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September Spotlight

Friday 04 October 2019

September Spotlight with Cork Sports Partnership (CSP)

A total of 2,614 people took part in programmes, events, workshops and initiatives supported by CSP during September.  



Community programmes featured prominently during September with 971 people getting active across 8 different initiatives. In advance of the upcoming Cork Rebel Run, 190 participants continued their Couch to 5k training in 8 locations throughout Cork city and county. Following the summer break, our older adult programme, Staying Fit for the Future, started back with 375 participants in 21 locations looking to get more active while improving their balance and coordination.  The Couch to Rebel Swim programme, which aims to improve participants swimming distances and times with the help of an experienced swimming coach, started in 7 pools in Cork with 95 participants. The culminating event of the programme is the Cork Rebel Swim which takes place on Sunday 17th November. Other programmes included; a Tennis Club School Link programme with 224 participants in Crosshaven, a new junior section in Netforce Volleyball club starting out with 14 participants, and a mixed social Basketball programme starting out in Ballincollig with 23 participants.


Education was high on the agenda for coaches, volunteers, teachers and students with 376 people attending 23 workshops during the month. This included the start of our Volunteer Support programme in 4 locations throughout Cork where over 100 volunteers took part in a range of different workshops. CSP also organised 9 Safeguarding 1 workshops with 141 people in attendance, 2 Sports First Aid courses with 32 people and a physical literacy workshop which 9 people completed. The GymEDGE Sports Coaching Programme, developed by Gymnastics Ireland, made a welcome return to Cork with 21 coaches and volunteers from a host of different sports and backgrounds taking part on the day. As schools returned from the summer break so too did their hunger for additional CPD through training and education in Sport. Following on from their initial involvement in CSP’s School Engagement Programme through Healthy Ireland, CSP organised 4 Athletics workshops for schools on the Northside of Cork city with 80 teachers in attendance.

The Cork SportsAbility programme continued to build momentum into the final quarter of the year with 162 people with a disability taking part in 3 different programmes. The Rebel Run a Mile Challenge sponsored by Boston Scientific began with 128 participants starting their training programmes including 113 adults from 14 Cork disability services and 15 children and young people from Down Syndrome Cork who are all busy training ahead of their challenges in conjunction with this year’s Cork Rebel Run. The Learn to Cycle programme in Youghal continued with 6 participants learning the skills of riding a bike. Finally, 28 children took part in Multi Sports clubs on the northside of Cork city.

Community events continued to provide the people of Cork with opportunities to get active during September. A total of 961 people took part in 14 events coordinated or supported by CSP. BeActive Nights maiden voyage to Cork saw  501 people take part in 11 events including; Family Swims, Social Basketball, Dance, Zumba and Volleyball. This was despite having to postpone 6 of our larger flagship events due to a weather warning with incessant wind and rain on the day. The campaign which was in conjunction with Sport Ireland and the European Week of Sport aimed to provide opportunities to the general public to take part in a range of FREE sporting activities and raise awareness about the European Week of Sport and the opportunities it creates to #BeActive. CSP also organised a number of Play events as part of Cork City Council’s ‘Welcome to our New City’ events where over 290 people tried out fun games and activities including Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Sack Races and Tug of War. CSP also supported the HSE’s Cork Kerry Community Healthcare team with organising activities for their staff family day in Doneraile Park where 150 people took part in activities including Orienteering, GAA Fun and Run as well as fun games and races.

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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