Inclusive Summer Camps Review 2022

As part of Carlow Sports Partnership’s (CSP) inclusion plan, the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer (SIDO) organised seven inclusive camps over five weeks for Summer 2022.

These camps saw over 210 participants of all abilities enjoy fun and physical activity and were held in conjunction with local sports clubs and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs). 

A range of physical activities were catered for which included Cycling, Rugby, Basketball, GAA, and Soccer.

  Each camp was sold to capacity and completely enveloped the ethos of inclusivity where all activities are for all people with all abilities.

For more information on the sports inclusion programe contact Teresa on 


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

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

Carlow Sports Partnership featured in the Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnership Annual Report 2020


Carlow Sports Partnership is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) featured in the Annual Report 2020 published by Sport Ireland today.

The report highlights the work of the LSP Network and the impact they have on participation levels by engaging key target populations across Ireland.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Carlow Sports Partnership has continued to provide programmes and initiatives to ensure that everyone in Carlow has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity.

In 2020, Sport Ireland allocated over €870,000 in Programme Funding to the LSP Network, an increase of 53% from the 2019 investment. Programme funding is at the core of the LSPs engagement with participants and allows for the delivery of a range of community, club and school based initiatives, programmes and events.

In Carlow, 2,465 people took part in 70 participation programmes.   Carlow Sports Partnership coordinated and delivered 13 capacity building training courses for 157 sports leaders and coaches.  241 people with a disability took part in 15 CSP initiatives with an additional 37 people trained across Cara’s Disability Awareness, Autism in Sport & Disability Inclusion Training and Education programmes.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD welcomed the publication of the Report: “The National Sports Policy recognises the key role played by the Local Sports Partnerships in sports participation and how they can assist in the delivery of the ambitious participation actions set out in the Policy. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the LSP network worked hard to develop new and innovative initiatives to target cohorts of the population who were most likely to be less active during the restrictions. This work will continue in to 2021 as we see the gradual return to sport and physical activity. Together we will work to increase access to sport and physical activity opportunities for all cohorts of the population”.

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers TD commented: “I commend the work of the LSPs and community organisations they worked with throughout a difficult year. By collaborating closely with organisations within and outside the sporting sector, the LSPs delivered a range and variety of programmes and initiatives in communities throughout Ireland. As we move in to 2021 and beyond, the LSPs will continue to develop and deliver physical activity opportunities that are accessible and inclusive at a local level. I look forward to seeing the activities in the months and years to come as we move toward the target set out by the National Sports Policy”.


John Treacy, Chief Executive Sport Ireland commented: “2020 was a very difficult year for the LSPs and sports participation in general. I must commend the staff and volunteers in the LSPs who adapted quickly and with agility to continue to support people to stay active during the pandemic. They embraced new ways of reaching the various groups in their community and worked together to deliver initiatives and resources at a national level.  Although participation numbers reduced in 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we believe that the LSP network is well prepared and primed to promote a safe return to sport, in line with Government regulations. We are confident that as Government restrictions are gradually lifted LSPs will quickly return to, and even exceed, the high levels of engagement seen in 2019”.


Martha Jane Duggan, Coordinator of Carlow Sports Partnership commented:During Ireland’s COVID 19 response, Carlow Sports Partnership been rolling out a broad range of local and national initiatives targeting cohorts of the population who we know are the least likely to be active during this crisis. As such, Carlow Sports Partnership have developed new initiatives specifically designed and tailored for older adults, people with a disability, women and girls and people from socio economic disadvantage whilst also designing innovative and engaging initiatives for families, children, and teenagers”.

Declan Doyle, Chairperson of Carlow Sports Partnership commented: “Despite the COVID 19 Pandemic, Carlow Sports Partnership continues to support people to get active and removing barriers to physical activity and involvement in sport. In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, Carlow Sports Partnership have mobilised by continuing to work from home and volunteering essential resources to Local Authorities across Ireland to support “The Community Call” campaign.  On behalf of Carlow Sports Partnership, we extend our thanks to all those 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.”

The full 2020 LSP Annual Report can be viewed here

Carlow Sports Partnership 2020 Summary of Output

2,465 people participated in 70 locally delivered Carlow Sports Partnership (CSP) participation initiatives

51 females took part in 3 targeted Women in Sport programmes

700 people and 6 clubs took part in 6 Operation Transformation Nationwide Walks and Programmes

44 Clubs/Groups were provided with funding supports by Carlow Sports Partnership

150 booklets printed to support Older Adults to exercise within Covid19 restrictions.  The Be Active at Home booklet for Older Adult was distributed as part of a community response support.

241 people with a disability took part in 15 CSP initiatives with an additional 37 people trained across Cara’s Disability Awareness, Autism in Sport & Disability Inclusion Training and Education programmes

A total of 157 people participated in 13 training courses representing 115 local clubs

107 Sports Leaders and Volunteers completed 9 Safeguarding Courses

€405,046 was secured by Carlow Sports Partnership during 2020 to increase participation in sport and physical activity from multiple sources including: Sport Ireland; Carlow County Council; HSE; Healthy Carlow and government departments.

8,194 visits to the Carlow Sports Partnership website in 2020

7,203 social media followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

32 weekly e-bulletins were published and distributed to a weekly distribution list of 1000+

3 booklets were published and printed as a supplement in the Nationalist newspaper with a weekly distribution list of 9000+.  The publications included the Keep Active with Carlow Sports Partnership resource for children and families, and 2 x Nature on Your Doorstep booklets (Spring & Summer editions).

Carlow Sports Partnership supported 9 national campaigns during 2020 including: Keep Well; Bike Week; European Week of Sport; National Play Day; Mobility Week; Fit for All Week; National Be Active Day; Men’s Health Week and Positive Aging Week.


2020 LSP Annual Report National Highlights:

29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs)

340,674 people participated in 1,132 locally delivered participation initiatives

51% of participants in LSP programmes were female, 47% were male, 2% other

109,302 girls and 64,975 women took part in LSP programmes

18,161 females took part in 130 targeted Women in Sport programmes

3,646 Clubs/Groups were provided with funding supports by LSPs

7,091 participants took part in initiatives targeting Older Adults

64,524 participants took part in interventions supported by the LSP network including Daily Mile, parkrun, Playground Markings, Active Homework initiatives, and provision of physical activity resources

16,243 people with a disability took part in LSP initiatives with an additional 2,037 people trained across Cara’s Disability Awareness, Autism in Sport & Disability Inclusion Training and Education programmes

2,894,209 visits to LSP website in 2020  (138% increase compared to 2019 – 1,214,746)

184,493 social media followers across all LSP social platforms(Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) 20% increase on 2019

Sports Leaders and Volunteers completed 5,102 Safeguarding Courses

LSPs planned and delivered 276 training and education courses, workshops and seminars with their partner agencies. 31,369 people participated in these courses


Further Information: Martha Jane Duggan, Coordinator of Carlow Sports Partnership

Email: / 087 2145262

European Mile


The European Mile is a free event celebrating the joy of moving again at your own pace – by running, walking or rolling a mile. Create your own event or donate your miles during 2021 to take part, and move together with people around Europe for the main celebration on 5 June 2021.


Running and walking are among the most popular types of recreational physical activity in Europe. It is estimated that around 50 million Europeans run regularly and many more enjoy walking. But in 2020, many of us stopped moving or moved less because of local restrictions. The European Mile is a fun and easy way to get moving again and reconnect with people around Europe by sharing your miles and donating them towards a common cause.

People from all walks of life can join one of the physical or virtual European Mile events, or donate their moved miles in support of selected grassroots sport or physical activity initiatives. For the European Mile, we consider the iconic distance 1.6 kilometres to be our key metric. But we also know there are many different mile distances, so we encourage you to #FindYourMile! Anyone can register an event or even join in with a self-organised activity. Simply share your run, walk or roll with the hashtag #FindYourMile to take part – every MOVE counts – and don’t forget to donate your miles right here!

The European Mile is an initiative supported by the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Commission and is coordinated by ISCA as part of the NowWeMOVE campaign.

For more inforamtion and to register click here

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.





Pep in Your Step

Carlow Sports Partnership invites you to join our online Walking for Fitness Workshop

which aims to assist participants to gain better health and fitness benefits from walking.

Frank Fahey of FitWALKireland has been at the forefront of fitness walking in Ireland for over two decades and will assist participants to put an extra ‘pep in their step’ by providing advice on posture, technique, and intensity and give tips on how to gain most functional fitness benefits from a walking session.

Walkers of all fitness levels (beginners and improvers) will find something to interest them in this workshop which will combine both theory and (easy, on-the-spot) practical elements.

Participants will also be signposted to videos on Power Walking, Stride Walking and Pole Walking.


Book you place here:


Any questions contact Majella:





Inclusive Yoga For All



Relax and do some Yoga with the family.  Join Michelle from Simply Yoga Ireland online and stretch your body.

Ages 5-10 every Friday at 2pm for 6 weeks starting January 29th.

Ages 11 + every Monday at 7.30pm for 6 weeks starting February 1st.

€15 per block of 6 weeks.

Bookings through Eventbrite link:

Any questions please contact Teresa on or 087 3868973

To download the Yoga for All poster Click Here