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Sport Ireland established the Local Sports Partnership (LSP) Network as an initiative to increase participation in sport and physical activity by breaking down barriers and increasing numbers of people participating and ensuring continued participation through all stages of life.

The aim of the Community Sports Development Officer funding by Sport Ireland is to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the Local Sports Partnerships to further develop locally led plans and more long term sustainable physical activity programmes under the National Physical Activity Plan (Action 46). Funding for the role of Community Sports Development Officer has been secured for this position through Sport Ireland.

Role of the Community Sports Development Officer

The Community Sports Development Officer (CSDO) will foster and encourage a culture of Active Participation, supporting opportunities for and access to sport and physical activity in local communities. The CSDO will address barriers to participation and encourage access and increase opportunities for participation by those who experience disadvantage for any reason. The CSDO will cover work in the below areas:


  • Establish a baseline in the communities chosen for interventions and conduct an audit of local clubs and update where this has already been completed

Community Activation

  • Consult and work with local communities to identify the need and demand for new activities
  • Provide guidance and support to develop sustainable community sports clubs 
  • Establish a sports forum that will enable clubs to work together
  • Tackle local barriers to participation through targeted programmes and initiatives
  • Support and maintain strong links between schools and community sports clubs


  • Develop action plans in line with the needs of the community

Relationship Building

  • Work with smaller national governing bodies that do not currently have development officers to increase opportunities for participation


  • Support the continued roll out of Sport Ireland’s investment including Dormant Accounts Funded projects
  • Coordinate and facilitate training and development opportunities


  • Implement a monitoring and evaluation framework for all projects

Financial Management

  • Establish a financial monitoring template for the operational budget

Contact Details - CSDO Deirdre Donnelly 094 9064386 Mobile 087 3910337


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