Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub
Background to Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub 2015/2016
A Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub (CSH) is a collective of progressive sports clubs and other local organisations that want to work together to improve the sport offered in their local community. The hubs will operate within the existing structures of the Local Sports Partnerships. The hubs will provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people in disadvantaged areas to get involved and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle.
Each Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub (CSH) will be unique, however they are all meant to work to certain principles, namely grow participation, engage the local community, promote community leadership, offer a range of sporting opportunities and bring all appropriate (key) partners/ groups/people together.
Aims and Objectives of the CSH
Aim: The main aim of a CSH is to increase the number of people of all ages participating in sport and physical activity in their communities. Within this broad target group the ISC recommends that there should be a specific focus on adolescents / young people.
Objective: The objective of the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs in disadvantaged areas is to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations.
Cork Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub
The Community Sports Hub fund with the support of partner organisations aims to Increase opportunities in sport and physical activity on all islands in West Cork – Whiddy, Bere, Cape Clear, Long, Dursey, Heir and Sherkin. This aim will be achieved through the following objectives:
- to create collaborative sports events between island and mainland clubs
- to promote training and development with regard to sports and community initiatives
- to organise inter island activities
- to create a social environment that engages members of the community
- a bottom up community led approach to sports and physical activity
- to support active community groups already in operation
- to enhance links between island active groups and Cork Sports Partnership
Many of these objectives are laid out in the West Cork Islands Integrated Strategy produced by Cork County Council with the support of the community. The West Cork Islands Community Council have been working on these objectives to enhance physical activity and general wellbeing in Island communities up to now, and the Community Sports Hub seeks to complement the work currently being done in this area.
All of the objectives and actions proposed by both West Cork Islands Strategy and the Hub will enhance sporting and physical activity but also wellbeing.