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Sports Facilities Audit 2008
Guidance Notes Sports Facilities Audit – Guidance 1 Introduction and Purpose of the Audit

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to complete a national audit of local sports facilities and put in place a long-term strategic plan to ensure the development of necessary sports facilities throughout the country. Work on the National Sports Facility Strategy is currently underway within the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. The aim of the strategy is to provide high-level policy direction for future investment/grant assistance at national, regional and local level. It is intended to identify the facilities requirement for sport so that participation at reasonable cost is feasible for those who wish to engage in sport at either amateur or elite level. The national audit of local sports facilities is part of this wider exercise to put in place a more strategic approach to the provision of sports facilities in Ireland. Carrying out an effective and comprehensive national audit of local facilities is a major undertaking in terms of complexity and time given the wide range of sports facilities throughout the country. In view of this, the audit is being carried out in phases to help speed up the availability of information. Phase one which focuses on national and regional sports facilities has now been completed within the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism with the assistance of consultants. A list of the national and regional facilities is at Appendix 4 of circular LG03/08. These facilities should not be included in the local sports facilities audit. The next phase of the audit will be carried out by local authorities with the aim of identifying the location of all local sports facilities and the sport(s) they cater for. Local authorities are not required, at

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Clare County Council Document Title this stage, to compile data on the standard, size, capacity and other features of the sports facilities identified. The audit results will feed into a comprehensive database of sports facilities of national, regional and local significance, which will be compiled by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism and updated on a regular basis. Any existing up to date information on local sports facilities held by local authorities may be useful in conducting the audit and feeding into subsequent phases.

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Definition and Scope

The overall definition of sport within the context of this guidance document is that adopted by the Council of Europe: "Sport" means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental wellbeing, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels. The audit should include all sport and recreation facilities, both indoor and outdoor, irrespective of ownership and the extent of public access, with the exception of schools and other educational institutions. The table overleaf sets out a sample of facilities that should be included in the audit. A list of all recognised sports in Ireland is also attached for assistance. Table: Types of Sport and Recreation Facilities Type Definition Primary Purpose Outdoor Sports Facilities  Natural surfaces, or artificial either Facilities for formal sports participation

publicly or privately owned, used for

sport and recreation. These outdoor include: sports

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Clare County Council Document Title Type Definition Primary Purpose pitches       Indoor Sports Facilities  playing fields synthetic turf pitches athletics tracks water sports facilities golf courses tennis Built indoor facilities, either privately publicly or Facilities for formal sports participation

owned,

used for sport and recreation. include: sports halls      Provision for swimming pools health and fitness squash courts indoor bowls equestrian facilities These

Areas designed primarily for Activities or Young People play and social interaction meeting people places for aged 12 and above. While it young is recognised that a wide people involving young variety of opportunities for young people exist

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Clare County Council Document Title Type Definition Primary Purpose (including youth clubs) this would generally only cover those spaces specifically

designed for use by young people eg:    Skateboard Parks BMX Tracks Multi Use Games Areas. Provision for Children Areas designed primarily for play and social interaction involving children below the age 12. While it is recognised that a wide variety of opportunities for children exist, this would generally only cover those spaces specifically designed as equipped play facilities. Children’s play

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Level of detail to be collected

The attached questionnaire sets out the level of detail required in the sports facilities audit. As already outlined, it is not intended at this stage to compile data on the size, capacity and other features of the sports facilities identified.

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Important Issues to Note:

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The audit in respect of sports, community and arts facilities will be overseen jointly by the Departments of the Taoiseach; Environment, Heritage & Local Government; Arts, Sport and Tourism and the County & City Managers Association.

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A local Implementation Team to be established under the auspices of the County/City Development Board, is to manage and monitor the audit locally and report to the National Steering Group, as required.

 Geographical Information System references to be identified in
mapping facilities.

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Clare County Council Document Title LIST OF RECOGNISED SPORTS IN IRELAND                            Archery Horseshoe Pitching Athletics Judo Badminton Martial Arts Basketball Motor Cycling Baton Twirling Motor Sport Blind Sports Mountaineering Bowling (Lawn) Orienteering Bowling (Road) Pitch and Putt Bowling (Ten Pin) Racquetball Boxing Rowing Camogie Rugby Canoeing Sailing Caving & Exploration Shooting Sports Cerebral Palsy Sport Page 6 of 8

Clare County Council Document Title                             Snooker Clay Pigeon Shooting Soccer Community Games Special Olympics Cricket Squash Croquet Surfing Cycling Swimming Deaf Sports Table Tennis Diving - Deep Sea Exploration Taekwondo Equestrian Tennis Fencing Triathlon Fishing Tug of War Football – Gaelic and Hurling Volleyball Football – Ladies Football Waterski Football - Irish American Weightlifting Golf

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Clare County Council Document Title      Wheelchair sports Gymnastics Wrestling Handball Hockey

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