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Women in the Outdoors Programme 2023


Cork Sports Partnership is delighted to announce the return of our Women in the Outdoors Programme. Starting September 2023


Event Description:

Cork Sports Partnership with the support of Sport Ireland, Sport Ireland Outdoors and the Women in Sport Initative have teamed up to roll out a new Women in the Outdoors Programme for females 18+. The aim of the programme is to support women in developing their leadership skills in the outdoors and increase confidence in supporting friends and or family members to have greater access to outdoor physical activity in a fun and supportive way. The course also seeks to create a pathway for women to further develop skills through other training and education or club development/support.

The programme will consist of a suite of workshops and training modules from September to December that will build the capacity of women to lead and encourage more outdoor activities. It will also involve montly social guided walks. These workshops and training modules will have both a theory and practical element and will be delivered via online and face to face practical sessions.

Places on the programme are limited to 24.

The programme will contain the following modules. Attendance and participation is required for all:

  • Mountain Skills 1 (practical) CERTIFIED by Mountaineering Ireland
  • Walk Leader Training (online) CERTIFIED by Irish Heart Foundation
  • Camp Craft Skills (practical)
  • Disibility Inclusion Training (online) CERTIFIED by Disability Sport Ireland
  • Sports First Aid (practical) CERTIFIED by ER Training

Participants will also have the opportunity to support Cork Sports Partnership in hosting and or leading an event of their choice in the Spring 2024. Details of this will be decided closer to the time. Modules are spaced out over the 3 months with both online and practical sessions to accomodate participants.


  • Sept 9th at 11am - Orienteering - (Ballincollig)
  • Sept 17th at 10am - Intro To Traditional Currach Rowing - (Marina)
  • Sept 23rd - Guided Walk for Naitonal Walking Week - (TBC)
  • Sept 30th & Oct 1st - Group 1 Mountain Skills 1
  • Oct 14th - Bushcraft Skills - (Kinsale)
  • Nov 18th - Sports First Aid - (Wilton)
  • Nov 25th & 26th - Group 2 Mountain Skills 1
  • TBC - Disability Inclusion Training - (Online)
  • TBC - Guided Walk 2 - (TBC)
  • TBC - Guided Walk 3 - (TBC)

Mountain Skills 1 (MS1) has two dates with a max of 12 participants per date. All other modules run with the full 24 participants.

Please purchase your ticket for Women in the Outdoors relevant to the date you can complete your MS1 module.

Both ticket dates are on a first come first served basis.

Every effort will be made not to change dates, however account of weather conditions will come into consideration.

Some optional events will be added in at a later date once confirmed.


The programme is heavily subsided by the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Initative and Cork Sports Partnership and is valued at €400. Participants will recieve accredited certification for some modules (see above) and a certificate of participation on completion of the programme. 

The cost of the programme is €150.


  • Participants must be over 18 and have an interest in the outdoors
  • No prior experience in outdoor activity is required, beginners welcome
  • Commit to attending all course dates and engage in the programme
  • Places are limited to 24