The Irish Sports Council issued an invitation to organisations throughout the country to join them in a challenge to become more physically active. The aim of the challenge is to raise the bar on workplace wellbeing and promote a better work-life balance for companies and organizations across the country.
The North Tipperary Sports Partnership organised a Step It Up challenge, between Cabragh Resources and Inclusive Opportunities, both day services based in Thurles. The challenge was run over a 4 week period in May where day staff logged the total of each member’s steps using a pedometer.
This challenge helped to promote active and healthy lifestyles to people with disabilities and it is hoped that the participants will be seen as role models and inspire fellow peers to become more aware of having an active and healthy lifestyle.
The participants were recorded Monday to Friday for 4 weeks and completed activities such as; Household duties, walking, using the outdoor gym in Templemore and playing sports. The participants were kept interested in the challenge as both centres competed to outdo one another. When the final tallies were added up, Cabragh Resources were victorious with a total tally of 155,355 steps completed, beating Inclusive Opportunities total of 126,146 steps.
Antoinette Breen from Inclusive opportunities said ‘We feel that the participants really benefited from this programme. It increased the participant’s awareness to the importance of how an active lifestyle can keep them healthy and fit. It also promotes team work and was a fun competition for the participants’.
Vincent Foley of North Tipperary Sports Partnership stated ‘This was a great initiative devised by the Irish Sports Council. It gives the centres something to work towards and aim for while at the same time having fun. Well done to both services involved, the staff and participants put in a massive effort’.
For more info please contact Vincent Foley, Sports inclusion disability officer at North Tipperary Sports Partnership, 067 43604 or e-mail at Vincent@ntsp.ie