25th July 2018 - Samuel Beckett Civic Campus, Ballyogan - Shane McArdle, Co-Ordinator with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership speaking at the launch of the new Ballyogan Sports and Physical Activity Hub designed to support local communities and encourage young people to engage in sport and physical activity. Photo by Peter Cavanagh Photography [Must Credit] No Reproduction Fee

The new Ballyogan Sports & Physical Activity Hub was officially launched last week in the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus.

A range of local agencies and community groups were in attendance to hear how this new Hub will work towards making the area an active and sporty place to be.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership (DLRSP) has recently secured funding of €70,000 through Sport Ireland and the Dormant Accounts Fund for this Sports and Physical Hub to be located in Ballyogan.

The Hub will not be a specific place or building – but rather a way of connecting people together through a range of sports and physical activities that are designed for the local community – and specifically for young people and adolescents.

Shane McArdle, coordinator with dlr Sports Partnership, commented: “The key initial focus has been on generating awareness and building relationships with local partners as well as identifying gaps and opportunities.

“The Hub Steering Group will now set about putting these into action to help more children and young people be active and stay in sport.”

The Ballyogan Sports and Physical Activity Hub will utilise and build on the existing significant infrastructural and community supports, through Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and others, in the area to engage and support the local population in being active.

In seeking to ensure buy-in of the local community, the Sports Partnership and the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Children & Young People’s Services Committee carried out detailed research to identify the needs of young people living locally and the opportunities, which the Hub might provide for them.