Mayo Sports Partnership was one of the winners at the recent Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards in the ‘Best Health and Wellbeing’ category for its ‘Men on the Move’ initiative.

‘Men on the Move, which encourages men (aged 30 plus) to get more physically active, currently operates in 10 locations across Mayo alone, and is part of a national research programme on men’s health in seven other counties to date.

This is the third award for this health and exercise programme, which is partnered with Mayo County Council, HSE West, Waterford IT, Sport Ireland and the Local Sports Partnership Network to roll it out nationwide. Donegal, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford are linking in with initiatives such as the GAA’s Healthy Clubs project, offering the programme as a worthwhile initiative to engage ex-players back to their clubs.

The Chambers Ireland award follows on from the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Awards and the Public Sector Magazine Awards earlier this year.

According to Charlie Lambert, spokesperson for Mayo Sports Partnership, the ‘Men on the Move’ initiative has been one of their most successful projects, and he hopes this will help build its profile further to access funding to rolling it out nationwide.

He said a ‘collaborative approach’ was key to the programme’s success, and commended Ray McNamara, Mayo County Council’s Sports Inclusion Development Officer, for his assistance. “We’re looking at extending it as far as we can, with programmes in Achill, Belmullet, Ballinrobe and Ballaghderreen, among others.”

Clubs or organisations around Mayo interested in setting up a ‘Men on the Move’ programme can contact Mayo Sports Partnership by email [email protected] or phone 094-9047025.

Charlie Lambert (Mayo Sports Partnership) who received the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Award, is pictured with representatives of Chambers Ireland and Health Ireland, and Mayo County Council’s chief executive Peter Hynes, Martina Hughes, Head of Communications, and Mayo Cathaoirleach Cllr Richard Finn.