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Fingal County Council Introduce BoxUp to Bring Sports Equipment to Everyone

Fingal County Council is delighted to announce the installation of a pilot of BoxUp units to bring sports equipment to Skerries Community Centre and Rush South Beach.

8 of Sport Ireland’s Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) are currently working with their respective Local Authorities to bring a new and innovative free equipment sharing solution to parks and communities across 5 cities in Ireland: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.

The Active Cities project is focused on getting those who are least active in our society active. In taking a multi-sectoral approach, the project is seeking to reduce the barriers to participation in physical activity, increase access and enhance the choice and opportunities available for all to take part.

Introducing BoxUp to Ireland is a collaborative initiative being developed across the cities as part of this project and aims to expand the opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to lead healthier lifestyles through increased access to free sport and leisure equipment.

Over the past nine months, the 8 LSPs have been working with the Swiss-based company to bring the first lockers to Ireland. There are currently over 60 lockers in operation across Switzerland and France, with many other European Countries expected to come online over the coming months. The lockers, which are solar powered, contain a variety of equipment based on the facilities and amenities in that area, and all equipment can be easily accessed through the use of a free app.

Leading on the project, Mary Corry, National Active Cities Officer, said, “working collectively to identify practical solutions is a key focus of the project. We know that for some, accessing equipment can be a real barrier to their participation, and with so many facilities, parks and open spaces across our cities, it’s important we try to meet the needs of individuals to enable them to be active.”

As part of a feasibility study, representatives from the National Active Cities working group, visited Geneva and Lausanne to see the lockers both in production, and in operation across a number of parks. With over 15,000 users and over 50,000 hours of recorded activity to date, not only can these lockers provide access to equipment, but they will also provide invaluable data on the usage of the equipment in each local area.

Naomi Weir, Senior Executive Officer, Fingal County Council commented, “these innovative units will provide a valuable addition to our local recreational spaces that will enable residents, workers, and visitors to fully enjoy the outstanding amenities offered in our communities, fostering a healthy and vibrant outdoor lifestyle. It is fantastic to see the Active Cities Programme take off in Fingal and with the recent appointment of the Fingal Active Cities Coordinator, Ian Farrell we look forward to seeing this programme grow from strength to strength.”

The lockers will come on stream across the cities over the coming weeks. For more information on the Active Cities project see

Source: Fingal County Council

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