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:

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

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:


#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

Women's Kayaking Trip 15th August 2021

Grab your best girlfriends or take a solo kayaking adventure (in a guided group) along the River Barrow for #HerOutdoors week 2021 with Carlow Sports Partnership.

Meeting at the River Barrow Carpark in Goresbridge you will be kitted out with a kayak, personal floatation device (PFD), paddle and helmet and shown how to manoeuvre your way along the scenic route of the River Barrow.

The staff of Pure Adventure will take you on a guided trip while stopping along the way for a leisurely picnic at the side of the river.

The key points of information are:

Date: 15th August

Duration: 10:00am – 3:30pm (approx.)

Start Location: Goresbridge

End Location: Graiguenamanagh

Cost: €25.00

Experience: None is needed, however you must be comfortable in water

Participants: Must be over the age of 18 on or before 15th August 2021


What you will need:

A packed lunch

Wear clothes/runners you don’t mind getting wet (shorts & t-shirt are fine)

Water & sun cream

Organise your own drop off and collection in both locations (this is not possible for us to facilitate due to current Covid-19 guidelines)

To book your tickets, please click this link:

Or, if you have any queries or concerns before or after booking, please do not hesitate to contact Deborah via