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WOMEN IN SPORT PROGRAMME


 

 

Country: Ireland

Organisation responsible: Sport Ireland

Main topic addressed: Participation - Increased levels of female involvement in sports: participation, coaching, volunteering and leadership

Type of resource/practice: Funding Model & Policy


Discipline: Multi-sport

Target group(s): General Population / Women of all ages and abilities

Timing: Annual

Language: English

Brief description of the practice: Sport Ireland is the authority tasked with the development of sport in Ireland. This includes participation in sport, high performance sport, anti-doping, coaching, and the development of the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.

Current Provision
In October 2005, Sport Ireland’s (formally the Irish Sports Council) Women in Sport Initiative was launched. This Initiative was established to support the delivery of Sport Ireland’s strategic vision specifically by increasing participation of women of all ages in sport. Since 2005 over €18m has been invested through the programme. This investment has been provided to Sport Ireland funded bodies namely the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and the Local Sports Partnership (LSPs) Network. It was at its highest level in 2008 with over €2.5m invested. Through this Programme, Sport Ireland is supporting a number of women in sport activities delivered by the funding recipients (NGBs and LSPs).

Content and objectives: With respect to women in sport, Sport Ireland’s strategic vision to date has been to raise the overall physical activity levels amongst women; support women’s roles within sporting organisations from coaching to administration; and endorse good governance through balanced gender representation at all levels.

Steps/activities of the practice: 

Invite the sports sector (NGBs and LSPs) to propose evidence informed innovate projects, events and programmes that aim to increase female involvement in sport at all levels. Sport Ireland will provide support to evaluate the impact and outcomes of supported projects.
*See examples of past projects below

Resources required: Strategy / Policy, Dedicated Staff Member, Dedicated funding streams

Achievements and outcomes: Increased levels of female involvement in all aspects of sport.

Challenges and limitations: Funding levels, varying levels or readiness amongst the sector, addressing non-participation focused imbalances in areas such as coaching, volunteering and leadership roles.

Follow-up ideas and future plans: As of 2019, Sport Ireland plan to launch an updated Women in Sport Policy, appoint a dedicated Women in Sport Lead and restructure the current funding model to reflect the changing landscape of female participation in Irish Sport.

Further information: www.sportireland.ie

Contact person: Shane Califf, scaliff@sportireland.ie


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