Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions on Sport and Recreational Walking detailed in new Sport Ireland report
Sport Ireland today published the findings of the Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) 2021 Quarter 1 report, which shows that overall levels of physical activity have increased on 2019 figures despite a decrease in organised sport participation.
The research, conducted by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Sport Ireland, examined the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on Sport and Recreational Walking in the period January – March 2021, comparing the results to the same period in 2019 and equivalent studies undertaken during the Covid-19 restrictions.
The last year has offered up many different challenges and we all have made huge sacrifices to adapt to our new world.
There has been some positives that have come from all this uncertainty. One story springs to mind, Ruby Morrow from Glenageary who after taking part in our Couch to 2k, then 5k and finally 10k, jogged a 10k on her 71st Birthday! Ruby admitted, ‘she was never sporty but said she’d give it a go!’. It was through her children that she got involved in sport in the community on a voluntary basis and has given up her time ever since. As a volunteer she began to see the physical, mental and social benefits of activity on her children and other club members.
At 71, Ruby felt it was time to do something about her fitness. She said it was the phased build up and relaxed approach to each programme that made it possible to ‘do a bit more’ and before she realised she was ready for a 10k! She also found the engagement in the WhatsApp Groups to be a great source of motivation and encouragement during the programmes. Congratulations to Ruby and thanks for inspiring us all!
Sport Ireland today announced an investment of €40 million to National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs), High Performance athlete support and to the network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) for 2021.
Mobility, Strength & Walking Programme
2020 has been a tough year especially for those who have been cocooning and the over 65yrs Adults. Throughout the Covid -19 pandemic, we at Dun Laoghaire Rahtdown Sports Partnership have been working hard to ensure that the older adults of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown remain physically active. We have adapted by using online and other innovative programmes. Ensuring that everyone in the community has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of activity.
We are delighted to introduce our new Stepping Out Together programme. This is a Free 6-week combined physical activity programme incorporating strength, mobility, walking & mindfulness.
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership is delight to partner up with Siel Bleu to roll out 2 different FREE 8 week online exercise programmes for the over 55s. These classes are suitable for all fitness levels and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
The first class is a Strength & Balance class on Tuesdays starting on the 23rd of Feb until 11th May @ 12:30. This class is designed to help people build strength in areas to improve balance issues. Using a wide range of functional exercises we will aim to teach people how to exercise at their own level and finding the balance of a safe and effective exercise. Registration is essential and booking is through the following eventbrite link https://strengthbalanceclasses.eventbrite.ie
The second class is a Mobility & Stretch class on Wednesdays starting the 24th of Feb until 12th May @ 11:00am. This class is designed to take people through a full body mobility routine from a seated or standing position. The exercises executed throughout this programme will help to improve mobility and flexibility. Registration is essential and booking is through the following eventbrite link https://mobilitystretchclasses.eventbrite.ie