Leitrim Sports Partnership is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) featured in the Annual Report 2019 published by Sport Ireland today.
The report outlines the work of the LSP network across the country and highlights innovative programmes and initiatives that are operated locally.
Leitrim Sports Partnership works with trusted professionals and valued volunteers to engage with communities across Leitrim Sports Partnership to deliver inclusive, impactful and sustainable programmes and initiatives. These opportunities are tailored to local needs and aim to get people more physically active, involved in sport and improve the mental and physical health of the county.
Nationwide over €22 million was invested in the network of Local Sports Partnerships by Sport Ireland, Local Authorities and partner organisations in 2019 with over half a million people across communities in Ireland taking part in LSP sport and physical activity opportunities.
In Leitrim, over 13,000 people took part in over 100 programmes.
Speaking at the launch of the LSP Annual Report, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD said: “It is clear from the figures in the Annual Report that the Local Sports Partnership network has a positive impact in communities, especially for target groups who are often less represented. The Government’s new Covid 19 funding support package will ensure the survival of our vibrant sport sector, particularly the many clubs in local communities throughout the country. It is heartening to see that so many people have recognised the importance of staying active during the crisis. It is important to thank everyone involved in the LSP network for keeping programmes going. We must now seize the opportunity to secure a lasting improvement in the health and wellbeing of our nation by encouraging people to stay involved in sport. I want to acknowledge the contribution of sports volunteers, not just for everything they have done during this public health crisis but for what they do all year round. We will continue to support their growth and provide every opportunity to sustain their ongoing involvement.”
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, said: “The Sport Ireland Statement of Strategy 2018-2022 highlights the “significant potential contribution that sport can make to enhance quality of life, and tackle many societal and environmental challenges” and the LSP network has placed themselves at the forefront of this journey towards lifelong and inclusive sport for all. I would like to thank all the agencies, groups and individuals who have contributed to this report and also to all the staff and volunteers who were involved in the delivery of the programmes and projects at local level”.
Declan Boyle – Leitrim Sports Partnership Coordinator said ‘2019 has been a fantastic year for us in Leitrim Sports Partnership, we now have a full team with 4 staff and a fantastic group of external tutors. Women on Wheels programme was very successful in 2019 alongside other new programmes such as Glow Dance and our Multi Sports Camp for children with additional needs.’
The full 2019 LSP Annual Report can be viewed here.
2019 LSP Annual Report Highlights:
• 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs)
• 466,380 people participated in 1,427 locally delivered participation initiatives
• 94,270 additional participants took part in interventions supported by the LSP network
• 51% of participants in LSP programmes were female - 163,608 girls and 74,526 women
• 37,711 females took part in 205 specific Women in Sport initiatives
• 14,929 participants took part in initiatives targeting Older Adults
• 24,387 people with a disability took part in LSP initiatives
• 24,488 people took part in operation transformation 5k Fun Run and Nationwide Walks
• 2,200 Clubs/Groups were provided with funding supports by LSPs
• LSPs planned and delivered 399 training and education courses with 29,991 people participating on these training courses
• 10,398 Sports Leaders and Volunteers completed 6,896 Safeguarding Courses
• All 29 LSPs were supported with Community Sports Development Officer & Sports Inclusion Disability Officer positions
• 1,214,746 visits to LSP Websites in 2019
• 152,662 social media followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
• 110,196 people took part in 808 local events registered across Ireland for the European Week of Sport through the Sport Ireland website
• Over 47,000 people took part in the flagship events during European Week of Sport, which included the Great Dublin Bike Ride, European School Sports Day and National Fitness Day
• Over €22m was invested in the LSP network nationwide