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‘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

Waterford Camogie Participation Initiative

Published: December 17, 2018

Waterford Camogie Participation Initiative to develop and improve the skills of girls born in 2005, 2006 & 2007 (more…)

NOW Booking! Orienteering Teacher Training

Published: December 9, 2018

Orienteering is a competitive sport that combines racing with navigation, using the geographical skills of map reading and the physical activity of running or walking. Orienteering develops many transferable skills and links with both the Primary and Secondary PE Curriculum. Orienteering is surprisingly easy to implement and school grounds are often the best choice for a first-time, outdoor experience. It can be done both indoors and outdoors (making it a weatherproof adventure activity!) and without having to leave the school. The ‘real life’ problem solving skills experienced in orienteering can help make geography, maths and science much more relevant for students, whilst also helping them build on their confidence, communication and social skills.

After this training day your school will be Ready to Go…Orienteering!!! Get your school mapped out and receive a resource pack and equipment. Participants will also receive a Certificate of Participation from the Irish Orienteering Association on completion of this training.

Cost: €50 without school mapped or €70 if school also needs to be mapped

Our next training  course will be held on Friday March 6th from
9.30am-3.30pm in WIT Arena, Carriganore.
The cost is €70 per school.
Two places available per school available.

Book HERE now!
For more information on the course please contact Rachel Sinnott on 0761 10 2199 or or on 0761 10 2199.


Playground Markings | STENCILS

Published: December 5, 2018

We secured funding from the HSE to purchase a new stencil kit for Playground Markings for preschool and primary school settings in Waterford. (more…)

Gymnastics Teacher Training

Published: December 5, 2018

Waterford Sports Partnership and Waterford Gymnastics Club have teamed up to deliver a Gymnastics Teacher Training session for primary school teachers who deliver Gymnastics as part of the P.E Curriculum. (more…)

Swimming for Schools

Published: November 29, 2018


Get Ireland Swimming (GIS) is a participation initiative which helps more people to get involved in swimming. We offer a range of skill based lessons to schools, such as ‘Learn to Swim’ lessons, classroom resources and introduction to other aquatic sports, like waterpolo and diving. Our programmes are included in the Active Schools programme too! All participants will receive a Get Ireland Swimming hat, goggles and bag.

Swimming is a vital life skill, especially when living on the coast. GIS helps school children to learn and improve their swimming skills by assisting schools with pool hire, swim instructors and transportation, while also learning in a fun environment.

To find out how your school can get involved email

Pre-School Balance Bike Training

Published: October 24, 2018

What is it about?

We deliver Balance Bike Training to pre-schools. To date 18 preschool centres had availed of this training. This training involves a WSP staff member delivering a 20 minute session on your premises with your childcare facility staff observing and assisting in the session. We then allocate you with the appropriate number of balance bikes and helmets for a three week period.

The aim of the training is:
– To ensure children can steer a balance bike
– To ensure children can stop on a balance bike
– To ensure children experience different speeds on a balance bike
– For children to ‘glide’ on the balance bike with feet off the floor
– For childcare staff to have confidence and a resource to facilitate balance bike activities in a safe and enjoyable manner.

When/where does it take place?
Balance Bikes takes place on your pre-school premises.

How do we get involved?

Teachers are invited to attend a Balance Bike Training Course.  On completion of the training, the school will have the use of 15 bikes and 15 helmets to roll
out the programme.

Cost: This training is FREE

For more information or to book a training session for your pre-school please contact: 
Louise Barry on 076 110 2619 or

Primary School Balance Bike Training

Published: October 24, 2018

What is it about?

The aim of the programme is to develop and improve the physical literacy of young children through the use of balance bikes. It is appropriate for children in
pre-school, junior infants and senior infant’s classes. The programme focuses on play and games both indoors and outdoors while developing the physical literacy of the young children mainly through ABC’s- (Agility, Balance, Coordination) on and off the bikes.

When/where does it take place?
Balance Bikes takes place on your school premises once the Teacher Training has been attended and the allocation of bikes arranged with WSP.

How do we get involved?

Teachers are invited to attend a Balance Bike Training Course.  On completion of the training, the school will have the use of 15 bikes and 15 helmets to roll
out the programme.

Cost: €75 per school
Includes:  2 hour Teacher Training | WSP Resource | 15 Bikes & Helmets | Bike Delivery | Bike Maintenance and Programme Support

To register your interest, please complete this online
Expression of Interest Form

Orienteering Teacher Training

Published: October 8, 2018

Fifteen teachers from twelve different primary schools around Waterford City and County took part in our Orienteering Teacher Training last Friday October 5th at WIT Arena. This training was delivered by Mick Farrell from the Irish Orienteering Association.

Even though the day was cold and wet, the teachers weren’t long warming up as they took part in many fun games and team challenges. The teachers learned numerous orienteering games which they could use to introduce their students to the sport. They also got an opportunity to partake in an orienteering course which got very competitive!

After lunch, the group learned how to create their own course on maps using the software ‘purple pen’. All participants left with a resource pack for their school which included kites, control cards and an array of games which can be played anywhere with very little equipment. Schools are also being mapped in the coming weeks, so that they can complete orienteering on-site.

Teachers were present on the day from the following schools: Passage East N.S;  Garranbane N.S; Glor Na Mara, Tramore;  Waterford Educate Together NS, Crehana N.S.; Rathgormack N.S.; Bunscoil Bhothar Na Naomh;  Scoil Mhuuire, Abbeyside; Holy Family Junior N.S.; Scoil Gharbháin; St Joseph’s Special School, Waterford.

A special word of thanks to WIT Arena for providing us with the facility and the Irish Orienteering Association for delivering such a fantastic, informative course.
For more information on Orienteering opportunities in Waterford please contact:
Eadaoin on 0761 102199 or email

Walking Bus

Published: October 4, 2018

A walking school bus is a healthy, environmentally conscious, safe and fun way to travel to and from school. It is a scheme that involves parent volunteers walking children to
school along a set route.

Check out this useful resource which will give you tips on how to start up a Walking Bus at your school.

Walking Bus Start Up

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Tel: 0761 10 2194

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Tel: 0761 10 2682

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