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Mayo Sports Partnership
The aim of the Mayo Sports Partnership is to increase participation in all sports and to ensure local resources and facilities are used to the best effect. The partnership board has representatives from interested agencies and sporting groups. These include Mayo V.E.C., Mayo County Council, Mayo County Development Board, Western Health Board, FAS,G.M.I.T., Mayo Education Centre, Udaras, North East Mayo Leader, South West Mayo Development Co., Mayo Community Forum, and representatives from the County Sports Forum.
The Sports Partnership has three main functions:
Information - To establish a consultation process with sport clubs and organisations and to identify their needs and resources. Initiate research and compile a sports directory. One stop shop for sport in Mayo.
Education- To provide quality opportunities for education and training at local level. Provide training courses targeting volunteers and providing access to sports specific courses through the national governing bodies of sport.
Implementation - To develop a strategic plan for sport in Mayo and select participation programmes to suit local needs.
The Sports Partnership launched the first strategic plan for sport in Mayo on 28th June 2006. The plan may be downloaded from the Publications section, alternatively contact this office for a copy. (the new Strategic Plan is due to be launched in late 2010)
The plan identifies four key areas for action in the county during the lifespan of the plan from 2006 – 2009.
We are also involved in facilitating and co-ordinating a number of targeted programmes, projects and initiatives at local level. These include the Buntús Pre-school and primary programmes, Code of Ethics and Best Practice in Sport Workshops,Women in Sport initiatives, Challenge Projects and Disability initiatives. The Partnership also identifies local projects which are grant aided through its Special Participation Initiative Grant scheme and supports volunteer training through its training grant scheme