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Cara Launch Xcessible Club Toolkit Resource

Published: November 25, 2022


Empowering clubs to positively and meaningfully provide opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity.
Sport and physical activity play such an important role in peoples’ lives, contributing positively to their physical, mental and social wellbeing.
“If I did not have my sports, then I would lead a very lonely life.” (Cara Survey Respondent)

Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland, recognise how valuable participation sport and physical activity can be for people with disabilities, whether that be through playing, participating, volunteering, coaching, officiating etc. there is a role for everyone in their local sports club.
“I have a wheelchair. It doesn’t mean anything other than that, I’m a grown up. I’m a woman. I’m a mom. Allow me to define what I can do and then help me to do it.” (Colette, Cara Survey Respondent)

Cara with the support of Sport Ireland, have developed an Xcessible Club Toolkit that will help sports clubs across the country become more inclusive. The toolkit is a guided resource that will empower clubs to positively and meaningfully provide opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity at a local level. Unfortunately, people with a disability are often underrepresented in sport. Research from the Irish Sports Monitor (2019) suggests that people with disabilities in Ireland are less likely to be involved in
Sport. Just over a third (35%) of those who have a disability in Ireland are involved socially in sport as club members, volunteers, and /or regularly attending sports events, compared to half (50%) of those without a disability.

Much of this difference comes through differing club membership levels between both groups. While two-fifths (40%) of those with no disability are members of a sports club, just under a quarter (24%) of those with a disability are club members. Given the gradients that exist for people with disabilities within sports clubs, additional guidance and support is required for sports clubs to ensure that they can proactively plan for the inclusion of people with disabilities within club life.

“Exercise, it’s a human thing. If you want to exercise, regardless of what your body looks like, whether you have an impairment or not, that is your right, you should be able to do that without these extra barriers in your way” (Sarah, Cara Survey Respondent)

The Xcessible Club Toolkit aims to support sports clubs to facilitate the many benefits that people with disabilities can enjoy within their community such as; belonging to a group, the opportunity to volunteer, to make new friends, to learn a new skill, to develop leadership & coaching expertise as well as improving social, physical and mental wellbeing. Through the implementation of the Xcessible Club Toolkit, Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland aims to support clubs to ensure that they feel empowered to proactively plan and build capacity within their club. This will ensure that more people with disabilities are actively involved in sport and physical activities at club level in their local area and in multiple roles.

Highlighting the importance of this resource Minister Jack Chambers commented: ‘It is so important that people with disabilities have the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity and enjoy the many benefits associated; physically, mentally and socially. I am delighted to see that Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland have developed this toolkit. So many sports clubs across the country will benefit greatly from the toolkit which will guide and empower them to become more inclusive of people with disabilities. This toolkit will support any clubs that have applied for the Sport for All funding in guiding them through a staged approach to becoming more inclusive. The toolkit is available now for clubs to download now so I would encourage all sports clubs to get involved and be inclusive.’

Speaking at the launch Una May, CEO of Sport Ireland stated: ‘Sport and physical activity play such an important role in peoples’ lives, I am excited to see a guided resource available to the sector to support sports clubs in becoming more inclusive. There is a role for everyone in their local sports club and this toolkit will empower clubs to positively and meaningfully provide opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity at a local level. The toolkit is supported by Sport Ireland and is available to download now on the Cara website now.’

CEO of Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland, Niamh Daffy added: ‘We are delighted to build on the success of the Xcessible programme for National Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Sports Partnerships in launching a new Xcessible toolkit to support local clubs as they increase their sports offerings for people with disabilities. This toolkit is built on the living experience as shared by people with disabilities and simply asks all clubs to consider five key principles to providing greater awareness, access and opportunities within their sports at local level. Through this initiative we are delighted to continue to work with Sport Ireland in supporting the Sport for All government agenda across Ireland.’

Download the toolkit now and see how simple it is for your club to become more inclusive.
The toolkit and supporting resources are available HERE

Active Cities Supporting Winterval 2022

Published: November 21, 2022



Active Cities Waterford is delighted to support Waterford Winterval 2022

BY SPONSORING DANCE | PLAY | ORIENTEERING | CYCLING
Go out, get active and enjoy YOUR City this Winterval!

Family Festive Discos!
@ the Main Stage | O’Connell Street
Saturday and Sunday afternoons
12 to 12.20pm | 12:40 to 1pm | 1.20 to 1.40pm
Come on down and shake your booty to some classic Christmas dance tunes

Come & Play with us!
in the Apple Market by santa’s Post Box
Saturday and Sunday afternoons | 12.30 to 3.30pm
Race your parents through our obstacle course, challenge them to Jenga, do some skipping or elastics, throw bean bags,,see who’s the strongest at tug-of-war, or just take time out to draw on the ground with chalk.

Now Booking! Social Hurling

Published: November 21, 2022

Waterford Sports Partnership has partnered with Waterford GAA to offer Men aged 35 and over a chance to be physically active outdoors just in time for Christmas!

The programme will help you to:
– Improve Fitness Levels
– Kick Start Weight Loss
– Meet Friends
– Improve Mood

Weekly Programme Includes:
– Non-Competitive Modified Games (12 mins per half).
– Two Games Minimum (7 per team)
Monday 28th November & Monday 5th December | 7pm to 9pm
@Butlerstown GAA Club – Astroturf Pitch

Register a team, or just yourself and we will set you up on the night!
Dust off your hurley and register now!
€10pp  | Register HERE now:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Waterford GAA Games Development
Placement Officer, Kevin, by emailing: waterfordcoachingandgames@gmail.com
or call Sinéad Brannigan on 087 459 6179

€3.4million Invested in Active Cities For An Active Future

Published: November 7, 2022

€3.4million Invested in Active Cities for an Active Future

  • Five Active Cities to be rolled out in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford
  • Aim is to provide increased opportunities for city residents to be active in their communities.
  • Creating change for those who are economically, socially or educationally disadvantaged or those who have a disability.

A major, new national campaign has been launched to get as many people exercising and participating in physical activity as possible in our biggest urban cities. The Sport Ireland ‘Active Cities’ project calls on everyone across Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford to come together to create more opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity through collaboration, partnership, and planning.

Sport Ireland officially unveils Active Cities, a project based on the World Health Organisation’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity (GAPPA) Framework, which focuses on increasing physical activity amongst those who are least active in society.

Active Cities prioritises physical activity and sport for all and is underpinned by four key pillars – Active Systems, Active Environments, Active Societies, and Active People.

To date €3.4m has been invested to engage with communities across the five cities, creating change for those who are economically, socially or educationally disadvantaged or those who have a disability.

With ambitious aims for Irish cities to be among the most physically active and healthy places in the world, it is vital that a multi-sectoral approach is taken to delivering the project.

When it comes to being physically active, only 42% of adults and only 13% of children met the recommended national guidelines as per the 2021 Irish Sports Monitor. With over 33% of the population living across the 5 cities, physical inactivity is negatively impacting the health, economy, environment, and community of our cities.

Active Cities is about creating opportunities so that all citizens can lead healthier lifestyles in the context of sport and physical activity. The vision of Active Cities is to engage, increase and maintain the number of citizens regardless of age or ability participating in sport and physical activity in their city. Collaborative and partnership-based by nature, Active Cities is being led locally by the eight (8) LSPs across Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

It is not just the responsibility of people working in sport and physical activity to address this. Active Cities is about all stakeholders, who directly and indirectly impact on physical activity, collectively driving change through collaboration, partnership, and planning.

Highlighting the importance of raising awareness Sport Ireland CEO, Dr Una May added: “Sport Ireland are proud to support a wonderful initiative such as Active Cities. Communication and promotion will be central to the success and impact of Active Cities. Research has highlighted the importance of identifying and connecting with trusted local community leaders, willing to promote opportunities within their locality. This initiative will provide a fantastic opportunity for Active Cities to generate a sense of community and togetherness, while bringing sport and physical activity to people’s lives”.

A recent “Active Cities Marketing Communications Research Report”, identified preferences on engaging individuals from targeted groups (i.e., from socially, economically, or educationally disadvantaged areas or people with disabilities) to establish their preferences around the promotion of physical activity.

Speaking at the launch Partnerships Manager, Oisin Foley commented:

Active Cities is about creating opportunities and increasing the number of active spaces throughout cities across Ireland. We want physical activity to become a social norm, naturally and habitually built into people’s home, work and community lives. I would like to encourage as many people to get involved with your local Active City and take part in the wonderful events being rolled out through the initiative”

So many stakeholders have a pivotal role to play in the success of Active Cities and in prioritising  physical activity for ALL which is reflected in the four guiding pillars; Active Systems, Active Environments, Active Societies and Active People.  With all five cities aligned nationally to impact positive change, the pillars also give each city the individual pathway for implementation at a local level through local partnership and collaboration.

Active Cities is about creating an environment where city residents can be more active, with more choice, more opportunity and lead healthier lives in the context of sport and physical activity. Be part of the #ActiveCities movement. You can find tips on how to get active through your Local Sports Partnership website, check out SportIreland.ie or ask your doctor/ physician/ OT for information on how best to get active.

Be part of the Active Cities conversation using the hashtag #ActiveCities and tagging @sportireland, your Local Sports Partnership and any stakeholder you see as having the potential to influence and impact physical activity opportunities.

(*ISM Mid-year 2021)

Sport Ireland Winter Initiative

Published: November 3, 2022

Get involved in the Winter Initiative campaign!

A 90 Day Challenge across November, December and January where participants will track their minutes of activity weekly.

Sport Ireland have launched a major new national campaign to get as many people as possible out exercising and participating in physical activity this new year. The ‘Winter Initiative’ calls on women, men, children, grandparents, neighbours, friends, work colleagues who haven’t yet ‘got going’ to get out walking, running, cycling or participating in some form of physical activity.

Upon registration, participants will receive a link to a downloadable calendar
to track their weekly activity along with weekly emails
to help you achieve your goals.

REGISTER HERE IT’S FREE

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Sinéad Brannigan on
087 459 6179 or email sbrannigan@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

CHECK OUT THE WSP PROGRAMMES NOW BOOKING HERE!

 

Cycling Skills Courses 2022/23

Published: November 1, 2022

Want to learn to cycle?
Nervous about cycling on the road?
Want more confidence cycling
T-Junctions and roundabouts?

Tell us what you/your community needs and we’ll deliver it for you!

CONTACT:
Elaine Mullan | Active Cities Officer
087 117 8578
emullan@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

NOW BOOKING – Women on the Move

Published: October 25, 2022


Woman on the Move is suitable for all fitness levels and focuses on cardiovascular fitness, increasing your strength and improving your muscle tone.

NOW BOOKING! WOMEN ON THE MOVE

Starting . . .
Monday 7th November
Six Week Programme @Cappoquin Community Centre
6.30 to 7.30pm
BOOK HERE

Monday 7th November
Five Week Programme
@ Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas
7 to 8pm | BOOK HERE

Thursday 10th November
Five Week Programme
@ Cill Barra Community Sports Hall
6 to 7pm | BOOK HERE

€20pp | LIMITED PLACES

For more information please contact Liz McEnaney on 086 7837385 or email: lmcenaney@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

Activator Pole Borrow Scheme Launched!

Published: October 6, 2022


Waterford Sports Partnership and Waterford City and County Libraries have joined forces to provide you with a new and exciting physical activity opportunity.  You can now borrow a set of activator poles from four designated libraries in Waterford: Lismore, Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas and Ardkeen.

ACTIVATOR Poles are an adaption of Nordic Walking poles and have been developed by Canadian Therapists to promote balance and improve mobility. A full suite of support resources has been created to support you on how to use a borrowed set of activator poles. You can pick up a simple explanation leaflet in the library or watch our simplified support video on your smartphone or tablet device.

Waterford Healthy Ireland at your Library Coordinator, Debbie Johnston said “We are delighted to partner with Waterford Sports Partnership on this Activator Pole Borrow Scheme. Our national ‘Healthy Ireland at your Library’ initiative aims to promote health and wellbeing within the community and providing access to these Activator Poles helps to fulfil this aim. The Free monthly pop-up Activator Pole walks and how-to leaflets and video guides will enable members of the community to use these Activator Poles to their full potential. Our Waterford Library branches are well positioned throughout the county and act as easy access points to borrow and try out these Activator Poles.”

To be eligible to borrow a set of activator poles you must activate a FREE library membership. Full support will be provided by library staff to help you to activate a membership.  If you’re already a library member no further action is required just pop into the library.

There’s never been a better chance to explore paths, trails, and greenways in Waterford with a set of Activator Poles borrowed from a local library. You can also book a place at one of the FREE monthly Pop-Up Library Pole Walks with a WSP tutor to try out the Activator Poles.

To find out more information please contact our  Community Sports Development Officer, Sinéad on 087-4596179 or email: sbrannigan@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

 

 

NOW Booking! Men on the Move

Published: September 27, 2022


Men on the Move is suitable for beginners and men returning to exercise. Exercises will be adapted to individual ability levels. Each session will include cardio (walking/jogging) and upper and lower bodyweight exercises (squats, lunges, press ups, shoulder presses, etc.).

Six Week Programme Starting on Monday 10th October |6.15 to 7.15pm
Butler Community Centre | Waterford | X91 FEP4

Come along and try it out!
€15 or €3 pay as you go | BOOK HERE

For more information please contact: Sinéad Brannigan on 087 459 61719
or email sbrannigan@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 


NOW BOOKING! Aqua Fit

Published: September 27, 2022

Calling all Older Adults in the West Waterford Area. 

Join us for Aqua Fit, an aerobics-based exercise class performed in a swimming pool.
This programme can help to improve your heart health, strength, and flexibility by using resistance from water & pool-based equipment like floats & noodles.

You do not need to be a confident swimmer to take part! Come along and have some fun, meet friends,
or make new ones whilst enjoying some exercise! 

EIGHT WEEK PROGRAMME
STARTING
Wednesday 12th October  | 1.15 to 2.15pm
Aura Leisure Centre, Youghal.


LIMITED PLACES – BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

€48 per person* | Book HERE now!
*Please get in touch of you would prefer a pay as you go option

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Sinéad Brannigan on 087 459 6179 or email sbrannigan@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

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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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Civic Offices
Dungarvan
Co. Waterford
Tel: 058 21194

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Cork Road
Waterford
Tel: 051 849 682

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