Running across November, December and January the Winter Initiative encourages participants to set goals and track their minutes of activity weekly aiming to hit 90mins per week.
The ‘Winter Initiative’ calls on women, men, children, grandparents, cousins, neighbours, friends, work colleagues who find it hard to ‘get going’ over the dull winter months to ‘Go for 90’ by walking, running, cycling or participating in some form of physical activity and tracking this on the specially designed Activity Tracking Calendar.
Upon registration, participants will receive a link to download the activity tracking calendar, where they can set their goals and get tracking their weekly active minutes. Weekly motivational emails will be sent to help keep participants motivated achieve those goals set.
Join the Winter Initiative today by registering at this link https://winterinitiativesligo.eventbrite.ie
Find out what’s happening across the country by visiting Sport Ireland’s Winter Initiative page webpage and keep and eye on Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnerships social media sites for local programmes and events:
- Sligo Sport and Recreation Facebook
- Sligo Sport and Recreation Instagram
- Sligo Sport and Recreation Twitter
Winter Initiative Launched
Winter is often a time when people become less active due to the shorter daylight hours and worsening weather. However, getting involved in sport, exercise and physical activity have huge benefits to individuals and communities and the Winter Initiative is designed to ensure that these can be felt by as many people as possible.
The first Winter Initiative was a huge success, with thousands of people engaging with activities and programmes organised by National Governing Bodies (NGBs), Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) and clubs in towns and communities all over the country and that success will be built upon this winter.
With over 700 events and activities planned across the country there is a specific focus on encouraging people to try their hand at a new sport they may not have experienced before.
Speaking as he launched the Winter Initiative, Minister Jack Chambers said:
“As the cold and dark nights set in at this time of year over the winter months, I think everyone knows that feeling where the motivation to get out exercising and to be physically active can drop. The Winter Initiative is designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to stay active and embrace all the benefits that being involved in exercise brings over the coming months. A major focus of the Winter Initiative is also to support clubs, gyms and sports centres all over Ireland by encouraging people to renew their club membership or volunteer with their local team or sports organisation to give a boost to the entire sports system.”
Sport Ireland CEO Una May commented:
“Sport Ireland warmly welcomes the launch of the latest Winter Initiative and we would really encourage people to try to make sport and physical activity a part of their daily routine. NGBs and our network of LSPs will be hosting events all over the country and these afford everyone the opportunity to try something new or engage again with a sport that they might have drifted away from and to get healthy and get active this winter.”
A full list of all the events and activities planned all around the country that people can get involved in is available on the Sport Ireland website at https://www.sportireland.ie/winter-initiative