Go for Life PALs Workshop

Go for Life is the national programme for sport and physical activity for older people in Ireland. It is run by over 900 volunteers who we call PALs. A PAL is a Physical Activity Leader who is already part of a group or club and is willing to lead activities. PALs lead their local group in things like short exercise routines, fun games, simple dances and sports like pitch and toss. Groups may be an Active Retirement group, a sports club, an ICA group or some social group that meets regularly.

The benefits of having PALs in your group

Groups get great benefits from having a few PALs to lead activities. The group members will:

  • be healthier and happier
  • have more energy
  • attract more members because they offer a greater variety of activities
  • have more chances to meet with other groups
  • take part in more activities with other groups
  • have access to more infomation about the Go For Life programme

Training a PAL from your group

Do you have people in your group who would be interested in leading some physical activities? They don’t have to be very sporty or have a sporting background: they just need to be enthusiastic. We will show a number of people in your group how to become PALs, so that you always have a few people who can lead a session.

Each PAL will come to nine workshops that cover all of the different Go for Life activities. There are routines and activities to suit every member of your group. Each workshop runs for five hours. They are a good mix of theory and practical work. They are also friendly and fun.

Go for Life PALs’ workshops are run in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships and the Health Service Executive. 

To find out where and when the next workshop will be, contact:

  • the Go for Life Team on 01 805 7733 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • you can also contact your local HSE Co-ordinator or Local Sports Partnership - Go For Life Key Contacts

PALs keep in touch

There are over 1000 PALs nationwide who lead their groups in activities. They are part of our PALs network. They frequently come together to support each other, to share ideas and know-how.

Check the latest PALs update ( Winter 2018) by clicking this link - PALs newsletter

Bealtaine festival

Bealtaine Festival

Bealtaine 2017 is on it's way! Registration for Bealtaine events is still open on our website, and you can find out more about our theme and the 2017 Programme by...

Creative Exchanges

Creative Exchanges

Book now for our 2019 Creative Exchanges courses. This is a course for anyone leading creative activities with older people in care...