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Waterford SportsAbility Weekend 2019

Published: March 20, 2019

Following the success of our inaugural SportsAbility Day in 2018, Waterford SportsAbility Forum, in conjunction with WIT Arena, will host a Sportsability Weekend in 2019 . . .

Friday 26th April | 6-9pm @ WIT ARENA

6 to 7pm Questions/Answers with panel including Parents and Athletes
7 to 8pm Importance of Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility
(Facilitated by Waterford Warriors Strength & Conditioning)
8 to 9pm Keynote Speaker


Saturday 27th April | 11am-2pm @ WIT ARENA


This event is suitable for people with a disability of all ages, their families, parents, teachers, sports coaches, youth club leaders and anyone interested in sport.



Men’s Fighting Fit | Dungarvan

Published: March 20, 2019

Starting Wednesday 20th March
6 to 6.45pm
@ Dungarvan Boxing Club
A fun way to get active and learn something new!
€20 per person | Limited Places
For further information and bookings please contact
Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191 or email

Job Opportunity | Community Sports Development Officer

Published: March 6, 2019

Waterford Sports Partnership wishes to recruit a Community Sports Development Officer (CSDO) on a fixed term, one year contract to be based in Dungarvan.

Job and Person Specification can be downloaded HERE or is available from
or by calling 0761 10 2194.

Please send Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae by email or post to:
The Sports Co-ordinator, Waterford Sports Partnership, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Email:

Closing date for receipt of applications is 11am Tuesday 19th March 2019.

Candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. Waterford Sports Partnership will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post.

This post is subject to Garda Vetting.
Waterford Sports Partnership is an equal opportunities employer.

Join us for Walk for Life 2019

Published: February 14, 2019

We are hosting a series of four accessible walks for over 50’s and people with a disability. The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience some of the wonderful Waterford Walks. So, lace up your walking shoes and come along to a walk near you!

Tuesday 19th February @ 10.30am
| Waterford Greenway Kilmacthomas.
Meeting at the Workhouse Car Park

Tuesday 26th February @ 10.30am | Waterford Greenway Bilberry.
Meeting at Bilberry Car Park.

Tuesday 5th March @ 10.30am | Mount Congreve
Meeting at  Mount Congreve Car Park.

Tuesday 12th March @ 10.30am | Waterford Greenway Dungarvan.
Meeting at the fountain in Walton Park.

Cost: €3pp (includes tea/coffee& scone)
Booking Essential:
Please contact Pauline on 0761 10 2682 or Text Org Name & Participating Numbers to 086 7837385

Sport Ireland 2019 Funding Announcement

Published: February 7, 2019

Sport Ireland announces nearly €32 million investment in National Governing Bodies, High Performance Programmes and Athletes, and Local Sports Partnerships

  • Funding represents significant increase on 2018
  • €12.84 million for core activity of 58 National Governing Bodies
  • €7.29 million to support work of 29 Local Sports Partnerships
  • €8.46 million to support High Performance programmes
  • €1.93 million in direct athlete investment

Sport Ireland today announced an investment of nearly €32 million in National Governing Bodies for Sport, direct athlete support and the Local Sports Partnership Network for 2019.

The funding announced, which represents a significant increase on 2018, includes an investment of €12.845 million in the core activity of National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs), €8.46m in NGB High Performance Programmes, €820,000 in high performance funding for the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland, and €7.29 million in the work of the Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs).

Sport Ireland also announced €500,000 in targeted funding for projects, to assist with the preparation for key events in 2019, along with a further €1.93 million for the International Carding Scheme.

Speaking ahead of the announcement at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena today, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, said: “The National Sports Policy 2018-2027 published by my Department last July puts a strong emphasis on increasing participation in sport and physical activity by all members of society, regardless of age or circumstance. The significant increase in funding announced today will assist the excellent work of our National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships in delivering programmes and initiatives on the ground to get more people active on a regular basis. Their work is making a substantial contribution to the health and welfare of individuals, communities and the nation.”

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, added: “The funding announced today will assist in furthering Ireland’s ambitions at the highest level on the international stage as we head into a critical period for high performance sport. 2018 was an exceptional year for Irish teams and athletes and we look forward to that success continuing into 2019 with Olympic and Paralympic qualification on the horizon for many athletes. In particular, the move to a two-year model for the International Carding scheme is to be welcomed as we look to give our top athletes the best possible opportunity to realise their potential on the international stage.”

2018 marked an exceptional year for Irish sport at an international level, with Irish athletes and teams winning 77 medals at major competition throughout the year. At home, National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships saw sustained participation and engagement with programmes, with many new innovative initiatives rolled-out nationwide.

Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, commented: “2018 was a landmark year for Irish sport. At a strategic level, the publication of the new National Sports Policy was a key milestone for the sports sector. On the international stage we saw sustained success from our high performance teams and athletes, while the NGBs and LSPs are continuing to support strong participation in sport among people of all ages. Through a substantial budget increase for 2019, the Government has responded very positively to the case made by Sport Ireland and the Irish sporting community with a broad commitment to sport and physical activity. It is vital that our NGBs and LSPs are well supported and the increase in funding this year means that our funded bodies will be well equipped to deliver on their objectives as we look towards next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games and increasing participation in sport across the board.”

The International Carding Scheme has increased from €1.9 million in 2018 to €1.934 million in 2019. For 2019 and 2020 the International Carding Scheme will be awarded as a two year

Scheme. This means that athletes who are awarded Carding in 2019 will be funded until December 2020, subject to terms and conditions.

Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy, added: “Sport Ireland is delighted to be in a position to provide the majority of performing National Governing Bodies for Sport and Local Sports Partnerships with an increase in investment in 2019. A significant development this year is the move to a two-year model for the International Athlete Carding Scheme. This new approach will remove pressures associated with carding criteria and allow athletes to fully focus on Tokyo 2020 qualification and performance. High Performance Programme funding provided to NGBs in 2019 will stand for the funding round in 2020. This commitment from Sport Ireland is provided to well-governed NGBs that are tracking to deliver their targets in Tokyo 2020.”

Mr Treacy continued: “At a local level, the increased investment in the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme means that all 29 Local Sports Partnerships will have a Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) in 2019. The SIDOs will provide valuable support and facilitate an increase in opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity. We look forward to another positive year for Irish sport in 2019.”

The full breakdown of funding can be viewed here.

International Carding Scheme allocations can be viewed here.


Overview of Annualised Funding Streams*:


*For the purposes of this analysis, once-off funding which becomes available is not included. In 2018, €1.5 million was made available to assist NGB preparations for major competitions including the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and key World Championship events.

2019 & 2020 International Carding Scheme:

The International Carding Scheme has increased from €1.9 million in 2018 to €1.934 million in 2019. For 2019 and 2020 the International Carding Scheme will be awarded as a two year

Scheme. This means that athletes who are awarded Carding in 2019 will be funded until December 2020, subject to terms and conditions. The Scheme will remain open to new entrants in 2020 who will be eligible to receive a one-year award. The most important benefit from this change is to allow athletes to fully focus on Olympic & Paralympic qualification and performance, and reduce the negative pressures associated with chasing funding criteria.

2018 Overall High Performance Funding Overview

For reference, below is an overview of 2018 Overall High Performance Funding. 2019 funding is listed in the 2019 Investment Brochure.

HP Overview


  • Paralympics Ireland receives funding for its high performance programme (€665,000) and core operations (€397,500).
  • Additional High Performance Funding includes €1.5m secured in August 2018 and €100,000 secured in December 2018
  • Athlete and Player Funding is awarded through the International Carding Scheme and Team Ireland Golf Scheme
  • The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport provided funding to a number of high performance sports for specialised Tokyo equipment requirements

WCCC Supporting Communities Fund 2019 -Open for Applications!

Published: January 29, 2019

Waterford City & County Council Supporting Communities Fund 2019
Closing date for applications is Thursday 28th February 2019 | No applications will be accepted after this date

Waterford City & County Council is committed to encouraging communities and empowering residents to make a difference to their areas. To support this, the Council is inviting applications to its Supporting Communities Fund 2019.

The Supporting Communities Fund provides grant aid assistance to Residents Associations, Community Groups, Sports Clubs and other groups/committees engaged in community activity, providing community services or carrying out improvement works at local or county level. Groups can apply under one the following 3 funding strands:

1. Residents Association Fund, 2. Community Activity Fund, 3. Sports & Recreation Fund

How to apply
All applicants must complete a Supporting Waterford Communities Fund 2019 application form which can be downloaded HERE

Alternatively you can collect an application pack at Waterford City & County Council Customer Service points at Bailey’s New Street, Waterford or at the Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan or alternatively you can email to have an application pack sent out to you.

Once completed please submit your application with necessary documentations by email to or in hard copy to:
Colette O’ Brien,
Supporting Waterford Communities Fund 2019,
Waterford City & County Council,
Baileys New Street,

Don’t forget: Closing date for applications is Thursday 28th February 2019 – late applications shall not be accepted

Now Booking! Walking Football

Published: January 22, 2019

Join us for this fun indoor session for over 18’s, led by FAI tutors.
Low impact, low intensity, non-contact football at a slower pace.
All skill levels catered for, no experience needed, plenty of fun guaranteed!
Starting Wednesday 20th February | 8 to 9pm
(& the following 3 Wednesdays)
@ Carrickphierish Sports Hub
€2 per person per session
For more information, please contact Louise Barry (WSP)
or Gary Power (FAI) on 086 388 3850

‘Try Rowing’ Programme at Blackwater Community School

Published: January 18, 2019

On Thursday 17th January, Blackwater Community School, Lismore took part in a Rowing Ireland ‘Try Rowing’ Workshop organised by Waterford Sports Partnership and facilitated by Mary Maloney of rowing Ireland.

The programme is designed for Transition Year students to become skilled and knowledgeable in the sport of Rowing and to become confident in organising and coaching sessions for young people. Twenty one TY students participated in the 3 hour workshop which is a mix of theory & practical work, the group were a pleasure to work with as they engaged fully in the workshop and each student had the opportunity to coach and demonstrate the skills of Rowing. The students will now work coach sessions with the 1st years in the school.

A big thank you to; Cappoquinn Rowing Club for the use of the five ergometers, the staff of Blackwater Community School who helped coordinate the workshop, and to Mary Maloney from Rowing Ireland for delivering a most enjoyable workshop. Best of luck to all involved in rolling out the programme in the coming weeks!

For more information on this programme, please contact Louise Barry on 0761 10 2619
or email

Great turnout for Operation Transformation Waterford Walk!

Published: January 14, 2019

RTÉ’s Operation Transformation teamed up once again with Sport Ireland and Local Sports Partnerships to organise the 2019 Operation Transformation National Walks. This year Waterford Sports Partnership was delighted to host the Waterford walk along the Waterford Greenway starting at the Workhouse in Kilmacthomas on Saturday 12th January.

On a beautiful Winter morning the Workhouse car park was a hive of activity with more than 350 participants, over a quarter of which were children, all geared up to explore all that this  section of the Greenway has to offer. Participants were spoiled for choice as they had the option of taking on a 3km and 5km walk as they kick-started their own Operation Transformation. Participants enjoyed fabulous views of the old railway station and of Kilmacthomas town as they crossed the Viaduct.

A special thank you to our volunteers and Civil Defence who gave up their Saturday morning to help us run another successful event. Also thank you to the Coach House who offered us the use of their facilities to host this event.

Keep your transformation on track and join us on our Operation Motivation’ Programme in Kilmacthomas this January.

For information or to get involved in our other please contact Pauline Casey on 076 110 2682 or email



Check out our January 2019 Newsletter!

Published: January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!

Check out our January 2019 Newsletter packed full of news and information on upcoming courses and events & some exciting NEW Programmes for the new year!

View the Newsletter HERE

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