The Irish Sports Council report into Sport and Physical Activity among those aged over 16 in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has been officially launched by An Leas Chathaoirleach, Cllr. Josepha Madigan. The positive findings of this report highlight the great work that has been done in the County towards increasing participation. Organised by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership, the launch took place on the 15 June 2015 in the National Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire and was attended by local Councillors, Council officials, the Local Sports Partnership Board and partner agencies.
The report highlights a range of positive findings for physical activity levels in the County. Included among these are that:
- Over 55% of the population are active in sport at least once a week with both men and women more likely participate than their than their national counterparts at 46%
- Participation in recreational walking and running is higher than the national average.
- Residents in dlr are significantly more likely to engage in cycling and walking to work.
- Disability sport participation levels have shown to be higher than the national average, reflecting positive work and investment in the area.
- 7.7% of the population were found to be sedentary (doing no activity at all) compared to a national figure of 13.2%
Speaking at the event An Leas Chathaoirleach, Cllr. Josepha Madigan, stated ‘this report indicates that the high levels of participation achieved would be an impossible task if not for the thousands of volunteers in the clubs and sports organisations across the County. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work undertaken by these volunteers who provide a huge variety of excellent sporting and recreational opportunities.’
The Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, said that ‘Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has come out on top in each of a series of measures of participation in sport against the national average. This is no mean feat, so well done to you all.’
Also speaking at the launch Derek McArdle, Chair of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership, announced ‘we shall strive to find innovative and creative approaches aimed at increasing participation in the County, and endeavour to further increase this levels.’