Sport Ireland is calling on people all across the county to be active on Sunday, June 28 as part of National BeActive Day and celebrate the many benefits of physical activity.

The Sport Ireland Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) 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, the LSP Network have strived to ensure communities across Ireland remain active.

By using online resources, printed booklets and other innovative means, the Network is working hard 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. 

On Sunday, June 28, the LSP Network are inviting people across the country to take part in the Sport Ireland National BeActive Day. 

International guidelines recommend children are active for at least 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes a day, and National BeActive Day is a fun and inclusive way of getting in your daily physical activity. 

Launching the event, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, 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.”

Speaking at the launch of BeActive Day, Dr Una May Director of Ethics and Participation Sport Ireland commented: “Throughout the pandemic we have seen an unprecedented growth in the numbers of people taking part in physical activity. Be Active Day is an opportunity to get everyone in the household up and being active in a fun way.

“You can do it just 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.”

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 will be 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, activity or challenge?

Each Local Sports Partnerships is also running a competition for the most creative BeActive Day activity in their county so make sure to share a photo or video on social media and tag in @SportIreland and your Local Sports Partnership, say what county you are in and tag #NationalBeActiveDay to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

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