‘Girls Outside’


Girls Outside is a pilot project delivered in County Sligo during the period June 2007 to May 2008. The project is designed to increase the number of young women participating in walking and climbing as an activity that can contribute to overall healthy and active lifestyle.

The project delivery reflects a partnership approach involving various stakeholders including the Mountaineering Council of Ireland (MCI), Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership (SSRP), Youth Sport West, Active Communities, schools and community organisations.

Project Co-ordinator, Deirdre Cunningham was recruited to oversee the implementation of the project.

Project activities agreed included:


  1. 1.Introductory session/ talk.

  2. 2.Nature / Forest Walk including field study and ecological games.

  3. 3.Navigation / Hillwalk basic navigation + archaeology + ecology. Climbing Carrowkeel visiting 5,000 year-old megalithic tombs

  4. 4.Rock Climbing Mobile Climbing Wall came to Sligo February 5th 2008. 140 Girls came from all over County Sligo to climb the wall.

  5. 5.1 day trip to Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre February 2008 where they all completed a mountain walk, climbed an outdoor rock and participated in an outdoor abseil.

  6. 6.Certificates of participation awarded.


220 Girls from Co Sligo were targeted


137 girls participated in the introductory visit

135 girls participated in the forest walk

137 girls participated in the hill walk

140 girls participated in the mobile climbing wall

123 girls participated in the trip to the adventure centre for 1 day

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