Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub Announcement

Laois Sports Partnership in association with Sport Ireland are delighted to announce that Laois have received funding for a Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub from dormant account funding.

Laois Sports Partnership received the funding following from an Active Communities Report which was completed in the Stradbally, Timahoe and Vicarstown area to increase participation in Sport and Physical Activity.

The hub will comprise of a part-time co-ordinator who will work closely with a community steering committee to increase the opportunity for people in the area to become more physically active. The Parish has a wealth of outdoor facilities which include – walking / cycling along the grass banks of the Grand Canal (which runs through Vicarstown) – fishing and water-based activities on Stradbally Lake and the Grand Canal – woodland walking trails in Dysart and Oughaval Woods near Stradbally – Fossey Mountain walking trails near Timahoe which we hope to utilise.

Laois Sports Partnership are holding a forum for all community groups and sporting organisations and we cordially invites any persons who wishes to attend. The meeting will be facilitated by Laois Sports Partnership and Laois County Council and will be held on Monday the 24th of October in Stradbally Fayre at 7.30pm.

The Hub steering committee will be formed, comprising representatives of clubs and organisations in the area. Once formed the committee along with the Hub co-ordinator will design an action plan for the parish. A needs analysis for the area will be completed to outline action plan for the community hub as well as any gaps in facilities which may hinder the development of sports and activities in the area.

If you or your club have an interest in increasing physical activity and developing your community we hope to see you all at the meeting on Monday night. We encourage that people support the community and raise the awareness of what is going on in the area.

Details of the Active community forum for the Stradbally Parish area is as follows:

DATE: Monday the 24th of October

VENUE: Stradbally Fayre

TIME: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

OPEN TO: Any club, organisation persons in the Stradbally, Timahoe Vicarstown area

For more information regarding the Community Sports Hub Meeting please feel free to contact Patrick Mullaney from the Laois Sports Partnership on 057 86 71248 or on 086 0111722.