An exciting and varied programme of sports events has been put together in Laois as part of the upcoming European Week of Sport, which will be celebrated across Europe from September 23 to 30.

The week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, the aim is to inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more.

Being Active doesn’t mean having to be part of a sports club, a gym, running marathons or cycling across Europe.

Being Active can be running around playing with your children, grabbing a walk with work colleagues on your lunch break, going outside and exploring the great outdoors – whatever gets you moving to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.

There is a wide mix of events scheduled, including football fitness events for women and men, group walks, inclusive events and many others, including orienteering.

Watch out for a social media posts over the coming days which will individually highlight some of the events taking place.

Schedule

One event which might pique interest is the introduction to Scooch taking place in St Mary’s Hall on Thursday, September 23 at 1pm . To book this free event on EventBrite – click here.

Social soccer is being held every Tuesday night from September 21 until October 26 from 7 to 8 pm at the astro turf at Portlaoise Leisure Centre. For further information and to book a place, contact Eimear on 0860111722.

During the month, our Abbeyleix Bog Walk will continue, each Wednesday at 11 am. Further details available from Eimear at the number above or by emailing ebryant@laoissports.ie

Orienteering events will also take place at Emo Court and Pairc na Phobail in Portlaoise. This is a virtual event with virtual maps available to download from MapRun6 app.

A nature trail, which will be a family fun event, will take place on September 26 at Derryounce Lakes. To book a place for this free event, which includes a twist with surprise attractions, click here.

For a full list of events available to book on EventBrite from Laois Sports Partnership – click here.