Cork Sport Partnership delivers record numbers of new players to all sports

Cork Sport Partnership delivers record numbers of new players to all sports
Ciaran O’Sullivan, delivering a basketball foundation coaching course to six groups of transition students recently.

THIS has been a busy year for the Cork Sports Partnership as their sporting events and courses are in extra demand.

With all the new criteria from Sports Ireland all sports coaches and administrators, will have to do certain courses to keep updated with all the new information about teaching and dealing with children going forward.

James Kirby and Ciaran O’Sullivan work for the Cork Sports Partnership, and they spoke to The Echo recently about their roles.

Ciaran who comes from a basketball background as his mother Grace and father Francis are two former international coaches. His brother Adrain is playing professional basketball in Germany at the moment.

Ciaran played basketball since the age of eight, where he started playing with Ballincollig Basketball Club, and then had a very successful stint with Blue Demons, collecting multiple trophies.

He returned to his native Ballincollig three years ago, and led the club to three National Cups and to promotion to the Men’s Super League next season.

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig supporters Diarmuid and Ciara O'Keeffe with captain Ciarán O'Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Tradehouse Central Ballincollig supporters Diarmuid and Ciara O'Keeffe with captain Ciarán O'Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Ciaran also studied in CIT were he graduated with a Recreational and Leisure and Business Manager degree in 2013.

He took up the role of Basketball Development Officer with the Cork Sports Partnership in January 2014 initially going in on work experience, however, he made such a good impression in a short period that he got the job on a full time basis.

“My job is to develop a strategic plan for Cork basketball, and deliver in an professional manner,” Ciaran said.

“To educate, research and inform leaders and administrators through courses, workshops, and forums with the help of Coaching Ireland, and Basketball Ireland.

“Promote all aspects of physical activity including nutrition, healthy living, and the importance of a balanced live style. Also we try to establish and develop strong links between primary schools, secondary schools and clubs.

“We have developed a bank of tutors over the last number of years, CPS now gets out to over 30 schools per year.

“These tutors/coaches are vetted and qualified through Coaching Ireland and Basketball Ireland.

“Many of these schools seek the three visit option which brings the coach back for multiple visits. Our goal with schools is to give the child a taste of basketball, and then try find a link to get them into club basketball.

“There are many challenges for clubs such as not having the facilities and the adequate amount of coaches to support all players, however, the success for CSP and Basketball Ireland is to have as many kids playing and enjoying basketball as long as possible."

James Kirby the Cork Sports Partnership in 2015 with a Science Degree with CIT, and Youth & Community Diploma with UCC. He also plays between the sticks with Ringmahon Rangers AFC Senior Team, and Brian Dillon's in his spare time.

His role with the CPS is Sports Development Officer.

James Kirby of the Cork Sports Partnership on the right at the launch of the Women’s Try A Tri program with Triathlon Ireland.
James Kirby of the Cork Sports Partnership on the right at the launch of the Women’s Try A Tri program with Triathlon Ireland.

“That is coordinate training and education courses, and programs.

“Currently were working with 31 National Governing Bodies of Sport to increase the opportunities for people of all ages, and abilities of Cork City and County to participate in Sport and Physical Activity through Schools, Clubs, Programs and Events,” James said.

“We coordinated Bike Week 125 Cork City, and other Cork Events in 2019. Coordinations of the Northside Sports & Physical Activity Hub. Marketing CPS online platforms Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram."

They run a Volunteer Support Programs such as safeguarding three different courses (1. Child protection in Sport, 2. Children’s Officer, and 3. Designated Liaison Person), Coaching Ireland Coaching Series, GymEdge Coaching Course, Involving Sports Volunteers Workshop, Sports First Aid, Coaching Ireland Physical Literacy Courses, Disability Awareness In Sport, Active Leadership course, Disability Inclusion Training, Autism in Sport, Teacher Training Courses in Badminton, Orienteering,Gymnastics, Athletics, Table Tennis, and Cricket.

“Currently, GAA coaches lead the way in terms of attending the above courses followed by Soccer, Athletics and then Basketball.

“However, we have coaches from most sports including rowing, triathlon, hockey, tennis, golf to martial arts, water sports.”

The courses that are compulsory with Sport Ireland at the moment is Safeguarding, however, the All Sport Inclusion Courses will be added in the next few years.

“We still have a bit of work to do in terms of communication, one example is CPS and Rebel Óg Coaching (Cork GAA) who include any upcoming courses on their social media and website platforms, and we hope other sports will do likewise.”

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