Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers took part in his first photocall in the role yesterday at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.
He was there to launch Ireland’s fifth National Fitness Day on September 24th.
National Fitness Day is spearheaded by Ireland Active and is supported by Sport Ireland, Healthy Ireland and the European Commission.
The aim of the annual initiative is to promote the benefits of physical activity for people of all ages across Ireland while also showcasing the range of sports, facilities, and activity options available for people nationwide.
European Week of Sport
This year, it once more coincides with the European Week of Sport (September 23-30th) which is a Europe-wide event to promote sport and physical activity.
Activities will be held indoors, outdoors and virtually, in compliance with government protocols and social distancing guidelines.
The delivery of National Fitness Day activities and resources is carried out in partnership with REPs Ireland, Cara and Swim Ireland.
Participating fitness facilities across the country will provide free activities on the day to encourage people to be active. Schools will be participating in the ‘Take on the Teacher Challenge’, while workplaces are also invited to be active on the day via virtual classes.
“The mental health and well-being of the people of Ireland is more important now than ever before, and initiatives like National Fitness Day support individuals and communities to become more active and lead healthier lives,” said Minister of State Chambers.
“Exercise is something that everyone should enjoy, and National Fitness Day is a great opportunity to try out a new activity and hopefully find a place to participate in physical activity on a regular basis.”
“I am delighted to give my full support to the promotion of National Fitness Day, which encourages everyone, young and old, to get involved in sport and exercise,” added Minister of State at the Department of Health, Frank Feighan.
“This is very much the message of Healthy Ireland, which aims to support individuals and communities to become more active and improve their overall mental and physical health. Leisure centres, gyms and health clubs play a key role in keeping communities across Ireland fit and healthy.”
“Increasing participation levels in sport and physical activity is a key priority for Sport Ireland, and National Fitness Day is an excellent initiative that encourages people of all ages and skill levels across Ireland to get active in their local community,” said John Treacy, Sport Ireland CEO.
“Covid-19 has had a major impact on the health and fitness industry in Ireland, but our members have worked tirelessly to ensure staff are trained in all public health protocols and that facilities are equipped and ready to welcome the public into a safe environment for exercise,” concluded Conn McCluskey, CEO of Ireland Active.
“Physical activity is essential in the fight against the pandemic and to improve outcomes from the disease.”