Local residents (from left to right) Emma O’ Brien, Faith Hopkins, Christina Casey, Francis Walsh, who are all taking part in the programme.
The Sport and Recreation Service officially launched the ‘DIT Developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity’ Programme on Tuesday 29th March 2011 at the Dublin Institute of Technology. The DIT Sport and Recreation Service in partnership with Dublin City Council established the ‘DIT Developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity’ programme after receiving part-funding from the DIT Foundation Office in 2010. The programme aims to promote and encourage the involvement and higher integration of women in sport at all levels whether as a participant in sport and physical activity, a coach or official in sport, or developing women’s active leadership in student sports clubs or local community sports organisations. There are currently 6 DIT students and 8 members of the wider community participating in a wide range of workshops and modules designed to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead sport and physical activity sessions. The programme will conclude in the early summer 2011.
Niamh O’Callaghan, Sport and Recreation Officer and Programme Co-ordinator said that the ‘Developing Women through Sport and Physical Activity’ programme is an important addition to the activities of the Sports Service, as it will create a culture of participation and combat negative peer influences enabling women to become positive role models within the Institute and its wider community.