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The Irish Heart Foundation Community Walking Leader Training.

28 January, 2014

Walking Leader Training Information 2014

Walking Leader Training is primarily aimed at people wishing to lead a walking group or promote walking in the community or workplace. The course comprises of a weekend of training, a follow up 4 week walking programme and a leader forum meeting with your local sports partnership to try out your new walking leader’s skills.

Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Sports Council are subsidising the Walking Leader Training weekend and there is a nominal cost of €50. The course fee will cover your tutor costs and materials. It will also include 2 lunches and tea/coffee breaks throughout the weekend.

***Please Note: Before committing to the training, it is important to remember that the aim of each course is to have a panel of trained leaders ready to implement their skills in their own communities. We will therefore expect all participants to organise walks on a regular basis after the course has ended. ***

The training weekend

The course will commence at 9.00am on Saturday and finish at 2pm Sunday.

Course content:
Current recommendations for health enhancing physical activity for adults, and how they relate to walking
The main elements of a health-enhancing walking session
Prescribing walking programmes suitable for people of different fitness levels Advice on issues such as posture, technique, stretching, intensity, clothing, etc. Safety issues
Planning walking sessions and programmes Developing a Slí na Sláinte route
How to start your own walking group Practical Walking Sessions

Course timetable

Saturday 9am Morning session
11am Tea/coffee
11.20am Morning session continued
12.30pm Lunch
1.10pm Afternoon session
3.10pm Break
3.30pm Afternoon session continued
5pm Close
Sunday 9am Morning session
11am Tea/coffee
11.20am Morning session continued
1.20pm Lunch
2pm Close


4 week leader challenge

Once participants complete the Community Walking Leader Training Course they will be set a challenge of leading a 4 week walking programme within their community to put their training to work. You will be provided with a logbook to record your progress for the challenge.  Once we receive your completed logbook you will be certified as an Irish Heart Foundation community walking leader.

Local leader’s forum

As a follow up to the training, you will be asked to meet with the Local Sports Partnership representative responsible for walking in your county. This will be a chance to meet up with your fellow leaders and to share your experiences and ideas on promoting walking in your community.  The Local Sports Partnership, in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation, will provide support and advice to you as a trained community walking leader.

Please find attached an application form for this year’s Walking Leader Training Courses.

The first course commences in Ballincollig, Cork on February 15th-16th.  We also have course scheduled for Limerick, Meath, Kildare, Wexford, Tipperary, Wicklow and Kilkenny with further locations planned.

If you have any further questions about the course please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing or calling Tara Curran at 01-6685001.

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