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Physical Activity Leader Workshop

Go for Life is the national programme for sport and physical activity for older people in Ireland. It is run by over 900 volunteers who we call PALs. 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.

The workshop will commence in September 2022 through December 2022. The workshop will run on Thursdays in the Portlaoise Parish Centre for 9 weeks with a break in the middle. The dates are as follows:

• September: 29th

• October: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

• November: 10th, 17th, 24th

• December: 1st

All workshops will take place from 10.00am and 3.00pm and refreshments will be provided on the day. We would ask you to wear flat shoes/runners and comfortable clothing.

Anyone training to become a PAL will need to attend nine different workshops (five hours each) and engage in both practical and theory work to ensure they receive all the knowledge and skills to lead their local group in physical activity.  This initiative is free to participants and is delivered in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships or the HSE.

The PALs Workshops are:

  • Basic Principles
  • Sit Fit
  • Better Balance
  • Going Strong
  • Rolling and Bowling
  • Pitching and Tossing
  • Stepping and Strolling
  • PALs Skills
  • Whirling and Twirling

We have over 1,000 PALs nationwide who are all part of our growing PALs network. Each of our PALs is invited regularly to come together with other PALs for refresher workshops or sports fests where they can meet and chat, exchange ideas and share experiences.

Register with the link below or alternatively, call Tommy Guilfoyle on (083) 071 6721 or tguilfoyle@laoissports.ie.


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