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20×20 Clubs Charter

Published: March 5, 2020

20×20 is about creating a cultural shift in our perception of girls and women in sport. By increasing visibility of women’s sport it will become a greater part of who we are and what we follow. There is already so much to celebrate when it comes to women’s sport in Ireland, but there isn’t enough noise. The initiative seeks to change the subliminal bias in the Irish psyche that exists around girls and boys, or women and men, when it comes to sport. The name of the initiative is shorthand for 20% by 2020, these are the targets set for the initiative:

20% more media coverage of women in sport by the end of 2020
20% more female participation whether at player, coach, referee or administration level by the end of 2020
20% more attendance at women’s games and events by the end of 2020

This isn’t a ‘women for women’ initiative, it’s ‘all of society for all of society’. If sport is good, which we know it to be, then more sport is better. If we all play, we all win. 20×20 is asking all sections of Irish society to show their stripes and pledge one small action to increase the visibility of women’s sport in Ireland because if she can’t see it, she can’t be it.

20×20 is excited to offer clubs the opportunity to champion the 20×20 movement in your community. We know that sports clubs are the heartbeat of many of our communities making sport happen in villages, towns and cities across the island of Ireland every day. Your club can have a real and lasting impact on women and girls in your community becoming more active and more involved in sport in any capacity.

Benefits of signing up to the Charter:
• The club benefits from the public support and positive PR associated with supporting a drive towards gender equality in sport.
• As a 20×20 Club Member, you will receive a 20×20 Club Member Flag which can be displayed at your club house/ training facility/events.
• You will receive a 20×20 Member Club Charter to display in your club house/ training facility.
• The right to display ‘Member of 20×20’ logo on website, social media channels and communications. Strengthened public perception of the importance of women and girls in sport in your club and locality, along with its contribution in terms of the economy and generating social capital.


20×20 Pillars
Pillar 1: Increasing Media Coverage
Actively increasing visibility of our female teams/athletes and club competitions at all levels by 20% by the end of 2020.
Pillar 2: Increasing Participation
Actively increase female participation at player, coach, referee, volunteer or administration level by an overall average of 20% by the end of 2020.
Pillar 3: Increasing Attendance at female sports events/games
Actively promoting and planning to increase attendance at female sports games and events by 20% by the end of 2020.

Below are some suggestions and ideas for your club’s three actions, but please feel free to create your own. These agreed actions should be realistic and also progressive in your club.

1.Increasing visibility (media coverage):
• All members (and all sports where applicable) will be represented in our club news in the local newspaper, newsletters, noticeboards, posters and on our social media channels.
• We will have live tweets and match/event updates at the women’s and girl’s events.
• We will profile both female and male athletes on posters, noticeboards, social media, events/medal presentations, club correspondence, and marketing assets etc.
• We will publicise all club fixtures/ events/ matches (if possible, together with boy’s and men’sevens).
• We will create opportunities for double headers and dual events in the club. We will look at the order of these double headers so at times male events are followed by female events.
• (If applicable) We will have underage girls’ teams/athletes participating at half time/during breaks of adult fixtures/ events (men’s and women’s).
• We will have joint club events, fundraisers or taster/ open days for girls and boys.
• We will publicly show that we are a 20×20 Member Club by ensuring the Flag, Charter and our 20×20 three actions are visible in the club and online.

2.Increasing participation:
• We will establish a girls or women’s membership in our club.
• We will organise a participation-focused event to highlight what is available for local girls and women to encourage them to try the sport and be more active.
• We will run a recruitment drive with schools in the area using the club-school link running events with local school, college or with another club.
• We will put a schedule in place for allocation of equipment, coaching, training facilities and pitch times for all athletes and teams.
• We will create coaching opportunities for our club’s female members and players.

3. Increasing attendance at female sports events/games:
• We will encourage families and the whole community to go to club events irrelevant of whether it is a women’s event or a men’s event.
• We will encourage all members to attend and tune into female sporting events across all sports.
• We will share details of events with the local school, college and within our community.
• We will encourage those at the sporting events or matches to share details on social media with comments, pictures, ‘check in’, and encourage them to #ShowYourStripes.

Youth Coaching Grant

Published: October 31, 2018

Do you coach juvenile/underage players? You may be eligible to apply for our Youth Coaching Grant.

A limited coaching fund is available for any club who’s wish to get their members an accredited coaching qualification that will enable them to coach under-aged/juvenile players.

Preference will go to coaches who wish to up-skill their qualification e.g. going from Level 1 to Level 2.

You can download an Application Form HERE

Contact Brian O’Neill, Youth Sports Development Officer on 086-0201219 or  for more information.

WSP Club Development Seminar Series

Published: October 24, 2018

In 2016/17 we ran a very successful Club Development Seminar Series. This marked a commitment from National Governing Bodies and Waterford Sports Partnership to deliver on common goals of increasing participation, coach education and safe involvement in sport.

The WSP Club Development Seminar Series aimed to
‘share knowledge between sports and promote positive change’.

We delivered nine seminars as part of the series in 2016/17:
Concussion Awareness (IRFU)
Strength and Conditioning (Waterford Warriors)
– Minding your Mental Health (GAA/HSE/WIT)
– Simple Video Analysis (WIT)

Pre and Half time Team Talk (GAA/Jason Ryan)
– Disability Awareness Training (CARA)
Nutrition (WIT)
– Coaching Children (WSP)
– Periodisation Training for Sports Coaches (WIT)

The seminars were open to coaches, volunteers, parents and participants from all sports. 182 representatives from eighty one clubs and organisations attended the 2016/17 Seminar Series

For more information on any of the above please contact
Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191 or email


Prepare to Coach

Published: October 15, 2018

Prepare to Coach is a series of three workshops  developed by WSP which aim to progressively increase coaches confidence and skills through observing and taking part in coaching sessions. The workshops also cover the four key areas needed for player development; developing core skills off both sides, communication, movement on and off the ball and developing decision makers.

The practical workshops gave coaches the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on their own coaching delivery. Participants also receive a Coaching
Booklet, DVD and planning, observation, evaluation and match day observation templates.

The three workshops in the series are:

This workshop is a mixture of practical and theory. Coaches receive information on effective planning and evaluation skills and have the opportunity to get feedback on their own coaching skills from the course tutors.

This workshop includes activities and games that can be used as part of an effective warm up and cool down. Coaches will also learn the importance of dynamic stretches and how to perform  these correctly.

This workshop covers how coaches can get the most out of a game situation. This session specifically focuses on adapting generic games to develop decision makers. A number of practical games that can be used in any coaching session will be demonstrated.

For more information please contact Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191 or email



Strength & Conditioning Training

Published: October 12, 2018

WSP identified improving fundamental movement skills as a key area for development. As a result, in 2018 we piloted a Simple Strength and Conditioning Programme for coaches of teenagers to give them practical examples of how to incorporate simple movements and exercise into their coaching session.

During the sessions, the coaches learned how to do warm-ups/cool downs, mobility, drills, prehabilitation, muscle activations, plyometrics. At the end of the three workshops the coaches were able to go back to their clubs and introduce all of this as a circuit for base training/off season or elements of it into every training session.

We are using the following format for delivery:

Explain WHAT and WHY | Demonstrate | Practice as a group with general feedback |Practise in pairs with coach/athlete.

Feedback was excellent with participants saying ‘This is new S +C knowledge for me but it is something that can be coached easily enough to my group.’ and ‘I have learned about what exercise I can do for a warm up in my training session & muscle activation.’

NOW BOOKING! Strength & Conditioning | West Waterford
We are running a Strength and Conditioning Programme in 2019 for West Waterford Clubs in Cappoquin Community Centre.
The cost for the series of two workshops is €30pp.

The first workshop is on Monday 8th April from 7.30 to 9.30pm.
Limited places | Book HERE now! 

2nd Workshop | Monday 20th May from 7.30 to 9.30pm

Waterford NGB Contacts

Published: October 11, 2018
Athletics IrelandColin Byrne087 063 2326colinbyrne@athleticsireland.ieWEBSITE
Association of Irish Powerchair FootballDonal Byrne087 411
Badminton IrelandFicha Andrews01 8393028fandrews@badmintonireland.ieWEBSITE
Basketball IrelandJason Killeen085 761 0665jkilleen@basketballireland.ieWEBSITE
Camogie AssociationStuart Reid086 796 1858stuart.reid@camogie.ieWEBSITE
Confederation of Golf in IrelandCarton Demesne01 505 2075info@cgigold.orgWEBSITE
Cricket IrelandJim Doran086 816 9667jim.doran@cricketireland.ieWEBSITE
Cycling IrelandRachel Ormrod086 780 2937rachel@cyclingireland.ieWEBSITE
Down Syndrome Waterford087 605 7069info@dsiwaterford.ieWEBSITE
Football Association of IrelandGary Power086 388 3850gary.power@fai.ieWEBSITE
Michael Looby087 050
Gymnastics IrelandGarrett Buckley01 6251125garrett@gymnasticsireland.comWEBSITE
Gaelic Athletic AssociationEoin Breathnach087 921
Irish Amateur Boxing AssociationElaine O?Neill086 022 4460elaine@iaba.ieWEBSITE
Irish Road Bowling AssociationSusan Greeneinfo@irishroadbowling.ieWEBSITE
Irish Rugby Football UnionAmanda Greensmith086 021 8320amandagreensmith@munsterrugby.ieWEBSITE
Irish Sailing AssociationSarah Louise Rossiter087 939 0488sl.rossiter@sailing.ieWEBSITE
Irish Water SafetyCorraine Power O'Mahony051 381403waterfordwsac@gmail.comWEBSITE
Irish Wheelchair AssociationJoanne Wall085 859 5049joanne.wall@iwa.ieWEBSITE
Ladies Gaelic FootballMary Halvey087 2520550secretary@munsterladiesgaelic.ieWEBSITE
Ciara Dunphy086 248
Olympic Handball01 625 1165ioha@olympichandball.orgWEBSITE
Orienteering IrelandAndrew Cox087 222 9677
Waterford Orienteers051 860232WEBSITE
Rowing IrelandPat McInerney087 969 5093pat.mcinerney@rowingireland.ieWEBSITE
Special OlympicsSusan McGill087 293 8321susanmcgill@waterford.brothersofcharity.ieWEBSITE
Swim IrelandAdam Cox086 024 7766membershipmanager@swimireland.ieWEBSITE
Tennis IrelandLucy Pentova085 733
Munster TennisWEBSITE
Triathlon IrelandEleanor Condon087 689 8812eleanor@triathlonireland.comWEBSITE
Vision Sports IrelandRahim Nazarli085 850 0193sports@visionsports.ieWEBSITE
Volleyball Association of IrelandConor Flood087 099 7659cdo@volleyballireland.comWEBSITE
Waterford Autism Social and Sport Action (WASSA)Suzanne O'Mahony086 663 7055contact@wassa.ieWEBSITE
Weightlifting IrelandColin Buckley086 257 7875colinbuckley37@gmail.comWEBSITE

Garda Vetting FAQ’s

Published: October 10, 2018

Garda Vetting | Frequently Asked Questions

What is Vetting?
It is a criminal background check of any person who is carrying out work or activity, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children or vulnerable persons.

Vetting is carried out with the permission of the applicant by a registered organisation e.g. the GAA, FAI, IRFU through the National Vetting Bureau in Ireland to establish whether there is any criminal record or specified information relating to the applicant.

What is the law on vetting?
Anyone who has on-going contact with children (under 18), in the field of leisure or sport (paid or voluntary), other than those who assist ‘occasionally’ or in the event of a family or personal relationship, must be vetted.

* It is up to clubs to assess whether a person’s contact is ‘occasional’ or not, ‘occasional’ contact is ‘now and then’ or a once off event, such as a sports day.

 Is there a fee charged for vetting applicants?
There is currently no intention to charge fees to the community and voluntary sector for accessing the vetting service.

What this means for clubs?
If you have children involved in your club, all staff and volunteers who have direct contact with children must be vetted.
It is not necessary for all committee members to be Garda Vetted but it is essential if they have direct contact with children.

Additional persons e.g. a caretaker – The club will have to make the assessment themselves. For example, in one club the caretaker may only be responsible for outdoor facilities and may not have any role working with children. In another club the caretaker may be responsible for supervision of changing and shower areas. The legislation only requires vetting of persons working with children. If the caretaker does not have such a role, a club is not committing any offence by not having them vetted.

Club members should attend Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport workshops with their NGB or Local Sports Partnership. Clubs should have properly trained Children’s Officer. Training is available through Waterford Sports Partnership.

It is illegal for any volunteer or coach to work with children or vulnerable adults on a continuous basis before successfully completing the Garda Vetting process.

The children are always accompanied by or in the vicinity of an adult at training/matches must I still be vetted?
All people who work with groups of children, whether alone or accompanied by another adult, must be vetted.

 What if we need to appoint a volunteer at short notice for a one off event?
That person does not have to be vetted. They would be covered by the ‘occasional assistance’ exemption.

As a parent dropping other kids to matches and training must I be garda vetted?
If you have their parent’s permission and it’s not that often, no. If you are a regular member/volunteer with the club, yes.

How do I know if my club is registered for Garda vetting?

  • Most clubs will be affiliated to a National Governing Body e.g. GAA, FAI and clubs should contact their own NGB for support and further information. Clubs that are not affiliated to an NGB or whose NGB does not provide a vetting service can apply to be Garda vetted through the Federation of Irish Sport (FIS).
  • The FIS facility will provide access for FIS member organisations and other non-member sporting organisations to Garda Vetting where such organisations do not have access to an Authorised Signatory within their own organisation or through another group facility. Organisations wishing to access the service should contact Conn McCluskey ( or 01-6251155/083-1285169) for details of how to apply for access to the service and how the facility is administered.

What information am I required to put on a Garda vetting form?

  • Your Name(s) and any other Name(s) you are known as or have been known as
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Mother’s Maiden Name
  • Passport Number where applicable
  • Job Role
  • Your current address and previous addresses (if any)
  • Particulars of any criminal record

What age do I have to be to get Garda vetted?
It is possible to access Garda vetting for young people aged 16-18 years of age, however the application must be accompanied with a signed parental consent form, which is available from the GCVU . It is not possible to vet a person under the age of 16.

Do Transition Year students need to be Garda vetted?
Transition year students under 18 do not need to be Garda vetted but prior to any decision made by the registered service provider to facilitate a transition year student placement – it is imperative that at least 2 references from reputable persons [one being from the school that the student attends] are sought in writing and are confirmed and checked. All references should be requested from someone who has firsthand knowledge and experience of the student. The references can be from the secondary / second level school, previous employment or work experience or from any independent person in the community.

Do international students need to be Garda vetted?
Yes, if the international students is aged over 16 years and involved with children, they will need to be vetted by the Irish National Vetting Bureau through the club. You will need to allow time to have their vetting organised before they can volunteer with you i.e. start the process at least a month to 8 weeks beforehand.

The international students will also need to send you a copy of their Police Clearance Certification for all International addresses that they have lived at for longer than 6 months (once they were over the age of 18 years) before they start their work with your service.

How long does Garda Vetting last for?
It is advised to renew your application every 3 years.

How do I apply for Garda Vetting?

An organisation that requires Garda vetting of individuals must register with the National Vetting Bureau. The organisation must appoint a liaison person to apply for and receive vetting disclosures.

Details of the procedure for registering an organisation are on the National Vetting Bureau website.

Vetting applicants

If you are applying for a position that requires you to have Garda vetting, you will be sent a Garda Vetting Application Form (electronic or paper). You apply to be vetted using e-Vetting or you can apply using a paper form instead. If you are aged under 18 you must submit a consent form signed parent or guardian.

To use e-Vetting you must be aged over 16. You must have a valid email address and complete the “proof of identity” process.

The e-Vetting procedure:

  • You will be sent a vetting invitation form by the registered organisation where you are applying for a position. You must complete the form and return to the organisation together with proof of your identity.
  • The organisation will validate your proof of identity and send you an email with a link to the vetting application form.
  • You complete the vetting application form online and submit it to the organisation.
  • The organisation reviews your vetting application form and submits it to the National Vetting Bureau.
  • The National Vetting Bureau processes the application and sends a vetting disclosure to the organisation.
  • The organisation reviews the disclosure and will send you a copy of it.


What is a vetting disclosure?
A vetting disclosure includes particulars of the criminal record (if any) relating to the person, and a statement of the specified information (if any) relating to the person or a statement that there is no criminal record or specified information, in relation to the person. A Garda Vetting disclosure is issued directly to the liaison person in the relevant organisation.
Garda vetting will only be conducted on the written consent of an individual vetting subject. An individual vetting subject can get a copy of their Garda Vetting disclosure from the liaison person in the relevant organisation to whom it was issued.

Procedure for applying for a vetting disclosure

  • You will receive a vetting application form (including electronic form) from the relevant organisation you are getting vetting for.
  • Complete the application form and return it to the relevant organisation and provide proof of identity.
  • A Liaison Person in the relevant organisation will forward the form to the National Vetting Bureau.

Is vetting covered on an individual basis?
No. Vetting is conducted only on behalf of relevant organisations that are registered with the National Vetting Bureau and is not conducted for individual persons on a personal basis.

How do I know my Garda vetting has been approved?
You can track your application online with your application ID and date of birth if you have used E-Vetting, otherwise you can contact your registered/affiliate organisation or the National Vetting Bureau Office.

How long does it take for my application to go through?
Minimum 5 days, maximum 4 weeks. If you are waiting any longer for confirmation contact your affiliated organisation or the National Vetting Bureau Office.

Vetting for transgender persons
The law requires that you disclose all of your previous names and addresses to the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) so that your application can be correctly processed. The NVB does however have a process whereby you can disclose your previous gender/name to the NVB only and not reveal this data on the vetting application form. This is known as the ‘Sensitive Applications Process’ and for more information Contact 0504-27300 and look for the Sensitive Applications Team.

National Vetting Bureau details:

National Vetting Bureau | Racecourse Road | Thurles | Tipperary | E41 RD60 | Ireland

Tel: +353 504 27300 | Locall: 1890 488 488

Website  Email:

The GDPR and your Club or Organisation

Published: May 15, 2018

GDPR is the EU’s NEW Data Protection Regulations which come into force on Friday 25th May 2018.
Waterford Sports Partnership, in collaboration with the Waterford PPN, provided two free workshops for Sports Clubs and Community & Voluntary groups  on the 2nd and 3rd of May in Waterford City and Dungarvan respectively. The workshops were delivered by John Warren of JE Warren Consulting and were full to capacity with 108 attending in total from 82 different sports clubs and community groups.

View the Slide Presentation from the Workshop

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) very significantly increases the obligations and responsibilities for organisations in how they collect, use and protect personal data.
At the centre of the new law is the requirement for organisations to be fully transparent about how they are using and safeguarding personal data, and to be able to demonstrate accountability for their data processing activities.

What constitutes personal data?
The GDPR’s defines personal data as: ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’)”. It adds that an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location number, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
Examples of personal data include name, home address, email, photo, bank details, posts on social networking site and medical records.

Generally, if you’re unsure whether the information you store is personal data or not, it’s best to err on the side of caution. This means not only making sure that data is secure, but also reducing the amount of data you store and ensuring that you don’t store any information for longer than necessary. For more information and useful resources on the GDPR see

Club Development

Published: May 3, 2018

Sport has always had a vibrant presence in County Waterford and organised sport both competitive and recreational has proven an excellent way to get and keep people actively engaged in physical activity. The demand for high quality education & training workshops and support programmes has further strengthened the positive impact of sport within the community. Waterford Sports Partnership continues to support local sports clubs to raise awareness, promote best practice and increase participation by all.

This programme endeavours to support sports clubs in improving their structures and capacities to ensure best practice in the delivery of sport at community level. The programme focus on education, training, information and supports to develop areas such as club governance, inclusion and coach education.

Our Sports Development Officers are on hand to offer guidance and advice to new clubs on structures, governance, funding and best practice. To arrange a meeting please contact

Pauline Casey (Waterford City) on 0761 10 2682 or email
Peter Jones (Waterford County) on 0761 10 2191 or email

Examples of Education & Training Workshops . . .

Over the past few years where funding allows, WSP has run a small scale grant scheme for Waterford Clubs to cover the costs of volunteer coach training. WSP promotes Funding Opportunities to sports clubs and our Development Officers offer guidance and advice to Sports Clubs and Community Groups on funding applications such as Sports Capital Grants, Go For Life Grants and Waterford City and County Council Grants.

To arrange a meeting please contact

Pauline Casey (Waterford City) on 0761 10 2682 or email
Peter Jones (Waterford County) on 0761 10 2191 or email


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.


Sport Ireland

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Find contact details for other Local Sports Partnerships.

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Contact Details

County Office:
Civic Offices
Co. Waterford
Tel: 0761 10 2194

City Office:
Regional Sports Centre
Cork Road
Tel: 0761 10 2682

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