Ireland’s First National Fitness Day – Leisure Insurance

Ireland’s First National Fitness Day – Leisure Insurance

Ireland’s First National Fitness Day will be held on Friday 16th September. Fitness Day celebrates the role physical activity in Ireland and the positive impact fitness on people’s lives. The initiative is being led by Ireland Active. This is the representative body for Ireland’s leisure and fitness industry. It is also being supported by Healthy Ireland and Sport Ireland.

Ireland Active’s members include leisure facilities, gyms and other fitness providers. On the day there will be free try out sessions across their facilities and also in public spaces. The event will promote the wide range of physical fitness opportunities available in Ireland and encourage people to get involved. Get Ireland Walking, the CARA Centre for Inclusive Physical Activity and Swim Ireland are also providing facilities for the public to get active on the day.

Speaking at the launch Minister for Tourism & Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD said:

“Increasing physical activity levels was the driver behind the development of the National Physical Activity Plan by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport in partnership with the Department of Health last year. Achievement of the physical activity targets set out in that plan will require co-operation from all involved in the provision of physical activity in our community from National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Sports Partnerships, Leisure Facilities, Sports Clubs as well as general recreational facility owners and providers nationwide. National Fitness Day provides an ideal platform for all the stakeholders to come together and make a concerted effort to convince people that there really is something for everyone to get involved with.”


John Treacy, CEO, Sport Ireland is also involved and is excited about the project:

“Sport Ireland has made increasing participation in sport and physical activity a key strategic priority. We are delighted to support National Fitness Day and I would encourage everyone to get involved. The value of participating in sport and physical activity cannot be underestimated; even small improvements in participation levels will confer health, social and economic benefits both for the individual and for society as a whole.”

Information about the events can be found on and will be continuously updated in the lead up to September 16th. Information will also be made available across Ireland’ Active’s social media channels @fitnessdayIRL,, @irelandactive, Fitness providers, facility and gym owners interested in getting involved in National Fitness Day are being asked to get in touch with Ireland Active directly at ( or (01-6251192)

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