2022 Annual Report - Over 14,000 People Benefitted from Mayo Sports Partnership Activities
Over 14,000 People Benefitted from Mayo Sports Partnership in 2022
14,041 people participating in some 85 Mayo Sports Partnership programmes and 4 intervention initiatives was one of the standout statistics in the organisations recently published 2022 Annual Report. Overall investment, monetary and in kind, through the Partnership was €937,459 which reached practically every corner of the county through participation initiatives or small grants.
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As we emerged from COVID19 restrictions in 2022 involvement in physical activity became one of the corner stones of maintaining a positive and healthy lifestyle. Mayo Sports Partnerships 2022 Annual Report highlights the innovative, inclusive and progressive programmes and initiatives the Partnership has delivered to ensure that everyone in our society has the opportunity to be physically active. Return to face to face events such as the West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon boosted peoples morale and helped to increase confidence in the community.
Launching the 2022 report Mayo Sports Partnership Chairman Cllr Michael Loftus paid tribute to clubs and volunteers involved in grassroot sport “ Research has shown that volunteers have been slow to return to sport particularly in smaller organisations since the pandemic. Mayo Sports Partnership recognises the contribution volunteers make in Mayo by supporting them through our Return to Sport small grant scheme which we hope to roll out again in 2024 ”
“Without volunteers sport just does not happen” added Loftus
The report, describing the workings of the Sports Partnership during 2022, highlighted the involvement of 993 people with a disability and 1,906 women in both virtual and face to face programmes.
Other highlights from the report demonstrates that Mayo Sports Partnership and its stakeholders provided physical activity opportunities for some 6,158 participants from disadvantaged backgrounds with 2,266 people attending 35 training & education events.
Funding support of €116,263 to 110 clubs through Return to Sport small grant schemes was also provided with 21,216 people given general or specific sport-related information through MSP online, social media or text promotion.
Cllr Loftus also thanked key stakeholders CEO Una May and staff in Sport Ireland, CE 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 Head Charlie Lambert praised the commitment of the Partnerships staff and partners in providing accessible participation opportunities for all. “ While providing opportunities for people with a disability is a key outcome for the Partnership ,in 2022 we were proud to be able to assist people from Ukraine in settling in to their new environment here in Mayo through sport. Diversity programming has become a significant piece of work for us and I would like to thank all the staff and committee for their work in this area.”
Currently the Partnership is rolling out its Winter Initiative programme which incorporates the 21 day long Run Up to Christmas Campaign. More information can be got https://www.mayo.ie/en-ie/mayo-sports/news/run-up-to-christmas-winter-initiative-challenge