PALS

PALS Training

PALS Training

A PAL is a Physical Activity Leader who is already part of a group or club and is willing to lead activities. PALs lead their local group in things like short exercise routines, fun games, simple dances and sports like pitch and toss. Groups may be an Active Retirement group, a sports club, an ICA group or some social group that meets regularly. Groups get great benefits from having a few PALs to lead activities. The group members will:

·         be healthier and happier have more energy attract more members because they offer a greater variety of activities.

·         have more chances to meet with other groups.

·         take part in more activities with other groups.

·         have access to more information about the Go For Life programme.

If you feel that you or one of your group members are interested in becoming a PAL, contact us on 065-6865434 and we will give you further details.

Participants do not need to have any background or formal experience in leading physical activities but they must be prepared to attend all of the workshops and to lead members of their own groups or communities. Ideally two or three members of each group should attend the same workshops so that they can support each other in the leading of activities afterwards.  Each workshop should have a minimum of 12 participants and a maximum of 24.

 Each PALs Workshop

  • is a mix of theory and practical ideas
  • is delivered by Go for Life Trainers
  • lasts approximately 5 hours e.g. 10am to 3pm with half hour break for lunch
  • is informal, sociable and fun
  • has a practical element

Casual leisurewear and appropriate footwear should be worn.

 Workshop 1    

Basic Principles

The main aims of this workshop are to:

·         introduce participants to the Go for Life  campaign

·         propose procedures regarding checking, screening and monitoring the wellbeing of participants before and during physical activity bouts/sessions

·         enable the PAL to lead a Warm Up and Warm Down routine suitable for older people.

 Workshop 2    

Sit-Fit Activities

The main aims of this workshop are to:

·         explore a range of chair-based activities suitable for healthy older adults

·         enable the PAL to plan a variety of physical   activities for groups of older people in a seated position.

 Workshop 3    

Better Balance

The main aims of this workshop are to

  • explore a range of activities geared to improve older people’s balance

·         enable the PAL to promote the balance of participants during activity bouts and sessions.

 Workshop 4    

Going Strong

The main aims of this workshop are to

·         explore a range of activities geared to improve older people’s strength

·         enable the PAL to promote the strength of participants during activity bouts and sessions.

 Workshop 5   

Rolling & Bowling

The main aims of this workshop are to;

·         enable the PAL to introduce a range of bowling activities to older people.

·         explore a range of bowling games/sports suitable for older people

      Workshop 6  

Pitching & Tossing

The main aims of this workshop are to:

·         explore a range of pitching and tossing

       games/sports suitable for older people

·         enable the PAL to introduce a range of

       pitching and tossing activities to older    

       people.

Workshop 7   

Stepping & Strolling

The main aims of this workshop are to:

·            explore a range of activities geared to   

   motivate older people walk more often

·            enable the PAL to incorporate walking

   activities into activity bouts and sessions.  

 Workshop 8   

 PALs Skills

The main aims of this workshop are to:

·          outline a range of skills necessary for the   

 successful leadership of activity sessions

 for older people;

·          enable the PAL to plan safe and enjoyable  

 physical activity sessions for older people;

·          enable the PAL to plan a 5-week physical   

 activity programme suitable for older   

 people.

Workshop 9

Whirling & Twirling

The main aims of this workshop are to:

·         Propose a format for a dancing session

·         Outline a warm-up routine and warm-down routine which should precede and conclude any activity session for older people

·         Explore a range of simple dance ideas

(mostly folk dances) suitable for older people.

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