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.
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 background 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 Irish Sports Council ( now Sport Ireland) established an additional four LSP’s in Kerry, Kilkenny, Mayo and Westmeath in late 2004.
The network is made up of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) who are passionate about getting Ireland physically active, involved in sport and ensuring everyone in the community has the chance to be included.
Working with trusted professionals and valued volunteers the LSP network engages communities across the country to deliver inclusive, impactful and sustainable opportunities tailored to local needs, getting Ireland more physically active, involved in sport and improving the mental and physical health of the nation.
The opportunities LSPs create to engage in physical activity and sport are inclusive and available to all abilities.
In 2020 over 340,000 people from communities across Ireland took part in sport and physical activity opportunities organised by Local Sports Partnerships. These impactful opportunities make people’s lives better, creating a positive legacy that can last a lifetime.
Sport Ireland and the LSPs believe in the value of sport and physical activity, our work together is a powerful force in transforming communities and the lives of the people who live in them.
You can read more about Local Sports Partnerships’ Here