Developing sport and recreation at local level
In 2000 the Irish Sports Council proposed to establish a nationwide network of Local Sports Partnerships to create a national structure to co-ordinate and promote the development of sport at local level. As a result of this the Kildare Sports Partnership was established in 2001.
There is now a network of 33 Local Sports Partnerships around Ireland
The Kildare Sports Partnership aims to
- Increase opportunities for children to participate in sport and physical recreation.
- Get higher levels of participation in physical recreation by low participation groups.
- Increase Participation in Physical Activity by People with a Disability, Women and Girls, Youth, and Disadvantaged groups.
- Enhance sport and club development, education and service.
- Prioritise local facilities provision and upgrading and better use and management of facilities.
- Obtain easier access to information regarding the provision of sport and recreation.
- Improve the collaboration between the key agencies and make better use of resources.
The three main functions of Kildare Sports Partnership are:
- Information: Provide information on sport and physical activity.
- Education: Support quality opportunities for education and training at local level.
- Implementation: Implement a locally developed Strategic Plan which will include the implementation of national programme at local level.
In April 2012 the Kildare Sports Partnership launched its Strategic Plan 2012-2016.
More information can be found on the Kildare Sports Partnership website