Meath LSP wishes to recruit a Finance & Governance Officer

This is will be a part-time fixed term contract for a period of 2 years. Hours of work will be 28 hours per week. The salary for this post will be aligned to LA Grade V Salary Scale (pro rata)commensurate with experience.

The primary function of the Finance Governance Officer is to ensure that all finance and governance regulations and obligations regarding reporting, compliance, sourcing, are completed in line with the Governance Code for Sport to satisfy the needs of Meath LSP and key funding bodies.

The candidate shall have:

  • A recognised qualification at degree (or higher) level or equivalent in Accounting Technician or similar
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in financial administration/management
  • Strong internal control awareness and understanding of the importance of good governance
  • Competent and experienced in the use of Sage 50 Accounts & Sage Payroll (desirable)
  • Preparation of budgets and financial reports
  • Preparation for financial audits and end of year procedures
  • Banking and cashflow management experience
  • Excellent financial, organisational and time management skills.
  • Excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Office, in particular Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Ability to produce and access information efficiently and accurately.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • An ability to use own initiative and, work as part of a team or independently as the situation demands.
  • A high degree of flexibility with a strong team spirit.
  • Awareness of the importance and value of participation in sport / active recreation
  • An interest in sport and physical activity
  • Candidate must hold a full clean driving licence and have own transport.

Job & Person Specification available below:

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

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 noon Friday 8th October 2021

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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Club Grant Scheme 2021 NOW OPEN!

Meath LSP is calling for applications under the following 3 grant schemes:

  1. Return to Participation – Max €1,000 This club grant is designed to support clubs in increasing participation in sport & physical activity, particularly amongst targeted groups (see grant criteria for more information). Deadline for return of applications – 14th October.
  2. Volunteer Supports (Training & Education) – Max €1000 This grant is designed to support clubs in upskilling new & existing coaches and volunteers to increase participation in sport & physical activity. Deadline for return of applications –  21st October.
  3. Equipment – Max €500 This equipment grant will support clubs to purchase additional equipment for their regular club activity or to increase participation in sport & physical activity. Deadline for return of applications – 14th October.

Applications are sought from registered sports clubs in County Meath and schools and community groups delivering sport and physical activity programmes.  

Please Note: Youth Organisations are ineligible as they qualify under the LMETB youth club grant scheme, visit www.lmetb.ie for more info. Limited funding available for above Grants.

Application forms and criteria are available to download below

Return to participation:

Volunteer supports (training & education):

Equipment:

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Meath LSP Annual Report 2020 now available!

See https://www.meathsports.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Meath-LSP-Annual-Report-2020-reduced.pdf to view.

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Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine NOW AVAILABLE!

The latest Meath LSP E-Newsletter for Autumn/Winter 2021 is now available! Packed full of news, updates and upcoming events. 

Click here to view: Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine 2021

All programmes/activities will be delivered in line with current public health guidelines and are subject to change. 

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Bike Week 2021

This year Bike Week runs from the 12th – 18th September 2021, Meath Local Sports Partnership in conjunction with the Department of Transport offered funding for support of this year’s events.

The overall aim of Bike Week fund is to provide support to clubs, schools, voluntary groups or communities who wish to deliver events during Bike Week 2021. The goal of bike week is to encourage more people to get out on a bike.

Bike week celebrates cycling – events can be aimed at families, leisure cyclists, communities or specific population types (older people; people with disabilities; women only cycles etc).

For more information please contact Una Pearson at upearson@meathcoco.ie or call 0469067337.

Please see timetable below for a list of events happening in County Meath during Bike Week

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Meath to benefit from €648,418 in Sports Capital Equipment Only funding.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, and the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, announced €16.6 million in equipment grants under the latest round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme (SCEP).

The 2020 round of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme closed for applications on Monday 1 March last. By that deadline, a record number of over 3,100 applications were submitted seeking a total of €200m in funding. The equipment-only applications have been assessed first and it is the successful applicants under this element of the scheme that are being announced today. €16.6m has been allocated.

The top 95% of local applications by score have been awarded a grant. The individual grant allocations were calculated considering the amount available for that particular county (based on a per capita distribution and the demand levels for that county), the amount sought for the project and the score obtained following assessment.

The Sports Capital Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country.

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Job Opportunity – Waterford Sports Partnership – Active City Officer

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED | Job Opportunity – Active City Officer

Waterford Sports Partnership is seeking applications for the role of Active City Officer – Part-time Fixed Term Contract Position

Post and Application Details
Title: Active City Officer
Salary Scale: Salary in line with the grade 5 local authority pay scale (€43,633-€52,401 pro rata)
Hours: This is a part-time position. The ACO will work 24 hours a week. The chosen candidate must be flexible and willing to work occasional evening/weekends to accommodate the service needs if required, for which time off in-lieu can be taken.
Location: The post will be based between both Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) offices ie the Regional Sports Centre, Cork Road, Waterford (mainly) and the Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. This is an office-based role with remote working available where relevant and appropriate.
Reports to: WSP Co-ordinator or their designate
Contract type & Duration: This role is offered on a fixed term contract for 2 years, subject to satisfactory completion of a 6-month probationary period. A third year is dependent on securing funding.
Annual Leave: 21 days annual leave
Travel Expenses: Travelling expenses will be reimbursed where appropriate.

Candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. Waterford Sports Partnership will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post.

Background to Sport Ireland Active Cities project
The Sport Ireland Active Cities project is funded by Sport Ireland through the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF). A Sport Ireland Active City will strive to create social norms about the benefits of sport and physical activity, create programmes and opportunities for its citizens regardless of ability or age, work in partnership to increase physical activity and decrease inactivity, and create/maintain environments where sport and physical activity can happen ultimately working toward healthier lifestyles of their citizens. The Sport Ireland Active Cities concept is built on the principles of the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity (GAPPA) developed by the WHO in 2018.

Using the GAPPA framework a Sport Ireland Active City Strategy will be broken down into four key pillars: 1. Actives Societies, 2. Active Environments, 3. Active People, 4. Active Systems. Partnership working and multi city collaboration is encouraged. Sport Ireland Active Cities must target people who are economically or socially disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged or who have a disability.

Purpose and Scope of the Post
The Active City Officer will be responsible for the development, delivery and co-ordination of a programme of work that leads to an increase in participation in sport, physical activity and active lifestyles across all communities in Waterford City, with a particular focus on people who are economically or socially disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged or who have a disability.

This will involve creating effective partnerships with a wide range of agencies and community organisations and maximising access to and use of resources, both financial and human.
The Active City Officer will be a member of the Waterford Sports Partnership team and will need to develop a strong working relationship with staff in Waterford City and County Council and other local agencies, local sports clubs and community/voluntary groups and relevant staff and officers from National Governing Bodies. The Active City Officer will also work closely with the national network of Active City Officers, the National Active Cities Lead and Sport Ireland.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Co-ordination and Collaboration
• Develop and support an interagency, cross-sectoral approach to the development of Waterford as an Active City, while also ensuring the work is effectively and efficiently integrated with WSP activities maximising the impact for all.
• Co-ordinate the development and operation of the steering group nurturing a collaborative, partnership approach and ensuring appropriate membership and representation.
• Engage with the Active Cities Network and Sport Ireland
• Develop, co-ordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Waterford Active City Plan
• Facilitate and support local stakeholders in the planning, development and implementation of actions set out in the Waterford Active City Plan
• Consultation – consult and engage with all relevant stakeholders with regard to the development and implementation of the project
• Link effectively with all partner agencies in the area of sport and physical activity and represent the Active City in relevant fora
• Encourage networking and ensure joined up working between local organisations involved in sport and physical activity.
• Engage with other citywide health initiatives, eg.Healthy Cities, and contribute where possible to these initiatives.

Planning & Operations
• Facilitate and lead the implementation of the operational and action plan for the Active City in line with the local sports plans, healthy cities etc.
• Work with the WSP team to support the development and delivery of a range of initiatives, programmes and events as part of the Active City project to provide opportunities for more people to be more active
• Facilitate and lead the co-ordination of Active City initiatives and pilots in targeted communities.
• Capital/Equipment – manage the capital and equipment budget including procurement, development, storage etc.
• Training and Leadership Development – support and promote training and development opportunities to support the sustainable development of volunteers and community leaders including relevant training for professionals and community groups on the benefits of participation in sport and leading an active lifestyle. Provide networking events and shared learning opportunities for all project stakeholders;
• Work with facility and infrastructure providers, public and private, to support increased community participation.

Communications & Marketing
• Work with the national network of Active City Officers and Sport Ireland to develop an Active City brand and implement locally in line with agreed guidelines.
• Develop and implement a communications strategy including the production of press release and project newsletter highlighting activities, strategies and learnings from the project and resources to promote Active City activities and message.
• Develop and maintain a comprehensive database of organisational and key contacts and prepare clear marketing and communications plans for the project.
• Communicate the ‘Active City’ messages effectively with representatives from different organisations and members of the public.
• Raise the profile of sport, physical activity and active lifestyles and their benefits both throughout the city.
• Identify opportunities to promote ‘Active City’ locally, nationally and internationally.

Finance & Administration
• Finance and Budget management – carefully manage the budget and reporting requirements to Co-ordinator, Board and funders for all budget areas.
• Create sport, physical activity and active lifestyle opportunities and identify appropriate funding streams.
• Administration – Provide support and assistance in maintaining up-to-date databases.
• Reporting and Evaluation – Carry out research and needs analysis as appropriate and as required. Measure, monitor and evaluate performance and the impact of Active City activities in line with Sport Ireland requirements.
• Prepare reports and regular updates to the Co-ordinator, Board, Sport Ireland and other stakeholders as required.
• Generate and disseminate accessible information and analysis for all stakeholders;
• Health & Safety Management – promote good practice in health and safety awareness practice for all Active City activities. Ensure best practice for use of facilities. Ensure that all activities undertaken under the Active Cities project are in line with appropriate codes and legislation.
• Undertake other relevant duties within the scope of the post.

Person Specification

Short listing of candidates may apply based on the information supplied. Canvassing will disqualify. Those selected will be invited to attend for interview on 31st August 2021.

If you are interested in applying for the position, please apply via the following link APPLY HERE  with a COVER LETTER and CV by Tuesday 24th August 2021. (NOTE THE EXTENDED CLOSING DATE)

Waterford Sports Partnership is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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Bike Week Funding – NOW AVAILABLE!

Bike week funding support 2021

This year Bike Week runs from the 12th – 18th September 2021, Meath Local Sports Partnership in conjunction with the department of transport are offering funding for support of this year’s events.

The overall aim of Bike Week fund is to provide support to clubs, schools, voluntary groups or communities who wish to deliver events during Bike Week 2021. The goal of bike week is to encourage more people to get out on a bike.

Bike week celebrates cycling – events can be aimed at families, leisure cyclists, communities or specific population types (older people; people with disabilities; women only cycles etc).

The maximum funding available per application is €500.

For more information please contact Una Pearson at upearson@meathcoco.ie or call 0469067337.

Please see link to application form & criteria below:

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Tutors/Instructors WANTED!

Meath LSP are seeking new tutors to deliver physical activity programmes across county Meath. To apply please email your cover letter and CV to mlsp@meathcoco.ie For more information contact our office on 046-9067337.

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Be alert to water safety

Sport Ireland and key stakeholders have come together to encourage everyone to be alert to water safety this summer.

We are privileged to live on an island with an abundance of water to enjoy and we are spoilt with the choice of activities or enjoyment that people of all ages and abilities can derive from the water. The outdoors has acted as an escape for many during the last year and there has been a significant increase in the number of people taking to the water and enjoying water based activities.

It is however critical that everyone respects the dangers that exist around water and that people know how to be safe around, on and in the water.

Everyone is encouraged to familiarise themselves with and follow these key water safety messages:

  1. Check weather, water conditions and tides before going on or in the water
  2. Let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back
  3. Do not go alone, even if whoever you bring doesn’t get on or in the water
  4. Have a method of calling for help. In emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard
  5. Use an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid if you are doing activities on the water
  6. Ensure you are visible in the water and do not go in or on the water during reduced light
  7. Do not use inflatable toys in open water

It is important that parents and guardians educate children on these key water safety messages and that people are aware of the many hazards of swimming in undesignated areas.

If you see somebody in trouble on the water or along the coast dial 112/999 or use VHF Ch 16 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Follow the links below to find out more about education and water safety advice for specific water based activities or learn about general water safety education from the key stakeholders.

This Statement is endorsed by:

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

Department of Defence – Office of Emergency Planning – www.gov.ie/summerready  

The Department of Rural and Community Development

Local Government Management Association and the local authorities

Water Safety Ireland – www.watersafety.ie/open-water-swimming/

RNLI – www.rnli.org/safety

Coast Guard 

Failte Ireland

Coillte

Leave No Trace Ireland www.leavenotraceireland.org

Waterways Ireland

Dublin Mountains Partnership

Swim Ireland – www.swimireland.ie/open-water

Canoeing Ireland – www.canoe.ie/safety-on-the-water/

Irish Surfing – www.irishsurfing.ie/safety-environment/safe-surfing

Irish Sailing www.sailing.ie

The Irish Underwater Council www.diving.ie

Fingal Sports Partnership

Tipperary Sports Partnership

Carlow Sports Partnership

Cavan Sports Partnership

Donegal Sports Partnership

Galway Sports Partnership

Waterford Sports Partnership

Meath Sports Partnership

Kerry Sports Partnership

Louth Sports Partnership

Kilkenny Sports Partnership

Limerick Sports Partnership

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National Play Day – Programme Support now available

Meath Local Sports Partnership are delighted to announce National Play Day 2021 will take place from the 3rd-10th of July.

The aim of National Play Day is to promote play (and recreation) opportunities for children and young people all across the countryThrough this initiative, Meath Local Sports Partnership are managing applications on behalf of Meath County Council.  Pre-schools, Montessori, creches and other early years education providers and groups working with children and young people are encouraged to apply for this scheme for one or a combination of play packs and/ or a live event.

The National Play Day is just one component of the wider Summer of Play campaign; a government-led initiative designed to remind everyone, young and old, of the fundamental importance of play. This years theme is “Playful Communities”.

We are pleased to advise that the maximum amount available to each group or organisation under the National Play Day funding scheme, is €300.

Please see criteria and application form attached.

The closing date for applicants is noon Friday 25th June.

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Meath LSP Summer Ezine now available!

The latest Meath LSP E-Newsletter for Summer 2021 is now available! Packed full of news, updates and upcoming events. 

Click here to view: Meath LSP Summer Ezine

All programmes/activities will be delivered in line with current public health guidelines and are subject to change. 

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Sport Ireland publishes Local Sports Partnership Annual Report 2020

Sport Ireland today released the Local Sports Partnership Annual Report 2020, which highlights the work of Sport Ireland’s network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) and the impact they have on participation levels by engaging key target populations across Ireland.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Sport Ireland and the LSPs continued to provide national and local initiatives to ensure that everyone in society has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity. The Report shows that 340,674 people participated in 1,132 locally delivered participation initiatives in 2020 and 3,646 Clubs/Groups were provided with funding supports by LSPs.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD welcomed the publication of the Report: “The National Sports Policy recognises the key role played by the Local Sports Partnerships in sports participation and how they can assist in the delivery of the ambitious participation actions set out in the Policy. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the LSP network worked hard to develop new and innovative initiatives to target cohorts of the population who were most likely to be less active during the restrictions. This work will continue in to 2021 as we see the gradual return to sport and physical activity. Together we will work to increase access to sport and physical activity opportunities for all cohorts of the population”.

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers TD commented: “I commend the work of the LSPs and community organisations they worked with throughout a difficult year. By collaborating closely with organisations within and outside the sporting sector, the LSPs delivered a staggering range and variety of programmes and initiatives in communities throughout Ireland. As we move in to 2021 and beyond, the LSPs will continue to develop and deliver physical activity opportunities that are accessible and inclusive at a local level. I look forward to seeing the activities in the months and years to come as we move toward the target set out by the National Sports Policy”. 

Sport Ireland, through support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, along with the support of Dormant Accounts and Healthy Ireland funding, increased the provision of sport and physical activity services to harder to reach communities. In 2020, Sport Ireland allocated over €870,000 in Programme Funding to the LSP Network, an increase of 53% from the 2019 investment. Programme funding is at the core of the LSPs engagement with participants and allows for the delivery of a range of community, club and school based initiatives, programmes and events.

The number of people participating in Local Sports Partnerships initiatives has grown from 52,000 people in 2007 to 340,674 people in 2020. This high level measure indicates that the LSP network’s performance is improving and developing year on year.

Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, acknowledged the support provided by Government during the pandemic: “The work of the LSPs to deliver opportunities to be active throughout the pandemic was gratefully supported by the provision of the Government’s Covid-19 Resilience Fund and the Keep Well Funding. This funding supported the invaluable work of the LSPs during the pandemic. The LSP Small Grant Scheme of €1.9M supported 1,600 clubs, through this scheme LSPs supported local clubs and community groups with the costs associated with implementing Covid-19 hygiene and social distancing protocols. I would like to acknowledge Minister Chambers and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for their continued support and commitment to increasing sport and physical activity”.

John Treacy, Chief Executive Sport Ireland commented: “2020 was a very difficult year for the LSPs and sports participation in general. I must commend the staff and volunteers in the LSPs who adapted quickly and with agility tocontinue to support people to stay active during the pandemic. They embraced new ways of reaching the various groups in their community and worked together to deliver initiatives and resources at a national level.  Many LSP staff also answered the Community Call and provided direct community assistance where it was needed the most. Although participation numbers reduced in 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we believe that the LSP network is well prepared and primed to promote a safe return to sport, in line with Government regulations. We are confident that as Government restrictions are gradually lifted LSPs will quickly return to, and even exceed, the high levels of engagement seen in 2019”.

Dr. Una May, Director of Participation and Ethics, Sport Ireland added: “The network of Local Sports Partnerships work closely with schools and community based initiatives to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to encourage participation. Through their local expertise and connections within the sports infrastructure, LSPs are able to identify specific needs and plan accordingly. This work continued throughout 2020 despite the challenges faced during the pandemic and I am confident that it will grow even stronger as we gradually return to sport. Over 7,000 participants took part in initiatives targeting older adults and 51% of all participants in locally delivered initiatives were women. We look forward to working with the network to continue to increase these numbers and expand the work further with other groups so that ultimately everyone can benefit from being involved in sport and physical activity”.

The full 2020 LSP Annual Report can be viewed here

2020 LSP Annual Report Highlights:

  • 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs)
  • 340,674 people participated in 1,132 locally delivered participation initiatives
  • 51% of participants in LSP programmes were female, 47% were male, 2% other
  • 109,302 girls and 64,975 women took part in LSP programmes
  • 18,161 females took part in 130 targeted Women in Sport programmes
  • 3,646 Clubs/Groups were provided with funding supports by LSPs
  • 7,091 participants took part in initiatives targeting Older Adults
  • 64,524 participants took part in interventions supported by the LSP network including Daily Mile, parkrun, Playground Markings, Active Homework initiatives, and provision of physical activity resources
  • 16,243 people with a disability took part in LSP initiatives with an additional 2,037 people trained across Cara’s Disability Awareness, Autism in Sport & Disability Inclusion Training and Education programmes
  • 2,894,209 visits to LSP website in 2020  (138% increase compared to 2019 – 1,214,746)
  • 184,493 social media followers across all LSP social platforms(Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) 20% increase on 2019
  • Sports Leaders and Volunteers completed 5,102 Safeguarding Courses
  • LSPs planned and delivered 276 training and education courses, workshops and seminars with their partner agencies. 31,369 people participated in these courses
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Sport Ireland launch Participation Plan!

Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions on Sport and Recreational Walking detailed in new Sport Ireland report

  • Increase in number of adults walking for recreation
  • Decrease in numbers partaking in organised sport due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • Sport Ireland publishes Participation Plan 2021-2024 – Increasing Participation in Changing Ireland

Sport Ireland today published the findings of the Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) 2021 Quarter 1 report, which shows that overall levels of physical activity have increased on 2019 figures despite a decrease in organised sport participation.

The research, conducted by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Sport Ireland, examined the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on Sport and Recreational Walking in the period January – March 2021, comparing the results to the same period in 2019 and equivalent studies undertaken during the Covid-19 restrictions. 

The number of adults walking for recreation is up from 65% in 2019 (the most recent Irish Sports Monitor report) to 76% in Q1 2021. This figure however is down from the all-time high of 80% during April to May last year. Running and cycling have experienced similar fluxes, with today’s report showing an increase on the same period in  2019 but a decrease in participation levels during Covid-19 restrictions.

The release of the research findings coincides with the publication of Sport Ireland’s Participation Plan 2021-2024 – Increasing Participation in Changing Ireland. The Participation Plan outlines how Sport Ireland will continue to help people get active by removing barriers to participation in sport and physical activity in the coming years. The Sport Ireland Participation Plan actions will be delivered through Local Sports Partnerships, National Governing Bodies, strategic partners, clubs, communities and individuals.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, stated: “It is heartening to see the number of people walking is significantly ahead of 2019 figures and has remained so throughout the restrictions. The reduction in sports participation is a concern but I am confident that this will improve as we see the gradual reopening of facilities over the coming months.  This optimism is reflected in the 89% of respondents who say they will return to the activity they gave up as a result of Covid-19.

“The long term plan to increase participation is addressed in the comprehensive Participation Plan. The Programme for Government set new and ambitious objectives for sport, most notably an increase in the participation goals from 50% of adults regularly playing sport to 60% by 2027. The launch of the Plan today is a huge step towards achieving those targets.  As we start to see the gradual return to sport with outdoor facilities re-opening and children returning to training, we must all continue to make sport and physical activity a part of our daily lives”.  

Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD commented: “Throughout the pandemic we have acknowledged the important role that sport and physical activity plays in all our lives, benefitting our physical health and mental wellbeing. Today’s research highlights the resilience of the people of Ireland and their commitment and flexibility to maintaining active lifestyles, even in the face of a global pandemic.  On a positive note, as during the first period of restrictions, the gender gap in participation has been eliminated with equal proportions of men and women participating in sport. I am happy to see the release today of the ambitious plan to increase participation in the long term and also to address the huge impact that Covid-19 has had on sport participation over the past year. The comprehensive actions outlined in the plan are underpinned by the commitment of Government to double the annual investment in sports participation by 2027 as set out in the National Sports Policy. This investment will provide security to LSPs and NGBs to drive the increase in participation. The vision of creating a country where everyone can regularly enjoy taking part in sport and physical activity for life is one that is shared not only by Sport Ireland and the Department but also the many stakeholders and organisations who will support the delivery of the Plan over the coming five years”.

Equivalent research undertaken by Ipsos MRBI during Covid-19 restrictions found that rather than giving up on sport and physical activity, the people of Ireland adapted their behaviours and took up new sports and activities.  Last year, declines in indoor sports, team sports and organised sport due to imposed restrictions were offset by unprecedented increases in outdoor activities such as running, cycling and recreational walking as well as home based personal exercise and weight training.

However, today’s report, covering the period January to March 2021 shows the gains made in running, cycling and home based exercise last year have receded. Sports participation decreased to 35% – the lowest level since 2007.  This contrasts to one of the highest levels of sports participation recorded of 47% in the same time period of 2019.  The decrease was seen across all age groups and in both genders.  44% of respondents reported having given up one or more sports or physical activities due to Covid-19.

The upward trend in recreational walking continues in this quarter’s report with three in four adults walking for recreation on a regular basis.  There is also hope for indoor sports and organised sport as

89% of people who have given up one or more sports/activities during the pandemic say they intend to return once restrictions allow.

The Sport Ireland Participation Plan is built on, and guided by, the National Sports Policy 2018-2027 (NSP) and the Sport Ireland Strategy 2018-2022. The Participation Plan takes into consideration Healthy Ireland – A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013–2025 and the National Physical Activity Plan as well as global and national developments.

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy commented, “While the quarter 1 Irish Sports Monitor results show a decline in sport participation levels during Covid-19 restrictions, it is encouraging to see that the level of recreational walking has remained high. The last year has been very difficult for everyone and for the sports sector as whole.  Sport Ireland and the sport sector is committed to helping everyone in Ireland get active and experience the incredible health benefits sport has to offer. The Participation Plan 2021-2024, published today, will help address any negative impact on participation as a result of Covid-19 as well as build on the strong foundations put in place through the hard work of everyone in the sector. Support from all departments across Government will be required if we are to create an environment and culture that lends itself to sport and physical activity. Cooperation among all stakeholders will be key to achieving the ambition to make participation a way of life that is enjoyed equally by everyone in society. I look forward to working together with all involved to make an impactful change in the years to come”.

The announcement today coincides with the publication of two important international pieces of research which highlight the significant health benefits associated with being physically active during the pandemic. Research from Glasgow Caledonian University[1]found that physical activity reduces the risk of illness with Covid-19 and increases the efficacy of vaccination.  Research published in the British Journal of Medical Science[2]found that of a sample of 48,440 people in America who were diagnosed with Covid-19, those who were physically active on a regular basis had lower odds of being hospitalised, requiring ICU admission or dying from Covid-19. These publications recommend promoting the importance of physical activity during the pandemic and suggest combining vaccination campaigns with safe physical activity programmes to boost vaccine effectiveness. 

Director of Participation and Ethics, Sport Ireland, Dr. Una May added: “Overall the findings of today’s ISM are positive. However, they do show the difficulty in increasing participation levels during restrictions. We are happy to see the return of some sports this month and work is underway by NGBs and LSPs to encourage people to return safely to sport and physical activity in the weeks and months ahead. The decrease in participation across lower socio-economic groups is an area of concern and one that will be addressed by the Participation Plan. The plan aims to work with those most at risk of having lower sports participation and physical activity levels. By working closely with our stakeholders and partners, we will support innovative, inclusive and collaborative programmes, which will address the challenges posed by demographic, social and economic changes in the years to come”.

Participation Plan 2021-2024

Ipsos MRBI Q1 2021 Report

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Funding available for community centres and community & voluntary organisations!

The Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) has launched a ‘COVID-19 Stability Fund 2021’ which is open to community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises. The press release announcing the launch of this Fund is available here for further information. 

The primary aim  of the COVID-19 Stability Fund 2021is to help organisations suffering financially due to a reduction in their fundraising and/or traded income to continue to deliver eligible critical services over this difficult period

Priority will be given to:

  • Organisations who have not received previous support from the DRCD COVID-19 Stability Scheme 2020 or other Government supports
  • Community Centres that are delivering services to the wider community that are not registered with the Companies Registration Office or the Registrar of Friendly Societies or the Charities Regulator in the Republic of Ireland
  • Organisations that are experiencing severe financial difficulties and are at risk of severely reducing their eligible critical services and supports and/or in danger of not continuing and/or reopening
  • Organisations that are not in receipt of public funding or where public funding represents a relatively small percentage of your overall income

The eligibility criteria and guidance for applicants have been updated for 2021 and are available on the Pobal website.

Receipt of this email does not automatically mean that your organisation is eligible to apply. Each organisation must determine their eligibility for the Fund prior to applying. Pobal are anticipating high demand for this funding and therefore, meeting the eligibility criteria and/or submitting an application do not guarantee funding. 

The key timelines are as follows:

Key Timelines Dates
Register on the application portal   Thursday, 6 May, 2021 to Tuesday, 25 May, 2021
Help and supportavailable stabilityscheme@pobal.ie   Thursday, 6 May, 2021 to Thursday, 27May, 2021  
Online application form opens   Thursday, 20 May, 2021 to Thursday, 27 May, 2021  
Online application form closes   Thursday, 27 May, 2021 at 3.00pm (15:00 hrs)  

All details on the COVID-19 Stability Fund 2021 can be found on the Pobal website.  If you have any further queries on the Fund, please email stabilityscheme@pobal.ie.

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Royal County – virtual runaway success!

With 1200 runners, joggers and walkers participating in either the Royal County 3k/5k or 10k distances over the May Bank Holiday weekend, organisers Meath LSP were happy to deem the event a “virtual runaway success”. Participants took to the roads all over the country to be part of this hugely popular event, but none were more visible than around the town of Kells bedecked in the eye catching tee shirts particularly in the sunshine on Saturday and Sunday of the weekend. Young and old delighted in the comfort of being able to participate in their own locality and at a time which suited them.

With people tagging the Royal County from far afield in Liverpool to Cobh in Cork to Donegal to Dubai, the event this year had a real country wide appeal. For those who participated locally, they were rewarded with free coffee from Walsh`s Coffee House in Kells on the Saturday.

Meath LSP were delighted with the local engagement and the commitment of the town of Kells to continue to embrace the Royal County event. The challenge in 2022 will be how to integrate returning to the actual physical event whilst offering a virtual aspect to the Royal County. It’s a challenge the organisers Meath LSP will relish and look forward to. Here`s to the next 10 years!

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€412,698 Local Sports Funding for Meath

Sport Ireland announces €40 million investment in sports sector

  • €13.8 million for core activity of 59 National Governing Bodies
  • €9.5 million to support work of 29 Local Sports Partnerships
  • €8,500,000 to support High Performance programmes
  • €2.68 million in International Carding scheme

Sport Ireland today announced an investment of €40 million to National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs), High Performance athlete support and to the network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) for 2021.

Today’s announcement follows a year in which the sector has been significantly impacted by Covid-19 restrictions in place since March 2020.

The funding of €13.8 million for NGBs is maintained from 2020. This funding, in addition to the recently allocated Covid-19 Grant Scheme, will provide stability and certainty to organisations throughout 2021. In line with previous years, a portion of the Core funding budget (‘Special Projects & Programmes’) will be ring fenced to assist with strategically important NGB related events and projects.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin acknowledged the importance of sport and physical activity;“The past year has shown us yet again the important role that sport and physical activity plays in our lives and the vital contribution it makes to our physical and mental wellbeing.  I am delighted to announce today’s funding to the sport sector to further assist the work of National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships to encourage people to be more active and to support their ongoing development. In Budget 2021, the Government made a commitment to support the sector and we are engaging closely with the sector to ensure their needs are met and that sport will emerge from the Covid-19 crisis in a strong position.”

High Performance Programme funding will also be maintained for 2021 at €8,500,000. 2021 is anticipated to be an expensive year for high performance programmes as there remains a high level of uncertainty around competition and training camp plans due to Covid-19.  Sport Ireland will provide further support in 2021 to address the immediate and confirmed costs to high performance programmes in respect of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Minister of State for Sport & the Gaeltacht Jack Chambers  TD acknowledged the difficulties faced by the High Performance community in recent months,  “Ireland has big ambitions on the international stage and the funding announced today will assist in furthering these ambitions. While the Olympic and Paralympic Games were postponed in 2020, the hard work and commitment from our high performance athletes, their National Governing Bodies and their support teams has continued over the past year and we are all now greatly looking forward to the summer games and beyond. This funding will provide certainty to our organisations after this difficult period and cover costs like coach development, hosting of events and delivering strategic plans. I am also very pleased we are once again providing ring-fenced funding for the Women in Sport programmes through the Local Sports Partnerships.”

The investment in high performance sport is bolstered by funding of €2.68 million through the International Carding Scheme. The International Carding Scheme provides financial support to 130 athletes and 6 Tokyo targeted relays / squads across 16 sports. The primary purpose of this funding is to support Irish athletes in reaching finals and achieving medals at European, World, Olympic and Paralympic level. The level of funding on this scheme has increased from €2.4 million in 2020. The International Carding Scheme has been amended to account for the challenges faced by athletes and NGBs as a result of Covid-19.

Budget 2021 saw a significant increase in funding for sport and physical activity, reflecting the commitment of Government and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to support the sector in to 2021. The hard work and agility of the sports sector to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic has been acknowledged by Sport Ireland and the Government, and today’s funding announcement further strengthens the commitment to the sector.

Funding of €9.5 million has been approved for the network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships, representing an increase of 15% on 2020 funding. This increase in investment provides an opportunity for Sport Ireland to support a locally led safe return to sport and to further build the capacity of LSPs, increasing their reach and impact across Ireland. 

Additionally Sport Ireland has announced its annual investment in the three large field sports – IRFU, GAA & FAI. A total of €2,389,653 has been allocated to the GAA and €2,250,843 to the IRFU. Funding provided by Sport Ireland supports vital coaching, games development and technical development programmes in both the GAA and IRFU. As per the Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the Government and the Football Association of Ireland, €5.8 million in funding will be made available to the FAI for football development programmes, pending approval by the Board of Sport Ireland.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman Sport Ireland outlined the importance of providing stability to the sector in these uncertain times: “2020 was an extremely challenging year for the sports sector. It was faced head on by the sector and I commend the work of the funded bodies who showed resilience and agility in adapting to the many obstacles they faced throughout the year. The High Performance athletes, coaches and support staff have also showed incredible dedication and commitment to their sports in very difficult circumstances. The funding announced today will support the National Governing Bodies High Performance Programmes, the Sport Ireland Institute and other high performance facilities and direct athlete support and we look forward to cheering on these athletes again soon. On behalf of Sport Ireland, I think Minister Martin, Minister Chambers and their Department colleagues for the ongoing support.”

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland John Treacy highlighted the important role of community sport: “Throughout 2020, the network of 29 LSPs continued to help people get active in their communities by removing barriers to physical activity. They adapted quickly to the new “virtual” landscape and rolled out a broad range of local and national initiatives targeted at all the different cohorts of people. This funding will help LSPs continue this work and ensure that everyone in our society has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity. But now we look forward, toward an Olympic and Paralympic Games, to the reopening of sport and physical activity for the general public and a light at the end of the tunnel. There is cause for optimism as children’s sport and some outdoor activity returns and we look forward to even more opportunities to enjoy sport and physical activity in the months ahead”.

See sportireland.ie for full breakdown.

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She..Inspires & Belongs in Sport – Webinar Recording

She..Inspires & belongs in Sport Webinar Recording NOW AVAILABLE:

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Great lineup of speakers for Women in Sport Webinar!

She…..Inspires & Belongs in Sport. FREE interactive webinar!

Meath Local Sports Partnership unveils the line up of excellent speakers for our upcoming Women in Sport webinar on Thursday April 15th @ 7.30pm.  The webinar is open to everyone, whether you have a personal interest in being active in female sport or physical activity, , or you are a parent of a girl involved in sport, an athlete, a player, a competitor, a coach, a mentor, an administrator or you just have an interest in developing opportunities for women to develop and progress in sport – this webinar is a must for you to attend.

Our “She…Inspires & Belongs in Sport” webinar is designed to showcase the very best leaders who through their own actions provide inspiration to us on a daily basis. The evening promises to be fun & interesting and will allow for participant interaction with the speakers. Our experienced speakers will inspire the participant through encouragement, coaxing, motivating, and persuading each other to be their very best in their sport or physical activity.

Participants will have an opportunity to hear from:

Liam Sheedy – Liam has over 25 years of experience of leading teams to outstanding results in both the corporate and sporting environments. He is one of Irish sport’s most successful leaders. Having played at the highest level, being best known for remarkable managerial success, leading his native Tipperary to an epic All-Ireland Final victory in 2010 before stepping away afterwards to concentrate on a banking career. He returned nine years later as manager of Tipperary and recaptured the title in his first year back at the helm. He has also won numerous awards, including Philips Manager of the Year and Volunteer in Sport.

A member of the board of Sport Ireland – the statutory authority tasked with the development of sport in Ireland – since 2013, He has chaired its High-Performance Committee and oversaw the development of a new strategy for Irish elite athletes and structures for the next 12 years. Liam is a member of the University of Limerick Sport (UL Sport) Board of Directors and served on GAA management committee for three years.

In addition to his outstanding managerial successes, Liam also has a longstanding history of volunteering and promoting with the GAA at grass roots level.  Liam is father to two teenage girls and is heavily involved in their sporting lives.


Joanne O Riordan – Joanne has studied criminology in UCC and is only one of seven people in the world living with a rare physical disability known as Total Amelia. This means she was born without all four limbs and even though there is no medical explanation as to why this happened, Joanne or indeed her family has never allowed it to hold her back.

Joanne first gained attention for skipping school to confront then Taoiseach Enda Kenny about his proposed plan to reduce disability funding during his election. In April 2012, she spoke before the UN and challenged the body to create technology to help disabled people such as herself. She was named Young Person of the Year at the People of the Year awards in 2012. Joanne is an activist for people with disabilities, a motivational speaker and a sports columnist with The Irish Times. She appears in the 2013 documentary No Limbs No Limits.

She has used technology to enhance her abilities in both her education and through the wider social environment. She has conquered enormous challenges at home, in school and around her local community. Joanne adapted her life in such a way that it has given her both national and international acclaim. Joanne is now an example to all able bodied and disabled bodies to live very happy, independent, fulfilled lives.

Joanne has challenged the most advanced minds in the world to build her a robot that would become her hands and legs. The challenges she faces everyday get bigger and far greater to overcome.


Vikki Wall – Vikki became an All-Ireland winner with Meath in 2020 and was also named as the Intermediate Championship player of the year.

Vikki who is 22 years of age is currently in her final year of Business Studies in DCU. She has been a stalwart member of Meath Senior ladies since the darker days of 2015 – ringing players the day before playing Cork to today where Meath are Intermediate All Ireland champions.

Meath have returned to the Senior Ranks having played in 3 Intermediate All Ireland finals in a row, suffering heartbreak against Tyrone & Tipperary in 2019 & 2020 to come out on top against Westmeath in 2021.

Vikki has also been instrumental in her club, Dunboyne and their success in moving up through the ranks from being a junior club to now competing at senior level.

She recently opened up about the regular verbal abuse — related to her weight — she has been subjected to from the side line and stands while playing inter-county football.

Vikki, who was named Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year on TG4′s ladies football awards programme, used her winning interview to speak about her horrific experiences for the first time. She candidly detailed how, for several years, she and her family had to listen to regular insults about her during games.

Vikki is a fluent Irish speaker and has also done some punditry and analysis as part of TG4s coverage of gaelic games. She is one of the faces of the new Gaelic Games “Player Pathway” which is a new united approach to coaching and player development across the LGFA, GAA & the Camogie Association.


Nora Stapleton – Nora worked for six years as a GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) Games Promotional Officer with Ballinteer St Johns GAA club in Dublin. Her role involved coaching children day to day in schools and the club while also running GAA camps and coaching workshops.

In 2013 she joined the Irish Rugby Football Union as the Women’s and Girls Development Manager. This role carried a national remit and involved developing programmes and strategies to progress the growth of female rugby in the country.

In April 2019, she took up the role of Women in Sport Lead with Sport Ireland where her remit is to implement the Women in Sport Policy. This policy aims to increase female involvement across all areas of sport, from participation to visibility, coaching and officiating to leadership and governance. Nora’s role has a wide remit, liaising and working with each of the various Units within Sport Ireland as well as stakeholders such as the Local Sports Partnerships and the National Governing Bodies.

On the field, Nora played Intercounty Gaelic Football for Donegal winning two All-Ireland medals (2003 and 2010). She has national titles in soccer with UCD and competed in the UEFA knock out stages with them three years in a row. In 2017 she retired from International Rugby with 50 caps and participated in three Women’s Rugby World Cups. She was selected to play on the first ever Women’s Barbarian team in 2017. Nora is now a coach with Old Belvedere Rugby Football Club.


Rachael Flynn – Rachael has been involved in sport throughout her whole life; both as a  player and a coach. Rachael first came into contact with Meath LSP when she was in transition year in secondary school in Loreto, Navan and participated in the Sports Leader Award. From that course, she volunteered as a buddy on one of Meath LSP`s disability programmes where she got the opportunity to assist in the roll out of activities to adults with a disability.

She attributes that experience with finding her niche and realising the joy she got from teaching people to be physically active. She continued to volunteer with Meath LSP and assisted with the wheelchair disability camps. Fast forward 10 or so years, and she is a qualified PE teacher, a tutor with Meath LSP and in the middle of completing a dissertation on Autism in Sport!

Rachael has a passion for physical activity and understands the importance and benefits of keeping active and the positive role in plays in the lives of young people, and people in the community. She has been involved with Meath LSP in the delivery of programmes such as Women on the move, Couch to 3k, CAMHS Learn to Run, Exercise for older adults and ‘Run, Jump, Throw’ for children.

Rachael portrays her involvement in the delivery of these programmes as been hugely rewarding for her, especially seeing people’s lives changing for the better through being physically active.


Lisa O Dowd – Lisa is a Sports Development Officer with Meath LSP. She is the Women in Sport Lead and is also responsible for School & Youth programmes.

Lisa has always had a passion for sport, in particular athletics and is a keen runner. She began her career in sport in 2003 as a Tutor with Meath LSP but as her children grew older, she knew she had more to offer and enrolled in a full-time degree course ‘Community and Youth Development’  in 2013.  On completion she joined the Meath LSP team full time in 2019 and since then has been responsible for a variety of successful programmes.

With her passion for athletics she developed a 0-3k Walk to Jog programme which has since progressed into a Running Series and has seen over 800 participating within the last 12 months. Lisa is responsible for introducing new and innovative programmes for girls and women striving to pathways which will result in their continued participation in  sport and physical activity.

Lisa believes that all women have a place in sport, regardless of age and ability. From participants to players and coaches/officials to management and parents to spectators. “We all have a part to play to ensure we belong and inspire other women to belong in sport”.


MC – Lisa Clancy

Lisa Clancy is an experienced strategic consultant, who holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin. She has over 25 years’ experience in leadership, communications, marketing, finance and stakeholder engagement from grassroots sports clubs to national governing bodies in Ireland and abroad in both the public and private sectors.

She works with sporting organisations to help them achieve their potential by developing strategic plans, implementing positive change and training leaders. A huge advocate of women in sport, she has co-designed and delivered Women in Sports Leadership programmes for 100 female leaders in 28 national sporting organisations , she also researched and co-produced recommendations for Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Strategy.

A Board Member of Paralympics Ireland and Chair of the Strategy Committee, she also works with organisations on leading positive change in areas such as equality and climate change. As the former Director of Communications for the GAA, she was responsible for all areas of  communication at home and abroad and building a digital Association.

To register please see https://eventmaster.ie/event/RWGJsL5h76 

Zoom link will be sent by email on Thursday 15th April. (Please check spam)

 

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She…..Inspires & Belongs in Sport. FREE interactive webinar.

She…..Inspires & Belongs in Sport. FREE interactive webinar.

Meath Local Sports Partnership unveils the line-up of excellent speakers for our upcoming Women in Sport webinar on Thursday April 15th @ 7.30pm-9pm.

Speakers include:

  • Nora Stapleton – Women in Sport lead with Sport Ireland & ex Irish rugby international
  • Liam Sheedy – All-Ireland winning manager
  • Joanne O Riordan – journalist and disability advocate
  • Vikki Wall – All-Ireland winning player with Meath Intermediate ladies gaelic team
  • Rachael Flynn – PE teacher & Meath LSP tutor
  • Lisa O Dowd – Meath LSP Sports Development Officer & Women in Sport lead.

For full profile of the speakers, please see www.meathsports.ie.

The webinar is open to everyone, whether you have a personal interest in being active in female sport or physical activity, , or you are a parent of a girl involved in sport, an athlete, a player, a competitor, a coach, a mentor, an administrator or you just have an interest in developing opportunities for women to develop and progress in sport – this webinar is a must for you to attend.

Our “She…Inspires & Belongs in Sport” webinar is designed to showcase the very best leaders who through their own actions provide inspiration to us on a daily basis. The evening promises to be fun & interesting and will allow for participant interaction with the speakers. Our experienced speakers will inspire the participant through encouragement, coaxing, motivating, and persuading each other to be their very best in their sport or physical activity.

Registration for the webinar is free but is limited in places.

To register see: https://eventmaster.ie/event/RWGJsL5h76 

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Take an active part in the Royal County weekend 2021!

Great news, the much-anticipated Royal County event returns to Kells over the Bank Holiday weekend in May this year. It’s the 10th anniversary of this hugely popular event and promises to be extra special.

New for 2021 will be:

  • Virtual edition – given that we are currently living under level 5 restrictions, the organisers, Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP) have decided to host a virtual edition of the Royal County.
  • 3k distance included (to celebrate the new opening of the fabulous ring road walkway around Kells)
  • Bespoke finishers medal – commemorative 10th anniversary custom made medal

The virtual 10th Royal County event will now accommodate the following distances: 3k; 5k & 10k. Participants are welcome to walk, run or jog any of those distances over the Bank Holiday weekend in May. The virtual aspect of this year’s event means that you can complete the actual Royal County route (maps available to download from our website) or a route of your choice closer to your home at a time which suits you.

Perhaps you`re just getting back to walking or maybe have started to jog over the lockdown period or you just enjoy running, whatever your reason is, Meath LSP have designed podcasts which will help you reach your goal of completing a 3k, 5k or 10k distance…all in time for the Royal County event in May. Check out our website or social media pages for more information.

Registration is currently open for this year’s Royal County – see www.meathsports.ie; cost of entry is €12 and includes a must have limited edition t-shirt and custom-made medal. Keep an eye on the website and fakebook pages for a sneak preview of the tee shirt and medal!

Every year we enjoy the support of our key partners – St Brigid’s AC, Headfort Arms Hotel; Kells Gardai; Meath County Council; Club Active, Kells; Meath Civil Defence and local volunteers. Due to the virtual nature of our event, the level of support generally required isn’t needed this year.  It’s our turn now, to recognise those supporters for their commitment over the past years by including their logo on all of our merchandise – new to the list of supporters in 2021 is the newly formed athletic club in Kells. Your support is what makes this a great Kells community event, thank you.

Anyone interested in participating in the 2021 Royal County event should register now (avoid disappointment of not having t-shirt in time for the event) – see www.meathsports.ie or check out our social media pages or contact 046 9067337.

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Women in Sport Spotlight

To celebrate Women in Sport Week, we caught up with Evelyn Keatinge – a tutor and community coach with Meath LSP!

“Sports has always been a part of my life from my own school days through to adult life. I realised after taking a career break to raise children I didn’t want to return to my old profession so I jumped in at the deep end and applied to do the Community Coaching Training Programme with Meath LSP.

After the initial training I worked as a coach on a variety of activity programmes for children and adults. I love working with people in the community, seeing them thrive through physical activity. I continued my education in physical activity and qualified as a Fitness Instructor.

I now develop and lead my own fitness programmes as well as continuing to tutor and coach a range of initiatives for Meath LSP.

I love my work and I am delighted I took the opportunity to train with Meath LSP, physical activity can change people’s lives and this experience has definitely changed my life for the better” 

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Women in Sport Spotlight!

To celebrate Sport Ireland Women in Sport week, we spoke to Dawn Weldon who participated on our 0-3k, 3-5k & 5k+ Podcast Running Series! 

“I started the 0-3k programme in 2020, at the time I was working, had a family and suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and always used this as an excuse not to exercise.

This programme started off with walking and slowly progressed to jogging. Each week varied and I really noticed my progress as time went on. As well as meeting new people I was enjoying what I was doing but most importantly, keeping fit.

When COVID-19 struck and we were unable to meet up, Meath LSP transferred the programme to a podcast which was easy to set up and follow. This was a lifesaver during lockdown, encouraging me to complete 3 sessions every week.

A Facebook group was started for all the members, it was great fun to link with others online and share our experiences.

Last week I ran my first ever 10k, I never in wildest dream thought, I could ever achieve that. It wasn’t easy but nothing worth doing is easy. I am fitter, healthier and happier than I have ever been. If I can do it, so can YOU!!” 

If you are interested in joining our Podcast Running Series please see https://www.meathsports.ie/podcast-running-series/ 

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JOB VACANCIES – Sport Ireland

Sport Ireland is currently recruiting for the position of Partnerships Manager. This Higher Executive Officer (HEO) role is a key management role to assist the Partnerships and Governance Director in leading, developing and promoting sports participation and physical activity in Ireland through the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) network.

Full job description is available here 

Sport Ireland are also currently recruiting for the position of Sports Participation Executive (Executive Officer). Reporting to the Partnerships Manager, the Sports Participation Executive will project manage Sport Ireland’s Participation initiatives, develop and support projects and initiatives offered in the area of Sports Participation and analyse and administer sport participation applications for investment.

Full job description is available here 

Recruitment is managing the recruitment campaign for this vacancy on behalf of Sport Ireland and all queries will be looked after by Orange Recruitment.

Applications and enquires for this role can be sent to sportirelandjobs@orangerecruitment.ie

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 23rd February 2021

 

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Sports Capital Programme – Ensure your club is grant ready!

Meath Local Sports Partnership have engaged the services of 2into3 Consultants to deliver an information session to clubs, sporting bodies and schools who wish to submit an application for this year’s Sports Capital Programme (SCP).

It is hoped that this information session will provide would-be applicants with valuable insight about the Do’s and Don’ts of completing the application process and help reduce the number of invalid applications.

The SCP is operated by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and provides grants to assist clubs/organisations:

  • With development or refurbishment of sports facilities (max €150,000), or
  • With the provision of non-personal & maintenance sports equipment (capped at €30,000).

Grants are available to voluntary, not-for profit sports clubs, community groups, National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and schools may only apply for funding jointly with sports clubs or organisations. See https://www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie/ for more information.

Prior to making an application – clubs and must be registered through the Sports Capital Programme online system (portal) -OSCAR. This is the only way to apply for grants under the Sports Capital Programme. This portal is used to apply for funding and manage the drawdown of grants. The deadline for registration (OSCAR) is 5pm on Monday 15th February 2021. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 1st March 2021.

To register for the Sports Capital Programme – Grant Information Webinar please click link: https://eventmaster.ie/event/pGVEivyTyo 

Once you have registered to attend the Sports Capital Programme – Grant Information Webinar, a link to the webinar will be sent to you on Friday 5th February via email.

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Operation Transformation Minimum Fitness Tests

Operation Transformation, in collaboration with DCU School of Health and Human
Performance, have developed the Minimum Fitness Tests that will demonstrate the
minimum fitness standard for your age group. These tests are designed to show you
where you sit within the minimum standards of physical fitness and give you a target
to aim for within your age bracket and gender.

Click here for resource: OT_MEATH

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Meath LSP Level 5 Activities

In line with current Government advice, we are all asked to stay home and stay apart.  It is however, especially important for everyone to remain physically active whilst adhering to Government advice in relation to COVID-19.  Meath Local Sports Partnership has developed a suite of programmes for January/February which will help you to remain active in your home environment.

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Covid 19 Emergency Fund – 2nd Round

 

 

 

 

The 2nd round of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund is now being launched.

This round will provide grants to community groups to assist them:

  • to adapt their services and operations to fit the new COVID-19 reality. Examples of measures supported could be adapting premises to allow for social distancing; offering on-line activities; providing social supports and friendly calls by phone etc.
  • to become more involved in the Government’s ‘Keep Well’ campaign. The grants are aimed at assisting participation in the campaign, in particular with the three themes: staying connected, switching off and being creative, and minding your mood.

The fund is being administered by Meath County Council who is inviting groups registered with MeathPPN to submit an application. This email is being sent to you as you are the nominated contact for your community or voluntary group.

Please find links to fund the application form and guidelines below:

Guidelines for 2nd round of COVID19 Emergency Fund

Application form for 2nd round of COVID19 Emergency Fund 

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 5pm Wednesday 27th January 2021.

Application forms can be returned by email to communitygrants@meathcoco.ie or by post to Meath County Council, Community Section, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath C15 Y291.

Please direct any queries to communitygrants@meathcoco.ie or by phone to 046 9097400.

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Virtual 2k Turkey Trot in aid of Society of St Vincent de Paul

Charity begins in your community…make your donation count locally this Christmas!

The Local Sports Partnerships (LSP’s) in Louth & Meath have combined forces to host the inaugural virtual 2k Turkey Trot in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP). This worthy charity does tremendous work with those who need it and has branches in most local communities across the counties of Louth and Meath.

2020 has brought many challenges to our lives but has had huge impact on local charities and those who they work with, none more so than SVP. Christmas will be different for everyone this year but for some it will be a lot harder. Poverty is never easy to confront and yet, every Christmas it is impossible to ignore.

Louth & Meath LSP’s are encouraging everyone to do their part in tackling the issue of poverty in your local area, to ensure that the contribution you make to a charity benefits those in your local community.

You are encouraged to take part in the inaugural virtual 2k Turkey Trot on Saturday 2nd Jan. All proceeds will benefit the local SVP areas in Louth & Meath. Registration cost is €5 per person. You can do your 2k around your house, in your local park, at your local pitch, wherever you choose! Get your family & friends involved. Get out, get active, you’ll not only feel great for being out and about but also feel good about giving something to a great local cause.

Prizes for the most creatively dressed on the day. Capture your participation, use the hashtag #2kturkeytrot and tag us on social media:

  • Louth LSP – Facebook @louthlsp OR
  • Meath LSP – Facebook @meathsportspartnership or on Instagram @meathlocalsportspartnership

Registration is NOW OPEN! https://eventmaster.ie/event/DpOztmAcJr 

Welcome 2021 by being active, feeling good and helping those most in need in your local community.

*This event is also supported by Meath County Council*

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Taking care when swimming in open water

 

If you swim in the open water or are thinking of taking part in the future, have a read through this important open water swimming leaflet, compiled by Water Safety Ireland.

Open Water Swimming WSI

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Meath LSP welcomes your feedback!!

 

Meath LSP is currently developing our new strategy – “Active Meath 2020 – 2025” and have created a short survey to capture your feedback. We would love to hear your opinions and ideas as to what we should include in our next strategy. Please see link below to the survey and would appreciate if you took 5 mins to complete same. Answers are completely confidential.

Create your own user feedback survey

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Let’s go walking…still permitted under Level 5 restrictions!

Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated and walking is sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise. A brisk daily walk can help you to:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood & overall mental health
  • Improve your balance and coordination

GAA clubs leading the way!

On 21st Oct 2020, GAA issued an update to all GAA clubs in Ireland, permitting the use of Walking Tracks under Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. The following GAA clubs in Meath will continue to allow local access to their walking tracks. Local restrictions may apply to access times, use of floodlighting etc. Be mindful of the 5km travel restriction, contact the named club representative below if you have any queries.

Please be respectful of the facility itself, of other track users, follow all signage when using the walking track. These are fabulous resources to have available to local communities.

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Meath Local Sports Partnership provides €139K as a welcome funding boost to sports clubs in Meath.

Meath LSP on behalf of Sport Ireland managed the Small Club Grant fund for sports clubs in Meath and were successful in being awarded €139k in funding. In total 118 clubs in Meath will benefit from this funding. The funding is provided to offset losses incurred by sports organisations during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Meath LSP were also awarded an additional €15,000 – this will benefit the non-sports club sector e.g Community groups tasked with providing sporting activities.

Full list of clubs supported nationwide under the Small Club Grant scheme & national press release is available HERE. Over the coming days, Meath LSP will be in contact directly with all of those successful clubs.

In total €85 million is provided to the Irish Sports Sector:

  • €64 million in funding to NGB, LSPs and Clubs to address significant Covid-19 related losses
  • Additional €15 million for GAA, Camogie, Ladies Gaelic Football Championships
  • Dedicated funding disability and older adult sport

Full list of successful club recipients in Meath:

Club Name Amount
11th Meath Kilcloon Scout Group  €            1,500.00
17th Meath Longwood Scout Group  €            1,500.00
1st Meath Dunboyne Scout Group  €               705.00
1st Meath Navan Scout Group  €            1,000.00
20th Meath Stamullen Scout Group  €            1,500.00
21st Meath Kentstown Scout Group  €            1,450.00
5th Meath Kells Scouts  €            1,400.00
Ashbourne & District Community Centre Clg.  €            1,500.00
Ashbourne Badminton Club  €            1,200.00
Ashbourne Indoor Bowls Club.  €               300.00
Ashbourne Tennis Club  €            1,320.00
Athboy Autism Support Group  €            1,500.00
Athboy Kells Badminton Club  €            1,115.00
Athboy Rugby Football Club  €               390.00
Ballinabrackey GAA  €               440.00
Ballinlough GFC  €               750.00
Bellewstown Pitch and Putt Club  €            1,368.00
Black Bush Golf Club  €            1,500.00
Blackhall Gaels GAA Club  €            1,100.00
Boardsmill GAA  €            1,200.00
Bohermeen Athletic Club  €            1,500.00
Bohermeen Celtic FC  €            1,500.00
Bohermeen Community Centre  €            1,500.00
Boyne Badminton Club  €            1,500.00
Carnaross GFC  €               950.00
Castletown GFC  €            1,500.00
Cilles athletic club  €            1,500.00
Clann na nGael GAA Athboy  €            1,500.00
Clonard GAA  €            1,000.00
Co Meath Golf Club  €            1,500.00
Coolmine Gymnastics Club  €            1,500.00
Cormeen Community Development CLG  €            1,415.00
Cortown GFC  €               770.00
Dee Rangers Ladies  €            1,350.00
Donacarney Celtic FC  €               250.00
Down Syndrome Louth Meath  €               930.00
Drumconrath GFC  €               472.75
Drumree GAA  €            1,030.00
Duleek-Bellewstown GFC  €            1,500.00
Dunboyne AC  €            1,500.00
Dunboyne Badminton Club  €               485.00
Dunboyne Community Centre  €            1,364.00
Dunboyne Tennis Club  €            1,500.00
Dunderry Badminton Club  €               800.00
Dunderry Camogie Club  €            1,497.93
Dunshaughlin Athletic Club  €            1,500.00
Dunshaughlin Community Centre  €            1,500.00
Dunshaughlin Youths FC  €               750.00
East Coast Cavaliers Basketball Club  €            1,452.94
East Meath Boxing Club  €            1,500.00
East Meath United  €            1,220.00
Enfield Celtic  €               769.00
Fr Murphy Athletic Club  €            1,075.00
Gaeil ColmCille GAA  €               990.00
Headfort Riding Club  €            1,500.00
Kilbride GFC  €            1,106.63
Kilcock Golf Club  €            1,500.00
Kildalkey Badminton Club  €            1,400.00
Killegland A.F.C.  €               954.00
Killyon Hurling Club  €            1,500.00
Kilmainham GFC  €            1,500.00
Kilmainhamwood GFC  €            1,500.00
Kilmessan Bowls Club  €            1,120.00
Kilmessan Hurling Club  €            1,445.00
Kiltale Hurling and Camogie Club  €            1,500.00
Knockharley Cricket Club  €            1,440.00
Laytown United FC  €               755.90
Longwood GAA/LGFA/Longwood Running Group  €               800.00
Longwood LGFA  €               900.00
Meath & District League (MDL)  €            1,125.00
Meathhill  GFC  €               355.00
Mosney Brownie Unit  €               600.00
Moylagh GAA Club  €            1,500.00
Navan Athletic Club  €            1,500.00
Navan Cougars BC  €               879.00
Navan Girl Guides and Senior branch  €            1,500.00
Navan Road Club  €               650.00
Navan Rugby Football Club  €            1,500.00
Navan Tennis Club  €            1,500.00
Nobber GFC  €            1,380.80
North Meath RFC  €               800.00
North-East Taekwon-Do Kubz  €            1,400.00
Oldcastle Cycling Club  €               570.00
Oldcastle GFC  €            1,428.53
Puskas-Hagi Futsal Club  €               510.00
Rathkenny GFC  €            1,150.00
Rathkenny Rovers FC  €               800.00
Rathmoylon GAA  €               540.00
Ratoath Camogie  €            1,500.00
Ratoath golden gloves boxing club  €            1,350.00
Ratoath Pitch and putt  €               450.00
Ratoath Rugby Club  €            1,500.00
Ribbontail Paddlers Canoe Club  €               970.00
Royal Rockets Multisport Club  €            1,300.00
Royal Tara Golf Club  €            1,400.00
RST Community Centre  €            1,400.00
Seneschalstown GFC  €               985.00
Simonstown Gaels GFC  €            1,500.00
Skryne badminton club  €            1,500.00
Skryne Pitch & Putt Club  €               966.00
Slane Wanderers FC  €            1,000.00
Special Olympics Club Navan  €               750.00
St Brigid’s Athletic Club  €            1,200.00
St Brigid’s GFC  €            1,500.00
St Colmcilles GAA Club East Meath  €            1,500.00
St Peter’s Church of Ireland  €            1,500.00
St Peter’s GAA  €            1,500.00
St Ultans GFC  €               450.00
St. Patricks Snooker and Billiards Club  €            1,500.00
St.Vincent’s GFC  €            1,500.00
TAG Meath Autism Group  €            1,500.00
Trim AC  €            1,500.00
Trim Badminton Club  €            1,500.00
Trim GAA  €            1,425.00
Wilkinstown Community Centre Ltd  €               330.00
Wilkinstown/Simonstown Badminton Club  €            1,400.00
Wolfe Tones LGFA  €            1,450.00
Yoroi Dojo  €               450.00
Total  €         139,195.48

 

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Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine 2020

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

Click here to view Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine 2020

*All programmes/activities will be delivered in line with current public health guidelines and are subject to change*

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Parents in Sport Week 2020

Let’s talk about keeping children safe in sport!

Parents in Sport Week 2020 takes place 5 – 11 October. Run by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), Parents in Sport Week aims to highlight the important role parents play in youth sport, from helping to keep children safe, to encouraging them to take part and achieve.

As part of the campaign, the CPSU are asking sports parents to make the Sports Parents Promise – a 3-point pledge to their children to listen to them about their concerns, check clubs are safe to enjoy, and encourage their children to take part in a positive way.
They hope this will help parents to understand how their contribution to their child’s sport makes it a safer place for all children.

You can help support the CPSU and Parents in Sport Week by making the Sports Parents Promise on their website, where you can also find a wealth of helpful information about being a great sports parent and working with parents in sport.

You can also support and follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #ParentsinSportWeek2020.

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Older Adult Home Exercise Plan

Meath Local Sports Partnership is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships nationwide who have come together to roll-out a 4-week physical activity plan for older adults as part of Positive Aging Week. The activity plan has been developed by Sport Ireland, representatives of the nationwide LSP network in conjunction with Age & Opportunity (national development organisation improving the quality of life of people aged 50+).

This 4-week activity plan will support people to try and reach the minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity, as recommended in Ireland’s National Physical Activity Plan. Daily participation in the 4-week programme will help maintain & increase the participant`s mobility, strength and balance.

As we age, it is essential that we stay strong by doing regular strengthening exercises. Regular physically activity also promotes mental and emotional health – never has this been more important than now as we adjust to the Covid-19 restrictions being placed upon us.

John Treacy, Chief Executive Sport Ireland, “This International Day of Older Persons, Sport Ireland are delighted to be launching the Older Adult Home Exercise Plan with the support of the network of Local Sports Partnerships and Age & Opportunity. By building these exercises in to your daily routine and tracking your progress over the few weeks, you will notice a huge improvement in your physical and mental well- being.”

Mary Murphy, Manager of Meath LSP welcomed the physical activity plan, adding “that it was an excellent resource which further compliments the extensive programme Meath LSP already offers to the older active adult”.

This resource is fully adaptive for people of all abilities and ages and includes an activity planner to help keep track of your progress throughout the 4-weeks.

For more information, contact Ruairi @046 9067337 or rmurphy@meathcoco.ie

Download the Booklet

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€114,196.00 boost for Meath for Sport and Physical Activity Measures!

Sport and physical activity in Meath has received a welcome boost, with €114,196.00 being allocated to Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP) through the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The allocation is part of a total investment package of €7.3m in Dormant Accounts Funding announced by Sport Ireland for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures countrywide.

Sport Ireland’s investment aims to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.

Included in the allocation to Meath LSP is:

  • Continued investment into the Community Sports Hub programme (Phase 3 & 4) in Navan – €50,000.00
  • Investment for capital spend under the Sports Inclusion Disability Projects – €10,500.00
  • New Urban Outdoor Adventure Initiative in Laytown/Bettystown – €30,696.00
  • Continued support for our Volunteer Supports programme – €15,000.00
  • Continued support towards our Youth Leadership programme – €8,000.00

Speaking about the new round of Dormant Accounts Funding, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, said: “A key priority for Government is the targeting of resources at programmes that seek to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular socio-economic disadvantage. Similarly, we are keen to ensure that interventions are in place to boost participation levels among people with disabilities. The range of measures funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund is helping to make sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible for many people right across Ireland.”

Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, added: “The positive impact of sport and physical activity on our physical and mental wellbeing cannot be overstated. The current pandemic has confirmed the critical importance of sport to Irish society and the uplift it provides to people’s spirits. While keeping us fit, regular physical activity is an excellent social outlet for many. The investment package announced today will have a positive impact on the health of the nation, and support the growth of community and social cohesion through sport.”

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, commented: “The increase in Dormant Accounts Funding will enable Sport Ireland, supported by National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of communities throughout Ireland. Key to the work of Sport Ireland is the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in sport and physical activity, no matter what their circumstances.”

Manager of Meath LSP, Mary Murphy welcomed the investment through the Dormant Accounts funding into sport and physical activity in Meath commenting “the aim of our work in Meath LSP, is to increase levels of participation in sport and physical activity across our county and to provide opportunities to every person regardless of age and ability. This funding will support us in achieving our aim and will allow us to work with sports clubs, community groups, NGB`s and members of the public to develop new initiatives and opportunities.”

As with previous funding announced, the investment is closely aligned with the National Sports Policy and the National Physical Activity Plan.  A particular emphasis is placed on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, making sport and physical activity accessible to people with a disability and the development of programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme NOW OPEN!

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

The funding is split into 3 measures

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

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

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

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Age & Opportunity Grant Scheme 2020

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

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

Application form can be downloaded HERE

See Grant-Application-Terms-and-Conditions

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

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

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Meath LSP – COVID 19 Club Small Grant Scheme

 

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

Background to the grant

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

Who is the grant aimed at?

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

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

What does the grant cover?

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

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

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

How much can clubs/groups apply for?

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

Conditions of the grant – clubs/organisations must

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

Collection of personal data

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

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

Completion of the application form

Applications are now closed.

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

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


Terms and conditions:

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

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

Please note:

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

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

*Please see important documents below:

What can be applied for

Preview of Questions asked in application form

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Job Vacancy with Carlow Sports Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

12 NOON ON THURSDAY, 20TH AUGUST, 2020. 

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

CARLOW COUNTY COUNCIL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

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JOB VACANCY: Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership

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Phase 3 – Return to Sport

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

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

What it means:

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

The following may reopen:

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

Education/childcare/young people may reopen:

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

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

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

Travel is permitted anywhere in Ireland

Summer Camps

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

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

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

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

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

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

Competition and Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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National BeActive Day June 28th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People of Meath Challenged to take part in BeActive Day 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online Resources:

Be Active Day booklet

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

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

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

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2020 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme now open for applications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Download application with criteria HERE

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

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Safeguarding & Wellbeing during Covid-19

 

 

 

 

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

See Safeguarding & Wellbeing Advisory Note

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stay Local, Stay Apart & Stay Safe in the Outdoors

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

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

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

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

Agencies and organisations are advising members of the public to:

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

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

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

Sport Ireland Outdoors: www.sportireland.ie/outdoors

Forest Recreation : www.coillte.ie

National Parks: www.npws.ie

Heritage Sites: www.opw.ie

Leave No Trace Ireland : www.leavenotraceireland.org

Inland Waterways: www.waterwaysireland.org

Beach Information: www.beaches.ie

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#INTHISTOGETHER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Operation Transformation – Keeping Well Apart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Operation Transformation – Self Isolation

Calling all households!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Home Exercises for Older Adults

Home Exercise for Older People

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

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

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

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

Click here to view: Easy Exercises

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IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: COVID-19

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Meath LSP’s Winter/Spring Ezine 2020!

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

Click here to view: Meath LSP Winter/Spring Ezine 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Operation Transformation National Walk Day!

Operation Transformation National Walks 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meath Local Sports Partnership wishes to recruit a Sports Development Officer

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

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

The candidate shall have:

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

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

Job & Person Specification available to download HERE

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

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

Meath Local Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

 

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Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine

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

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

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Cycling Ireland Launch AXA Community Bike Rides

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

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

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Volunteer in Sport Awards!!

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Sport Ireland Publishes 2018 Local Sports Partnerships Annual Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

The full 2018 LSP Annual Report can be viewed here.

2018 LSP Annual Report Highlights:

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

Please see Meath LSP’s latest Ezine for Spring 2019

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

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Adventure Walks Meath Smartphone app

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

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

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

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How to use the Adventure Walk App

  1. Download app onto your phone 

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

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

You will need to enable Mobile Data services on your phone

  1. Username

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

  1. Select language

Select between English and Irish language

  1. Select County

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

  1. Select venue

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

  1. Choose treasure hunt

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

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

Happy treasure hunting!!!

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Sport Ireland takes over Governance Code for sporting organisations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Podium finishers and category winners:

Overall – 10k Female

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

2nd Elaine Donoghue (no club) 43:54

3rd Kay Smith (no club) 44:55

5k Female

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

2nd Eimear Dowling (Navan AC) 21:12

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

Overall – 10k Male   

1st Nigel Smith (Virginia AC) 37:25

2nd Kevin Prunty (Dunshaughlin AC) 37:46

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

5k male     

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

2nd Jack Boyle (Beaufort School) 18:14

3rd John Carroll (Bohermeen AC) 18:14

Category winners:

10k   

M40:               Shane McCabe (Bohermeen AC) 38:57

M50:               Jim McArdle (No Club) 41:23

M60:               Pat Ryan (Dunboyne AC) 50:06

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

5k   

M40:               Richard Califf (Dunleer AC) 18:54

M50:               Domo Moran (Dunshaughlin AC) 20:11

M60:               Tom Durcan (Bohermeen AC) 22:59

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

10k 

F40:                Chris Perle (Bohermeen AC) 48:13

F50:                Linda Gunning (Bohermeen AC) 51:18

F60:                Kathleen Brady (Navan AC) 52:52

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

5k   

F40:                Rachel Morgan (No Club) 23:56

F50:                Mary Watters (Navan AC) 22:26

F60:                Maura Sheridan (Killinkere Running) 28:54

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Meath Heritage Cycle Tour

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

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

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

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

Meath Heritage 50k Cycle route:

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

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

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

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

 

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Slane Castle 5km Trail Run/Walk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy running or walking to all who take part!

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Meath LSP Spring April

Please see Meath LSP’s latest Ezine for Spring 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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JOB VACANCY: Community Sports Development Officer

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

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

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

 The candidate shall have:

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

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

Job & Person Specification to download HERE

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

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

Meath Local Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congratulations to graduates of our Community Coaching Programme!

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

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

The graduates completed modules in the following disciplines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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CARA CENTRE – JOB VACANCY

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

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

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

Salary: Remuneration will be dependent on qualifications and experience

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

Position Details:

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

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

Job Purpose:

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

Key Responsibilities:

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

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

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

Suitable candidates should apply by completing this Application Form

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

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

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

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

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Meath LSP’s Latest Winter/Spring Ezine

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

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Opportunity for Recently Qualified Graduates!

Please download Job & Person Specification HERE

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

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Move More…….Fitbit Challenge 2019

Move More ……. FitBit Challenge 2019

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

Participants must:

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

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

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

Qualifying criteria will apply, places are limited.

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Operation Transformation National Walk Day

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

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

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

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

Natasha Shannon

Noeleen Farrelly

086 1955539

086 8527547

086 3260857

10am Carnaross Community Hall
Kilmainhamwood Bernadette Finnegan

Niamh Madden

087 2910896

087 7673792

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

 

Noel Walmsley

Norman Coyle

 

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

0877611767

 

11am

Registration starts from 10am.

 

St. Brigid’s walking track, Ballinacree

 

Athboy Dolores Grace

Helen Ennis

086 3868474

086 3704395

 

10am Clann Na Gael GAA
Castletown Nichola Smith 086 8617289

 

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

(across from Garda Station)

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

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

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

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Meath LSP sign up to the Sports Inclusion Disability Charter!

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

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

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

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

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

Dormant Accounts Funding support – Meath LSP 2018/2019

Total awarded to Meath LSP €144,100.00

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Breakdown of Dormant Accounts Funding:

  1. Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH)

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

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

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

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  1. Youth Leadership award

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

This programme will develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of sports and/or recreational situations as well as contributing to the personal development of the learner. It will also assist to develop trained volunteers who can assist with the delivery of sport and recreation initiatives within their community.

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

Funding provided to Meath LSP                                                                                €22,500

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  1. Volunteer Training & Support programme

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

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

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

Funding provided to Meath LSP                                                                                €15,000

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  1. ASPIRE Graduate programme

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

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

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

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  1. Sports Inclusion Disability Programme Capital Supports

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

Funding provided to Meath LSP                                                                                €10,000

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Tutors/Coaches/Instructors WANTED!

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Launch of new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF)

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

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

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

The main features of the scheme are as follows:-

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL COORDINATOR – Be Active After School Physical Activity Programme

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

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

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

The candidate shall have:

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

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

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

Please download application form here: Be Active ASAP application form 

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

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

Meath Local Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Go for Life Assistant Manager Vacancy

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

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

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

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

Activities include:

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

We are currently recruiting a Go for Life Assistant Programme Manager

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

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

This position involves a specific purpose one year contract.

Salary: €40,000

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

Please submit your CV and cover letter to:

Margaret Roe,

HR Manager,

Age & Opportunity,

St. Patrick’s Building,

Marino Institute of Education,

Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9

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

Interviews will be held in early December 2018.

Age & Opportunity is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Please download Job Description & Person Specifation HERE

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Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine

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

Packed full of news, updates & upcoming events.

Click here to view Meath LSP Autumn/Winter Ezine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10 years of cycling in Meath!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Food & water stops along the routes!

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

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

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

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Meath Heritage Cycle Tour Pre-event guide

Pre- event guide and information

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

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

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

Mechanical Support: 

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

Medical Support & First Aid:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do`s:

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

Don`t:

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

What to bring:

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

Other items we recommend that you carry:

  • waterproof jacket
  • sun screen
  • sun glasses

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

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

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

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

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

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VACANCY at Cormeen Sports Complex

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

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

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

Popular MC returns for cycle tour! 

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

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Jersey unveiled!

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

 

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