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Go For Life

More older people, more active, more often' Participants In The Go For Life Programme At Dungarvan Sports CentreWhat is Go For Life ?
Go for Life is the national programme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People. The programme aims to involve more older adults in all aspects of physical activity more often - not only participating but also planning and leading sport and physical activity within their own groups.

There are two key strands:
Active Living : aims to get more people involved in health enhancing physical activity. The programme is implemented in partnership with the Health Promotion Officers of the country's ten health boards.
Sport Participation : aims to increase participation rates in sport by older people. It is intended that leaders will be trained locally through the new network of Local Sports Partnerships - leaders who will in turn promote participation in sport amongst the older people in their communities.

The main aims of these programmes are to:

  1. inform older adults of the benefits of physical activity and the range of opportunities available to them.
  2. educate older people in relation to engaging in physical activity.v
  3. implement activity events and programmes.
Participants In The Go For Life Programme At Dungarvan Sports CentreWaterford Sports Partnership & Go for Life
Waterford Sports Partnership in conjunction with Age & Opportunity and the South Eastern Health Board deliver Physical Activity Leaders (PALs) workshops locally. The aim of these workshops is to provide information, ideas and skills to leaders so that they can implement programmes to involve older adults in physical activity. Leaders tend to be members of community groups like active retirement associations or clubs. Currently there are 8 different workshop available: Basic Principles, Sit-Fit Activities, Better Balance, Going Strong, Stepping & Strolling, Rolling & Bowling, Pitching & Tossing and PALs Skills.

To date WSP have organised and facilitated 8 workshops in Waterford which included: Basic Principals (2), Sit Fit (2), Better Balance and Rolling & Bowling, Stepping & Strolling and Pitching & Tossing. In February 2005 more workshops are due to take place which will include Going Strong, Stepping & Strolling and PALs skills.

Activity Mornings in Dungarvan Every Thursday morning from 11.30am to 12.45pm Activity Mornings are taking place in the Dungarvan Sports Centre for older adult groups in the Dungarvan area. These mornings aim to support the PALs and offer the chance for groups to meet each other and to share experiences. Activities include bowling, kurling, six and nine pins, bocca and potcha, frisbie and many more.

Funding Opportunities
On Thursday, 8th September 2005 Go for Life announced that the National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People 2005 is now open for applications. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 18 October 2005.

€320,000 is available under the Grant Scheme for initiatives developed by local clubs and organisations that help increase the participation of older people in recreational sport and physical activity.

Waterford Sports Partnership provide information and assistance to older adult groups who wish to apply under this scheme. To download an application form Click here...

Details of the scheme are also available on the following websites: Age & Opportunity and the Irish Sports Council.

Details and application forms are available from the Go for Life office:
The National Grant Scheme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People
Go for Life
c/o Age & Opportunity
Marino Institute of Education,
Griffith Avenue,
Dublin 9,
Tel: 01-8057733

Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.  Tel: 0761 10 2194
Regional Sports Centre, Cork Road, Waterford.  Tel: 0761 10 2682
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