Women in Sport Leadership Course

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that they will be delivering another bespoke DLR Women in Sport Leadership Course to clubs in the County in September 2022. This is the second time this highly rated, award winning, national course is being rolled out here.

This course is designed and delivered by experienced consultants Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea, who have themselves worked at the highest levels in Irish sport. They also hold volunteer board positions as Vice President of Paralympics Ireland and Honorary General Secretary Olympic Federation Ireland respectively bringing their extensive sporting leadership experience to the programme. Our first course which took place in January 2022 received rave reviews from all the female participants which has helped them on their own leadership journeys in sport.

This leadership programme has already proved to be hugely successful elsewhere with over 230 female participants spanning over 52 sporting bodies creating a strong network of female leaders. Participants have included club members, athletes, coaches, volunteers, board members and support personnel from a variety of backgrounds and all ages within clubs and National Governing Bodies. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are delighted to be in a position to offer this course to 18 female volunteers involved in various roles at club level.

The aim of the DLR Women In Sport Leadership Programme is to provide training, guidance, and expertise to support women to thrive in leadership positions in sport. It will give women across the County the opportunity to learn additional skills, increase their confidence and build networks across sports.

The programme is specifically designed for female leaders over the age of 18 years old working or volunteering within sport (committee members, officials, volunteers, coaches etc.), but it is also suitable for females that are involved in sport and want to now pursue a position of leadership. The cost per participant for the full programme is subsidised at just €30 due to funding secured through Sport Ireland and the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The course is designed to be an enjoyable experience for participants to learn in a relaxed supportive environment and build a network into the future. It is a practical interactive course delivered over zoom and in person with participants expected to fully engage during the sessions and in various breakout groups as part of their learning experience.

The DLR Women In Sport Leadership Programme will be delivered through a mix of online sessions on Tuesdays evenings 19:00-20:30 (20th & 27th September, 4th, 11th & 18th October 2022) and a final session in person (Saturday 22nd October), venue to be confirmed.

There will be some group and individual exercises during the programme and the size of the class is limited to ensure everyone has the opportunity to fully engage and reach their full potential. The interactive practical classes allow each participant to work and focus on their own development, while also learning from other women and hearing about their experiences of leadership. On successful completion of the course each participant will receive a Certificate in Women in Sport Leadership from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership.

How to Nominate:

All clubs or sporting groups based in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown can nominate one female who they feel is the most appropriate for the course and can benefit most from the content and supports. This nomination must come through the club Chairperson. Those interested should be a female already in a volunteer role in your club or recognised as having the potential to take on a leadership role in the near future. Attached is the Nomination Form which must be returned by 5pm on Friday 8th July 2022 to the following email address sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie

Please note that places get booked up quickly. It is also important that nominees can attend ALL the course dates listed above.

Places on the course are limited to 18 and all nominations received by the closing date will be reviewed based on the content of this Nomination Form by the Board of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership to select the successful nominees for September 2022.

Topics on the course will include:

• Leadership• Values• Networking and Collaboration• Challenging Situations and Resilience• Conflict• Crisis Management • Communications and Developing Your Personal Brand• Influence and Change • Research and Governance.

Participants will also receive a one-on-one coaching session and support in producing their own Personal Development Plan. Modules will also include inputs from external speakers at national and local level relating their own personal leadership experiences.

Free Zumba Classes O55s

During the month of May and as part of the Bealtaine Festival, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are holding a number of free online taster activity sessions for the over 55s. Please see the flyer attached to view all the available classes.

These free online classes take place each Monday at 10am during May. Next class is Zumba on Monday 10th May at 10am. To book or for more information: https://tasterzumba10may.eventbrite.ie

Couch to 3K

As spring has arrived why not put a spring in your step why not embrace Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnerships new CouchTo3K programme. It is a free walk to jog 6-week programme for adults starting the week of Monday 12th of April 2021.

What is a Couch to 3K?

Whether you have never jogged before or if you just want to get more active, Couch to 3K is an easy way of getting more energy and feeling healthier. This programme is for everyone, who would like to get from walking to jogging, but might be a little unsure on how to get started. The programme works because it is not just focused on running, it starts with a mix of walking and jogging to gradually build up your fitness & stamina. It is aimed at beginners and based on your time and ability to participate.

How will it Work?

Firstly, you just sign up through Eventbrite at the following link: https://dlr-couch-to-3k-april.eventbrite.ie

We will then contact you by email outlining all you need to know. Each week you will be sent the Training Plan, Warm Up, Cool Down exercises as well as other helpful and motivational tips. You will invited to a WhatsApp group to help keep you motivated and guide you through the programme. We will also check in with you to see how you are getting on and we are always available to answer any queries you have throughout the 6-week programme.

What is the Training Plan?

The plan involves 3 sessions of mixing brisk walking with jogging each week, with a day of rest in between. There is a different schedule each week building up your fitness and stamina to complete the end goal of reaching a 3K as per the plan. We will send that on to you every week with exactly what you will have to do.

What are the Benefits?

There are plenty of benefits from getting into jogging. For starters, It is an easy way of improving your physical health. It requires little equipment, but a good pair of runners will help improve comfort and foot support.

Jogging regularly will improve the health of your heart and lungs. It can also help you lose weight, especially if combined with a healthy diet. There’s evidence it may help increase bone density in some people, which can protect against bone diseases like osteoporosis. There are also mental benefits of exercising outdoors. Taking on the challenge of Couch to 3K can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal. Exercising regularly through activities like jogging can also be a great stress reliever and has even been shown to help combat depression.

*If returning to exercise or have any concerns about your health, please contact your GP before starting this programme.

*Please ensure to keep to within your local area and social distancing is always adhered to.

Sport Ireland Questionnaire

Sport Ireland are currently undertaking a review of the Coaching Development Programme for Ireland to ensure that it remains relevant to the needs of coaches, instructors and leaders and the players, athletes and participants they engage with.  As part of the review, we have engaged Humphrey Murphy from Irish Leisure Consultants to set up and run a stakeholder consultation process.  We are now looking for your assistance in this process.

It is important that we get as many responses from as wide a cross section of people as possible. Details are on the Sport Ireland Website at this link

The questionnaire will remain open until Tuesday 7th April.



Consultation on the dlr County Development Plan 2022-2028

The start of 2020 welcomes Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (dlr) embarking on the process of reviewing the current Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Plan, 2016-2022, and preparing a new County Development Plan (CDP) 2022 – 2028.

It is important that residents, the business community, community groups,  interested parties and other stakeholders of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown become involved in the preparation of the next County Development Plan at an early stage.  

To this end the Pre-Draft Consultation document “Have your Say” has been prepared. This document gives a broad overview of the main development issues impacting on the County to help stimulate public debate on what matters should be considered in the new Plan. Please see copy of the document attached or click here for the online copy

The Pre-Draft consultation process will run for eight weeks from Friday 3rd January 2020 to Friday 28th February 2020, and will include six Open Days at which the Development Plan Team will be available to provide advice and respond to any queries from the general public. For more information about the dates and locations of the Open days, please click here.