By Rachel Maloney
Mayor of South Dublin Sarah Holland officially launched SPORTIVATE South Dublin in Brookfield Youth and Community Centre on Tuesday February 23rd.
SPORTIVATE South Dublin is a joint initiative of South Dublin County Council and Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training board, with support from South Dublin Sports Partnership and The Department of Social Protection.
The Programme caters for participants primarily between the ages of 18 and 25 who are interested in breaking into the sports industry or want to the further their education opportunities. The participants will learn many aspects and requirements of the sports industry and will also develop the necessary practical skills to enable them to secure employment in the industry or enhance their prospects of going onto further education.
Mairin Ui Rian, SPORTIVATE co-ordinator said:
“The programme represents a great opportunity for young people in South County Dublin area to get involved in a programme designed to broaden their education and help them into or get back into the workforce through sport.”
The SPORTIVATE South Dublin programme is based on the level 4 QQI major award in Sport and Recreation which includes qualification in life saving and orienteering.
Participants also receive several other certificates, for example in Sailing, Child Protection Awareness, Youth Work in the Community, Sports First Aid, Disability Inclusion, Cricket, Athletics and Manual Handling amongst others. Work experience in the community is also a key factor for the programme.
The Programme to date has been very successful with 16 participants taking part. The location and accessibility of the programme, including work experience, allows for young people to be actively learning in their own community.
SPORTIVATE South Dublin will commence a new programme in September 2016. For Further information call the SPORTATIVE co-ordinator on 01 4528404, or e-mail [email protected].