Local Sports Partnership Initiative
The Irish Sports Council in its first strategy - A New Era for Sport - promoted the notion of Local Sports Partnerships that would promote participation in sport at a local level. During the period covered by this strategy, the ISC established its first twelve Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) - Clare, County Cork, Donegal, Fingal, Kildare, Laois, Limerick city, Meath, North Tipperary, Roscommon, Sligo and Waterford. In our second strategy - Sport for Life - the ISC again supported the continued expansion of the LSP network, with a further four LSPs - Kerry, Kilkenny, Mayo and Westmeath - established in 2004.
In 2005 the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism commissioned Fitzpatrick Associates, Economic Consultants to undertake a review of the Council's Local Sports Partnership Programme. The Fitzpatrick Report was presented to the Department in October 2005. The report endorsed the LSP concept advising that with the implementation of 12 specific recommendations the programme should be rolled out nationally on a phased basis. Since the publication of our new strategy; Building Sport for Life 2006-2008, the remaining 17 LSP's have been established and we now have full national coverage.
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Background to Waterford Sports Partnership
Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) was established in 2002 by the Irish Sports Council (ISC) as part of the Local Sports Partnership initiative with the aim of increasing participation in sport and physical activity in County Waterford. While the Irish Sports Council is our parent organisation, WSP is established as a company limited by guarantee, governed by a board of directors from statutory, local development, community/voluntary sector agencies and sports organisations across Waterford with the role of providing strategic direction for WSP. A Co-ordinator, four Sports Development Officers, a Communications Officer and an Office Administrator are employed to carry out the work of WSP from two office bases in Dungarvan and Waterford City.
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What we do
WSP provides a leadership role for the co-ordination, development and delivery of sport and physical activity opportunities in County Waterford within the framework of our strategic plan, resources available and partner support. Our three main functions are the provision of information and support, facilitation of education and training opportunities and supporting the development and implementation of programmes and events that encourage greater participation. While we aim to support the increase in participation in sport and physical activity of the people of Waterford in general, our priority target groups include young people, older adults, people with a disability, women and teenage girls and disadvantaged groups. We work with and support the work of the staff, volunteers and associates of our partners and stakeholders in promoting participation in sport and physical activity including pre-schools, schools, sports clubs, national governing bodies and community organisations /groups. We are supported by local partners and agencies.
Our three main functions are:
Waterford Sports Partnership Strategy 2014-2017
In January 2014, Waterford Sports Partnership launched the 2007-2013 Strategic Review and presented the new Waterford Sports Partnership Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017 entitled 'Waterford - Active People, Active Place'.
Our Mission Statement
To work in collaboration with our sporting community, voluntary and statutory partners to plan, co-ordinate, develop, deliver and evaluate sustainable opportunities for the people of Waterford to enjoy the health benefits of participation in sport and physical activity
|Goal 1 - Active Communities:||Enable and support communities to lead and develop opportunities for sport, physical activity and active living|
|Goal 2 - Active Sport:||Enable and support sports clubs as settings and pathways for participation in and development of sport sand physical activity.|
|Goal 3 - Active Engagement:||Engage strategically and effectively with all relevant stakeholders.|
|Goal 4 - Active Management:||Maintain an effective, well resourced, well managed and collaborative organisation.|