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PALs Leader Training

What is PALs?

PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) is an initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities.

Once you become a PAL you will be trained to lead activities like short exercise routines, fun games, simple dances and sports, like pitch and toss and bowling – in active retirement or community groups,  like Irish Countrywomen’s Associations, Men’s Shed as well as local sports clubs or community centres.

How does it work?

Anyone training to become a PAL will need to attend nine different workshops (five hours each) and engage in both practical and theory work to ensure they receive all the knowledge and skills to lead their local group in physical activity. This initiative is free to participants and is delivered in partnership with Local Sports Partnerships or the HSE.

The PALs Workshops are:

  • Basic Principles
  • Sit Fit
  • Better Balance
  • Going Strong
  • Rolling and Bowling
  • Pitching and Tossing
  • Stepping and Strolling
  • PALs Skills
  • Whirling and Twirling

We have over 1,000 PALs nationwide who are all part of our growing PALs network. Each of our PALs is invited regularly to come together with other PALs for refresher workshops or sports fests where they can meet and chat, exchange ideas and share experiences.

How can I get involved?

To find out where and when the next workshop is contact our Sports Inclusion Development Officer Ray Mc Namara at 094 9064362 or email

Public Courses are held from time to time so please click here Courses & Events Calendar

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