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Monday 19 Dec 2016
Four venues to host health programme

The Irish Football Association is running a programme aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of women within rural areas.

Funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Female Football Fitness initiative is being staged in conjunction with Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster.

It is a 12-week programme which incorporates physical activity in the form of a fun football-related exercise circuit.

And there’s also a social dimension. Participants will enjoy refreshments and a chance to mingle while taking part in informal workshops/talks on a variety of topics such as mental health and farm safety.

Kris Lindsay, the Irish FA’s Recruitment and Retention Officer, explained those taking part will each undergo a health check in the first week and again during the final week so that the benefits of the programme can be recorded.

The programme is being staged at four venues across Northern Ireland: Greenmount College (Antrim), Loughry College (Cookstown), Dromara PS in Co Down and Bawnacre Centre (Irvinestown).

Female Football Fitness will get under way in the respective venues during the week commencing 9 January.

Each session will last two hours with an hour of physical exercise and a social hour.

For further information or to register contact Kris Lindsay at

Female Football Fitness