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A week of physical activity in September each year where everyone is encouraged to BE ACTIVE!

What is the European Week Of Sport?

The aim of the Week is to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. It is for everyone regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, the Week aims to inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and to create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to exercise more.

As an annual event, the European Week of Sport inspires all kinds of creative and exciting events and activities in different countries.

This September we are once again teaming up with Sport Ireland to celebrate European Week of Sport. 

How does it work?

During this week our Active Programme team is organising a number of “I’ve always wanted to try …..” events where individuals and groups are invited to take part in a sport for the first time. 

Past events include: 

  • sailing
  • kayaking
  • skiing 
  • canoeing
  • over 50’s swim and water sports
  • orienteering
  • horse riding

We would encourage everyone to use the opportunity of the week to try a sport you’ve always wanted to try and to be active. 

How can I get involved?

Check out the Age & Opportunity events taking place each day of the week in different locations nationwide.

For details of all the 2023 European Week of Sport events in Ireland see the Sport Ireland event listing.

Everyone is encouraged and invited to get involved and participate in their local events, so get out and #BEACTIVE!

Contact

For information speak to our Active Programme team.

 01 913 3943
 active@ageandopportunity.ie

Active Initiatives:

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

Offers financial supports to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide. Find out more here.

FitLine

A volunteer-led telephone mentoring service that encourages participants to start getting more active – we’re only a phone call away! Find out more here.

Physical Activity Leaders

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

CarePALs

Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

Walking Football initiative

An Age & Opportunity initiative for older men that is great craic and good for general health and wellbeing. Find out more here.

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. Find out more here.

Go For Life Games

Teams from all over Ireland coming together to take part in a national day of sport in June every year. Find out more here.

Sport Initiatives:

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

Offers financial supports to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide. Find out more here.

FitLine

A telephone mentoring service which encourages callers to start getting more active- we’re only a phone call away! Find out more here.

Physical Activity Leaders

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

CarePALS

Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

Walking Football initiative

An Age & Opportunity initiative for older men that is great craic and good for general health and wellbeing. Find out more here.

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. Find out more here.

Go For Life Games

Teams from all over Ireland coming together to take part in a national day of sport in June every year. Find out more here.

People always say that ‘you’re only as old as you feel’. Well, it turns out to be true. Science has proven that staying active keeps your body younger and your mind happier, no matter what it says on your birth cert. Being active can help your body to stay strong and supple improve balance and coordination aiding in falls prevention A healthy mind and body can help fight off colds and infections and many common illnesses. Exercise keeps you sharp and, best of all, it cheers you up and boosts your energy.

Being active just 30 minutes a day can offer you a range of benefits including:

  • Better balance
  • Co-ordination
  • Greater range of movement
  • Flexibility
  • Better strength
  • Stay healthier
  • Be more content
  • Increase energy levels
  • Increased social connection
  • Prevent Falls

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