Athletics Ireland and Waterways Ireland are delighted to announce a new Strategic Partnership which will seek to promote physical activity on the over 1000km of trails and facilities across the Waterways Ireland system.
This partnership will see a range of Athletics Ireland programmes including Fit4Life and The Daily Mile avail of Waterways Ireland facilities to help promote improved levels of fitness, health and wellness across all ages in a fun and sociable environment.
Speaking at the launch Hamish Adams CEO Athletics Ireland said “We are delighted to announce this Strategic Partnership with Waterways Ireland. I have personally run several of the canal systems and the towpath facilities are second to none. Athletics Ireland shares a vision with Waterways Ireland to get people moving and we want to encourage the nation to utilise the incredible facilities on offer across the Waterways Ireland system.”
Waterways Ireland manages, maintains, develops and promotes over 1000km inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes. A key focus of Waterways Ireland is inspiring more people to discover and enjoy recreational activities on the inland waterways, and to explore these rich environment and heritage attractions.
Sharon Lavin, Head of Marketing and Communications, Waterways Ireland - “Waterways Ireland are delighted to launch our strategic partnership with Athletics Ireland. For Waterways Ireland the partnership is an ideal opportunity to encourage people to see inland waterways as a fitness and recreational opportunity for them, and through the programmes developed, they will learn skills to help them stay fit and healthy for life.
Waterways Ireland has seen a huge increase in the number of recreational and tourist users on and along all our waterways in recent years and with the provision of our Blueway and Greenway trails, we have now created even more opportunities for people to try new recreational activities. This partnership allows Waterways Ireland and Athletics Ireland to join forces in promoting the health and well-being and social opportunities that are available in the great outdoors. We look forward to growing this partnership.”
These waterways are accessible, free, and the perfect setting to get in your daily dose of exercise. Further information on available routes can be found at www.bluewaysireland.org.