A total of 1,118 groups across Ireland are celebrating the awarding of grants to fund physical activity for older people (over 50). The Go for Life National Grant Scheme from Age & Opportunity and Sport Ireland today announced grants totalling almost €300,000.
The aim of the grants is to improve the health and wellbeing of older people across the country by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport. Groups benefitting this year include Men’s Sheds, ICA guilds, Active Retirement Groups, Local Sports Partnerships, Sports Clubs, Family Resources Centres and many others who provide older people with opportunities to get active.
Announcing the successful grantees at the Ballybough Community Centre, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD, said:
‘Over the last seventeen years the National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people to get more active more often and the record number of applications this year shows the continued importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country. Programmes like Go for Life, funded by Sport Ireland, will help us reach the targets set out in the National Physical Activity Plan and approximately 30,000 people nationwide will take part in the activities funded by the grants. The success of this scheme shows what can be achieved with a small investment and the importance of funding sport and physical activity, at any age.’
Speaking at the launch, John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland said:
"Sport Ireland is delighted to partner with Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life Programme to support participation among older people in recreational sport activities. One of the key strategic objectives of Sport Ireland is increasing participation and initiatives such as this are a great way of encouraging people to get out and get active regardless of age or fitness level. I want to congratulate and acknowledge the groups themselves, and our own national network of Local Sports Partnerships, who continue to provide opportunities for older people to participate in sport and physical activity”.
Karen Smyth, CEO of Age & Opportunity commented: “The benefits of sport and physical activity are numerous, from the obvious health benefits to the increasingly important social benefits of inclusion and relationship-building. The Go for Life Programme and the Grant Scheme are helping to get more older people more active, more often and we are delighted to be support local groups to engage in such a wide variety of activities, demonstrating the richness of the ageing experience nationwide.”
The Grant Scheme is part of Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life programme, funded by Sport Ireland and delivered nationally with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE. The goal of the grants scheme is to encourage older people to get involved in sport and physical activity in their communities and the funds allocated are used by groups to buy equipment, run sports events or to try new activities. The record number of applications shows the importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country
Over €5.5million has been awarded in almost 12,000 grants during its lifetime. This year saw a record number of applications and of grants awarded and the number of groups applying continues to grow since the launch of the National Grant Scheme in 2001.
Shane Ross T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Brendan Griffin T.D. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, today announced €56m in allocations under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) to over 1,700 different sporting projects.
The SCP is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level. The 2017 round of the Programme closed for applications on the 24th February and by that date a record number of 2,320 applications were received.
Dublin Primary Schools Mini-Basketball takes a novel approach to implementing a child appropriate approach to primary school sport.
35 Finals of the Dublin Primary Schools Mini-Basketball League are taking place in the National Basketball Arena finishing on Tuesday 28th November.
70 school teams were clustered in groups of no more than five schools and played one another once. They were then ranked 1, 2, 3 etc. in their cluster. The Dublin Primary Schools Mini-Basketball Board then paired 1s, 2s, 3s etc. for Finals in the National Basketball Arena.
So all participants play in the league and get a Final at their own level.
Each school team also brings two table officials and schools were sent a child-friendly scoresheet with guidelines in advance.
In all over 800 children are playing and 70 children are officiating.
All children participate in two quarters with no child playing more than two quarters. All children are awarded a League participation medal and the winning schools are presented with a trophy.
Over 1,500 supporters are enjoying the occasion – most visiting the Arena for the first time.
The Dublin Officials Association is providing referees, and Commissioners oversee the event each day.
This imaginative approach is in keeping with the ethos of the Primary Schools’ Mini-Basketball as outlined in the PSMNC brochure which can be downloaded from www.basketballireland.ie Primary Schools.
The ethos is defined in the PSMNC brochure as “enabling children to learn, play and enjoy basketball in a supportive environment”. Furthermore the brochure goes on to emphasise the “importance of age appropriate fundamental movement and basketball skills development” while avoiding the “negative aspects of competition for children”. Samples of negative aspects outlined in the PSMNC brochure include; playing the best players only, complex tactics, early elimination structures and trying to win matches at the expense of player development”.
Teaching videos, the Mini3on3 booklet, Rules, Scoresheet & Guidelines – can be all downloaded on www.basketballireland.ie
UCD Sport in conjunction with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are hosting a FREE Seminar on Thursday November 23rd from 6.15pm in the Fitzgerald Debating Chamber in UCD Student Centre.
Every club does its best to keep its existing members and also attract new ones, but sometimes people just drop out or opt out. Peter Smyth, Director of Research in Sport Ireland, will give an overview of what the research is telling us as to why children and adults both start playing sport and also why they might drop out. Armed with this knowledge clubs can then put in place methods to try to maximise retention of their members.
For more information or to register your free place follow this link https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/membership-retention-seminar-tickets-39950418778
Over the past 10 years, the annual SPEAK report has provided a summary evaluation of the work carried out by
Sport Ireland’s national network of Local Sports Partnerships. We are delighted to present the 2016 SPEAK report
as it continues to highlight the innovative and progressive opportunities that assist people to get more active
There is a diverse range of sport and physical activity opportunities available through Local Sports Partnerships.
In 2016, 291,947 people increased their physical activity levels by taking part in programmes supported by the Local Sports Partnerships.