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CSP May Spotlight

Thursday 07 June 2018

May Spotlight with Cork Sports Partnership

May proved an incredibly busy month for Cork Sports Partnership (CSP) with over 20 different programmes, events, workshops and initiatives taking place. In total, 2,274 participants took part in these initiatives coordinated and supported by Cork Sports Partnership.

CSP’s school programmes portfolio in collaboration with National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) of Sport finished off a busy school year with 5 mass participation events taking place. Starting off with 2 Splash and Dash events in conjunction with Triathlon Ireland in Douglas and Dunmanway swimming pools, over 360 children from 13 schools took part in the multi activity events of swimming and running.

This was followed by the second Get Going Get Rowing Blitz of the school year with 150 children taking part in 2 x 2,000 metre relays for the first time. This capped off a great year of Get Going Get Rowing in collaboration with Rowing Ireland which introduced 2,166 children from 23 Cork schools to the programme.

The increasingly popular schools Tug of War programme continued to build on the momentum of the inaugural year working with the Irish Tug of War Association with 360 children taking part in the end of year event in Neptune Stadium. This was our second Tug of War blitz of 2018, with 180 children taking part in the first West Cork blitz earlier this year.

Basketball Ireland’s recently developed Greenshoots programme, began on 26th May with 70 children taking part in the first 2 weeks of the programme. This was followed by the inaugural primary school Badminton event in conjunction with Badminton Ireland which took place in Neptune Stadium on 29th May with 80 children from 3 schools taking part in a day of skills and games.

In the Community, CSP continued to coordinate and roll out a number of new and exciting opportunities for people of all ages. The establishment of CSP’s Social Sport for Women in conjunction with Basketball Ireland, Cycling Ireland and Rowing Ireland proved highly engaging with 80 participants taking part in the 5 programmes established throughout Cork.

The inaugural Cork Rebel Ramble took place in Killavullen with over 100 participants taking part in the 5km, 10km and 20km events organised on the day. This event was part of the greater Cork Walking Week calendar of events which had over 250 additional participants taking part in community events organised by local walking clubs and groups. CSP also supported the Men’s Shed Ag Suíl programme in conjunction with Get Ireland Walking in May with over 50 men taking part in the initiative in Cork. 

The annual West Cork Islands hub Islands 5 a side soccer tournament took place on May 23rd on Cape Clear Island with 120 people taking part. This was the third year of the event which was established as part of the West Cork Islands hub. CSP’s new older adult programme, Staying Fit for the Future, took centre stage during May with 13 centres operating programmes during the month, introducing over 150 older adults to a structured exercise programme over 8 weeks.

A number of Education workshops were rolled out during May by CSP including 8 safeguarding courses with 128 attendees and 4 Coaching Children workshops with 18 participants. CSP also partnered with Badminton Ireland and the Irish Orienteering Association to provide 32 teachers with the basic knowledge and confidence to organise and deliver respective Badminton and Orienteering sessions within their school environment.

Following the highly successful Cork SportsAbility Week and Day at the end of April, which saw over 600 people take part in events organised as part of the week-long series of inclusive events, a number of follow on SportsAbility programmes started in May. These included the first ever Get Going Get Rowing programmes for people with disabilities which introduced 20 people with disabilities to indoor Rowing as well as the new Inclusive Golf Programme in Mahon Golf Course with 11 participants.

For more information on Cork Sports Partnership or any of the programmes, events or initiatives coordinated and supported by Cork Sports Partnership and collaborating partners, see www.corksports.ie or check out our social media accounts on Facebook, twitter or Instagram. 

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