Dublin Made Easy: Alternative Sports

by Staff Reporter

The weather is getting better, the evenings are getting longer, and everyone’s looking for a way to make the best of the summer months.

Traditional sports might not be everyone’s cup of tea – so why not look a little bit outside of the box (or court or pitch)? We’ve compiled some of Dublin’s more ‘alternative’ sport activities, from ziplining through the Dublin mountains to ‘bubble football’, there’s something to tickle everyone’s interest across the city this Summer.

Zip It

LOCATION: Tibradden Wood, Dublin 16
Highlight: An unusual activity in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains

For the thrillseekers amongst us, there’s an exhilerating escape on offer in the Dublin Mountains.

Zip It is a series of platforms on trees at various heights connected by a range of activities. You can cross rope bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets and ziplines at heights from one to 20 metres off the ground!

There are five circuits ranging in difficulty. Each circuit gets a little bit more difficult as you go along.

It’s billed as ideal for those new to the world of adventure who want a ‘bite-sized’ challenge, but also for those embarking on the next stage of their thrillseeking quest.
It can take up to four hours to clear three circuits, with more information available from zipit.ie

Park Petanque Club

LOCATION: Bushy Park, Dublin 6
Highlight: Something a bit more alternative for a park-based sport

Park Petanque Club were established in 1994 in Bushy Park.

For the uninitiated, Petanque is a game akin to traditional boules; the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally “piglet”) or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground.

This Saturday at Bushy Park, the club will host the inter-club meet, but they have a host of events on throughout the year for those looking to get involved, or simply come along out of curiosity.

For more information on the club, and Petanque as a whole, you can take a look at parkpetanqueclub.com. Other petanque venues in Dublin include the southside’s Marlay Park, and Cabinteely Park.

Bubble Football

LOCATION: AstroPark Coolock & Tallaght
Highlight: Less risk of injury means that you can tackle to your hearts content

Everyone likes a bit of a kickabout in the Summer months – a lazy pass of the ball, until things potentially turn a bit more competitive.

Enter Bubble Football, available at AstroPark’s two Dublin locations. Wearing ‘bubbles’, you can feel free to tackle and bash about to your hearts content injury free for the opportunity to take home the winning title.

Also called ‘body zorbing’ or ‘bumper balls’, it’s a great day out for kids, team building exercises and more. It’s a good way of getting out and active, but also getting those slightly less interested in traditional football involved as well.

More information on Bubble Football is available from astroparkevents.ie.

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