John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland launched the Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership’s new strategy ‘Building a Culture of Sport and Physical Activity 2018 – 2023’.
The launch took place at County Hall, Sligo County Council with over one hundred people in attendance representing the many target groups, clubs, communities and agencies with which the Partnership works.
Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Paul Taylor and SSRP Board member was on hand to welcome the guests to the launch. In his address he paid tribute to all involved in the development of sport in the County which he stated was evident from the significant progress in recent years in both the area of facility development and sports participation opportunities for people of all fitness levels.
A highlight of the evening for myself was the viewing of a video compiled by the Partnership which captured a diverse range of community sports programmes which it supports.
Maire Mc Callion, Chairperson of SSRP acknowledged the commitment to sport and physical activity shown by the sporting clubs and community organisations, the SSRP Board of Directors, statutory agencies and the staff of the Partnership. She outlined that the next phase of SSRP’s work will focus on four goals; Increase Participation, Build Capacity, Enhance Communications and Strengthen the Organisation. She signalled the intent of SSRP to continue to work in a co-ordinated and integrated way with sporting groups and local agencies.
Ciarán Hayes, Chief Executive of Sligo County Council spoke of the valuable contribution sport makes to quality of life and he paid tribute to the work of the sports clubs , communities, agencies and SSRP who work to deliver sporting opportunities.
In launching the plan John Treacy was highly complementary of the work of SSRP and all the sporting groups on the ground in Sligo stating “The vision Sport Ireland had for Local Sports Partnerships at the outset is truly being realised in Sligo through the collaborative engagement involving all partners with Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership playing a leadership role”. He went on to say “It is about the community groups, the sporting clubs, the Sports Partnership and all the agencies working together, and this partnership has worked very well in Sligo”.
Solutions on the ground are vitally important, but engagements with policymakers and at the community level to ensure that policies, procedures and practices that prevent any cohort of the population from participating get addressed. Through policy briefs and direct encounters at the federal and provincial levels, highlighting the rights of all to play and be healthy — as established in international law.
The solutions aren’t necessarily complex. They require thinking inclusively as an integral part of planning health promotion and public health campaigns. Supports research in physical activity to improve training among coaches, support staff and program managers. The network also develops capacity to support eachother within existing programs.