270 Fingal girls take part in Exercise: Energise Multi-sports day in National Indoor Arena

September 26, 2018 0

The Exercise: Energise Multi-Sports Day for girls took place in The National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown on Tuesday, 26 September 2018.  270 teenage girls from across Fingal took part in the day where they got to try out gymnastics, Zumba and circuit training as well as track and field athletics.

These students are all participants in the Exercise: Energise Sports Programme. Exercise: Energise is a programme designed by Fingal Sports Office for first and second year girls and is supported by Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport funding.

The Exercise:Energise programme will be run in ten post-primary schools in Fingal in the coming school year and aims to provide opportunities for inactive teenage girls to become involved in sports and physical activities. This is the first year that the multi-sports day was to be hosted at the state-of-the-art National Indoor Arena facility.

The multi-sports day is a taster for the sports activities the students may undertake throughout the year. Coaching was provided by the National Sports Campus team and it is hoped that this event will become an annual fixture.

The schools taking part in the day were from Loreto Balbriggan, Fingal Community College, Swords, St. Mary’s Baldoyle, Castleknock Community College, Riversdale Community School and Blakestown Community College and were supported by their P.E. teachers who take on the roles of co-ordinators for the programme. Also in attendance was Fingal County Councillor Kieran Dennison was representing the Mayor at the event.

Speaking at the event, Fingal County Council Sports Development Officer Caitríona Geraghty said: “2018 has been an outstanding year for women in sport and Fingal Sports Office are delighted to help create opportunities for young girls to get involved in sport and to support these achievements.”

Cllr Kieran Dennison said: “The Exercise: Energise programme is an excellent way to introduce girls to sport and encourage them to stay active. I’m delighted that Fingal’s sports office is implementing a programme that helps foster an interest in sport, health and well-being among young women.”