Secondary Schools Physical Activity Fund 2021


The vision of this fund is to support schools to promote the wellbeing of students by encouraging good daily and/or weekly physical activity habits.  The programme should create and facilitate a wellbeing and physical activity culture, by promoting the message that physical activity should be incorporated into everyday life.

This fund offers a financial incentive to schools to increase their capacity to promote inclusive and non-competitive activities.

Schools can access funding of up to €2,500 to:

  • Upskill teacher(s) to expand the range of recreational sports activities offered in the school.
  • Purchase sports equipment to support the delivery of inclusive, recreational and non-competitive activities.
  • Engage a tutor to deliver recreational non-competitive and inclusive sports activities.
  • Implement a school programme that fosters the development of link with a local sports club.

The closing date for applications is 5pm 22nd October 2021.

This funding has been secured through the Sport Ireland Restart & Renewal Covid-19 Grant.
This initiative supports the development of programmes in schools that can advance sport and physical activity participation post-COVID 19.

For more information or to receive a copy of the application form, please contact Deborah via: or click here.



Sports First Aid

Sports First Aid Courses

Dates: 20th & 22nd October from 6pm – 10pm

6th November 9am – 5pm

These 8 hour courses cover the following:

Accident scene management

Wounds and bleeding

Fractures, sprains etc

Head injuries


Heart conditions; angina, heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest.

Medical emergencies such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and allergic reactions.

CPR for adults children and infants and use of a defibrillator

To book your place on either course click here:

Free Family Introduction to Orienteering


As part of the European Week of Sport (EWOS) 2021 and in the run up to the Carlow Walking Festival, Carlow Sports Partnership invite families to explore two historical land marks in Carlow.

Take a walk through Duckett’s Grove or the Red Trail in Oak Park forest and keep any eye out for the images of birds, animals and insects that will be placed along the trails.

All you have to do is download the PDF checklist by clicking here and match the code on each image to the number or letter that you see on the trail.

Each family or group who complete a worksheet will get themselves a free cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate from the café in Duckett’s Grove or the Vintage Coffee Box in Oak Park.

Date: Saturday 25th September 2021

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Duckett’s Grove or The Red Trail in Oak Park

For more information or to receive a PDF of the worksheet, please email Deborah via

#BeActive #EWOS

Safeguarding 3 - Designated Liaison Person

A must for Club Designated Liaison Person

A Club Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TULSA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochán / PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a senior club person. However, if there is difficulty identifying a separate individual to take this role, the Club Children’s Officer can be appointed as Designated Liaison Person once the club/organisation is clear about the responsibilities of each role.  The clubs child protection policy and procedures should include the name and contact details of the Designated Liaison Person and the responsibilities attached to the role.

- Each person attending the course will need to use their own independent device.

-Safeguarding 1 course must be completed before you take part in Safeguarding 3.

To book your place for Thursday 7th October from 7.00pm - 10.00pm click here

Safeguarding 1 Online via Zoom

Online Safeguarding 1 Training Courses on;

Monday 4th October

Monday 11th October

Thursday 28th October

This course will be run on ‘Zoom’ an interactive video conferencing platform.
Participants will need a tablet/laptop & a good internet connection.
The ‘Zoom’ access link for the course and relevant course materials will be emailed to participants in advance in word and PDF formats.

To gain accreditation, it is required that participants complete the full course.
A must for anyone working with children!!!

To get your Club Certified in Safeguarding, click below:

Safeguarding 1

Safegurading 2 - Children's Officer Training


Online Safeguarding 2 Training Course Monday 8th November 2021. The course will be run on ‘Zoom’ an interactive video conferencing platform.

Participants will need a tablet/laptop & a good internet connection. The ‘Zoom’ access link for the course and relevant course materials will be emailed to participants in advance in word and PDF formats. To gain accreditation, participants must complete the full course.

- Each person attending the course will need to using their own independent device.

-Safeguarding 1 course must be completed before you take part in Safeguarding 2.

To book your place click on the following link:


Disability Inclusion Training - Fit for All week

Disability Inclusion Training.
As part of Fit for All week we are delighted to be able to offer this training.

This is a 3 hour introductory level workshop, designed to give participants ideas and inspiration to adapt their sport and physical activity sessions, to make them more accessible and inclusive for children and adults with additional needs.

Suitable for Coaches, sports leaders, teachers, special needs assistants (SNAs), third level students, development officers, volunteers, parents or anyone who has an interest in making their sessions more accessible and inclusive.

Tuesday October 12th

7pm-9.30pm (online via zoom)

Bookings through eventbrite:

Virtual South East Spin - Carlow Sports Partnership

Five South East Local Sports Partnerships have come together to develop a Virtual South East Spin during Bike Week this September. Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford Local Sports Partnerships, together with their Local Authorities are encouraging people all around the South East to take part in their own virtual cycle, any distance, any day during Bike Week from the 12th – 18th September 2021.

Bike Week is a national celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. We invite everyone to take part in this virtual spin and especially people who haven’t been on a bike in a long time. You can register for your preferred distance and all registered participants will receive a certificate. There will be a limited number of snoods available for the first 250 people registered in each county.

We encourage everyone to take pictures of your spin and tag your Carlow Sports Partnership on social media and use the #southeastspin.

For queries email: Hub Coordinator Majella at

Carlow Sports Partnership Inclusive Summer Camps.

Carlow Sports Partnership Inclusive Summer Camps.

Carlow Sports Partnership organised 8 inclusive camps over 6 weeks with over 200 participants in conjunction with local sports clubs and national governing bodies of sport.  Activities included Learn to Cycle, Rugby, Basketball, GAA, FAI and Water sports.

We were delighted to be able to offer a packed summer of inclusive camps across the County.  All camps operated in strict adherence to Covid19 protocols.

A total of 212 children, teenagers, and adults with additional needs participated over the course of the 6 weeks.
Our most popular camp was the Learn to Cycle camps, where 62 children learned the life skill of cycling a bike.

Cycling Camps: Our first 2 cycling camps were held in St Pat’s College, Carlow from 14th – 16th July. The third cycling camp took place in the Queen of the Universe NS in Bagenalstown from 21st – 23rd July. There were 62 children over the 3 camps.

Rugby Camp: Building on the success of the Bee’s Inclusive Rugby team we were delighted to support Carlow Rugby Club with their camp which was held in Carlow Rugby Club from 21st – 23rd July. There were 22 participants in attendance.

Basketball Camp: Carlow Sports Partnership’s first ever inclusive basketball camp was held this year in association with the Camp of Champions Basketball Development Academy in Tyndall College Carlow from 23th – 30th July. There were 20 participants with additional needs in the morning camp with 10 in the afternoon camp.  We were delighted to have Basketball Ireland attend this camp on the final day to record a video which will be released on September 12th for international disability awareness day.

GAA Cul Camp: We were delighted to support Carlow GAA for the 3rd year in holding an inclusive cul camp at Netwatch Cullen Park from August 2nd-6th.  There were 25 participants with additional needs taking part in both the half and full day camps.

Water Sports Camp: Working alongside Pure Adventure we offered Stand up paddle boarding and Kayaking to teenagers and adults with additional needs from Carlow Town Park up along the River Barrow from August 10th-13th.  16 participants took part in the Kayaking and 16 took part in the paddle boarding.

Football for All FAI Camp: Our final camp of the summer, we worked alongside Carlow FAI for a second year to offer this camp in St.Patricks in Graiguecullen from August 16th-19th.  The aim is to start a football for all team in Carlow before the end of the year.  We had 38 participants with additional needs over the week.

We would also like to acknowledge our fantastic team of tutors without whom the camps would not have been possible!

See below for a testimonial from a parent of one of the camp participants:
"Just a note to say thank you for the two camps that my daughter attended-Basketball and FAI. She thoroughly enjoyed both and they were run very well. The facilities at both were excellent and the staff/tutors involved were so kind, friendly and welcoming that she settled right in and had a great time. The camps came at a critical time for us as she was really missing social interactions with her peers and these camps allowed her to mix safely with her peers and make new friends. Both camps introduced her to new sports and hopefully she will continue to show an interest in them. Teresa, please keep doing what you are doing as I don’t think you realise what a difference to are making to both children and parents lives".


On Thursday 12th August 2021 Carlow Sports Partnership ran the first of our #HEROutdoors week programmes.

This event saw 20 women take on a 16km kayaking trip from Goresbridge to Graiguenamangh. This trip involved several weirs, some loughs and a beautiful picnic beneath the breath-taking spectacle that is Borris House. It was a hugely enjoyable experience as most of the participants had never been on a kayak before, the age demographic ranged from women in their early twenties to retirement age.

The staff of Pure Adventure, the providers of the trip, adapted to and encouraged each participant and have encouraged us all to #FindYourOutdoors.