2020 is the start of a new decade, which is the perfect chance to set goals, get fit and get involved with amazing LGBT+ friendly groups.
Physical activity can be a great way to promote positive mental health and become part of a community. To kick off the new decade, these are some queer-friendly clubs to help get you in the zone and meet those New Year – New You goals!
LINC groups and activities
LINC Resource Centre for LBT+ Women offer a range of exciting sport groups to get into the spirit of a fitness-focused 2020. If soccer is what you are into, hop on down to the Glen Resource Centre every Monday at 7pm. Then, each Tuesday, the group has a walking morning with tea and coffee provided.
LINC have a badminton group that runs on Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in Glounthaune.
And then for those seeking a bit more of a thrill, there is the Adventure Club, where every two months, they go on a new adventure. It is heaps of fun and a great way to meet new people.
Plus when you need a break and want to unwind, check out their Book Club, running on the first Friday of every month.
For details on these wonderful activities, check out this link.
If you want to put the right foot forward going into 2020, why not sign up for some LGBT+ friendly salsa dancing classes held by Salsa Dublin every Saturday? As their website states, “And it’s certainly not about men or women. The true heart and soul of dancing lies much deeper. Dance is about working together and having loads of fun in the process!”
So get on those dancing shoes and put some spice in your life, these classes would be ideal for some fun first dates or to learn some sensational moves sure to wow on a night out. You can find more details here.
Training every Monday and Wednesday, Dublin’s GBT+ men’s rugby team Emerald Warriors is a perfect way to get out there and engage in the community. The team continuously promotes inclusivity and friendship among players, beginners are more than welcome. They meet at 7pm at St Mary’s RFC, Templeville Road, Dublin. Follow the link for more details.
Powered Pink Pilates
What better way to get fit in 2020 than the essential three P’s: Pilates, pizza, pink gin. Well Powered Pink has all three in their regular workshops in Dublin however make sure to grab a ticket quick cause they sell out fast. Former ballerina Dearbhla Mitchell has truly created a wonderful space that encourages health and well-being. For more information, check out this link.
2020 is going to be a huge year for Running Amach as the group celebrates their ten year anniversary so why not get involved in some of their sports groups? Running Amach is for LGBT+ women who want to socialise and get involved in community activities. It is an amazing way to get involved and meet new people. The group provides events such as movie nights, book club, walking/hiking outings, museum visits, coffee MeetUps, FUNdraising events, pub nights, clubbing, theatre, meals out, dances and many more. There is something for everyone.
Though mainly in Dublin, they have been hosted in other countries. Visit this link for more details.
Wet & Wild LGBT+
2020 is about to get Wet & Wild with this outdoor pursuit and social club. Wet & Wild LGBT+ are a phenomenal group who continue to go from strength to strength. They provide numerous indoor as well as outdoor events across Ireland and sometimes in other countries. The group is open to ideas for events and fosters a strong sense of community. To find out more, check out this link.
Pink Ladies Hockey
Founded in 2011, the Pink Ladies Hockey club has burst onto the scene, growing from five players all the way to competing in the international LGBT+ Pink Hockey community for five consecutive seasons. In 2015, they were awarded a GALA Sports Award for their contribution to LGBT+ sporting life. The club is super friendly and welcoming to everyone, whether they have been playing hockey for years or just starting out. There is no better time to get involved than in the new year. Check out this link for more details.
Phoenix Tigers Team
Set up in 2004, the Phoenix Tigers is an LBT+ soccer group based in Dublin. There is a strong sense of team building and working together throughout the club. So if you have a passion for soccer and want to level up your skills as a way to get fit in 2020, this would be a great entry point into the sporting world. Find out more at this link.
Dublin Devils FC
The Dublin Devils FC are not only a football team but they also have a robust social side. They have been an annual fixture in the Dublin Pride Parade and Pride Sports Day, and the Oscar Wilde Cup Challenge against the Emerald Warriors RFC. Joining the club is more than just the pitch, it is an amazing sense of unity among GBT+ men. It is a friendly environment and a way to connect to your community. Visit here for more info.
Out & About Hillwalking Group
For those seeking some adventure and laughs along the way, the Out & About Hillwalking Group is the ideal choice. Walking areas are mainly focused on the Wicklow Mountains, however they have branched out across the country at times. Their Sunday hikes have become a staple and have a faster or slower paced option. This group is a great way to get out and about to meet new people and get in touch with nature. If you are interested, all the contact info can be found through this link.
Dublin Front Runners AC
Looking for a way to both get fit with an end goal in mind and meet amazing people in 2020? Dublin Front Runners are a wonderful team who annually work on the Dublin Pride Run. The group has continued to grow bigger and better throughout the years and with the new year coming up, this is the perfect time to get involved. They run every Wednesday and Saturday, afterwards they go out for a meal together. No matter your skill level, there is no better time to start. Follow this look for more information.
Flaming Feathers Badminton Club
Want to put some spark in your swing? The Flaming Feathers Badminton Club are a great group to get involved with. They organise events for the court as well as off the court. Whether you want to get involved to compete, get fit, or be more social, there is something for everyone. Check out the following link for more details.
Those are some of the best ways to not only get fit in 2020 but also build strong connections with the community. So have a ball and enjoy the new year.
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