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Job Opportunity – CSDO Maternity Leave Cover

Published: January 12, 2022

Waterford Sports Partnership is seeking applications for a Community Sports Development Officer for a Fixed Purpose Contract (Maternity Cover)

Job Description
Title: Community Sports Development Officer (CSDO)
Salary: Salary in line with the grade 4 local authority pay scale commencing at point 1- €29,253
Hours:  The CSDO will work 35 hours a week. This position will require flexibility around working hours with regards to evening and/or weekend work to accommodate the service needs, for which time off in-lieu can be taken.
Annual Leave: 28 days annual leave
Travel Expenses:  Travel expenses will be reimbursed where appropriate.
Location: The post will be based at the Regional Sports Centre, Cork Road, Waterford and a level of flexibility and remote working will be considered.
Reports to: WSP Co-ordinator or their designate
Contract type:  This is a Fixed Purpose Contract commencing on 14th February 2022 and will continue for the following purpose: Maternity leave cover. It will be subject to satisfactory completion of a 3 month probationary period.
Closing date: Monday 24th January 2022
Interviews: Those selected will be invited to attend for interview to be held online on Thursday 27th January 2022.

Job Purpose
The CSDO will develop, deliver and evaluate programmes and initiatives which will expand the range of opportunities to increase participation in sport and physical activity in the community.  WSP targets those with low participation rates from the following groups – young people, youth at risk, teenage girls, women, men, people with a disability, older adults, people from disadvantaged community and minority groups.  We also support those who promote participation in sport and physical activity eg sports club volunteers and coaches, teachers, physical activity leaders.  The CSDO will be assigned certain target groups and work areas on appointment.  These are likely to include people with a disability and women.

The CSDO will foster and encourage a culture of active participation, supporting opportunities for and access to, sport and physical activity including:

  1. Supporting the development of exciting and dynamic opportunities to increase participation of people who are low participants in sport and physical activity particularly people with a disability and women.
  2. Capacity building smaller NGBs and other sport and community stakeholders to deliver services to increase participation.
  3. Developing sustainable local leadership of sport and physical activity within communities.

 Key Accountabilities 

  1. Planning
  • Actively contribute and support the preparation of the annual operational plan to deliver WSP strategic objectives.
  • Develop and implement an action plan in line with the WSP strategy, the National Sports Policy Action Plan, the National Physical Activity Plan, Local Economic Community Plan and actions arising out of WSP strategic objectives.
  • Implement a comprehensive range of physical activity programmes and events for relevant target groups with a view to creating sustainable participation.
  • Participate in the design, organisation and implementation of WSP projects and events.
  • Facilitate quarterly and annual reviews of the annual operational plan reporting on the effectiveness and impact of work areas.
  1. Community Activation
  • Engage with communities and target groups by consulting with participants and local partners to assess needs and develop sustainable approaches in providing participation opportunities.
  • Identify key stakeholders and community leaders to ensure engagement across the community and involvement with relevant target groups.
  • Work in partnership with stakeholders to share knowledge and information relevant to target groups in the community to identify the needs and demand for new activities.
  • Participate in the design, organisation and implementation of physical activity programmes and events for all WSP target groups.
  • Encourage and foster opportunities for programme development and new initiatives with partner agencies.
  • Provide guidance and support to develop sustainable pathways in the community.
  • Support and maintain strong links between community organisations.
  1. Relationship Building
  • Work with WSP current and potential partners and stakeholders including local community groups and organisations, sports clubs, NGBs, partner agencies to develop and strengthen relationships.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with appropriate partner organisations and local community groups and create links and encourage collaboration between partners.
  • Actively build relationships with organisations to facilitate the reach of WSP to our various target groups.
  • Develop strong partnership working with local partners, community groups and stakeholders, with a particular focus on strengthening community links.
  • Support and guide clubs and communities with various issues as they arise.
  • Maintain and develop existing relationships with NGBs and engage smaller NGBs in new partnerships.
  1. Facilitation
  • Develop and implement WSP programmes and initiatives to increase participation of targeted low participation groups.
  • Establish participation programmes and training and education courses including attracting participants, sourcing appropriate tutors/coaches and working with tutors to ensure appropriate delivery of programmes.
  1. Research & Evaluation
  • Conduct research of participation in sport and physical activity in the community including, where relevant, needs analysis to identify suitable support to increase participation in sport and physical activity in the community and target groups.
  • Implement a monitoring and evaluation framework for all projects, programmes and initiatives.
  • Measure and monitor performance indicators based on the impact courses/programmes are having at local level and among target groups.
  1. Financial Management
  • Adhere to WSP financial policies regarding the procurement of goods and services, budget planning and reporting, while ensuring compliance requirements of the various funders.
  • Carefully manage budget and reporting responsibilities providing regular updates to the WSP Co-ordinator, Board, Sport Ireland etc as required.
  • Identify funding sources for programme delivery.
  1. Marketing & PR
  • Assist with the preparation of the WSP marketing and communication plan including writing marketing content, press releases, articles and radio promotions.
  • Collate material for inclusion in promotional materials such as the WSP newsletter, WSP website, social media platforms and other communication channels.
  • Identify and secure, in consultation with the WSP Co-ordinator and colleagues, opportunities to promote and market the work and activities of WSP.
  1. Health & Safety Management
  • Contribute to ensuring that the approach taken for WSP activities and all facilities used are fully compliant with current health and safety standards.
  • Assist in the investigation of all accidents/incidents and communicate all results/recommendations arising from investigations of accidents/incidents.
  • Ensure that all activities undertaken as an employee of WSP are in line with codes of practice and legislation.
  1. General
  • Undertake additional duties and tasks as requested by the Coordinator or other designated person.
  • Be flexible in approach to work, and undertake any other duties that may be required within the remit of WSP.
  • Ensure that all activities undertaken as an officer of WSP are in line with WSP values, codes of practice and relevant legislation.

Person Specification

If you are interested in applying for the position, please apply via the following link
APPLY HERE with a COVER LETTER and CV by 24th January 2022.

Short listing
Short listing of candidates may apply based on the information supplied. Canvassing will disqualify.

Those selected will be invited to attend for interview on Thursday 27th January 2022.

WSP shall require the person to whom the appointment is offered to take up such appointment on 14th February 2022.

Waterford Sports Partnership is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Now Booking! Learn to Love Fitness

Published: January 10, 2022

Learn to Love FITNESS in partnership with MOVE DUNGARVAN

Delivered by qualified instructors

Always wanted to join a gym but didn’t have the confidence to do it.
This is your chance!

Wednesday 19th January | 1.10 to 1.50pm

Learn how to . . .

A healthy lunch option will be supplied each week!

STOP wishing & START doing!
Females only | Over 18’s | €50pp

Book HERE now!

For more information please contact: Pauline Casey on 086 783 7385
or email

Operation Transformation Walk 2022

Published: January 10, 2022

The Sport Ireland National Network of Local Sports Partnerships has teamed up with Operation Transformation once again this year to promote healthy living in 2022. Information on future activities and programmes for you to join will also be available on the day! Come along and join in the fun, bring family, friends and neighbours!

We are organising an Operation Transformation Walk at Affane/Cappoquin GAA Club Grounds on  Sunday 16th January 2022 @11am

Join us for an accessible looped walk on the newly developed walkway around the club grounds, with 1 to 5km walk options.

Participants MUST Pre-register
Register HERE now!

Women on the Move 2022

Published: January 10, 2022

We were delighted to get Women on the Move back up and running again before Christmas in Carrickphierish Sports Hub. Woman on the Move is suitable for all fitness levels and focuses on cardiovascular fitness, increasing your strength and improving your muscle tone. We will be running Women on the Move again this January in three locations across Waterford City & County for five weeks as follows;

Five Week Programmes Starting Monday 17th January

Carrickphierish Sports Hall, Gracedieu, Waterford | 7 to 8pm | BOOK HERE
Cappoquin Community Centre | 7 to 8pm | BOOK HERE
Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas | 7.15 to 8.15pm | BOOK HERE


For more information please contact Pauline on 086 7837385 or email:



Published: December 17, 2021

Waterford GAA Clubs are invited to submit an application for funding to support the organisation of a safe and accessible Operation Transformation Walk for club members and the wider community on Sunday 16th January 2022 at 11am.

The fund is limited, therefore preference will be given to clubs that have signed up to the ‘Ireland Lights Up’ campaign, and we will also aim to support a spread of venues across the county if possible.


Please read the criteria carefully before applying.
Closing date for applications is strictly Monday 10th January 2022 at 5pm.

For more details please contact Pauline Casey,, 087-7837385.

 Please visit for more details about the ‘Ireland Lights Up’ Walking Campaign 2022.


Now Booking – Activator Pole Walking Outdoors

Published: December 16, 2021


Come & Try Activator Pole Walking Outdoors
Activator Pole Walking is suitable for adults of different abilities.
We will explore how Activator Poles can improve your: Aerobic Fitness | Mobility | Strength | Balance

Monday 17th January @11am at Affane/Cappoquin GAA Club

Tuesday 18th January @11am at Kilbarry Nature Park, Waterford

Wednesday 19th January @11am meeting at Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas

Thursday 20th January @11am meeting at the fountain in Walton Park, Abbeyside, Dungarvan

Saturday 22nd January @10am meeting at the bandstand in the People’s Park, Waterford

For further information please contact:
Sinéad Brannigan on 087 459 6179 or email

NOW Booking! Men on the Move

Published: October 29, 2021

The Men on the Move Programme encourages men to get more active, have fun and improve their fitness levels through twice weekly activity sessions. The programme offers men the chance to learn and take part in safe, effective exercises tailored to suit their needs. Participants  should see both physical and psychological benefits such as improved mood, increased energy, weight loss/control and improved mobility and greater functional fitness. The sessions focus on aerobic exercises for forty minutes and work on core strength and flexibility for twenty minutes.

Men on the Move Waterford City

Want to start exercising?
Want to feel fitter & have more energy?

WSP Tutors will deliver a variety of different sessions that will include both cardiovascular and resistance exercises.

Men on the Move @ the RSC
Five Week Programmes
Starting Monday 17th January | 10 to 11am | €20pp  | BOOK HERE
Starting Thursday 27th January | 6.15 to 7.15pm |€20pp | BOOK HERE

Club Men on the Move @Mount Sion GAA Club
Six Week Programme
Starting Wednesday 19th January | 6.15 to 7pm
€10 for members | €20 for non-members | Pay on the night
Register your interest HERE

For more information please contact: Sinéad Brannigan on 087 459 61719
or email


Now Booking! Walking Yoga for Over 50’s

Published: October 15, 2021

Join us for a four week
Walking Yoga Programme this Autumn
Men and Women aged over 50 are invited to join our morning walking programme that will combine elements of yoga practice with a peaceful walk in nature.  

Don’t worry you won’t need any equipment to join in. Prepare by wearing comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.


Cost €10pp | Booking Essential

Details are as follows:

Wednesday 27th October | 10.30 to 11.30am
Meeting @ Walton Park, Abbeyside, Dungarvan (Beside the fountain)

Friday 29th October | 10.30 to 11.30am
Meeting @ the Waterford Greenway Car Park
outside Coach House Coffee

Saturday 30th October | 10 to 11am
Meeting @ the Bandstand in the People’s Park, Waterford.

Tuesday 2nd November | 11.30am to 12.30pm
Meeting @ Villierstown Church

For more information please contact: Sinéad Brannigan on 087 459 6179
or email




Menopause & Exercise Workshop

Published: October 8, 2021

This November we are hosting a Workshop for Women who want to learn more about Menopause and Exercise!

Brought to you in partnership with Irene Clarke – Female, Athlete, Health Coach.

Impact of the Menopause on Physical Activity

Are you Peri or Post Menopausal?
Do you want to keep active?
Waterford Sports Partnership is running a pilot workshop for active women to provide you with the knowledge and practical solutions to help you continue to train and stay active.

Thursday 4th November | 7.30 to 9pm

The areas that we will look at are:
– The Science of Menopause: What is Menopause and what is happening to our bodies?
– Training for the Menopausal Athlete: How our training needs to change as our bodies change. How to train, when to train, how hard to train and what sort of training is most effective.
– Nutrition for the Menopausal Athlete: How to change our fuelling strategy to match what is going on in our body.

For more information please contact: Pauline Casey on 086 783 7385
or email



NOW BOOKING! Women on the Move

Published: October 8, 2021

Women on the Move is a six week activity programme suited to all age groups and includes activities which cater for all fitness levels. The programme includes fun games and workouts which help to improve cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility and mobility.

Women on the Move – Carrickphierish

Do you want to start exercising, feel fitter and have more energy?
SIGN UP NOW for our SIX week WOMEN ONLY Physical Activity Programme
Mondays | 7 to 8pm

Starting Monday 1st November @
Carrickphierish Community Sports Hub | Gracedieu Rd. | Waterford
€20pp | BOOK HERE NOW!

For further information please contact:
For more information please contact Pauline 086 783 7385
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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Company Info

Waterford Sports Partnership Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG)
CRO Number: 378713

Registered Office –
Civic Offices
Co. Waterford

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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