In partnership with Na Laoch Dall Archery Club, we hosted a five week Parent/Child Archery Programme.
Under the guidance of fully qualified and experienced coaches, the participants were given an introduction in safety on the range, description of equipment and its components, technique on ‘drawing’ and ‘shooting ‘ the bow, shooting form and mental aspects of shooting.
We were delighted with the skills on display considering most of the participants had not shot a bow before.
Over 450 girls from the Presentation and Mercy Primary Schools in Waterford City took part in our Soccer for Girls programme.
The Programme as facilitated by the F.A.I. /ETB Sports Recreation & Soccer Coaching Course Coaches, each school had six coaches on-site catering for two classes at a time.
This four week programme included fun games, relays and well as 7 a side matches. Both schools then entered teams into a local schools blitz that took place in April. We hope that some of the girls have progressed onto local soccer clubs that have been established over recent years for primary-aged girls.
In 2018 we delivered five Learn to Swim programmes to teen boys from: The BALL Project, Manor St .John Youth Centre, Traveller Youth Support Project, School Completion Programme and Foroige Youth Project.
The programme is delivered in pairs over six weeks. Facilitated by the Kingfisher Leisure Club, the boys were shown correct swimming strokes and breathing techniques. Confidence in water improved immensely over the course of the programme.
In partnership with the FAI, we run a Late Night League for four youth projects. Over 25 young people took part this year, with each team playing three 20 minute games. The Community Gardai have been very helpful transporting some of the youth projects to and from the venue in their mini bus.
We hope to repeat this activity in 2019 with the help of Michael Looby and Gary Power -FAI Development Officers without who’s help we couldn’t run the league each year.
Eight members from Manor St. John L.T.I. group completed a four week Gym Education programme, facilitated by Kingfisher Waterford. The boys and girls were shown how to use the machines and equipment correctly. They were also shown correct lifting technique and the exercises required for each body part. The programme concluded with each participant receiving their own individual gym programmes, so that they can continue with their gym visits when the programme finished.
Comhairle Come and Try It Day In partnership with Waterford Comhairle na nOg, we held a free Come and Try It Day in the People’s Park on Saturday 15th September. Activities on the day were Archery, Zumba Dance, Boxing, Muay Thai and Yoga. Great to see so many young people get involved in the different activities. Thanks to all the clubs who provided the activities on the day.
Boxing Taster Session Three boys from the TYRE project in Tramore tried a Boxing taster session, facilitated by local Boxing coach Jimmy Denton from Tramore Boxing Club. The boys enjoyed the session so much that they requested a programme so we hope to get this going in the new year.
Yoga Taster Sessions Seven junior leaders and WIT placement students from the Ballybeg Special Youth Project took part in two Yoga Taster sessions. Facilitated by Steven Rockett of My Yoga Waterford. The sessions consisted of relaxation and breathing techniques and also included a number of Yoga poses such as Downward Dog, Triangle, Bridge, Tree and Warriors poses. Yoga is a great activity that enables us to take ‘time out’ from our busy lifestyles.
Barnardos Activity Day In partnership with School Completion Programme Dungarvan, we organized and facilitated an activity day for ten young people with Barnardos. The day consisted of fun activity games including Football, Basketball and Boxing Fitness. Thanks to Theresa for facilitating on the day, Dennis from Dungarvan Boxing Club and also Dungarvan Sports Hall for the use of their facilities.
Mountain Biking Four members from the TYRE project tried Mountain Biking for the first time, as part of National Bike Week 2018. Under the guidance of Dermot Blount of Tramore Bike Tours, we set off to Carrigavantry Lake for some excellent off-road mountain biking. Thanks to Dermot for bringing us on some excellent routes and well done to the boys and girls from the TYRE project for giving it a go.
StartBox for Schools
The Bronze StartBox Programme is a schools based four week non-contact activity, facilitated by local boxing clubs.
The aim of StartBox is to improve physical literacy, movement and fitness levels amongst primary-aged children through the sport of Boxing.
The sessions begin with a warm-up, followed by game-based fun activity games, hitting the focus pads, circuit training and concluding with a cool-down.
Each participant receives a Certificate for completing the Bronze StartBox Programme.
Waterford Sports Partnership runs the Active Body Active Mind initiative in conjunction with TREO.
This 11 week Health Related Fitness programme is an accredited QQI Award, including two minor QQI awards in Health Related fitness and Personal Effectiveness. To gain this award, participants cover a number of topics such as anatomy and physiology, lifestyle habits, communication, benefits of exercise, team building, session planning, active leadership and nutrition.
They also write up a log on a number of activities they take part over the eleven weeks in such as Soccer, Boxing, Aerobics, Spinning Class, Rugby, Surfing, Tennis, Muay Thai, Circuit Training and Yoga.
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.
Sport Ireland Sport Ireland plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland.