Go for Life is the national programme for sport and physical activity for older people in Ireland. The aim of the Go For Life programme is to train older adults who are members of a local group i.e. Active Retirement Group, to become Physical Activity Leader (PAL). The programme is coordinated at local level by the HSE Health Promotion Department and the Local Sports Partnerships.
PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) lead the delivery of physical activity sessions in their local group e.g. short exercise routines, fun games, simple dances and sports like pitch and toss.
Each PAL attends 8 workshops which cover different Go for Life activities. There are routines and activities to suit everyone with a strong emphasis on participation and fun!
PAL WORKSHOPS CONTENT:
1. BASIC PRINCIPLES
2. SIT FIT ACTIVITIES
3. BETTER BALANCE
4. GOING STRONG
5. ROLLING AND BOWLING
6. PITCHING AND TOSSING
7. STEPPING AND STROLLING
8. PALS SKILLS
The Go For Life SportsFest: A ‘Come and Try’ sports event run in conjunction with Local Sports Partnerships are a great way for older adults to try new activities and meet new groups.
The Go For Life Games is a games event comprising of three games, Lobbers, Scidil, and Flisk.
The key principle of the Go for Life Games is to encourage older adults to participate in a spirit of fair play through the modification of competitive sports into recreational games by adapting rules, playing areas, and equipment. This makes the Games a truly inclusive event for ALL abilities.
The aim of the Go for Life Games is to involve older people in recreational sports and physical activity.
The games are run with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE. The Games involve Friendly games, Leagues, and the National Games (held on one day annually). The Cork Sports Partnership organising a number of ‘Blitz’ sessions in Cork to coincide with the games each year.
These games involve three sports – see below.
The Go for Life Games adapted by Go for Life involves three sports that can be played in Singles, Pairs, and Teams.
It is important to remember: The emphasis of the Games is on participation and fun and played in a non-competitive way as much as possible.
Upcoming Games Events:
To Be Confirmed
GAMES KITBAGS ON LOAN!!
Cork Sports Partnership and the HSE South Health Promotion Department have Go For Life Games Kitbags to loan out to groups that would like to try out the games with their members. As these kitbags are limited they will be loaned out on a short-term/first come first serve basis and will have to be returned to either the LSP or HSE within the agreed time frame.
If your group is interested in availing of these please email email@example.com or call 021 4347096 to find out more information.