Busy times for Laois Sports Partnership

The eleventh National Grant Scheme for sport and physical activity for older people was announced in August with a closing date of 29 September 2011.

The eleventh National Grant Scheme for sport and physical activity for older people was announced in August with a closing date of 29 September 2011.

Approximately 1500 applications were sent in a mailshot to all ARAs, any ICAs and other social groups as well as all health promotion and sporting contacts on the Age & Opportunity database. All HSE Coordinators and LSP’s were listed as contacts to give assistance or advice to applicants and in many cases they further distributed applications forms locally.

A total of 1075 application forms were received and 906 grants were allocated. The application forms were processed and evaluated with assistance from the Irish Sports Council and the recommendations were submitted for approval to a sub-committee nominated by the Go for Life Steering Committee on 15 November 2011. Allocations for Laois were as follows - Rathdowney ARA €285; Portlaoise ICA €285; Happy Hearts Portarlington ARA €305; Clonad ICA €285; Killabban ICA €305; Vicarstown ARG €285; Laois Sports Partnership €1,200; Clonaslee Physical Activity Group €305; 50+ Active Age Group ARA €305; Castletown ICA €285; Clonaslee ICA €305; Spink ICA €285; Killenard ARA €305; Cullohill ICA €305; Mountmellick ARA €400; Killanure ICA €305; Clough ICA €305; Abbey Bowls €305; Vicarstown ARA (Recreational Group) €285; Durrow ARA €305; Abbeyleix ICA €305

LSP awarded for work with Paralympians

Elite athletes from Paralympics Ireland gathered with their employers on November 24 in Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge to recognise the massive contribution that each athletes employer has had on their individual performance over the past twelve months. In all nine supportive employers were recognised with facilitating their employee with the support needed in order to perform for Ireland in attempting to qualify for next year’s Paralympic Games in London.

The event was opened by Liam Harbison, CEO of Paralympics Ireland, who began by thanking each employer for supporting Paralympics Ireland. The success of Irish Paralympic sport became obvious to all present as there have been four Irish World Champions crowned in the last year alone. This fact was highlighted by Liam Harbison who recognised that Paralympic Irelands aim of ‘Leading elite Paralympic athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence’ would not be possible without the support of an employer who understands the demand of elite sport and is willing to back his employee to succeed in their profession and their sporting lives. Currently forty athletes across nine different sports are on course or have already qualified for the Paralympic Games next year. Central to the success of the Irish team as a whole has been the support of the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) and its athlete support system.

Companies which were recognised at the event were, ESB Electric Ireland, Topaz, FBD, Laois Sports Partnership, the Irish Wheelchair Association, Comreg, the HSE, the Revenue Commission, East Coast FM and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The developments within the Athlete Employment Scheme and Paralympics Ireland are very exciting for all involved and that was evident by Damien O’Neill, Head of Group Marketing with Allianz Ireland.

FitWalk Programmes coming soon to your Community

A brand new initiative for Laois will commence soon in Stradbally. FitWalk aims to get more people into fitness walking by presenting and promoting walking in a quality way making it trendy as a mode of fitness training to compete with other forms of aerobic activity including running, cycling, etc. A range of programmes are now being delivered by qualified FitWalk trainers in communities in Laois. The Fleetfeet programme is a 5 week indoor/outdoor programme which explains how to get the best fitness benefits from Walking, teaches the use of improving posture, joint mobility, muscle strength, and aerobic fitness. To book your place now contact us on (057) 8671248 for a fun fitness programme or if you would like a course run in your community contact us for further details.

ASAP Information Evening

A special thanks to Tom Jones Laois GAA and our guest speakers Colm Regan National ASAP Co-ordinator, Susan Provenial Officer, Tony Ryan Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bernie from Merchants Quay and Fran Byrne from the HSE with special guests Darren O’Neill Middleweight Boxing Champion and John O’Loughlin Laois Dual County player. The information evening on Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention was great success with representatives from 60 clubs.

Irish League Write Up – Nov 2011

Six wheelchair basketball teams from all around Ireland traveled to Clonaslee Community Centre for the second fixture of the Irish Wheelchair Basketball on Saturday last. Clonaslee Wheelchair Basketball Club took on the Galway Wheelers early on in the season and having beaten the Galway team in that fixture, the Midlands teams were determined to win this game on home soil. Captain Paul Tobin (Mountrath) started the game very well scoring 6 points in the first quarter along with Richard Murphy and Pauric Franey sinking some shots.The Titans took the lead at the end of the 1st quarter. CoachesRiordan and Dempsey made some changes for the 2nd quarter and the Clonaslee team worked very hard on offence and defense and the score at half time was in Galway’s favor by two baskets.

The third quarter was a good scoring phase of play for the Clonaslee team putting the Wheelers under pressure with great work from Richard Murphy and Daniel Riordan who scored 6 points in this quarter. The Clonaslee defense was working well ensuring the Galway players did not get through. There were some great plays from all the players working well together. Clonaslee took the lead going into the final quarter with 4 points.

The fourth Quarter started well for the Clonaslee but the team got into foul trouble, thus giving the Titans some easy baskets from the free throw line. Time outs were called to try and settle the team and ensure a plan was in place as Clonaslee were trailing by 5 points with a minute to go. Daniel Riordan scored a basket to bring the game closer. The supporters were very vocal and were on the edge of their seats with this close encounter. With 15 seconds on the clock Clonalsee had possession from the side line and Dempsey scored a 3 pointer to tie the game bring the game into overtime.

Unfortunately in the five minutes overtime Clonaslee did their best to try and contain the Galway Wheelers who proved difficult to beat as Clonaslee couldn’t score a basket and gave too many fouls allowing the Wheelers earn a well deserve victory.

Special thanks to be given Clonaslee Community Centre and Care taker John for hosting these fixtures and also to Denise Origan for ensuring the players and supports had plenty of refreshments on the day . This fixture was supported and assisted by Laois Sport Partnership .

Team- Paul Tobin (Capt), Anthony Collins, Joe Riordan, Declan Slevin, Daniel Riordan, Pauric Franey, Richard Murphy and Orla Dempsey.

Next fixture for Clonaslee is on in Cork on Tuesday 29th November against the Munster Dynamos which should be a close game with both teams having met numerous time last season.