One of the key aims of the project is to bring together existing resources to better effect and reach out to a marginalised group where sports participation has historically been significantly below average and an ongoing challenge for sporting and public bodies. We hope our approach demonstrates this can be done WITHOUT significant additional investment but instead driven by a different mindset in approaching the problem.
We work with many like-minded partners who understand and share our aim to improve the opportunities for young girls living in disadvantaged areas. We provide the opportunity for them to participate regularly in sport and develop their character through what we hope will be a lifetime involvement in sport.
“Dublin City Sports Network(DCSN) was established in 2000 to source funding from the Irish Sports Council 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.”
“Founded in 1904, Camogie, an independent voluntary organisation, is the most popular female team sport in Ireland while making a significant contribution to the Irish culture, as part of the family of Gaelic games.
“Kicking Girls tagline translates as “Football Without Offsides – Creating Opportunities for Girls through Football “. Professor Ulf Gebken from the University of Oldenburg founded the project in 2006 in a few local schools.
The Kicking Girls project now reaches over 3,000 girls (age 6-8) weekly in 60 German cities through local partnerships and is backed by the International charity Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the German Football Association amongst others. The disadvantaged areas within which Kicking Girls work have a high proportion of non-national residents so over 60% of the girls on the project come from an immigrant background. ”
“The IFSC Dublin Inner City Trust has been supporting Dublin’s inner city community since the foundation of the IFSC. It is funded entirely by the donations of IFSC organisations and is a registered charity. It is a non-denominational and non-political organisation committed to the support of Dublin’s inner city community.”
“The primary function of Breaking Through, also referred to as “The Network”, is to provide support and support mechanisms for practitioners working primarily directly or indirectly with young people/groups at risk.
We also influence policy makers in developing appropriate policies that promote good practice for working with young people. However, membership is open to all practitioners and volunteers working with young people and vulnerable young adults.”
Our project has also received a research grant from The Irish Research Council /The Wheel strand of funding for “Engaging Civic Society”. Dr Lorraine Brennan from the UCD Institute of Food & Health will measure the impact a weekly sports activity has on young girls over a 20 week programme.