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Fun Athletics at Home!

Published: July 8, 2020

Sportshall Athletics at Home
We reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic by trying to create resources to enable people to keep active during lockdown. In conjunction with Athletics Ireland, Blackwater AC, Ferrybank AC, Finisk Valley AC. KCK Athletic Club, Waterford AC, and West Waterford AC we devised a Sportshall Athletics online programme funded by Dormant Accounts funding through Sport Ireland. 326 families registered for the programme and were sent daily ‘how to’ videos covering ten athletics disciplines including Javelin, Long Jump and Target Throw. Each video included a warm-up followed by an explanation of the daily test and how to complete them using household items. A big thanks to local athletes Kate Veale, Megan Kiely and Anna O’Connor for featuring in the videos and to the six local athletics clubs for promoting the programme to their followers. The programme was a great success and we had participants from all over Ireland and Irish people living overseas in Cyprus, France, Spain, UK and America.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEOS HERE!

National Play Day West Waterford

Published: July 6, 2020

Waterford Sports Partnership celebrated National Play Day 2020 with 100 families in West Waterford on Saturday 4th July 2020.

Under the theme this year of ‘Playful Communities, Playful Homes’, Waterford City and County Council received funding from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to host initiatives to promote and celebrate National Play Day, by creating playful opportunities for children.

The Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman T.D., encouraged participation.

“Play is central to children’s wellbeing, learning and development.  Now more than ever, there is a need for each of us to make time for play in our homes and in our communities. I welcome National Play Day 2020 and encourage people to take part, whether it is from your home or in your community.

As part of National Play Day 2020, Waterford Sports Partnership coordinated the assembly & distribution of 200 play packs for families across Waterford. The packs contained lots of equipment including a skipping rope, ball, frisbee, chalk and bubbles. 100 of these play packs were distributed to families in West Waterford with collection from Lismore Heritage Centre and Cappoquin/Affane GAA Club. In total, 266 children benefited from the play packs which was accompanied by a video from Waterford Sports Partnership staff on how to use your play pack which you can view here . . .

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 pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

Club Development | West Waterford Rural Hub

Published: July 3, 2020

The core objective of the Community Sports Hub is to increase participation for all people in the three areas of Cappoquin, Lismore and Villierstown. In order for this to be a success, Waterford Sports Partnership will be engaging with clubs/organisations and individual to ensure we achieve the following:

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

We have a small scale budget for Club Development that will support greater participation of the community and general public in sport and physical activity in the Hub area.

We are currently engaging with Cappoquin Rowing Club, Affane/Cappoquin GAA, Cappoquin Railway AFC, Lismore Tennis Club, Villierstown Community Centre and Villierstown Boat House.

For further information, please contact Peter Jones on pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie
or 0761 10 2191

Men’s Health Week 2020 | West Waterford

Published: July 3, 2020

International Men’s Health Week ran from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st June and is celebrated in many European countries. The theme of 2020 is “Restoring the Balance: Be Part of the Solution”.

Celebrated internationally, the overall aims of MHW are to:

• Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
• Support men & boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
• Encourage early detection & treatment of health difficulties in males.

Waterford Sports Partnership coordinated four events during the week with two of them specifically available for people within the West Waterford triangle.

On Monday 15th June our online Fighting Fit Programme commenced and we were delighted with buy in from men in West Waterford. This six week programme gives participants a weekly 30 minute video delivered by Irish national coach Killian Walsh from Dungarvan Boxing Club. Sessions include warm up, skipping tuition, progressive boxing techniques, shadow boxing and core strength.

We also delivered socially distanced Men on the Move sessions in three locations and on Wednesday 17th June we worked in conjunction with Cappoquin Railway AFC. WSP tutor Shauna Walsh delivered three thirty minute sessions to a total of 17 men in groups of no more than 6 with the sessions covering warm-up, aerobic exercises, core strength & cool down.

Well done to all the men that took part and thank you to Cappoquin Railway AFC. We were delighted with the buy-in from the men of West Waterford as we aimed to ‘restore the balance’ for Irish men.

Here are a few highlights of the week, keep an eye out for some follow on activities.
If you are interested in increasing your physical activity levels please contact:
Peter Jones on 087 1015130  or by email pjones@waterfordsportspartnersip.ie 

 

 

West Waterford Hub Steering Committee

Published: June 30, 2020

Waterford Sports Partnership are delighted to have brought together a provisional steering committee to assist us in developing the hub and understanding the needs of the local community. We have representation from the following groups: Waterford Area Partnership, Waterford Leader Partnership, Waterford City and County Council, Cappoquin Community Project, Lismore Community Centre and Villierstown Education and Culture Project. To date, the steering committee have met twice to enable WSP to gain an understanding of what is needed for the three areas of the hub and to discuss relevant ideas. This steering committee will assist WSP in coming up with an action plan and communicating opportunities to the local communities.

For further information or if you have any questions in relation to the Rural Sports Hub
please contact:  Peter Jones, Hub Development Officer on 087 785 5940
or email pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

Sportshall Athletics

Published: June 30, 2020


Sportshall Athletics Training for Primary Schools
WSP liaised with local athletics clubs Blackwater AC and Finisk Valley to deliver a sustainable Sportshall Athletics programme to 1st and 2nd class students in the seven local primary schools. We were delighted to offer primary schools and clubs Sportshall Athletics Training on Monday 9th March, delivered by Athletic Ireland tutor Pat Power. Twelve people from local athletics clubs and schools attended the two hour training session. Many thanks to Whitechurch N.S. School for the use of their facilities. The plan was to then loan out SportsHall Athletics Equipment to the schools rounded off by a West Waterford Sportshall Athletics Tournament when the programme was interrupted by COVID-19.


Sportshall Athletics at Home

We reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic by trying to create resources to enable people to keep active during lockdown. In conjunction with Athletics Ireland, Blackwater AC, Ferrybank AC, Finisk Valley AC. KCK Athletic Club, Waterford AC, and West Waterford AC we devised a Sportshall Athletics online programme funded by Dormant Accounts funding through Sport Ireland. 326 families registered for the programme and were sent daily ‘how to’ videos covering ten athletics disciplines including Javelin, Long Jump and Target Throw. Each video included a warm-up followed by an explanation of the daily test and how to complete them using household items. A big thanks to local athletes Kate Veale, Megan Kiely and Anna O’Connor for featuring in the videos and to the six local athletics clubs for promoting the programme to their followers. The programme was a great success and we had participants from all over Ireland and Irish people living overseas in Cyprus, France, Spain, UK and America.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEOS HERE!

 

 

West Waterford Rural Hub

Published: December 12, 2019

Cappoquin, Lismore and Villierstown Community Hub

Waterford Sports Partnership were successful in applying for funding from Dormant Accounts through Sport Ireland to set up a Community Sports Hub in the Cappoquin, Lismore, Villierstown area. A Community Sports Hub is a collective of organisations and individuals that want to work together to improve the sporting and physical activity opportunities in their community.

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.

We have established strong links with a range of community groups, clubs and agencies for target groups including women, men, older adults, disability and schools within these three communities. This project offers a real chance to make a sustained impact on the physical activity opportunities for people of all ages in West Waterford.

In advance of the funding application, WSP carried out a needs analysis with representatives from the three areas in late 2018 assessing:

  • Current Physical Activity and Sport Opportunities
  • Current Education and Training Opportunities
  • Key Organisations in the area
  • Potential opportunities for linkage
  • Local Facilities and Infrastructure that support participation
  • We considered how access and usage of local facilities and infrastructure could be increased.


What’s next?
In the coming months we will engage with the local communities to achieve the following:

  • Establish a database of physical activities that are currently on offer in the local communities
  • Engage with local stakeholders and form a steering group to shape the rural hub project
  • Look at strengthening existing clubs and communities and identify any gaps to increase physical activity opportunities
  • Undertake a more detailed needs analysis with the local communities

Waterford Sports Partnership will, with the support of the community, address the gaps and priorities identified by the community through physical activity programmes and initiatives in the Rural Hub area in 2020. We are looking forward to hosting an Operation Transformation event in the community on Saturday 18th January and look forward to seeing the local community support this event. Please see details below!


Sports Development Officer Peter Jones is leading this project on a part time basis.
Peter will be based in the community for one day a week in 2020.
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 pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

 

 

 

 

West Waterford Rural Hub | OT Walk

Published: December 12, 2019

Join us in Cappoquin Affane GAA Club
on Saturday 18
th January to Kickstart your decade!
West Waterford Operation Transformation Family Walk

On Saturday 18th January we’re organising a 3km family walk around the GAA grounds followed  by family fun orienteering and refreshments in the GAA Club.
Registration from 10.30am | This is a FREE event!
You can Pre-register HERE now. 


For further information please contact: 

Peter Jones, Hub Development Officer on 0761 10 2191 or pjones@waterfordsportspartnership.ie

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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Civic Offices
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Tel: 0761 10 2194

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