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

Virtual Badminton Teacher Training


Virtual Badminton Teacher Training

On 21st April 2021 Carlow Sports Partnership piloted Ireland’s first virtual badminton teacher training seminar in conjunction with Badminton Ireland.

The pilot was an overwhelming success with 27 teachers from 7 primary schools in Carlow in attendance. Carlow native and badminton coach, Willie Stevenson, presented a very informative seminar on the fundamentals of badminton and how it can easily become embedded in any school’s physical activity curriculum. This was followed by a presentation from Lauren Au of Badminton Ireland who demonstrated how easily badminton can be adapted to become inclusive and cater for every student.

Carlow Sports Partnership are currently organising a full teacher training day in September 2021 (Covid-19 restrictions pending) which will be open to all primary schools in Carlow to attend.

For more information on how to get your school involved, please contact Deborah on or via 0879121497.





5 Bullet Friday - December 18th 2020



18th December 2020

  1. Keep Active this Christmas
  2. Sports Ambassador Bursary Awards Announced
  3. Irish Times Sports Woman of the Year Awards
  4. Carlow Clubs Sign Disability Charter
  5. Welcome to our newest team member Majella Fennelly

#BeActive #KeepActive #KeepWell

 Keep Active this Christmas


Sport and physical activity is a cornerstone of life in Ireland.  In recent weeks and months, we have seen a temporary shut down of clubs, tournaments and sport in general. This however does not mean that we as a nation have not continued to stay active.

It is possible to keep active over the Christmas period while following public health guidelines.  We know that not moving over long periods of time is terrible for long term health.  Rather than writing off the whole month and deciding to start your fitness/health kick in January, just do what you can.

Being active will help you physically and mentally.  Don't wait for the New Year, live in the moment and be active now!

Struggling for ideas to keep activity levels high this festive season?  We have compiled a list of links below to inspire and motivate you to be active and keep well this Christmas.

6 ways to keep active over Christmas

Sport Ireland Covid-19 Support 

Sport Ireland  - Be Inspired - Be Moved

Get Ireland Walking App

Be Active Outdoors


Ireland Lights Up returns in January 2021

Beginner to 5km training plan


Free Yoga Online

Operation Transformation 2021

#BeActive #KeepActive #KeepWell

Carlow Sports Ambassadors
Bursary Awards Announced

Two Carlow Sports Ambassadors AnnouncedTWO young County Carlow elite sportspeople have been announced as the county’s Sports Ambassadors for 2020, roles which will extend throughout 2021.

The Ambassadors are: 21-year-old international rower Clíodhna Nolan from Leighlinbridge; and Tom Daly (27), the Rugby Union professional from Castlegrace, Tullow.

The Carlow Sports Ambassador Award, an elite athlete support bursary, is a joint initiative between Carlow County Council & County Carlow Local Sports Partnership.  Carlow Sports Partnership is funded by Sport Ireland and operates as a sub-committee of Carlow County Council. The purpose of this elite athlete bursary is to support emerging talent and to provide recognition to individuals who are working towards the highest levels of success in their chosen sport.

Martha Jane Duggan, Coordinator of Carlow Sports Partnership, stated, ‘The recipient of this award will act as an ambassador for sport in Carlow, promoting active lifestyles and providing inspiration through their achievements. This is the fourth year the bursary has been awarded.   Previous recipients of the award were Jack Keating (rowing), Molly Scott (athletics) and Marcus Lawlor (athletics).’  

The bursary is worth €1,500 per recipient and this year for the first time Carlow County Council has approved the allocation of two awards – one male and one female, to align with national initiatives to raise the profile of women in sport.

Tom O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, stated ‘The range of applications highlights the number of high performing athletes we have in County Carlow.  It was a very difficult task to choose from this elite group of high performing sports men and women but Cliodhna Nolan and Tom Daly stood out due to the level they are participating at, their endorsement from their governing bodies of sport and their personal statements which underscored their commitment to promoting sport and active lifestyles for all.  We look forward to marking this great achievement for both athletes with an appropriate celebration when government restrictions allow.’

Applications were assessed based on their current level of participation in sport, endorsement from their governing body of sport and a personal statement from the applicants demonstrating how they would promote sport and healthy lifestyles and act as an ambassador for sport in their home county.  After a lengthy process and careful consideration the committee arrived at their decision.

Declan Doyle, Chairperson of CCLSP said that the Carlow Sports Ambassador programme provides a positive peer influence for the next generation of aspiring sports people. Declan stated: “Clíodhna and Tom, while maintaining a strong link to their County Carlow sporting roots, represent a pathway from grassroots participation to elite competition. We are delighted to have them as our ambassadors for the coming year during a time when wellness and exercise are crucial to our battle with, and through, the Covid-19 pandemic.’

Congratulations are extended to Clíodhna Nolan and Tom Daly on being named ambassadors for sport in Carlow and they are wished well in their endeavours on behalf of the county.

Sports Woman of the Year Awards 2020

Everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations for The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards today Friday, December 18th Awards will be presented to each of the monthly winners for this year

Ceremony taking place at 12.30 today - it's not to late to attend (virtually)...

Alternatively, discover the monthly winners of the Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards on the Sport Ireland website...


Carlow Clubs Sign Disability Charter

During 2020 the CARA Disability Inclusion Charter was signed by over 1000 clubs and organisations in Ireland.15 clubs in Carlow have signed the Charter and are currently promoted as inclusive by CARA Sports Inclusion Ireland.

If your club would like to offer inclusive activities or you would like to find out more about the Charter please contact Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Teresa at

Well done to the following Carlow Clubs who have signed up to the Disability Charter:


  • Ballymurphy Badminton Club
  • Swimmingly
  • Tullow & South Leinster Tennis & Sports Club
  • Football Association of Ireland (Carlow)
  • Vale Wanderers FC
  • Burrin Celtic FC
  • Tullow Taekwondo Academy
  • County Carlow Football Club
  • Muine Bheag Camogie Club
  • Ballinkillen HC
  • Carlow YM Badminton Club
  • Carlow Muaythai Gym
  • Mona Fit Kid Club Ltd
  • Burrin Celtic FC
  • Hacketstown Running Club


Further information on the Disability Charter can be found HERE

Welcome to our newest Carlow Sports Partnership team member Majella Fennelly

We are delighted to welcome Majella Fennelly to the Carlow Sports Partnership Team!

This week Majella took up her post as Community Sports & Physical Activity Hub Coordinator.  Majella will be working with clubs in the three municipal districts of Tullow, Carlow and Bagenlastown to promote outdoor sports and physical activity.

Majella has over 10 years experience in the sports and community development sector and is very much looking forward to working with key stakeholders and community groups to support the development of  local sports structures.  Majella is passionate about health & overall wellbeing and a huge advocate for the great outdoors, especially walking.

Find out more about Carlow Sports Partnership staff and programmes here:

#BeActive #KeepActive #KeepWell

5 Bullet Friday - December 11th 2020



11th December 2020

  1. Get Ireland Walking 21 Day Walking App
  2. Tennis Ireland Officiating Webinar
  3. Social Prescribing in Carlow
  4. 'Runuary' with Athetics Ireland
  5. CARA Catch Up LIVE:CAST


Get Ireland Walking Launch 21 Day Walking App

Sport Ireland, Get Ireland Walking and Healthy Ireland are encouraging people of all ages to walk into 2021 by taking part in the Keep Well Walking Challenge.Walking App
A new app has been launched to support the initiative.  Take the 21 Day  Walking Challenge which is part of the #KeepWell campaign & walk into 2021!  You can start today 11th Dec or any day this month.
Download the app HEREIreland LIghts Up
'Ireland Lights Up' is back in Jan 2021.  GAA clubs & other sporting clubs can turn on their lights to allow walkers to safely walk during the 8-week broadcast of Operation Transformation in 2021.
Find out more & register your club HERE

Tennis Ireland Officiating Webinar

Tennis Ireland have announced their next Women in Sport webinar which will focus on officiating
with a great panel of speakers you won't want to miss
Registration in advance is required
REGISTER HEREFor those that can't make it, Tennis Ireland will be posting the recording on their YouTube channel following the webinar
#WomenInSportIRE #CantSeeCantBe #Officiating #Tennis

Social Prescribing in Carlow


St Catherine's Community Services Centre is delighted to introduce the new Carlow Social Prescribing Service.  This is a free support that aims to reduce social isolation and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

The service is based within the community and will operate from St. Catherine’s C.S.C and the New Oak Community Centre.  The aim of the Carlow Social Prescribing Service is to link people with non-medical sources of support within the community to improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

The service will provide individuals with information on areas of interest such as social groups, exercise classes, relaxation sessions, volunteering opportunities, support services and much more all in their local area.

For more information contact Sinéad 086-4147511

'Runuary' with Athletics Ireland

Jessie and Thomas Barr, the Olympic siblings, today launched the
Irish Life Health 'Runuary' programme to support runners, of all levels to run January and not let it run them.

With the uncertainty of the last few months, many of us have turned to running to relieve stress, clear our head and to feel more in control.

Starting on January 1st, it encourages runners, from beginners to the more experienced, to commit to challenging but realistic running programmes, with a target distance to be completed on January 31st.