Sport Ireland formally 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 every day in communities across the country.
Cork Local Sports Partnership CLG was established as part of a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships targeted to help people to get active and removes barriers to participation in sport and physical activity for all.
The work of Cork Sports Partnership is driven by a dedicated team and guided by a Board of Directors from different stakeholder organisations in Cork as well as a number of policies and plans. These include the National Sports Policy 2018 – 2027, the National Physical Activity Plan, the Global Action Plan for Physical Activity, as well as the Cork Sports Partnership Active Cork 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan.
Rationale of Local Sports Partnerships:
Sport Ireland recognise that the Local Sports Partnerships are an excellent mechanism for delivering recreational sport to local people. Key tasks for Cork Sports Partnership include:
- The creation and implementation of plans for long term local sports and physical activity development.
- The establishment of a sustainable structure to assist all those involved in local sport and physical activity development to face the associated challenges e.g. sustainable programme development, recruiting and managing volunteers, quality training, etc.
- Delivery of initiatives and programmes particularly for target groups – Establishing networks at local level and liaising with existing initiatives.
Our Main Function
Cork Sports Partnership undertake a wide range of actions with the aim of increasing sport and physical activity participation levels in local communities across Cork. These actions are grouped within four outcome areas:
- Working to develop clubs, coaches and volunteers and supporting partnerships between local sports clubs, community-based organisations and sector agencies.
- Creating greater opportunities for access to training and education in relation to sport and physical activity provision.
- Provision of targeted programmes, events and initiatives to increase physical activity and sport participation.
- Providing information about sport and physical activity to create awareness and access.