Tonight sees the start of the GAA’s biggest engagement with RTE’s Operation Transformation as clubs across the island of Ireland turn on their floodlights to encourage communities to get out walking.
Ireland Lights Up represents a coming together of RTÉ, the GAA and Get Ireland Walking to provide a network of safe, well-lit environments for walkers to get out and active.
The aim is to provide a positive and beneficial resource for local communities around an initial 100 GAA clubs across the country.
Those participating at each club do not need to be members of the GAA but will need to register and sign in each night they attend the walks.
Interested clubs can sign-up at any point over the next six weeks by simply going to GetIrelandWalking.ie and following the Operation Transformation link to register their club.
The Ireland Lights Up campaign comes hot on the heels of the positive endorsement and expansion of the GAA Healthy Clubs Programme which will now be expanded from 58 to 150 clubs over the next 18 months.,
“The GAA is delighted to be partnering up with RTÉ’s Operation Transformation and Get Ireland Walking to bring this project to life,” said GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail.
“This reinforces the work of our Healthy Club project and helps our clubs to become hubs for health in their communities.”
“I’m looking forward to getting out with my own club in the coming weeks, who have already signed up for this great initiative.”
“I am thrilled that Operation Transformation and the GAA are teaming up with Get Ireland Walking and GAA clubs across the country,” added Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas.
“It is a great initiative helping people take charge of their own health and fitness and we are delighted to give it our full support.”
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