Sport Ireland will next week host the inaugural HER Outdoors Week to encourage women and girls to discover their sense of adventure and experience everything the outdoors has to offer in terms of physical activity.

The initiative will run from the 9th to the 15th of August and aims to inspire all females to embrace outdoor sports, try something new, and get involved in a social activity. That could include anything from trails and talks to sea swims and sunrises or canoes and coffees.

Sport Ireland recently commissioned a study to identify the barriers to female participation in sport and determine how to break them down.

Some elements that came to the forefront of the study have helped shape the activities available during HER Outdoors week. Events will have a focus on fun, being social, and being based around small group numbers.

Other areas that were highlighted include having less mainstream activities that are accessible to all.

Sport Ireland, together with the network of Local Sports Partnerships and outdoor NGB’s have come together to help facilitate and run activities which should have a broad appeal.

Give It a Row

Among those likely to catch the eye are a Rowing Ireland and Dublin City Council ‘Give it a Row’ session which will run through the day on Friday, August 13th at Islandbridge.

There will be demonstrations and a chance to get in a four-person boat on the Liffey to channel your inner Eimear Lambe or Emily Hegarty.

Cork Sports Partnership is running a series of StartBox Taster Sessions in Ballinlough Park and Canoeing Ireland is staging a paddle down the Shannon into Limerick.

All the different activities can be seen and booked through the Sport Ireland website.

“The National Sports Policy refers to a goal to eliminate the active sport and participation gap between men and women by 2027,” said Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD.

“It also looks at significant reductions in gaps by socioeconomic status, ethnicity, disability age and of course gender. We are delighted to see HER Outdoors Week being rolled out across the country this coming August. Campaigns such as HER Outdoors will continue to break barriers and ensure we reach our targets and gender equality in sport”.

“There are relatively few limitations to participation in the outdoors,” added Director of Participation and Ethics at Sport Ireland Dr Una May.

“There’s something for everyone to enjoy. We are delighted to work with LSP’s and National Governing Bodies around the country to provide what will be a fantastic opportunity for females to try something new in the outdoors this August. With the help from our partners, Sport Ireland will see HER Outdoors Week present the opportunity to thousands of females across the country to have a sense of adventure and enjoy the freedom of the outdoors. We want to change the image and perception of the outdoor participant to one that is more gender-equal and inclusive.”


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