April 2018

Clare Sports Partnership Courses

It has been a busy few months in Clare Sports Partnership and we also have moved offices. Our address and phone number remain the same we have just moved down the back of the building and access is now through the side of the building through Clare Local Development’s door and straight ahead rather than going up the stairs.


Safeguarding 1
Wednesday May 16th 6.30pm – 9.30pm

All Coaches, Club Children’s Officers (CCO) and Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) must first complete the 3 hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course now called Safeguarding1. This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.

You can register for this course HERE

Safeguarding 2 Club Children’s Officer

Tuesday May 29th 6pm – 9pm

A person appointed to the Club Children’s Officer position in a club must have completed safeguarding 1 (Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness workshop) and should complete the NEW Club Children’s Officer 3 hour workshop. This course will help the Club Children’s Officer to carry out the function of their role in the club and support the implementation of best practice in the club. Participants will also receive a Club Children’s Officer Action Planning document as part of the training. Club Children’s Officers

Club Children’s Officers should be child centered in focus and have as the primary aim the establishment of a child centered ethos within the club. S/he is the link between the children and the adults in the club. S/he also takes responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy impacts on young people and Sports Leaders

You can register for this course HERE

Safeguarding 3 Designated Liaison Person

Wednesday June 6th 6pm – 9pm

A person appointed to the Designated Liaison Person position in a club must have completed the Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course and should complete the NEW Designated Liaison Person 3 hour workshop. A club may appoint the same person to both the CCO and DLP positions however best practice advises that they are kept as separate roles.

Every club/organisation should designate a person to be responsible for dealing with any concerns about the protection of children. The Designated Liaison Person is responsible for reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to TULSA Child and Family Agency or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochana/ PSNI. It is recommended that this person is a senior club person. However, if there is difficulty identifying a separate individual to take this role, the Club Children’s Officer can be appointed as Designated Liaison Person once the club/organisation is clear about the responsibilities of each role. The organisation’s child protection policy and procedures should include the name and contact details of the Designated Liaison Person and the responsibilities attached to the role.

You can register for this course HERE

Sports First Aid

Saturday April 28th 10am -5pm

This course is ideal for anyone who is involved in sporting organisations either as a coach or club volunteer. This course deals with common sporting injuries such as strains and sprains to the rare and more serious injuries such as spinal injuries and cardiac arrest.

Course Content:

Safe accident scene management

Correct Procedure for calling the emergency services

Circulation, wounds and bleeding

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation for Adult and Child Introduction to defibrillators (CPR)

Unconsciousness including head injuries such as concussion.

Fractures, sprains, strains and dislocations

Diabetes, Epilepsy and Asthma.

Crush Injuries

Spinal Injuries

Qualification Achieved:

All successful candidates will receive a certificate training from Safe-T-Group

The cost of this course is subsidised through our Club Development fund and has reduced the fee to €55 per person

You can register for this course HERE

Places are limited on all courses so book early to avoid disappointment.



Coaches in the North Clare Area recently completed Disability Awareness Training.

It is hoped that more communities will avail of this ‘free of charg’e training course on how to involve and include people with disabilities, within main stream sports clubs.  This  two hour introductory course covers perceptions, communication & etiquette, case study scenarios and it is the first step, for a club, on the inclusion ladder. This course is also available to schools. for further information contact james@claresports.ie


Healthy Ireland Fund 

Through Healthy Ireland we secured funding for a number of different projects these include;

– 11 sports wheelchairs to use within our wheelchair sports programme in conjunction with Banner Spokes.

– 24 older adult physical activity resocurce packs that will be used on a weekly basis by the various groups around the county

– expansion of our Adventure Walks App to 15 locations countywide covering 80 trails (the Adventure Walks app can be downloaded from the play store or App Store

– Development of online resources to assist coaches in the delivery of programmes to children


If you wish to speak to any of the staff we can be contacted at 065-6865434

or email Co-ordinator, John Sweeney – john@claresports.ie

Administrator, Catherine Ryan (general queries & course bookings) – cathy@claresports.ie

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer James Murrihy (disability & older adults) – james@claresports.ie

Community Development Officer, Marian Rodgers (schools, community & workplace) – marian@claresports.ie

ASPIRE Graduate, Bryan Murphy (Men on the Move & walking)  – bryan@claresports.ie


Lake to Sea May Bank Holiday – Rescue crews

Race Notice

The inaugural Lake to Sea Race will take place on Saturday 05th May 2018. The race will start at Salmon Leap Canoe Club and finish at the Sean O’Casey Bridge, in Dublin City Centre. Race length approximately 23km.

A complete race notice and guide with information on classes, logistics and race rules will be published in due course. Entry will be via the Canoeing Ireland database once opened.

To sign up for rescue, please fill in the google form indicating where you would be able to support the race – https://goo.gl/forms/GNPXmRQ4TGc4KWs83

Timings for each rescue station are estimated on the google form.

TDU AGM update: 15th April 2018 – Strawberry Beds, Chapelizod

Please see the following documents with regards the Training and Development Unit AGM.

TDU AGM Agenda 2018
Location: Canoeing Ireland Training centre, Strawberry beds, Dublin
Date: 15/04/2018
Time: 16:00

A. Minutes from previous AGM
B. Executive officers reports
C. Other officer reports
D. Motions Notified
E. Setting of fees and charges
F. Election of officers
G. Any other business

You must show proof of CI membership to sign in to the TDU AGM.

You can access your Canoeing Ireland membership card on your profile on the CI database. Take a screenshot of the card or download the PDF or you can confirmed through the printed list available of current registered TDU members.

TDU AGM Agenda 2018

TDU AGM 2017 minutes

Dublin Canals Action Day

Waterways Ireland will be working with volunteers along both stretches of the Royal and Grand Canals that will be organising the annual Dublin Canals Action Day that is taking place on the 21st of April.

Canoeing Ireland are encouraging our members to get involved with helping out on the day. The big difficulty this clean up faces is actually picking out litter from the canals themselves as it can be quite inaccessible from the banks – we hope canoes and kayaks will come to the rescue!

 The poster below highlights where volunteers are meeting on the morning.

All tools, pickers, bags etc. will be supplied and a full briefing will be given to all volunteers.

This year we are looking to focus on recycling plastic that is collected on the day and an artist is working with the clean up to produce something out of the rubbish that is being collected.

Waterways Ireland and Canoeing Ireland would really appreciate any help given to this great initiative.

Stronger Together – Regional Meetings Announced

Canoeing Ireland will be running a series of member-based regional meetings in the coming weeks and months. These meetings titled “Stronger Together” are aimed at strengthening and rebuilding the relationship between the NGB and you- the clubs and members.

Canoeing Ireland is a member-centric organisation and we take our relationship with our members sincerely. Canoeing Ireland is your organisation, working together we can progress and strengthen the future of our sport.

Our first meeting will cover the eastern regional clubs (general Leinster area) and will take place at the Green Isle Hotel located just off the M50 on the N7 (old Naas Road) April 21st Commencing at 11am until 2pm. All members and clubs are welcome. If you are a club secretary in this region and have not received an email in relation to this event please email Jon at development@canoe.ie





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