Ballymun – Hip Hop, FETAC, Rugby, Swimming, Soccer

Sports Development Officer Ballymun – Eileen Gleeson

Hip Hop

Dublin City Council Sports development Hip Hop initiative continues to develop steadily with numbers increasing on an ongoing basis. The programme has now developed into a club known as “The Block Hip Hop Club”. The aim of the club is to engage young people particularly girls / young women into positive physical recreation. The club now has over 110 regular members and training takes place Thursday night in “The Reco” @ 6pm – 9pm, Friday in the Axis 5pm – 7pm and Saturday 12.30pm – 2.30pm in “The Reco”.

The club has represented Ballymun in a number of National and international competitions to date. In February, 34 young people ranging in age 10yrs – 21 yrs travelled with the club and participated in the “International Dance Organisation” competition in Castlebar Mayo, where great success was achieved, with the Junior Group receiving 1st place in the team section and 1st place in the Champion of Champions section. Success was also achieved in Solo and Double events by both Junior and Senior groups. The Block Club will further represent Ballymun when it travels to the All Ireland Championships in Trabolgan, Co Cork in October 2010 to compete, approximately 30 young people will travel to this event. The Club is open to all boys and girls and new members are always welcome.


Dublin City Council Sports Development Ballymun continues to organise and deliver fully accredited FETAC modules. FETAC – Further Education and Training Awards Council is the statutory awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. Each FETAC module and award is fully accredited and recognized within the National Framework of Education.
Sports Development Ballymun works in conjunction with a number of agencies including Ballymun Education Support Training (B.E.S.T), Youth Action Project (YAP), FAS, Youth Reach to complete the successfully delivery of these modules.

March/April saw the successful completion of 2 “Health Related Fitness Modules”. The Health Related Fitness module is designed to provide learners with skills and knowledge to develop their personal Health related fitness and design and devise safe effective personal fitness programmes for themselves and others. The first module was organised and delivered in conjunction with Ballymun Education Support and Training (B.E.S.T). This was delivered to an early school leavers group ranging in age 14yrs – 16yrs. Six young people successfully completed this module. The module consisted of a 12 week 1 ½ hour theory and practical sessions. This module contributes to the young peoples overall course curriculum FETAC award which is the equivalent of a Junior certificate. The 2nd module was delivered in conjunction with Youth Action Project, participants ranged in age 19+. Ten young adults completed this module.

September 2010 will see the delivery of the “Outdoor pursuits” FETAC module. This will be delivered to the B.E.S.T group and will run for 12 weeks, culminating in an overnight trip organized and planned by the young people. This module develops the participant’s awareness of their role in the care and protection of the national environment, opportunity to participate in a wide range of outdoor sports, enhances leadership skill, develops planning and organisational skills and explores opportunities for further training and employment in this industry. The FETAC sports programme is designed to provide opportunities to further training and education and employment for all participants.

Summer of Sport
Dublin City Council Sports development officer in conjunction with Youth and Sports development officer Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, FAI soccer development officer and Rugby development officer organized and delivered a wide range of Sports activities for young people in Ballymun. These activities included:

Tag Rugby
A comprehensive programme of Tag rugby took place throughout the months of June, July and August. Boys & Girls aged 10yrs + were engaged into this non contact activity. Sessions took place every Thursday evening 6pm – 8pm.

Swim Sessions
Throughout the summer months swimming sessions took place every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12pm- 2pm. These sessions were open to all boys and girls ages 10yrs – 15yrs. Up to 20 young people participated on a weekly basis.

Late Night Soccer Camp
A full week of late night soccer activities took place form August 16th – 20th. The camp was run from 6pm – 9pm, for young people between the ages of 7yrs – 14yrs. The camp was fully booked out with 60 young people attending for the week.

A full programme of Hip Hop activities were delivered throughout the months of June, July and August. The classes started in June and took place every Tuesday 11-2pm, Wednesday 11am – 4.30pm, Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday 5pm – 7pm and Saturday 1pm – 4pm. Over 100 young people attended these classes on a regular basis. These classes culminated in a 3 night sell out performance in “The Axis Theatre” with over 600 people attending.

Upcoming Programmes
Upcoming programmes planned by Dublin City Council sports development officer include FETAC modules, Rock Climbing programme, Hip Hop Competitions and a full week of Sports activities to be delivered as part of the Dublin City Sports Capital week during October.

Contact: Eileen Gleeson – 086 8150821