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CSP Launch Active Cork 2018 - 2022 Strategy

Thursday 14 February 2019

Cork Sports Partnership Launch Active Cork 2018 – 2022 Strategy


 L-R: Mr. Maurice O' Sullivan, Sport & Marketing Manager, Cork Sports Partnership, Mr. John Tracey, CEO, Sport Ireland, Mrs. Kristine Meenaghan, Coordinator, Cork Sports Partnership, Ms. Claire Hurley, Programmes Manager, Cork Sports Partnership & Mr. Ted Owens, Chairperson, Cork Sports Partnership Board. 

The values of collaboration, partnership, facilitation and inclusion were the key messages in Cork Sports Partnership’s Active Cork 2018 – 2022 Strategy launch in the National Rowing Centre on Thursday 7th February.

The strategy which focuses on the 3 strategic pillars of Active Cork Sport, Active Cork Communities and an Active Cork Sports Partnership aims to build on the work of the Sports Partnership in Cork until the end of 2022.

Speaking at the launch of the strategy, CEO of Sport Ireland, Mr. John Tracey said “Sport Ireland has always stressed the importance of ensuring sport & physical activity is inclusive, attracts participants from every age group, from disadvantaged communities, from minority groups, and is community led. This is a fundamental principle of the Local Sports Partnership network and I am delighted to note the emphasis Cork Sports Partnership have placed on this area of work. I would like to congratulate Cork Sports Partnership on the development of this innovative strategic plan, 2018 – 2022, which will continue to build on the excellent work achieved to date”.

The CSP Team with Mr. John Tracey, CEO of Sport Ireland:

Back L-R: Mr. Craig Harrington, Athletics Development Officer, Mr. Maurice O' Sullivan, Sport & Marketing Manager, Ms. Lisa Hayes, Rowing Development Officer, Mr. Ciaran O' Sullivan, Basketball Development Officer, Ms. Kate Feeney, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, Mr. Cathal Geragthy, Community Sports Development Officer, Mr. James Kirby, Sports Development Officer.

Front L - R: Mrs. Kristine Meenaghan, Coordinator, Mr. John Tracey, CEO, Sport Ireland, Mr. Ted Owens, CSP Chairperson, Ms. Claire Hurley, Programmes Manager & Mrs. Egle Ziuriene, Finance & Administration Officer. 


Now in its second year, the strategy is already having impacts with over 49,660 people taking part in CSP initiatives in 2018 alone. This included 12,556 children participating in school programmes in conjunction with National Governing Bodies of Sport. An additional 5,700 people took part in 47 different communities based activity programmes in 2018 including 576 older adults participating in the Staying Fit for the Future programme developed in conjunction with the HSE Health Promotion & Improvement and Physiotherapy Department. A total of 1,952 people with disabilities also took part in CSP supported initiatives in 2018 across both the Active Cork Sport and Communities strategies.

Also speaking at launch was Mr. Ted Owen’s Chairman of the Cork Sports Partnership, who said “The board and team of Cork Sports Partnership are delighted to present this strategy as an important feature of the work already underway and also of that which lies ahead. The members of the Board of Directors have always taken their role very seriously and at every opportunity supported the development and continuation of sport, recreation and physical activity in Cork. Tasked with increasing this participation we are extremely lucky to have a dedicated hardworking and committed team, who have continued to be creative and unrelenting in these past few years”.

Some of the CSP Board with Mr. John Tracey, CEO of Sport Ireland: 

Back L-R: Mr. Morgan Buckley, UCC, Mr. Stephen Scully, Cork City Council, Supt. Michael Comyns, An Garda Siochana, Mr. David Joyce, Cork City Council & Mr. Ted Owens, CSP Chairperson,

Front L - R: Mrs. Kristine Meenaghan, Coordinator, Mr. John Tracey, CEO, Sport Ireland,  Mrs. Shirley O' Shea, HSE Health Promotion & Wellbeing Department, Ms. Joan Dineen, Cork Institute of Technology & Mr. Terence McSweeney, Cope Foundation.

The final speaker at the launch was the Coordinator of Cork Sports Partnership, Mrs. Kristine Meenaghan who outlined the 3 strategic pillars of the strategy and how they will be implemented. She said “Our Active Cork Sport Strategy will focus on developing participation opportunities in grassroots sports in conjunction with National Governing Bodies of Sport and other local partners and will be led by Mr. Maurice O’Sullivan, Sport and Marketing Manager. Our Active Cork Communities Strategy will focus on creating more physical activity opportunities within Cork Communities and will be led by Ms. Claire Hurley, Programmes Manager. Finally, our third strategic pillar of an Active Cork Sports Partnership will be the responsibility of the Cork Sports Partnership board, Sport Ireland, the coordinator and the CSP team.”

Mrs. Meenaghan also highlighted the importance of collaboration in delivering the strategy. “It is only with the continued support of our partner organisations that we will be able to deliver the actions and proposed outcomes of this strategy and we are delighted to have so many of you present with us today to celebrate this launch”.

Click Here to download the Cork Sports Partnership Active Cork 2018 - 2022 Strategic Plan. 

To view some of the photos from the evening, please click here


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