Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership Launch


An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh was in City Hall today to launch the new Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership.

This partnership is being established to take a more strategic and consolidated approach on how sport and physical activity are delivered across the city. The board members will include representatives from Dublin City Council, National Governing Bodies of Sport and other sectoral interests and will play a key role in the development and delivery of specific aims and outcomes. This new structure will replace the Dublin City Sports Network (DCSN) and the Sport Sub Committee of the Arts, Culture, Recreation & Community Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) and the new Partnership will report directly to the SPC.

Speaking at the launch, an tArdmhéara said, “Dublin City Council currently supports, manages and delivers a wide range of sport and recreational programmes and services across city and I am delighted to launch this new partnership which will build on the very positive work and will place a much greater emphasis on health and wellbeing.  Mar a deirtear “Ní neart go cur le chéile” agus leis an togra nua seo is cinnte go gcuirfear saol sona sásúil sláintiúil go mór chun cinn sa chathair.”

Chairperson of the Board Fiona Coghlan said, “The purpose of this initiative is 3 fold: To improve the quality of life of people living and working in Dublin, to provide opportunities for people living in, working in and visiting Dublin city to partake in sports and physical activities through facilities, infrastructure, services, programmes and events and to have Dublin city recognised as a leader in sports and wellbeing both nationally and internationally. It is my hope that the Partnership will give us the opportunity to develop and implement a strong coherent strategy for sport and wellbeing in the City”

For information on the composition of the board and some further information on the work being carried about by the Sports & Recreation Development team, please click here

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Notes to the Editor

Dublin City Sports Network (DCSN)

The DCSN was established in 2000 to source funding from the then Irish Sports Council (now Sport Ireland) under the local Sports Partnership Scheme. The network aims to provide a sustainable infrastructure to assist all those involved in local sports and recreational development. The network also aims to deliver sport and recreation to local people by working closely with partner agencies, by increasing usage of existing local resources and working towards long-term local sports development with the primary objective of increasing participation in sport, recreation and physical activity.

Strategic Policy Committees (SPC)

The statutory basis for Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs) is set out in section 48 of the Local Government Act 2001, as amended by section 41 of the 2014 Act.

The role of the SPC is to assist the council in the formulation, development and review of policy; reflect the major functions or services of a local authority within the broader context; are tailored to the size, membership and administrative resources of a local authority but generally be four in number; and have one third of their membership drawn from sectors relevant to the committees’ work.