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€228,190 Boost for Waterford Sport and Physical Activity Measures

Published: September 28, 2020

Sport and physical activity in Waterford has received a welcome boost, with €228,190 being allocated to Waterford Sports Partnership through the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The allocation is part of a total investment package of €7.3m in Dormant Accounts Funding announced by Sport Ireland for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures countrywide.

Sport Ireland’s investment aims to engage with communities across the country, focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.

Included in the allocation to Waterford Sports Partnership is €30,000 for the Cappoquin, Lismore, Villierstown Community Sports Hub, €70,000 for Active Cities, €100,000 for Innovation for Sports Inclusion, €15,590 for Urban Outdoor Adventure Initiatives, €8,600 for Volunteer Supports and €4,000 for Youth Leadership.

Speaking about the new round of Dormant Accounts Funding, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, said: “A key priority for Government is the targeting of resources at programmes that seek to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular socio-economic disadvantage. Similarly, we are keen to ensure that interventions are in place to boost participation levels among people with disabilities. The range of measures funded through the Dormant Accounts Fund is helping to make sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible for many people right across Ireland.”

Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers TD, added: “The positive impact of sport and physical activity on our physical and mental wellbeing cannot be overstated. The current pandemic has confirmed the critical importance of sport to Irish society and the uplift it provides to people’s spirits. While keeping us fit, regular physical activity is an excellent social outlet for many. The investment package announced today will have a positive impact on the health of the nation, and support the growth of community and social cohesion through sport.”

Among the successful Dormant Accounts Fund projects announced are thirteen new Innovation projects.

Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, commented: “Sport Ireland is delighted with the significant investment of €990,000 in Innovation for Sports Inclusion. These creative Innovation projects have the potential to create solutions to the problems that exist in sports participation. The announcement of thirteen innovation projects is very welcomed, stimulating collaboration within and beyond the sports sector.”

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, commented: “The increase in Dormant Accounts Funding will enable Sport Ireland, supported by National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of communities throughout Ireland. Key to the work of Sport Ireland is the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in sport and physical activity, no matter what their circumstances.”

As with previous funding announced, the investment is closely aligned with the National Sports Policy and the National Physical Activity Plan.  A particular emphasis is placed on implementing programmes to promote physical activity, making sport and physical activity accessible to people with a disability and the development of programmes to address transitions and drop out from physical activity.

Rosarie Kealy, Coordinator of Waterford Sports Partnership said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with the funding allocated to Waterford Sports Partnership for Waterford sport and physical activity initiatives.  This was a competitive process and we acknowledge the confidence and trust placed in the WSP team by Sport Ireland to deliver on this investment.  Sport and physical activity is of critical importance, now more than ever, for our physical and mental well being.  This funding aims in particular to increase inclusion and increase participation rates in areas of socio-economic disadvantage.’

See the full list of funded projects here.

West Waterford Rural Hub Needs Analysis

Published: September 28, 2020

WSP has been working with Ian Dempsey from Prescience Business and Management Development to engage with the local communities to conduct a needs analysis for the CLV Hub Area. The needs analysis will assist us in formulating an action plan to make sure that all work undertaken by WSP is sustainable, ensuring physical activity will continue to thrive post dormant accounts funding.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were not able to meet with the public face to face , so using a variety of methods from zoom calls and an online survey we were able to capture data from a wide range of people from the Hub communities.

We were delighted that 282 people responded to the survey. This shows great buy- in from the local community , even more impressive is that 100% of people, that started the survey, fully completed it!

The Need Analysis Report will be made available to the public early in 2021.
Here are a few of the provisional findings . . . .

  • 282 respondents; 100% completion rate – (average 7 minutes, 50 seconds to complete)
  • Strong engagement & interest overall
  • Permanent and rooted in area
  • Some localised differences between settlements
  • Notable gender split -70% female/30% male
  • Economically active and family cohort
  • Healthy and active
  • 50% primarily self exercise
  • 33% member of club/team

Here are some more of the results :-

  • Respondents are active (91% regular/occasional exercise, <1% not exercising)
  • People participate in mostly individual sports (50% self exercise, 18.5% team)
  • 57% said that opportunities, facilities and amenities need improvement – WSP to work with key agencies to develop Opportunities.
  • 70% were not aware of WSP’s plans for Sport and Physical Activity Hub in West Waterford. WSP to work with the public on our communication, promotion and connection with the local areas.
  • Respondents stated that the primary reason for limited activity was the lack of awareness of options. WSP will work with the local sports clubs, groups and communities to improve this.

Did we get enough information from everyone?
WSP will follow up with the local communities in 2021 to continue to ensure we meet the needs of the local population in creating more physical activity opportunities. We are also focusing on liaising with other organisations to discuss the needs of the community. Listed here are the main physical activity opportunities that people wanted. Whilst all of these are not feasible with large scale infrastructure not coming under WSP’s remit, it is important for
us to know what is needed. Ironically, some of the activities listed are actually on offer in the local community, highlighting the need for improved awareness of options.


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

Now Booking! Men on the Move Cappoquin

Published: September 27, 2020

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.

We to recently completed a very successful four week Men on the Move Programme in Cappoquin in partnership with Cappoquin AFC. WSP tutor Shauna Walsh and WSP COVID Officer Peter Jones put the guys through their paces as the group worked on improving their core strength, flexibility, and aerobic capacity in a safe and socially distanced way.

The feedback was so good, that we are now delivering a further eight week session running from this Wednesday 30 September to Wednesday 25th November! 

NOW BOOKING! Men on the Move follow on Programme

Cappoquin Programme
8 weeks | Wednesday nights
Starting Wednesday 30th September | 6.30 to 7.30pm
@ Cappoquin Railway AFC

€10pp – BOOK HERE NOW!

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

Come & Try Kayaking for Adults

Published: September 18, 2020

Celebrating European Week of Sport

Come and Try Kayaking for Adults in West Waterford

Wednesday 30th September 5 to 6.30pm@ Villierstown Boat Club

Join us for a FREE kayaking session – all equipment will be provided



Walk West Waterford

Published: September 14, 2020


We are hosting a series of FREE walks for over 50’s in West Waterford during Positive Ageing Week 2020. The aim of the series is to give people the opportunity to create links with others in their locality and experience these wonderful Waterford Walks. So, lace up your walking shoes and come along to a walk near you.
Don’t miss this chance to meet new people in your area and discover local walking opportunities!

Tuesday 29th September @ 10.30am
Cappoquin GAA Club
‘Explore the new Community Walkway’
Meeting at Cappoquin GAA Club
Wednesday 30th September @ 10.30am
Ballysaggart Towers
‘Explore this stunning heritage site’
Meeting at the Car Park at the Towers
Thursday 1st October @ 10.30am
Villierstown Village
‘Enjoy the charm of this picturesque village’ Meeting at Villierstown Community Centre
(Old Church)
Friday 2nd October @ 10.30am
Glenshelane Woods Walk
‘A feast for the senses’
Meeting at the car park at the woods

For more information please contact:
Peter Jones on 0761 10 2191 or

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.


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.


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

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
or 0761 10 2191

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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