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European Week of Sport this month

Kenneth Egan has a special oversized sliotar for his European Sports Week assignment later this month. PHOTO: RAMSEY CARDY / SPORTFILE

Released:
Tue 07.09.2021, 10:36 p.m.

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Wed, 09/08/2021, 1:40 AM

Three of Ireland’s most famous athletes – David Gillick, Eimear Lambe and Kenneth Egan – are calling on everyone to participate in sporting activities from Thursday 23rd to Thursday 30th September this month as part of European Sports Week 2021.

Organized by Sport Ireland and the European Commission, the European Week of Sport is a week-long celebration of sport that encourages everyone to participate in any type of sporting activity, regardless of age, demographics or skill level.

Sport Ireland, the national coordination body of the European Sport Week in Ireland, hopes this year’s event will attract even more people to sport than in previous years.

Sport Ireland supports several flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships.

Commenting on European Week of Sport, John Treacy, Chief Executive of Sport Ireland said:

“The European Week of Sport is our annual reminder that sport and physical activity come together

healthy habit in our life, part of our daily routine.

“Every year, the national governing bodies and the local sports partnership network host hundreds of events at the local and national levels.

“I encourage everyone to try at least one event virtually or in person according to the current guidelines.

“Sport has the power to make us happy, let’s celebrate it this European Week of Sport,” he added.

Olympians and fitness advocates David Gillick, Eimear Lambe and Kenneth Egan were there last week to kick off the European Week of Sport

Eimear has just returned from Tokyo, where she spectacularly won a bronze medal in the women’s team of four and is really looking forward to the week:

“I am very excited to be part of the launch of the European Week of Sport,” she said.

“Participating in sport for people of all ages and demographics is something that is very close to my heart.

“I think exercise is about more than just physical fitness, it’s about friendship, confidence, happiness and a lot more. The benefits are really endless. “

An initiative led by the European Commission; The European Week of Sport aims to increase participation in sport and physical activity across the European Union.

The week aims to tackle the inactivity crisis and reduce obesity levels by encouraging Europeans to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.

The week is suitable for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level.

By making it clear that an active lifestyle is for everyone, the European Week of Sport aims to act as a stepping stone to more activity.

In 2020, an estimated 700,000 people attended over 535 in-person and virtual events in Ireland.

European Week of Sport Ambassador and Olympian David Gillick said: “This is really a great initiative promoting sport participation in communities across Ireland.

Local sports partnerships and national governing bodies will host events across the country, encouraging you to find something near you and get involved.

LSPs undertake a wide range of initiatives aimed at increasing participation in sports and physical activity in the local community. Working with trusted professionals and valued volunteers

LSPs engage communities across the county to provide inclusive, impactful, and sustainable opportunities that are tailored to local needs.

Sports Week Olympic and European Ambassador Kenneth Egan sees the benefits of engagement, especially from a mental health perspective:

“Sport has always been a great way for me to express myself, meet people and have fun.

“I encourage everyone to find out what events are taking place near them this European Week of Sport and even to try something new.”

For more information on what’s happening near you and how to get involved, visit – www.sportireland.ie/europeanweekofsport

Released:
Tue 07.09.2021, 10:36 p.m.

Last update:
Wed, 09/08/2021, 1:40 AM

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