Laois Sports Partnership launched their fifth Strategic Plan at an event in Mountrath last week.
The plan has been developed around five thematic themes; Active People, Active Places, Active Partnerships, Active Promotion and Active Governance.
These have been identified and refined to address challenge, barriers and gaps in existing provision which are aligned to other policy documents such as the National Sports Plan, Sport Ireland Statement of Strategy, National Physical Activity Plan, Sport Ireland Participation Plan, Healthy Ireland Framework for improved health and wellbeing, Laois County Council Development Plan and Laois County Council Local Economic and Community Plan.
These themes define the type and nature of work that Laois Sports Partnership are engaged in.
Each theme is expanded through a strategic aim along with a series of key objectives. Each objective has action areas and key performance indicators which will form the Annual Operational Plans.
Caroline Myers, Laois Sports Partnership said: “It is also now more important than ever that we continue to invest and develop opportunities for participation for an active and healthy Laois.
“We will continue to work together with our partner agencies and local communities to create an environment that improves activity, health, and wellbeing.
“With a growing population it is key that Laois Sport Partnership continues to grow its strategic capacity and is supported as the lead agency for sports participation in County Laois.
“We are excited for what is to come and look forward to working with you all in delivering this Strategy “Everybody Active in County Laois.”
Among those in attendance to launch the plan was Dr. Una May, CE Sport Ireland, who stated: “Laois Sports Partnership have identified the need to create sustainable pathways for all to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation in the county.
“Their proactive approach to strengthening partnerships with agencies, organisations, clubs and communities will ensure that sport and physical activity opportunities are accessible to all across the county.
“I commend Laois Sports Partnership on the extensive consultation, evaluation and research carried out during the strategy development, during a period when such work became more challenging than ever.
“This process has led to a strategy that meets the needs of the communities in Laois and has buy in and support across the county. I would like to thank, in particular, the staff and board members of Laois Sports Partnership, as well as all stakeholders and partner organisations who were involved in developing this strategy and who will contribute to its successful delivery.”
Photographer Alf Harvey was present at the launch and you can check out his pictures below: