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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

Ms. Caroline Myers

Ms. Caroline Myers


Mr. Tommy Guilfoyle

Mr. Tommy Guilfoyle


Ms. Eimear Bryant

Ms. Eimear Bryant

Community Sports Disability Officer

Ms. Catriona Slattery

Ms. Catriona Slattery

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer

Mr. Ciarán Cafferkey

Mr. Ciarán Cafferkey

Communications Officer

Management & Board of Directors


Board Member
Laois Partnership TBC
Laois Public Participation Network

Ms. Eibhlín Smith (Chairperson),

Ms. Marion Condron

Laois/Offaly Education Training Board Mr. Niall Hand
Laois Co. Co.(Sports Section) Mr. Wes Wilkinson
Health Service Executive (Health Promotion Service) Ms. Clodagh Armitage
Service Provider
Business Provider Mr. Naeem Iqbal
Schools – Secondary Ms. Marion O’Boyle
Schools – Primary Ms. Karen Phelan
Sports Clubs
Disability TBC

Mr. Garry Luttrell (Company Secretary) ,

Mr. David Hainsworth

Clubs Mr. Ciaran Reilly
Community TBC
Co-ordinator Ms. Caroline Myers
Administrator Mr. Tommy Guilfoyle
Sports Inclusion Development Officer Ms. Catriona Slattery
Community Sports Development Officer Ms. Eimear Bryant
Communications Officer Mr. Ciarán Cafferkey
Sub Committees
Finance Mr. Garry Lutrell,
Ms. Eibhlin Smith,
Mr. Ciaran Reilly
Grants Ms. Eibhlin Smith, Mr. Jamie O’Hanlon, Ms. Caroline Myers
Executive/HR Mr. Louis Brennan, Ms. Eibhlin Smith, Mr. Jamie O’Hanlon
Strategic Ms. Clodagh, Ms. Eibhlin Smith, Ms. Caroline Myers
Finance Audit Risk Committee Ms. Caroline Myers, Mr. Paul Culleton, Ms Emer Mc Carthy, Ms. Eibhlin Smith
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