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March Spotlight

Friday 26 April 2019

March Spotlight with Cork Sports Partnership

A total of 6,185 people took part in programmes, events, workshops and initiatives supported by CSP during March.



It was a busy month in our school sports portfolio with 9 different sports taking to the fields, yards and halls of Cork providing 3,480 children with participation opportunities during the month. 450 children from 15 schools started Badminton programmes in the lead up to our 2nd annual badminton blitz in conjunction with Badminton Ireland. Following on from another successful Cispheil na mBunscoil in February, 480 children from 10 more schools honed their basketball skills through the school visit programme. Our Healthy Ireland school engagement programmes continued in March with 1,445 children taking part in opportunities. This included 538 children from 5 schools beginning their cricket journey, 247 children from 10 schools trying out Tug of War for the first time, while 660 children from 22 primary schools finished their Indoor Athletics programme.

In the Community, a total of 1,897 people took part in programmes and initiatives supported by CSP. Healthy Ireland programmes were again to the fore with 1,080 children taking part in 9 Basketball club school link programmes throughout Cork. Now a main stay in the older adult’s portfolio, Staying Fit for the Future continued to provide opportunities for 324 older adults to get active across 19 Cork venues. On the women in sport front, 54 women started spring Couch to 5k programmes at 3 Cork venues.

A total of 89 people with a disability took part in the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme (SIDP) during March. This included 32 participants taking part in ASD Multi Sports programmes supported by CSP. Unlimited Roadbowling in conjunction with Bol Chumann na hEireann started in St Finbarrs GAA with 14 participants taking part. Our Rowing for All programme in conjunction with Rowing Ireland and a number of Cork Rowing clubs provided opportunities for 16 participants to take part in indoor social rowing programmes. The current phase of our Learn to Cycle programme finished in March with 14 participants taking part. Following the 6 week programme, 65% of participants who completed the programme have learned to cycle independently creating some amazing impacts.  

Some feedback from the programme included ‘Darragh is riding a bike on his own! 3 years ago his occupational therapist said he would most likely never do this so you can only imagine how happy he is and as parents we are. It has had a huge impact in our family’.

225 people attended 12 different workshops throughout March as part of our commitment to supporting continued education in sport. This included 70 people who attended CIT Sports Seminars supported by CSP. Another 59 coaches & volunteers from a variety of sports and organisations attended Safeguarding workshops while GymEDGE with Gymnastics Ireland made a much anticipated returned to Cork with 12 people attending the Fundamentals workshop. A further 96 coaches, teachers and volunteers attended training workshops in Orienteering, Badminton, Disability Inclusion, Tug of War and Athletics.

Finally, 494 people took part in events supported by CSP during March. These included a staff Fun Run in CIT with 110 participants and 384 children in a regional volleyball tournament organised by Volleyball Ireland. The ever popular 9 Cork Parkruns also continued throughout Cork every Saturday morning at 09:30am with people now also encouraged to come and Parkwalk the Cork events.

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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