Bike Week 2022 Grant Application Now Open


Bike week is a celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling. This year Bike Week will take place from Saturday 14th May – Sunday 22nd May 2022.

As such, Carlow Sports Partnership are now accepting Expressions of Interests from clubs, schools, organisations and community groups who may be interested in hosting an event for Bike Week 2021.

A sample of what may be applied for includes, but is not limited to:

  • A cycling event (race, family cycle, cycling tour etc.,)
  • Refreshments for an event
  • Learn to cycle programmes (for adults and children)
  • Cycling workshops
  • Electric Bike Workshops

To access an expression of interest form please click:

Here for a Microsoft Word format

Here for a PDF format

Or, for more information, please contact

Buggy Buddies Programme 2022

Buggy Buddies is coming to Carlow Town Park

This unique class is a great way for new parents as you can bring your baby ‘n buggy along. It gives Mums the chance to get in shape. Dads are welcome too.

Parents can swap stories, get some top tips; it will get you outdoors helping you to engage in nature and lift your mood. You can get fit and active, feel energetic and positive and most of all, help you lose the weight and tone up.

We hope to see lots of mums, dads and babies for some fitness and chats at Buggy Buddies – a great way to make new friends, get fresh air and exercise, all with baby in tow. After your exercise session for those who wish to go for a coffee there will be a designated area available to relax and socialise together in a friendly atmosphere.

What are the benefits of attending a 6-week Buggy Buddies Programme! Improve your fitness level – Improve your well-being and mental health – Strengthen your pelvic floor & abdominal muscles – Increase your flexibility – Tone and define your body – Increase your energy level – Engage and be part of your community.

If you are interested in joining this 6-week Buggy Buddies Programme, please send an email to

Coaching Teenage Girls In Sport Workshop


Following the release of the Adolescent Girls Get Active Report, Carlow Sports Partnership are delighted to facilitate Sport Ireland’s Coaching Teenage Girls in Sport Workshop, designed specifically to support coaches of girls aged 12-17 years of age.

Developed by Sport Ireland Coaching in conjunction with the Federation of Irish Sport, the School of Health & Human Performance Dublin City University and Lifes2Good Foundation, the workshop was developed to enable coaches to create a positive experience of sport and physical activity for girls in their formative years and provide an environment where girls and young women can develop holistically.

The Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity study, undertaken by Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland and Healthy Ireland in 2018 highlights the dropout rate from sport for girls is higher than for their male counterparts. It is vital that we understand the coaching practices that support girls to start, and to stay in sport.

Central to this are coaches that create a positive environment that encourages safety, fun, and healthy competition. In addition, it is essential to employ supportive coaching practices that reward effort for trying a new skill over winning, encourage learning from mistakes while staying positive, and promote integrity and honesty. The workshop supports the 8 Key Principles of Success outlined in the Adolescent Girls Get Active Report.

A strong emphasis is placed throughout the workshop on supporting coaches to identify and engage in effective coaching practice reflecting the importance of the coach-athlete relationship, and specifically the role of the coach in a young girl’s development. This involves employing a positive and athlete-centred coaching framework, to support the development of the autonomy, capabilities, and sense of belonging that underpin lifelong engagement in sport and physical activity.

Carlow Sports Partnership are offering two separate workshops, please note there is limited availability on both:

Workshop One: 9th February 2022 7:00pm – 10:00pm via Zoom, Cost €5.00

Workshop Two: 12th March 2022 7:00pm – 10:00pm via Zoom, Cost €5.00

To book a ticket for Workshop One, please click here:

To book a ticket for Workshop Two, please click here:

For more information or queries, please contact Deborah via

Upcoming Safeguarding Training Courses Online via Zoom

Online Safeguarding Training Courses

Safeguarding 1

10th October 2022
11th October 2022

Safeguarding 2

to be announced

Safeguarding 3

to be announced

All these courses 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 book your place on the course click here

Queries to

Bagenalstown Activity Hub Sub-Committee Recruitment

Bagenalstown Activity Hub Sub-Committee Recruitment

Carlow Sports Partnership are seeking expressions of interest from members of the Bagenalstown community and surrounding areas to join the Bagenalstown Activity Hub Sub-Committee.


The key aims of the Bagenalstown Activity Hub are to ensure that local resources are used to best effect. With the vision of creating long-term sustainability and a legacy from 5-year hub dormant account funding via Sport Ireland. The hub will operate within the existing structures of Carlow Sports Partnership. The Activity Hub objectives are to provide:

  • Funding
  • Information
  • Support
  • Training
  • Programmes



The remit of the proposed subcommittee will be to oversee the development of the Activity Hub plan. To support the Hub Coordinator in promoting and developing an Activity Hub for the community and Municipal District and to increase levels of participation in sport and physical activity through existing community groups, schools, clubs, and organisations in and around Bagenalstown.


The sub-committee will aim to bring Bagenalstown representatives together and draw on their individual expertise, independence, and diversity in line with the objectives of the Community Sports & Physical Activity Hub.

The subcommittee will meet once a month online or in person where possible. The agenda will be set prior to each meeting and sent to the subcommittee. Please note that no meeting will take place in July & August.


The Bagenalstown Activity Hub subcommittee will be overseen by the current Bagenalstown Steering Group which comprise of the following members: John Murphy, Paddy Gardiner, Colin Rea, Keara O’ Dea & Carol Clarke. Furthermore, Carol Clarke will act as a representative from the main steering group and will sit on the Hub subcommittee.

On a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for people to get involved and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle in Bagenalstown.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Bagenalstown Activity Hub, please complete the Expression of Interest form.

Please note that the closing date for the receipt of expressions of interest is Friday 28th January 2022. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

If you have any queries or require further information, contact Majella Fennelly on 087 9185466 or via

Expression of Interest 2022 Bagenalstown Activity Hub Subcommittee

Expression of Interest form Bagenalstown Activity Hub Subcommittee

Expression of Interest 2022 Bagenalstown Activity Hub Subcommittee

Expression of Interest form Bagenalstown Activity Hub Subcommittee


Pre Swim For A Mile County Carlow 2022

Pre Swim For A Mile County Carlow 2022

Swim For A Mile programme runs annually, starting in January, and involves 12 weeks of training, followed by a timed mile or a half-mile swim.

You have the option of training in your own time or registering for SFAM coached sessions at one of the SFAM associated pools.

The programme progresses participants from being able to swim 2 lengths of a swimming pool, to completing a full mile on the 7th April 2022 at St Fiacc's Swimming Pool Graiguecullen.

Swim Ireland coaches have written swimming programmes that will enable those who can swim a little to swim a mile in just 12 weeks.

Swim Ireland programme aims to get adults and children, from age 12, back in the pool and swimming regularly. The event is aimed at anyone who can swim at least 2 lengths of a 25m pool.

Details of the 12- week programme

places are limited for each location it is advised to book early.

1. St Fiacc's Swimming Pool Graiguecullen

2. Mount Wolseley Hilton Hotel

3. Talbot Hotel Carlow Full details and to Book your space click here

For any further queries contact Majella Fennelly at

or call Carlow LSP on 059 9172472.

Carlow Sports Partnership Announces Two New Funding Opportunities for Sports Clubs & Community Groups


12th November 2021

1. Local Sports Participation Small Grant Scheme

Carlow Sports Partnership has secured funding from Sport Ireland to support the development of sport and physical activity with a particular emphasis on low participation groups such as young people, people with a disability, older adults, women and girls, ethnic minorities and people residing in disadvantaged areas. This fund aims to assist existing clubs and community groups that have physical activity and sport as their primary activity, and encourage the set-up of new clubs and groups to promote physical activity and sport. The maximum grant available is €2,000. This is a competitive fund. Evidence of match funding and/or benefit in kind will increase the chance of success for an application.


Application Form Local Sports Participation Grant Scheme.pdf

Guidelines Local Sports Participation Grant Scheme 2021.pdf


2. Round 2 Covid19 Small Grant

Scheme With many sporting clubs & groups now back to training and activity across the County we are delighted to announce details of the second round of the Covid-19 Club Small Grants Scheme for 2021. Funding support up to the amount of €1,500 is available. The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of COVID-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland and the Government to support the sports sector in response to the current crisis. The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening and delivery of their activities. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support retrospective COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 1st January 2021 onwards.


Application Form Covid19 Small Grant Scheme 2021.pdf

Guidelines Covid19 Small Grant Scheme 2021.pdf


Contact Carlow Sports Partnership: Clubs are advised to contact Carlow Sports Partnership via email or phone 087 214 5262 for further information on these grant schemes.





Winter Training Schedule 2021


Carlow Sports Partnership are delighted to offer a varied range of training seminars and workshops for clubs, organisations and schools over the coming weeks. Please see a detailed list containing key information below:

Sports First Aid: On 06/11/2021 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

The cost for this course is €50.00, more details and information on how to book can be found by clicking here

Social Media Mindset: On 10/11/2021 from 7:00pm – 8:30om.

The cost for this course is €5.00, more details and information on how to book can be found by clicking here.

Tug of War Instructor Training: On 13/11/2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm or 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

This course is free, more details and information on how to book can be found by clicking here. 

Safeguarding 2: On 15/11/2021 from 6:45pm – 9:45pm.

The cost for this course is €20.00, more details and information on how to book can be found by clicking here.

Coaching Girls in Sport: On 17/11/2021 time TBC.

For more information on this programme, please contact Deborah via

GDPR Level 1: On 24/11/2021 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

The cost for this course is €5.00, more details and information on how to book can be found by clicking here.

To request any additional information on the above programmes please contact Sandra via or Deborah via

Invitation for Clubs, Groups and Organisations to a Public Meeting in Tullow


A Public Information Workshop

 will be held on

Wednesday 10th November at 7.30pm

in Murphy Memorial Hall, Tullow.


The purpose of this meeting is to discuss preparing a Dormant Accounts Fund application, to secure the potential of 5 years funding for a Community Sports & Physical Activity Hub in Tullow, Co. Carlow.

This is a Hub where the community is at the heart and is centred around community participation. Includes developing and strengthening linkages between the community, sports clubs, and other physical activity groups.

This is a Hub that will maximises sports facility usage through linkages with the local schools, create training opportunities and the Hub will focus on the development of the outdoor spaces.


 Vision and Mission of the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs:


Vision: The vision of a Hub is to increase the number of people of all ages participating in sport and physical activity in their communities.

Mission: The mission of the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub is to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations.

For questions or queries email:

COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course

COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course

Sport Ireland continue to provide training & support resources to the sector in relation to Covid19.

The first online COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course is now available on the Sport Ireland website.

The course will support administrators, volunteers, coaches and participants to return to sport during phase 2 in a safe & practical manner.

This course is suitable for Sport Ireland funded bodies, Club & Community Groups, Coaches, Volunteers & Participants.

The course is available on 👉