Walking Leader Training Information
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 and then a
follow up 4 week walking programme to try out your new walking leaders skills.
Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Sports Council are subsidising the Walking Leader Training
weekend and there is a nominal cost of - residential course and a cost 50 euro for two and half days non residential course and a cost of 100 euro for residential course.
The Non Residential course fee will cover your tutor costs and the materials for the duration of the
course. It will also include 2 lunches and tea/coffee breaks through out the weekend. Course will
commence at 7.00pm on Friday and finish on Sunday afternoon after lunch. (Should you require
accommodation at a non-residential course please contact us and we can recommend a number of
suitable venues to accommodate your stay) You will also receive your own pedometer.
The Residential course fee this will cover two nights shared accommodation as well as breakfast,
lunch and tea/coffee breaks. Evening meals are not included. All weekend courses start at 7.00pm on
Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. Accommodation is twin sharing. Single room
accommodation can be organised in advance but the participant must pay the additional cost. You
will also receive your own pedometer.
Walking Leader Task (Course Follow up): Once participants complete the Walking Leader Course
they will be set a challenge of leading a 4 week walking programme within their community to put
their training to work. Participants will be given a log book to keep note of their organised walks. On
return of this log book to the Irish Heart Foundation detailing their task, the participants will receive
their certificate of completion of the Walking Leader Training course. Local Sports Partnerships officers
will be available to offer support and advice to the participants of each training course throughout
their Walking Leader Task and meet with the group on completion of their challenge.
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
-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.
-Planning walking sessions and programmes
-Developing a Slí na Sláinte route
-How to start your own Slí walking group
-Practical Walking Sessions
-4 week Walking Challenge Programme
For more information contact:
Michelle Boles, Slí na Sláinte Team, Irish Heart Foundation, 4 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Tel: 01 668 5001 Email: