An international campaign called 50 Sports in 50 Weeks, designed to tackle childhood obesity and the declining activity levels of children and families, will visit Dublin, Cork and Tipperary between 26 April and 7 May.
During the 10-day campaign, Australian family Paul and Jacqui Brown and their 10-year-old son Ben, have lined up a series of activities, such as Gaelic football and hurling, and the family will visit local schools to spread their message.
énergie Fitness Clubs of Ireland are proud to be sponsoring the Irish leg of 50 Sports in 50 Weeks, as it is perfectly aligned with the company’s own vision and mission to improve the health and well-being of Irish children, men and women of all ages.
With the decline in children’s participation in sports, exercise and active play, Australian health and fitness identities Paul and Jacqui Brown, along with son Ben, are on a global mission to promote sports and healthy lifestyles to children and “their grown-ups” everywhere. Their mission is to experience 50 Sports in 50 Weeks, visiting 50 of the most iconic locations around the globe and learning about each sport from 50 athletes, champion teams, sporting legends and role models.
They have already learned ski jumping in Germany, ice hockey in Russia, floorball in Finland, Alpine skiing in Austria, beach volleyball in Australia, wheelchair rugby in England, ice climbing in Canada and even flying trapeze, along with a range of other exciting sports and activities. Many Olympic gold medallists, world champions and top professional athletes have signed up to mentor the Browns.
The Browns have a camera crew travelling with them and will produce a major documentary about the completed mission to further spread their message. Smaller video bites are produced weekly to share on social media and their website 50sports.org
Here are few snippets:
Beach volleyball with Natalie Cook
Fencing with Simon Leitch
Floorball with SSV Helsinki
Snowboarding with Johannes Loessl
In Ireland the Browns are being assisted by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and local partner énergie Fitness Clubs Ireland. Together they will discover Gaelic football and also try hurling and, in each case, they will attend the major finals at Croke Park and Tipperary for a truly “complete” experience of the nation’s favourite sports.
Along the way the Browns visit schools, sports and health clubs with inspiring ‘Get it Right’ talks to kids and their grown-ups, designed to help families make sports and activity a regular part of life, along with healthy eating tips and games. Paul Brown is a highly regarded international speaker and was recently awarded Australian Fitness Network’s prestigious Presenter of the Year award. Since starting their 50-week journey in October 2014, they have spoken to over 6,000 students and adults ranging in ages from six to 91 and their talks have been translated into several languages.
50 Sports schedule for Ireland, 26 April to 7 May
Sun 26 April Allianz League Gaelic Football Finals, Croke Park
Mon 27 Apr Get it Right talk to students of St Vincent’s Secondary School (TBC)
Tues 28 Apr Team presentation to énergie Fitness Clubs, Parkwest
Wed 29 Apr GAA sports training
Thurs 30 April Get it Right talk to students of Loreto High School, Beaufort
Fri 1 May GAA sports training
Sun 3 May Allianz HL Division 1 final, Tipperary/Waterford vs Cork/Dublin
Wings for Life World Run – 50 Sports teams to do the warm-up and run
Mon 4 May Team presentation to énergie Fitness Clubs, Cork
Tues 5 May GAA sports training
Wed 6 May GAA sports training