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 Monday night in Poppintree Centre at 7-9pm, The Reco on Thursday night at 6-9pm and Saturday 12.30pm-2.30pm.

The club has represented Ballymun in a number of National and international competitions to date. In October 45 young people ranging in age 10yrs – 21 yrs travelled with the club and participated in the “All Ireland Hip Hop Championships” competition  in Trabolgan Co Cork, where great success was achieved by teams, solos, doubles and trios. On December 5th the club participated in the “Hip Hop Idol ‘competition in the Tallaght Basketball Arena. Over 70 young people took part and it was the debut performance by the clubs youngest team “Kidz on the Block”. These competitions give the young people a focus for their training and the opportunity to represent their community.


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 .

September and October 2010 saw the delivery of the “Outdoor pursuits” FETAC module. This was delivered to the B.E.S.T group and lasted for 12 weeks,  an overnight trip is organized for April 2011 and will be planned by the young people as part of their expected learning outcomes. This module develops the participants 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 organizational skills and explores opportunities for further training and employment in this industry.

A module in health related fitness commenced in November 2010 and runs for 12 weeks in the Ballymun Leisure Centre finishing in February 2011.

The FETAC sports programme is designed to provide opportunities to further training and education and employment for all participants.

Girls Only Activity Programme

A 10 week programme of ‘Girl Only’ activities was completed in October.  These activities included Aerobics, Circuit Training, Spinning.  The programme is designed to engage girls/young women between the ages 14-21 yrs.  Further similar activities are planned.

Ballymun Sports Week

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 for “The Ballymun Sports Week “ which took place between October  25th – 31st October. The programme incorporated all local facilities including Poppintree Sports Centre, Ballymun Leisure Centre, Poppintree Park, Balcurris Park, The Reco, and Trinity Sports.

The sports week included a wide variety of sports / activities which included: tag rugby, volleyball, hip hop, adventure activities, swim and splash sessions and soccer camp.

The Ballymun Sports Week was a great success with 200+ young people participating in the activities.

Contact: Eileen Gleeson – 086 8150821