Westmeath Sports Partnership is dedicated to the promotion and development of sport in County Westmeath.
We encourage and support participation in sport and physical activity by providing information and training and by organising activities and programmes. We develop, co-ordinate, and facilitate these directly or in partnership with other individuals, groups, clubs and partner agencies and encourage groups to take responsibility for these projects and activities so that they can be self-sustaining.
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Background to the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) Initiative
The Irish Sports Council (ISC) was established in 1999 and launched its first statement strategy ‘A New Era for Sport 2000-2002’ in 2000.
This strategy identified that the most effective method for the development of Sport, excercise and physical activity would be through a partnership approach between all agencies and organisations involved in the delivery and development of sports at local level. Thus the Local Sports Partnership initiative was launched.
The first eight partnerships, in a national network of Local Sports Partnerships, were launched in May 2001. The initial areas selected to pilot the programme were; Clare, Kildare, Donegal, Laois, North Tipperary, Roscommon, Sligo, and Fingal, Co.Dublin. In June 2002, four more Partnerships were launched in Waterford, Meath, Cork and Limerick City.
Following their commitment with their initiative ‘Sport for Life 2003-2006’, the ISC established an additional four LSP’s in Kerry, Kilkenny, Mayo and Westmeath in late 2004.
The Irish Sports Council’s current strategy ‘Building Sport for Life’ (2006-2010) has identified increasing the number of people participating in sport and physical activity as one of its highest priority goals. The sports partnerhsips have been tasked with achieving these goals.
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