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Get outdoors with HER Outdoors

Get outdoors with HER Outdoors

Kayaking at Clogherhead

Kayaking at Clogherhead

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Get outdoors with HER Outdoors

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There’s a host of events taking place in Louth next week as part of the HER Outdoors Week which aims at celebrating and encouraging females to get out and enjoy the benefits of being in the outdoors.

Louth Sports Partnership have put together an exciting programme of activities for women and girls for the week, which runs from August 8th to 14th offering them the opportunity to escape to the outdoors and try something new.

This is the second year that HER Outdoors has taken place and Barry Casey, Community Sport Development Officer  with Louth Local Sports Partnership explains how Sports Ireland and Local Sports Partnerships around the country are working together to encourage female of all ages to get outdoors and try new activities.

"We’re very very blessed to have such a myriad of different areas, picturesque areas, where we can avail of physical activities, from Carlingford, Blackrock, Clogherhead and the Cooley mountains.”

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Working with local sports providers, Louth Sports Partnership has put together a programme of taster sessions throughout the county which will allow female to try a range of activities including sea swimming, yoga, zumba, hiking, cycling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, Nordic pole walking and rowing. There’s also the Women's Lap of Louth taking place on August 14th in conjunction with Cuchulainn Cycling Club.

There’s a big emphasis on activities for teenage girls this year as that is the age that females often drop out of sport.

“We are focusing on events for teenage girls as that’s when they drop out of sport and physical activity. We are giving them the opportunity to do something different, something that’s not GAA, soccer or rugby, something that they can do with friends so that they can get out and enjoy themselves.”

Among the events aimed at teenage girls is a ‘Get Active in the Outdoors Land and Sea’ day  on Monday August 8th and Friday August 12th with Carlingford Adventure Centre and a Teenage Girls’ Social Cycle on the Carlingford to Omeath  Greenway  on Tuesday August  9th from 11am  to 1.00pm. There’s also an introduction open water swimming with coach Chrissie O’Brien on Thursday August 11th in Carlingford.

They are, of course, welcome to join the other events.

"One of the things we’re pushing during the week is the social aspect of outdoor activities.  A lot of people discovered the benefits of being outdoors during the pandemic and we want to encourage them to continue with it.”

“It’s a social thing as well as having health benefits. It’s a chance to get out with friends or work colleagues, do something that might be a bit out of their comfort zone.  We just want women and girls to give it a go and hopefully they will enjoy it.”

For booking and full details of events taking place in Louth follow Louth Local Sports Partnership on social media, phone  042-93224318 or email barry.casey@louthcoco.ie 


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