The importance of older people staying active
Thirty one Kildare groups will receive a total of €7,315 to fund physical activity for older people under the Go for Life Grant scheme.
The aim of the grants is to improve the health and wellbeing of older people across the country by providing them with opportunities to engage in physical activity and sport.
Groups benefiting this year include Men’s Sheds, ICA guilds, Active Retirement Groups, Local Sports Partnerships, Sports Clubs, Family Resources Centres and many others who provide older people with opportunities to get active.
Announcing the successful grantees at the Ballybough Community Centre, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD, said: “Over the last seventeen years the National Grant Scheme funding has supported and empowered thousands of groups of older people to get more active more often and the record number of applications this year shows the continued importance of the scheme for groups throughout the country.
“Programmes like Go for Life, funded by Sport Ireland, will help us reach the targets set out in the National Physical Activity Plan and approximately 30,000 people nationwide will take part in the activities funded by the grants. The success of this scheme shows what can be achieved with a small investment and the importance of funding sport and physical activity, at any age.”
The successful Kildare groups are: Ardclough Community Council, Arles ICA, Arthritis Ireland Kildare Branch, Arthritis Ireland, Kildare, Sub-group Athy, Castledermot ICA, Celbridge Community Centre, Celbridge ICA Guild, Clane ICA, Craddock House Nursing Home and Care Centre, Curragh Pride Family Resource Centre FRC, Derrinturn ICA, Ellistown ICA, Irish Wheelchair Association, Clane NMC, Kildare Town ICA, Kill ARA, Kill ICA (Kildare), Leixlip ICA, Maynooth Arthritis Ireland Walking Group, Maynooth ICA, Moone Bowling Club, Muintireas, Naas ARA, Nás na Ríogh Housing Association Ltd., National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Newbridge ICA, Rehabcare, Kildare, Route 66, South Kildare ARA, St. John of God Kildare Services, St. Laurences GAA Club, and Two Mile House ICA.
John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland said: "Sport Ireland is delighted to partner with Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life Programme to support participation among older people in recreational sport activities. One of the key strategic objectives of Sport Ireland is increasing participation and initiatives such as this are a great way of encouraging people to get out and get active regardless of age or fitness level. I want to congratulate and acknowledge the groups themselves, and our own national network of Local Sports Partnerships, who continue to provide opportunities for older people to participate in sport and physical activity”.
Karen Smyth, CEO of Age & Opportunity commented: “The benefits of sport and physical activity are numerous, from the obvious health benefits to the increasingly important social benefits of inclusion and relationship-building. The Go for Life Programme and the Grant Scheme are helping to get more older people more active, more often and we are delighted to support local groups to engage in such a wide variety of activities, demonstrating the richness of the ageing experience nationwide.”