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Women In Sport Programme

The Women in Sport Programme was established in 2005 and to date over €19 million has been invested through National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships.  A key aim of the programme is to have equal participation between males and females in sport. The gender gradient in sports participation has closed from 15.7% to 4.5% since 2007 according to the most recent Irish Sports Monitor (2017)

Through the Women in Sport Programme, many national governing bodies for sport, have developed innovative programmes which target groups of young girls, teenage girls and older adults. The programmes are not solely focused on participation, but also look at the areas of leadership and coaching initiatives. 

Mayo Sport and Recreation Partnership is fully committed to supporting Women in Sport Programmes throughout County Mayo. Mayo Sports Partnership makes an annual application to Sport Ireland for funding for projects under the its ‘Women in Sport’ programme.

Our Women in Sport programmes include:

  • Women’s Mini Marathon
  • Women’s Try a Tri
  • Girls Active
  • It’s for Girls

Along with all our programmes which are inclusive to Women, Couch to 5K, Sofa to Saddle, Community Walking programme, Swim for a Mile.

Women In Sport Programmes

Check out some of our Women In Sport programmes below.

  • Since its inauguration in 2010, the Mini-Marathon has grown to become one of the biggest events of its kind in the West of Ireland. Over the past ten years a combined 27,000 participants, including almost 5000 children, have taken part in the event. The Western People Women’s Mini Marathon has had an estimated value of over €2.5 million to the economy of Castlebar and has raised in excess of €1 million for its charity partners.

    The Mini-Marathon is open to girls and women of all ages and abilities, who wish to run, jog or walk the 10k route.

    Both Mayo County Council and the Mayo Sports Partnership are steadfast in their support of an increased level of participation in sport among girls and women of all ages. The physical, mental and social benefits of taking part in any and all kinds of sports are well-documented and the Mini-Marathon is one of the centre piece events of the county’s sporting calendar.

    As we enter a new decade and continue our celebration of 20x20 Women in Sport, we felt it only fitting that we give our event a bit of a makeover.  A fresh new look for a new decade!

    • Still the biggest women only 10KM event of its kind in the West of Ireland.
    • Still taking place on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday – 3rd May 2020.
    • But will now host some exciting new changes, including ….New lead partner, new look, new route, new personalities, prizes and much more….

    For full information on the event click on the official web page link:

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  • Women’s Try a Triathlon 2020 took place on March 22nd – Mother’s Day with over 65 Women partaking in the event. It consisted of a 300m swim in Lough Lannagh Swimming Pool, a 15k cycle on the Newport Road and a 4k run around Lough Lannagh.

    How it came to fruition?

    In November 2018 Mayo Sports Partnership came together with Triathlon Ireland to organise a Women’s Try a Tri for Mayo in 2019.

    With 4 established clubs in Mayo and another in the process of being registered with Triathlon Ireland, it was decided that all 5 clubs would be involved in the programme.

    After discussion with the clubs a programme was drawn up where the 3 main clubs in Mayo, Castlebar, Ballina and Westport would host the training for an eight-week period with two sessions delivered by Triathlon Ireland in Castlebar as this was the event location and the more central point for all clubs to travel to.

    The training programme was launched in Castlebar Library in partnership with Healthy Ireland at your Library.

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