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2020 Annual Report - Sports Partnership Maintains High Engagement Levels Despite Pandemic

Date: 07-10-2021

Sports Partnership Maintains High Engagement Levels Despite Pandemic during 2020

13,224 people participated in some 84 Mayo Sports Partnership participation programmes was one of the standout statistics in is recently published 2020 Annual Report.

See full report HERE

 Involvement in physical activity became one of the corner stones of maintaining a positive and healthy lifestyle in the probably most challenging era people have ever faced.  Mayo Sports Partnerships 2020 Annual Report highlights the innovative, inclusive and progressive programmes and initiatives Sport Ireland and the Partnership has delivered to ensure that everyone in our society has the opportunity to be physically active. New ways of programme delivery were implemented with online challenges and classes becoming very popular along with a return to basic hardcopy exercise resource sheets for older adults and people with a disability.

Launching the 2020 report Sports Partnership Chairman Cllr Michael Loftus paid tribute to volunteers involved in grassroot sport who like every organisation have been hugely impacted

“Sports Club Volunteers like all volunteers have played a massive role in keeping our communities healthy and active during these strange times. I would like to particularly thank them for their involvement in the community call initiative supporting the most vulnerable in society .”

The report, describing the workings of the Sports Partnership during 2020, highlighted the involvement of 1058 people with a disability and 1,362 women in both virtual and limited face to face programmes.

Other highlights from the report demonstrates that Mayo Sports Partnership and its stakeholders provided physical activity opportunities for some 2766 children with 210 volunteers attending 8 training & education events.

Funding support of €136,893 to 114 clubs through COVID19 small grant schemes was also provided with 17,713 people given general or specific sport-related information through MSP online, social media or text promotion.

Cllr Loftus also thanked key stakeholders John Treacy and staff in Sport Ireland, CEO Mayo County Council Kevin Kelly, Director of Services Joanne Grehan, Head of Community and Integrated Development Deirdre Finnerty, fellow Mayo Sports Partnership committee members and many other partners who contribute to the continued development of the umbrella sports body.

Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert praised the commitment of the Partnerships staff and partners in providing accessible participation opportunities for all.

During 2020 all my colleagues and partners in Mayo Sports Partnership worked so hard to provide new avenues to engage hard to reach groups and I would like to thank them all for their outstanding efforts.  “

Currently the Partnership is working on a further COVID19 support funding package especially for those sports who are just opening again.  

It’s a tough time for a number of clubs / groups who have yet to open up fully and we would hope that we will be able to assist them in their efforts” added Cllr Loftus.

The Mayo Sports Partnership Office can be contacted at 094-9064360 email: or on its website at

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