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Go For Life 2016 Christmas Update and Plans for 2017.

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Age & Opportunity's sport and physical activity programme had a very busy 2016, with a record number of PALS workshops being rolled out throughout the country. 66 workshops with an average of 20 participants per workshop means we are building our PALs network every year.

Already scheduled for 2017 are a series of new workshops in Cork in February, Carlow in March, and Kerry in September. If you know someone who would like to train as a PAL be sure to give them our contact details and we can provide them with all the information on how to register for these programmes. Workshops which began in Autumn 2016 will continue in counties Offaly in mid-January and Fingal and Longford in February.

If you haven’t already done so make sure to get in contact with your Local Sports Partnership office or the Health Promotion Officer in your area as they have lots of information on local events, sports activities, workshops etc which they are organising, or may be able to help you to organise. See contact details on our website here: Go For Life Key Contacts

The National Grant Scheme 2016 was launched on December 9th and Minister O’Donovan delivered the good news that a total of €300,000 has been allocated to groups all over the country to help them to increase physical activity among their members. 

During 2016 we also delivered 15 CarePALs courses to staff working in day and residential care settings, an exciting new development which brings the programme to new audiences and will help staff to lead short physical activity sessions specially adapted for those in their care.


We would like to extend our gratitude to the hard working FitLine Mentors who man the phones each week, encouraging and motivating people to be more active. If you know of anyone who could benefit from this free service please direct them to the FitLine free telephone number 1800 303 545.

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If you would like to take up a new sport in the new year we here in Go For Life have many connections in sports organisations, so be sure to let us know if you are interested in something new, just email the team on

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