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August Spotlight

Wednesday 25 September 2019

August Spotlight with Cork Sports Partnership (CSP)

A total of 1,770 people took part in programmes, events, workshops and initiatives supported by CSP during August.    



CSP supported 6 local events during August resulting in 686 people taking part in 5k runs, an Adventure Race and a Family Sports Day. The Bantry Bay Adventure Race, established in 2016 as part of the West Cork Islands Sports Hub, welcomed 250 people to Whiddy Island and the Bantry Bay to run, kayak and cycle around some of West Cork’s most picturesque landscape. Other events supported during August included the West Cork Island’s “Active Islands Run Series”. The weather played its part to ensure that everyone who participated got to experience the best of what each island has to offer. Cape Clear greeted 101 people to take part in a looped run of the island, while 139 people took part in the Sherkin Do Run. Other events yet to take place as part of the series include; The Whiddy Island 5k & Heir Island 5k.

With the schools still closed for August, the CSP team was busy putting the final touches to Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 programmes with our respective partners, attending 67 development and planning meetings during the month. These included project reviews, planning, development as well as partner and stakeholder engagement meetings across a number of CSP’s pillars including schools, training & education, club & community, disability and events.


In the Community, 552 people took part in 6 initiatives supported by CSP. CSP coordinated 8 Couch to 5k programmes with 190 people taking part. Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) played host to 135 children between the ages of 6 – 12 years for the inaugural Athletics Summer Camp in conjunction with Athletics Ireland. CSP also coordinated a Multi Activity Camp in the Glen Resource Centre as part of the Northside Sports Hub with 72 children taking part. In the West Cork Islands Sports Hub, 83 people took part in the Bere Island Sailing programme.

A total of 343 people with a disability took part in inclusive programmes and initiatives supported by CSP. Cork welcomed over 300 people to the Watersport Inclusion Games in Kinsale. The national event, now in its third year, aims to showcase the best of Irish inclusive watersports practice and facilitation. Some of the activities offered over the weekend included sailing, kayaking, rowing, surfing, water skiing and fast boat rides which were ably supported by over 200 volunteers from local clubs and organisations. CSP also supported Munster Rugby’s first Inclusive Rugby Camp in Ballincollig Rugby Club where 15 children with different abilities took part in rugby skills and drills for the first time.

CSP organised 11 education workshops during August with 189 people attending. This included 49 people attending 4 Safeguarding 1 workshops and 13 people attending a Disability Awareness Training.  Basketball Technical Week which runs every August, saw 61 volunteers complete their Basketball Intro Award, 15 volunteers complete their Level 1 Award and 32 coaches attend Basketball Coaching Clinics as part of their commitment to upskilling. CSP also organised 1 Sports First Aid course which 19 people attended.   

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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