About us

South Dublin County Sports Partnership:

Our Mission

“Increase participation in sport and physical recreation and ensure that local resources are used to best effect.”

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Enhanced planning of sport at local level

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Increased levels of local participation


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Enhanced local coach deployment

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Club development


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Volunteer training

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Local Directories of sports bodies and facilities


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Better use of existing facilities

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Clear priorities for local facility provision and improvement


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School/club/community and possibly school – National Governing Body

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Local sports events


Our History

In the Irish Sports Council’s (ISC) strategy “A New Era for Sport 2000-2002″, The Council proposed to establish a nationwide network of Local Sports Partnerships to create a national structure to co-ordinate and promote the development of sport at a local level.

The ISC identified that the effective development of sport and recreation at a local level would be best delivered through the adoption of a partnership approach between all bodies and organizations involved in the delivery of sport and recreation locally.   Following the Irish Sports Council’s competition process in 2007 South Dublin County was designated as a Local Sports Partnership site and the recruitment of a Co-ordinator took place in November 2007

One of the first key tasks for the Partnership was to develop a comprehensive, broad based Committee which would provide local information and be a key driver for the work of the Partnership.

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The Committee has representatives from many strands in the community: public agencies, sports bodies, education, business and community development groups. In 2009 an extensive consultation process took place with the local community, agencies, sports organisations (both locally and nationally) and with the Irish Sports Council.  Following it a Strategic Plan was developed for the years 2010-2016.

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The partnership is primarily funded by the Irish Sports Council with assistance from the local partners, especially South Dublin County Council and the HSE.

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Thos Mc Dermott – Coordinator

Thos worked in Germany and in the private sector in Ireland before starting as Coordinator with Laois Sports Partnership in 2002, which at the time was one of the original 8 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) set up by the Irish Sports Council. In 2007 he moved to his current role in South Dublin County. Thos also represented the interests of the national LSP network on the Executive Committee of the Federation of Irish Sport from 2010-2014.
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