South Dublin County Sports Partnership:
To develop and support opportunities for increased participation in sports and physical activity by the community or South Dublin County, regardless of their background, age or ability
Enhanced planning of sport at local level
Increased levels of local participation
Enhanced local coach deployment
Local Directories of sports bodies and facilities
Better use of existing facilities
Clear priorities for local facility provision and improvement
School/club/community and possibly school – National Governing Body
Local sports events
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|
The Committee has representatives from many strands in the community: public agencies, sports bodies, education, business and community development groups. In 2017, after a consultation process with local agencies, sports organisations and with Sports Ireland, a new strategic plan for the period 2017-2022 was launched. See English version here. See Irish version here.
The partnership is primarily funded by the Irish Sports Council with assistance from the local partners, especially South Dublin County Council and the HSE.
Thos Mc Dermott – CoordinatorThos 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.