Exercise for All! Exercise for You!

Siel Bleu Ireland
(Pending editorial review)
Ireland (Dublin)
Siel Bleu Ireland is a social enterprise which delivers life changing exercise programmes to older adults and people living with disease and disabilities. Our populations are ageing, but the years which have been added to our lives can be lived in social isolation with physical impairments. Physical Inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. It is a key contributing factor to over 35 chronic diseases such as strokes or COPD and is directly linked to medical issues such as hip fractures and dementia. But there is a simple solution, Exercise!! At Siel Bleu Ireland, we offer older adults and people living with disease and disabilities the opportunity to counteract physical inactivity, by providing them a place and a means to practice regular physical activity in a safe and encouraging environment. We employ a fantastic team of Sports Scientists who travel out to where they are needed to deliver group exercise classes in nursing homes/day care centres, community centres, to patient groups such as Arthritis Ireland and COPD Support and one to one in private homes. The innovation of Siel Bleu lies in the pairing of Sports Scientists with a different type of athlete, so instead of making an elite level athlete run .1% faster, we help John, 73 be able to tie his shoelaces for the first time in four years. Siel Bleu Ireland currently a team of 25 trainers who work with 6000+ weekly service users across 20 counties of Ireland. Siel Bleu aim to have nationwide coverage by 2022, employing 30 people and working with 10,000+ participants per week. Siel Bleu Ireland is a part of the Siel Bleu Association which is headquartered in Strasbourg France with locations in France, Spain, Belgium and Ireland.
Submitted by

Carla Piera FitzGerald (18 November 2019)


My name is Carla Piera, I have been working for Siel Bleu for the past 8+ years. In 2011, I was out of college, unemployed at the height of the recession and acting as a co-carer for the then 86 year old father. I witnessed first hand the impact of not being able to keep up physically with everyone else, while he was still mentally sharp. I decided one night to see if I could volunteer for a charity, and I stumbled upon Siel Bleu which had only been established 10 months earlier. I applied as a communications volunteer at 7pm and by 8:30am the next day I started working with them. In 2014 I took over the running of the organisation with my colleague and together we have grown it from 45 weekly services users to 6000 per week.

Project leader

Thomas McCabe - National Manger - Carla Piera FitzGerald - Brand Manager

Jennifer is an oesophageal cancer survivor, who was so devastated but the impact of her radiation she was unable to do much for herself, after only 6 months of exercising with Siel Bleu, Jennifer at 73 can do 150 squats in one session!

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The participants of Loughlinstown Parkinson's Group exercising to improve the side effects of their disease

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