On Saturday May 26th in Cuala GAA Club Dalkey (2pm to 6pm), Bar Monkey will be hosting Ireland's National Calisthenics Event, with top level Athletes from all over the country coming to compete in the Adult and Junior Calisthenics Competitions.
This event is a fun day out for families to attend and get to witness some truly amazing Athletes. Calisthenics is a sport that involves using only your bodyweight to perform movements and routines on equipment such as pull up bars, parallel bars and the floor. It requires incredible strength and co-ordination and is a top class eye catching sport.
The first Bar Monkey Festival was in 2016 and due to the popularity and growth of the sport, it has continued on and has become recognised as the leading event in Calisthenics across Ireland.
The Bar Monkey club now has over two hundred members and they work with Primary and Secondary schools all across the Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown area, they are also the only recognised Calisthenics Club in Ireland through dlr Sports Partnership.
Through promoting the Festival they have travelled throughout the country organising events and promotional displays.
In 2016 the first National Event was held, which featured over 16 Athletes from across the country, and had over 160 attendants.
In 2017 the second event took place and had under 10’s and over 10’s Junior Competitions for the first time, as well as hosting the Adult National Event. These competitions as well as demonstrations on the day led to over 240 people attending.
In 2018 the World Champions will be in attendance at the event for the first time in Ireland, Featuring Female Street Workout World Champion Melanie Driessen, Calisthenics World Cup Champion Sotoxine, French National Champion Colin Dojat, as well as Starboy from Team BarSparta, who has come second in the Calisthenics World Cup.
This promises to be another fantastic event, with some truly amazing displays from our Junior Competitions, as well as the clubs Adult Athletes.
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The EU are bringing into force a new regulation on data protection called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), which is coming into effect on the 25th May 2018. The GDPR strengthens individual’s rights in respect to their personal data that any organisation may hold on them. This will not only affect businesses, but also voluntary bodies, community groups and sporting organisations.
To help clubs prepare for how this may affect them, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and South Dublin County Sports Partnerships are hosting a practical information seminar on the evening of the 22nd March in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.
This year for World Cancer Day the National Cancer Control Programme and parkrun are partnering to encourage everyone to “Bring a friend to parkrun” on Saturday, 3rd February to raise awareness of the importance of exercise in preventing cancer.
This year for World Cancer Day we are focusing on obesity and physical activity. We aim to raise awareness that we all have the power to reduce our risk of getting cancer.
In Ireland it is estimated that approximately 800 new cases of cancer and 300 deaths from cancer each year are due to obesity. However, approximately 30-40% of cancers could be prevented through lifestyle changes. For example, a woman who exercises for two hours every week reduces her risk of breast cancer by 5%. For bowel cancer there is an average risk reduction of 20% with high versus low levels of exercise. www.parkrun.ie
Next Step Fitness
Free 12 week Fitness & Training Programme for 18 - 25 year olds living in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area. Are you currently not working / not in education? Do you want to be fitter in 2018, then this is the programme for you!
Free 12 week gym membership! Free personal trainer to fully assess and advise you. Follow up support information and guidance throughout.
Programme starts early February 2018 but please book early as places are limited.
This programme is funded by Healthy Ireland and managed by Southside Partnership DLR.
dlr Sports Partnership will be running a Certified Coaching Ireland Programme starting the 19th of Febuaury. This will be running for 4 Mondays from 6:30-9:30pm in the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus Ballyogan. The cost of the programme is €20 per particpant. (please note this is a one time offer & places are limited.
Children's needs in sport are different to the needs of other populations; therefore the coaches of children need to be equipped with specific knowledge, skills and competencies to fulfil the needs of children.Children want different things from their sport participation and require different approaches given their stage of development both physically and mentally.