‘Get Active’ Column
Margaret & Isabelle Walsh have been cycling their way through the last 9 weeks of lockdown, they cycle at least 10km every day. Margaret uses the tandem bike as a reward for Isabelle for good behaviour. Margaret & Isabelle have gone on various cycles adhering to the 2km restrictions, They have done their grocery shopping and have delivered presents to neighbours. Isabelle started Tandem cycling with SVT activity & wellness hub last Summer where participants who would not be able to cycle on their own get the opportunity to experience cycling along the beautiful roads and canal in Vicarstown, hopefully at some stage this year we will get to deliver our tandem cycling programme again for the people of Laois.
COUCH to 2km
Our couch to 2km is now on week 3 and going very well for our participants. The beauty about the podcast is once our participants receive it, they can safe it and do it at whatever stage is suitable for them. We are asking them to do it twice per week if they can and will then receive their new podcast once a week. We are on hand for any advice or tips they might need. Each participant has received a handbook to follow their progress with some tips also. Each podcast can easily be adapted for everyone also. Our aim is after our 6weeks to go to 3km, 4km and 5km. We are aiming to be able to have a virtual run or group 5km for our participants by the end of the year. It is not too late to join our group and start your journey with us. If you would like to join the group please email Donna on email@example.com
Teenage Girls Fitness and Health Education 6-week programme.
Laois Sports Partnership Activity Hubs are launching a new programme for teenage girls from 14-18. The aim of the programme is to introduce young girls to some bodyweight exercises along with the fundamental movements needed to keep fir and healthy. Throughout our 6 week programme which will be done via Zoom platform once per week these young ladies will have the opportunity to learn the working of the body and the importance of keeping fit and the correct way to do so. We will have some mindfulness pieces and give the girls the opportunity to ask any questions or queries they may have about health and fitness. Keep an eye out for the LSP, Rathdowney/Errill Activity Hub & SVT Activity Hub Facebook pages in the next week for more details and start. Watch this space! If you would like any more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
STATEMENT FROM THE FEDERATION OF IRISH SPORT IN RELATION TO THE CURRENT STATE OF SPORT IN IRELAND
Federation calls for a Resilience Fund for Sport and a task force to specifically focus on the survival and reignition of sport organisations nationwide
Issued on behalf of our members the 81 National Governing Bodies and 29 Local Sports Partnerships that organise Sport and Physical Activity in Ireland
There has been no organised sport in Ireland for 10 weeks. The stark reality is that the knock-on effects of Covid-19 financially for all sports organisations in the country are devastating. Within the last week, we have seen a number of our major team sports talk publicly of losses up to 70% of their turnover. Unfortunately, we are also seeing these type of percentages in revenue losses right across the sporting landscape in Ireland. All sports have been impacted.
While we welcome the setting up of the Return to Sport Expert Group, its remit is very specific which is to assess the consistency of the various protocols being prepared by NGBs to return to sport in Ireland. The Federation believes however that in addition to this Group, that sport needs a separate Task Force similar to the one Government has set up for the Tourism Industry. We need innovative thinking, swift action, and investment at local and national level providing business and administrative supports to Irish Sport to help sustain it through this unprecedented emergency and the recovery.
The fact is that many of our 13,000 clubs and sporting organisations may not survive the financial impact of Covid-19 without financial assistance now. We are calling on the Government to introduce a Resilience Fund for sport immediately.
While the government are to be commended not alone on their support for the charitable sector but also for the €250 million fund set up for small business, the reality is that sport needs similar support. Sports clubs across all sports are in most cases small businesses as well as social enterprises – in some cases not that small either! It is all too easy to forget that sport in Ireland is today an industry that employs some 40,000 people (supported by some 500,000 volunteers) and which also accounts for €2.7 billion in consumer spending. It also is worth €500 million to our tourism industry.
The Covid-19 Irish Sport Resilience Fund needs to be established by Government as a matter of urgency. Similar funds were introduced by Sport England and Sport New Zealand a number of weeks ago. As is the case in both those countries, support will be needed for club and community sports organisations as well as sports organisations funded through Sport Ireland. This financial assistance must help sports organisations facing particular financial difficulty and support organisations in getting back to business and adapting to the new reality as restrictions lift.
There has been a significant fall off in income, as the normal revenue sources such as subscriptions, gate receipts, sponsorship, summer camp and coach education income have dried up. At the same time, running costs including insurance and facilities maintenance all continue to be incurred. Most sports clubs are not-for-profit organisations with minimal reserves, and they are now also facing substantial costs to be able to implement return to sport protocols in accordance with public health guidelines.
This at a time when physical activity and exercise has never been as important to maintain both physical and mental wellbeing. Irish Sport is supporting the Government call in this regard with sports organisations of all types being innovative in their use of digital channels to encourage activity and maintain a sense of community.