The mission of the Irish Sports Council is to plan, lead and coordinate the sustainable development of sport in Ireland. The aims of the Irish Sports Council are to increase participation through the removal of barriers, and to make better use of facilities.
The Local Sports Partnership Initiative was developed by the Irish Sports Council in order to help deliver these aims and to create a national structure to co-ordinate and promote the development of sport at local level. The initiative was created following widespread consultation with other agencies and organisations with an interest in the development of sport
In 2001 County Clare was selected as one of eight pilot projects for the establishment of a Local Sports Partnership
The Clare Sports Partnership is a limited company. It employs a full-time Sports Co-ordinator, Mr John Sweeney and Administrator, Ms Catherine Ryan. James Murrihy is employed as the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer. His position is funded through the Dormant Accouints Programme.
It has a Board of Directors and Management Committee who represents key agencies throughout the county. These include County Clare V.E.C., Clare County Council, Clare Youth Services, Clare Local Development Company, Chamber of Commerce, Clare Community Forum, Sports Forum, FÁS and the Mid-Western Health Board .