Speaking following the publication, Kieran Mulvey, Chairperson of Sport Ireland commented:
"Today's report assists Sport Ireland in assessing the impact of the Local Sports Partnership network and provides vital information with regard to the network's reach into local communities. We welcome today's findings which endorses our commitment to the work and development of the network. We believe that a stronger network will lead to more strategic planning for sport at local level and better opportunities for participants in the future".
John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland commented:
"Sport Ireland has always placed a particular emphasis on ensuring sport is progressive and attracts participants from every corner of Ireland, from every age group and from all social backgrounds. This is a fundamental principle of the Local Sports Partnerships which aim to remove any barrier that prevents participation in sport".
Looking ahead, Director of Participation and Ethics Dr. Una May commented:
"Sport Ireland, through the Local Sports Partnership network will continue to take a strategic approach with regard to programme delivery and will keep exploring ways to develop and deliver programmes and participation opportunities in a sustainable manner. LSPs are taking the learning from other successful LSP programmes and building programmes based on the elements that add value. National programmes are also being developed across the network of LSPs based on successful individual programmes".
You can download a copy of the 2014 report here .