Introduction

If your job involves the promotion, education, training, planning or delivery of physical activity or active travel, then this section of the website is for you!

Over time we plan to grow and share a wealth of information relating to physical activity covering a range of topics in research, evidence based best practice, case studies, tools and other useful resources for professionals working in education, the built environment, communities, health and social care.

All sectors and disciplines have a role to play in facilitating environments that encourage people to be active. 

We need a revolution in physical activity and health - lets work together to make it happen.

You can search the various resource sections below for a wide range of fact sheets, brochures, useful tools, training and e-learning opportunities, and much more. 

The first ever National Physical Activity Plan was launched in January in 2016. This cross government document aims to get at least half a million more Irish people taking regular exercise within ten years.  The key target is to increase the number of people taking regular exercise by 1% a year over ten years – that’s around 50,000 people every year or half a million in total – by making exercise a normal part of everyday life and giving people more opportunities to be active.  

Click on the image below to download the plan.

National PA Plan

Health

Built Environment

Education

Community

Workplaces

I’ve always considered myself a sports fanatic – but only when it came to watching other people do it! Three years ago, I decided to give running a go. So armed with my iphone, the couch to 5k app and hidden from the world on a secluded beach close to my home, I started to move... slowly. Jogging for 30 seconds to start with felt like an eternity. But somehow, I managed to keep moving and got to my goal of running 5k without stopping (or keeling over!) within a couple of months. But to get any better, I knew I couldn’t do it alone. It was then that I took the next step and joined my local athletic club, entered my first 10k (the Great Ireland Run) and I haven’t looked back since. Time wise, it is easy to fit into a busy life. Training takes place for an hour three times a week, with a long slow run on a Sunday. Three years on and a second child added to the family (I continued to run a slow 5k throughout my pregnancy), I have just completed a half marathon, something I would have thought impossible not that long ago. Running has given me energy, confidence, a new circle of friends and much needed head space away from the demands of work and parenting.

 Joanne, Drogheda, Co. Louth