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Rationale & Function

Rationale of Local Sports Partnerships:

The Irish Sports Council (ISC) has recognised that the Local Sports Partnerships are an excellent mechanism for delivering recreational sport to local people. Key tasks that the partnerships are involved in include:

  • The creation and implementation of plans for long term local sports development
  • The establishment of a sustainable structure to assist all those involved in local sports development to face the associated challenges e.g. sustainable programme development, recruiting and managing volunteers, quality training, etc
  • Delivery of projects and programmes particularly for target groups - Establishing networks at local level and liaising with existing initiatives
Main Functions of Local Sport Partnerships are: 
  • Information - establish a consultative forum, initiate research, compile a sports directory and database, and identify needs and resources to form the basis of local planning
  • Education - provide quality opportunities for education and training at local level, provide training courses targeting volunteers, and provide access to sport specific courses through the national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport
  • Implementation - develop a strategic plan for local sport, appoint a professional administrator, secure related support services, select participation programmes for LSPs modified to suit local needs, increase the impact of national programmes delivered locally, market and promote sport



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