People of Mayo to take part in BeActive Day 2020

Mayo Sports Partnership is one of 29 Local Sports Partnerships in the country who are coming together to celebrate a day of physical activity and sport and they want you to join in and be active next Sunday, June 28.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Mayo Sports Partnership has been working hard to ensure the people of Mayo remain physically active.

As part of a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships (LSP) Mayo Sports Partnership has adapted by using online resources, printed booklets and other innovative means to ensure everyone has the opportunity to share in the enjoyment as well as the mental and physical health benefits of sport and physical activity.

International guidelines recommend children are active for at least 60 minutes a day and adults for 30 minutes. National BeActive Day is a fun and inclusive way of getting in your daily physical activity.

Launching the event, chief executive of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, encouraged as many people as possible to take part.

He said: “The last few months have been very difficult for people but it has been highly encouraging to see people look after their own health and well-being through taking part in regular sport and physical activity.

“Research has shown that unprecedented numbers of people are out walking and cycling, which is great to see.

"As we begin to come out of the restrictions, I think it is more important than ever that we continue to exercise and be physically active every day.

"I am really looking forward to National BeActive Day and challenge you all to get active, pick a new activity or sport and enjoy it.”

Charlie Lambert, Mayo Sports Partnership head, commented: “Following on from our hugely successful 10K Your Way and online activity challenges, National BeActive Day is another opportunity to get everyone in the household up and active.

"You can do it just for fun or add a competitive element by keeping scores or splitting in to teams. No matter what you do, we encourage you to be active and have some fun, and let’s make Mayo the most active county this weekend.”

The Local Sports Partnerships have developed a printable list of games and activities to give you inspiration, all of which are fully adaptive for people of all abilities and skill levels.

With suggestions to make the games harder or easier, there is a game for everyone.

Print them out or display them on your phone and be active. Or why not get creative and create your own games, activities or challenges?

Pictured: Having a ball….Riona Lydon, Katie Grimes and Lilly Keane enjoying the BeActive Ballinrobe Festival of Sport night in conjunction with Mayo Sports Partnership. PHOTO: CONOR McKEOWN

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