Programme launched to encourage girls into sport
Fingal Sports Office's Exercise Energise Multi-Sports Day was launched last week in the National Indoor Athletics Arena.
The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O'Brien, Fingal County Council Senior Executive Officer, Íde De Bairtiseil and 2018 Women's World Boxing Champion Kellie Harrington were in attendance.
Some 300 girls from eight post-primary schools across Fingal attended the Multi-Sports Day. The girls got to try out various activities such as Zumba strong, gymnastics, circuit training and Athletics (both Track & Field) under the guidance of accredited coaches from the National Sports Campus. Both the Mayor and Kellie Harrington were there to offer the girls their encouragement.
Speaking about the launch of this year's event, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said: 'I am delighted to see an emphasis on sports for those who are not currently involved in sport or physical activity. Sport plays an important role in the lives of young people and I hope after taking part in the Exercise Energise Multi-Sports Day many of the participants will choose to make sport a regular activity in their lives.'
The Exercise: Energise Multi-Sports Day is held during the European Week of Sport each year and is part of Fingal's Sports Office's initiatives under the Federation of Irish Sport's 20X20 campaign. This year there was an increase in participation from last year's attendance.
The Exercise: Energise programme is aimed mainly at girls aged between 12-15 years, (First or Second Years) who are not currently involved in sport or physical activity and the primary objective of the programme is to help combat the drop off from sport among this age group.
The activities are mainly taking place at lunchtime and after-school. The girls are involved in selecting the activity and this has proven to be successful with over thirty girls participating in each school.