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Waterford Sports Partnership COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme

Published: August 10, 2020

Sports clubs in Waterford can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants of up to €1,500 through Waterford Sports Partnership.

The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of COVID-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland, following the announcement of €70 million of funding by the Government to support the sports sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will be implemented by Sport Ireland’s network of Local Sports Partnerships and will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening of sports clubs. This scheme is separate to the Sports Club Resilience Fund, which will be delivered through National Governing Bodies.

This scheme is designed to support sports clubs that do not have the finances to implement COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 2nd May 2020 onwards (Date of publication of Government roadmap to recovery). As the total fund available is limited, clubs which already have the finances to implement COVID-19 protocols should not apply.

This grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only and cannot be used to support COVID-19 costs related to hospitality services such as bars or restaurants within sports facilities.

The scheme will be based on identified needs. Waterford Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland will work together to ensure that the investment is distributed fairly and every effort will be made to ensure that the wider sports community benefits from this scheme. There is a €1,500 limit per club on this grant scheme however applications will be means tested and only clubs with the most need will be eligible for the full amount. Clubs should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered for support.

Speaking regarding the launch of the COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme, LSP Coordinator with Waterford Sports Partnership, Rosarie Kealy, said “Waterford Sports Partnership welcomes the announcement of financial support for sports clubs across Ireland and encourages all sports clubs in Waterford to assess their need for financial support towards COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols.”

  • Only one application can be submitted per sport club
  • Applications to Waterford Sports Partnership are only applicable to clubs based within County Waterford.
  • Closing date for applications is Monday 31st August 2020 via the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM
  • Clubs must ensure that, where available, they prioritise the application for funding support via their National Governing Body or relevant representative body. Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources.
  • Please read the Grant Guidelines and Terms & Conditions carefully before completing the form.

The online APPLICATION FORM must be filled out in one attempt, there is no facility to save the form and return to it at a later date. All questions must be answered.


For further information on this scheme please contact:
Sinéad Brannigan by email or 0761 10 2430

Funding Available for Bike Week 2020

Published: August 7, 2020

Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th September 2020

National Bike Week was launched in 2009 to raise the profile of cycling as a healthy and fun mode of transport and physical activity. The initiative was developed by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and continues to grow each year. Bike Week is organised locally by Local Authorities, Local Sports Partnerships, Community Groups, Clubs, Schools and other interested cycling stakeholders.

Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held over an extended week each year, with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland.

Cycling is fun and anyone of any age can ride a bike; it’s a perfect chance to spend quality time with family outdoors and is a very flexible form of exercise. Cycling has seen a huge increase during lockdowns imposed on Irish communities with 510,000 people recorded as cycling once a week in May of this year, Bike Week aims to continue this trend.

Due to the impact of Covid 19, Bike Week 2020 has been rescheduled from its original June date and is now taking place from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th September. Waterford Sports Partnership in partnership with Waterford City & County Council and An Taisce Green Schools will again coordinate Bike Week for the people of Waterford.

Community events and programmes will be organised by the steering committee which will include:-

  • Lunchtime cycle in Waterford City & Dungarvan
  • Bike Maintenance health checks
  • Men’s cycling programme
  • Women’s Cycling programme
  • Mountain bike taster sessions
  • Extensive online video library to assist all target groups

Waterford City and County Council and WSP have also secured funding to offer small scale bike week grants to community groups to organise events during the week and will offer assistance to successful applicants. From free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime city rides, heritage cycles, electric bike races, school cycling events, road races and much more. There’s something for every age and ability. Join the fun at this year’s Bike Week. Where will your bike take you?


Completed applications should be emailed to Emma Smyth
or, alternatively, application forms can be posted to:
Emma Smyth, Community Dept., Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford.
The closing date for applications is 4 p.m. Friday 21st August 2020

PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of event organisers to adhere to any HSE/Government COVID 19 guidelines in place at the time of their event.
View Cycling Ireland’s event Guidelines HERE

For further information on Waterford Bike Week 2020, please contact Peter Jones on 087 1015130 or email at


Now Booking! Online Safeguarding 1 Training

Published: July 23, 2020

We are running two Online Safeguarding 1 Training Courses this August.
The courses will be run on ‘Zoom’ an interactive video conferencing platform.

Participants will need a tablet/laptop & a good internet connection.
The ‘Zoom’ access link for the course and relevant course materials will be emailed
to participants in advance in word and PDF formats.
To gain accreditation, participants must complete the full course.


The course dates & times are as follows . . .

Safeguarding 1 |  Online Zoom Training Course
Monday 24th August | 9.30am to 12.30pm
Limited places | Book HERE now!

Safeguarding 1 |  Online Zoom Training Course
Monday 31st August | 6 to 9pm


Peter Jones
on 0761 10 2191 or email





Affane/Cappoquin GAA Club Community Walkway

Published: July 14, 2020

We were delighted to assist Affane/Cappoquin GAA Club to develop their newly opened Community Walkway as part of our Rural Hub Development Project. This safe and accessible 1km walkway is a fantastic new amenity for the local community. One of the key aspects for the hub is working with community organisations and sports clubs to increase physical activity opportunities for the people of Cappoquin, Lismore and Villierstown.

This video from Affane/Cappoquin GAA Club member Maria Radley features some beautiful aerial shots of the new walkway as well as highlighting the fantastic community effort which helped to make this project a reality. Well done to all involved. We encourage local people to avail of the clubs €10 social membership offer which gives you access to this wonderful facility.


Waterford SportsAbility Podcast Series

Published: July 14, 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Waterford SportsAbility Forum has decided not to run the Waterford SportsAbility Weekend in 2020. The event was due to take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September in WIT Arena. This decision was not made lightly however the welfare of our participants, staff and the general public is our number one priority.

Forum members were keen to offer an alternative to the weekend and after careful consideration we’re developing the new and exciting Waterford SportsAbility Podcast Series. The series will be launched in September with a wide range of guest speakers including Parents, Coaches and Para Athletes.

We will be releasing details of our guest speakers in the coming weeks . . . Watch this space!

If you require more information or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact
Pauline Casey on 086 7837385 or email


Cappoquin, Lismore & Villierstown HAVE YOUR SAY!

Published: July 6, 2020

Waterford Sports Partnership secured Dormant Accounts funding to develop a physical activity hub in the three areas of Cappoquin, Lismore and Villierstown in West Waterford.

The core objective of the Community Sports Hub is to grow participation, engage the local community, promote community leadership, offer a range of sporting opportunities, promote awareness of sporting opportunities and bring all key partners/groups/people together within the three specified areas.

A key component of this process is to ensure we engage effectively with the 2,253 people living within the three areas. For the project to be a success, Waterford Sports Partnership will be engaging with local clubs/organisations and individual to ensure that together we achieve the following:

  • Provide pathways for Sport and Physical Activity
  • Produce well trained people to develop the capacity of sport on a local level
  • Create strong organisations
  • Provide quality facilities

We have already increased physical activity numbers through our work in partnership with Cappoquin Rowing Club, the seven local primary schools, our club/school Sportshall Athletics programme and our assistance with clubs and community organisations providing opportunities for the entire community. We also coordinated opportunities for Men’s Health Week and National Play Day within the locality. However, now is the chance for all residents to have their say to ensure that their voice is heard and we, together, can make a positive impact on the opportunities available within this area.

We have launched an online survey which can be accessed HERE. We encourage all residents of Cappoquin, Lismore and Villerstown to complete the survey and to encourage other individuals and groups in their locality to have their say too.

For further information or if you have any questions in relation to the Rural Sports Hub please contact: Peter Jones, Hub Development Officer on 0761 10 2191 or email

Return to Sport & Physical Activity

Published: July 1, 2020

On this page you will find relevant information on the return to sport in line with the Government’s Road map for Reopening Society and Business. This page will be updated regularly to bring you the most up to date and relevant information.

Return to Sport E-Learning Course
Sport Ireland wish to notify NGBs, LSPs and other funded bodies that the updated Sport Ireland COVID-19 eLearning Course is now available on its website. The course aims to support administrators, volunteers, coaches and participants to return to sport during phase 3 in a safe & practical manner. Funded Bodies are encouraged to share the Course with its affiliates, clubs and members through its direct & social media channels.
The course is split into two sections . . .
Section A of the Course builds on the previous Awareness course and has been updated with the current government advice and guidelines in relation to COVID-19. It also includes modules on the recommendations and guidance from the Expert Group in relation to phase 3. The course is targeted at supporting administrators, volunteers, coaches and participants.
Section B of the Course aims to support those who have been nominated to fulfil the COVID Officer Role in their NGB, LSP, Club or Community Group. This section will include specific modules in relation to that role – Responsibilities, Management Plans, Venue Layouts, Dealing with a Breakout, Emergency First aid etc.
Participants can choose to complete Section A only or both sections A & B.
Nominated COVID Officers are recommended to complete both sections.
Both sections will include a test/quiz and a Certificate of Completion.

Complete the Return to Sport Online Course

Return to Sport in Phase 3
Sport Ireland has issued guidance on the return to sport in Phase 3 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, which applies to all sports from Monday, June 29th. The guidance, agreed by the Expert Group on Return to Sport, encourages a gradual and inclusive approach to the resumption of sporting activity.

Return to Sport
Announced on June 19, the amended Roadmap for the Reopening of Society and Business in phase 3 presents a significant acceleration of sport in its return. Previous restrictions on travel will no longer be in place from June 29th.

While phase 3 allows for the return of all sport, National Governing Bodies of Sport are encouraged to continue to adopt a gradual and inclusive approach, catering for all level and abilities in equal measure.

Competition and Training
The return to training and competition should be on an opt-in basis, with participants taking personal responsibility to decide whether they are happy to return.

It is important that athletes are not be penalised if they wish to opt-out of training at this stage in the Roadmap. They should be encouraged to communicate their concerns to their club and/or National Governing Body so that they can be addressed.

The return to competition should be slow with consideration for the period of training completed prior to any scheduled matches/competitions. Individuals, especially high performance and professional athletes, may have maintained a level of fitness throughout the restriction, however the risk of injury will be increased. Those leading the delivery of their sport will need to account for this risk and tailor training accordingly. Minimising the spread of Covid-19 and the occurrence of injury will be critical.

Contact permitted, but should be limited to training and competition only. Strict physical distancing protocols should be in place outside the field and adhered to at all times.

Covid-19 measures should be incorporated into all competition/procedure documents to form a normal part of the sport’s delivery. This should include the appointment of a Covid-19 Safety Officer, to ensure public health guidelines are adhered to, and appropriate mechanisms to assist with contact tracing.

Additional Considerations for Participation in Sport by People with Disabilities or Older People
Whilst mitigating the risk of Covid-19 is more challenging for those who require assistance in their sport participation, steps should be taken including:

  • Consider DATE (distance, activity, time, environment)
  • Ensure daily symptom checks
  • Limit the number of participants
  • Limit the duration of the activity
  • Consider the contact (proximity, direct touch, equipment sharing) and minimise where possible.
  • Train outdoors
  • Consider the use of PPE for assisting the participant (for example, if they require assistance getting onto a bike). It is accepted that the use of PPE during sporting activities is not generally advised, however its use is promoted outside of field of play, where guidelines suggest.
  • Avoid slipstreams where possible

Summer Camps
The Expert Group on Return to Sport has issued three key points for clarification in relation to the operation of summer camps from June 29:

Numbers: The restriction on numbers (‘15’) is lifted. However, caution is advised, as additional personnel will be required to monitor risk arising from Covid-19. Additional consideration should be given to the safeguarding recommendation (under 12s ratio 1:8, 12s and over ratio 1:10). The availability of space will be a factor in the numbers of participants.
Outdoor/Indoor: Summer camps should be based outdoors with limited access to indoors in case of weather or the need for diverse activity. Indoor activity must be done under strict protocol and acknowledging the extra risk associated with indoor activity. The numbers accommodated for outdoor activity should give consideration for the necessity to move indoors at some point during the day (weather dependent).
Contact: Summer camps may allow a certain degree of contact in their activity in the sporting context. Organisers should observe good contact protocols off the field of play and be aware of the intensity, duration and nature of the activity that involves contact.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HSPC) has issued specific guidance on the return to sports activities for children and adolescents. That guidance can be downloaded here.

Health Considerations
Sport Ireland has issued guidance on Health Considerations for Returning to Sport. That guidance can be downloaded here.


Go Walking Kilmacthomas

Published: June 29, 2020

Kilmacthomas are you up for the challenge?

Sign-up now for our 21 Day Community Step Challenge
Running from Monday 6th to Sunday 26th July

How do I sign-up?

Sign-up HERE FREE before Friday 3rd July.

Then simply download the Strava App onto your smartphone. 

Once we receive your registration we will send you a link to join the  
‘WSP Go Walking Group’ on Strava. 
No smartphone, don’t worry, you can still join!


Sinéad Brannigan on 087 459 6179 or email

National Play Day 2020

Published: June 29, 2020

National Play Day 2020 is taking place on Saturday 4th July with the theme ‘Playful Communities, Playful Homes’. Waterford Sports Partnership in collaboration with Waterford City and County Council are delighted to support this initiative led by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs by offering activity packs and resources to children across Waterford.

The activity packs are FREE and contain fun items to encourage and promote play for all children living in Ireland while adhering to the Government guideline of staying at home during the COVID- 19 emergency. Item’s such as skipping ropes, bubbles, chalk and frisbees will be some of the resources provided. Suitable for all the family to enjoy and be active together!

The activity packs will be distributed by WSP staff at the following locations on Friday 3rd July between 10am and 12pm:

Cappoquin/Affane GAA Club
Carrickphierish Community Campus Sports Hub, Gracedieu
Kilmacthomas Rainbow Hall Community Centre Car Park
Lismore Heritage Centre

REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL – Click on your preferred pick-up location above to register for FREE pack.
Activity packs are limited so don’t delay and register today!

For more information please contact: Louise Barry on 086 465 0063 or email


National BeActive Day

Published: June 17, 2020

People of Waterford challenged to take part in BeActive Day 2020!

Waterford is challenged to be active on Sunday, 28th June as part of the Sport Ireland National BeActive Day. Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships in the country who are coming together to celebrate a day of physical activity and sport and want you to join in and be active.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, WSP has been working hard to ensure the people of Waterford remain physically active. As part of a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSP) Waterford Sports Partnership has adapted by using online resources, printed booklets and other innovative means, to ensure that everyone in their community has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity. International guidelines recommend children are active for at least 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes a day, National BeActive Day is a fun and inclusive way of getting in your daily physical activity.

Launching the event, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy encouraged as many people as possible to take part, “The last few months have been very difficult for people but it has been highly encouraging to see people look after their own health and well-being through taking part in regular sport and physical activity. Research has shown that unprecedented numbers of people are out walking and cycling, which is great to see. As we begin to come out of the restrictions, I think it is more important than ever that we continue to exercise and be physically active every day. I am really looking forward to National BeActive Day and challenge you all to get active, pick a new activity or sport and enjoy it”.

WSP Sports Co-Ordinator, Rosarie Kealy, commented, National BeActive Day is an opportunity to get everyone in the household up and active. You can go for a walk, run, do one of our online workouts or make use of our new downloadable resource either for fun or add a competitive element by keeping scores or splitting in to teams. No matter what you do, we encourage you to be active and have some fun, and let’s make Waterford the most active county this weekend!.”

The Local Sports Partnerships have developed a printable list of games and activities to give you some inspiration, all of which are fully adaptive for people of all abilities and skill levels. With suggestions to make the games harder or easier, there is a game for everyone. Simply print out the games or display them on your phone and be active. Or why not get creative and create your own games, activities or challenges?


We are running a competition for the most creative National BeActive Day activity in the county so make sure to share a photo or video on social media and tag in @SportIreland and @WaterfordSportsPartnership and the hashtag #NationalBeActiveDay to be in with a chance of winning a prize!
If you are not on social media, you can email a photo or video of your activity to to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

For more information please contact:
Sinéad Brannigan on 087 469 6179 or email





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