Vhi in partnership with theIrish Youth Foundation have developed a fitness and nutrition programme, ‘Run for Fun’ to encourage young people living in disadvantaged communities in Ireland to embrace the benefits offered through running and to encourage more young people to get involved in parkrun and other running initiatives both for fitness and for recreation.
Recently a group of young people taking part in the ‘Run for Fun’ programme from JustAsk Homework Club in Dublin 1 triumphantly completed their first ever 5k run at Fairview parkrun on Saturday 9 June.
The young people are recruited for the programme through their local youth clubs, given support and advice on training and nutrition and additional encouragement as they build up their fitness levels. Dublin GAA player Philly McMahon has played an instrumental role in mentoring and training the Dublin groups.
The ‘Run for Fun’ programme is being rolled out in Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork and Galway to empower and build the self-esteem of young people through a fitness and nutrition programme with running at its heart.
Taking part in regular physical activity can have a positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Research shows that Irish young people are not taking enough exercise, and this can be especially true of young people growing up in disadvantaged areas. The Irish Youth Foundation and Vhi wanted to put in place a programme that would help to encourage more young people to exercise and to ensure that they enjoyed participating with the end goal of completing a parkrun.
The Vhi volunteer staff takeover at St Anne’s parkrun last Saturday morning was a huge success with 547 participants walking, jogging and running their way around the 5k course. 49 first timers rocked up to try out parkrun and an incredible 94 people set new personal best times! Maybe having Olympian David Gillick leading a warm-up…
Regular parkrunner Ann Lynch can usually be found enjoying a 5k walk at Tralee parkrun on a Saturday morning. However this wasn’t always the case, 18 months ago Ann didn’t think parkrun was a place for her, until one morning she plucked up the courage to join the Tail Walker and tackle her first ever 5k. …