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Mayo Sports Partnership


Local Sports Partnerships were set up by Sport Ireland to provide leadership, coordination

and direction in local sport development. There is a now at least one Sports Partnership based in every local authority area in the country. The aim of Mayo Sports Partnership is to increase

participation in all sports and to ensure local resources and facilities are used to the best effect.

Our three main functions are:

  • Information – To become a ‘One stop shop’ for information on sport in Mayo.

  • Education – To provide quality opportunities for education and training at local level.

  • Implementation – To develop a strategic plan for sport in Mayo.

Copies of our strategic plans are available to view on our website, alternatively contact the office for a copy.

The core staff of Mayo Sports Partnership office are:

Charlie Lambert Sports Co-ordinator

Padraic Durcan Office Administrator

Ray McNamara Disability Officer

Sports Partnership staff are employed by Mayo County Council and are supported by a number of part-time tutors/leaders.

Our Core Training Programmes Goal2Work / Community Coaching

Is a 10 week programme which targets unemployed, part time workers etc to become qualified sports coaches in their clubs, communities etc and may lead to some part time work. Sports include GAA, Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, Tennis, Cricket, Cycling, Walking etc. Coaches then put their knowledge in to practice in local primary schools.


Disability Inclusion Training

Is both a theory and practical course which covers terminology, barriers, legislation and information on how to adapt activities. This course is open to NGBs, Coaches, Volunteers,

teachers, leisure centres etc.


PALs Leader Training

Physical Activity Leader Training for older people groups involves learning how to run fun activities and games which will help your group to become more active. Suitable for Active Retirement Groups, Over 55’s Groups, ICA Groups, Community Groups or Care Settings.

Safeguarding 1,2 and 3 – Child Protection in Sport

Aims to encourage sports groups to implement best practice, in ensuring young people have a safe, positive and nurturing environment where they can develop their physical and social skills.


Active Leadership Award

This certified course aims to empower members of the community to plan, lead & co-ordinate safe and enjoyable sports sessions in their local communities.


Other Sports Volunteer Courses

Some of the courses which we host over the year include:

  • Social Media/P.R. Training

  • Sports First Aid Courses

  • Coach Education with N.G.B.s

  • Walking/Cycling Leader Training

  • Funding Information seminars

  • Sports Forum Seminars/Conferences

  • Coaching Children Workshops

  • Club Development Workshops

(please contact the office for a timetable)



We are involved in a number of initiatives which promote:

  • Women in Sport

  • Inclusion

  • Integration

  • Participation amongst Older People

  • Community and Family Participation



Mayo Sports Partnership provides financial assistance to community sports groups under two


  • Special Participation Grant Scheme

  • Club Training/Development Grants


If you wish to be added to our email mailing list, please email us on:, stating your contact details, which Municipal District you reside in and you Club name.


Other Programmes/Initiatives include:

  • West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon Girls Active Daily Mile

  • Meet and Train – 8 locations in Mayo

  • Parkrun – Ballina, Belmullet Castlebar, Claremorris & Westport

  • Fitwalk – 5 Week Indoor fitness program

  • Couch to 5K – 8 week beginner program

  • Men on the Move – Target men aged 30+

  • Sofa2Saddle

  • Operation Transformation

  • Swim for a Mile

  • Active 55 – For Older People Groups

  • Get Ireland Walking – Community Walking Programme

  • Bike Week

We work in partnership with many agencies; such as ETB, MCC, HSE WEST, Leader Partnership Companies, GMIT, Mayo Mental Health, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Sports Forum, Mayo Public Participation Network and many more stakeholders

in our shared goal of encouraging people to be more active!


We aim to increase participation in all sports and to ensure local resources and facilities are used to the best effect




Sports Co-ordinator

Charlie Lambert

Sports Administrator

Padraic Durcan

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer

Ray McNamara

Mayo Sports Partnership

Mayo County Council


Co. Mayo

Telephone: 094 9064360




Twitter: @mayosport1







Mission Statement “to plan, lead and co-ordinate the sustainable development of sport in Mayo”

“More People Enjoying More Sports”


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Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019

Mayo County Council invites towns and villages within the county to submit Expressions of Interest for inclusion in the Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019.

The Town & Village Renewal Scheme is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. It is a key part of the Action Plan for Rural Development and is one of a range of measures designed to support the revitalisation of rural Ireland under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme.

The main focus of the Scheme will be on public-realm type activities and the enhancement of town centre amenities. Measures to encourage town centre living will also be welcome.

Only one application for any individual town or village can be submitted.

Applicants are encouraged to read the scheme outline prior to completing the Expression of Interest Form.

The Expression of Interest Form and scheme outline is available on and on  or by contacting the Community Engagement Section.

Completed Expression of Interest Forms should be submitted to Community Engagement, Mayo County Council, Mayo House Moneen, Moneen Rd., Castlebar Co. Mayo or by email to

This scheme is currently closed.

If you have any queries, please contact Community Engagement by email or by phone 094-9064341.

Please find outline and expression of interest forms below:

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019 Outline

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019 Expression of Interest

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019 Outline_Gaeilge

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2019 Expression of Interest_Gaeilge


Community Enhancement Programme 2019


Community Enhancement Programme 2019

Mayo Local Community Development Committee, working with Mayo County Council on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development invites applications for inclusion in the Community Enhancement Programme 2019.

The programme is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the Local Economic Community Plan. Funding is for capital projects only and projects should demonstrate added value.

The programme will offer grants under the following two categories;

Category 1

Small scale capital projects up to a maximum of €1,000

Category 2

A limited number of medium scale capital projects will be considered for funding up to a maximum of €20,000

Application forms and guidelines are available on and or by calling the Community Engagement Section of Mayo County Council on 094 9064397.  Applicants are encouraged to read the application guidelines prior to completing the application form.

Completed Applications should be returned by email to or by post to Community Engagement, Mayo County Council, Áras on Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

This scheme is currently closed.

Please see Application Guidelines and Application Form links below:

CEP 2019 Application Guidelines

CEP 2019 Application Form,29142,en.pdf

CLÁR 2019

The CLÁR funding scheme is a targeted investment programme for rural areas that aims to provide funding for small infrastructural projects in areas that experience disadvantage.

Funding is available for the following measures:

Measure 1    Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures such as:

Measure 2    Schools/ Community Play Areas (including MUGAs)

Measure 3   Community Wellbeing Supports, comprising:

  • First Response Support
  • Mobility and Cancer Care Transport
  • Sensory Gardens

Expressions of Interest for Measures 1, 2 and 3c must be submitted to Community & Integrated Development, Mayo County Council, Cedar House, Moneen, Castlebar, Co Mayo or by email to

Measure 3a and 3b applications must be submitted directly to the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Please note only 15 projects under Measure 1 and 2 will be shortlisted by Mayo County Council. Please refer any queries to the Community & Integrated Development Section, Mayo County Council on 094 9064397 or

The following are the minimum criteria for qualification:

  1. Match funding is available and ringfenced for the project.
  2. All necessary permissions are in place.
  3. Evidence of ownership/lease is available (if applicable).
  4. The facility is/will be open to the public without appointment.
  5. The project conforms to the LECP and/or other local or regional plans.
  6. No funding has been allocated for the same project from any other sources.


Full scheme details available here:


This scheme is currently closed.

Celebrating our communities on Mayo Day

National Community Weekend 4th – 6th May 2019

Mayo Day, the day dedicated to the celebration of the culture, vibrant communities and unquenchable spirit of Co Mayo, returns for its fifth year on Saturday 4th May 2019.

Mayo Day, Mayo Local Community Development Committee and the Department of Rural and Community Development’s National Community Weekend initiative have funding available for community events taking place from May 4th – 6th 2019.

We’re inviting communities to get involved by organising a local event under the theme of Mayo Day

Mayo Day and National Community Weekend are about connecting with neighbours and friends, strengthening relationships that are already established, opening new lines of communication to one another and fostering inclusivity for everyone.

There are many types of events that you can arrange from a Mayo Day ‘Street-feast’ to a coffee morning in the local Community Centre, a story-telling night, a sing-song or poetry reading, a performance or workshop.  The ways you can get involved in the name of Mayo Day and National Community Weekend are endless.

Typical grants will be in the €100 – €400 range per event.  If a community group has a larger initiative in mind, please contact us at or at 094 9064397 to explore your idea further.  Applications for Irish language events are particularly welcome.

This scheme is currently closed.

Pride of Place Awards 2018

County Mayo community groups were honoured at the annual IPB Pride of Place awards held in Cork City Hall on Saturday evening (November 17).

Balla lifted the best Urban Neighbourhood/Village with a population between 300 and 1000 with the Erris branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association coming runners up in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category.

Mayo was represented by three projects at the awards – Balla, Erris IWA and Céide Coast Community Tourism project. All three were nominated earlier in the year by Mayo County Council.

Representatives from all three projects were among the 800 strong crowd in City Hall, Cork.

Pride of Place is an annual all-island competition organised by Co-operation Ireland, IPB Insurance and Local Authority partners which acknowledges the work of communities all over the island of Ireland. Judging took place in August and consisted of a site visit to each location with presentations by community representatives of their achievements and tours of the areas.

Spokesperson and Head of Community Engagement for Mayo County Council, Ms Síofra Kilcullen, said ‘We are extremely proud of our three entries who work tirelessly to make their communities better places to live, work and visit. That work goes on every day, and are delighted to get a chance to acknowledge it through the Pride of Place Competition’

A big congratulations to all!‌

Pride of Place 2018 Balla

Pride of Place 2018 Erris

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