Friday, June 26, 2020

The people of Waterford are challenged to be active on this Sunday, 28th June as part of the Sport Ireland National BeActive Day. Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships in the country who are coming together to celebrate a day of physical activity and sport and want you to join in and be active.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, WSP has been working hard to ensure the people of Waterford remain physically active. As part of a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSP) Waterford Sports Partnership has adapted by using online resources, printed booklets and other innovative means, to ensure that everyone in their community has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity.
International guidelines recommend children are active for at least 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes a day, National BeActive Day is a fun and inclusive way of getting in your daily physical activity.
Launching the event, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland and Waterford legend John Treacy encouraged as many people as possible to take part, “The last few months have been very difficult for people but it has been highly encouraging to see people look after their own health and well-being through taking part in regular sport and physical activity. Research has shown that unprecedented numbers of people are out walking and cycling, which is great to see. As we begin to come out of the restrictions, I think it is more important than ever that we continue to exercise and be physically active every day. I am really looking forward to National BeActive Day and challenge you all to get active, pick a new activity or sport and enjoy it.”
WSP Sports Co-Ordinator, Rosarie Kealy, commented, “National BeActive Day is an opportunity to get everyone in the household up and active. You can go for a walk, run, do one of our online workouts or make use of our new downloadable resource either for fun or add a competitive element by keeping scores or splitting in to teams. No matter what you do, we encourage you to be active and have some fun, and let’s make Waterford the most active county this weekend.”
The Local Sports Partnerships have developed a printable list of games and activities to give you some inspiration, all of which are fully adaptive for people of all abilities and skill levels. With suggestions to make the games harder or easier, there is a game for everyone. Simply print out the games or display them on your phone and be active. Or why not get creative and create your own games, activities or challenges? You can view the games on our website www.waterfordsportspartnership.ie.
We are running a competition for the most creative National BeActive Day activity in the county so make sure to share a photo or video on social media and tag in @SportIreland and @WaterfordSportsPartnership and the hashtag #NationalBeActiveDay to be in with a chance of winning a prize! If you are not on social media, you can email a photo or video of your activity to [email protected] to be in with a chance of winning a prize!
For more information on BeActive Day 2020 please visit www.sportireland.ie/participation/news/national-be-active-day or www.waterfordsportspartnership.ie.

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