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Active Age

Go For Life Games

The aim of the Go for Life Games is to involve older people in recreational sport.

The games are run with the support of Local Sports Partnerships and the HSE. It involves friendly games, Leagues, and the National Games which are held annually over one day. The Mayo Sports Partnership are organising a number of 'Blitz' sessions in Mayo to coincide with this and  get a Mayo Team together. 

The Go for Life Games involve three sports that can be played in singles, pairs and teams:

  • MÁLAÍ- an adaption of the game of Cornhole

  • Flisk- adaption of Frisbee and Horseshoe Pitching

  • Scidil-adaption of Ten-Pin Bowling and Skittles


Pickleball is tennis on a badminton court. Every town and village in Ireland have badminton courts in school sports halls, and community centres to small church. So, if you have a badminton court you’re ready to go!

We use specialised paddles and balls and there are a few good rules that make it a very unique sport.

Pickleball Ireland was set up to introduce and develop this fabulous new sport to the island of Ireland. Mayo Sports Partnership offer Pickleball as one of its active age programmes and it’s proving to be very popular.

Aqua Fit

Aqua Fit is a challenging water workout, fit for everyone. The class begins with a gentle warm-up in 79-85 degree water. From there, you'll ease into the exercises using your own body weight and water resistance dumbbells.

Unlike aerobics on land, Aqua Fit is low-impact and the cushioning effect of the water protects joints in the spine, ankle, hip and knee. It is suitable for people of all ages and abilities as participants can work at a variety of levels by increasing effort.

Aqua Fit classes take place in the shallow end of the pool so although you need to have some confidence in the water you do not need to be a great swimmer to take part.

Classes are great fun and exercises are done in time to music.

Mayo Sports Partnership, in conjunction with Lough Lannagh Sports Complex, offer Aqua fit classes to active age.

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is the latest innovation in fitness walking and in Ireland there is growing interest in 'using the sticks for a fitness fix'. It can be done on virtually any outdoor terrain including tarred roads, concrete paths, forestry trails, sandy beaches, and grassy parks. 

Nordic Walking transforms 'normal' walking (where most of the work is done by the legs) into a complete body workout! Studies have found that the correct use of poles can involve up to 80% of the body's muscles and burn as much as 40% more calories than 'normal' walking.​

The use of the poles brings other improvements with less speed including:

  • improving posture 
  • strengthening core muscles 
  • reducing impact of landing
  • enhancing mobility of neck and shoulders

The be Active 55 Project

Aged 55+ and looking for something to do? Want to feel fitter, have fun, have more energy and meet new people? Why not get involved in Active 55 near you.

There are seven Active 55 clubs in Mayo:

  • Ballina Active 55s club – Contact Jackie 096 70905
  • Ballina Sports Centre – Contact Reception 096 78984
  • Castlebar Active 55s – Contact Emer 094 9044150
  • Claremorris Leisure Centre – Contact Reception 094 9371313
  • Crossmolina Active 55s – Contact Bernie 086 3904370
  • Mulranny Park hotel – Contact Reception 098 36709
  • Swinford Active 55s – Contact Margaret 087 4150663

For more details on all our Active Programmes contact:

Ray McNamara
Phone: 094 9064362
Mobile: 0876973093

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