Sports Bursary Scheme now Available

Martin Sheridan Bursary Award

The Martin Sheridan Bursary Award is intended for sports people who have excellent potential, outstanding ability and the desire to perform at the highest level possible in their chosen sport. Mayo County Council in their 2013 budget have allocated the sum of €5,000 towards the Martin Sheridan Bursary Award.

 Martin Sheridan was born in Bohola, CountyMayoon the 28th March, 1881. At 18 years of age he emigrated toAmerica and joined the New York Police Force. He trained as part of the NYP Athletics Team and qualified to represent theUnited States in the Olympic Games. Over a period of fourteen years, he won more Olympic Medals than any other Irish Athlete – Five Gold, Three Silver and one Bronze. He also won twelve US Championships and over Thirty Canadian, Metropolitan and Regional Championships. In the course of his career, he established sixteen world records and was considered virtually unbeatable. Martin died at the age of 36 from a viral infection. In 1988, he was the first Irishman to be inducted into the prestigious National Track and Field Hall of Fame inIndianapolis. Very few athletes have come up to Martin’s all round individual performance and his name will always be remembered in athletic circles as one of the all time greats. In Bohola today, The Sheridan Memorial Community Centre is dedicated to his memory along with a very impressive memorial which stands in the grounds of the Community Centre.

 Full qualifying criteria and the application form is available via the website https://sites.google.com/site/martinsheridanbursary/  or by emailing martinsheridanbursary@gmail.com

 

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:57:00 BST

Westport Activity Ambassador Programme Launched

Westport Activity Ambassador Programme Launched

Westport Town Council have recently just completed a 4 week long training programme for a team of Activity Ambassadors under the governments Job Bridge Scheme for unemployed people. For the months of the tourist season the interns will gain practical experience in acting as Visitor Information Advisors and Leaders. The Activity Ambassador progamme has been developed by Westport Town Council in association with the Mayo Sports Partnership and Westport Tourism Organisation in an effort to increase participation in sport and recreation for both visitor and resident. They will actively engage with recreation providers in the creation of complimentary programmes and also with Westport Tourism Organisation,WestportLeisureParkand Accommodation providers. It is envisaged that the Activity Ambassadors will develop and promote a weekly activity list in association with local sporting, cultural & visitor attractions and also provide for delivery of activity programmes for specific groups/families. The interns have received training in Walking & Cycling Leadership, Soft outdoor adventure, Environmental awareness, Occupational first aid, Child protection, Disability awareness, Customer care and Social media.

To find out more or to make contact with the Ambassadors contact WestportLeisureParkat 098 29160.

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:03:00 BST

Get Ireland Walking Initiative

 

Get Ireland Walking is the new national walking initiative funded by the Irish Sports Council and the Health Service Executive (HSE).  It is led by Mountaineering Ireland, and supported by the Irish Heart Foundation, HSE Health Promotion, Age and Opportunity, Gaelic Athletic Association,InstituteofLeisureand Amenity Management, ArthritisIreland, and others.

The initiative exists to maximise the number of people participating in walking throughoutIreland.  The Get Ireland Walking vision is:

 A culture of walking throughout Ireland resulting in improved health, wellbeing and fitness for society and significant savings in health expenditure.

Get Ireland Walking is working to achieve this vision by providing information advice and guidance about walking, by signposting people to other agencies/organisations active in the promotion of walking and by supporting the setup and development of local community walking groups. 

We would encourage you to register your walking group with Get Ireland Walking.  Registration will give your group access to free insurance cover for your volunteer walk leaders and group coordinators.  It will also include your group on a national database of walking groups, which will publicise your group and network you with other walking groups in your area and beyond. 

GetIrelandWalking will provide access for you and your group to a central source of information on all walking initiatives and supports inIreland.  The Initiative will also provide a space for your group to share experiences and be part of a national voice for walking inIreland.  

With your involvement we can Get Ireland Walking.

Please register your walking group today by logging on to www.getirelandwalking.ie or by calling 01 6251109, it will only take a few minutes.

If you have any questions on the initiative please contact Grainne at info@getirelandwalking.ie or on 01 6251109 / 087 2994687.

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:04:00 BST

€22,000 in funding distributed to 45 Sports and Recreation groups

‎Mayo Sports Partnership distributes its annual Special Participation Grant Scheme

 

At a recent Mayo Sports PartnershipBoard meeting almost €22,000 was allocated to 45 clubs / organisations in Mayo through both the Partnerships 2013 special participation and  Bike Week grant schemes. Special guest at a recent presentation evening Minister of State for Sport and TourismMichael Ringcomplimented the work being done on the ground by many volunteers and how it was important to support clubs / groups in these tough economic times.

 To download a full list of recipients please click here 2013 SPG Grantees 2013 Bike Week Grantees

“ Volunteers are the lifeblood of sport across this county and I would like to put on the record my own personal appreciation for all the great work that they do. A small bit of funding can help many clubs in achieving their goals ” Minister Ring  stated.

 

 The aim of theSports Partnership is to increase participation in sport / physical activity and it is envisaged that all projects will help to do just that particularly in disadvantaged sectors of the population. This year the scheme has funded initiatives including the further development of Basketball in Mayo, junior angling participation inNewport, underage cycling section in Ballina Cycling Club, start up of new clubs in weightlifting and athletics, recreational GAA and walking groups with the Mayo Branch of ArthritisIreland.

 

In addition the Partnership was able to distribute €4,250, through funding from the Department of Transport, for recreational Bike Week events which take place from the 15th – 23rd June.

 

 “Despite cutbacks Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to be able to continue this annual scheme supporting initiatives across the county. I would like to thank in particular the Irish Sports Council and Minister Ring for providing this funding”  Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert added

 

Mayo Sports Partnership comprises of representatives from local agencies, sports organisations and community representatives, is core funded by the IrishSports Council and is a sub-office of the Mayo County Development Board. For funding under the annual Special Participation Grant Scheme applicants need to show that the suggested project will increase participation and is sustainable.

 

 Since 2005 the Partnership has brought an overall investment of close to €5 million to developing sport and recreation within the county. Many projects / initiatives involving pre-schools all the way up to older people have benefited from this significant investment mainly through the Irish Sports Councils direct funding. The above figure does not include the very significant input of partner agencies on the board such as Mayo County Council, Mayo VEC, HSE West, GMIT, Leader Companies, Udaras na Gaeltachta, MayoEducation Centreand other stakeholders.

 

 

Any further information on the above can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnershipat 094-9047025 or by logging on to www.mayosports.ie

 

 

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:17:00 BST

Get on your Bike for "Bike Week" in Mayo 15 -23rd June

Mayo Communities roll out National Bike Week with Numerous Events

 Would you like to take advantage of the longer brighter days by getting out on your bike? A challenge is going out to all families to dust off their bikes and trikes for a bumper week of cycling activity during National Bike Week 2013. Please download list of events here 2013 List of Events for Bike Week in Mayo which we are aware of at this moment and time).

 

Over 20 different events are scheduled to take place in Mayo from the 15th – 23rd June beginning on Sunday 16th June with a Group and Family Cycle in Tourmakeady starting at 3pm from the community centre. A full listing of the events can be seen by logging on to www.bikeweek.ie

 

“Cycling really has caught on as a form of recreational physical activity for all in the last few years. Last year over 600 people participated in 16 events and we hope to further build on that in 2013” says Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership.

 

A whole host of other events are due to take place throughout the county with Smart Travel Castlebar organising a free bike check in Castlebar on Monday 17June from 1-2pm. If you have not used your bike in a while and want to get it checked over for FREE before you get cycling this is the ideal opportunity. Please contact Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Office Mayo Co Council 087 7870055 ngibbons@MayoCoCo.ie or Thelma Birrane, Health Promotion Officer, HSE, 094 9042589 thelma.birrane@hse.ie for further details of this and other Smart Travel events.

 

In speaking on Bike Week Thelma Birrane, Health Promotion Officer, HSE West says, “The main focus of Bike Week is to encourage family members to take up cycling as a regular activity in their local community and to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport and physical activity.”

 

Wednesday is also national “Cycle to Work”(COW) day and Green Schools Travel Officer with An Taisce Eva Gannon is encouraging all to get on their bikes and make an effort to cycle to school or work.

 

 

A Family Bike Fun Day is scheduled to take part in the Bog Gate Field, Golf Course Rd, Westport ( Beside Gaelscoil na Cruachie) at 3pm on Friday 21st as part of the celebrations for the opening of the Northern section of the Westport Town Greenway. More family and group cycles are also timetabled during the week taking place in Ballina, Currane Achill and Kilmovee on the 22nd June with events taking place in Ardagh, Ballinrobe and Westport on Sunday 23rd June.

 

Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring whose department has allocated €5,000 towards Bike Week in Mayo has expressed his support for all communities who are organising these fantastic array of events.

 

“ My department is delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile activity which benefits everybody and I would encourage everybody to get out there and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mayo” commented Minister Ring

 

Bike Week culminates in a showcase event titled “Bike Fest” which takes place at Lough Lannagh Castlebar on Sunday 23rd June 2.15pm – 4.30pm. A free event families, individuals etc are invited to participate in a host of events including free bike / helmet check by local bike shops, family treasure hunt, Bike Buddy (cycle with an experienced cyclist), Lookalikes on Bikes (dress like your idol) and Slow Bicycle / Obstacle Courses. Indeed as people / families will be encouraged to participate in the Roundabout Lookalikes on Bike Challenge at 4pm on the day “All Affairs” costume hire Moneen, CastlebarTel: 094 9044570 Mobile: 086 8360303 Email: allaffairshire@gmail.com have come on board with a 10% reduction on all items hired for the event. Vouchers to the value of €50 for best fancy dress along with an overall prize fund to the value of €500 will be on offer throughout the event. People are asked to note that the Car Park at Lough Lannagh will be closed to traffic from 12.30 – 4.30 on the day however car parks at Aldi and Lough Lannagh will be available.

 

A full and detailed listing of all events can be found on the Mayo Sports Partnership website at www.mayosports.ie/news . For further information contact the Partnerships Office at 094-9047025

 

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:35:00 BST

Events announced for Mayo in Motion Month June 2013

Over 40 walking and cycling events, walking festivals, Walking / Cycling Leader training are just some of the highlights of the Mayo in Motion Initiative for 2013 just announced. To see listing and events please click here 2013 Mayo in Motion List of Events

Jointly facilitated by the Mayo Walking Partnership and Mayo Sports Partnership, the month long initiative aims to promote walking and cycling as a means of physical recreation which can be enjoyed by anybody. Communities, schools, workplaces, individuals are all encouraged to get out there and experience the many walking / cycling trails which have recently being developed.

This year a level 1 cycle leader training course takes place in Westport on the 8th and 9th June with an Irish Heart Foundation Walking leader course also taking place in Westyport on the weekend of the 14th – 16th June. These courses are available at subsidised rates and are targeted are volunteers in the community.

For further information on Mayo in Motion events log on to www.mayosports.ie  contact  Anna Connor Walking Officer Mayo County Council Tel: 094 9047545 Email: aconnor@mayococo.ie or  Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or msp@mayococo.ie

Fri, 31 May 2013 16:02:00 BST

Directory of 2013 Summer Camps in Mayo Now Available

Mayo Sports Partnership has complied this directory see here 2013 Directory of Summer Camps in Mayo ‎* as a source of information for those wishing to make contact with organisers of Sports Camps around Mayo.

This information resource gives information on different camps per area

- North / South / East / West Mayo

- Ballina

- Castlebar

- Claremorris

- Erris

- Westport

- Adventure Sports Camps

Inclusion in this directory is not an indicator of the quality or value of the camp. All camps listed are independently run and all related queries should be directed to the camp contact as listed. The listed camps are those who we are aware of at this moment and time. If there are any others who would like to be included on our web based directory at www.mayosports.ie please contact us at 094-9047025 or e-mail us the details to msp@mayococo.ie  . Click on this link ‎ Parents Guide to Sport and Summer Camps   to obtain information for parents on their childrens involvement in sport.

Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:21:00 BST

100s of Walking Groups to be established through Get Ireland Walking Initiative

Minister of State in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Alan Kelly TD launched a new Get Ireland Walking Initiative today which aims to build a culture of walking inIrelandwhere people are walking more on a daily basis for improved health! The new initiative seeks to promote the benefits of walking and is aiming to support the set up of 100’s of new walking groups in communities, town and cities around the country.  Minister Alan Kelly, welcomed the Get Ireland Walking initiative and recognised the important role it will play in complementing his Department’s schemes which promote Smarter and Active Travel in towns throughoutIreland

 The Get Ireland Walking national base will be based in the new Sport HQ building inDublinand will provide information, advice and guidance about walking and support to communities in setting up walking groups and walking programmes. The initiative will also link in with GP’s around the country, encouraging them to promote walking for improving health and will also be promoted at county level through Local Sports Partnerships and other health promotion agencies.

 Get Ireland Walking is an initiative funded by the Irish Sports Council and the Health Service Executive (HSE) and supported by Mountaineering Ireland, Irish Heart Foundation, Age and Opportunity, Gaelic Athletic Association,InstituteofLeisureand Amenity Management, ArthritisIrelandand others.

 Further information available on www.getirelandwalking.ie

Fri, 31 May 2013 16:10:00 BST

Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month June 2013 - Call for Events

Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month June 2013

 

Call for Events

 

Mayo Trails Partnership in association with Mayo Sports Partnership facilitate an annual initiative to promote walking and cycling as an enjoyable way towards a healthy and active lifestyle. In 2012 over 20 communities throughout the county participated in walks with 16 cycling events taking place during Bike Week. The initiative proved to be an outstanding success with people of all ages and abilities participating. Based on its success a calendar of events will be once again be co-ordinated to promote walking and cycling during the month of June. This year National Bike Week takes place from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd June.

 

The programme is promoted under the banner of “Mayo in Motion Walking and Cycling Month” and communities are invited to schedule walks or cycles in their locality which will then be advertised by us in the local media and website.

 

If you or your community/ workplace are interested in participating in this initiative please complete a registration of events form, see attached, and return it to the undersigned by Monday 27th May. This date is necessary in order to compile a timetable of walks for promotion to the local press.

 

Also as part of this year’s initiative it is planned to hold both a Level 1 Cycling Coach Education Course on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June and a Community Walking Leader Training Course on the weekend of the 14th – 16th June. The cost of these courses are being subsidised and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

Further information on the above is available from Mayo County Council Walking Development Officer, Ms.  Anna Connorat 094 9047545  email: aconnor@mayococo.ie or the Mayo Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025 email: msp@mayococo.ie

 To download application form click on link: Registration of Events Form

Tue, 21 May 2013 16:23:00 BST

Bike Week 2013 Small Grant Scheme

Building on the fantastic enthusiasm and participation of groups around the county in Bike Week 2012, Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Mayo County Council is now inviting applications for funding from interested community groups / sports clubs for Bike Week 2013 (15th -23rd June) events.

 To download a copy of the form please click here 2013 Bike Week Grant Application Form

If your group is interested in promoting cycling as part of a fun, national programme, this is an ideal opportunity to apply for funding to help deliver your event. Grants for Community Groups, who are properly constituted, are available up to a potential maximum of €500, depending on the size and nature of the event.

 

Events that will be eligible for grant assistance in 2013 must target non-cyclists /aspiring cyclists or seek to deliver cycling training – such events must aim to achieve high public visibility and involve the greatest number of people possible.

 

" Last year we had leisure cycle events on the Greenway, a bike maintenence workshops and safe cycle training in Castlebar to name but a few events. What we are looking for this year are fun / novel events which are highly visible and will engage a large number of people.  Overall 600 people participated in 18 different events, hopefully we can better that in 2013." commented Mayo Sports Partnership directorCharlie Lambert. 

 

Groups can obtain an application form by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or download a form on www.mayosports.ie

 

As deadlines are tight for submission of events to the Department of Transportthe closing date for applications to Mayo Sports Partnership is Wednesday 22nd  May 2013. Funding is at the discretion of Mayo Sports Partnership / Mayo County Council and as such applicants may receive all/some/or no funding applied for.

 

For more information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

 

Fri, 10 May 2013 15:38:00 BST

Activity Ambassador positions offered on Job Bridge

Interested in becoming an Activity Ambassador for Westport?

 Westport Town Council are planning to recruit eight Activity Ambassadors under The Job Bridge Scheme. The interns will gain practical experience in acting as Visitor Information Advisors and Leaders. The Acitivity Ambassador progamme has been developed by Westport Town Council in association with the Mayo Sports Partnership and Westport Tourism Organisation in an effort to increase participation in sport and recreation for both visitor and resident. They will actively engage with recreation providers in the creation of complimentary programmes and also with Westport Tourism Organisation, Westport Leisure Park and Accommodation providers. Activity Ambassadors will develop and promote a weekly activity list in association with local sporting, cultural & visitor attractions and also provide for delivery of activity programmes for specific groups/families. The interns will receive formal/informal training in the following: Walking & Cycling Leadership, Soft outdoor adventure, Environmental awareness, Occupational first aid, Child protection, Disability awareness, Customer care, Social media. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Customer service/Communication/Leadership/Organisational, Interpersonal skills in relating to members of the public.

 Skills Requirements

An interest or background in the Tourism industry, and interest/background in physical activity, qualifications and/or previous experience, a demonstration of excellent communications & customer service skills, evidence of self motivation. Flexibility to work over a seven day roster is required.

Full details about the application process are available online at www.jobbridge.ie

 

Fri, 10 May 2013 15:43:00 BST

Thousands participate in the 4th West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon

The Mall in Castlebar was a sea of colour of Sunday as thousands turned out for the fourth annual Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon. Olympic medallist Sonia O Sullivan was a popular special guest on the day and, true to form, she made time to stand and chat to her fellow competitors and pose for several hundred photographs, much to the delight of her many, many fans. Minister for Sport Michael Ring was also a guest on the day and praised the Western People, Mayo Sports Partnership and main sponsors Connacht Gold for coming together to organise such a wonderful event in the county town. He spoke of the importance of the involvement of women in sport and wished every participant the very best of luck in the 10km event.

At the starting line for the west of ireland womens mini marathon

 Hollymount native Frank Fahey was on hand once again to get the women warmed up and ready for action. As always, his motivational and fun work out created a real festival atmosphere on the Mall. The Mini Marathon Babes were also in flying form on Sunday and were delighted to stand for photos and have a chat on air with Midwest Radios Paul Claffey, who was also in attendance. Indeed, there was a huge media presence for the event, with Mayo TV also recording all the action. Charities were out in force and, as well as the thousands of women walking, jogging and running the 10km, there were lots of men who togged out for the day and made the effort to emulate the fairer sex...to varying degrees of success!Following the welcome and warm-up, the participants made their way to the starting line and counting down from 10, Minister Ring officially started the fourth annual Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon amidst great fanfare.

The long winding road

No sooner had all the entrants set off on their journey than it was time to get ready to welcome the winners home.  Large crowds gathered at the finish line on The Mall to cheer on the participants and it was European cross country gold medallist Lizzie Lee who was first to cross the finish line in a time of 37.32. Lizzie was followed soon after by European cross country silver medallist Rosemary Ryan, who came home in a time of 38.18. Mayos Colette Touhy was third across the line in 39.11, with Maura Ginty fourth in 39.46. Ann Lennon was fifth in 39.46, with Sarah Syron finishing sixth in a time of 39.58. Although large numbers of participants had chosen to walk the 10km event  many for the first time impressively, the entire group were back at the Mall in less than two hours. The first runners home described the route as challenging with lots of hills. There was also a strong wind which meant that those attempting to set personal best times were in for a real challenge.

 

 Cora Staunton and Sonia O Sullivan

The fourth annual Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon was another hugely successful event for all concerned and, as the crowd began to disperse and make their way back to their cars, many were already looking forward to next year. Roll on 2014!

Fri, 10 May 2013 15:18:00 BST

Temporary Road Restrictions in Castlebar on Sun 5th May for Mini Marathon

Castlebar is gearing up to welcome thousands of women for the 4th Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday 5th May.

 The event is expected to attract some 3,000 participants, supports, families and friends. To date the event has raised more than €1 million for good causes and also brought benefits to the local economy.

 Co-organisers of the 10K walk / run the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership are anxious to inform the public of temporary road restrictions on the day and requests the kind co-operation of all concerned. An event of this nature requires these temporary inconveniences to ensure a successful and enjoyable day out for everybody.

 The restrictions are as follows

 9.30am Mall Closure- until 4pmEllison Street Closure 11.30am – 3pmLower Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30amDuke St 12 Noon – 1pmNewport Rd to Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pmPound Rd 12 Noon – 1pmGallows Hill 12 Noon – 1pmNewline 12 Noon – 1pmPontoon Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pmBallinacarriga to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pmBallynew / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pmStaball Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 2.30pmBridge St 12.15 – 2.30pmMain Street 12.15- 2.30pm

 A full detailed map of the route is available on www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com people can also contact the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 for further details.

 

 

Wed, 01 May 2013 17:26:00 BST

Olympians to share thoughts on Womens Participation in Sport

Women in Sport Seminar – Friday 3rd May

Olympians Sonia O’Sullivan and Olive Loughnane will lead out a strong team ofsports women at a special seminar to explore womens participation and equality insport/ physical activity.

 The Seminar, called Women in Sport – Are we gaining Ground? will take place on Friday, May 3rd  in the GMIT Castlebar starting at 12.30pm.   It will be chaired by Ballycroy native and well known GAA journalist with the Western People Michael Gallagher.  Current Mayo Ladies GAA player Cora Staunton, Irish Womens Rugby International Carol Staunton and Special Olympic athlete Bridget Walsh will also attend.

 The open debate will explore all aspects of womens involvement insportincluding issues such as:

Womens participation and equality in SportThe issues and barriers with teenage girls involvement insport/ physical activitythe demands and pressures on female high performance athletesStrategies to promote involvement insport/ physical activity by girls / women

 The seminar is one of the key events during the Castlebar Festival of Sport Weekend which is taking place from the 3rd – 5th May. The weekend incorporates events such as the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon, Pink Ribbon Cycle, come and try adventuresports at Lough Lannagh and is organized by the recently formed Castlebar Sports Forum under the auspices of Mayo Sports Partnership. Other partners include G.M.I.T. Castlebar, Castlebar Town Council, Mayo County Council, the Irish Sports Council and the Gathering.

 Directly targeted at teenage girls and women it is hoped that secondary schools would look to send Transition or 5th Year students to the event. Budding future sports stars, those who are competing at club, county or national level now, parents, coaches and managers are also invited to this free event.  Places can be booked through the Mayo Sports Partnership on 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 

Wed, 01 May 2013 17:21:00 BST

Sports Partnership Grant Scheme Closing Date Draws Near - Wed 8th May

The Board of the Mayo Sports Partnership has announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2013. This scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would increase participation amongst target groups such as youth at risk, disadvantaged communities, unemployed, women, traveling community, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.

Over the last couple of years a particular focus is being placed on inviting communities / organizations to think about forming walking and jogging groups in their locality. Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert explains

 “ There has been a huge explosion in walking, jogging and cycling throughout the county and we would like to capitalize on this by inviting clubs / groups to think about having a Meet and Walk / Jog group in their locality. These groups can have a fantastic social element to their activities and having fun while exercising. We would be delighted to assist groups in setting up these initiatives”

 Projects which received funding under the scheme in the past included a water sports initiative in the Erris Area, setting up a new athletic club in Ballinrobe, Spike ball programme in Barncarroll Sports Centre, adventure sports opportunities, mass participation programmes in running / walking cycling initiatives, and the set up of a new Camogie Club in North Mayo.

 Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects are not eligible for funding under the schemes criteria.

 Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 8th May 2013, the maximum allocation to any one project can be €1,000 and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

 For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at

094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie/news to download a copy of the application form.

 

Wed, 01 May 2013 17:17:00 BST

Only 3 Weeks to Go to the Wests Premier Ladies Event

Sonia O Sullivan to lead out the Wests Premier Event for Women

 Castlebar is getting all geared up to welcome thousands of women to the Mayo capital for the 4th Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon. The event is expected to attract several thousand participants, supporters, family, friends etc. The organisers are delighted that Sonia O Sullivan and her family will be present on the day and are planning a top quality event which will have something for everybody whether you are a participant or a supporter.

 The 10-kilometre run and walk is being co-organised by the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership. Main event sponsor is Connaught Gold with other partners including Castlebar Town Council, Mayo County Council, the Mayo Athletics Community and local clubs / organisations.

 While the presence of elite runners is sure to provide the race with a strong competitive element, central to the Women’s Mini-Marathon will be the opportunity for all West of Ireland charities to raise much needed funds for their respective organisations.

 Speaking about the upcoming event Western People Editor James Laffey said: " We in the Western People are delighted that this event seems to have captured the imagination of women all ages and abilities throughout the region. We would hope to build on the success of the last three mini marathons and with the co-operation of our co-organisers Mayo Sports Partnership it promises to be a day to remember”.

 “The event also presents a wonderful opportunity for local charities to raise vital funds” he added.

 Now firmly established as the premier event of its kind in the west the arrival of so many runners, walkers and their families /supporters to Castlebar is sure to boost the local economy.

 

 “Its been fantastic to see the response. All over women are preparing for the event by training individually or through local meet and train networks which can be very sociable and enjoyable. Its something which we are trying to foster in communities” said Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 With the mini-marathon a little over three weeks away the excitement is building. To capture the festival atmosphere the Mall, will incorporate a stage with music, food court area, childrens activity zone etc. The run / walk will commence at 12 Noon from the Courthouse with the Mall open to the public from 10.30am – 4pm.

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

 Finally with an event of this nature some temporary road closures will be in operation on Sunday 5th May and again the organisers would kindly ask the public to acknowledge these restrictions for the health and safety of all. These are listed below

 

9.30am Mall Closure- until 4pm

Ellison StreetClosure 11.30am – 3pm

Lower Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30am

Duke St 12 Noon – 1pm

Newport Rdto Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Gallows Hill 12 Noon – 1pm

Newline 12 Noon – 1pm

Pontoon Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballinacarriga to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballynew / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pm

Staball Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Bridge St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Main Street 12.15- 2.30pm

 If residents, businesses etc along the route would like to decorate their houses / premises for the event the Sports Partnership can assist by supplying some bunting, balloons etc. For more information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:48:00 BST

“Men on the Move” Exercise Programme featured on RTE

A unique exercise programme for men is taking Mayo by storm…. “Men on the Move” which recently featured on RTE news is a programme for men aged 30+ who want to get active and feel the associated health benefits.

 Supported by Mayo Sports Partnership, HSE West and Mid West Radio Men on the Move commenced  in Mayo in March 2012. Following an initial information night which included a free health check men engaged in a twice weekly exercise programme under the watchful eye of a qualified activity leader. Activities include walking, jogging, cycling and strengthening exercises. The leader supports the group and helps every man to start to get more active no matter how fit or unfit they feel. The ages of the men vary from 30 yrs to over 80 so there is a place for everyone in men on the move.

 We all know of the many health benefits of taking more exercise: - these include stronger heart and lungs, having more energy, reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, better quality sleep, stronger bones, prevents chronic disease, weight loss, decreased stress & prolonged independence as we get older.

 Despite knowing the benefits of physical activity sometimes it can be difficult to get started particularly if you do not feel fit or have not been active for a long time. Men on the Move can help you get started as you will not have to start on your own and the leader will make sure you start at a pace that suits you and you won’t end up over doing it. People are much more likely to stick with an exercise programme if they have support and they go at their own pace.

 So why not take advantage of the longer evenings and check out your local men on the move programme. All leaders are fully trained and welcome new members. For further information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie. You can also contact the local leaders of the projects.

 Erris Area contact Michelle at 087 7646710

Castlebar Area contact Taragh at 0876471919

Westport Area contact Marian at 087 7632669

Ballina Area contact Pat at 087 2540334

Claremorris Area contact Paul at 087 1324239

Kilmovee contact Geraldine at 086 8105964

 

 

 

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:01:00 BST

Spring 2013 Newsletter now Available - Get all the latest

Welcome to the Spring 2013 edition of our bi annual newsletter. To download please click here ‎  2013 Spring Newsletter

 In this issue we see the fantastic success of the Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme, the launch of the 4th West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon and the Operation Transformation Programmes. Also we give details of programmes and initiatives which will help you to become more active this year.If you require any further information on any of the initiatives in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact the office at 094-9047025

Contents

Introduction | Réamhrá

Mayo Men on Move to a Heathier Lifestyle | Tionscnamh ‘Men on the Move’

4th Mini Marathon Launched | 4ú Mion-Mharatón na mBan seolta

Success for Operation Transformation Programmes | An-rath ar ‘Operation Transformation’

Goal to Work Initiative Receives Award | Gradam faighte ag ‘Goal to Work’

Sonia gives Taste of Success in Seminar | Seiminéar tugtha ag Sonia O’Sullivan

Funding Information | Maoiniú

Sport and Disability Update | Tuairisc ar Spórt agus Míchumas

Community Sport Programmes | Clár Pobail Spóirt

Club Profile | Cur síos ar Chlub

Schools Section | Rannóg na Scoileanna

Get Active this Spring |  Bí gníomhach san Earrach

Project Updates | Tuairisc ar Chláir

Education & Training | Cúrsaí Traenála

Upcoming Events | Imeachtaí

 

 

 

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:09:00 GMT

Mayo Sports Partnership Launches Annual Funding Scheme

 Mayo Sports Partnership has announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2013. Despite constraints on the Partnerships budget the board has prioritized the delivery of the scheme this year with up to approximately €13,000 available. Funding for this initiative comes from the Irish Sports Council which is supplemented by funds from the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon. 

 To download a copy of the application form and terms and conditions please click here 2013 SPG Grant Application Form 2013 SPG Terms and Conditions

The scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would increase participation amongst target groups such as youth at risk, disadvantaged communities, unemployed, women, travelling community, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.  

 Over the last couple of years a particular focus is being placed on inviting communities / organizations to think about forming walking and jogging groups in their locality. Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinatorCharlie Lambertexplains

 “ There has been a huge explosion in walking, jogging and cycling throughout the county and we would like to capitalize on this by inviting clubs / groups to think about having a Meet and Walk / Jog group in their locality. These groups can have a fantastic social element to their activities and having fun while exercising. We would be delighted to assist groups in setting up these initiatives”   

 Projects which received funding under the scheme in the past included a water sports initiative in the Erris Area, setting up a new athletic club in Ballinrobe, Spike ball programme in Barncarroll Sports Centre, adventure sports opportunities, mass participation programmes in running / walking cycling initiatives, and the set up of a new Camogie Club in North Mayo.

 Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects are not eligible for funding under the schemes criteria.  

 Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday 8th May 2013, the maximum allocation to any one project can be €1,000 and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

 For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at

094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie/news to download a copy of the application form.

 

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Castlebar Sports Gathering Weekend 3rd - 5th May

Castlebar Sports Forum are coordinating a Castlebar Sports Gathering Weekend to take place in the County Town from Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th. The weekend includes flagship events such as the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon 2013, The Pink Ribbon Cycle 2013, 'Meet the Stars in Castlebar', Adventure Sports at Lough Lannagh including kayaking, orienteering, Wall Climbing, mountain biking, Organised Walks in and around the town, GAA and FAI tournaments, Childrens bicycle event, Food, Music entertainment and much more for all the family.

Sports Weekend

 Castlebar is the place to be this May Bank Holiday Weekend with many many more suprises on the way. Keep an eye out for sporting celebs, you never know who you might spot in and around the town on that weekend. The forum would like to invite all Mayo people living abroad to 'come home' and enjoy this actionpacked weekend with friends and family. Make this a fun filled weekend for all the family, Get to Castlebar this May! For further information to be part of or to get involved in the Sports Weekend; contact Anne Ronayne, Community Sports Worker with Mayo Sports Partnership on facebook or on 0876973587 or aronayne@mayococo.ie

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:37:00 GMT

Goal to Work Sports Coach Programme receives National Award

Congratulations to everyone involved in Goal to Work Sports Coach Training Programme who won an Aontas Adult Learners STAR Award at a presentation function in the Burlington Hotel Dublin. This award was presented to Siobhán Carroll-Webb Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co,Charlie LambertMayo Sports Partnership Co and John Magee Mayo County Development Board by Minister of Training and Skills Ciarán Canon and John Lonergan former Governor of Mountjoy Prison.

Pictured left to right are John Lonergan, John Magee County Development Board, Charlie Lambert Mayo Sports Partnership, Anne Conlon Conlon Training, Siobhain Carroll Webb Mayo North East Leader Partnership Co and Ciaran Cannon TD

The STAR Awards is about showcasing teamwork and awarding recognition, it’s about acknowledging the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning projects throughout the country. Most of all, it is about celebrating the positive contribution that these projects make to our society, our economy and our local communities.

The Awards have been awarded for outstanding, learning centred adult and community education projects that demonstrate high levels of collaboration. They have highlighted and supported the collaborative learning approach which is vital to developing health and vibrant communities.

The Goal to Work sports coach training programme gives unemployed people an opportunity to become fully trained sports coaches. The initiative recognises that many unemployed people have an interest in sport and may offer potential to provide employment opportunities. Sporting bodies involved include the GAA, FAI and IRFU. The programme involves working 2 days per week over 14 weeks as well as a number of evenings and weekends. Another objective of the initiative included improved usage of community / leisure facilities and increased levels of physical activity within local communities due to the availability of qualified sports coaches / leaders.

 

To date 35 unemployed people in Mayo have benefitted from the initiative. Some have gained employment through internships with governing bodies of sport, local community sports co-ordinators, setting up their own business or have progressed on to further training.

Partners involved in this sports coach training programme, which was originally piloted in Co. Leitrim by Leitrim County Development Board & Leitrim Sports Partnership, include Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company, Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Development Board, Dept of Social Protection, FAI, Connaught GAA and Connaught Rugby and Conlon Training.

Contact details for the coaches or general information on the programme can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or by email msp@mayococo.ie

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:07:00 GMT

Countdown to 4th annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon

The countdown has officially begun the 4th annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon. With just over 12 weeks remaining before the big day, women across the west, all over the country, and beyond, are being encouraged to sign up and be part of an event to remember.

The Western People Mini Marathon was officially launched at Lough Lannagh Tennis Club in Castlebar on Tuesday, with large numbers turning out to hear details of what’s in store. Now in its fourth year, the Mini Marathon has been firmly established as the premier women’s sporting event in the west.

The Mini Marathon is organised annually by the Western People, in conjunction with the Mayo Sports Partnership, and the organisers are thrilled to welcome Connacht Gold on board as the main sponsors of this year’s event.

Of course Connacht Gold is another market leader in the region and its expansion in recent years has contributed enormously to the local economy.

Speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Cróna Esler, deputy editor of theWestern People, spoke of the economic benefit of the event for Castlebar and indeed the entire region. She encouraged the business community in Castlebar to come out in force to welcome the participants on Sunday, May 5.

“I would encourage all local businesses – cafes, restaurants, shops, hotels – to get involved and play their part. The participants will be looking for places to eat, to drink, to shop, maybe even to stay for the weekend and, the opportunity is there for the entire business community in Castlebar to get on board and benefit as a result.”

Poster for the event

Mayor of Castlebar Brendan Heneghan pledged the town’s support for the Mini Marathon and said the town council and business community will do everything they can to create the best possible Castlebar and Mayo welcome for all the entrants.

Connacht Gold marketing executive Lydia Rogers said the company is delighted to be involved with the Mini Marathon. “With sport being a major contributor to good health, combined with a healthy, balanced diet, we see this event as being an ideal fit with our Consumer Foods business unit, which is very much focused on producing quality dairy produce, with health and wellbeing at the heart of our range of products. We’re excited to be involved in theWestern PeopleWomen’s Mini Marathon and look forward to working with the team.”

Each year, entrants to the Mini Marathon get involved for a variety of reasons. There will be some serious athletes who are anxious to better their time and perhaps even set a new personal best. Others will be taking part for the first time – perhaps having never even completed 1km, never mind 10km.

Anne Ronayne, community sports development officer with the Mayo Sports Partnership, spoke of the health benefits of getting involved and encouraged participants to join one of the many Meet and Train groups across the county.

As well as being a fun event where women can run, walk, jog, skip or push buggies through Castlebar, the Western People Women’s Mini Marathon creates an ideal opportunity for charities across the west to raise much-needed funds for their causes.

While it is not mandatory for participants to raise money for a particular cause on the day, almost €1.5million has been raised by the various charities over the last three years.

Of course, it has been much publicised that 2013 is the year of The Gathering and at present, a number of other exciting events are being planned around the May Bank Holiday Weekend in Castlebar.

At the launch, Anne Ronayne said more details on these events would be released closer to the time. But one date you can definitely put in your diary is Sunday May, 5, when thousands of women – and a few questionably dressed men – will take to the streets of Castlebar for the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon.

The organisers are actively encouraging individuals and groups of women living outside the country to take the opportunity to return home to participate in the Mini Marathon and at the same time, be part of The Gathering 2013.

Organising the Mini Marathon isn’t something the Western People do for profit, as all money raised through registration goes back to the Mayo Sports Partnership to encourage further involvement in walking and running in Mayo.

Sunday, May 5, is definitely a date for all of our diaries. Register now and let the fun begin!

 

 

 

 

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:26:00 GMT

Mayo Sports Partnership launches Spring 2013 Training / Events Programme

Child Protection in Sport, Sports First Aid, Walking and Cycling Leader training, Sports Leadership Training, Funding Workshops and Lucozade Sport Education courses  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through the Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community / sport volunteers, coaches or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport / physical activity. Dates and venues are mainly finalized with a full listing now available online. To view timetable please click here   2013 Spring Training / Events

If you are interested in being a community sports leader organising activities which would be fun and non sports specific then the Active Leader might interest you. This Friday evening and all day Saturday course is Irish Sports Council accredited with participants taught the skills of communication, observation and group management.

 Also included in the comprehensive schedule is walking and cycling leader training in April at dates yet to be finalised. With the huge growth of these activities in communities throughout the county there is a need for more leaders to lead groups etc. If you are interested in this type of training you should register your interest as soon as possible with the Partnership as places are limited.  All courses are subsidized and participants can book their places on this and other courses events by contacting the office at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:19:00 GMT

Minister Ring launches Men on the Move Evaluation Report

MAYO MEN ARE ON THE MOVE TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

 Mayo men are felling fitter, looking better and enjoying being more physically active as a result of the Men on the Move Activity programme. This exciting programme which is the first of its kind inIrelandhas helped participants to become more physically active, increase fitness levels, lose weight, have more energy and improve their overall health and well-being.

 Last year over 100 men took part in the Men on the Move Physical Activity Programme in Ballina, Claremorris & Westport. Over 16 weeks the men met twice a week in the three towns to take part in the programme. A leader in each town led the group and encouraged men to take part in a range of activities including walking, running, cycling and other activities. The men were aged between 35 and 75.

A recent evaluation of the programme undertaken by Health Promotion Researcher Lucia Canavan, which was launched in Claremorris on Friday 25th January showed that these men have increased their physical activity levels, lost weight, reduced their BMI (body mass index) improved their fitness levels and overall lifestyle. 

 To see full report please click on this link Men on the Move Evaluation Report

Men who have participated in the programme really enjoyed it. One participant said “I have far more energy and my health is better… my quality of life is great!” Another commented on his improved self confidence “Once you get a bit fitter… the self-confidence... you feel a whole lot better in yourself”.  A participant who lost over 4 stone since starting the programme said “I feel better; when I sit down on the chair I don’t fall asleep now. I’m wanting to get out and walk and feel better”. The social aspect of the programme and knowing that you did not have to be fit to take part, was hugely important to the participants.

 

This programme which was funded by the HSE was delivered in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership, Croi[L1]  West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation and media partner Mid West Radio. Commenting at the launch of the report Dr Nazih Eldin, HSE National Lead on Obesity commented on the importance of a partnership approach like this in addressing obesity. “Obesity cannot be reduced by the HSE working on its own, so many factors influence our health and well-being – our living and working conditions, food production, our income, our culture, and partnership projects like this are very important in improving health and wellbeing”.

 

 Also speaking at the launch Minister for Sport Mr Michael Ring said “We need to change how we think about health in Ireland; we have to think about preventing illnesses and supporting people to live healthier lives rather than putting all the emphasis on treatment. Physical activity and sport does so much for physical mental and social health, we need to support projects like Men on the Move”.

 Minister Michael Ring with members of the Men on the Move group from Claremorris

The groups in existing areas have continued the programme in a self sustaining format with the aid of local community groups such as athletic clubs and Family Resource Centres. The initiative has recently expanded to include both the Erris and Castlebar areas with more planned in the near future.  Currently there are in excess of 200 men actively participating in the programme.

 

Anyone interested in more information contact Mayo Sports Partnership 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie. You can also contact the local leaders of the projects.

 

Ballina - Pat at 087 2540334

Claremorris - Paul at 087 1324239

Erris - Michelle   at 087 7646710

Castlebar - Taragh at 0876471919

Westport- Marian at 087 7632669

 

 

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Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:58:00 GMT

1,000 people turnout for Operation Transformation Walks

In good weather conditions approximately 1,000 people turned out for the Mayo Operation Transformation walks last Saturday 19th January in Belmullet, Castlebar andWestport. Over 500 alone participated in the Castlebar Lough Lannagh event which was attended by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mayor of Castlebar Brendan Heneghan  and CEO Irish Sports Council John Treacy.

Participants at the Castlebar Operation Transformation Walk

 In the afternoon Treacy joined Minister of State for Sport and TourismMichael Ringand Caitheoirleach of Westport Town Council Ollie Gannon in leading approximately 350 people through the grounds of Westport House and linking up with the town Greenway. Minister Ring also launched a new iphone app which has details of more than 400 walking and cycling trails aroundIreland, and will make it much easier for everyone to get out and enjoy one of the country’s  many recreational trails.

 Minister Michael Ring, CEO Irish Sports Council John Treacy, Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert and participants at the Westport Operation Transformation Walk

Not to be outdone over 100 people participated in the Belmullet 5K walk which took in some of the breathtaking scenery in the area.

 

All events were co-organised by Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo Walking Partnership,WestportLeisureParkand The Erris Community Health Forum.

 

Photographs from all the events can be viewed on the Mayo Sports Partnership Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayo-Sports-Partnership/282114873337?ref=hl

 

The organisers would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors etc who contributed towards making all the events safe and enjoyable.

 

A number of follow on programmes are available in all locations

 

 

Belmullet

 

Erris “Men on the Move” Programme

 

Now in its 2nd phase the group is now targeting new participants for its spring programme. The group meets twice weekly at the Phairc Beo in Belmullet and targets men aged 30 plus. If you are interested contact Michelle Healy at 087 7646710

 

Erris “Meet and Walk”

 

Interested in being part of a walking group which caters for all levels and abilities. Why not join the recently formed Meet and Walk group which meets twice weekly. Contact Michelle at 087 7646710

 

 

 

 

 

Castlebar

 

 

Castlebar “Men on the Move” Initiative

 

Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

 

Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West, Castlebar Mens Shed and Le Cheile Family Resource Centre are offering a new programme for men aged 30+ over the coming weeks in the Castlebar area. Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for  men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged. Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant. 

 

If you would like to join this programme contact the leader Taragh at 0876471919

 

Castlebar Meet and Walk Programme

 

Enjoy walking? Would you like to exercise more and be part of a group? Are you interested in being part of a Castlebar Meet and Walk Group? If so register your name with us today by calling Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 9047025 or email us on msp@mayococo.ie

 

 

Westport

 

Operation Transformation Programme

 

WestportLeisureParkhave a community programme for the duration of the Operation Transformation TV programme. You can join walks which take place during the week and on a Saturday. These are free walks and its never too late to join.ContactWestportLeisureParkat 098 – 29160

 

 

Westport “Men on the Move” Programme

 

Targeting men aged 30 plus this group meets once a week and are currently recruiting new members. You can exercise at your own pace under the watchful eyes of a qualified physical activity leader. The group meet at the Westport Athletic track and activities include walking, jogging, cycling etc. To find out more contact Marian at 087 7632669

 

 

 

Further information on walking groups or meet / train groups throughout Mayo can be got by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:43:00 GMT

Minister of State Michael Ring Launches New Walking App

New walking app puts 400 walking & cycle trails at your fingertips

 

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring gets involved with Operation Transformation tomorrow when he launches a new iPhone app featuring 400 Irish activity trails while leading a walk in his hometown.

Minister Michael Ring launches a new i phone app at the Westport Operation Transformation Walk

 

The new iPhone app has details of more than 400 walking and cycling trails around Ireland, and will make it much easier for everyone to get out and enjoy one of Ireland’s many recreational trails.

 

Minister Ring will be trying out the app while leading a walk in his hometown of Westport tomorrow. This is one many walks and events taking place around Ireland this weekend as part of Operation Transformation 2013. 

 

The app provides loads of vital information on each trail, including an overview map and directions to the start. You can review each trail and it even works offline so that you can find trails even in places where there is no data coverage. The National Trails Office developed the app with the Irish Sports Council, to make it much easier for people to get out and enjoy one of Ireland’s many recreational trails.

 

“This new app gives you instant information on the huge number of walking and cycling trails in Ireland. It’s an excellent way of encouraging everyone to get outdoors, and could help people visiting Ireland. It’s great to be able to launch this app in my hometown,” Minister Ring said.

 Icon for Walking App

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council said; “Participation in physical activity is on the increase and recreational walking is hugely popular.  This app is one of the many initiatives of the National Trails Office which aims to increase use and enjoyment of the trails”.

 

The Irish Sports Council is working in association with RTE's Operation Transformation Programme for the third year running in 2013. The Westport event is organised by Mayo Local Sports Partnership in collaboration with Westport Leisure Park and is one of 40 Walking Events run by the national network of Sports Partnerships on January 19.

 

Minister Ring added: ‘We know that high profile campaigns encourage people to get involved in sport and physical activity. Operation Transformation is a hugely successful initiative. It’s great to see the Irish Sports Council involved and so many people energised and enthusiastic about the day’s activities’.

 

Over 15,000 people took part in the National Walks in 2012 which are a great way of promoting walking as a fun way to get and stay active. It is hope that there will be at least that number participating in 2013 in the 40 walks taking place nationwide on January 19. 

 

http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/Operation_Transformation/National_Walks_19_Jan_/

 

The Irish Trails App is free to download from the App Store from the 19th of January. https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/irish-trails/id564776288?mt=8

 

The App will be updated constantly with additional information on the Irish trail network. An android version of the app is in development.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:36:00 GMT

Public Relations Officer Internship at Mayo Sports Partnership

Title of Internship : Public Relations Officer

 Department where placement is offered: Mayo Sports Partnership

Learner Outcome: The intern will gain practical experience in a busy sports office. ( Note that this is not a Sports Development Position) Some of the key experience will be promoting events, projects and general news through social media channels ie Facebook, Twitter, etc and designing press releases, posters, graphics etc. The successful applicant will be required to update websites and other mediums continually transmitting the message of positive participation in physical activity. Heavy involvement in the promotion of the West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon will be a particular focus. The Intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Formal - health and safety, interpersonal and communication, project delivery and other relevant training which will be identified during induction. Informal – Project administration and promotion skills,. On completion the intern will have attained skills in: Project Communication and Promotion, project delivery, networking with various organisations. Applicants must supply suitable character references.

Person Specifications: Some interest is sport is desirable but not essential. The person should have excellent IT and communication skills . They should have the ability to work off their own initiative in delivering desired goals. The person will be required to report on a weekly basis to management.

Qualification Details: A public relations or similar qualification would be desirable with excellent IT skills. Knowledge of photoshop or similar poster/flier designing software would be an advantage

 

To find out more see www.jobbridge.ie or contact the Personnel Department Mayo County Council at 094-9020000

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:35:00 GMT

National Operation Transformation Walks set for Castlebar, Westport and Erris

 

Is getting more physically active part of your new year resolutions? Don’t know where to start and need some support? The new series of RTEs Operation Transformation is once again joining forces with the Irish Sports Councils Sports Partnership network to encourage people to become more physically active in 2013.  A series of walks will take place across the country this Saturday 19th January with Mayo walks taking place in Belmullet, Castlebar andWestport.

The  walks, either 3 or 5km in length will be led by suitable instructors who will be on hand guide participants through the walk and also to give advice about follow on programmes etc.

Details of the events are as follows:

Centre                        Meeting Point & Time                                 Time of Walk

Castlebar                New Castlebar Tennis Club(11am)                   11.30am

Erris                       Civic Centre Belmullet(11.30am)                        12 Noon

Westport                WestportLeisure Park(1.30pm)                         2pm   

 

“ Last years Operation Transformation walk was a great success with many continuing on walking for weeks afterwards. After the Christmas people are thinking of doing some exercise for whatever goal they may have and don’t know where to start. We hope to be able to provide support for people who are seeking to become more active.” Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert commented.   

Event organizers Mayo Sports Partnership and local partners are encouraging people of all age groups to turn out on the day.

There is no cost involved. Participants are asked to wear loose clothing and to bring some water.

Further information on Operation Transformation can be viewed at : www.rte.ie/ot/

To register for the walks or to get further information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:16:00 GMT

Men on the Move Activity Programme now in Castlebar

Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

 Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West, Castlebar Mens Shed and Le Cheile Family Resource Centre are offering a new programme for men aged 35+ over the coming weeks in the Castlebar area.

 Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for  men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged.

 An open evening is being organised, where men can come along and get a free health check (from 6.30pm), information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme. The open night for the Castlebar area takes place in:

 

G.M.I.T. ( old Westport Rd) on Monday 21st January at 7.30pm

 

Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant.  There will be leaders there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the proposed activities.

 

Following the tremendous success of the programme in Ballina, Westport, Claremorris and Erris  this initiative is being coordinated in Castlebar in conjunction with the ‘Castlebar Men’s Shed’ which is a local community development programme for men which is in operation all year round.

 

If you wish to register for the initiative please call the Mayo Sports Partnershipoffice on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie,  Text your name to 087 6973093

 

So get out there and get active and be part of this super programme!

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:22:00 GMT

Entries now open for West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon

We are all ready for the off with the 4th Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon. New sponsors are to be announced shortly and the 2013 event, which ties in with the Gathering, promises to be bigger and better than ever. To find out more and to enter log on to www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westofirelandwomensminimarathon

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:01:00 GMT

€26M for 615 new sports projects announced by Ring

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has announced almost €26 million in new funding for local sports projects across the country, the first round of sports capital funding in four years.

Speaking at the announcement Minister Ring, said: ‘I am excited about the allocations being made today. These allocations will benefit people in every county by giving them more opportunities to get involved in sport, whatever their ability. This funding will allow a diverse array of sports clubs and groups to build and improve much-needed facilities, or to purchase sports equipment’.

 

€777,293 was provided for 15 sports projects in Mayo. The funding will help fund projects including floodlighting, artificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areas, security fencing and ball stop netting and the building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets.

 

To view full list of projects in Mayo log on to http://mayotoday.ie/index.php/browse-mayo-news-by-category/sport-in-mayo/item/5586-€777293-in-funding-for-15-sports-projects-in-mayo.html

 

The 2012 round of the Sports Capital Programme is the first round of the programme since 2008. New criteria were introduced for this year’s programme with a particular emphasis on clubs in disadvantaged areas.

Between 1998 and 2010, €140 per person was provided in sports capital funding across the country. However, the allocations to individual counties varied significantly. While the best performing county got €196 of sports funding on a per capita basis, other counties got only a little over half of that. Therefore on this occasion funding has been allocated on a per-capita basis to each county with a weighting for past performance.

 

A total of 2,170 applications were received, the highest number of applications ever received under the Programme. These applications sought a total of €229 million in funding. Further allocations of €4 million will be made to national and regional projects in the coming weeks.

 

Note

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

Main features of the 2012 Sports Capital Programme are:

Total fund of €30 million available for allocation.Some clubs previously excluded were able to apply this year. For the first time clubs and organisations which do not own their land or do not have a long lease were able to apply for modest grants of up to €25,000 to upgrade facilities.

· The allocations announced include funding for:

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

o Floodlighting

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

o Security fencing and ball stop netting

o Hurling walls / handball alleys

o Building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets

o Building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms

o Non-personal sports equipment

o Shared facilities

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

 

 

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:11:00 GMT

Federation of Irish Sport Publishes Annual Review

Sport Could Play Major Role in Tackling Obesity Problems

 Irish sport continues to be one of the few bright spots for Ireland in these difficult economic times.  In a year that has seen Irish soccer feature once again at a major championship, Katie Taylor win Olympic Gold, our Paralympians take 16 medals at the London Games, Kilkenny continue their remarkable feats, Rory McIlroy win all around him and Irish rugby unveil a new and exciting generation of players, Irish sport has provided one of the few beacons of hope for the country.

At the same time sport cannot be taken for granted and decisions taken now could have a major negative impact in the future that could set Irish sport back decades.  These are just a number of the key messages in this year’s annual Review of Irish Sport which has been published by the Federation of Irish Sport.  The Review was launched earlier today, Friday, 30 November, 2012.

To view the report please click here http://irishsport.ie/wpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/3525_SportMatters_AR_Final.pdf

The Federation, which represents Ireland’s national sporting organisations, has been publishing an annual review since 2009.  The main purpose of the Review is to remind key influencers of the positive power of sport in Ireland and also to ensure that the development and funding of sport remains a Government priority.   As in previous years the Federation has used its Review not alone to warn against funding cuts but to also suggest ways in which changes in Government policy could be beneficial to the development of Irish sport and its funding.

In her review of the year Federation CEO, Sarah O’Connor, said that she was delighted to note that the Government had given a commitment to involve sport in next year’s Global Economic Forum. She said it was recognition of the very real contribution sport is today making to the Irish economy and to our reputation both at home and abroad.

She went on to say that the Federation and its members fully recognise the difficulties for Government funding for sport today and that she was felt it was even more essential that the Government be open to explore other ways of securing investment in sport.  She said that now was not the time to make decisions on areas such as sports sponsorship by alcohol companies. She said that all the research that the Federation had undertaken pointed to the fact that there are little or no new sponsorship monies available in the marketplace.  She said that whatever is done in the long-term nothing should be done in the short-term.

She also noted that sport had made a submission to the Government in relation to funding of amateur sport.  “Amateur sport is at a distinct disadvantage to other areas of community and voluntary sector given that unlike them it doesn’t qualify for charitable status.  There is therefore no incentive to give to sport in the same way that there are for other causes that are of public benefit.”  She said that a change in the status of amateur sport could make a huge difference to sport in the short term.

She again noted the importance of volunteerism in Irish sports.  She said that without the 500,000 plus volunteers that are involved in Irish sport every year that it would simply cease to function.  She said it was all too easy to forget that there is a real economic value on such volunteering and the value to sport is of the order of €350 million a year.

In conclusion she also noted the fact that sport was committed to being part of The Gathering in 2013.  She believed that sports tourism, as evidenced by such events as the US Football match in Dublin and the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway could be of huge benefit in the re-building of the country.  She appealed to the Government to set up a specialist agency, along similar lines to that in Denmark, to bid for sports events.  She noted that Sport Event Denmark was now successful in two out of every three bids it made.

 

The Future of Irish Sport

As part of this year’s Review the Federation asked a number of experts in the sporting area to look ahead to the year 2020 with a view to seeing what sport could be like for the country if it were given the right support.  There was remarkable consistency among many of those asked and the key findings as to what they would like to see sport looking at in 2020 were as follows:

One single State entity to deal with all sport,  bringing together the old Irish Sports Council, the National Sports Campus Development Authority, Coaching Ireland and the Irish Institute of Sport.  The new entity to have control over all elements of sport including high performance NGB grants, the sports capital budget and also to be involved in all decisions relating to sport and health and sports tourism.Recognition of sport as a cornerstone for the improvement of Irish Society and increased co-operation between all Government Departments having an impact on sportCharitable status for amateur sport to help free up new streams of revenue.Monies from taxes raised from the betting industry to be shared across all sports.The setting up of a single agency to bid for international sports events.Sport to be used as a vehicle to improve the health of the nation.  Only this week a new study showed that obesity/overweight is costing the island of Ireland €1.65 billion a year.The completion of the National Sports Campus.Ireland having a high performance system that matches the very best in the worldAll schools having physical education as part of their curriculum.Greater involvement of women in sport throughout all of their livesIreland hosting the Rugby World Cup 2023.

 

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:22:00 GMT

Minister Ring announces €15,865 in sports grants for 50 older people’s groups i

 50 groups in Mayo are among 872 groups nationwide to share an allocation of €285,000 under the twelfth Go for Life National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People. Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring announced the allocations at an event held in Dublin. The Irish Sports Council is awarding the money under the Go for Life national grant scheme, which aims to help local clubs and organisations to increase opportunities for their older members to actively participate in recreational sport and a range of physical activities.

To view the full list please click here 2012 List of Grantees for SPG

 This year over 1000 applications were received from older people’s groups all over the country.  The 872 successful applicants include active retirement associations, senior citizens clubs, ICA guilds, sports clubs, Local Sports Partnerships, day centres and community centres in 26 counties.  The grant aid is being used to buy sports equipment and to fund sport and activity programmes.

This year the grant announcement coincided with Go for Life / Irish Sports Councils launch of  a new report, “Physical Activity & Sport 2011: Participation and Attitudes of Older People in Ireland”. The Ipsos MRBI report is the third in a series which tracks older Irish people’s physical activity levels and their attitudes to getting active. The report found a third of people over 50 in Ireland still mistakenly believe that housework and gardening will keep them fit.

All adults, regardless of age, actually require 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week, in line with the national guidelines. The report also found that many people are achieving their ‘30 minutes a day’ simply through walking. Apart from that, the most popular activities for older people were cycling, dancing, golf, swimming and aerobics. Walking was also proving to be a ‘first step’ into getting active in other ways. The report recommends that there is also plenty of scope to promote activities like yoga, aqua aerobics, pilates and bowls. 

 Commenting on the funding to Mayo, which totaled €15,585, Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert  said he was delighted to see so many  groups from Mayo included in the allocation. 

“Last year we had 46 groups who received funding through the scheme so this years funding illustrates that more and more groups are catering for older peoples activities.”

 This years allocation brings to €4  million the amount granted under this scheme to older people’s groups over the last twelve years. Mayo Sports Partnership will continue to have older peoples involvement in physical activity as one of its main objectives in 2013. Through its very successful Be Active 55 and County Boccia league programmes throughout the county numerous older people are having fun while taking exercise in a friendly and sociable environment. For more information on these projects and other initiatives please contact the Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:11:00 GMT

Social Media Seminar for Clubs -Wed 5th Dec

Following on from the very successful Club Development Seminar held earlier this year Mayo Sports Partnership is calling all sports clubs in the region to sign up for the 2012 Social Media Seminar for Sports Clubs in the Mayo Education Centre, Old Westport Rd, Castlebar on Wednesday 5th December 2012.

To download flier and application form click here Social Media Workshop Flier

 Most clubs are aware of Facebook and Twitter but are unsure how to best utilise these free PR tools. This seminar will look at these social media platforms and will show the ease at which people can use them, will highlight the dos and don’ts and outline examples of where ordinary sports clubs have embraced it for positive benefit and how your club can benefit from social media also.

 

The London Olympics and Paralympics showcased the importance of social media in a modern sporting arena, allowing members of the public to send messages of support directly, to follow progress, updates and results and to enable the athletes to connect directly with viewers and supporters. At a time when we’re all looking to increase engagement with what we do, it’s essential that we understand the role social media can play in this.

 

The event will run from 7pm to 9.30pm with the main speaker on the night being Ballinrobe native Liam Horan (Sports Commentator and Ex-journalist at the Irish Independent and RTE) who will be getting clubs more familiar with the various social media platforms and encouraging them to look at using social media as a promotion and recruitment tool. Attendees should typically be sports club members including administrators, committee members, coaches and volunteers who are involved in the running or governance of sports clubs.

 

Clubs rely on social media these days for build up to games, in terms of communicating their team announcements, fixtures, results and club events. The seminar aims to inform and guide clubs about this valuable communication tool and we hope to see as many clubs as possible on the day.

 

For more information on the event log onto www.mayosports.ie/news. Clubs can register for  a fee of €15 per person and includes tea / coffee, free parking, an information pack and supporting material. Places are limited to 20 so early booking is advised. Contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 for further details.

 

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:53:00 GMT

Success in Sport Video Now Available

Self motivation, good friends and a liking for the taste of success were three of the things Sonia revealed as part of her winning formula at The Breaffy House Hotel in Castlebar last Wednesday night.

To view a hort video please click here http://vzaar.tv/1121819

 Speaking to sports commentator Liam Horan, she said that when she was a teenager training mostly alone in Cobh, she preferred to be able to go for a run than stay out late with her friends.  It was this ability to adapt, from an early stage, to what other people might see as big sacrifices, like drinking or going to discos, which she said helped make her one of Ireland’s sports legacies.

 “It’s important to get a taste of success,” she told the audience of over 200 people gathered for the Achieving Success in Sport seminar.  “Once you get that taste you want more.  You know what it takes to achieve things but you will do anything to get back to it.”

 She said that she did take some time out to enjoy things outside of dedicated training.  However, the taste of athletic success always pulled her back to the track.

 “A small taste (of a different life) is enough,” she said.  “But the taste I really want is success.”

 She also said that aspiring athletes had to surround themselves with a good team – not just a team to look after physical and mental needs – but friends and “people who know whether you’re having a good day or not.”  

 Gavin Duffy, Connacht Rugby Captain, Irish cap and former Mayo Minor Footballer said that his parents, and particularly his father, were the ones who looked out for his welfare when he was a young, enthusiastic player.  He recalled the day that former Mayo manager John Maughan called him up to the senior team bench but Gavin’s father told John that his son would be going home for his Sunday lunch because he had already played a tough minor match on the Saturday. As Gavin said; “there weren’t many men who would say no to John Maughan.”

 Mayo Star Aidan O’Shea said that while talent was important it was not the thing that was going to get any sports person to the top alone.  As well as talent, you need a super attitude and huge self-discipline, he said, particularly in an amateur sport like GAA, he said.  

 Sligo Rovers goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly agreed.  He said that success in sports was 80% attitude and 20% talent.  Every top sports person, he said, had worked hard for what he or she had achieved.  He also said that it was important to be focused and to be ready to be the best at all times.

 “On average a goalie will touch a ball 27 times in a game,” he said.  “You’re not called on that often but when you are called on you have to do the right thing.  That’s what makes the difference between a good goalkeeper and an ordinary one.”

 The seminar was one of the key Mayo events during the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, which took place from the 12th to 16th of November.  The event was organized by the Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Western Region Drugs Task Force (WRDTF), Mayo County Development Board and South West Mayo Development Company.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:57:00 GMT

Grants available for Gathering Events in 2013

The Gathering Ireland Local Community Fund

 Mayo County Council is inviting applications from groups or organisations who are planning Gatherings during 2013 to compete for funding under the Gathering Ireland Local Community Fund. 

 Do you have a sports or physical activity event which you are planning in 2013. Need some funding assistance to get it off the ground.

Application Form can be downloaded here The Gathering Application Form and Guidelines here The Gathering Guidelines Document for this limited fund is available from the Gathering Co-Ordinator, Mayo County Council, Arasan Chontae, Castlebar, or can be downloaded from www.Mayo.ie.

 

Completed applications must be e-mailed to thegathering@mayococo.ie or posted to Mr. Padraig Philbin, Gathering Co-Ordinator, Mayo County Council, Aras an Chontae, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, before 5.00 pm on Friday, 30th November 2012

 

 

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:12:00 GMT

2012 Autumn / Winter Newsletter Now Available

Welcome to the Autumn 2012 edition of our bi annual newsletter. To download please click here 2012 Autumn / Winter Newsletter   Despite Mayo losing out to Donegal in the All Ireland its full steam ahead in Mayo Sports Partnership. In this issue we see the fantastic success of the Men on the Move Programme, West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon  and walking / cycling initiatives in the county. 2013 is the year of the Gathering and we invite all community / sporting organisations to get involved by organising an event in your locality. If you require any further information on any of the initiatives in the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact the office at 094-9047025

 Contents

  1. Introduction | Réamhrá
  2. Men on the Move Initiative | Tionscnamh ‘Men on the Move’
  3. West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon 2012 | Mion-Mharatón na mBan 2012
  4. Mini Marathin Pictorial | Pictiúir ó Mhion-Mharatón na mBan
  5. Great Western Greenway 10K | 10K an Bhealaigh Ghlais
  6. Funding Information | Maoiniú
  7. Sport and Disability Update | Tuairisc ar Spórt agus Míchumas
  8. Community Sport Programmes | Clár Pobail Spóirt
  9. Initiatives for the Unemployed | Tionscnaimh do Dhaoine Dífhostaithe
  10. Club Profile | Cur síos ar Chlub
  11. Schools Section | Rannóg na Scoileanna
  12. Walking and Cycling Initiatives | Tionscnaimh Siúlóide agus Rothaíochta
  13. Older Adult Programmes | Cláir do Dhaoine níos sine
  14. Project Updates | Tuairisc ar Thograí
  15. Other News | Nuacht Eile
  16. Latest Research |  Taighde
  17. Upcoming Events | Imeachtaí

 

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:41:00 BST

Tragic Death of Mayo Soccer Coach

 Mayo Sports Partnership would like to offer our sincere condolences to Jeremy Dees family, friends and all in the soccer community. He was a true sportsperson and a gentleman to work with. He did so much for sport in the county and will be a huge loss. May he rest in peace.

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:18:00 GMT

Sonia Shares her Thoughts on Success in Sport – What Does it Take?

Special Seminar – November 14th

 Track legend Sonia O’Sullivan will lead out a strong team of sports men and women at a special seminar to explore what it takes to succeed in sport in today’s world where injuries, heartache losses and set-backs have to be overcome and where the lure of an easier life is never too far away.

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 The Seminar, called Success in Sport – What Does it Take? will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at The Breaffy House Hotel starting at 7:30 pm. It will be chaired by Ballinrobe native and well known GAA commentator Liam Horan. Current Mayo GAA player Aidan O Shea, Connaught Rugby and Irish International Gavin Duffy and Sligo Rovers penalty stop king Ciaran Kelly will also attend.

To download poster please click here Success in Sport Poster Success in Sport Leaflet

 The open debate will explore all aspects of sporting life including issues such as:

·the relationship between sport and physical, emotional and mental health; ·the thorny question of the relationship between sport and alcohol in a society where alcohol is an endemic part of all aspects of culture, including the sporting culture; ·the demands and pressures on high performance athletes – what do they have to say no to in order to get to the top; and ·the importance of leadership, management and preparation so that teams and individuals can make winning a habit.

 

The seminar is one of the key Mayo events during the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, which is taking place from the 12th to 16th of November. The event is being organized by the Mayo Sports Partnership in association with the Western Region Drugs Task Force (WRDTF) and South West Mayo Development Company.

 

Everybody over 16 involved in sport – budding future stars, those who are competing at club, county or national level now, parents, coaches and managers are invited to attend this free event. Tickets can be booked through the Mayo Sports Partnership on 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie. Alternatively you can complete the attached leaflet and return to the Sports Partnership Office by Tuesday 13th November.

 

Please note that a limited number of places will be available. Early registration is advised so to avoid disappointment.

 

For more media information contact: Edel Hackett, Tel: 087-2935207

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:12:00 GMT

Jobseekers making Difference in East Mayo Communities

 12 Jobseekers from the Ballyhaunis area are currently undertaking a sports coach training programme for 2 days a week, over 14 weeks which it is hoped will provide them with the tools to obtain some part time employment. The “Goal to Work” training programme will allow trainee coaches to become fully qualified G.A.A., Rugbyand Soccer coaches gaining practical experience in settings such as local primary schools and the wider Ballyhaunis community. In addition, training will be provided on how to explore setting up a business, enterprise and further educational opportunities.  Other modules will include IT, communication skills, progression routes and CV preparation, all of which would help participants to identify possible employment after the 14 week programme.

 Members of the Organising Committee, sport development officers and trainees.  

Goal to Work Ballyhaunis is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board. The first training programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified Soccer Coaches with many of those gaining some part time employment as a result. Goal to Work Ballina which was completed in December 2011 built on the pilot initiative and was multi sport and specifically targeted jobseekers from the Ballina urban area

 

Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert said “This unique programme has been made possible through agencies working together.  The partnership with the Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company,Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Development Board, Connacht Rugby, the FAI, Mayo GAA, HSE West, Mayo Mental Health Association, Department of Social Protection and the Social Inclusion Measures Group of CDB has been the key to the success of this programme”. Another added benefit, according to Charlie will be the availability of an increased database of coaches to work with schools, clubs and youth groups across a number ofsports.

 Rugby Development Officer Gavin Foley with Goal to Work Trainees  

According to Siobhán Carroll–Webb of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company the focus of “Goal to Work” will be to tutor people as coaches with the aim of providing them with an option of setting up a business on a self-employed basis at the end of the coaching period, gaining employment or progressing onto further education or training. It is hoped that the initiative will benefit the Ballyhaunis area with many of the coaches linking in with local community organisations providing increased physical activity opportunities for all. “This is a fine example of effective and efficient inter-agency work” states Siobhán as she stresses the importance of and value in collaborative inter-agency working in the current economic climate.

 

This year the programme will have a community element, co-ordinated byAnne Ronayne, Community Sports Development Project Worker Mayo Sports Partnership, encouraging people living in the Ballyhaunis area to take up some physical activity.Anne explained that she hopes that the Ballyhaunis community will get involved in the activities she is organising.

“Recreational GAA both football and hurling, late night soccer for men, inclusive activity day and an over 55s day are just some of the programmes which we hope the trainees will deliver through the course”

 Paul Byrne Development Officer with Soccer Trainees  

For further information on Goal to Work contact Charlie Lambert, Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership clambert@MayoCoCo.ie  or Siobhán Carroll-Webb, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Co. siobhancarrollwebb@mayonortheast.com

To get involved in Ballyhaunis community activities contact Anne Ronayne, Mayo Sports Partnership aronayne@MayoCoCo.ie  or (094) 9047025

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:29:00 BST

MSP 2011 Annual Report now available

Huge Demand for Sports Partnership Services in 2011

Providing physical activity opportunities for some 15,000 people, information to 500 clubs / organisations, 7,000 people contacting the Partnership for sports specific information  were just some of the highlights of the 2011 annual report presented to board of the Mayo Sports Partnership recently. The boards function is to oversee the workings of the Sports Partnership and comprises of 19 representatives from local agencies, community and sporting organisations within the county.To download a copy of the full report please click here 2011 Annual Report    2012 Annual Report  

 Again as in previous years, the Partnership has made significant advances and increased the number of locally delivered programmes and training opportunities. Target groups focused on during 2011 included children and young people, people with a disability, unemployed and women. The Partnership is also continuing to deliver projects to increase the participation and involvement of harder to reach groups such as those living in disadvantaged communities.

 A particular highlight from the report has been the continued success of the mass participation initiative, theWestern PeopleWest of Ireland Women's Mini Marathon. In 2011, almost 4,000 people took part in this fantastic event co-organised by the Partnership. The enthusiasm and enjoyment evident from both the participants and volunteers demonstrated the value and importance of this type of intervention for local communities.

 Cllr Henry Kenny-Chairman of Mayo Sports Partnership was loud in his praise for the level of support given to the Partnership by statutory, community and voluntary groups across the county. He particularly thanked County Manager Peter Hynes, the Irish Sports Council and Minister of State for Sport and TourismMichael Ringfor their support in these challenging times.

 “ Much credit must go to the Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert and his staff for continually delivering high quality participation programmes and working with local agencies and all sections of society.” Cllr Kenny added.

 The Sports Partnership can be contacted at 094-9047025 or e-mail msp@mayococo.ie . You can also log on to its website and download the full report at www.mayosports.ie/news  

 

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:20:00 BST

Intercultural Family Fun Day a Great Success

Large crowds attend ‘Family Fun Day’ in Claremorris

Mayo Integration Forum held a ‘Family Fun Day’ last weekend in Claremorris. The Forum comprises migrant representatives, Mayo County Development Board, Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo Intercultural Action, Mayo County Childcare Committee, and other agencies and groups. One of the main goals of the Forum is to promote active integration of people from different countries of origin who chose Ireland as their home. The event was organized to encourage integration of diverse communities through active sport interaction and cultural exchange.

 The Family Fun Day was held at the Claremorris Athletic Club indoor facilities. With over 400 people attending from communities with origins from DR Congo, Latvia, Ireland, Nigeria, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Russia, Zimbabwe, Poland, Philippines, Ghana and Venezuela getting together to showcase their traditional food, craft, music and sport. Asylum seekers residents of the Old Convent, Ballyhaunis, who came to Ireland from different parts of the world, took active part on the Day presenting their traditional food, dance, singing and wearing traditional dress of an outstanding colour and design.

Athletics in Claremorris  

A number of athletic activities were organized by Mayo Sports Partnership and the Claremorris Athletic Club for children, such as races, high jump and hurdles. Everyone got an opportunity to sample great varieties of food (most of which are now available in local ethnic shops). Attendees also got to take part in sport activities, enjoy music, singing, chat and dance..

The day proved to be a fantastic opportunity to get to know other people and make friends with people from all over the world living in our communities.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:14:00 BST

Unemployed? Discounted Bike Hire rates now Available on Greenway

Mayo Sports Partnership and Clew Bay Bike Hire Co have teamed up to provide unbeatable discounted daily bike hire rates for anyone in receipt of a social welfare payment. The special 5 euro daily rate from outlets in Westportand Newportwill be available from the 1st October. This latest initiative under the Sports Partnerships “Link2BActive” scheme continues to encourage participation by those on social welfare in sport and physical activity.

 Close to 20 sports facilities / suppliers are now offering discounted rates with full details now available on the Sports Partnerships website at www.mayosports.ie/ProgrammesGrants/Link2BActive/

 “Through this scheme people will be able to experience the thrill of cycling on the Greenway” commented Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring when launching the initiative recently.

Minister Ring with Travis Zeray of Clew Bay Bike Hire and Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator  

 “I would also like to commend both Mayo Sports Partnership and Clew Bay Bike Hire for coming together to provide accessible participation opportunities on our fantastic Greenway facility.” Minister Ring added.

 To avail of this special offer participants can call to either of the Clew Bay Bike Hire shops at Westportand Newportand quote the Link2BActive slogan. You should also provide some evidence of being in receipt of a social welfare payment ie latest receipt slip.  You can also call Clew Bay Bike Hire at 098 37675 or email: info@clewbayoutdoors.ie for more information. 

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:04:00 BST

18 Primary Schools to Participate in New Physical Activity Initiative

 New initiative for Primary Schools

 

Mayo Sports Partnership is to deliver a new initiative this Autumn to assist primary schools in providing additional physical activity opportunities. The Be Active After School Activity Programme (ASAP) is an exciting new programme that provides opportunities for children to engage in physical activities in a non competitive after school setting. Led by teachers and supported by parents the Be Active ASAP supports the PE curriculum. It is funded by the HSE, supported by the Irish Sports Council and St. Patricks College of Education in Drumcondra.

 

The Be Active ASAP is designed for 7-8 year olds and is FREE to all participating schools. The programme includes a comprehensive resource folder, teacher handbook, teacher training, support and school visits.

 

It is recommended that schools wishing to achieve the Active School Flag should consider the Be Active ASAP as a means of securing the flag.

 

A series of training workshops will take place across the county for a total of 18 schools. Details are given below:

 

 

Area                               Date                                                                  Time                                                                Venue             

South Mayo                 Tuesday 2nd October                                3.45pm – 6.45pm                           St Josephs Primary School Ballinrobe

North Mayo                  Wednesday 3rd October                           3.45pm – 6.45pm                           Crossmolina N.S.

East Mayo                    Tuesday 9th October                                 3.45pm – 6.45pm                           St Attractas N.S. Charlestown

West Mayo                   Wednesday 10th October                          3.45pm – 6.45pm                           Derrywash N.S. Castlebar

 

 For more information visit www.beactiveasap.ie . Any additional schools wishing to participate in this programme can express their interest in the 2013 delivery by contacting the contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:31:00 BST

Sports Club Directory Update

Mayo Sports Partnership is constantly updating the Sports Club/Organisation

Directory. If your club contact details have changed, could you please contact MSP offices on 094-9047025 with up to date contact details for your club (including the name, address, contact no, club facilities, e-mail address of the contact person and their role in the organisation). This information will be used to update our online directory and our sports clubs database.

 

If you would like to advertise your clubs events on the MSP website or in our Calendar of Events, please contact the Sports Partnership office with all the details

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:37:00 BST

Men on the Move Autumn Programme Announced

“Men on the Move” is a pilot project which hopes to inform future policy in the area of mens health.

The initial 8 week programme is led by a physical activity leader in each area who tailors the programme to participants needs. Following consultation with the participants a further 8 week programme may follow.

 

Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West and the Erris Community Health Forum are offering a new programme for men aged 35+ over the coming weeks in the Erris Area.

Following the success of the programme in Ballina, Westport and Claremorris this initiative is being coordinated in Erris in conjunction with the ‘Erris Men’s Shed’ and the ‘Men’s Community Initiative’ which are local community development programmes for men which are in operation all year round.

 We are calling for men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged.

The Erris Group is now meeting every Wednesday at 8pm in the Áras Inis Gluaire Belmullet.

 The programme is also set to continue in the Ballina (starting 17th September)Westport(starting 18th September), And Claremorris (starting 20th September) areas over the coming months. All groups in the 3 areas comprise of men from a wide variety of backgrounds with varying reasons such as health, weight, social etc given for participating in the programme.

Securing future funding to include additional areas in the project would be one such positive outcome from the initiative.

 For further information on the initiative contact Ray Mc Namara Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or Laurence Gaughan HSE West at 094 9042509

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:26:00 BST

Mayo Sports Partnership announces Autumn / Winter 2012 Events Programme

Child Protection in Sport, Sports First Aid, Sports Leadership Training, Club Development Workshops and leader training for older people groups  are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through Mayo Sports Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community / sport volunteers, coaches or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport or physical activity. Dates and venues are finalized with a full listing now available by clicking here 2012 Autumn / Winter Programme of Training & Events  

 Included in the comprehensive schedule is a club development workshop for clubs / groups titled “Social Media and Your Club” and also training workshops for primary school teachers in a new after school physical activity programme.  

 Plans are also afoot for an evening seminar in October with some sporting household names to discuss topical issues in sport. More details to be announced later.

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

 

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:28:00 BST

Men on the Move Activity Programme launched in Erris

Last Wednesday saw the launch of the Men on the Move Programme in Erris by Minister of Sport Michael Ring, local sporting hero Henry Coyle WBF Light Middleweight Champion of the World,  Charlie Lambert from Mayo Sports Partnership and members of the Erris Men’s Shed.

 Speaking of the launch Minister Ring stressed the importance of keeping active in maintaining health and wellbeing while Henry Coyle spoke of his delight in being involved in such a worthwhile initiative

Pictured at Páirc Bheo, Belmullet for the launch are L-R: Michael Carolan, Seamus Cafferkey, Bertie Heffron, Charlie Lambert, Minister Michael Ring, Henry Coyle, Padraig Brogan, Mick Ruddy and Chris Tallott  

 Developed by Mayo Sports Partnership in collaboration with HSE West and the Erris Community Health Forum, this free programmed is designed for men who are worried about that extra weight,  thinking about getting more active or who just want to improve their overall health and wellbeing and will be available for men aged 35+ over the coming weeks in the Erris Area.

 Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for  men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged.

 An open evening is being organised, where men can come along and get a free health check (from 6.30pm), information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme. The open night for the Erris area takes place in:

 Áras Inis Gluaire Belmullet on Monday 10th September at 7.30pm

 Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant.  There will be leaders there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the proposed activities.

 Following the success of the programme in Ballina, Westport and Claremorris this initiative is being coordinated in Erris in conjunction with the ‘Erris Men’s Shed’ and the ‘Men’s Community Initiative’ which are local community development programmes for men which are in operation all year round.

 If you wish to register for the initiative please call the Mayo Sports Partnershipoffice on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie,  Text your name to 087 6973093 or alternatively email erris@menssheds.ie or l.wilson@arasinisgluaire.ie

 

So get out there and get active and be part of this super programme!

 

 

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:04:00 BST

Go for Life launches the twelfth National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Ac

 

Go for Life has launched its annual grant scheme for older groups and clubs. Almost €300,000 has been allocated to this year's scheme, organised by Go for Life and the Irish Sports Council. Groups and clubs of older people all over the country can apply for grants to spend on equipment, to get an instructor in for a few sessions or to organise a Sports Fest in their area. Typical amounts awarded are between €300 and €700 and the grants generally go to active retirement associations, senior citizens clubs, ICA guilds, day centres and community centres. To download application form click here 2012 Go for Life Grant Scheme Application Form  

 

"Thousands of  older people who get active with Go for Life every week  tell us that variety is the spice of life. This small grant helps to spice up Go for Life sessions. Over the years, people have used the grants to do various physical activities like Tai Chi, archery, Pilates, hip-hop, swimming or to get  sports equipment like kurling, skittles, Molle balls, bocce discs or parachute and all kinds of other things besides. They've also used their grants to get a bit of competition going with different groups in a local Sports Fest, attracting new members in the process", says Go for Life's Sue Guildea. "We're looking forward to seeing what people request in their grants this year and to hearing about the difference that the money can make."

Go for Life Grant Scheme Launch  

 

The Go for Life Programme was developed by Age & Opportunity and the Irish Sports Council. Go for Life gives members of older people’s groups around the country the information and skills which enable them to lead sport and physical activity sessions within their own groups.

 

Application Forms are now available from Go for Life, Age & Opportunity, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. Phone 01 805 7733, email gfl@ageandopportunity.ie or download a form from the website www.ageandopportunity.ie.

 

 

Closing date for receipt of applications is 28th September 2012.

 

 

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:32:00 BST

Let us know what you think of Getirelandactive.ie ?

The HSE and a number of partner organisations are working together to encourage people throughout the Country to become more active more often. The Get Ireland Active website, www.getirelandactive.ie has been developed as a one-stop-shop for information on physical activity.

 We want to know what you think of the site to help us improve it.

 You may use the site to post information about events and activities, or search for events in your area, or to find other information on physical activity, you may never have visited the site. We would like feedback from as many people as possible. If you have not visited the site why not have a look now, visit www.getirelandactive.ie and let us know what you think.

 Click on the link below to complete the survey. It should take you no more than 10 minutes.

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3SXBNHF

 You can also complete the survey on out facebook page. www.facebook.com/getirelandactive

 Many thanks in advance for your time and helping us to improve getirelandactive.ie

 

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:15:00 BST

DEADLINE FOR NATIONAL AWARDS TO VOLUNTEERS IN IRISH SPORT EXTENDED

 

The importance of volunteering in Irish sport has never been more important than in today’s difficult economic times when funding for Irish sport is at its most stretched. The efforts of the 450,000 people who each year volunteer their time is crucial to the well-being of Irish sport according to Sarah O'Connor, the Chief Executive of the Federation of Irish Sport.

"It is in recognition of those efforts that the National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport were set up a number of years ago" said Ms O'Connor who was announcing that the deadline for nominations for this year’s awards has been extended to Friday, August 24th, to ensure that these dedicated individuals are recognised for the work they do.

Sport remains the biggest driver of voluntary activity in Ireland and the work of volunteers in sport is vital at every level. Without grassroots helpers, sport simply wouldn’t happen. The Irish athletes currently representing their country arrived at the pinnacle of their sporting careers as a result of the hours of passion, dedication and effort that volunteers afforded them as they developed as players and athletes.

This was highlighted by Irish Olympic swimmer Sycerika McMahon at the launch of the awards in May: “It is impossible to get to the Olympics irrespective of the sport without a huge number of people making sacrifices to get you to that point. This includes friends, family, coaches but also the people at my club and school who invested me at the beginning when I was just another child learning to swim.”

From the nominations received, ten winners will be selected to receive an award at the ceremony in the Aviva Stadium in November. An overall or lifetime award to honour a volunteer, who has consistently given of their time for a sport, a team, or an event over many years, will also be awarded.

This is the fourth edition of the Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards, which is an initiative of the Federation of Irish Sport in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and The Community Foundation of Ireland.

Full details of the scheme and how to nominate can be found on line at www.volunteersinsport.ie . Nominations can be made by clubs, individuals or sporting bodies.

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 12:02:00 BST

Unique Project to produce Future Olympians

Mayo Sports Partnership and Claremorris Athletic Club prepare future Olympians

 Right now the Olympics is a hot topic. There are lots of experts and analysts commenting on how our Irish Athletes have performed in London 2012. The question is being asked as to what we as a nation could or should have done to improve the standard or quality of the athletes being sent to the Olympics every 4 years. Politicians such as Senator Eamon Coughlan have proposed that a programme should be rolled out in schools to introduce children to athletics and Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring has emphasised the need for more money to be invested in our athletes in the future.

 3 years ago Mayo Sports Partnership (core funded by the Irish Sports Council) and Claremorris Athletic Club devised a programme called ‘Introduction to Athletics for Primary School Children’. This Primary School Programme invites schools throughout South and East Mayo to come along to Claremorris Athletic facilities within school time to partake in this very unique programme. This unique programme introduces children from various backgrounds to the many disciplines within athletics. Children as young as 4 years of age are shown how to throw ball, throw the javelin, the shot putt, they are shown the technique of long jump, high jump, hurdles relay as well as being coached in running.

 “So far over 1500 children have participated in this unique ‘introduction to athletics initiative for national school children” said Anne Ronayne Community Sports Project Worker with Mayo Sports Partnership.

Children and teachers from Manulla National School at the introduction to athletics programme at Claremorris Community Facility pictured along with Jim Ryan and Thomas Waldron coaches and Anne Ronayne Mayo Sports Partnership  

 With a wonderful partner in Claremorris AC who provide coaches that are highly skilled and trained at a national and international level and who work on a volunteer basis. This programme is an example to other counties as to how perhaps a good start can be made in developing future national athletes and possible Olympians. The schools that have participated so far are thrilled with the initiative which also ties in with the Primary School curriculum.

 Claremorris Athletic Club have hundreds of new young members through this programme, some reaching national status at community games and national games. The initiative has made a real difference introducing athletics to all children regardless of ethnicity or background. This way the children aren’t disadvantaged by lack of funds or inability to travel.

 Jim Ryan Chairman and coach with Claremorris Athletic Club commented “Through this introduction to athletics’ programme we have created a much greater awareness of athletics in primary schools throughout south and east Mayo. Its success is palpable. There is no reason why this programme which we devised in Mayo cannot be replicated throughout the country. Following on from the local coaching element then and with a greater emphasis on coach development at a regional and national level there is no reason

why we cannot anticipate many Olympians from all corners of Ireland in the future. We need to encourage children early to take up athletics and hope that they form a great love of the discipline that suits them.”

June 2010 children participating at the Athletics Fun day as part of the ' introduction to athletics' for national school children  

 Lorraine Grimes Sports Coordinator of St Josephs Primary School Ballinrobe emphasised that the ‘Introduction to Athletics’ programme rolled out by Mayo Sports Partnership and Claremorris Athletic Club has made a significant difference to the children at their school.

“Over the past 3 years the children from all classes at our school were introduced to athletics disciplines which they would previously have had no familiarity with; such as hurdles, relay, long jump, high jump, shot putt and many others. The children’s athletic skills have improved so much in the past few years with many of them becoming members of their local athletic Club as a result. Some of them have even gone on to have wonderful success at local, regional and national level through the club.”

 “Cooperation between the schools, Mayo Sports Partnership and the local athletic club is the key to the programmes success. We would be delighted if this initiative could be used nationally to expose children to disciplines which they might not get a chance to normally do” added Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 This Autumn phase 5 of the programme will be offered to schools in the South and East Mayo areas. If you would like to learn more about “Introduction to Athletics” contact Anne Ronayne at 094-9047022 or email aronayne@mayococo.ie

 

 

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:08:00 BST

News Update for August 2012

To see all the latest news, events and local happenings during August please click here MSP August 2012 News Update  

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:05:00 BST

Deadline near for nominations for National Volunteer of the Year Awards

“Saying Thank You to Ireland’s Team of Sporting Volunteers”

London 2012 bound Sycerika McMahon paid tribute to the volunteers who played a vital role in her sporting career, when she helped launch the 2012 Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards recently.

This is the fourth edition of the Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards, which is an initiative of the Federation of Irish Sport in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and The Community Foundation of Ireland. The first awards were presented in 2007 and are designed to recognise the contribution of the 450,000 Irish adults who volunteer in sport every year. Sport remains the single biggest driver of voluntary activity inIreland

Members of the public are invited to nominate an individual whose contribution to their sport has made a real difference and to provide details on the person nominated. Ten winners will be selected to receive an award from the nominations received. An Overall or Lifetime award to honour a volunteer, who has consistently given of their time for a sport, a team, or an event over many years, will also be awarded. Full details of the scheme and how to enter can be found on line at www.volunteersinsport.ie. The website includes a nomination form and guidelines for the 2012 awards. Nominations can be made by clubs, individuals or sporting bodies.

Previous winners from Mayo include Eric Reilly from Erris United and Jimmy Corbett from Carnacon Ladies GAA Club.

The deadline for nominations for the 2012 Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards is 3rd August 2012.

 

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:48:00 BST

Men on the Move Activity Programme Set for Erris this Autumn

Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

 Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West will be offering the successful Men on the Move Programme  in the Erris area this coming Autumn 

Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run at a date to be arranged.

 

An open information evening is being arranged where men can come along and get a free health check from 6.30pm, information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme.

This information night is being planned for Monday 10th September at the Aras Inis Gluaire Time: 7.30pm

 

Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant.  There will be leaders and a life coach there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the proposed activities.

 If you wish to register for the initiative please call the Mayo Sports Partnership office on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie  or Text your name to 087 6973093.

 More details will be announced later.

 

 

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:50:00 BST

Irish Sports Council Publishes Irish Sports Monitor Report 2011

 

Key Findings

Participation in sport increased from 34% in 2009 to 46% in 2011

Sedentarism fell from 16% in 2009 to 13% in 2011

Rates of volunteering in sport increased from 7% in 2009 to 15% in 2011

Club membership has increased from 32% to 38%

Attendance at sporting events rose from 17% in 2009 to 22% in 2011

Personal exercise (11%) and swimming (10%) are the most popular physical activities

Increased time a key factor in increased participation with notable increases among the unemployed as well as those among the younger and older groups of adults

 

 The fourth Irish Sports Monitor report, for the year 2011, was recently published by the Irish Sports Council. The report, written by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of the Council, measures adult participation in sport and physical activity and compares it with previously published information.

To download the full report go to http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/News_Events/Latest_News/2012_Archive/Irish_Sports_Council_Publishes_Irish_Sports_Monitor_Report_2011.html

The report shows that there were very significant increases in the levels of engagement with sport across active and social participation measures. This occurred most notably in relation to active participation in sport which recorded a rise from 34% in 2009 to 46% in 2011.

Another key metric is the level of sedentarism which reflects the extent of inactivity within the population. Between 2009 and 2011 this measure recorded a decrease from 16% to 13%. This is important for population health as the biggest health gains are shown to be achieved when getting totally inactive people to participate in some form of physical activity.

Overall personal exercise is the most popular activity (11%). Swimming continues to grow (10%) and the apparent boom in running is captured with 7% participating. Soccer (6%), cycling (6%) golf (5%) and dance (4%) are also very popular.

The report was officially launched by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring. Speaking at the launch in Dublin he said: 'The growing participation in sport is great news, especially for all the people and organisations who work hard to get more people involved. I'm particularly happy to see that there are more volunteers, more people joining clubs, and more people attending sporting events. The Report shows that Government investment in sport is boosting sporting activity, and hopefully producing a healthier society'.

The Irish Sport Monitor reports a rise in levels of voluntary activity for sport between 2009 and 2011 from 7% to 15%. It is also significant to note the increase in club membership from 32% to 38% and attendance at sporting events for 17% to 22% including 8% who had attended a Gaelic football match. Each of these measures indicates that sport makes a very significant contribution to community and economic life in Ireland.

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council: "The increase in participation and the decrease in sedantarism are significant and very important from a health point of view. The ISM reports on a notable shift in the behaviour of the Irish population which is the result of the interventions of many agencies, groups and individuals. The challenge now is to maintain the good work and keep Ireland active"

Changes ion participation between the two years varied across groups with significant increases being particularly notable among the younger (16 - 25 year old) and older (55+) age groups as well as among the unemployed suggesting the importance of free time as an influence on sporting behaviour. Despite the significant increases being reported it is interesting to note that there is a strong desire across the adult population to increase their current levels of activity with swimming, walking and cycling being particular favourites in this regard.

Kieran O'Leary, Research Director, Ipsos MRBI: "The wider context to this report is one in which Irish society is placing less focus on short-term economic gain and is taking a more holistic view on quality of life. This is clearly benefitting sport through increased active and social participation"

The Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) is a survey of participation in sport and physical exercise in Ireland, which began in 2007 and continued throughout 2008 and 2009. There was a gap in 2010 when there was a competitive process to agree the provider of the ISM to the Council. Based on regular interviews with adults aged 16 and over, the ISM is primarily designed to track levels of participation in sport and recreational exercise, both for the population as a whole and various subpopulations of interest. To achieve sufficient accuracy, it employs large annual samples: 8,749 in 2011, 9,781 in 2009; 6,829 in 2008; 9,767 in 2007.

 

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:03:00 BST

€18,000 in funding distributed to 41 Sports and Recreation groups by Mayo Sports

At a recentMayo Sports PartnershipBoard meeting almost €18,000 was allocated to 41 clubs / organisations in Mayo through both the Partnerships 2012 special participation and  Bike Week grant schemes. In announcing the funding Chairman of the Sports PartnershipCllrHenry Kennycomplimented the work being done on the ground by many volunteers in tough times.

To see full list of SPG Grantees please click here 2012 List of Grantees for SPG  

To see full list of Bike Week 2012 Grantees please click here 2012 List of Bike Week Grantees  

 “ Volunteers are the lifeblood of sport across this county and I would like to put on the record our appreciation for all their hard work. While amounts in this funding scheme are not huge its amazing what can be done with little resources  ” Cllr Kenny  stated.

  The aim of the Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport / physical activity and it is envisaged that all projects will help to do just that particularly in disadvantaged sectors of the population. This year the Partnership was able to distribute €5,000, through funding from the Department of Transport, for recreational Bike Week events which take place from the 16th – 24th June.

 “Mayo Sports Partnership is delighted to work with clubs / organisations throughout the county to enhance peoples quality of life. We are open for business to talk to any group who may be looking to further develop their activities.”  Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert added

 Mayo Sports Partnership comprises of representatives from local agencies, sports organisations and community representatives, is core funded by the IrishSports Council and is a sub-office of the Mayo County Development Board. For funding under this scheme applicants need to show that the suggested project will increase participation and is sustainable.

  This year the scheme has funded initiatives including the further development of Camogie in North Mayo, the start up of the Lake District Athletic Club in Ballinrobe, a come and try it mini triathlon with Westport Triathlon Club, a ladies meet and train group inCharlestownand further development of Clare Island Regatta Clubs activities.

 Since 2005 the Partnership has brought an overall investment of close to €4 million to developing sport and recreation within the county. Many projects / initiatives involving pre-schools all the way up to older people have benefited from this significant investment mainly through the Irish Sports Councils direct funding. The above figure does not include the very significant input of partner agencies on the board such as Mayo County Council, Mayo VEC, HSE West, GMIT, Leader Companies, Udaras na Gaeltachta, MayoEducation Centreand other stakeholders.

 Any further information on the above can be obtained by contacting Mayo Sports Partnershipat 094-9047025 or by logging on to www.mayosports.ie

 

 

Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:06:00 BST

Get on Your Bike in Mayo during Bike Week 2012

National Bike Week was launched in 2009 to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport. Bike Week 2012, which takes place from 16th – 24th of June, looks to add to the success of previous Bike Weeks by creating more opportunities for people to participate in cycling events throughout the Week.

 Mayo Bike Week is an integral part of the overall National Bike Week initiative and is organised by Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council, Westport Town Council, Smart Travel Castlebar and many other community /sporting organisations across the county.

For a full list of events please click here 2012 Bike Week Programme of Events   

Bike Week begins in Mayo on Saturday 16th June with a Group and Family Cycle with the Cornmarket to Castle Family Cycle organised by Western Lakes Cycling Club in Ballinrobe starting at 12noon  from the Cornmarket Ballinrobe. Erris Beo are also organising a group cycle on this date from Aras Inis Gluaire at 2pm. Ballina Lions Club are organising a “Get Off the Couch and on Yer Bike” Family Cycle in Beleek Woods at 10am on the 16th as well.  A cycle skills workshop is also due to take place over the whole week in St Geralds School Castlebar by Castlebar Cycling Club on the 16th / 17th/19th/20th/21st/22nd June at 6pm each day.

Poster  

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has expressed his support for all communities who are organising these fantastic array of events.

“ Its fantastic to see the many clubs / communities arranging all these events which are open to all. I would encourage everybody to get out there and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mayo” commented Minister Ring

A whole host of other events are due to take place throughout the county with Achill GAA Club and Westport Cycling Club  in particular organising family fun cycles on the Great Western Greenway on Sunday 17th June at 12noon and 2pm on Saturday 24th June respectively.

“Cycling really has caught on as a form of recreational physical activity for all in the last couple of years. Last year over 600 people participated in 12 events and we hope to further build on that in 2012.” says Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership.

“Through funding from the Department of Transport and Mayo County Council we were able to allocate a small amount of financial assistance to community groups / clubs to organise an open and accessible event during Bike Week” Lambert added.

From Kilmovee to Tourmakeady there is an event for everyone to participate in.

A full and detailed listing of all 16 events can be found on the Mayo Sports Partnershipwebsite at www.mayosports.ie/news . For further information contact the Partnerships Office at 094-9047025

 

 

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:38:00 BST

Events announced for Mayo in Motion Month June 2012

 

30 communities organizing walks, 16 cycling events, walking festivals, Nordic walking demonstrations are just some of the highlights of the Mayo in Motion Initiative for 2012 just announced. Download a full list of walking events here  2012 Mayo in Motion Calendar of Events   

Jointly facilitated by the Mayo Walking Partnership and Mayo Sports Partnership, the month long initiative aims to promote walking and cycling as a means of physical recreation which can be enjoyed by anybody. Communities, schools, workplaces, individuals are all encouraged to get out there and experience the many walking / cycling trails which have recently being developed.

For further information on Mayo in Motion events log on to www.mayosports.ie  contact  Anna Connor Walking Officer Mayo County Council Tel: 094 9047545 Email: aconnor@mayococo.ie or  Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or msp@mayococo.ie

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:42:00 BST

Unemployed and from Ballyhaunis Area? Want to become a Sports Coach? Read On

Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company andMayo Sports Partnershipin association with Mayo County Development Board, Mayo Mental Health Association, Connacht Rugby (IRFU), the FAI, Mayo GAA, HSE , and the Department of Social Protection will deliver “Goal to Work” in Ballyhaunis this September. To downoad appliaction form click here Goal to Work Ballyhaunis Application Form  

 “Goal to Work” is an exciting initiative originally piloted in Mayo in 2010 by Mayo County Development Board . The first programme trained 12 jobseekers to become fully qualified soccer coaches and referees with many of those gaining part time employment as a result. “Goal to Work 2” in Ballina built on the successful pilot initiative giving participants the opportunity to train at foundation level in Soccer, GAA andRugby. Each trainee coach delivered coaching in local primary schools in Ballina with the support of FAI County Development Officer Paul Byrne, Mayo Games Manager Billy McNicholas and Domestic Games Manager Connaught IRFU Lyndon Jones.

 Goal to Work 3 specifically targets unemployed males and females living in the Ballyhaunis area who are  in receipt of a social welfare payment. Participation on this two day week course will not affect this payment.

This Goal to Work sports coach training programme will include a classroom based learning component with FETAC accredited modules in IT and Personal Effectiveness. It will also deliver accredited training in Occupational First Aid, Child Protection in Sport, Irish Sports Council Active Leadership and Disability Awareness.  In addition to these accredited modules the programme will also provide information through specialist guest speakers on how to set up and manage your own business, enterprise opportunities, job readiness skills, personal development, building self esteem and self confidence, identification of personal progression options in employment, further education and training. Should they wish, trainee coaches will also visit a third level education college of their choice to meet with the Access Officer and benefit from an orientation visit of the campus. Mayo Job Club will work with trainee coaches to improve their interview performance skills through provision of live interviews that will be digitally recorded with one to one critique of these interviews to enable improved performance at interviews.

 Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company would like to invite applications from unemployed people in the Ballyhaunis area who will commit to attending this Goal to Work sports coach training programme for two days a week over fourteen weeks to become a qualified GAA, Soccer and Rugby Coach. The programme will commence in early September and is open to currently unemployed men and women who can see the potential in becoming a part time or full time coach in these sports. 

 According to Siobhán Carroll – Webb of Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company the focus of “Goal to Work” will be to tutor people as coaches with the aim of providing them with an option of setting up a business on a self-employed basis at the end of the coaching period, gaining employment or progressing onto further education or training.. It is hoped that the initiative will benefit the Ballyhaunis area with many of the coaches linking in with local community organisations providing increased physical activity opportunities for all. “This is a fine example of effective and efficient inter-agency work” states Siobhán as she stresses the importance of and value in collaborative inter-agency working in the current economic climate.

Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert said “This unique programme has been made possible through agencies working together.  The partnership with the Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company,Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Development Board, Connacht Rugby, the FAI, Mayo GAA, HSE West, Mayo Mental Health Association, Department of Social Protection and the Social Inclusion Measures Group of CDB has been the key to the success of this programme”. Another added benefit, according to Charlie will be the availability of an increased database of coaches to work with schools, clubs and youth groups across a number ofsports. 

 Places will be limited to twelve trainee coaches.  If you would like further information or an application form please contact Mary Glynn, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Knock Office on 094 9376627 or e-mail maryglynn@mayonortheast.com Application forms can also be downloaded at www.mayonortheast.com or www.mayosports.ie  

 Completed application forms should be returned to

 Mary Glynn, Mayo North East LEADER Partnership, Knock  Office, Knock, Co. Mayo.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is strictly 4pm Thursday 21st June

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Short listing may apply based on information provided in completed application form. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 10th July in Ballyhaunis.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:44:00 BST

New initiative for Primary Schools this September

 

 The Be Active After School Activity Programme (ASAP) is an exciting new initiative that provides opportunities for children to engage in physical activities in a non competitive after school setting. The programme is led by teachers and supported by parents. The Be Active ASAP supports the PE curriculum. It is funded by the HSE and supported by the Irish Sports Council andSt. Patricks College of Education in Drumcondra.

 The Be Active ASAP is designed for 7-8 year olds and is FREE to all participating schools. The programme includes a comprehensive resource folder, teacher handbook, teacher training, support and school visits.

 It is recommended that schools wishing to achieve the Active School Flag should consider the Be Active ASAP as a means of securing the flag.

 To register your school for the programme contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025

For more information visit www.beactiveasap.ie , contact Project Facilitator,Paul Friel at 046 9067346 or pfriel@meathcoco.ie

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:50:00 BST

Sweltering Conditions for 2nd Great Western Greenway 10K

The 2nd Great Western Greenway 10k Run/Walk, co organised by Mayo Sports Partnership, Westport Leisure Park and Westport Town Council, took place on Saturday 26th May with over 300 participants lining up for a 2pm start on the Newport side of the Greenway. The event which took place in fantastic weather conditions mainly attracted first time runners of this distance and was unique in the fact that it was an off road trail run / walk. 

To see full list of results please click here Great Western Greenway 10K Results  

The first lady to cross the line at a time of 38 minutes 52 seconds was Mary Gleeson from Mayo Athletic Club followed in 2nd by Maura Ginty and in third place Ann Marie Needham.  In the mens section Gerry Ryan Craughwell AC finished in a time of 34 minutes 32 seconds, 2nd place went to Noel Gibbons and followed by Brendan Conway in 3rd place.  The first over 40 lady to cross the line was Kathleen Barry; the first male was Noel Gibbons, who incidentally are brother and sister.  Tony Killarney left his contemporaries behind as the first to finish in the over 50 age group, Pauline Moran was the first lady to finish in this category. All participants were treated to a wide range of refreshments and entertainment at theWestportLeisurePark where presentations to place winners and many spot prizes took place. Cllr Ollie Gannon Leas Caitheoirleach of Westport Town Council presented the prizes and was wholesome in his praise of all the participants whether they walked or ran.

" The Town Council was anxious to take this opportunity to promote awareness of the fantastic amenity which is the Great Western Greenway and we are delighted with the response. We would hope to build on this unique event in future years" Cllr Gannon commented.

The organisers would like to thank the landowners along the Greenway, the residents ofSt Marys Crescent, Mayo Civil Defence and all the volunteers from various organisations who assisted with the running of the event.

For future opportunities to participate in similar events log on the the Mayo Sports Partnership website at www.mayosports.ie

Wed, 30 May 2012 12:05:00 BST

Mayo Men on the Move complete 5K Fun Run / Walk

 

 

More than 100 men from Mayo are taking part in a physical activity programme called the Mayo Men on the Move Programme which is a HSE funded initiative co-ordinated by the Mayo Sports Partnership.  The programme is also supported by Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation and Midwest Radio. 

 The programme is running in the Ballina, Westport and Claremorris areas and as an initial target all of the men recently came together to complete a 5k walk and fun run at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar. 

Participants on the Men on the Move Programme  

 Initially, information evenings were held in three locations where men enrolled for the programme and received a free health check.  The programme targeted men over 35, who were physically inactive. Local leaders in the three Towns support the programme and lead the physical activity programmes twice weekly at each location.  The programme is being formally evaluated with the men’s health data being updated at week 8, week 16 and again towards the end of the programme.

 

Commenting on the initiative Mr. Paul Gillen, HSE Health Promotion Department stated, “This is one of the most significant physical activity and health education projects, ever ran in Ireland for men.  The level of enthusiasm and commitment shown by the men to date has been remarkable and the success of the programme is a tribute to the partnership working which exists in Mayo between the HSE, Mayo Sports Partnership, Croí, and Midwest Radio.”

Participants going over the bridge at Lough Lannagh during the Men on the Move 5K  

 The programme is continuing in the three Towns and it is hoped that this initiative can be further extended to other locations once the formal evaluation of the project has been completed.

 Mr. Charlie Lambert, Coordinator, Mayo Sports Partnership, complimented all of the participants for their remarkable dedication to the programme to date and paid tribute to the local leaders in the three Towns for making the programme so successful.

 For more information on the programme please contact the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094 904 7025 or go to www.mayosports.ie .

 

Tue, 29 May 2012 17:14:00 BST

MINISTER RING LAUNCHES SPEAK REPORT ON LOCAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPS FOR 2011

55% of funding of Local Sport Partnerships raised locally More than 200,000 people participated in locally delivered sports programmes380,000 children given access to Buntús since programme initiated in 2002LSPS provided responses to 158,000 specific requests for information on sport 

 May 23, 2012.

The impact of the national network of Local Sports Partnerships in 2011 in creating a local infrastructure for sport was detailed in a new report launched today (May 23).  The 31 Sports Partnerships are having a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of people through the delivery of direct programmes, support to local sports organisations.

Download a copy of the report here 2011 SPEAK National Report of LSP Nework  

In 2011, 202,458 people participated in 998 sports programmes delivered locally by the Sports Partnerships. This number includes 43,872 people who took part in the 316 programmes which were delivered for the first time in 2011.

An additional responsibility of the Sports Partnerships is the delivery for the Buntús range of sport programmes which introduce children to sport. Since the initiative started in 2002 more than 380,000 children have been provided access to Buntús which aims to give every child a quality introduction to a sport that is suitable to abilities. In 2011, 105 schools received training in Buntús and 466 childcare centres received Buntús Start training.     

SPEAK 2011, the fifth annual evaluation of the national network of Local Sports Partnerships, was launched in Athy, Co Kildare by the Minister of State for Sport Mr. Michael Ring T.D. He was joined by Niall Quinn, the Chairman of Kildare Sports Partnership and John Treacy, CEO of the Irish Sports Council.  Also, in attendance were trainees from the Community Sports Leaders programme operated by Kildare Sports Partnership which is giving local unemployed people an opportunity to become trained as sports coaches and leaders. 

Minister Ring stated: “The SPEAK Report is very welcome as it outlines the impact of the Local Sports Partnerships. It provides clear indicators of their work and demonstrates the positive impact of the Partnerships especially on target groups who are often excluded from sport. I would like to thank all of those in the Local Sports Partnerships and sports organisations who are working to increase the levels of participation in sport and physical activity and I would encourage people to become involved in sport events in their local areas so that they can enjoy the health and social benefits that come from sport and physical activity.”    

The Sports Partnerships were created by the Irish Sports Council in 2000 to provide opportunities in sport for target groups which face barriers to sport. In 2010 there were increases in the number of locally delivered programmes and training opportunities for children & young people, people with a disability and women. 

Funding from the Irish Sports Council accounts for 44.6% of the total LSP funding in 2011, the remaining 55.4% is raised from other sources this meets the recommendation from the Fitzpatrick Report of 2005.   Over €12.7m was invested in the network in 2011 including Monetary Funding leveraged locally of €3,878,458 and Benefit-in-kind (BIK) of €3,167,060.  Irish Sports Council funding to the LSP network reduced by over €428,000 or 7% from €6.11m in 2010 to €5.68m in 2011 reflecting the reduction of €2.6m in the Council's own budget.

John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council attended at the launch and commented; “The one development that I have noticed in 2011 is the greater awareness of the work of the LSPs. The governing bodies are reporting to me a much greater level of collaboration with Sports Partnership which is what we had always planned and hoped for. The focus of the national network is on increasing participation and the SPEAK Report demonstrates real and measurable success in that regard”.

Tue, 29 May 2012 12:52:00 BST

Westport’s ‘Get Out There’ Adventure Festival 18th - 27th May

 Westport’s ‘Get Out There’ Festival, now in it’s third year is again aiming to novices, adrenaline junkies, families and individuals alike to gear up 10 days of adventure and action. A wide and varied programme of events has been put in place by the organisers, Westport Town Council, WestportLeisureParkand Mayo Sports Partnership. Key events on the programme include The Great Western Greenway 10k on Saturday 26th May with up to €2,000 in prizes; Tagged inWestport is the kick-off event – Tag Rugby League organized by The Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotels resort. TheInter Schools Splash’n’Dash Relay Event returns toWestportLeisurePark. Teams of 3 from Primary Schools in the area compete in a swimming challenge followed by a relay/obstacle run. – Great success last year with lots of fun for all.

 This year also sees the event coinciding with An Post Rás – Stage (Gort-Westport) which will finish on Mill Streeton Tuesday 22nd at 2.00pm. The An Post Rás is an annual, eight-day, stage race aroundIreland. The race isIreland's number one cycling event and will take place from May 20th - 27th, 2012. The epic race began in 1953 and has been held every year since. It is one ofIreland’s top sporting events bringing world class sporting action and a significant economic boost to towns and villages nationwide. The Rás has a worldwide reputation of being a grueling challenge in the elite, international calendar. The open racing style allows amateur county and club riders to pit themselves against domestic and international professionals.

 Alongside The Rás another novel event is taking place, Race The Rás charity cycle - 150 amateur cyclists and a host of current and former GAA stars lining up to bike across Ireland from May 20th to May 27th. All the money raised will go to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and AWARE. Westport-Bundoran stage organised by Mayo Lions Clubs starts at 8.00am on Wednesday 23rd.

 Abseiling down Westport Leisure Park  

Other events worth checking out are: Sunday 20th. Family Greenway Cycles.Try out The Great Western Greenway – Family Event. In association with Clew Bay Bike Hire who are offering a 50% reduction on groups cycling the Greenway fromWestport -Newport, with a shuttle returning the cyclists back toWestport, Cycle from 10:30am - 4:00pm with the last shuttle departingNewport at 5:15pm Further details and bookings: Clew Bay Bike Hire, Distillery Road, Westport, Co. Mayo. 098 24818; email:traviszeray@gmail.com

On Thursday 24th. At 6.00 pm Toddlers’n’Trikes in association with Koochie Koo Nursery Store – Let your Toddlers experience the Greenway – Bring your junior crew in buggies or on tricycles and meet at Westpoint Shopping Centre/Tesco. Registration at Koochie Koo Nursery Store from 5.30pm – all participants will be entered into a Free Draw for spot prizes from Koochie Koo. The walk will take you along the Viaduct to theCastlebar Road and back viaCastlebar Street and Distillery Road– Meet Minnie Mouse and Dora as they stroll along the route.

 Westport’s ‘Get Out There’ Festival, promises lots of fun, action, and adventure activities over the ten days, check out the programme advertisements or www.westportadventurefestival.ie

 

Wed, 16 May 2012 11:13:00 BST

Peil Abú Recreational GAA Comes to Westport

 Retired from competitive GAA? Looking for some new activity which is fun? Never played any GAA before? Then Peil Abú could be for you.

The game is aimed at both men and women that don’t play competitively, or indeed who have never played GAA at all at any level. It is effectively tag-Gaelic football where physical contact is not allowed.

Come and Try It  taster sessions will take place over the next two Wednesday evenings 16th & 23rd May at Westport GAA Astroturf facility Newport Rd from 8pm – 9pm each evening. This is a recreational football game designed by the GAA and ran in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership.

   Peil Abu Comes to Westport  

The rules are quite simple, it’s basically Gaelic football but once players are tagged, they must turn over possession. Scores, solo-running, hand passing and the pick-up can be altered to better suit the needs of the players. It’s also a fantastic way of working up a sweat!

“This game should appeal to guys who have retired from the competitive side of GAA and are looking to get active, meet some old friends and have a bit of fun” commented Mayo GAA Games Manager Billy Mc Nicholas.

Indeed as part of the Westport Get Out There Adventure Festival it is planned to have a mini Peil Abú blitz on Saturday 26th May from 4pm – 6pm at the superb Westport GAA facility.

“ We are delighted to support this recreational activity which is open to all. The activity links in perfectly with the “Get Out There Festival” which promotesWestportas a top destination for the outdoor life” added Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert

Participants must be over 18 and need to be in possession of a tracksuit and runners! All tags, bibs and additional equipment will be provided on location.

To register your interest or to find out more about the initiative contact Mayo GAA Peil Abú co-ordinator Eamonn O Malley at 087 1360936.

Fri, 11 May 2012 15:38:00 BST

Bike Week 2012 Small Grant Scheme

 Building on the fantastic enthusiasm and participation of groups around the county in Bike Week 2011, Mayo Sports Partnership in conjunction with Mayo County Council is now inviting applications for funding from interested community groups / sports clubs for Bike Week 2012 (16th -24th  June) events.

 If your group is interested in promoting cycling as part of a fun, national programme, this is an ideal opportunity to apply for funding to help deliver your event. Grants for Community Groups, who are properly constituted, are available up to a potential maximum of €500.

 To download an application form please click here 2012 Bike Week Application Form  

Events that will be eligible for grant assistance in 2012 must target non-cyclists /aspiring cyclists or seek to deliver cycling training – such events must aim to achieve high public visibility and involve the greatest number of people possible.

 " Last year we had leisure cycle events on the Greenway, a bike maintenence workshop in Kilmovee and safe cycle training in Castlebar to name but a few events. Overall 600 people participated in 18 different events, hopefully we can better that in 2012." commented Mayo Sports Partnership director Charlie Lambert. 

 Groups can obtain an application form by contacting Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or download a form on www.mayosports.ie

 The closing date for applications to Mayo Sports Partnership is Friday 18th May 2012. Funding is at the discretion of Mayo Sports Partnership / Mayo County Council and as such applicants may receive all/some/or no funding applied for.

 For more information contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

 

 

 

Fri, 11 May 2012 15:29:00 BST

Colette retains title after winning Western People Mini Marathon

 Castlebar’s Colette Tuohy has retained her title, beating last year’s time by one minute and crossing the finish line in first place at the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon in Castlebar. The Milltown native – who lives in the county town with her husband Cormac and the couple’s young family – was first home, completing the picturesque 10km course in a time of 38 minutes and 29 seconds.

The energetic Colette, who runs with Mayo AC and was part of the team to pick up the Western People Athletics Sport Star Award in February, warmed up for Sunday’s event by finishing first woman in the Athenry 5km event last Tuesday. 

Second placed was Dervilla Holmes from Dunore Harriers, a native of Moygownagh, who ran strongly and finished in 39.25. Angela O'Connor from Mayo AC was third on the day in 40.39, followed by Ann-Marie Hynes (41.20) and Sarah Syron (41.48).

Chris Gallagher was first home in the Over 40 category, while Rosie Hynes was the first junior runner home. Chris and Rosie were almost inseparable at the line in the most exciting finish of the day.

Minister Ring presenting winner Collette Tuohy with her medal  

Mayo AC women put the red and green icing on a predominantly pink celebratory cake and took a large slice of the prizes, winning six of the nine on offer. They repeated the recipe that brought so much success recently in the National 10k. 

Thousands of women gathered in the Castlebar sunshine for the third annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon. Some were adamant to beat last year’s record, others were competing for the first time and while a large crowd ran the entire course, there were plenty who jogged, walked and even strolled the route.

Participants on the Newport Rd in Castlebar  

Once again, Frank ‘the motivator’ Fahy warmed up the crowd and got the women ready for the starting line. On behalf of the Western People, Cróna Esler welcomed the participants to the event, while Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Town Council, Cllr Eugene McCormack spoke of the benefit of the Mini Marathon for the town.Teresa Warde from the Mayo Sports Partnership – co-organisers of the event with the Western People – also spoke, while the special guest on the day, Tourism MinisterMichael Ring, was thrilled to welcome the thousands of participants and volunteers to Mayo.

While some took part just for fun, a huge portion of the ladies – and questionably dressed men – signed up for the event to raise money for their favourite charity. Over 50 charities were involved on the day, with participants raising vital funds for so many worthy causes.

 As with the 2010 and 2011 events, the Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon on Sunday proved to be a tremendous success and already, many of the participants are looking forward to the 2013 event in Castlebar.

 For more information on the mini marathon and other events such as the Great Western Greenway 10K on Saturday 26th May in Westport contact Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie

Tue, 08 May 2012 17:26:00 BST

Mayo Active Living Month May 2012

Get your Walking Shoes on during May!

 Local Heart & Stroke Charity Croí and Mayo PCCC, HSE West are encouraging everyone to get out and get active during ‘Mayo Healthy Living Month’ which takes place during May.To see full list of events click here Mayo Active Living Month Events  

 A number of guided  walks are being organised which are especially geared towards encouraging individuals who do not usually get moving to be more active. These walks are taking place in Tourmakeady, Castlebar, Westportand Moore Hall and further details are available on www.croi.ie and www.mayotrails.ie. These walks should appeal to all levels of fitness.

 To kick start the schedule, a guided walk of the Tourmakeady National Loop will take place on Wednesday 2nd May. This walk is 5km and will be led by a local walking leader. Participants are asked to meet at the Tourmakeady Community Centre at 7pm sharp.

 Other opportunities in Mayo to get you active:

 The Féile Siúlóidí Acla / Achill Walks Festival takes place from Friday 4th to Monday 7th May and will offer a range of walks for all abilities.West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon takes place on Sunday May 6th  in CastlebarGreat Western Greenway 10k takes place on Saturday May 26th inWestport

 To find out more about these events and to know more about the activity programmes on offer in your local community, contact the Mayo Sports Partnership on 094 9047025. Mayo Sports Partnership offers a wide range of ‘Meet and Train’ groups and ‘FitWalk’ clinics so check out their programmes on www.mayosports.ie.

 For more information on the ‘Mayo Healthy Living Month’ contact Ailish Houlihan, Croí Nurse Lead, ‘Mayo Action on Heart Disease & Stroke’ on 094-9049172 or email ailish@croi.ie or log onto www.croi.ie

 For further information contact:

 

Ailish Houlihan

Croí Nurse Lead

‘Mayo Action on Heart Disease & Stroke’

Mayo PCCC

St. Mary’s Headquarters

Castlebar

094-9049172

Thu, 03 May 2012 17:24:00 BST

Sports Partnership Grant Scheme Closing Date this Friday 4th May

The Board of the Mayo Sports Partnership announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2012 recently. This scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would target increasing participation amongst target groups such as children, disadvantaged, women, travelling community, older people, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations. Initiatives which received funding in the past included a water sports initiative in the Erris Area, setting up community adventure sports opportunities, mass participation event such as a local 5K fun run, new badminton club, cycling initiatives, and the promotion of camogie in Mayo.

Approx € 13,000 has been allocated under this years scheme which has a closing date of Friday May 4th. The schemes allocation has remained steady over the last 3 years or so due to the success of the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon.  The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

 For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at

094-9047025 or log on to our website at www.mayosports.ie

 

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:22:00 BST

Thousands of Women to take to the Streets of Castlebar on Sunday 6th May

Castlebar is getting all geared up to welcome thousands of women to the Mayo capital for the 3rd Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday 6th May. The event is expected to attract approx 5,000 participants, supporters, family, friends etc. The organisers are planning a top quality event which will have something for everybody whether you are a participant or a supporter.

 The 10-kilometre run and walk is being co-organised by theWestern PeopleandMayo Sports Partnership. Other partners include Castlebar Town Council, Mayo County Council, Castlebar Chamber of Commerce, the Mayo Athletics Community and local clubs / organisations.

Castlebar Girl Lisa Cannon of Expose fame gives the thumbs up for rhe Mini Marathon  

 While the presence of elite runners is sure to provide the race with a strong competitive element, central to the Women’s Mini-Marathon will be the opportunity for all West of Ireland charities to raise much needed funds for their respective organisations.

 Now firmly established as the premier event of its kind in the west the arrival of so many runners, walkers and their families /supporters to Castlebar is sure to boost the local economy.

 “Its been fantastic to see the response. Women are preparing for the event by training individually or through local meet and train networks which can be very sociable and enjoyable. Its something which we are trying to foster in communities” said Mayo Sports PartnershipCo-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 With the mini-marathon only days away the excitement is building. To capture the festival atmosphere the Mall, will incorporate a stage with music, food court area, childrens activity zone etc. The run / walk will commence at 12 Noon from the Courthouse with the Mall open to the public from 10.30am – 4pm. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring will be in attendance to welcome all participants.

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

 Finally with an event of this nature some temporary road closures will be in operation on Sunday May 6th and again the organisers would kindly ask the public to acknowledge these restrictions for the health and safety of all. These are listed below

 9.30am Mall Closure- until 4pm

Ellison StreetClosure 11.30am – 3pm

Lower Spencer St Closure 10.30am – 12.30am

Duke St 12 Noon – 1pm

Newport Rd to Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Pound Rd 12 Noon – 1pm

Gallows Hill 12 Noon – 1pm

Newline 12 Noon – 1pm

Pontoon Rd to Ballinacarriga 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballinacarriga to Ballynew 12 Noon – 2pm

Ballynew / Turlough Rd 12 Noon – 2.30pm

Staball Hill / Thomas St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Bridge St 12.15 – 2.30pm

Main Street  12.15- 2.30pm

 For further information log on to www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com  or contact theMayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:26:00 BST

Are you ready to take on the Sports Council Challenge?

 

A Chara,

I would like to present you with a corporate challenge which the Irish Sports Council is running in May 2012. Our CEO, John Treacy is asking companies to get involved and motivate their employees to become more active over the course of May. Below is a brief outline of what the Sports Council Challenge entails:

The Challenge:Your staff will set physical activity challenges to complete over the four weeks in May. The challenges can be large scale initiatives or smaller events to suit smaller workforces. They can be associated with a specific target like cycling the distance of the Tour de France or swimming the distance of the Irish Sea. Making it measurable like this will give your staff a goal to focus on and keep them interested. After the four weeks of activity, your company will send a report to the Irish Sports Council, outlining what you have achieved with your challenges.

 

 he Awards:We will be hosting an awards night on the 7th of June to showcase the achievements of the companies involved. Further details on the awards night will be given to all companies after they register.   The awards categories are as follows:

Best Overall Organisation AwardBest Small Organisation Award (0-20 employees)Best Medium Organisation Award (21 – 100 employees)Best Large Organisation Award (101 + employees)

Each company that takes part in the Sports Council Challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement regardless of whether or not they win an award.

 What’s in it for your company?

Publicity for your company through our Sports Council Challenge campaignA chance to highlight your own company’s achievements during the ChallengeA chance to win a Sports Council Challenge AwardYou can help create a healthier, happier and more productive workforceBuild team spirit within your organisationYou can have a bit of fun and entry is free! 

 Get Involved:To get your staff involved we would suggest that you forward this email to them and direct them to the flyer and promotional video and get them thinking about challenges they could achieve.  Further details on the Challenge are contained within the application form but if you have any additional questions, please contact me by email at gcostelloe@irishsportscouncil.ie or by telephone at 01 8608800.If your company would like to get involved you must complete the application form and return it to the Irish Sports Council before 5pm on Friday the 27th of April 2012. You can download the application form at http://www.irishsportscouncil.ie/Participation/Sports_Council_Challenge/application_form.pdf 

 

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:50:00 BST

Big Take Up for Men on the Move Initiative

An over 35 mens only physical activity initiative is having a big impact in the Ballina, Claremorris and Westportareas. Over 100 men are meeting on a twice weekly basis in preparation for a 5K Run / Walk which is due to take place on Wednesday 16th May in Castlebar. All groups in the 3 areas comprise of men from a wide variety of backgrounds with varying reasons such as health, weight, social etc given for participating in the programme.

 On a recent visit to theWestportgroup Minister of State for Sport and TourismMichael Ringpraised the participants for taking up the challenge and commented on the huge benefits such initiatives bring.

 “ 15% of the population don’t do any physical activity at all and this is something that projects such as Men on the Move can address. The more people we can get active means less people in hospital with health problems and less money needed in the health service” Minister Ring commented.

 “ I would like to thank all involved in organising this initiative including Mayo Sports Partnership, HSE West, Croí and Mid West Radio for all their promotion” he added.

 “Men on the Move” is a pilot project which hopes to inform future policy in the area of mens health. Securing future funding to include additional areas in the project would be one such positive outcome from the initiative.

Minister Michael Ring with Westport participants of Men on the Move  

 The initial 8 week programme is led by a physical activity leader in each area who tailors the programme to their needs. Following consultation with the participants it is planned to have a further 8 week programme in operation after the mid May 5K event.

 “The response has been fantastic. The banter and craic amongst the lads motivates them to be participating each week. We do plan to have a re registration in each of the 3 areas after the event on the 16th so guys will be able to join after the initial 8 week period” stated Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 For further information on the initiative contact Ray Mc Namara Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or Laurence Gaughan HSE West at 094 9042509

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:02:00 BST

Irish Sports Council Announces Funding Plans for 2012

€10.92 million allocated to governing bodies of sport€8.27 million to GAA, FAI and IRFU to support their participation programmes€5.38 to 31 Local Sports Partnerships€1.01 million in grants to the sports bodies under the Women in Sport Programme

 The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Mr Michael Ring TD made the official announcement at an event in Dublin which was attended by representatives of the sports bodies. He commented "This grant funding of €25.58 million is a significant investment in Irish sports and is a strong indication of this Government's commitment to sport. I want to pay tribute to all of the sports organisations; they are continuing to do outstanding work for sport in Ireland and are playing a very important role in delivering opportunities in sport both nationally and for local communities throughout the country."

The Council's budget was reduced to €44.5 million in 2012 from €47 million in 2011. Given the importance of 2012 for Irish sport the High Performance budget was left untouched at €10.5 million. The GAA, IRFU and FAI see cuts of 10% in their budgets with 5% for the bigger governing bodies and 2.5% for the small sports. The Local Sport partnerships will see a reduction of around 7% in their annual grants.

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council said: "The Council has taken great care in allocating money to ensure that the most vulnerable sports bear the least impact in 2012. The priority this year was high performance because everyone wants to see our athletes do well in London. This means the NGBs and LSPs have to plan the year with less resources. They are doing a fantastic job on behalf of the country and it is important that we recognise and acknowledge their outstanding work".

In addition there will be a reduction in the Women in Sport programme based on the recommendations of a review into the programmes. The review's outcomes emphasised targeting the individual sports that made the greatest impact and where NGBs and LSPs have worked together to increase participation among women.

The total Irish Sports Council budget for 2012 is €44.5 million. The main spending areas are NGB core grants (25%) approximately), Local Sports Partnerships (12%), Youth Field Sport (18%), High Performance (24%) and other Council programmes (10%). The Council operating costs, including salaries, comes in around 7% of total budget.

The Council also published its Statement of Strategy for the years 2012 to 2014. It will concentrate on implementing its Participation strategy, developing the governing body sector and sustaining the high performance system. The document includes a report on progress against measures set out in the previous strategy. In the development of the strategy sports bodies were surveyed on the work of the Council. 97% stated that Council funding was Vital or Very Important to their organisation and 86% replied that they enjoyed an Excellent or Very Good relationship with the Council, responses consistent with similar surveys in previous years. John Treacy Chief Executive of the Council commented on the strategy: "We were happy to report excellent progress on all areas of work over the past three years and we have set out our priorities for the next three years. The Council received very positive feedback from the sports sector on our work. The excellent working relationships in the sector is something that we can all be proud of".

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:26:00 BST

Information from Sports Capital Grant Workshop

Mr Joe Butler from the Mayo Assocation Football League delivered a very informative workshop on the workings of the new Sports Capital Grant Scheme to a very well attended meeting at the Mayo Education Centre recently.

To download a copy of the presentation please click here 2012 Sports Capital Grant Scheme Presentation  

To download a copy of the application form click here 2012 Sports Capital Application Form  

To download a copy of the schemes guidelines please click here 2012 Sports Capital Guidelines  

 

The new round launched  Wednesday 28th March 2012.

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

Assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and VECs and schools to develop high quality, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation.Prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities.Encourage the multi-purpose use of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport.Main Aspects of the 2012 Round of the SCPAll applicants and potential applicants are advised in the strongest possible terms to READ THE GUIDE TO FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION FORM fully and carefully.Start to get your supporting documentation together as soon as possible – under each round several hundred applicants forget to provide vital pieces of supporting documentation.  The documents most frequently omitted are: evidence of title (for capital grants of over €25,000), evidence of sufficient own funding in place (a fund raising plan or a letter from a benefactor that you will/might get funding is worthless), evidence of full planning permission received or planning application lodged with the Local Authority or evidence that planning is not needed.The staff assessing applications have a knowledge of almost all sports and all types of facilities.  However, the application form and assessment process does allow us to evaluate applications for new ideas to get more people involved in sport and applications from small minority sports.€30m will be allocated in late autumn or early autumn - €4m for non-local projects and €26m for local projectsThere will be a stronger focus on projects that will increase active participation in sport

The Scheme funds:

Natural grass sports pitches, tracks and courts (including pitch drainage)FloodlightingArtificial sports pitches, tracks, courts and multi-use games areasSecurity fencing and ball stop nettingHurling walls / handball alleysBuilding or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toiletsBuilding or refurbishment of sports halls and gymsNon-personal sports equipment – including cardiovascular gym equipment and outdoor gym equipmentShared facilitiesAny other capital projects that are clearly sporting in nature and that will increase participation in sport or improve performance (see definition above)

The Scheme does not fund:

Private and commercial operationsOperational costsViewing standsCar parks, roads or landscapingBars, kitchens or officesProjects where work has already commenced or where contracts have already been signedThe building or renovating of swimming pools, for which there is a separate Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme managed by this DepartmentProjects that are not sporting in natureApplications from schools that are not made jointly with at least one sports club (see separate section on school applications on page 6)The repayment of loans(see information below on the tax relief for donations to sports clubs which can be used to fund the repayment of loans)The purchase of land or buildings (see information below on the tax relief for donations to sports clubs which can be used to fund the purchase of land or buildings)There will be a greater focus on disadvantaged areas of the country, with clubs and groups in the most disadvantaged urban areas only needing to raise a minimum of 5% of their project’s cost, half of that required under the previous round in 2008. The amount of minimum funding required for projects in CLAR areas has also been halved from 20% to 10%. Clubs and organisations in non-disadvantaged areas will have to show at least 15% of the project cost – down from 30% in 2008 when the programme was last run.Some clubs that were previously excluded will be able to apply this year.  Even clubs/organisation who do not own their land or do not have a long lease will be able to apply for modest grants of up to €25,000 to upgrade facilities. The maximum grant a club/community sports group can apply for is €300,000 – there is no minimum grant.Deadlines for applications

Online applications and those made in Irish (and hard copy of the signed application form and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 1st June 2012.  We cannot accept supporting documentation by email or online.

 Paper based applications (and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 11th May 2012.

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:15:00 BST

€30M fund launched by Minister Ring to upgrade sports facilities across Ireland

 A new €30 million fund for important sports capital projects has been launched today by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD.

 This is the first round of sports capital funding for four years and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to encourage more people to take part in sport.

 The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing sports equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland.

 The scheme will also be open to far more clubs and groups than ever before, because a strict requirement on landownership has been relaxed. In the past, all applicants had to own their land or have it on a long lease. Minister Ring has decided that these clubs will now be able to apply for grants of up to €25,000 to upgrade facilities.

 “In line with the Programme for Government, this new Sports Capital scheme will have a stronger focus on projects which increase active participation in sport, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Under this scheme pitches will be drained, floodlights will be installed, sports halls will be improved and dressing rooms will be built,” Minister Ring said.

 “Thanks to these grants, people will have more opportunities than ever to get active and stay active in a wide range of sports. It will also have a positive impact on job creation in construction.”

 The minimum amount of matching funding which clubs and organisations will need to provide themselves in order to apply for a grant has been halved from the previous round of the programme in 2008:

 Groups in RAPID areas will only need to raise a minimum of 5% of the project cost in order to apply;Groups in CLÁR areas will only need to raise a minimum of 10% of the project cost in order to apply;Groups in non-disadvantaged areas will only need to raise a minimum of 15% of the project cost in order to apply.

 Minister Ring said he is delighted to be able to able to oversee the return of the Sports Capital Programme. However, with less money available than in the past, many grants will be smaller. He also stressed that the Department will monitor spending by clubs closely in order to ensure it is utilised fully for the purpose intended.

 Application forms and information about how to apply is available on the website: www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie

 The deadline for applications made online and those made in Irish (and hard copy of the signed application form and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 1st June 2012.

 Paper based applications (and all supporting documentation) must reach the Department by 5pm on Friday 11th May 2012.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:49:00 BST

Meet & Train Sessions in Belmullet

A women's only Meet & Train Session has started in Belmullet, to help walkers, joggers and runners get fit and healthy for the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon on Sunday 6th May.  The group meets every week on Wednesdays at 10.30am and Saturdays at 9.30am, starting and finishing at Pàirc Bheo which is next to Àras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet.  Anyone who is interested in walking, jogging or running to increase fitness, meet new people and improve their health is more than welcome to join.  The group leader Helen Cox promises that no-one will be made to feel 'left out' or 'left behind'. Beginners are more than welcome to come and join the Meet & Train sessions. 

Community Sports Development Project Worker with Mayo Sports Partnership Anne Ronayne said “We are delighted with this new programme in Erris. This type of initiative is exactly what we at Mayo Sports Partnership want to see happening in communities. It is a wonderful opportunity for women in the Erris area to prepare as a group for the mini marathon and get used to physical activity as normal in their weekly schedule”

The Meet & Train has been initiated and funded by Mayo Sports Partnership, Helen Cox will be the group leader for both the Wednesday and Saturday sessions.  Training sessions start with a group warm up on the amazing facilities offered at Pàirc Bheo, once the warm up is finished the group then splits into walkers, joggers and runners, before heading out onto the designated loop. The session is finished with a cool down and stretch.    The training session costs €2 which is a donation to charity.  It was decided by the group that each session everyone would nominate a charity, on the last session before the mini marathon the charity would be drawn and the money generated over the weeks would be given to that charity.  A double bonus - not only are the group members getting fit and healthy but they are also helping a local charity too each time they turn up to train.    For anyone who is interested in joining the Belmullet Meet & Train sessions please contact Helen Cox on 086 8514188, or join our dedicated facebook page - www.facebook.com/belmulletmeetandtrain .   Helen Cox runs slainte mhaith, health and wellbeing studio, glencastle, which currently offers morning and evening group fitness classes ranging from pilates, I move freely, active living, to Spinning, Pump Fx and Bootcamp. Morning classes have a free childcare facility helping busy mums to stay in shape and take important time out from the world, whilest the little ones play safe and happy with our qualified childcare worker. For more information on any of the studio classes or the Belmullet Meet & Train sessions please check out the website on www.slaintemhaith.com or call Helen direct on 086 8514188. 

 

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:52:00 BST

Sports Partnership Launches Annual Funding Scheme

 The Board of the Mayo Sports Partnership has announced details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2012. This scheme invites clubs and organizations who have sport / recreation as their central focus to submit proposals which would increase participation amongst target groups such as youth at risk, disadvantaged communities, unemployed, women, travelling community, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This may include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within existing organizations.  To download a copy of the application form please click here 2012 Special Participation Grant Scheme Application Form  

 This year a particular focus is being placed on inviting communities / organizations to think about forming meet and train/spin groups for their area. Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert explains

 “Meet and Train involves people of all ages and abilities meeting up on particular evenings / times to walk, run or even cycle in a fun non competitive environment. A number of these groups are already up and running and are providing a fantastic social outlet which is particularly important in the current environment”

 Initiatives which received funding under the scheme in the past included a water sports initiative in the Erris Area, setting up community sports clubs, adventure sports opportunities, mass participation programmes in running / walking , new badminton club, cycling initiatives, and the promotion of camogie in Mayo.

 Organisations / Groups are asked to note that any capital / building projects are not eligible for funding under the schemes criteria.  

 “ Mayo Sports Partnership recognizes the role that community and voluntary organizations throughout the county play in providing participation opportunities for all sections of the population. This scheme aims to provide support in whatever small way possible to enable such projects to come to fruition” commented Mayo Sports Partnership ChairmanHenry Kenny.

 Unfortunately like a lot of funding schemes this initiative has also been reduced  however the Sports Partnership is able to supplement this years reduced allocation with funds from the Western PeopleWest of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon .Approx € 14,000 is available under this years scheme which has a closing date of Friday May 4th. Maximum which can be allocated to any one project is €1,000  and this is dependent on the quality of the initiative. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

 For further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at094-9047025

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:05:00 BST

See all the latest News in our Spring 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring 2012 edition of our bi annual newsletter. In this edition we review some of the major projects / events over the last few months and look forward to some major upcoming initiatives. One exciting upcoming project is the “Men on the Move” initiative to target men aged 30 plus for increased physical activity. We look forward to working with key partners such as the HSE and other agencies in providing opportunities for all.  

 To view the latest copy of our newsletter please click here 2012 Spring Newsletter  

 

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:39:00 GMT

Men on the Move Activity Programme Launched

  Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?

 Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West are offering a  new programme for men aged 35+ over the coming weeks in the Ballina, Claremorris and Westport areas.

 Speaking at the launch of the project Mayo Senior GAA Team Manager James Horan encouraged men to take up this unique opportunity to improve their overall wellbeing

 “ There are a lot of men who once they finish playing competitive sport just give up on taking exercise. It is so important for both physical and mental health that people in general participate in some form of sport / physical activity, this programme gives men a chance to do that and I highly commend it” Horan commented.

Pictured at the launch of the Men on the Move Activity Programme at the newly developed Lough Lannagh trail in Castlebar were left to right Tommy Marren Mid West Radio, Brendan Fitzpatrick Participant, Laurence Gaughan HSE West, James Horan Mayo GAA Senior Team Manager, Pat Doherty Participant, Ray Mc Namara Sports Inclusion Officer, Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator Mayo Sports Partnership

 

 Mid West Radio are also rowing in with the initiative and will be calling for 100 men to participate in the 8 week programme which will culminate in a “Men on the Move” 5K walk / run on Wednesday 16th May.

 

 “Mid West Radio are delighted to support this project and we plan to follow its progress through the 8 weeks. We hope that many men throughout the region avail of this fantastic opportunity” presenter Tommy Marren added.

 3 open evenings are being organised, where men can come along and get a free health check ( from 7pm), information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme. The open nights are in the following venues:

 

Manor Hotel Ballina on Monday 12th March 7.30pm

Mill Times Hotel Westport on Tuesday 13th March 7.30pm

Mc William Hotel Claremorris on Thursday 15th March 7.30pm

 

 Programmes on offer include walking, jogging, cycling and there is no cost to the participant.  There will be leaders and a life coach there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the proposed activities.

 Men on the Move  

 If you wish to register for the initiative please call the Mayo Sports Partnershipoffice on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie  or Text your name to 087 6973093.

 So get out there and get active and be part of this super programme.

 

 

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:11:00 GMT

"Fit4Work" Workplace Physical Activity Guidelines now Available

In September 2009Mayo Sports Partnership, Health Promotion Services,HSEWest & GMIT Castlebar developed a pilot physical activity programme for staff in five workplaces in Castlebar. The target group for the programme were five organisations who were members of theMayo Sports PartnershipBoard –HSE, Mayo County Council, GMIT, Mayo VEC and Western Care. These five workplaces are also located close to each other in Castlebar town.

The benefits of a physically active workforce include:

Less illness and quicker recovery time from illness

Lower work absenceLower staff turnover

More productive workforceFewer work injuries

Higher work satisfaction levels

 This project has been ongoing for the last 3 years with tremendous success. In 2011 alone 300 employees of the above workplaces participated in a programme of activity which was co-ordinated by the organising committee.

 With the success of the programme it was proposed to develop a guidelines document to enable other workplaces to run a similar initiative in their venues.  

To view the guidelines please click here Fit for Work Guidelines Document  

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 15:34:00 GMT

Men on the Move Activity Programme

 Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active?

 Mayo Sports Partnershipin collaboration with HSE West are offering a  new programme for men 35+ over the coming weeks in the Ballina, Claremorris and Westport areas.

 3 open evenings are being organised, where men can come along and get a free health check, information on healthy eating and sign up to an activity programme. The open nights are in the following venues:

 

Malton Hotel  Ballina on Monday 12th March 7.30pm

Mill Times HotelWestporton Tuesday 13th March 7.30pm

Mc William Hotel Claremorris on Thursday 14th March 7.30pm

 

Programmes on offer will include Walking, jogging, cycling and recreational GAA (or Tag Gaelic). There will be leaders there on the night to answer any question that you may have about any of the programmes. So why not come along and give it a go. If you are interested in coming along call the Mayo Sports Partnershipoffice on 094 9047025, email rmcnamara@mayococo.ie  or Text your name to 087 6973093.

 So get out there and get active and be part of this super programme.

 

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:09:00 GMT

Minister Michael Ring Launches Get Ireland Active Website in Mayo

 Michael RingTD, Minister of State, at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport launched the “Get Ireland Active” website at a club development seminar organised byMayo Sports Partnershipin Castlebar last night, Monday 06 February.

 The Get Ireland Active website (www.getirelandactive.ie) is a great resource for anyone who would like to get more active and is looking for advice and suggestions on where to begin. The website was developed as a one-stop information source on how to get involved in physical activity and includes information on:

 How do I get Started?Tips to keep ActiveLetting go of the Excuses!A listing of all events taking place in Galway City and County with a search facility to allow you to select activities by date, age group, ability or cost.

 Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring lauched the new Get Ireland Active Website. Included in photo are Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator and Paul Gillen HSE West along with club representatives.  

Paul Gillen, Health Promotion Officer, HSE West says, “With three out of four Irish adults and four out of five Irish children not sufficiently active for health benefits, the website is designed to encourage people to become more active.”

 “No matter what age or ability level, there is something for everybody to get involved in. With individual and team sports and family friendly activities listed, there is a wide range of healthy and fun activities to choose from“, Charlie Lambert, Co-ordinator,Mayo Sports Partnershipadded.

 The HSE recommends that all adults should aim to be active for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.  Children and young people should be active for at least 60 minutes every day.  You don’t have to do it all at once.  You can build up to 30 minutes or more a day by doing a number of short bouts of physical activity.  However, you must be active for at least 10 minutes for it to count.  Children are naturally active, so any amount of physical activity counts towards their 60 minutes.

 Physical inactivity is a risk factor for a broad range of chronic illnesses including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancer. Being physically active is one of the most important steps you can take to improve your health, whatever your age or ability.

 For more information on getting active, go to www.getirelandactive.ie,Ireland’s only dedicated online source for getting active.

 

 

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:17:00 GMT

Greater Collaboration the Way Forward for Sport – Minister Ring

 Increased co-operation between sports clubs / organisations and more support for sports volunteers were Minister of State for SportMichael Rings message to delegates atMayo Sports Partnerships Club Development Seminar held recently at Breaffy GAA Centre, Castlebar.

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring with representaives from the Comets Basketball Club Castlebar and Western Lakes Cycling Club  

 " My department will be announcing the new sports capital grant scheme at the end of this month. The scheme will benefit minority sports in particular and will seek applications from clubs who can demonstrate that they are going to share facilities" Minister Ring commented.

 The well attended seminar addressed issues such as child protection, better use of facilities, social media use for beginner clubs, club structures/roles and volunteer recruitment.

 Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring addressing Club Representatives at the Building an Effective Club Seminar recently  

As a result of the very successful event Mayo Sports Partnershipplans to run a series of one night workshops on some of the more popular topics such as the use of social media. A workshop will also be held on the new Sports Capital funding scheme at the end of Feburary / early March. Details of these workshops will be announced in due course and will be available on the Sports Partnership website www.mayosports.ie   

 

Many thanks to Breaffy GAA Club for the use of their fantastic facilities, Elvery Sports, partner agencies, presenters and all the sports volunteers who attended the event. For more information contact the Partnership at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie

 

 

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:21:00 GMT

MINISTER RING ANNOUNCES €5 MILLION SMARTER TRAVEL INITIATIVE FOR WESTPORT.

 WESTPORT WINS NATIONAL TRANSPORT COMPETITION.

 Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring, has today announced a major smarter travel investment programme for Westport totaling €5million.

 The county Mayo town has beat off stiff competition to be selected as one ofIreland’s Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas 2012-2016.   The Westport Smarter Travel proposal was developed by Westport Town Council and Mayo County Council with strong community support from the people ofWestport.

 “This news is a major boost for the town.   It will put Westport right at the centre of the Government’s transport policy and make the town a national leader in terms of innovation in transport and will be a great boost for the town’s tourism potential” stated Minister Ring.

 “There were fears this programme would be scrapped with the cut backs but I have been working closely with public transport Minister, Alan Kelly, to make sure this got over the line.   It was an excellent bid by Westport Town Council and Mayo County Council and I am delighted to see it has been approved because I pushed so hard for it” added Minister Ring.

 The Smarter Travel Demonstration Areas is a national competition that looked at towns to provide the best package to facilitate initiatives that would encourage people out of their cars and into using walking, cycling and coordinated public transport.  Westport’s bid had strong community support and was based around active tourism so thatWestportwill offer visitors a high quality smarter travel experience.

 “What we will see here are a number of measures aimed at facilitating cycling, walking and using more public transport.   You will see high quality greenways connecting residential areas with schools, workplaces and the town centre.   Furthermore, the provision of a sustainable transport coordination facility for the town is also proposed”.

 “Westportwill now joinLimerickand Dungarvan and lead the way in terms of transport initiatives for the country.   Other local authorities will use the example set inWestportin their own towns and will work towards reducing the carbon footprint of travel in our towns.  Change in travel behaviour inWestportwill be based on hard and soft measures supported by partnership with community, business and voluntary groups in the area”.

 “The cross community support and engagement with this winning bid is extremely impressive.   It is typical of the kind of co-operation and involvement which we have come to expect fromWestportand which is a fundamental part of the success of the town in the Tidy Towns Competition and other competitions over the years.   I would like to thank the many individuals, groups, organizations and agencies which have contributed to making this success possible.”

 Welcoming the announcement, the Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council, Councillor Christy Hyland said “It is a great day for this town and offers the opportunity to reinforce the message thatWestportis an environmentally friendly, sustainable and beautiful welcoming place to visit, live and invest.”

 The County Manager Mr. Peter Hynes said “The award is testimony to twenty years of hard work and responsible planning in the town and it’s environs and we in Mayo look forward to the challenge of delivering the project to makeWestportinto The Ideal Town and a model for other towns in the twenty first century”.

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 10:07:00 GMT

Now open for Entries - Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon

Thousands to take to the streets of Castlebar for

Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon

 The third annual Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Castlebar on Sunday, May 6, 2012. More than 5,000 women are expected to take part in this year’s event.

The event was officially launched in Áras an Chontae, Castlebar on Thursday evening, January 26, by Minister for Sport and Tourism, Michael Ring. The Minister congratulated the organisers and participants who have made the event possible over the last two years and wished them the very best of luck on the May Bank Holiday Sunday this year,

The event was dreamt up by the Western People in 2010 and enthusiastically taken up by the Mayo Sports Partnership. The inaugural event attracted some 3,000 participants, while 4,000 took to the streets of Castlebar in 2011. It is expected that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before.

Pictured at the launch of the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon were Left to Right Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator, Seamus Granahan Castlebar Town Manager, Cllr Eugene Mc Cormack Mayor of Castlebar,Anne Ronayne Community Sports Project Worker, Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring,Crona Esler Western People,Cllr Austin O Malley Caitheoirleach Mayo County Council and Brian Feeney CEO Western People  

In developing Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon, the intention was to create a fun day, encouraging people to get out, get fit and enjoy the company of other women.

The 10k race is open to serious athletes, fun runners and walkers. It also acts as a major fundraiser for charities and over the last two years, local charities have succeeded in raising €1million through the Mini Marathon. Some 60 charities were represented in the Mini Marathon in 2011.

In addition to the event itself, the benefits the Mini Marathon brings for Castlebar cannot be underestimated. “Holding the Western People Mini Marathon in the County Town is something we’re very proud of in the Western People and we are thrilled with the economic benefit it brings for Castlebar. Again this year, we are hoping that the town comes out in force to welcome the entrants,” said Cróna Esler, deputy editor of the Western People, speaking at the launch of the event in the county council chamber, Áras an Chontae.

“The mini marathon has become a major event in Mayo Sports Partnerships calendar and is a vital focus now for women who participate in our walking programmes such as our ‘FitWalk Programme and running programmes such as Fit4life ‘meet and train’ programmes throughout the year. The revenue from the mini marathon has also allowed us to develop many new programmes some targeting minority groups in disadvantaged areas as well as ‘introduction to athletics’ programmes for national school children in Mayo. The Mini Marathon has also allowed us continue our ‘Special Participation Grant Scheme’ which funds worthy sports programmes in clubs and organisations throughout the county. We are really looking forward to the 2012 mini marathon and a new impetus in Physical Activity throughout the county. ” added Anne Ronayne, Community Sports Development officer with the Mayo Sports Partnership.

Entrants must be over 15 years of age. To enter, fill in the form in the Western People or enter online at www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com. Entry costs €20.

 

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:40:00 GMT

Spring 2012 Programme of Courses and Events Launched by MSP

Child Protection in Sport, Sports First Aid, Sports Leadership Training, Funding Workshops, Club Development Seminars, coach education and Disability Awareness Training are just some of the upcoming sports volunteer  training courses which will be available through the Partnership over the coming months. These courses / seminars are aimed at community / sport volunteers, coaches or indeed anyone who may have an interest in sport / physical activity. Dates and venues are finalized with a full listing now available online. To view timetable please click here 2012 MSP Spring Timetable of Courses and Events  

 “ Supporting the Sports Volunteer is one of our primary objectives in the Sports Partnership. We recognise the outstanding work that volunteers do in the community and we hope to give them some quality information through our programme. All courses / events are subsidised through Irish Sports Council funding and through local funds from initaitives such as the Western People Womens Mini Marathon” Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert commented.

 Included in the comprehensive schedule is club development seminar on Monday 6th February titled "Building an Effective Club" with Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring as keynote speaker. Issues to be discussed in an informal type workshop setting include Child Protection in Sport, Better Use of Facilities, Social Media, Volunteer Recruitment and Committee roles and structures

  All courses are subsidized by the Partnership and more details can be got by contacting the office at 094-9047025

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:58:00 GMT

Minister Ring to address Club Development Seminar in Breaffy Mon 6th Feb

 As part of their spring 2012 programme of events Mayo Sports Partnership are to host a club development seminar for sports clubs / groups on Monday 6th February 7pm - 10pm in Breaffy GAA Centre Castlebar. Keynote speaker on the evening will be Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ringwho will be joined on the night by local experts giving presentations on a number of pertinent topics including child protection in sport, generating income through better use of facilities, social media for beginner clubs, committee structures / roles and volunteer recruitment strategies. Indeed as part of the proceedings Minister Ring will also locally launch the new Get Ireland Active website www.getirelandactive.ie which is a one stop shop for physical activity in the country.

To download a copy of the application form please click here 2012 Club Development Seminar Application Form  

 Clubs / organisations are challenged, in the current economic climate, to raise enough funds for their club. One of the seminars key inputs will be on how clubs can utilise their indoor / outdoor facilities to generate additional income. Practical ideas will be presented, utilising a successful club template in Breaffy GAA Club with examples of successful Sports Partnership and other programmes also highlighted on the night.

 The seminar MC Liam Horan will ensure that the event will be interactive in nature, attendees will be able to select from 3 workshops on the night with a questions and answers session also part of the programme. An individual fee of €10 will apply but clubs will be able to send a maximum of 4 representatives for a nominal €20. An added bonus is that all clubs represented on the night will be entered into a draw for €200 worth of sports equipment kindly sponsored by Elverys Sports. A representative of Elverys Sports will also be discussing the great team wear ranges available from Elverys Sports.    

Club Development  

 “Mayo Sports Partnershiprealises that club volunteers are facing many issues of which changes in child protection legalisation is one. We hope that the seminar will inform people and give them some ideas on how to make their club more effective. I would particularly like to thank MinisterMichael Ring for his support and also acknowledge South West Mayo Development Company, Mayo North East Leader Partnership, Mayo County Community Forum, Mayo County Development Board and Elverys Sports without whom this event would not be able to take place” commentedMayo Sports PartnershipCo-ordinator Charlie Lambert.

 The seminar will appeal to sports volunteers, administrators, coaches, leaders, teachers, parents, sport development officers or general members of the public who may be interested in being involved in sport in their local community. Indeed the event is open to members of any clubs / organisations who may not have sport / physical activity as part of their central focus. To book your place at the event you can download an application form at www.mayosports.ie/news where you can also view a wide range of other workshops / courses such as Child Protection in Sport, Sports Leadership, Sports First Aid, funding information and disability awareness. To obtain an application form you can also contact Padraic at 094-9047025 or email msp@mayococo.ie .  

 

 

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:32:00 GMT

Community Fit Walk now running in Roundfort and Westport

The Community Fit Walking Programme is continually expanding throughout communities in Mayo. This 5 week programme suitable for people of all ages and abilities is now available in Roundfort Community Centre on Tuesdays 8pm - 9pm and is due to commence in Westport Leisure Park on Tuesday 24th January at 11am. For more information on this programme on the community Fit Walk initiative please see below or phone Mayo Sports Partnership 094-9047025

Community Fit Walk Programme  

 

Is your community looking for new innovative fitness sessions in your local community centre? Tired of the same old routines? Why not try the newly launchedMayo Sports Partnership/ Mayo County Council Fit Walk Programme which is delivered by fully qualified fitness / walking instructors.

 The overall aim of this programme is to promote Fitness through Walking.

The Programme comprises 5 x 1hr once-weekly sessions delivered in an indoor setting. The key outcomes are that participants will;

- understand the key components of physical fitness and how to get best fitness benefits from walking;

- understand how to use Step Counters and Heart Monitors and their function in getting best fitness benefits from walking;

- be familiar with the techniques of StrideWalking and PowerWalking.

Community Fit Walk  

 

Participating communities must have access to an indoor hall, minimum badminton court size,  for 1 hour per week for 5 weeks. Cost for the 5 week programme will be €20 working out at four euro per class.

 This fee will cover use of materials and equipment ie Heart Rate Monitors and Step Counters. The group should be about 20 in number. Classes can also be scheduled in the mornings as well as evening time. 

 If your community or group is interested in taking up this programme, expressions of interest can be made to the Sports Partnership Office 094-9047025 or by email to msp@mayococo.ie

 

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:37:00 GMT

Fantastic Turnout for Operation Transformation Walk

In prime weather conditions  the Mayo leg of the national Operation Transformation walk went ahead on Saturday 14th January on the greenway inWestport. Approximately 300 people, including Mayo Ladies GAA and Carnacon star Cora Staunton, participated in the event organised byMayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council andWestportLeisurePark.

 After participants were treated to a fun warm up by leader Eduardo SantosCaitheoirleach of Westport Town Council Christy Hyland formally welcomed the large attendance to the area.

Eduardo Santos leading the Operation Transformation Walk Warm Up  

 Trained leaders led the participants who were organised into groups based on their level of fitness and ability. All completed the 5K walk and were treated to welcome  refreshments at theWestportLeisureParkafterwards. Sports Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert and Dermot Langan fromWestportLeisureParkaddressed the gathering giving them useful tips and pathways for further opportunities in active recreation.

 As an outcome of the event the group has decided to continue walks on the Greenway every Tuesday at 7pm. The meeting point is theWestportLeisureParkand all are welcome. People call exercise at their own pace in a social group setting with a walking leader in attendance.

 Indeed the LeisureParkis commencing a 5 week indoor Fit Walk programme, in association with Mayo Sports Partnership, commencing on Tuesday 24th January at 11am. Through the programme people will understand the key components of physical fitness,how to get best fitness benefits from walking,understand how to use Step Counters and Heart Monitors and be familiar with the techniques of StrideWalking and PowerWalking

Participants walking on the Westport Town Greenway  

 The Sports Partnership would like to thank all who participated and assisted with the organisation event including walking leaders, Mayo County Council Walking OfficerAnna Connor,DermotLanganWestportLeisureParkand Supervalu who sponsored water for attendees.

 Further information on walking groups or meet / train networks in Mayo can be got by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnershipat 094-9047025 or log on to www.mayosports.ie

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:53:00 GMT

Fit4Life Resumes after the Festive Break

Mayo A.C. ‘Fit4Life’ organised in association with Mayo Sports Partnership, resumes this week after the Festive break.The increasingly popular weekly sessions which cater for all fitness levels from beginners upwards, are an ideal opportunity for people of all ages to improve their health and well being. They take place in a safe sociable environment and at low cost and are open to people over 18, with no upper age limit. All centres have trained team leaders in attendance catering for those who wish to walk, jog or run or who want to progress from one of those levels to another.

Mayo A.C. Fit4Life venues times and contacts:

Ballyhaunis Tuesday evenings 6pm for walkers 7pm for runners Saturday mornings 9am for all Venue .Multi Use Games Area [beside Friary Field Contact.Martin [087] 2455989 or Anne [086] 8115769

 Ballinrobe Thursday evenings 7.45 and Sunday 10 am Venue The Green Ballinrobe [beside soccer pitch] Contact ..Joan [087] 6726029 [after 6pm]

Castlebar Monday evening at 7pmVenue Breaffy G.A.A. CentreContact Anne [086] 8635534

Claremorris Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm Venue Claremorris AC. Track at 7.30 pm Contact Michael at [086] 8534729 after 7pm.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:02:00 GMT

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