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October Spotlight

Friday 01 November 2019

October Spotlight with Cork Sports Partnership (CSP)

A total of 3,640 people took part in programmes, events, workshops and initiatives supported by CSP during October.    



Community programmes were again at the forefront of CSP’s work during the month with 997 people taking part in 15 different initiatives across 57 locations in Cork. The addition of 4 more Staying Fit for the Future venues introduced a further 57 older adults to the better balance better bones sessions, bringing the total participation in the programme during October to 431. The autumn series of Couch to 5k programmes at 8 Cork venues concluded with 190 people completing their targeted 5k distance. The 7 Couch to Rebel Swim programmes continued in advance of November’s Cork Rebel Swim with 95 participants training towards their goal of 500m or 1k swims. A new social Table Tennis programme in conjunction with South Coast Table Tennis club provided 24 adults with the opportunity to play Table Tennis on a weekly basis over the next few months. Another social activity programme established in October included the women’s social soccer programme in West Cork where 24 women kicked off programmes in Dunmanway and Kinsale. Our final indoor rowing classes of 2019 in conjunction with Rowing Ireland also started, with 41 men and women starting programmes in Skibbereen, Cork Boat Club and Lee Rowing Club.

October proved another productive month for Education workshops with 515 people attending 34 workshops during the month. A number of Transition Year Coaching programmes began with 77 students starting out on their coaching journeys in Athletics, Tug of War and Volleyball. CSP also organised 10 Safeguarding 1 workshops with 184 people in attendance, 2 Disability Awareness workshops with 39 people, 1 Sports First Aid course with 15 people and 2 physical literacy workshops which 24 people completed. A total of 130 teachers’ upskilled by attending sports workshops in Table Tennis, Volleyball and Athletics ensuring their schools continue to provide opportunities for children to get active through a range of different activities.

The 2019/2020 school year has started to pick up momentum with a number of new activity and education programmes underway. The Cycle Right training programme subsidised by Cork County Council and Cork City Council provided training for another 266 children in 8 Cork schools. The Basketball school visit programme also introduced 122 children to the sport while 94 students from 4 Cork schools took part in our indoor rowing programme with Rowing Ireland.

The Rebel Run a Mile Challenge, sponsored by Boston Scientific, was the focal point of the Cork SportsAbility programme in October. A total of 110 people with disabilities from all over Cork progressed through their training programmes in advance of this year’s Rebel Run a Mile Challenge. A further 36 service users from Youghal, Charleville and Dunmanway took part in a Scorebowls programme in conjunction with Ból Chumann na hÉireann. The Learn to Cycle programmes in Youghal and Mallow also continued, with 16 participants learning the skills of riding a bike.

One of CSP’s largest flagship events, the Cork Rebel Run, took place for the 9th year on October 20th. The event which caters for people of all ages and abilities saw 1,100 people taking to the roads and walkways around Bishopstown in either the 5k or 10k options. The Rebel Run a Mile family event with Down Syndrome Cork also took place on the day with 47 people joining the celebrations on CIT Athletics Track. The Rebel Run a Mile Challenge took place on the previous Friday with 110 service users from all over Cork setting the scene for what proved to be a fantastic weekend of activity and running. The Active Islands Run series continued with 56 people taking part in the rescheduled Whiddy Island 5k run and 94 people taking part in the Bere Island 5 mile run. The final event of the month was the rescheduled BeActive Nights walk in Youghal encompassing all the historical sights of the town which was organised by Youghal Active Retirement group and supported by 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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