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April Spotlight

Monday 20 May 2019

April Spotlight with Cork Sports Partnership

A total of 5,262 people took part in programmes, events, workshops and initiatives supported by CSP during April. CSP also picked up 2 National Awards at the Irish Sport Industry Awards for Best Programme to Increase Participation and LSP Initiative of the Year.  The awards, organised by the Federation of Irish Sport, aim to recognise and celebrate excellence in the business of sport by rewarding the commitment, investment and delivery of those who work tirelessly for Sport and Physical Activity in Ireland.


The Best Programme to Increase Participation Award was presented to CSP for our School Sports Programmes where 1,862 children took part in programmes across 6 different NGB sports this month. Our Basketball school visit programme introduced 360 children from 6 schools to Basketball. Another 450 children from 15 schools are deep in preparation for next month’s Badminton Blitz in conjunction with Badminton Ireland. 76 children from 6 schools took part in the Get Going Get Rowing programme while 186 children from 7 schools took part in Cycle Right training. From the Healthy Ireland school engagement side of things, 190 children took part in Tug of War workshops with the Irish Tug of War Association and 600 children took part in Athletics.

The LSP Initiative of the Year Award presented to CSP at the Irish Sport Industry Awards was for our Community based Staying Fit for the Future programme where 324 older adults continued to take part each week during April. In total, 571 people took part in Community based programmes and initiatives with CSP during April. Some of these included; 40 people who took part in the Spring Chickens programme, 30 people who took part in Active Community Walking programmes, 54 who took part in Couch to 5k programmes and 44 who took part in indoor rowing programmes.

April marked one of the busiest on record for the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme (SIDP) in Cork. Record numbers of over 576 turned out for this year’s Cork SportsAbility Day in the Mardyke Arena UCC which was followed up with another 433 people taking part in Cork SportsAbility Week activities during the week-long celebration of Sports Inclusion. The inaugural Your Voice in Sport panel facilitated by Mary O Connor, CEO Federation of Irish Sport with Para Sport Athletes Jordan Lee and Mary Fitzgerald special guests. The aim of the panel discussion was to shine a light on disability sport and inspire more people with disabilities to get involved in sport and physical activity with 39 people attending on the day. Other programme highlights during the month included; 14 people taking part in Unlimited Road Bowling, 15 in learn to Cycle, 12 in Indoor Rowing while 138 Youths from Scoil Bernadette took part in the Youth Marathon Challenge in The Glen River Park.

277 people attended 11 different education workshops during April. This included 18 people who took part in Get into Walking Workshops, 12 who took part in Disability Inclusion Training and 18 who took part in Coaching Children workshops. Another 96 people attended Safeguarding workshops while 120 attended different seminars during the month.

Finally, 1,504 people took part in events supported by CSP during April. CSP organised 2 indoor Athletics events in Mallow and Neptune stadium where over 660 children took part in shuttles, relays, long jump, speed bounce, target throw and javelin games. 240 children from a mix of primary and secondary schools took part in the Get Going Get Rowing blitz held in Cork in April. 80 Youths took part in the Youth Marathon Challenge in conjunction with the Cork City Marathon. CSP also supported a number of local events during April including the inaugural Ballingeary Half Marathon where 250 participants took part in the event.

For more information on 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. 

“Working Together to Keep Cork Active”


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