25 Sept 2022

Great fun had by all at Laois Sports Partnerships 21st birthday

Great fun had by all at Laois Sports  Partnerships 21st birthday

Photo by Alf Harvey

Yesterday Laois Sports Partnership celebrated its 21 st birthday at Laois Leisure Portlaoise. Over the past 21 years, Laois Sports Partnership proudly positioned themselves as the leader in Promoting, Supporting, and Facilitating sport and physical activity in County Laois. To mark this special occasion, Laois Sports Partnership teamed up with Laois Leisure Portlaoise to host the 21 st birthday celebrations this afternoon. As part of our celebrations, They arranged a number of free activities delivered by Laois Leisure staff throughout the premises. Laois Sports Partnership held 4 archery taster sessions, an aqua aerobics session, 2 free hours of swimming, an outdoor boot camp, and a spin class. In addition to this, Seamus Dooley
delivered a basketball session for the National Learning Network, Portlaoise and Moez Toumi hosted a sit-fit session for older adults, and the IWA, Laois. In total, there were over 300 participants engaging in physical activity at Laois Leisure Portlaoise yesterday morning.

LSP was honored to have had some local heroes in attendance, They were joined by members of the Laois Ladies Football Team and Laois U16 Camogie Team who both recently earned silverware at All Ireland level. The LGFA brought their 2022 trophy from winning the All- Ireland Intermediate Football Final which was displayed alongside the U16 Camogie All Ireland trophy for members of the public to take photos with. Both teams were presented with a gift as a token of appreciation for their success. Laois LGFA also kindly presented Laois Sports Partnership with a signed number 21 jersey from their All-Ireland Final to mark the 21 st birthday.

Laois Sports Partnership would like to thank everyone who attended today’s event and to those who have continued to support the work of the LSP over the past 21 years. Caroline Myers, Chief Operating Officer said 

“We are thrilled to celebrate the success of the past 21 years. We have delivered 4 successful strategic plans and launched a 5 th. We have made many amazing memories and built many great relationships and have proudly positioned ourselves as leaders for sport and physical activity with the support of volunteers, clubs, communities, partner agencies, stakeholders, funders, and the people of Laois. We have seen huge growth and developments over the years in terms of funding but also massive growth in our output in participation, with just under 20,000 in 2021. I wish to thank the board past and present, LSP Team, Sport Ireland, and all the people of Laois for their continued support which has been instrumental in our success. It is now more important than ever that we continue to invest and develop opportunities for participation for an active and healthy Laois for all abilities. We look forward to continuing our work in creating an environment that improves activity, health, and wellbeing. With a growing population, it is key that Laos Sports Partnership continues to grow its strategic capacity and it is supported as the lead agency for sports participation in county Laois. We are excited for what is to come and look forward to working with you all in delivering our 5th strategy ‘Everybody Active in County Laois’

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