Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership is calling on the people of Wicklow to get out and #BeActive for European Week of Sport 2020 which runs from the 23rd to 30th of September.
The event will see a mixture of online and offline events available to cater to the needs of every member of the community making it easy to #BeActive even from the comfort of your front room.
Sport Ireland, the National Coordinating Body for European Week of Sport, hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than ever to get involved and has funded multiple flagships as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships. In 2019 an estimated 110,196 people took part in over 800 events in Ireland.
A European Commission led initiative; European Week of Sport aims to increase the level of participation in sport and physical activity in the EU. The event aims to tackle the inactivity crisis and reduce obesity levels by encouraging Europeans to embrace a healthier and more active lifestyle.
The week is for everyone, regardless of age, background, or fitness level. By bringing awareness to the fact that an active lifestyle is for everyone, European Week of Sport aims to act as a springboard into being more active.
Speaking about the event, the Cathaoireleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Kennedy, said: “The European Week of Sport is a fantastic week within the year where people across the county get to try out something new. Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership have a wide range of activities for everyone and I am encouraging everyone to get involved.”
Commenting on European Week of Sport, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, said: “With a focus on grassroots initiatives, the aim is to inspire people to be active on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise and move more. Research has shown that regular physical activity is good for both the mind and the body and in the current times, this is more important than ever. I look forward to seeing all of the events across the country this European Week of Sport and want to thank everyone who helps to make sport and physical activity available in their communities.”
European Week of Sport ambassador and 2fm radio host, Eoghan McDermott, stated: “ This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to try out a new sport for the first time or get back involved in a sport that they have always loved. It’s not about going out and being the best, we just want people to get out and be active which will no doubt see a positive knock-on effect on both their physical and mental health”.
Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership undertakes a wide range of actions with the aim of increasing sport and physical activity participation levels in the local community. Working with trusted professionals and valued volunteers, the Partnership engages communities across the county to deliver inclusive, impactful and sustainable opportunities tailored to local needs, getting County Wicklow more physically active, involved in sport and improving the mental and physical health of the nation.
Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership is running numerous events though-out the European Week of Sport, from online nutrition talk with Daniel Davey to Virtual 5K Walk/Run and finishing the week off with online sunset yoga.
European Week of Sport Ambassador and boxer, Kellie Harrington, sees the benefits of getting involved and trying out something new: “I see so many people in my community who think that maybe sport has passed them by, but this is not the case for anyone, no matter what your age or fitness level is. I believe sport is a way to bring the community together, help people make new friends, and boost their mental/physical health and I would love to see as many people as possible out trying something new during European Week of Sport, who knows where it could lead them!”
For more information on what events Wicklow Sports & Recreation Partnership are running and how to get involved visit – https://www.wicklowlsp.ie/event/european-week-of-sport/
Brian Gregan, Irish 400m sprinter and European Week of Sport Ambassador, commented: “Sport has had such a huge impact on my life, and I feel passionate about the impact it can have on society as a whole. European Week of Sport is a fantastic initiative that will encourage people from all walks of life to go out and be active, try out a new sport, and hopefully find something they will love to do for the rest of their lives. I encourage everyone to get involved and experience the benefits first-hand.”