PALs

Physical Activity Leaders

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You Don’t Need To Be Sporty To Become A PAL – Or Have A Sporting Background – You Just Need To Be Enthusiastic.

What is PALs?

PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) is an initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities.

Once you become a PAL you will be trained to lead activities like short exercise routines, fun games, simple dances and sports, like pitch and toss and bowling – in active retirement or community groups,  like Irish Countrywomen’s Associations, Men’s Shed as well as local sports clubs or community centres.

How does it work?

Anyone training to become a PAL will need to attend nine different workshops (five hours each) and engage in both practical and theory work to ensure they receive all the knowledge and skills to lead their local group in physical activity.  This initiative is free to participants and is delivered in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships or the HSE.

The PALs Workshops are:

  • Basic Principles
  • Sit Fit
  • Better Balance
  • Going Strong
  • Rolling and Bowling
  • Pitching and Tossing
  • Stepping and Strolling
  • PALs Skills
  • Whirling and Twirling

We have over 1,000 PALs nationwide who are all part of our growing PALs network. Each of our PALs is invited regularly to come together with other PALs for refresher workshops or sports fests where they can meet and chat, exchange ideas and share experiences.

How can I get involved?

To find out where and when the next workshop is, contact us.

Contact

For information speak to our Go for Life team.


 01 805 7733
 gfl@ageandopportunity.ie

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.

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.

Go For Life 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.

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.

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.

Go For Life 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