Local Sports Partnership
The Irish Sports Council (ISC) in its first strategy - A New Era for Sport - promoted the notion of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) that would promote participation in sport at a local level.
During the period covered by this strategy, ISC established its first twelve LSP's - Clare, County Cork, Donegal, Fingal, Kildare, Laois, Limerick City, Meath, North Tipperary, Roscommon, Sligo and Waterford.
In the ISC's second strategy - Sport for Life - ISC again supported the continued expansion of the LSP network, with a further four LSPs - Kerry, Kilkenny, Mayo and Westmeath - established in 2004.
In 2005, the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism commissioned Fitzpatrick Associates, Economic Consultants to undertake a review of the ISC's Local Sports Partnership Programme. The Fitzpatrick Report was presented to the Department in October 2005.
The report endorsed the LSP concept advising that with the implementation of 12 specific recommendations, the programme should be rolled out nationally on a phased basis. Since the publication of the ISC's third strategy; Building Sport for Life (2006-2008), the remaining 17 LSP's have been established.
In 2008, Cork City Sports Partnership was established by Cork City Council to increase participation in Sport in Cork City. Following the successful merger of Cork County Sports Partnership and Cork City Sports Partnership in December 2009, Cork Sports Partnership was officially established.
Cork Sports Partnership Strategic Plans: