SSRP provides support for club development, community walking, Fit Walk initiatives, walking club information and national events such as Operation Transformation Walk.
Walking Club Development
SSRP is committed to supporting the development of new walking clubs in County Sligo. Support and grant aid assistance may be available for the establishment of formal walking clubs which are affiliated to the National Governing Body (Mountaineering Ireland). Club development support is provided in areas including club planning, developing club structures, recruitment and training of volunteers and walking leaders, administration and development of new opportunities for increased participation in walking.
Community Walking Groups
Community Walking Groups in County Sligo are established in community settings as opposed to formal stand alone walking club structures. Usually groups are linked to an existing community structure such as Family Resource Centre, Community Development organisation, Community Centre etc. Generally, the Community Walking Groups focus on walks for mixed ability levels, moderate duration (one to one and half hours maximum). and on defined tracks and trails. SSRP provides information and resources for the establishment of new Community Walking Groups.
The overall aim of this SSRP programme is to promote physical fitness through walking and to develop an understanding of best practice in getting the most from your walk. This programme has many parts including the indoor fit walk programme, pole pushin programme (indoor and outdoor using Nordic poles) and an outdoor foot pumpin programme which caters for all levels of physical fitness. All these programmes, which are 5 weeks in duration are facilitated by a qualified Fit Walk tutor and provide a mixture of theory and practical sessions.
Walking Club Information:
A dedicated website on walking in Sligo contains lots of useful information on walking routes…see SligoWalks
Walking Clubs in County Sligo include:
Community Walking Groups include:
Ox Mountain Development Company
North Sligo Walking Group
Ransboro Walking Group
SSRP supports the annual RTE’s Operation Transformation Programme to encourage people to follow a healthy lifestyle through the organisation of a mass participation walk each year in January. Throughout January/ February the Operation Transformation programme runs for seven weeks on RTE and SSRP avails of the national promotion for a healthy lifestyle by encouraging the people of Sligo to get involved in the Sligo Operation Transformation Walk.