Laois Sports Partnership News

Laois Sports Partnership News

SVT Youth Leaders at Zombie Beat the Barge

SVT Youth sport leaders received their Sport Leader Level 2 Award after the Beat the Barge run which they completed on their mid term break earlier this year. This group of sport leaders have over the past 2 years of SVT Activity & Wellness Hub come along to event after event and helped out in so many ways.

To give you an idea of some events they gladly help organise and assisted at were operation transformation, Easter camp, Bikes & Bites, Athletics Summer camp, Assisting at learn to cycle camp, 3 day cycling camp in Emo, Fossey Mountain camp out. Canoeing & Kayaking sessions and many more.

Zombie alert at ‘Beat the Barge’

Congratulations to all of these young people and some are missing as they are off on holiday.

This group are also nominated for the youth category in the up coming Laois Community & Voluntary Awards. Best wishes in my eyes you are all winners

Thank to all the parents for your continued support.


First to cross the line at this year’s 4 km Beat the Barge Zombie run was James McAssey in a super time of 0:12:04 receiving his prize money from Suzanne Scully Oughaval AC. We now know the time to aim for in 2019 Beat the Barge run.

Beat The Barge Zombie Run had 233 participants registered in the 4 km run. With lots of Families walking also. Fantastic turn out of supporting spectators and a great effort for fancy dress and good to see the amenities been utilised with Kayaking & Canoeing also happening. At Vicarstown Canal Fest & Beat The Barge overall we had 400 people out active in body and mind it was a crisp and fab morning and plenty of room for more next year.

Well done to Suzanne & John Scully and Kathleen Sheridan for their huge contribution to the success of the Oughaval AC 7th Beat the Barge in conjunction with SVT Activity & Wellness HUB, a lot of behind the scenes work happens before the event.

Thanks to all SVT Committee from Stradbally Vicarstown and Timahoe for their continued help and support with the success of all events this year and all the wonderful sport leaders.

Planning is getting on it’s way to launch an Operation Transformation 2019 stay tuned and we are all about connecting parishes so all are welcome to join in and create a healthier way of living and healthy communities.

Top 5 senior men and women, Top 3 junior men and women
Top 3 under 16 Boys & Girls over the line received prize money and super well done to all participants and everyone who made yesterday a success.

Barrowline CruisersCreans VicarstownSimpson’s GalaSupervalu StradballyLaois Sports PartnershipOughaval AC and all the neighbouring athletics clubs.


Yoga get the thumps up in Rathdowney

Upcoming events in Rathdowney Errill Activity Hub


  • Continues Monday 10/9/18
  • 7-8pm
  • Venue: Rathdowney G.A.A. Club house
  • €5 per class
  • To book your spot contact James on 0867962177

    All the winners!


Pre Xmas Weight Loss Programme with ALL4Fitness

  • Continues Each Friday
  • Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm
  • Venue: All4fitness Rathdowney
  • €50 for 8 weeks
  • Includes
    • 2 Weekly Classes
    • Goal Setting
    • Body Fat Analysis
    • Weigh-ins
    • Limited to 20 Places

Contact James to book your space on 086 7962177




  • Thursday Night @ 8.15pm
  • Saturday Morning @11.45am
  • Limited to 16 spaces
  • Contact James to book your space on 086 7962177

    Great focus and drive!


Leinster Wheelchair Hurling Team

Congratulations Leinster Wheelchair Hurling team who are ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS for the third year in a row. Well done to the 7 Laois players, Ciaran Cushen, Sean Bennett, Lorcan Madden, Gary O’ Reilly, John Scott, Paul Cullen & Tommy White & Paul Tobin. Thanks to their manager Jeff Phelan for all the hard work.

The clash of the ash!


Rugby for all Camp 2018

We had a very successful 2 day camp in Portarlington Rugby Club yesterday and today in the beautiful Autumn sunshine. Great fun and games were had by all participants. A big thank you to Portarlington Rugby Club Eibhlin, Dave and all the team for looking after us all with soup sandwiches drinks and the lovely open fire; Leinster Rugby Joe Carbury and all his team and The transition year students from Colaiste Iosagain. All the children went home happy with a goody bag from Leinster Rugby. See you all next year.

Great fun for all at Rugby camp!



Disability Inclusion Training


Saturday 17th November 10.00-4.00 Portlaoise


This is a six-hour workshop designed to give participants ideas and inspiration to adapt their sport and physical activity sessions to make them more accessible and inclusive for children and adults with a disability.  For further details please contact Catriona Slattery on 086 7935234.