With a huge increase in the numbers taking part in sporting activities all across Co Donegal, a special safety course is to be run to ensure safety at such events.
Donegal is now at the forefront of hosting a range of activities from community walks to mass participation athletics and cycling events.
These activities provide huge health and social benefits to participants and enjoyment to others. They can also be a source of revenue for many clubs, communities and charities with many using these simple events to encourage fundraising.
However the question arises of how can events be coordinated in a safe and healthy manner in order to eliminate the risks to people and the environment.
Many sports governing bodies, sports clubs, schools and community groups provide excellent models in running such events to ensure participants, spectators and the public are kept safe, especially when using public roads, however, there is evidence to suggest some poor practice which could result in huge risks to participants and also leaving hosting organisations and individuals vulnerable in the event of an accident.
Donegal Sports Partnership in association with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group will deliver a training and education workshop on Wednesday 28th March at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology at 7pm to discuss safety in sport for events.
The training workshop which will be interactive will provide examples of poor practice and best practice sports events and will include such areas as the nature of event, planning, venue suitability, insurance, information provision and controls.
Gar Holohan of Aura Leisure Group has been to the forefront of event management in Ireland for many years will be the guest speaker supported by representatives of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group.
Bookings for the training workshop are through the offices of Donegal Sports Partnership with a booking fee of €10, everyone is welcome to come along.
Further information from Donegal Sports Partnership, River Front House, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Tel 074 9116078 / 9116079 – email firstname.lastname@example.org