'Move!' campaign encourages Cork people to stay active

'Move!' campaign encourages Cork people to stay active

Taking part in the launch of Move! were the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh, his wife Stephanie along with pupils from St. Brendan's Girls NS, the Glen. The group was taking part in an zumba/exercise class under the instruction of Arnalda Stankaitiene. The Lord Mayor taking part in the zumba dance class. Pic: Brian Lougheed 

With so many sporting activities currently on hold, Cork City Council has developed a Keep Well – Move! campaign, designed to keep Cork moving. 

Building on the government’s Keep Well, Keep Active programme, and supported by the ETB, Move! provides people with options to stay active despite current restrictions.

Launching the campaign with a visit to St Brendan’s Girls Primary School in the Glen grounds for an outdoor Zumba session, Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh said: “While weather may be a barrier to staying active this winter, our message is that it’s okay to go outside. 

"We are surrounded by beautiful walkways and parks in the city and they are accessible throughout the winter months, perhaps with the help of a warm and waterproof coat!” 

Adrienne Rodgers, Director of Services, Cork City Council, explained: “The focus of this programme is on safe, outdoor activities, but it’s also meant to be fun for the participants. 

"We want to appeal to a wide range of likes and abilities, so we’ll be bringing Zumba, yoga, fitness, orienteering, soccer and cycling to schools and youth groups throughout the city.” 

During the summer months, the City Council ran a successful series called Sports on the Green starting with soccer, in collaboration with the FAI, and now expanding those sessions to include Zumba on the Green. 

Zumba is an easy-to-follow, dance-inspired fitness routine that’s accompanied by Latin American music to get people moving to the groove.

Move! will also see the City Council partnering with Munster Rugby and the Cork Community Gardaí to deliver a Rugby on the Green programme in local housing estates.

For more information on Keep Well – Move! please contact Cork City Council’s Sports and Community Facilities Development Officer at laura_coady@corkcity.ie

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