WoodlandsWoodlands For Health offers a recovery focused physical activity programme which complements

traditional mental health treatment. The primary aim of the programme is to improve the quality of

life for adults who experience enduring mental-ill health in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area by

engaging them in walking and activities in a woodland environment.

Research has shown that engagement with nature through outdoor activities can have a significant

positive impact on people’s mental health and well-being. Woodlands For Health is an innovative

development, which set out to identify the health value that woodland activities can provide to

participants and to demonstrate its value to health professionals.

Combining physical activity with spending time outdoors can optimise the benefits of that activity,

in particular by enhancing mental wellbeing. Specifically, natural environments such as woodland

areas are restorative, can reduce stress, feelings of tension, anger, confusion and depression, and

aid recovery from stressful events.

Based on the success of a pilot programme in Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports

Partnership brought together a number of service providers to develop a similar programme in the

County. Members representing the partner groups had an initial exploratory meeting following which

a Steering Group was established.

The members of the Steering group are as follows - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership,

Coillte, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, HSE, Get Ireland Walking, Cluain Mhuire, Mental

Health Ireland.

A brief overview follows:

  • It is a 10/ 12 week programme with 12-15 participants per week
  • Participants are collected at a convenience central point
  • The Walk location differs each week – start in parks progressing to mountain trails
  • Complementary Lunch is provided for all
  • Walks are led by experienced Dublin Mountain Partnership Rangers
  • 2 hours of activities in a woodland setting
  • Includes elements of gentle exercise, talks on the environment/route, environmental art and relaxation

Meath Heritage Cycle Tour 2018The Sport Ireland Meath Heritage Cycle tour returns for its 10th year on 28th and 29th July.  Coorodinated by Meath Local Sports Partnership, the Cycle tour is made up of 3 distances this year: 11km Family Spin; 50km Tara Loop & 100km Royal Tour. The 11km Family spin takes place on Sat 28th with the other 2 distances taking place on Sunday 29th. So whether you are an avid cyclist or just dusting down the bike for the first time this year, there is a distance to suit your ability! Families can register for the 11km Spin from 2pm on the day.

Early bird entry prices apply up until the 19th July. Anyone wishing to avail of the early bird price or require further information should check out www.meathsports.ie or contact 046-9067337.

Resized Speak Infographic 2017Welcome to the eleventh annual SPEAK report. This report highlights the significant contribution

that the Sport Ireland Local Sports Partnership network is making to advance the goals of increasing

participation and overall interest in sport and physical activity by all members of our society. The importance of

this work, particularly among those sectors of society that are underrepresented in sport, cannot be overstated.

The LSP network has a specific focus on disadvantaged communities, marginalised groups, people with a

disability and women in sport.

Read the report here...


152419 DLRS Street Velodrome Gallery 460X300pxStreet Velodrome, the pop up event which turns any public space into a heart- pounding theatre of cycling action is coming to Dundrum Town Centre on Tuesday 12th June 2018 and its FREE!!!

Street Velodrome brings all the excitment and drama of Olympic style track pursuit racing right into the heart of the community. Local school children, local community groups and members of the public will be invited to take part in this exhilerating event on June 12th to get on track and give cycle sport a go. Click the read more button below to see the schedule for open public sessions. Bikes, safety equipment and instruction is all provided!

This is a must see event ....come and see/join the live action for yourself. Check out this video link

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Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership held their 2nd Daily Mile Schools Event in Deer Park, Mount Merrion on Wednesday 25th April 2018. Similar to last year, this annual event falls during Active Schools Week, tying in nicely with activity programmes within the local schools. Over 200 students across 4 schools took to the paths of Deer Park and ran side by side with their fellow students to the finish gantry where they were awarded a medal. This however, was not the first time they have run a mile.

Since the beginning of the school year in September, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have watched 22 schools from all around the County take to their playgrounds, fields or local parks to run a mile each day. The feedback from the schools has been astonishing since the programme was introduced in this County 2 years ago. Teachers have reported improved concentration levels, improved fitness & wellbeing, and improved rapport within the class.