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Bike Orienteering | Waterford City

Published: May 1, 2024

Enjoy some fun on your bike exploring Waterford City
Check out the Bike Orienteering Routes on Maprun (download the App)

Route 1: Starting point is the top of the Folly |  Distance: 15km

Route 2:  Bank Lane (beside House of Waterford Crystal) | Distance: 15km

  • Participants have max 80 minutes to get as many of the 16 points as possible.
  • You can take them in any order but 1 to 16 is the easiest.
  • 20 points per control collected.
  • There is a penalty of 10 points per minute over 80 minutes.
  • You must finish where they started.
  • All controls the same, two alternative starting points.
  • You can complete the course any time ( not just during bike week) and as often as you want.

Run a Playful Street Event

Published: February 20, 2024

Would you like your neighbourhood to be a more Playful Place for adults and children as well as engage with your local authority?

Following on from the successful roll out of the pilot project in 2023 Healthy Waterford and Waterford Sports Partnership/Active Cities along with key stakeholders including Waterford City and County Council, Ready Steady Play, Sláintecare Healthy Communities, Waterford Libraries, Waterford PPN, Community Safety Partnership and CYPSC are teaming up to identify new areas interested in running a Playful Streets event in 2024.



For further information contact Eoin Morrissey on 087-2181709 or Lauren Walsh Kett on 087-1178578


Connecting Communities Roadshows

Published: January 30, 2024

Photograph: Patrick Browne

We are delighted to be supporting Waterford City & County Council’s Connecting Communities Roadshows. A series of collaborative – cross organisational roadshows aiming to showcase the best Waterford has to offer in Community Services.

First stop is Lismore on Wednesday 7th Feb @ the Heritage Centre.

Call anytime between 6 – 8.30pm and visit the WSP stand to find out what’s going on in the West Waterford area.


Wednesday 7th February | 6 to 8.30pm | Lismore Heritage Centre
Wednesday 21st February | 6 to 8.30pm | The Park Hotel, Dungarvan
Wednesday 6th March | 6 to 8.30pm | Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas
Wednesday 20th March | 6 to 8.30pm | Ballymacarbry Communuty Hall
Wednesday 3rd April | 6 to 8.30pm | The Haven Hotel, Dunmore East
Wednesday 17th April | 6 to 8.30pm | Cill Barra Sports Centre, Ballybeg, Waterford
Wednesday 8th May | 6 to 8.30pm | Tramore GAA Community Hall
For more information please contact Lauren Walsh Kett by email at

BoxUp comes to Waterford!

Published: September 27, 2023

Active Cities project brings free equipment sharing solution to Waterford City

Waterford Sports Partnership is delighted to bring a new and innovative free equipment sharing solution to the People’s Park in Waterford City. The BoxUp locker, which was funded through the Dormant Accounts Active Cities Fund via Sport Ireland, was officially launched by the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway, on Saturday 23rd September and is now freely available for the public to use.

Introducing BoxUp to the People’s Park could not have happened without the valuable support of Waterford City & County Council staff in the installation of this 6-locker unit which compliments a number of new physical activity installations introduced in the People’s Park by Waterford City & County Council and Waterford Sports Partnership in recent months.

Over the past year, the eight Local Sports Partnerships within the Active Cities Network across Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Galway have been working with the Swiss-based company, BoxUp, to bring the first lockers to Ireland. The locker, which is solar powered, contains a variety of equipment based on the facilities and amenities in the People’s Park.  The equipment includes a skateboard and helmet, balance bike and helmet, basketballs, frisbees, table tennis equipment and boules equipment. All equipment can be easily accessed through the use of a free app.  Just download the free app BoxUp and create an account using photo ID to access the equipment!

The Active Cities project is focused on getting those who are least active in our society, active. In taking a multi-sectoral approach, the project seeks to reduce the barriers to participation in physical activity, increase access and enhance the choice and opportunities available for all to be active.

The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Joe Conway, said ‘I am delighted to launch the BoxUp unit here today.  It’s a wonderful addition to the People’s Park.  It will help to make sport and activity accessible to all and will help to activate the many quality installations in the park including the skatepark, basketball court, pétanque court, table tennis table and of course offer children the opportunity to use a balance bike on the safe pathways throughout the park. Well done to everyone involved.’

Sport Ireland Director of Participation, Louise Burke said, “Sport Ireland is delighted to see the launch of BoxUp in Waterford today. The Active Cities project is funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund, which aims to engage communities across the country by supporting those who are educationally, socially, or economically disadvantaged or those who have a disability to become more active. It’s great to see this new innovative solution for the public that is free which aims to reduce the barriers to participation in physical activity, increase access and enhance the choice and opportunities available for all to take part“.

Mary Corry, National Active Cities Officer said “with lockers already installed in both Dublin and Cork, it’s great to see this national collaboration come to life in Waterford. The introduction of BoxUp through the Active Cities project is an important development as we look to reduce barriers and meet the needs of individuals at a local level. I would encourage all residents or visitors to the area, to download the free BoxUp app and using photo ID, create their account, so that they can enjoy using this free equipment in the People’s Park“.

Rosarie Kealy, Sport Co-ordinator with Waterford Sports Partnership, commented; ‘We are delighted to bring BoxUp to Waterford and we would like to acknowledge the huge support from Waterford City & County Council especially the Parks team, who worked with us throughout the planning and installation process. This represents a significant opportunity to provide people with additional resources to get active in one of our city parks and to make the best use of the equipment and sports infrastructure already available in the park. We look forward to seeing the locker being utilised by all ages and abilities in the city’.

For more information on the Active Cities project please our Active Cities Officer, Lauren Walsh-Kett on 087 1178578
or email


People of Waterford City – Are you BoxUp ready?

Published: September 18, 2023

Our new BoxUp unit will be installed this September in Peoples Park (by De La Salle entrance). Download the BoxUp App now so you can access this equipment loan service for FREE. See ‘how to’ video below. Please note you will need a form of I.D to register on the app. This is a free app and no debit/credit card details are needed, just download the app, input your email address, scan your I.D and you are good to go! BoxUp will be officially launched Saturday 23rd September in Peoples Park before our #BeActive Night Event from 4:30pm so come along and join in on the fun!

National Active Cities Officer, Mary Corry interview with Lottie Ryan on 2FM

Published: September 1, 2023

Mary chats about the Active Cities Project and introducing BoxUp to Ireland!

How to Play Teqball

Published: August 14, 2023

Teqball can be played with balls used in football, with size five being official and recommended.
Teqball can be played by two players (singles game) or by four players (doubles game).

  • Teqball follows a points-based scoring format and is played over a best of three sets, with each set played until a player/team reaches 12 points.
  • The final decisive set must be won by at least a two-point margin.
  • Players must switch sides after each set and the time between two sets must not exceed one minute.
  • In the final decisive set players/teams switch sides at 6/12/18 points reached by the leading team.
  • Points are started with a service, with the player/team having two attempts to complete a successful service.
  • Once the point is in play, the ball must be returned to the opponent’s side onto the table by touching it a maximum of three times (hands and arms cannot be used).
  • In doubles, both players on the team must touch the ball before it is returned.
  • The ball cannot be touched by the same body part consecutively.
  • A player/team cannot return the ball with the same body part consecutively.
  • In the case of an edgeball, the point is to be repeated.
  • Players/teams change service after every four points.
  • While playing, neither the table nor the opponent can be touched.

How to Play Table Tennis

Published: August 14, 2023

Table Tennis equipment includes:

  • Table tennis ball.
  • Table tennis table
  • Table tennis net
  • Table tennis bat or paddle

Games of Table Tennis
During normal gameplay, serve alternates every two points (regardless of the winner) until a player wins with a two-point lead or until a ‘deuce’ game is required — then serve alternates after each point.

Typically, games are played very much like a tiebreak in tennis, but the target is 11 points and a player must win by at least a two point difference. Should both players reach 10 points, a “deuce” game comes into effect, with serve alternating after each point and the game is won by the player who eventually gains a lead of two points. However, there is an exception — many people may still play the old 21 point game, where service alternates after every five points.

In table tennis doubles, service alternates every two points between sides, but also rotates between players on the same team. All the rules of singles apply, but players have to serve to opposite sides of the court (as in a game of tennis) whereas in singles they do not.

A match usually consists of the best of seven games (the first to win four), but in competition this can also be best out of five or even nine.

Who serves first in Table Tennis?
In top flight table tennis competition, service is decided by the toss of a coin. People playing just for fun often decide the right to serve by having a short rally — whoever does not make an error is the one to serve.

How to serve in Table Tennis
The player releases the ball behind the edge of the table and hits it so that it bounces on his/her side of the table and then strikes the ball, it then bounces once in the opponent’s court. If a serve goes straight into the net and does not pass over into the court on the other side, then it is a point for the opponent. If a serve hits the net, but goes over, it is considered a ‘let’, and can be taken again with no penalty.

The opponent has to return by returning the ball before it bounces twice and must hit it directly over the net into the opposing court — it should not be bounced in the player’s own court by themselves as in the serve. The players then alternate playing the ball and having it bounce on the opponent’s side of the table until a player makes an error.

Scoring at Table Tennis
Players earn points regardless of who served the ball and points are awarded to the opponent during play for the following:

  • Failing to reach the ball or not hitting it back before it bounces twice.
  • Having the ball bounce on one’s own side after hitting it.
  • Double hitting the table tennis ball.
  • Failing to allow the ball to bounce once in one’s own side — you are not allowed to volley the ball like players do in tennis.
  • Failing to get the service correctly into play (unless it is a ‘let’).

Waterford Sports Partnership

Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) was established in 2002 by Sport Ireland (formerly the Irish Sports Council) as part of the Local Sports Partnership initiative with the aim of increasing participation in sport and physical activity in County Waterford.

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