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

Carlow Sports Partnership are Hiring Tutors

We are seeking to recruit suitably qualified candidates to add to our existing panel of tutors. Tutors will be required for occasional work to deliver a range of sport and physical activity programmes. Please note that:

  • Applicants must be 18+
  • All posts are subject to Garda Vetting
  • Safeguarding through Sport Ireland will be provided prior to any engagement

If you would like some more information about tutoring opportunities/requirements, please contact Teresa via

To apply for a tutoring position with Carlow Sports Partnership, please send your CV and cover letter to Teresa via

The closing date for tutor applications is 5:00pm 7th March 2022.

Applicants may be short listed for interview.

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

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


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:

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:


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

#HerOutdoors Week 2021



Join Carlow Sports Partnership as we celebrate #HerOutdoors week 2021 with an immersive recreational experience on 15th August 2021.

Arrive and park in Graiguenamanagh where you will register with the Sports Partnership staff and then cross over the 18th century bridge to commence an activator pole walking experience from the Tinnahinch (Co Carlow) side of the River Barrow — part of the bridge here was destroyed during the 1798 Rebellion.

Activator trainers will then introduce you to the activator poles, set them up and start with a gentle warm up routine. The walk will commence towards Ballykeenan Lock, and walkers will be encouraged to stand, stretch, breath and look back at Brandon Hill as it towers over the river behind you.

As you proceed, the steep wooded slopes drop to the riverbank which creates a perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. You will follow the trail to Clashganny Lock, and progress to the right of way from the trail and walk to Clashganny house where a guided yoga session will take place with Yoga teacher Orla Thornton in Clashganny house garden.

Following this, you will be guided down to the designated bathing area for a refreshing dip in the river under the watchful eye of the Carlow County Council Lifeguards. Then return to Clashganny house garden for light refreshments.

After this welcome rest participants will regroup, and the Activator trainers will complete posture checks and give you a better understanding of the benefits of activator poles. Then you will set out to return to the Tinnahinch side of the bridge in Graiguenamanagh.

Here you will regroup, cool down, stretch and reflect on your day.

Key details about the walk:

Grade: 2

Format: Linear

Category: Walking Trail

Type: National Way Marked Way

Length: 5.5km one way (total distance will be 11km)

Estimated Time: 3.5 - 5 hours

Key points for the programme:

Cost: €5.00

Duration: 9:30am - 3:00pm (approx)

Experience: None is needed

Equipment: Comfortable shoes to walk in, sun cream, a hat, water, light outerwear, a change of clothes (or a swimming togs), a towel & a backpack to carry all of the above.

Participants: Must be 18 years of age or older on or before 15th August 2021.

To book your tickets, please click here