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Watersports Project 2009-2011. Regional Launch Ballina, Co. Tipperary 30 th April 2009. Marie Collins Project Manager Mid-West Regional Authority. NEA . Nautisme Espace Atlantique Watersports in the Atlantic Area

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watersports project 2009 2011

Watersports Project 2009-2011

Regional Launch

Ballina, Co. Tipperary

30th April 2009

Marie Collins

Project Manager

Mid-West Regional Authority

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NEA

Nautisme Espace Atlantique

Watersports in the Atlantic Area

European Network of Local & Regional Authorities/Agencies responsible for the promotion and development of watersports in their territories

NEA 2 – follow-on initiative

www.nea2.eu

watersports project
Watersports Project
  • NEA 2 – co-funded by INTERREG IVB Atlantic Area
  • France Lead Partner – Brittany
  • 23 Partners from 5 EU Countries: Ireland, UK, France, Portugal & Spain
  • Irish Partners:
    • Mid-West Regional Authority
    • Irish Canoe Union
    • Ards Borough Council
    • Irish Sailing Association – associated Partners
  • Duration: January 2009 – December 2011
mid west region
Mid-West Region
  • North Tipperary, Clare

Limerick Counties

  • Limerick City
  • Population: 361,028 (2006)
  • Dominated by water
    • Lakes (Lough Derg, Lough Gur, Ballyalla Lake)
    • Rivers (River Shannon, Fergus)
    • Coastline (200km)
watersports in the mid west
Watersports in the Mid-West
  • Longstanding tradition of sailing, surfing & rowing
    • Sailing on Lough Derg since 1835
    • Surfing in West Clare 50 years
    • Rowing in Limerick since 1866
  • In European terms low activity on our lakes
  • Watersports slow to develop over the years
  • Low numbers of locals engaging in watersports – opportunities for increased activity
  • Increase in the number of watersports clubs in recent years - > 40 clubs in region
    • Sailing, rowing, canoeing, surfing, powerboating, sub-aqua…
    • Affiliated with Irish Sailing Association/Irish Canoe Union
work programme 2009 2011
Work Programme 2009-2011
  • Inter-regional Cooperation Project
  • Promotion & Marketing of Watersports
  • Sailing, Canoeing, Surfing, Rowing, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Powerboating…
  • 3 Main Actions
    • Economy
    • Environment
    • Social Inclusion
economy
Economy
  • Inventory of watersport offer in MW region
    • Building on existing initiatives/databases
  • Online Guide to Watersports
    • Currently disjointed & available from different sources

Aim: To provide one central online resource for user

    • Promote watersports products on offer
    • User Guide to Watersports: Beginners – Intermediate – Advanced
    • Course information – day courses
    • Equipment Hire – costs
    • Water Access – slip ways; moorings
    • Watersports & Safety
    • Watersports & The Enviroment
    • Promote & Market MW Region as location for Competitions
existing promotion initiatives
Existing Promotion Initiatives
  • Discover Ireland

www.discoverireland.ie/shannon

  • Shannon Region Trails – water trails

www.shannonregiontrails.ie

  • Waterways Ireland:

www.waterwaysireland.org/shannon

  • Discover Lough Derg

www.discoverloughderg.ie

nea 2
NEA 2
  • Opportunity for Mid-West Region to market All Watersports in one location
  • Promote within NEA 2 Network – France, UK, Spain & Portugal
  • Broaden across Europe
environment
Environment
  • Improving environmental credentials of Clubs & Centres
    • Energy conservation
    • Energy Agencies – Monitoring Programme & Awareness Campaign
  • Developing Environmental Training Modules
    • Sporting Federations & Leave No Trace
  • Train the Trainer Courses
  • Conservation – water quality / habitats
    • Fish Stocks/Wildlife
  • Lough Derg Heritage Project
social inclusion
Social Inclusion
  • Increase participation of all users on the water
  • Training Modules for Instructors for People with Special Needs
  • Young People through the Schools Programme
    • Exchange Programme with NEA 2 Regions
  • Disability Access – increase awareness for Clubs/Centres
  • Open Days for Socially Excluded Groups
  • Improve Employment Opportunities
atlantic watersports games 2009
Atlantic Watersports Games 2009
  • Porto, 1st – 6th August 2009
  • European Watersports Competition & Festival
  • Atlantic/Celtic Regions of Europe participate
  • Competitions:
    • Sailing
    • Kayaking
    • Surfing
    • Rowing
  • For more information on registration & Games please visit:
  • www.jniea.eu
contact details
Contact Details
  • Marie Collins

Project Manager

Mid-West Regional Authority

A: Friar Court, Abbey Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

T: 067 33197 / 37353

E: mcollins@mwra.ie

W: www.mwra.ie