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Building Sport for Life: The Irish Sports Council's Strategy (2006-08)


Irish Sports Council

Subject Keywords: Sport strategy
Topic: Obesity
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Strategy
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Irish Sports Council's new three-year strategic plan, "Building Sport for Life" reviews the Council's performance since 2003 and sets out the organisations key targets for the next three years.

  • The completion of the national network of Local Sports Partnerships. The Partnerships are the keystone to increasing participation levels in sport. Sixteen currently exist and the remainder will be established based on the recommendations of the Fitzpatrick Report of 2005.


  • The establishment of an independent agency for the Anti-Doping Unit from 2009.


  • An internal reorganisation will create a Participation Unit, working with governing bodies and sports partnerships, that will implement the Council's plans to increase participation in sport.


  • This Unit will drive the achievement of the Council's ambitious targets of an increase of 1.5% in adult participation rates and of 3% in children's participation rates over the life of the strategy.


  • The establishment of an Irish Institute of Sport. The Institute, launched by An Taoiseach Mr Bertie Ahern TD in July, will provide Ireland's outstanding athlete with the support structures required to excel on a consistent basis at elite world class competition



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Suggested citation:

Irish Sports Council. (2005) Building Sport for Life: The Irish Sports Council's Strategy (2006-08) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 25th August 2019].


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