and Social Inclusion: Community Facilities/Amenities/Sports Development: Youth and Children Support.

TIDY TOWNS GRANT SCHEME 2015

This grant will assist local Tidy Towns Groups to undertake improvement works for the purpose of enhancing the local environment of their town or village in participation for this year’s National Tidy Towns Competition.

BURIAL GROUND GRANT SCHEME 2015

This grant will assist Local Cemetery Committees/Groups in delivering specific projects which maintain and enhance specific local graveyards in the County.

FESTIVAL & EVENT GRANT SCHEME 2015

Meath County Council recognises the contribution that Festivals and Events make to
the lives of the people of the county and the economic benefits in terms of increased commercial activity that is generated. This grant provides assistance to groups who co-fund these events from different sources.

STREETSCAPE PAINT SCHEME 2015

Meath County Council is pleased to announce a ‘Streetscape Paint Scheme’ whereby a fund has been allocated to assist with the cost of painting the front façade of key buildings in town/village streets, subject to terms and conditions of the Scheme.

Further details and application forms can be obtained on-line at http://www.meath.ie/…/CommunityG…/CommunityGrantsScheme2015/

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Funding available for Bike Week

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 to apply for funding.

Bike Week is a cross-community effort to highlight cycling as a fun, cost effective and healthy way to travel. This year Bike Week will take place from the 13th – 21st 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. New fun events which encourage beginners and novices out on to bikes will receive priority.

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

Please ensure you have read the grant criteria

Closing date for return of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 20th May.

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Dunshaughlin AC takes the honours at the Royal County 5k in Kells

It was a clean sweep from Dunshaughlin AC in glorious sunshine in Kells on Sunday last. Shane Boyle took the honours in the men`s category with Shauna Moran winning the female category.

In the 5 yers of the event, Dunshaughlin AC have dominated – winning the men`s category each year. Shane Boyle is a past winner, having won in 2012 also.

Top 3 finishers per category:

Male

  1. Shane Boyle 17:21
  2. Eanan McPartland 17:29
  3. Davy Byrne 18:05

Female:

  1. Shauna Moran             20:59
  2. Dervilla Finnegan        22.36
  3. Bernadette Finnegan   22:40

Prizes for the winners were sponsored by Club Active gym in Kells – each receiving year long membership to the gym.

Please click here for Royal County 5km results

Thanks were extended by Meath LSP to 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 and Kells Swimming pool who helped cool down the participants with a free swim.

Participants – Eimear Condra, Ciara Finnegan, Bernadette Finnegan, Ciara Condra & Eithne Condra – all from Nobber

 

 

presentation of winners prizes by Mary Murphy (Coordinator of Meath LSP) & David Nolan (Manager Club Active gym, Kells)

Presentation of winners prizes by Mary Murphy (Coordinator of Meath LSP) & David Nolan (Manager Club Active gym, Kells)

Staff of MLSP & Club Active

Staff from Meath LSP – David McCaffrey, Ruairi Murphy, Mary Murphy with Lynn Murphy, Lisa Sommerfield ; David Nolan, Richie Barry, Elva Smith

 

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Slane 5k Trail Run/Walk

From midday on Sunday 19th, 350 participants, both young and old gathered in the grounds of Slane Castle to participate in the inaugural 5k Trail Run/Walk. They were warmly welcomed by Lord Henry Mountcharles who was on hand to start the event. As a budding athlete at 15 years of age, Lord Mountcharles could run the mile in an impressive time of 4:10 – which would put him in the top finishers for yesterday`s event, just ahead of the Slane NS Principal Paul O Donnell!

Speaking on behalf of the Slane NS Parents association, Michelle Duffy thanked Lord Mountcharles and his wife Lady Iona, for opening up the grounds of the castle for this local community event. Michelle went on to say, “all proceeds from the event are going towards the development of a new playing pitch for the school, which in turn will benefit the community”.

She also went on to thank Meath Locals Sports Partnership for all their support in organising the event, the staff of Slane Castle, the local sponsors – Worrells Electrical; Supermacs; Panda Waste; Aura & O Dowd, Donnelly, Carbin Insurance Brokers; Meath Civil Defence, Slane Tidy Towns, official water sponsors Romayo`s, Fyffe`s, Musgraves and the many parents who volunteered their time on the day and who spent endless hours preparing delicious food for all the participants. Participants were kept entertained throughout by DJ Andrew Cassidy from Boyle`s of Slane.

Feedback from all who took part was hugely positive. Participants are encouraged to check out Slane 5k facebook page for photos from the day.

 

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Meath Disability Inclusion Training Course

 

 

When: Saturday, 27th June 2015

Where: Simonstown GFC, Navan

Time: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

 

Facilitated By:

Meath Sports Partnership in conjunction with the CARA National APA Centre and Coaching Ireland.

 

Who Should Attend?

Sports Coaches, Instructors, Sport leaders, Teachers, Parents, Volunteers and anyone interested or involved in the provision of Sport, Physical Activity and Physical Education for people with disabilities.

 

Certification:

On completion of the course all participants will receive a Coaching Ireland/CARA APA Centre certificate of completion and a course resource pack.

 

Cost:

€45.00

Note: Closing date for all bookings is 4pm on Thursday 23rd April.

 

Booking is on a first come first served basis. Book now to secure your place!

Ø Online booking here

Ø Download the course information flyer here

Ø Watch the youtube promotional clip here

 

Want to speak to someone about the course?

Training and Education Officer CARA Adapted Physical Activity Centre

Tel: 066 714 5647

E Mail: apa@ittralee.ie

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Meath Spring Walk Series

Meath Local Sports Partnership’s Spring Walk Series has been a big success so far with over 70 walkers taking art in the Enfield, Laytown and the Hill of Tara walks held in March. The final two walks this spring will take place in the following areas:

• Saturday 11th April in Mullaghmeen Forest Walk at 10.30am, meeting at Mullaghmeen Forest Car Park.

• Saturday 11th April in Oldbridge House Estate at 10.30am, meeting at the Oldbridge Estate Car Park.

The walk series is led out by walking tutors and is free of charge.

If you are a walker, a social stroller or just looking for new locations to explore then come along and join in the Meath Spring Walk Series 2015.

The walks are suitable for families and leisure walkers, all you need is suitable shoes, a High Vis vest and a rain jacket (just in case).

For directions to Mullaghmeen Forest Park please see link below:

www.meath.ie/Tourism/SportsandActivities/Walking/ForestWalks/MullaghmeenForest/ 

Map of Mullaghmeen

For directions to Oldbridge Estate see link below:

www.meath.ie/tourism/heritage/heritagesites/battleoftheboynesite/

For more information please contact David at Meath Local Sports Partnership 046-9067337 or email at dmccaffrey@meathcoco.ie

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Royal County 5k Run/walk returns to Kells

The annual Royal County 5km will take place on Sunday 26th April in Kells. The event is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership with the support of the 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 event is licensed by the AAI.

The nominated beneficiary group for this year`s event is Kells Local Heroes. Kells Local Heroes is a registered community based, not for profit organisation made up of local volunteers who are actively fundraising for the redevelopment of the Fairgreen Playground facilities in Kells. Their plans include the development of a mutli-faceted public playground area to include children`s playground and outdoor gym area. Participants can collect sponsorship for this worthy cause by availing of official event sponsorship card.

On sign in/registration all participants will receive their chip, which will allow them to accurate record their time. The Royal County 5km is open to runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities. Children under 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is open online. Early bird registration up to 23rd April is €15 for over 16 yrs, €5 for those under 16yrs.  Cost for over 16yrs includes t shirt, refreshments and chip timing; for under 16yrs it includes a goody bag and chip timing.

Spot prizes will be given out on the day with prizes for winning male and female runners. Last year`s winners Tom Moran of Dunshaughlin AC will be back to defend his title with the ladies winner, Nicola Welsh hoping to retain her title. The challenge has been set for all other club runners!

Anyone interested in participating in the 2015 Royal County 5km should contact Meath LSP @ 046 9067337 or see http://bit.ly/1iwZq5P

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Judge 6k Family Fun Run/Walk

Easter Sunday at 1pm Drumconrath Parish Centre

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2015 SPORTS CAPITAL PROGRAMME OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Sports Capital Programme for applications. A fund of €40 million is available for development of sports facilities and the purchasing of sports equipment.  Applications are now sought from sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities.  Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs. Application can only be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS 5PM ON FRIDAY 24 APRIL 2015.

The 2015 guide to filling out the online application form, including the terms and conditions pertaining to applications, may be downloaded:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE:

 

IRISH LANGUAGE:

 

blank sample application form is also available for download.

 

The Sports Capital Programme YouTube channel has guides to the registration and application processes.

 Where can you get advice on how to apply?

Important:

Clubs who have not registered online through the OSCAR system, must do so before Fri 10th April at 5pm. You cannot make an application unless you have registered. Clubs who registered on the OSCAR system for the last round of Sports Capital Funding do not have to re-register.

Guide to Registering Online – OSCAR

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Minister Ring Announces €5,162,431m Investment for Irish Sport

Minister of State for Sport, Michael Ring T.D., today announced an investment package of over €5.1m from the Irish Sports Council to support the National Network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).
€5,047,431 million will be allocated to thirty LSPs for core, general programme and disability funding. This investment also includes HSE funding of €60,240 for the Get Ireland Active programme and €14,080 for the continued roll out of the Be Active After Schools Activity Programme. The Council will also allocate €115,000 to support the Women in Sport programme.
The key aims of the LSPs are to increase levels of local participation in sport especially amongst specific target groups such as older people, girls & women, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and those who live in identified disadvantaged communities. To ensure that people with disabilities are provided with the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity, 19 LSPs will be supported with Sports Inclusion Disability Officers.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD commented “I believe it is extremely important that people are encouraged and given opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity. Participation will lead to a healthier society and an overall improved quality of life.  The Government funding announced today will allow the LSP network to continue to provide sporting opportunities for people in local communities throughout Ireland.
The LSPs are involved in delivering mass participation programmes such as the An Post Cycle Series. Since 2009 over 73,300 people have taken part and last year 16,870 people participated in the series which caters for all ages and abilities.
For the fifth year running in 2015, The Irish Sports Council, LSPs teamed up once again with RTE’s Operation Transformation. This year over 12,000 people participated in the nationwide walks, which took place in 48 locations all around Ireland, the highest number to date. Over 8,000 participants took part in the Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs which took place in Blarney Castle, Cork and the Phoenix Park, Dublin in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, Cork Local Sports Partnership, Dublin City Sports Network, and the Athletics Association of Ireland.
Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of the Irish Sports Council commented: “As part of the Fitzpatrick Associates Review, the Local Sports Partnerships were set a target of generating at least 50% of their income from other sources. Each year that target has been met and surpassed. The Council warmly welcomes the support and contributions given to the Local Sports Partnership network by statutory, community and voluntary groups across the country.”
2015 is the 10th Anniversary of the Irish Sports Council’s Women in Sport programme. The programme, which aims to raise the overall physical activity levels among women, has been a key driver in closing the gender gap as women’s participation has grown from 39% (ISM,2011) to 42.7% (ISM,2013). Today’s investment will continue to support Women in Sport programmes including “The Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon” from North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership. The programme is designed to tap into the increasing popularity of running and walking for women in Ireland today. Last year over 1,200 women participated in the event.
Speaking at the announcement John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council commented; “The Council has always placed a particular emphasis on ensuring sport is progressive and attracts participants from every corner of Ireland, from every age group and from all social backgrounds. This is a fundamental principle of the Local Sports Partnerships which aim to remove any barrier that prevents participation in sport”.       

Local Sports Partnership

2015

Total Core Investment

2015

Total Women In Sport Investment

2015
Total Investment  (including WIS)

Carlow

105,068

2,100

107,168

Cavan

123,290

1,460

124,750

Clare

184,040

3,750

187,790

Cork

312,907

12,500

325,407

Donegal

192,403

3,000

195,403

Dun Laoghaire

Rathdown

135,727

1,500

137,227

Dublin City

221,260

13,500

234,760

Fingal

144,645

2,450

                                                           147,095

Galway

226,169

2,750

228,919

Kerry

143,166

1,200

144,366

Kildare

139,377

750

140,127

Kilkenny

172,352

4,150

176,502

Laois

172,481

4,250

176,731

Leitrim

142,426

1,000

143,426

Limerick

302,686

2,000

304,686

Longford

141,213

2,000

143,213

Louth

109,090

109,090

Mayo

217,780

3,650

221,430

Meath

172,107

6,500

178,607

Monaghan

145,820

2,600

148,420

North Tipperary

159,909

5,700

165,609

Offaly

158,239

3,000

161,239

Roscommon

123,649

123,649

Sligo

217,691

21,600

239,291

South Dublin

137,335

1,500

138,835

South Tipperary

134,881

5,700

140,581

Waterford

208,811

840

209,651

Westmeath

158,641

1,750

160,391

Wexford

124,578

2,500

127,078

Wicklow

119,690

1,300

120,990

 

Totals

€5,047,431

 

 

€115,000

€5,162,431

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Learn2Run to 5k 2015

Struggling with your New Year’s exercise resolution? Why not train in a group?


The Learn 2 Run to 5k is a beginner jogging group for both Men & Women of all abilities.
This programme is suitable for those who are walkers and wish to become joggers or joggers who wish to become runners. An experienced running coach will be in attendance each night to provide running advice and support.
The Learn 2 Run to 5K programme is delivered over an 8 week period, ideal preparation for those participants wishing to take part in the Royal County 5k on 26th April 2015 in Kells.

Meath Local Sports Partnership will host the Learn 2 Run to 5k programme in the following areas:

Kells Monday 2nd March – Monday 20th April

                    Meeting at Kells Swimming Pool at 6.45pm

                                Cost: €25

                                Register Online Here

Alternatively you can download the registration form and return with appropriate fee to the offices of Meath Local Sports Partnership prior to programme commencement

Navan             Wednesday 4th March – Wednesday 22nd April

                        Meeting Claremont Stadium, Navan at 6.45pm

                        Cost:€25

                        Register Online Here

Alternatively you can download the registration form and return with appropriate fee to the offices of Meath Local Sports Partnership prior to programme commencement

For details of similar programmes organised throughout Meath click here.

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Meath Running Group

Ever thought of completing a 10km, half marathon or a full marathon, but don’t know where to start, how to train for it or simply keep to a regime on your own? Meath Running Group can help you do just that!
Training sessions are coach led and are tailored to individual abilities and levels from beginner to seasoned professional.
We provide a 30 week programme/3 blocks depending on your target.
Block 1- Indoor Core & Conditioning Training (9 weeks)
Start your running season on the right foot by working your core strength, flexibility, posture and balance. This training is ideal for injury prevention and to improve your running form.
 – Wednesday 11th March at 7pm in Claremont Stadium, Navan.
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 Block 2- Speed & Middle Distance  Training (11 weeks)
This block is track based where the training sessions will progressively improve your running endurance and speed. This block will prepare you for distances of 5 miles, 10km and 10 miles.
– Wednesday 20th May at 7pm in Claremont Stadium, Navan.
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 Block 3- Middle Distance to Long  Distance Training (10 weeks)
Tired of running long distances on your own?  These group training sessions are a mixture of track and road runs tailored to all abilities. Block 3 is ideal preparation for the half, ¾ and full marathon.
-Wednesday 19th August at 7pm in Claremont
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How to Register:

You can register for any one block or avail of the discount when booking all three blocks.

You can now register online CLICK HERE or alternatively you can download the registration form CLICK HERE and return to Meath Local Sports Partnership, Enterprise Centre, Trim Rd, Navan, Co Meath.
In 2014, Meath Running Group helped over 80 recreational joggers & runners to reach their target  either completing a 10km, 10 miles, half or full marathon. This year that person could be you! Find Meath Running Group on
http://www.facebook.com/meathrunninggroup
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Spring Walk Series

Meath LSP are commencing the Spring Walk Series with 2 walks this weekend on Saturady 7th February – one in Enfield, meeting at Bridge House hotel car park at 10.15am and one in Laytown, meeting at Pat`s Centra car park, Bettystown at 10.15am. Both walks are approx 5km in distance and are suitable for all ages and abilities – please bring a hi-vis vest. Both walks will be led by trained walking leaders.

Other walks in the Spring Walk Series include – 
Sat March 7th – Hill of Tara, meeting at Maguires on the hill at 10.15am – 4.8k loop.
Sat Apr 11th 
Mullaghmeen forest park, meet at car park at 10.15am – 5k loop.
Oldbridge Estate walk, meet at car park at 10.15am – 5k loop. 

If you would like further information on the Spring Walk Series, please contact David at 046 9067337 or dmccaffrey@meathcoco.ie.

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Cycle Safety Programme Sponsorship

In 2012, Eurolink agreed to become the official sponsor of the Cycle Safety programme. Since then almost 3000 primary school children have availed of training. 
Eurolink commit sponsorship to primary school cycle safety programme.
Eurolink Motorway Operations Ltd have committed increased sponsorship support to Meath Local Sports Partnership`s Cycle Safety programme for the coming year.  In 2012, Eurolink agreed to become the official sponsor of the Cycle Safety programme. Since then almost 3000 primary school children have availed of this training. 
Increased sponsorship will see an additional 200 primary students participate in 2015, bringing to total number of children participating for this year to 1600. David Schuller (Operations Manager with Eurolink) stated how pleased he was that Meath LSP had partnered with Eurolink in rolling out the safe cycling training for children. Eurolink are committed to improving road safety and quality experience for road users and would view the cycle safety programme in particular the safety components of road awareness and positioning as critical to improving the overall safety of children on our roads.
The Cycle Safety programme provides training to classes from 3rd up to 6th class. Schools can opt for annual training, bi annual or every 3 to 4 years depending on the number of children to be trained. Bicycles and helmets are provided for up to a limit of 30 children per class.Cycle Safety is co-ordinated by Meath LSP and rolled out with the support of the Road Safety Authority and sponsors Eurolink. 
If your school wishes to take part on this programme in 2015, please contact Meath LSP at 046 9067337 or email dmccaffrey@meathcoco.ie 
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Meath Local Sports Partnership shortlisted for National Award

Meath Local Sports Partnership’s Games for Life programme had the honour of being shortlisted for the National Age Friendly Active and Healthy Ageing Award last Tuesday 20th January in Cavan Crystal Hotel.

The ceremony was a celebration of the innovative and creative initiatives implemented across the country which have made a real difference in the lives of older people in Ireland. The National Active and Healthy Ageing Award (Sponsored by Health & Wellbeing division, HSE) recognises those initiatives that optimise opportunities for good health in later years, so that older people can

continue to play an active role in community life..  There were seven categories, all of which are aligned to the World Health Organisation themes for age friendliness. Age Friendly Ireland is supported by Atlantic Philanthropies, the Pfizer Foundation and Dublin City Council.

Meath LSP’s Games for Life is a physical activity based programme designed for older people and people with disability. The Games for Life programme incorporates the following activities: Bowls; Kurling; Boccia; Flisk & Box Hockey. 42 active retirement and disability groups participate on a regular basis in Games for Life, representing a total participation of 3780 older adults. 168 club/group representatives have been trained in the delivery of the activities. Games for life has been hugely successful over the last 4 years and is an integral part of older people’s lives in Meath.

If your group is interested in the Games for Life programme please contact Ruairi Murphy, Meath Local Sports Partnership on 046-9067337 or email rmurphy@meathcoco.ie 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cycling Ireland Developing the Young Performer Workshop

Cycling Ireland is running its first Developing the Young Performer Workshops of 2015.  Athlone Institute of Technology will host the first of a series of workshops to be run in each province.

Developing the Young Performer Workshop, is an interactive workshop for Coaches to explore and discuss current thinking around Cyclists Development.

Over the course of the workshop you will:

  • Consider the needs of the Young Performing Cyclist
  • Explore and understand the concepts around Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) 
  • Explore and understand the Physical, Biological, Technical and Tactical markers to be able to measure and monitor data in young cyclists.  
  • We will look at Coach and Rider Profiling and how this might be useful in guiding your coaching programme.
  • Plan and develop realistic, developmentally appropriate coaching programmes for Young Cyclists and they grow and develop.


Workshop Details:

Date:  Saturday the 31st of January ’15
Province:  <st1:place w_st="on">LEINSTER</st1:place>
Location:  Athlone Institute of Technology
Time:  10am to 5pm
Course Cost:  â‚¬30.00

Book Your Place »

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Operation Transformation National Walk Day

Walk your way to health in 2015!
Walkers both young and old from all parts of Co. Meath took part in the Operation Transformation National Walk day in association with Meath Local Sports Partnership and the Irish Sports Council. Walks were organised in Trim, Laytown, Kells, Navan, Ratoath and Ashbourne.
Despite the frost and bitter cold, 100`s turned out across Meath to participate in the OT walk.
Meath LSP would like to extend their thanks to the Civil Defence and local club volunteers for their assistance in rolling out the walks.
Meath LSP are running a number of Operation Transformation Meet`n’ Walk programmes around the county commencing on Wednesday 21st January. The walks are free and are open to all abilities and fitness levels:
Kiltale  Meet at Kiltale GAA club @ 7pm
Navan  Meet at Old Barracks (Town council) @ 7pm Please bring a hi vis vest.
Bettystown  Meet at beach entrance beside Pat`s supermarket @ 8pm.
Spring Walk Series
Are you a walker, a social stroller or just looking for new locations to explore? Why not come along and join in the Meath Spring Walk Series 2015. The walk series will be led out by walking tutors and is free of charge.
There are five walks which are suitable for families and leisure walkers, all you need is suitable shoes, a High Vis vest and a rain jacket (just in case).
So come along, family and friends welcome. County Meath is yours to discover!
Saturday February 7th East Meath Coastal Walk 10.30am Centra
Car Park Bettystown Distance 5km – Walk the coastal road from Bettystown
Saturday February 7th Canal Walk Enfield 10.30am Bridge House Car Park Stroll along the canal banks to a distance of 5km
Saturday March 7th Hill of Tara Walk 10.30am Maguire’s Cafe Car Park Walk the Tara loop approx 4.8km.
Saturday April 11th Mullaghmeen Forest Walk 10.30am Mullaghmeen
Forest Car Park Trek the forest lanes with a 5k circuit
Saturday April 11th Oldbridge Estate Walk 10.30am Oldbridge Estate Car Park Stroll the 5k surrounds of the magnificent Oldbridge Estate
Meath LSP`s Learn2Run to 5k commences in mid February with 9 venues around the county – check out www.meathsports.ie or follow us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/meathsportspartnership. The Learn 2 Run to 5k programme is suited to those who want to jog or run to a distance of 5k. It caters for walkers who wish to become joggers or joggers who wish to become runners. The programme is open to men and women over 16 years.
Contact Meath LSP on 046 9067337 or checkout our website.
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Operation Motivation Returns to Meath!

Meath Local Sports Partnership are offering a number of activity programmes over the coming weeks and months which will help you kick start your own Operation Motivation for 2015. All programmes are listed below:
Operation Transformation Meet ‘n’ Walks
Following on from the national walk day on Saturday 17th January we will be rolling out Meet ‘n’ Walks in 3 areas over 6 weeks around the county. The walks are FREE and open to all abilities with walking experts on hand to offer advice. The Meet ‘n’ Walks are in the following areas:
Kiltale: Meet ‘n’ Walk commences Wednesday 21st January at Kiltale GAA club @ 7pm. Navan: Meet ‘n’ Walk commences Wednesday 21st January at the Old Barracks, Navan Town Council at 7pm. Please bring a Hi Vis Vest.
Laytown & Bettystown: Meet ‘n’ Walk commences Wednesday 21st January @ 8pm at the beach entrance in Bettystown beside Pats Supermarket. Please bring a Hi Vis Vest. For more details contact Susan Doorley 087-9296085
Dogs not allowed on any of the walks.
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Spring Walk Series
Are you a walker, a social stroller or just looking for new locations to explore? Why not come along and join in the Meath Spring Walk Series 2015. The walk series will be led out by walking tutors and is free of charge.
There are five walks which are suitable for families and leisure walkers, all you need is suitable shoes, a High Vis vest and a rain jacket (just in case).
So come along, family and friends welcome. County Meath is yours to discover! Date    Name of Walk Meeting Time  Details
Saturday February 7th East Meath Coastal Walk 10.30am Centra Car Park Bettystown Distance 5km – Walk the coastal road from Bettystown
Saturday February 7th Canal Walk Enfield 10.30am Bridge House Car Park Stroll along the canal banks to a distance of 5km
Saturday March 7th Hill of Tara Walk 10.30am Maguire’s Café Car Park Walk the Tara loop approx 4.8km.
Saturday April 11th Mullaghmeen Forest Walk 10.30am Mullaghmeen Forest Car Park Trek the forest lanes with a 5k circuit
Saturday April 11th Oldbridge Estate Walk 10.30am Oldbridge Estate Car Park Stroll the 5k surrounds of the magnificent Oldbridge Estate
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Fitness Made Easy (adults 50+)
“Fitness Made Easy” is a 5 week gym introductory programme for adults aged 50 years plus, run in Club Active, Navan. This programme is ideally suited for the novice gym user.
Supervised use of all machines and Easyline equipment is guaranteed. Date for the upcoming programme:
Tuesday 20th January at 11am in Club Active, Navan
Book your place with Ruairi at 046 9067337
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Learn 2 Run to 5k
Learn 2 Run to 5k programme is suited to those who want to jog or run to a distance of 5k. It caters for walkers who wish to become joggers or joggers who wish to become runners. The programme is open to men and women over 16 years.
An experienced running coach will be in attendance each night to provide running advice and support.
The Learn 2 Run to 5K programme will prepare participants for the Royal County 5k on 26th April 2015 in Kells. Venues for training include:
 Venue Date and Time                   Info Contact Kells Mon 2nd March at 7pm Reg from 6.30pm, meet at Swimming Pool Meath LSP 046 9067337
Navan Wed 4th March at 7pm Meet in Claremont Stadium Meath LSP 046 9067337
Dunshaughlin Thurs 26th Feb at 8pm Meet at Pastoral Centre Paddy Mangan 087 2597731
Ashbourne Every Wed at 8.15pm Meet at St Andrews AC track Jim Kavanagh 087 6691559
Trim Every Tues & Thurs 7.30pm Castle Street, Trim Ciaran Tobin 086 3445903
Athboy Feb 16th at 7.30pm Meet at Community School David Ivers 086 0842109
Dunboyne Every Tues & Thurs 9pm Meet at Dunboyne AC Rooske Road Paul Gorey 087-6181206
Tara Mon 7.30pm Fri 7pm Tara sports grounds Dave McCarthy 087 9278357
Bettystown Every Tues & Thurs 7.30pm Tesco Car Park, Bettystown Lorraine Hyland 087-2033803
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Meath Running Group
Ever thought of completing a 10km, half marathon or a full marathon, but don’t know where to start, how to train for it or simply keep to a regime on your own? Meath Running Group can help you do just that! Training sessions are tailored to individual abilities and levels from beginner to seasoned professional.
The 30 week programme (to full marathon in Dublin in Oct) is broken down into 3 blocks:
 Block 1- Indoor Core & Conditioning Training (9 weeks): Wednesday 11th March at 7pm in Claremont Stadium Navan.
Start your running season on the right foot by working your core strength, flexibility, posture and balance. This training is ideal for injury prevention and to improve your running form.
Block 2- Speed & Middle Distance  Training (11 weeks):Wednesday 20th May at 7pm in Claremont
This block is track based where the training sessions will progressively improve your running endurance and speed. This block will prepare you for distances of 5 miles, 10km and 10 miles.
 Block 3- Middle Distance to Long  Distance Training (10 weeks):Wednesday 19th August at 7pm in Claremont
Tired of running long distances on your own?  These group training sessions are a mixture of track and road runs tailored to all abilities. Block 3 is ideal preparation for the half, ¾ and full marathon.
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Fitness Testing – A Practical Approach

Meath Local Sports Partnership wish to announce that former Irish and Munster rugby star Niall Ronan will be speaking, and delivering a practical workshop in Navan  on Tuesday February 3rd.

Niall Ronan a native to Meath played Gaelic Games and represented his county at minor level before embarking on a great rugby career that saw him win 100 caps for Munster and play for Ireland. Retired through injury, Niall now has a BA in strength and conditioning and will deliver the Fitness Testing “A Practical Approach” workshop

This workshop will focus on how to conduct various fitness tests such as speed, endurance, strength, flexibility and more. Niall will explain how to analysis the measurements and then discuss how to design an appropriate training plan. This workshop is ideal for coaches and player/athletes from both team and individual sports.

The workshop is suitable for coaches, managers, parents and players over 16, and will have a theory and practical element so please wear suitable clothing.

When:           Tuesday February 3rd  

Where:          Simonstown GAA Centre, Navan

Time:             7pm -9pm                   

Cost:             €15  (club discount for 2 or more members attending)

Booking:      You can book online here or alternatively download and return the registration form

Places limited. Registration closes Monday February 2nd .

For more information please contact David McCaffrey, Meath Local Sports Partnership on 046-9067337 or email dmccaffrey@meathcoco.ie

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Start your transformation on the walks in Meath!

There will be 6 walks in Meath all starting at 10am on Saturday 17th January. Walk 1:Trim Castle distance 3.7km (along the Sli na Slainte route), meet in front of the castle. Walk 2: Laytown distance 4km, meet at the train station carpark. Walk 3: Kells distance 5km, meet at car park opposite Supervalu. Walk 4: Navan Blackwater Park 5km, meet at car park in Blackwater park. Walk 5: Ratoath distance 4km, meet at Community Centre. Support local leader Lisa Whelan. Walk 6: Ashbourne distance 4km, meet at Community Centre. We 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.   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.   Video highlights from the walks will be sent to RTE`s Operation Transformation show and will also feature on their website.   Come on! Let’s all show the nation what Meath can do.     For more information contact Meath LSP on 046-9067337 or email mlsp@meathcoco.ie  

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21 Day Walking Challenge

To encourage people to get on their walking shoes, Get Ireland Walking and the IPU is calling on people to take the “21 Day Walking Challenge” to encourage the formation of a healthy walking habit into the future. Pharmacists nationwide have come on board to support the initiative and are offering health advice and tips on walking. People can also pick up a “21 Day Walking Challenge” Record Card in their local pharmacy to help keep track of their daily walks and their progress.

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CARA National Inclusion Awards

Recognising organisations and people who contribute to the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport, physical activity, fitness, outdoor adventure and physical education.

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Operation Transformation National Walk Day

Walk your way to health in 2015!
Walkers both young and old from all parts of Co. Meath took part in the Operation Transformation National Walk day in association with Meath Local Sports Partnership and the Irish Sports Council. Walks were organised in Trim, Laytown, Kells, Navan, Ratoath and Ashbourne.
Despite the frost and bitter cold, 100`s turned out across Meath to participate in the OT walk.
Meath LSP would like to extend their thanks to the Civil Defence and local club volunteers for their assistance in rolling out the walks.
Meath LSP are running a number of Operation Transformation Meet ‘n’ Walk programmes around the county commencing on Wednesday 21st January. The walks are free and are open to all abilities and fitness levels:
Kiltale  Meet at Kiltale GAA club @ 7pm
Navan  Meet at Old Barracks (Town council) @ 7pm Please bring a hi vis vest.
Bettystown  Meet at beach entrance beside Pat`s supermarket @ 8pm.
Spring Walk Series
Are you a walker, a social stroller or just looking for new locations to explore? Why not come along and join in the Meath Spring Walk Series 2015. The walk series will be led out by walking tutors and is free of charge.
There are five walks which are suitable for families and leisure walkers, all you need is suitable shoes, a High Vis vest and a rain jacket (just in case).
So come along, family and friends welcome. County Meath is yours to discover!
Saturday February 7th East Meath Coastal Walk 10.30am Centra
Car Park Bettystown Distance 5km – Walk the coastal road from Bettystown
Saturday February 7th Canal Walk Enfield 10.30am Bridge House Car Park Stroll along the canal banks to a distance of 5km
Saturday March 7th Hill of Tara Walk 10.30am Maguire’s  Café Car Park Walk the Tara loop approx 4.8km.
Saturday April 11th Mullaghmeen Forest Walk 10.30am Mullaghmeen
Forest Car Park Trek the forest lanes with a 5k circuit
Saturday April 11th Oldbridge Estate Walk 10.30am Oldbridge Estate Car Park Stroll the 5k surrounds of the magnificent Oldbridge Estate
Meath LSP`s Learn2Run to 5k commences in mid February with 9 venues around the county check out www.meathsports.ie or follow us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/meathsportspartnership. The Learn 2 Run to 5k programme is suited to those who want to jog or run to a distance of 5k. It caters for walkers who wish to become joggers or joggers who wish to become runners. The programme is open to men and women over 16 years.
Contact Meath LSP on 046 9067337 or checkout our website.
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Older people in Meath benefit from grant scheme

A total of 1,023 groups of older people across Ireland are celebrating the awarding of grants to support physical activity and sport. The Go for Life Small Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and the Irish Sports Council is awarding almost €300,000 in total. The aim of the grant scheme is to increase participation among older people in recreational sport activities.
Karen Smyth, CEO of Age & Opportunity, sees a new confidence in older people around sport and physical activity: “It’s interesting to see the variety of activities people are doing. There were grants for activities like yoga, bowling and swimming but we were also seeing grants awarded for dragon-boat racing, boxercise, salsa dancing and weightlifting. For me, this variety really shows how older people are no longer confined by the stereotypes of what they should and shouldn’t do. People are keeping fit and healthy on their own terms and in their own way. 
Mary Murphy, Coordinator of Meath Local Sports Partnership welcomed the funding of €9670 for older people’s groups in Meath and in doing so acknowledged the good work which is being done by local clubs & groups and nationally by the Irish Sports Council and Age and Opportunity. 
34 groups benefited in Meath – 15 of who were Active Retirement Groups. Full list of recipients from Meath is available to view here
Meath LSP runs a number of physical activity programmes for older adults across the county. Anyone interested in learning more about these activities, should contact Ruairi Murphy @ 046 9067337 
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Meath Local Sports Partnership Strategic Plan 2014-2017

Meath Local Sports Partnership Strategic Plan 2014-2017 – Read the full report here 34 pages (.pdf)

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Sports Capital Programme to run in 2015

The online system, called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register), is in place. All clubs/organisations hoping to apply for funding are encouraged to register now for the new online system if they wish to apply for funding under the Sports Capital fund in 2015. Many clubs will already have registered this time last year. Failure to register will mean that clubs or organisations will not be able to apply for funding under this measure in 2015.
This will also be the only way to apply for grants under any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme. 
Those that have applied or registered before will know that another change is that 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. Getting a TRN is simple if you don’t have one already and details are included in the information link below. Apply for it NOW so that you have it as soon as possible.
OSCAR will also allow groups to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.
Applications for funding are not currently being accepted and no decision has been made on the timing of the next round of the programme but clubs will have to be registered in advance in order to apply. Notification will be forthcoming following any further announcements. For further information on registering on the scheme see here
For further information on the scheme see www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie 
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Fitness Testing – A practical approach

Meath Local Sports Partnership wish to announce that former Irish and Munster rugby star Niall Ronan will be speaking, and delivering a practical workshop in Navan  on Tuesday February 3rd.

Niall Ronan a native to Meath played Gaelic Games and represented his county at minor level before embarking on a great rugby career that saw him win 100 caps for Munster and play for Ireland. Retired through injury, Niall now has a BA in strength and conditioning and will deliver the â€œFitness Testing – A Practical Approach” workshop

This workshop will focus on how to conduct various fitness tests such as speed, endurance, strength, flexibility and more. Niall will explain how to analysis the measurements and then discuss how to design an appropriate training plan. This workshop is ideal for coaches and player/athletes from both team and individual sports.

The workshop is suitable for coaches, managers, parents and players over 16, and will have a theory and practical element so please wear suitable clothing.

When:           Tuesday February 3rd  

Where:          Simonstown GAA Centre, Navan

Time:             7pm -9pm                   

Cost:             â‚¬15  (club discount for 2 or more members attending)

Booking:      You can book online here or alternatively download and return the registration form

Places limited. Registration closes Monday February 2nd .

For more information please contact David McCaffrey, Meath Local Sports Partnership on 046-9067337 or email dmccaffrey@meathcoco.ie

 

 

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Men on the Move

Meath LSP’s Men on the Move project funded by the HSE reached the end of block 1 this week with the culmination of a 5k run/walk in the Blackwater Park in Navan on Sunday last. 93 men aged 30 years plus signed up to the programme which has been running in the 3 areas of Laytown/Bettystown, Kiltale and Dunshauglin.
Men on the Move is a free physical activity based programme rolled out over 18 weeks in blocks of 6 weeks each. The aim of the programme is to provide men aged 30 plus with more opportunities to become physically active. Other components of the programme include fitness testing, healthy eating, smoking cessation and stress management.
For all of the participants, this was their first ever 5k. 6 weeks ago, 1 mile was a challenge whereas last Saturday personal best records were set in completing the 5k distance. This 6 week journey not only reflects the increased fitness levels of the participants but the overall sense of improved mental health and well being.
Block 2 commences on the week of the 20th October in Laytown/Bettystown, Kiltale and Dunshaughlin areas. If you would like more information about the programme, please contact Ruairi Murphy at 046 9067337 or email rmurphy@meathcoco.ie 
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Irish Sports Monitor Report 2013

The 2013 Irish Sports Monitor, compiled from over 9,000 telephone interviews conducted by IPSOS MRBI, on behalf of the Irish Sports Council.was launched on the 1st October and is available at http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Research/Irish-Sports-Monitor-Annual-Report-2013/.
This is the fifth report in the ISM series which was initiated as a means of accurately monitoring participation in sport. The report details overall participation in sport, recreational walking as well as walking and cycling for transport. Participation with regards to various demographic groups are explored. The social aspects of sport such as volunteering in sport, attending sporting events and club membership are also examined. 
The report provides the most recent analysis of active participation in sport and exercise in Ireland undertaken. Over 9,000 respondents over the age of 16 were interviewed across Ireland to give a representative sample. The report details the increased participation rates in Ireland since 2011, particularly among women, and the increase in those meeting the National Activity Guidelines as well as some of the challenges to participation such as the barriers to club membership and perceptions around gender and club administration. The ISM is valuable when exploring trends in participation and informing policy around participation, as well as attitudes to sport. 
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Job Vacancy – North Tipperary Sports Partnership

Sports ADMINISTRATOR
(This is a Temporary Specific Purpose Contract to Provide Maternity Cover for a period of approximately 6 months, commencing in December 2014)
North Tipperary Sports Partnership is funded by the Irish Sports Council, to coordinate, plan & deliver sport and physical activity opportunities for the people of North Tipperary.  
Reporting to the Sports Co-ordinator, the functions of the post-holder will be:
Day to day financial accounts management and general record keeping
Coordination of publicity for a series of training workshops for local clubs/groups
Administration of a variety of Sports Partnership projects
Updating of website and newsletter on a regular basis 
Meeting co-ordination and management including minute-taking
The following skills and experience are a requirement – 
A minimum of 2 years’ payroll experience
A minimum of 3 years’ experience in office administration
ECDL qualified, excellent keyboard skills and experienced at using a range of IT packages from MS Office incl. Word, Access, and Excel 
The successful candidate is likely to be –
A dynamic individual with initiative, drive and good organisational skills
Efficient & effective at implementing office systems 
A good communicator with strong customer relations skills 
An interest in sport is desirable but not essential.
For further details, please contact: North Tipperary Sports Partnership Ltd.
c/o Lifelong Learning Service, Martyrs Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary: 067-43604
elaine@ntsp.ie / www.ntsp.ie
Please submit a CV and a separate Statement of Suitability (outlining clearly how your skills and experience meet the above requirements) to the above address by 4pm on Tuesday 28th October 2014. 
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Public Participation Network

The Local Government Reform Act 2014 enables Local Authorities to take all appropriate steps to consult with and promote effective participation of local communities in local government.  One of the principal implementing provisions by each local authority, is the setting up of a Public Participation Network, which will set out the mechanisms by which citizens and communities will be encouraged and supported to participate in the decision-making processes of the local authority. 
The Community Department of Meath County Council is currently inviting groups involved in social inclusion, environment and voluntary sectors to register their group with the Public Participation Network (PPN).
 Information meetings have been arranged as follows in each Municipal District to inform the public in the setting up of the PPN and its administration and  other local government reforms, like the Local Community Development Committee(LCDC).
        Navan
                        Thursday, 9th October, 2014 at 7.00pm
                         Venue – Ardboyne Hotel, Navan
            Kells  
                        Tuesday, 14th October, 2014 at 7.00pm
                        Venue – Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells,
            Ratoath
                        Thursday, 16th October, 2014 at 7.00pm
                        Venue – The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin.
            Trim   
                        Tuesday, 21st October, 2014 at 7.00pm
                        Venue – Castle Arch Hotel, Trim
            Ashbourne
                        Wednesday, 29th October, 2014 at 7.00pm
                        Venue – Donaghmore-Ashbourne GAA Centre, Ashbourne.
            Laytown-Bettystown
                        Tuesday, 4th November, 2014 at 7.00pm
                        Venue – Church of Ireland Parish Rooms, Julianstown
We would appreciate if you could share this information with your contacts and encourage community groups, to register with the PPN.  The closing date for registration for this year is the 14th November, 2014.  Groups will renew their registration annually.  Further information and the PPN registration form is available on: www.meath.ie/Community/CommunityDevelopment/PublicParticipationNetwork/

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Meath LSP E Bulletin Autumn/Winter 2014

Download a copy of MLSP’s Ezine Autumn/Winter 2014 – 22 pages (.pdf)

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