Get Active: Active Communities
The concept for active communities is to get communities involved in Sport and Physical Activities using the resources at their doorsteps. In the coming months, we will be looking at a number of communities to work with them to get Sport and Physical Activity accessible.If you think your community is up to the task, please give John Sweeney a call or email to discuss.
Get Ireland Walking
Walking is the easiest way to get moving and get active and we are here to help get you started. We can provide you with advice on starting walking to feel better, and we have all the information you need to start a walking group – so you can get fit with friends. We also work with community groups within Clare who wish to come together to use the underutilised tracks and trails locally, while also reaping the benefits of green exercise.
Adventure Walk App
Through funding secured from Healthy Ireland and administered through LCDC & Clare County Council we have expanded the Adventure Walks Clare Smartphone App to 15 locations throughout the county. With 80 trails to choose from in the county there has never been a better opportunity to get out and get active with all the family. The App encourages parents and their children to walk or run up to 2km around the 15 venues, whilst playing a treasure hunt game.
The 80 trails featured on the free app include adventures designed for families with children aged between 6 and 14. Family friendly parklands, forests and beached from east to west of county Clare have up to 8 trails each. Trails are located at Killaloe, Flagmount, Lees Road – Ennis, Mountshannon, Dromore Woods, Lahinch, Kilrush and many more
After choosing and ‘Adventure Walk’, players move within their real world surroundings, with their location showing on the game’s map by using your phone’s GPS. When a player encounters a map marker, a question appears. Answer 10 questions to complete a trai. So far Clare families have completed over 450 Adenture Walks, that’s 900km walked- the distance from Ennis to Paris!
The trails app can be played in the following locations with some locations having a number of different trails (the number in brackets)
Lees Road (8) Killaloe (6) Spanish Point (2) Cratloe (6) Ballybeg (4) Lisdoonvarna (2) Kilrush (8) 12 O’Clock Hills (6) Mountshannon (8) Kilkee (2) Mooghaun Hilfort (8) Dromore (8) Flagmount (4) Lahinch (2) Lissycasey (6)
For Apple phones click this link to download the FREE app
For Android phones click this link to download the FREE app
Operation Get Clare Active
Operation Get Clare Active takes place in January of each year for an eight week period, led by Clare Sports Partnership. This year we are operating out of 4 centres – Ennis, Shannon, Killaloe and Lahinch. The theme of the programme this year will be walking for fitness.
The programme will run at the following:
Couch to 5k Walk every Thursday – Starting Thursday 17th January and each Thursday for 8 weeks @ 6pm. Meeting in St. Flannan’s College, Ennis.
Couch to 5k Walk every Monday – Starting Monday 14th January and each Monday for 8 weeks @ 6.30pm. Meeting at the Leisure Centre
Walk every Thursday – Starting Thursday 17th January and each Thursday for 8 weeks @ 7pm. Meeting at Seaworld
Couch to 5k Walk every Saturday – Starting Saturday 19th January and each Saturday for 8 weeks @ 10.30am. Meeting at Clarisford Park
If you are interested in signing up, please follow this link. Also, on the 12th January, we will once again be teaming up with Operation Transformation to host our 5km Walk as part of the National Walk. We are going back to the beautfiul Lissycasey Cascades for the walk this year. The walk starts at 11am.
These FREE weekly timed events take place every Saturday at 9.30am in up to 60 locations across the country. We have three locations within Clare – John O Sullivan Active Ennis Sports and Amenity Park, Lees Rd (Ennis), Clarisford Park (Killaloe), and Vandeleur Gardens (Kilrush). You can run, walk, stroll, or amble. Bring the kids, bring the buggies, you can even bring the dog! You can use chipped timing to help motivate you and increase fitness levels, or just enjoy the social aspect of the looped route. You MUST REGISTER in order to take part. Link – www.parkrun.ie/register/form.
Men on the Move
This community based programme helps develop opportunities, and encourages men of 50yrs + to participate in sport and physical activity. It aims to enhance provision in sport and physical activity for men who no longer participate in sport, providing them with access to diverse, fulfilling, and inclusive sporting opportunities. It assists in raising awareness of opportunities within the community, while also building on social inclusion, increasing participation levels of men in physical activity, and promoting access to less competitive sporting groups.
Meet and Train
If you are interested in progressing from walking to jogging/running then why not join one of the many local meet and train groups throughout Clare. Such locations include Ennis, Shannon, Tulla, Scariff, Carron, Sixmilebridge, Kilnaboy, Killaloe, and Lissycasey. Contact our office for more information.
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