Welcome to the Laois Sports Partnership Website

Laois Sports Partnership (LSP) is a leader in local sports development in Ireland and is one of the founding partnerships. The LSP was established following a successful bid to Sport Ireland in May 2001.
The board of Laois Sports Partnership was completed in May 2002 with the appointment of representatives through an open forum from primary and secondary schools, sports clubs and organizations, sports providers and the Laois Disability Network. The board meets on a bi-monthly basis to work on operational and strategic planning issues. A full-time co-ordinator and assistant are employed by the Partnership through seed funding grant aided by the Sport Ireland.

Why the Laois Sports Partnership was established.

The LSP initiative was developed by the Sport Ireland in order to create a national structure to co-ordinate and promote the development of sport at local level.
Sport Ireland identified that the effective development of sport and recreation at the local level would be best delivered through the adoption of a partnership approach between all bodies and organisations involved in the delivery of sport and recreation.

The key aims of the LSP’s will be to increase participation in sport and to ensure that local resources are used to best effect.

The outcomes that Sport Ireland seek from LSP’s are:

• Enhanced planning of sport at local level
• Increased levels of local participation, especially amongst specific target groups – older people, girls and women, people with disabilities, unemployed people and those who live in identified disadvantaged communities
• Enhanced local coach deployment
• Club development
• Volunteer training
• Local Directories of sports bodies and facilities
• Better use of existing facilities
• Clear priorities for local facility provision and improvement
• School/club/community and possibly school-NGB link
• Local sports events
In order that these aims are fulfilled, the three main functions of LSP’s are summarised by Sport Ireland as:
Information: – To include an audit of resources and a needs analysis which can be used as the basis for planning at local level

Education: – To provide training opportunities and courses and to facilitate participation

Implementation: – The Strategic Plan will be used to implement local programmes based on local requirements, to maximise the impact and benefit of national programmes at the local level, and to market and promote sport and physical activity.

Our Staff

Caroline Myers

Caroline Myers

Co-ordinator

Róisín Lawlor

Róisín Lawlor

Administrator

Sinead Ward

Sinead Ward

Administrator

Catriona Slattery

Catriona Slattery

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer

Majella Fennelly

Majella Fennelly

SVT (Stradbally, Vicarstown, Timahoe) Hub Coordinator

James Kelly

James Kelly

Community Sports Development Officer

Management & Board of Directors

Board Member
Laois Partnership
Laois Public Participation Network Eibhlín Smith (Chairperson), Marion Condron
Laois/Offaly Education Training Board Ms. Maura Brophy
Laois Co. Co.(Sports Section) Ms. Ann Marie Maher (Company Secretary)
Health Service Executive (Health Promotion Service) Ms. Clodagh Armitage
Service Provider
Business Provider Mr. Jamie O’Hanlon (Treasurer)
Schools – Secondary Ms. Marion O’Boyle
Schools – Primary Ms. Karen Phelan
Sports Clubs
Disability Mr. John Finn
Clubs
Clubs
Clubs
Community Mr. Louis Brennan
Co-ordinator Ms. Caroline Myers
Administrator Ms. Róisín Lawlor
Sports Inclusion Development Officer Ms. Catriona Slattery
Sub Committees
Finance AnnMarie Maher,
Eibhlin Smith,
Jamie O’Hanlon
Grants AnnMarie Maher,  Eibhlin Smith, Jamie O’Hanlon, Caroline Myers
Executive/HR AnnMarie Maher, Eibhlin Smith, Jamie O’Hanlon
Strategic Clodagh Armitage, Louis Brennan, AnnMarie Maher, Eibhlin Smith
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