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Limerick Sports Partnership launches free programme for teenage girls

Limerick Sports Partnership Girls

Get Active Your Way offers soccer, rugby, camogie and more.

By Jodie McCormack

Limerick Sports Partnership is launching a new programme to encourage teenage girls to get involved in sports.

The Get Active Your Way programme is aimed at girls aged 13-19 and offers a range of sports including Soccer, Camogie, LGFA, Rugby and Strength Training.

The programme encourages young girls to get into sports.

Starting November 1st, the free programme will run on a weekly schedule until November 29th.

Speaking on the programme Shane O’Neill, Community Sports Development Officer at Limerick Sports Partnership said: “The programme is all about creating opportunities for teenage girls to try out new sports and activities.”

Mr O’Neill continued: “The programme also aims to link participants to local clubs/organisations to continue to engage in physical activity after the programme.

“An important part of the programme is linking with the National Governing Bodies to assist in the delivery of the programme and help create those links with local clubs.”

Get Active Your Way is being run in partnership with Garryowen Community Sports Hub, Munster Rugby, FAI, Limerick Camogie and Limerick LGFA.

Following this programme, The Local Sports Partnership network will continue to work with the Sport Ireland Women in Sport lead to focus local initiatives on female target groups.

Speaking on the importance of a sports outlet like this, the Limerick Sports Partnership representative said: “Research has shown that girls are more likely to drop out of sport and physical activity during their teenage years so it’s an important target group for us here in Limerick Sports Partnership.

“Less than 10% of teenage girls meet the physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.”

He added: “Programmes like ‘Get Active Your Way’ are really important in creating opportunities for these girls to either try something new or to get back into physical activity in a fun and safe environment.

“It’s a great way to bridge the gap from being inactive to joining clubs.”

Registration for the programme can be done here.

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