Listowel's BASE on the look out for Ireland's first digital trainer

Taking BASE to the next level through apps and the very latest in technology are Pat Tarrant, Dave Murphy and Patricia O’Driscoll. Photos by Domnick Walsh
Taking BASE to the next level through apps and the very latest in technology are Pat Tarrant, Dave Murphy and Patricia O’Driscoll. Photos by Domnick Walsh

Tadhg Evans

The new and state-of-the-art gym 'BASE' has made a strong start at its Bridge Road setting since opening last November - and now, through the Community Employment scheme, has its sights on pushing on to a new and innovative level.

The centre is looking to fill a brand-new staff position by the end of April in the form of Ireland's first digital health coach. The tech-savvy personal trainer, whoever they may be, will be on hand to get the most out of the endless stream of apps available to aid fitness nowadays, and it seems a wise move when you look at the stats.

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Manager Tony Duggan explained that just one in 10 people across the water in the UK have a gym membership, while four in 10 are either using a fitness app or wearable technology. You'd imagine these statistics aren't wildly different on this side of the Irish Sea, so Tony felt it was time for his gym to make the most of the new way of the world.

"At the heart of what the team here are looking to achieve is to support the local community in the most innovative, forward-thinking and inclusive way," he said, explaining that the Listowel Community Centre social enterprise wants to do this by making the most of the available technologies. "Wearable technology and data-driven behaviour is a growing trend in the fitness, health and well-being market, and new, innovative technologies are coming on stream on a daily basis.

"To keep up with this, we need people with the knowledge and skills to guide us, and digital health coaches will help people navigate, understand and modify their behaviour based on the data available to them," he added. To apply for the new position, candidates are asked to send a resumé and PPS number to listowelceproject@eircom.net.

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