A wide range of activities have been achieved by Mayo Sports Partnership according to its most recently published 2017 annual report, with key outcomes cited including the following:
21,004 people participating in 57 local programmes; Dormant Account funding for two Community Sports Hubs in Ballyhaunis and Ballinrobe; Healthy Ireland funding for sports equipment library and Women in Sport seminars; 1,200 people participating in the Operation Transformation Mayo programme;further expansion of the Mayo parkrun network in Claremorris; 2,000 participants in the eighth West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon / Primary Schools Mini Mini Fun Run and 42 sports initiatives supported through the annual Special Participation Initiative small grants scheme.
Launching the 2017 report, outgoing Sports Partnership Chairman, Cllr Brendan Mulroy, thanked all partners, stakeholders and community volunteers who are at the heart of all sport development within the county. The report, describing the workings of the Sports Partnership during 2017, also highlighted the involvement of 567 people with a disability in 23 programmes, including Westport United's Soccer for All initiative.
Other highlights from the report demonstrates that Mayo Sports Partnership and its stakeholders provided physical activity opportunities for some 14,942 children, 4696 women participated in seven local Women in Sport programmes with 786 volunteers supporting the delivery of sports programmes countywide.
In addition, the sports umbrella body ran 25 training and education workshops with 711 participants; it supplied information to 580 clubs/organisations and 12,656 people were provided with general or specific sport-related information through MSP online, social media or text promotion.
Cllr Mulroy also thanked key stakeholders John Treacy and staff in Sport Ireland, CEO Mayo County Council Peter Hynes, Director of Services Catherine Mc Connell along with the many other partners who contribute to the continued development of the umbrella sports body adding: "It’s a tribute to the hardworking staff of Mayo Sports Partnership that such a wide variety of accessible participation opportunities are provided throughout the county in partnership with so many groups and clubs."