The great and the good of Cork’s sporting and business communities joined Maeve Buckly of Leading Sport and Rob Hartnett of Sport for Business at Irish Independent Park yesterday morning for an in-depth session on how greater collaboration can deliver a substantial benefit for the City and the County over the coming years.
Cork Sport 2040 is the working title for the group comprising all of the major players from Munster Rugby, Cork GAA, Cork City FC, Rowing Ireland, Athletics Ireland, UCC, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork Sports Partnership, Cricket Ireland, Leisure world, Sport Ireland and many more.
We were joined by representatives from Fáilte Ireland, Cork Airport, Cork Chamber of Commerce Cork City and County Councils and the HSE yesterday for a strong positive discussion centred on the opportunity, the challenges and the short term steps that need to be taken to put Cork ever more firmly on the map as a sporting place to live, work and play.
Yesterday was a scoping exercise and the next step is to capture the enthusiasm and the realism of what was evident from the room and draw up more detailed plans for how to bring the project to public life.
It is an exciting project to be involved in and with Cork having secured €13 million in funding for projects as part of the Government large Scale Infrastructure fund last week, there has rarely been a better time.
It has emerged from an initial meeting held in the city less than a year ago and we have ambitious plans to follow a similar path in other locations arising from sessions which took place last year in Galway and Belfast.
Leading Sport, UCC, Munster Rugby, Athletics Ireland, Rowing Ireland and Sport Ireland are active members of Sport for Business. Contact us today to find out more about what we could do for your organisation.
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