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Laois Sports Partnership News (November 2012)

This months news round up from the Laois Sports Partnership covering a host of sporting activity across Laois

This months news round up from the Laois Sports Partnership covering a host of sporting activity across Laois

Portlaoise College students participate in Save the World Challenge Marathon Relay


36 students from Portlaoise College completed the marathon relay in a time of 2.23:01 so a huge thanks to all the participants and to their teachers for a tremendous effort.

Last year over 1,500 children representing 53 teams in 11 countries across the globe (Canada, China, France, Ireland, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Spain and the UK) completed the marathon relay challenge. This year the global organizers are hoping that teams from at least 30 countries will participate as children around the world run in solidarity to highlight the daily struggle that many face just to survive.

In 2011, Ireland was represented by two teams (a team from Tullamore and a team from Tallaght, South Dublin). This year 13 schools represented Ireland and representing Laois was Portlaoise College.

To add an extra dimension to events in Ireland, John Treacy lent his support to the challenge and the John Treacy Cup was presented to the first team of Irish children to complete the marathon relay challenge. The challenge was targeted at school teams of girls and boys aged 11-13 years old.


Are you making the most out of your fundraising events?


Calling all clubs and organizations interested in organising profitable fundraising events to attend our Workshop on 13th November in Heritage Hotel at 7.30pm, cost €10. Places limited so book early by contacting us on (057) 8671248 or email

The harsh economic truth facing everyone working in the community and voluntary sector is that while public donations to good causes are currently down, the need to fundraise has never been higher. Thus, running the most effective and profitable fundraising events possible if of paramount importance.

Our Organising Profitable Fundraising Events workshop will help you to fine tune and improve your event management skills by focusing on the following topics:

* Worked through a planned approach to organising events

* Considered 10 critical factors in event organisation

* Learned how to prepare effective sponsorship proposals

* Considered how to evaluate and learn from past events

* Generated some practical ideas for future events.

In these days of declining public donations, there is little doubt that we all need to really go that extra mile to achieve our goals. Attending this workshop will give you the crucial insight, information and inspiration that you need to make your fundraising events succeed.


Volunteer Workshop


Laois Sports Partnership invite all clubs to a free workshop on Tuesday 27th November in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise at 7.30pm in association with Volunteer Ireland. In the current economic climate volunteering is crucial to the sustainability of our clubs, community and voluntary groups.

This workshop will cover topics such as

* Volunteer recruitment and selection

* Volunteer training

* Volunteer induction

* Volunteer support and supervision

* Dealing with volunteer issues that arise

* Developing a volunteer policy

Places limited so book early by contacting us on (057) 8671248 or email


Children’s Officer Training


Recommendations from the Irish Sports Council are that every club involved with children and young people should appoint a Children’s Officer. 

This person should be child centred in focus and should have as their primary aim the establishment of a child centred ethos within the club. They are the link between the children and the adults in the club and also take responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy etc. impacts on children and their Sports Leaders.

The Children’s Officer should have the following functions:

a) To promote awareness of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland within the club and particularly among the children and their parents/guardians. 

b) To influence policy and practice within the club in order to prioritise children’s needs.

c) To provide an accessible resource to children through the creation of forums.

Participants must have completed the Irish Sports Council Code of Ethics training and places must be pre-booked with the sports partnership. 

Next course scheduled for November so please register your interest in the course and we will contact with dates and venue.


Active Communities coming to Rathdowney


Have you an interest in seeing more people physically active in the community?

Laois Sports Partnership, working with a range of agencies, are offering the people of Rathdowney an opportunity to work with us on an Active Communities project.

Active Communities are those that make it easier for people in the community to include a high degree of physical activities in their daily lives.

They do this through such measures as:

Prioritising and facilitating walking, cycling and the use of public transport thereby minimising the need to use cars

Making it easier and safer for people to engage in greater levels of physical activities

Encouraging and promoting higher levels of physical activity within all strands / age groups in the community

Ensuring recreational, sporting facilities and natural resources are accessible, open to all, known to all, actively promoted and used.

Developing the confidence, skill and motivation for individuals to participate and become more active.

It is now widely accepted that the benefits of an active community are highlighted to positive effect in such key areas as Improved health, General wellbeing, Improved quality of life, Social involvement, Promotion of a sense of belonging.

These benefits are common across all members of an active community irrespective of such factors as age, gender, status or income levels.

Paul Corr, our Active Communities facilitator will be in contact in the next two weeks with individuals and groups to introduce the project and facilitator together with an introduction to and a brief outline of the project. The development process would involve the following steps


Individual consultations using appropriate methodologies


Community group facilitated consultation and audit using designed questionnaire

Initial plan development based on practical and realistic findings uncovered in the consultation process

Presentation of plan to Rathdowney groups to highlight findings, actions to be taken by them and support available

Linkage of local development initiatives into the county Development Plan

We would be delighted if you could participate in this beneficial community programme. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us on (057) 8671248.

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