Irish Sport Industry Award for SSRP
The Federation of Irish Sport hosted the Irish Sport Industry Awards, in association with Clubforce at Dublin’s Westin Hotel last week and Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership proudly accepted the Local Sports Partnership of the Year Award.
The event brought together up to 150 key stakeholders from across the sports industry, including government representatives, Sport Ireland, national governing body CEO’s, local sports partnership Chairperson’s and Development Officers and wider sport industry executives. Minister Jack Chambers TD, Minister for State for Sport and the Gaeltacht gave the keynote address prior to the announcement of the much anticipated award winners. The 10 award categories recognise the value that sport adds to the Irish economy from the sports industry perspective, in addition to celebrating the ongoing work done by national governing bodies and local sports partnerships to promote sport and physical activity nationwide.
The award for SSRP was in recognition of the diverse range of initiatives successfully facilitated for key target groups including disadvantaged communities, youth, people with a disability, active seniors, women in sport and men over 35. The judging panel particularly highlighted the recent innovative LeadHers educational programme for women which includes the facilitation of a Women in Sports leadership network in Sligo.
Six Local Sports Partnerships were shortlisted for the award including Sligo, Clare, Donegal, Laois Longford and the Dublin City Sports and Wellbeing Partnership.
In accepting the award Sports Co ordinator Deirdre Lavin stated
“We are delighted and honoured to accept the award and our success is enabled as a result of the ongoing positive engagement and support we get from our sporting clubs, community organisations and partner agencies in achieving our ambition of increased participation in sport and physical activity.”
Reflecting on the achievement Chairperson of SSRP Emer Concannon , Acting Director of Services, Sligo County Council remarked
“This award is a fitting acknowledgement of the ongoing achievements and success of SSRP and is underpinned by the commitment and dedication of all the staff, the support of the SSRP Board and the wider sporting community who work in partnership to make sport happen.”