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WSP Club Development Grant Scheme 2022 – Open for applications!

Published: May 3, 2022

Waterford Sports Partnership aims to support sports club volunteers and develop opportunities for people to participate in organised sport. This small-scale grant aims to support initiatives to increase participation levels in sports clubs.  All new and existing sports clubs affiliated with an NGB (National Governing Body of Sport) are welcome to apply for this grant. Affiliation must be in place at the time of applying. Priority for funding will be given to minority sports, low participation groups and the target groups identified in the Waterford Sports Partnership Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

If successful, the funding can be used for sports equipment, NGB coach education courses for volunteers, physical activity programmes to increase club membership and participation e.g. summer camps.

All sports clubs that received previous funding from Waterford Sports Partnership must have fully drawn down funds to be considered for new funding.


Applications can be returned by POST or COMPLETED ONLINE using the link above.

Postal Address is as follows:
WSP Club Development Grant, Waterford Sports Partnership, Regional Sports Centre, Cork Road, Waterford.


The decision of the committee is final

For more information please contact Sinéad Brannigan on 087 4596179 or


WSP Club Development Webinar Series 2021

Published: October 1, 2021

Over the next few months we will deliver four FREE Webinars for Waterford Sports Clubs. The Series is supported by Dormant Accounts Funding through Sport Ireland.


The series will cover the following topics:

  • What grant funding is available locally and nationally for Waterford Clubs?

  • Volunteer recruitment & management for Waterford clubs

  • Effective communication for Waterford clubs

  • Effective fundraising and sponsorship advice for Waterford clubs

WEBINAR 4 is now booking!

Effective Fundraising & Sponsorship Advice for Waterford Clubs

Get a broad understanding of the strategic fundraising process in the context of the wider fundraising landscape. Be more proactive in the development of a strategic fundraising pillar to add to your club’s funding model.

Monday 8th November | 7.30 to 9pm

Topics that will be covered include:

  • What is a strategic fundraising process?
  • How could a fundraising campaign be best structured?
  • What fundraising methods should a club consider?
  • What are realistic and achievable fundraising targets?
  • How should a club position itself to maximise fundraising success? 

Who should attend this Webinar?
– Sports clubs with ambition to grow their club
– Sports club representatives
– National Governing Bodies of Sport who wish to disseminate information to clubs
– Local schools/community representatives who work in partnership with local sports clubs

Book HERE now!
Peter Jones on 087 101 5130 or






Understanding the Female Athlete – FREE Workshop

Published: February 24, 2021


Waterford Sports Partnership invites you to join us for a FREE Workshop
on Monday 8th March 2021 | 7.30 to 9pm
‘Understanding the Female Athlete’
Presented by Orna Murray (Founder of Your Health Psychology)

How well do you know your athletes?

The Workshop will cover:
Why women in sport matters | Female physiology | Menstrual cycle & exercise | Pillars of health for female athletes |What’s next?

Book HERE now!

Pauline Casey on 086 783 7385 or

Interview with Fiona Crotty Laffan

Published: November 13, 2020

Ballymacarbry native, Fiona Crotty Laffan met Community Sports Development Officer, Sinéad Brannigan to chat about her introduction to sport, and why she encourages and supports her daughter to play sport and be part of her local club.  Fiona is an understated owner of a vast amount of All- Ireland medals from a variety of different sports. She is most known for the role that she played in the great success of the Waterford Ladies Football teams in the nineties.

The community games were the sporting focus of Fionas’ life growing up.  She participated in a variety of sports – gymnastics, athletics, ladies gaelic football and much more.  Fiona’s mother was part of the well structured community games committee in Ballymacarbry and her sister (Marie Crotty) was responsible for coaching her community games team that won two All- Irelands.  Fiona then went on to represent Waterford in ladies football at county level – U16, minor and senior.  She credits her club, Ballymacarbry Ladies Football for her success and for the great memories and experiences that she gained from playing football.

Fiona had many local football role models and she believes that this is the reason why she continued to play football at a young age.  Fiona’s’ sister, Marie Crotty made history in 1986 as the first woman ever to score a point in Croke Park.  Fiona was regularly brought to matches and witnessed the friendships that were made and the success that great footballers like Bernie Ryan, Bridget Mc Grath, Marie Ryan, and her own sister benefitted from because of their involvement in ladies football.  In Fiona’s own words, “Success breeds success”.  #cantseecantbe

Fiona had firsthand experience of the strong leadership that is needed at club and county level to create good structures and to build successful pathways for all.  Michael Ryan and Bridget Mc Grath were the great leaders during Fiona’s playing career.  They were passionate and both of them instilled that passion and love for the game to Fiona and all of her teammates, in turn Ballymacarbry Ladies Football and Waterford Ladies Football teams reaped the highest rewards in the land during the nineties.

To this day, Fiona is still involved in football with Ballyduff Lower Ladies Football and has become a role model herself to her own daughter and other girls.  When asked by the club if she would be willing to support the set up of a club for girls in the area her immediate reaction was yes. Fiona wanted her daughter who was two years old at the time to have sporting opportunities like she did in Ballymacarbry at a young age. Fiona’s decision to encourage her daughter Michaela to play sport comes directly as a result of her positive experiences from being involved herself. She wanted her daughter to experience what she had experienced in the past and she was aware that playing sport would improve her confidence and self esteem, which is important for young girls.

Sporting values can transfer into daily life and Fiona agreed that she has seen that happen in her daughter’s day to day life and amongst other girls in the club too.  Values like consideration for others and encouragement of others is just some of the values that she has seen already and she thinks that these will last long into the future. Fiona commented that she has noticed with the girls that “being part of a sports club makes making friends easier too”.

Fiona’s advice for young girls today and if she could talk to younger self is clear and simple “relax, enjoy and live in the moment”.  The decorative All Star footballer added that “it’s important to remember nothing lasts forever”.


Fiona Crotty Laffan Sporting Achievements

U14 Community Games All Ireland Title 1987 & 1988

U16 All Ireland Title 1991

Minor All Ireland Titles 1991 & 1993

Senior Club All Ireland Titles with Ballymacarbry 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998

Senior County All Ireland 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998

Holds record for winning four All Ireland titles in Ladies Gaelic Football in one year.

Captained Minor Team 1993

Captained Ballymacarbry to win All Ireland in 1994

All Star Award 1994







Interview with Jason King from Ballyduff AFC

Published: November 6, 2020

Jason King, Chairperson of Ballyduff AFC and Get Ireland Walking National Co-Ordinator met Community Sports Development Officer, Sinéad Brannigan to chat about the successful development of girl’s soccer in the club.

Currently, the club have approximately 40% female membership; over 250 girls play soccer with the club from academy level right up to adult level.  Jason credited the great effort made by the coaches, volunteers and committee members for increasing female participation in the club.  It is his opinion that the reason for the growth in girls playing soccer in the club is due to their strong connection with the local school.  He also mentions that the soccer club is a good feasible option for parents in the area looking for an organised and structured activity for their daughters.

Jason explained that when a girl joins the club they’re mixed with the boys at academy level and then once they reach the under 10 age group the girls then form their own teams.  Girls have always been supported and encouraged to play soccer in Ballyduff AFC.  In the past they would’ve played on the boys teams right up to the under 16 age group.  The reason for this was to give girls the opportunity to play soccer and be part of a team even when there weren’t enough girls to form their own teams.

The clubs focus is on addressing the need for all children to be physically active in Ballyduff and the surrounding areas.  Jason believes that girls should be told about the physical, mental, and social health benefits of playing sports.  He commented that ‘clubs are where friendships are made’.

Jason mentioned that Ballyduff AFC, Bohemians FC and Park Rangers AFC have started to work together and they’re in the early stages of forming a girl’s soccer network to address concerns that have been identified by clubs like scheduling and pitch availability for girl’s teams, amongst other things.  The networks aim is to be action and solution based and it will be supported by Sports Development Officers from Waterford Sports Partnership and the FAI.  The well known Peamount United located in Dublin have shared their journey with Jason and he hopes that he can apply their learning’s to support the network to create a strong sustainable plan for girls soccer in Waterford for many years to come.

Ballyduff AFC made the decision to sign up to the 20×20 Club Charter so that they can play their role to promote girls in sport, to increase participation in girl’s sports, and to actively welcome the creation of support networks for girl’s sports.  The club have designated a 20×20 Club Champion.  Her name is Laura Fletcher.  Laura is a club coach and she will be part of the new support network along with another longstanding club member.  Identifying and preparing girls to undertake volunteer roles within the club is important to Ballyduff AFC.  At the moment, the club has a number of girls that give their time to coach the younger age groups.  The club would like to encourage more girls to come back during their teenage years and develop their coaching skills with the club in the future.

The facilities in Ballyduff AFC would be the envy of many soccer clubs across the county and country.  The club has playing pitches, astro turf pitches, and a walking track.  The walking track is a safe place and is well lit, and in his role as National Co-Ordinator for Get Ireland Walking he knows that walking is a favourable activity for women wanting to be more physically active across the country.  He has witnessed the benefit of the club having a walking track to increase physical activity levels for everyone that visits the club, especially Mums that drop their children off for training sessions.

Women in Sport Radio Campaign

Published: November 5, 2020

If She Can’t See It, She Can’t Be It..

That’s the tagline of the 20×20 movement, the first of its kind in Ireland that champions women and girls in sport. 20×20 is focused on a cultural shift in Ireland so that girls and women in sport are seen as strong, valuable and worth celebrating.

We teamed up with WLRFM  to get people thinking about what we all can do to support women and teenage girls to participate in sport and physical activity, and what we can do to help them to continue that long into the future.

Over the course of the campaign, we’ll meet people involved in women’s sporting organizations across Waterford. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a coach, or a volunteer in a sports club there’s certainly something to learn in this series from all speakers!

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



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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Tel: 051 849 682

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