Go for Life Scheme Opens for Applications

Go for Life – the ever popular National Programme for Sport and Physical Activity for Older People in Ireland – has once again opened for applications. 350,000 euro has been made available for the 2008 programme and applications are being accepted until 22nd October.

The Go for Life programme aims to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity as we age and to create opportunities for older people to engage in a wide range of physical activity and recreational sport in local, safe and sociable environments. Over 3,500 grants have been made under the scheme since it first kicked off back in 2001 (totalling more than 2 million euros!) Grants range from 500 – 3,000 euros and are typically made to cover the costs of purchasing equipment or funding the exploration of new sporting activities.

Successful applicants in the past have included active retirement associations, senior citizens clubs, ICA guilds, sports clubs, day centres and community centres in 26 counties.

Speaking at the allocation of the grants last year, the late Séamus Brennan TD, and then Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism said; “Our older people have contributed enormously to the building of modern 21st century Ireland. We must continue to recognise and reward that contribution by ensuring our older people are given every opportunity to remain active in their community and sport has a pivotal role in achieving this. These grants allow older people to decide for themselves how they choose to be more active and they are making a huge contribution to improving the physical, social and psychological well-being of those getting on in age.”

How to Apply

Download an application form.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday, 22nd October, 2008.

For further information, visit the Age & Opportunity website.