Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership



Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership, an Irish Sports Council initiative, was set up in 2008 and works closely with its local partners to promote participation, inclusion and coordination in sport at a County level.

Based within the County Council offices in Dún Laoghaire our three key functions are; (1) Information Collection, (2) Education & Training, and (3) Strategy Implementation.

The Board of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership is made up of representatives of those agencies regarded as key influencers in local sports development. This interagency and collaborative work of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership adds value and complements the work of other state, sporting and local bodies. This is achieved through the delivery of national programmes, supporting all to participate, attracting funding, developing new initiatives and sharing information on sport in the County.

The new 5-year County Sports Participation Strategy 2013-2017 builds on the achievements of our initial 3-year plan. It has adopted a long-term approach to increasing participation and the benefits of active living in particular among its key target groups of: girls and women, disadvantaged young people, older adults, people with a disability, Travellers and ethnic minorities.




Some Actions and Impacts:

In 2013 we organised and delivered a wide range of training courses, workshops and physical activity programmes across the County for all ages and abilities.

Training & Development Included:

  • Sports Volunteer Recognition Awards – celebration of volunteering
  • Workshops in Child Protection, Sports First Aid, Disability Inclusion and
  • Sports Volunteer Development Programme – workshops across 10 administrative areas for club leaders
  • Club Seminar on upcoming Garda Vetting Legislation
  • Y-Path – pilot intervention programme targeted at 1st years focusing on fundamental motor skills.

Participation Programmes & Events Included:

  • dlr Community 5K – over 1,000 people of all ages and abilities.
  • Older adult activity taster sessions and weekly programmes across 3 public leisure centres
  • Promotion of Walking and Cycling – including a Family Fun Cycle for over 250 people and Operation Transformation walk for 360 participants
  • Active Dance – TY girls programme using fun activity and education

Disability Sport Development & Programmes

  • Assisting and supporting those with a disability to participate in sport and physical activity
  • Inclusive Sport Programmes included; Access Sailing, Inclusive Cycling, NRH Spinal Championships, Boccia & Powerchair Football clubs, Feeling Good Event, Integrated Dance
  • Awareness raising and capacity building with local partners


Fostering Active Communities:

Our goal for the next five years is that those who live, work in or visit our County will be active, healthy, and involved in sport & physical activity in their community. This will be achieved through the work and support of all local partners including the County Council, sports clubs, education providers and statutory agencies. While being inclusive of all ages, abilities and backgrounds particular attention will be focused on target groups that are recognised as having lower levels of participation.




Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership

01-271 9502