PPALs

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

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To enable people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders.

What is PPALs?

The aim of this project is to design and pilot a programme to enable people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders (PALs) in their community.

How does it work?

This is a cross country collaborative project funded by the European programme EIT Health. Led by Trinity College Dublin (represented by the Intellectual Disability Supplement to TILDA (IDS-TILDA) and Trinity Sport, the project has partners in Spain (University of Barcelona) and Germany (Technical University Munich) and Age & Opportunity in Ireland.

The three locations, Ireland, Germany and Spain, have been selected to enable cross-country comparisons. It allows for the delivery of a practical programme in three different service contexts, cultural contexts and languages, providing a different perspective for all three countries – with, however,  a shared vision of access to and participation in sport, leisure, art, cultural and other activities as a central component of how citizens with ID engage in society and achieve a sense of community belonging.

PPALs phase one

Phase one consisted of a collaboration between the Irish parters and Spain. Over the course of 2018, PPALs developed the skills and confidence of 15 people with ID in Ireland and 15 people with ID in Spain to lead activities. These people now lead and encourage sport and activity back in their services.

PPALs phase two

In PPALs phase 2 we were delighted to welcome the Technical University of Munich onboard as the third partner going forward. We had our first collaboration meeting in Barcelona in February 2020 and finalised plans for progress through the rest of the year.

For more information check out our PPALs Leaflet here and our testimonials about the course here.

Unfortunately due to the COVID 19 pandemic our project delivery has experienced delays but we hope to deliver the training programmes from September/October this year.

Contact

For information speak to our Active Programme team.

 01 805 7733
 active@ageandopportunity.ie

Active Initiatives:

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.

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 with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

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

CarePALs

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

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

We allocate funding to groups  to help them to engage their peers in more physical activities and sport. Find out more here.

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. 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.

Sport Initiatives:

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.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. 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.

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

We allocate funding to groups  to help them to engage their peers in more physical activities and sport. Find out more here.

CarePALS

Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities. 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.

 

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. 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

Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website