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Latest Laois Sport: Laois Sports Partnership Update
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Latest Laois Sport: Laois Sports Partnership Update

A look back at a busy summer for Laois Sports Partnership

This Summer was busy for Laois Sports Partnership as the summer camp schedule ramped up once again. In 2023 we successfully delivered and supported 11 summer camps, 7 of which were disability inclusion camps while the other 4 were inclusive for all abilities. During the course of the summer, we have seen over 300 children participating in a variety of summer camps; Inclusive Basketball Camp, Corrective Gymnastics, Learn to Cycle, FAI Inclusive Soccer Summer Camp, Portlaoise GAA Inclusive CUL Camp, The GAA Inclusive CUL Camp, Survival Skills, and Team Building Camp with NLN Portlaoise and Laois Down Syndrome Summer Camp. These camps were successfully delivered through the partnership work of local agencies and the LSP, the result of this work is opportunities for all to be physically active and participate in sport in Laois.

A further 111 children took part in July provision camps in schools which were supported by Laois Sports Partnership through learn to cycle camps, corrective gymnastics, and athletics.

Disability and Inclusion Programmes

Vision Impaired Athletics Programme

In July, an 8-week athletics programme for visually impaired athletes began through the partnership of Vision Sports Ireland, Laois LSP and Portlaoise Athletics Club. In the past 7 weeks, this programme has welcomed 23 athletes aged from 5 – 66 each week to Portlaoise College’s athletics track. In this time, athletes have taken part in javelin, shot putt, and track events (100m &  200m).

Following this training programme, a number of the athletes will progress to a final event, which will take place at SETU Carlow on 16th September. Up to 50 athletes from around the country will meet to compete. Visually Impaired Athletes will be joined by athletes from the Irish Wheelchair Association at the event in Carlow.

“Support from volunteers has been phenomenal, without their commitment and support these past 7 weeks, none of this would have been possible. A big thank you to those volunteers who turned up each week and supported our athletes. We’re looking forward to a fantastic event in Carlow this month” Head Coach, Treacy Percy.

Tandem Cycling for Visually Impaired

Earlier in the summer, great fun was had during a 4- week inclusion cycle programme in  Portlaoise. The programme was for participants who have visual impairments. Tandem bikes are a brilliant way of including cyclists of all abilities to get out cycling with the assistance of an experienced cyclist. There is great social interaction when using tandem bikes and requires teamwork between 2 individuals.

Upcoming Programmes

Vision Impaired Soccer – Come and Try Day

The next come and try event for junior vision impaired football will take place at Portlaoise A.F.C. on September 10th from 1pm – 3pm.This is open for boys and girls aged 5- 17 year of age.

To register for this come and try event, visit www.visionsports.ie

Vision Impaired Swimming

Vision Impaired swimming lessons returning to Portlaoise this September for children aged 5 – 17 years. Starting Sunday 10th September at Laois Leisure Portlaoise from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Cost is  €35 for 6 weeks. Visit www.visionsports.ie to register. 

EWOS: 23rd – 30th September 2023

European Week of Sport 2023 will take place from 23rd – 30th September and aims to promote sport and physical activity in countries across Europe. The week is for everyone, regardless of age, background, or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, the aim is to inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more. Follow Laois LSP on social media for more information on events and programmes taking place for European Week of Sport.

Laois Connects: 9th – 15th October 2023

Laois Connects, taking place from 9th – 15th October is a positive mental health awareness initiative led by Laois County Council. Laois Sports Partnership will be supporting the initiative with a number of physical activity programmes, workshops, and talks. For more information follow us on social media or visit our website, www.laoissports.ie

Menowell

Women aged 30+ in LAOIS are invited to join ‘Menowell’ our FREE 6-week online exercise, nutrition, and health education programme. The programme is delivered by the Edufit team of experts and is funded by Laois Sports Partnership, Laois Connects 2023 and Healthy Ireland Laois making it freely available to participants. Visit www.edufit.ie to register now.

Ras Na mBan: 8th September 2023

Rás na mBan was established in 2006 and is Ireland’s only women’s international stage race. In 2022, 25 teams of five riders representing 16 different nations took to the start in Kilkenny for an event that has become established as one of the toughest and friendliest autumn stage races on the calendar. The 2023 edition of the race is the 17th under the title of Rás na mBan and the 36th annual international stage race for women in Ireland. In its current format it runs for five days and six stages totalling over 400km of racing action. Stage 3 will take place in County Laois, beginning in Portlaoise and finishing in Mountrath. The best Irish riders based at home and abroad will once again compete with riders from the rest of Europe and beyond. Make sure to show your support when the cyclists pass by you! To view the full route details for Laois, visit www.rasnamban.com.