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May Spotlight

Wednesday 05 June 2019

May Spotlight with Cork Sports Partnership

A total of 4,986 people took part in programmes, events, workshops and initiatives supported by CSP during May.  



As we entered the final stretch of programmes for this school year, 2,206 children took part in 7 different school sports during May. Our Basketball school visits with Basketball Ireland introduced Basketball to another 1,170 children from 9 Cork Primary Schools. Schools also fine-tuned their Badminton skills in advance of the second annual Badminton blitz with Badminton Ireland with 450 playing during the month. The Cycle Right training programme subsidised by Cork County Council and Cork City Council provided training for another 188 children in 7 Cork schools, while our Tug of War programme with the Irish Tug of War Association introduced Tug of War to 260 children from 9 more schools.

In the Community, a total of 535 people took part in programmes and initiatives supported by CSP. The first Bike for Life programme of 2019 started in Blackrock with 11 women starting out on their cycling journeys. Our indoor rowing programme with Rowing Ireland continued in Lee Rowing Club, Cork Boat Club and Bantry Rowing Club with 37 women taking part. Walking featured prominently in May with CSP supporting 45 people in the communities of Whitechurch and Castlemagner with community walking programmes as well as supporting the newly established Lough Walking Group where 19 people take part in the weekly walk around The Lough.

A total of 123 people with a disability took part in inclusive programmes supported by CSP during May. CSP supported 2 Healthy GAA clubs, namely Midleton and Killeagh to launch new GAA for All initiatives within their clubs. The response to the initiative was overwhelmingly positive with 28 children with varying abilities taking part in Gaelic Games for the first time in a supportive environment. CSP also supported 35 people with disabilities to take part in 3 Multi Sports Clubs in Mallow, The Glen and Hollyhill in conjunction with a number of local collaborating partners. The Rowing for All programme continued in popularity with 17 participants taking part in this phase of the programme. This month also saw the pilot of our first Inclusive Athletics programme with 22 children from St Kilian’s Special School. Other notable highlights included the launch of the Watersports Inclusion Games in Kinsale as well as the Fit for All week which took place from May 5th - 11th with 10 Cork leisure providers involved in the initiative, providing free open swim, gym and fitness opportunities.

108 people attended 7 education workshops with CSP during May. This included 67 people attending 4 Safeguarding 1 workshops and 19 and 10 people attending safeguarding 2 and 3 workshops respectively.  Another 12 people attended Sports First Aid training with CSP.  

Finally, 2,014 people of all ages and abilities took part in 8 events supported by CSP during May. Over 379 children along with their teachers and guardians joined CSP, Athletics Ireland and Olympic Bronze medallist, Rob Heffernan at a Daily Mile celebration marking 1 year of The Daily Mile in Ireland. The annual Cork Sports Splash and Dash’s in conjunction with Triathlon Ireland took place with 279 children from 17 schools taking part in events in the Gus Healy Pool, Douglas and the Dunmanway Municipal Pool. The second annual Badminton Blitz with Badminton Ireland also took place in Neptune Stadium with 151 children from 7 schools taking part in skills stations and games on the day. CSP organised 2 Go for Life blitzes in Parochial Hall in Cork City and GAA Hall in Youghal with 73 older adults taking part in activities at the events. CSP also supported a number of other local events in May including Africa Day with Cork City Council where over 500 tried activities and games with CSP.

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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