Laois Sports Partnership News: ‘Cycle for SID’ returns

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Laois Cycling & Touring Club is delighted to announce that they will be supporting this year’s ‘Cycle for SID’ on Saturday the 6th of September, a charity cycle in aid of Laois Sports Partnership’s Sports Inclusion Disability Programme.

The cycling event was launched in 2013 to raise much needed funds for Laois LSP’s SID programme. The 2013 cycle supported by Portlaoise Rotary Club was a week-long tour from France back to Portlaoise. This year’s event will have a one day format, with cyclists touring a circuit of county Laois.

Commencing in Portlaoise the inclusive cycle will see participants with a choice of taking either a 120km or 60km route around the county. Organisers hope the event will attract a large number of cyclists from local clubs looking for a fun challenge and leisure cyclists who wish to support a very worthy cause.

The funds raised from the event will allow Laois Sports Partnership to continue to provide sports activities for over 400 people with disabilities in Laois.

With the assistance of over 250 volunteers, they run programmes such as Tandem Cycling, Laois Boccia League, Soccer, Basketball/Wheelchair Basketball, Inclusive Leisure Centre Activities, Athletics, Badminton to name put a few.

Due to the continuous restrictions in funding Laois Sports Partnership needs to raise €25,000 annually in order to maintain this Disability Programme, co-ordinated by local paralympian Garrett Culliton.

The entry fee for participants is €30 with a €5 discount for Cycling Ireland members. To register log on to, where full details of distance, routes and timings for the event can also be found.


Street Leagues Mid Point Tournament

Portlaoise Street Soccer League held its annual Mid Point Tournament last Wednesday in a sweltering heat at Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

The final was an excellent game of skill with a quick pace from start to end. Well done to the winners ‘Sit Back and Defend’, in second place were ‘All Stars’ and in third place were ‘San Marino.


Suicide Prevention Training: What you can do to help!

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) teaches the skills to be more alert to the signals and risk of suicide.

It is a two-day skills based workshop, provided by the HSE, which trains participants to recognise, respond and be in a position to provide immediate safety and information on further help to individuals whose lives may be at risk from suicide.

An ASIST workshop is scheduled to be delivered in the Parish Centre, Portlaoise, on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of September, 2014, from 9am to 5pm both days. If you would like to attend this accredited training, which is free of charge, please contact the HSE Suicide Prevention Resource Service on 05793-57807 or 086-8157320.


Bike Week

Bike Week is the annual national celebration of cycling. Co-ordinated and funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Bike Week sees local authorities, bike clubs, community groups and charities organise cycling events. Bike Week has events for cyclists of all ages and ability.

Laois really got behind the Bike Week annual event seeing real Pedal Power throughout the towns and villages in June. Over 700 cyclists, both young and old, took to the roads and enjoyed the organised events coordinated by Laois County Council and rolled out by the many wonderful volunteers within the communities of Laois.




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