Programme to Get the Nation Active

The countries network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships will be to the fore in helping as many people as possible get up and active on National Be Active Day this Sunday, June28th.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the LSP Network have worked hard in a variety of ways to ensure communities across Ireland remain active.

By using online resources, printed booklets and other ways of getting the message across, Partnerships have reached out in specific ways to different groups.

Speaking in tomorrow’s Sport for Business daily interview, Conor Talty of Future Proof Media will tell us about the ten videos shot in one single day before the lockdown which were then edited and released by the Dublin City Council Sport and Wellbeing Partnership.

International guidelines recommend children are active for at least 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes a day.

National BeActive Day is designed as a fun and inclusive way of getting in your daily physical activity.

“The last few months have been very difficult for people but it has been highly encouraging to see people look after their own health and well-being through taking part in regular sport and physical activity,” said Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy.

“Research has shown that unprecedented numbers of people are out walking and cycling, which is great to see.”

“As we begin to come out of the restrictions, I think it is more important than ever that we continue to exercise and be physically active every day. I am really looking forward to National BeActive Day and challenge you all to get active, pick a new activity or sport and enjoy it.”

“Be Active Day is an opportunity to get everyone in the household up and being active in a fun way,” added Dr Una May Director of Ethics and Participation at Sport Ireland.

“You can do it just for fun or add a competitive element by keeping scores or splitting in to teams. No matter what you do, we encourage you to be active and have some fun.”

The Local Sports Partnerships have developed a printable list of games and activities to give you some inspiration, all of which are fully adaptive for people of all abilities and skill levels. With suggestions to make the games harder or easier, there will be a game for everyone.

Each Local Sports Partnerships is also running a competition for the most creative BeActive Day activity in their county.

Simply share a photo or video on social media and tag in @SportIreland and your Local Sports Partnership, say what county you are in and tag #NationalBeActiveDay to be in with a chance of winning.

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