Sport Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of Get Ireland Walking’s Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2020.
Get Ireland Walking is a Sport Ireland initiative, supported by Healthy Ireland and delivered by Mountaineering Ireland. It seeks to establish a vibrant culture of walking in Ireland by; encouraging widespread participation in walking, promoting the benefits of walking and unifying the efforts of all organisations and agencies interested in promoting walking for recreation, transport and health in Ireland.
All of us within sport know that a parent/carer is essential to a child’s life-long involvement and enjoyment in sport. Parents in Sport Week is an initiative running from the 2nd to the 8th October 2017 and will dovetail into already existing work staff/volunteers are engaged with. It’s an initiative to support your current safeguarding programme. We hope to use this week to highlight the valuable role parents fulfil, and the positive influence they have in supporting their child’s participation in sport.
Parents play a pivotal role in sport and young people depend on their support and encouragement.
Over four hundred sport and physical activity events will take place across Ireland from 23rd - 30th September.
Sport Ireland is the national co-ordinator for what is the European Week of Sport, which aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe.
Speaking about the EU wide event, Minister Griffin commented: "Over the last two years the European Week of Sport has provided many excellent opportunities to promote all forms of sport and physical activity right across Ireland. This week will again see a host of events taking place throughout the country giving us all the chance to get out and get involved. I would encourage everyone to use the European Week of Sport as the spur to increase our participation in sport and to commit ourselves to getting more active as often as possible.”
Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of Sport Ireland, commented: "For the third year running Sport Ireland is delighted to lead the European Week of Sport initiative. One of the key strategic objectives of Sport Ireland is increasing participation in sport and physical activity and with almost 1.7 million Irish adults currently participating in sport regularly we are determined to get as many people active as possible. Initiatives such as this are a great way of encouraging people to get out and get active.”
Flagship events taking place across Ireland include the Family SportFest on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, Sport Against Racism Ireland Soccerfest, National Fitness Day, parkrun events, the #BeActive Schools Campaign andLaser Run Fingal with Pentathlon Ireland.
European Week of Sport Ambassador Killian Byrne said “Since my time on Operation Transformation I have discovered that staying active is so important for both my physical and mental wellbeing. As a family we have discovered so many great things to do together, right on our doorstep, that are both fun and healthy and I look forward to using the European Week of Sport to try something new to help us continue to #BeActive”
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy said: "The European Week of Sport in 2016 was a major success, with over 480 sport and physical events taking place throughout the country. Sport Ireland will continue to build on this platform going into this year’s event and highlight the many opportunities to integrate sport and physical activity into our daily lives - regardless of our age, fitness level or background.
“I would like to acknowledge the large number of sport, health and education agencies in Ireland including Healthy Ireland, National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Partnerships, Active School Flag, parkrun and Ireland Active for their support and contribution."
A full listing of events scheduled for the European week of Sport is available on the Sport Ireland website HERE and everyone is encouraged and invited to get involved and participate in their local events.
Notes to the Editor:
Sport Ireland is the national co-ordinator for the European Week of Sport in Ireland. The 2017 European Week of Sport and Physical Activity will be celebrated across Ireland from 23rd-30th September 2017.
The European Week of Sport takes place between the 23-30 September and aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples' everyday lives to exercise more. As an annual event, the European Week of Sport will inspire all kinds of creative and exciting events and activities in different countries.
The primary objective of the Woodlands For Health 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 activities in a woodland environment.
Research has shown that engagement with nature through outdoor activities can have a significant positive impact on peoples mental health and well-being. The concept of using woodlands in other European countries particularly in Scotland has grown rapidly over the last twenty years as a form of Eco Therapy. Research has shown that exposure to the natural environment reduces stress and anxiety. When people are in natural surroundings, physical activity releases endorphins which in turn help fight depression.