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Waterford Sports Partnership, Ireland.
Waterford Sports Partnership - 'Everyone Active'

About Us

Local Sports Partnership Initiative
The Irish Sports Council in its first strategy - A New Era for Sport - promoted the notion of Local Sports Partnerships that would promote participation in sport at a local level. During the period covered by this strategy, the ISC established its first twelve Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) - Clare, County Cork, Donegal, Fingal, Kildare, Laois, Limerick city, Meath, North Tipperary, Roscommon, Sligo and Waterford. In our second strategy - Sport for Life - the ISC again supported the continued expansion of the LSP network, with a further four LSPs - Kerry, Kilkenny, Mayo and Westmeath - established in 2004.

In 2005 the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism commissioned Fitzpatrick Associates, Economic Consultants to undertake a review of the Council's Local Sports Partnership Programme. The Fitzpatrick Report was presented to the Department in October 2005. The report endorsed the LSP concept advising that with the implementation of 12 specific recommendations the programme should be rolled out nationally on a phased basis. Since the publication of our new strategy; Building Sport for Life 2006-2008, the remaining 17 LSP's have been established and we now have full national coverage.

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Background to Waterford Sports Partnership
Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) was established in 2002 by the Irish Sports Council (ISC) as part of the Local Sports Partnership initiative with the aim of increasing participation in sport and physical activity in County Waterford. While the Irish Sports Council is our parent organisation, WSP is established as a company limited by guarantee, governed by a board of directors from statutory, local development, community/voluntary sector agencies and sports organisations across Waterford with the role of providing strategic direction for WSP. A Co-ordinator, four Sports Development Officers, a Communications Officer and an Office Administrator are employed to carry out the work of WSP from two office bases in Dungarvan and Waterford City.

Find out more about our structure and view a list of our current Board Members

What we do
WSP provides a leadership role for the co-ordination, development and delivery of sport and physical activity opportunities in County Waterford within the framework of our strategic plan, resources available and partner support. Our three main functions are the provision of information and support, facilitation of education and training opportunities and supporting the development and implementation of programmes and events that encourage greater participation. While we aim to support the increase in participation in sport and physical activity of the people of Waterford in general, our priority target groups include young people, older adults, people with a disability, women and teenage girls and disadvantaged groups. We work with and support the work of the staff, volunteers and associates of our partners and stakeholders in promoting participation in sport and physical activity including pre-schools, schools, sports clubs, national governing bodies and community organisations /groups. We are supported by local partners and agencies.

Our three main functions are:

  1. The provision of Information and Support
  2. The facilitation of Training and Education opportunities and
  3. Supporting the development and implementation of programmes and events that encourage greater participation particularly for our target groups

Waterford Sports Partnership Strategy 2014-2017
In January 2014, Waterford Sports Partnership launched the 2007-2013 Strategic Review and presented the new Waterford Sports Partnership Strategic Plan 2014 - 2017 entitled 'Waterford - Active People, Active Place'.

Download 2007-2013 Strategic Review
Download Strategy 2014 to 2017

Our Vision
Waterford - Active People, Active Place

Our Mission Statement
To work in collaboration with our sporting community, voluntary and statutory partners to plan, co-ordinate, develop, deliver and evaluate sustainable opportunities for the people of Waterford to enjoy the health benefits of participation in sport and physical activity

Our Goals

Goal 1 - Active Communities: Enable and support communities to lead and develop opportunities for sport, physical activity and active living
Goal 2 - Active Sport: Enable and support sports clubs as settings and pathways for participation in and development of sport sand physical activity.
Goal 3 - Active Engagement: Engage strategically and effectively with all relevant stakeholders.
Goal 4 - Active Management: Maintain an effective, well resourced, well managed and collaborative organisation.

Our Core Values are

  • Inclusiveness
    We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity. We are passionate about the power of sport and physical activity to engage, include and inspire people to reach their potential and improve their health, well being and quality of life.
  • Respect
    We respect the unique and diverse contributions and efforts of everyone and encourage an environment that is open, safe and welcoming where we treat people fairly and with courtesy and kindness.
  • Relationships
    We recognise the importance of our relationships, the synergy of our collective strengths, the power of community, partnership and collaboration and the value of team effort. We want the experience of working with or for us to be positive and progressive.
  • Integrity
    We will honour our word and earn trust by acting in an ethical and professional manner. We will say what we mean, match our actions to our words and take responsibility for our actions.
  • Sustainability
    We will strive to take a sustainable approach to our activities by empowering and enabling others, seeking value for money and focusing on effectiveness, impacts and outcomes.
  • Leadership
    We will lead the way by staying true to our values, promoting best practice and offering a quality service. We will be forward looking and embrace opportunities to grow, develop and learn from our experience and the experience of others.

Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.  Tel: 0761 10 2194
Regional Sports Centre, Cork Road, Waterford.  Tel: 0761 10 2682
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Registered in Ireland - CRO Number: 378713
Registered Office - Civic Offices, Dungarvan, County Waterford