Whiddy Island recently played host to a number of Island communities, as they convened to try out sea kayaking on the Bantry Blue Way. Facilitated by Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking, this initiative is part of the Islands Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub and supported by the Islands Community Council. The community sport and physical activity hub seeks to increase participation in sport, exercise and physical activity amongst island communities whilst also encouraging collaborative events and initiatives between islands and mainland clubs and communities alike. Coordinated by Cork Sports Partnership, the islands targeted by the hub include Sherkin, Long, Heir, Cape Clear, Whiddy, Bere Island and Dursey.
An initiative of Sport Ireland, since its establishment in October 2015, the Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub has already achieved a number of objectives locally. The purchasing of sports and gym equipment for the Islands, assessing and developing walking, running and cycling opportunities, mountain skills training, local physical activity programmes and the coordination of the inaugural five-aside soccer tournament on Cow Strand, Sherkin Island to name a few. The hub, through the support of the Islands Community Council and local partner organisations and agencies seeks to support local island communities in continuing to achieve such objectives and create sustainable pathways to participating in sport and physical activity opportunities.
Speaking recently about the progress of the Hub for the Islands, Claire Hurley of Cork Sports Partnership said that “the sports hub so far has not only created ample opportunities for islanders to become more active but it has been a fantastic vehicle to showcase the West Cork Islands as having fantastic natural environments in which to get active. Creating opportunities and initiatives under the Hub is a collaborative process undertaken by Cork Sports Partnership, the Islands Community Council, the Local Development workers and the Island communities themselves who have a vested interest in creating and sustaining a healthier and active lifestyle”. While we have made some good progress to date, this project is still in its infancy and there are a number of other objectives which have yet to be achieved,” said Claire.
To find out more about the Islands Community Sport and Physical Activity Hub please contact your local Island representive or Claire Hurley in the Cork Sports Partnership email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 2061762.