Sligo Rovers 50KM Challenge is launched

Sligo Rovers will kick off the Sligo Rovers 50km Challenge Club Fundraiser which will see people from all over the world asked to sign up and join us to walk, run, cycle or wheel 50KM between now and the end of April while raising funds on behalf of the Bit O’ Red while improving their fitness level, getting out and about and being part of the club.

You can register your fundraising page on

Join the 50km Challenge

It’s completely up to the individual how fast you go, and what routes you take. All that matters is that you post the distances to your fundraising page.

Record your steps, post and share photos of your activity across our Social Media platforms Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Tik Tok.  See how you fare out on the 50km Challenge leaderboard on the website in terms of steps taken and funds raised. Our dedicated Facebook page ‘Sligo Rovers 50KM Challenge’ will keep all participants updated throughout the Event.

All funds raised will go directly into the Club to support the Men’s and Women’s teams together with the six thriving teams in our renowned Academy. It will also support the planned development of a new state-of-the-art Stadium at The Showgrounds which will be for the benefit of everyone in the Bit O ’Red community.

Sligo Rovers has produced a beanie hat for the occasion as well and the first 500 registrants will receive a free Beanie.


We encourage tracking your distances offline and then uploading screenshots to social media and updating your iDonate page after each activity. You can also sync your fitness trackers to the page and upload these automatically.


We will have challengers in far flung places such as San Francisco, Buenos Aires, London and New York so please let your friends and family overseas know they can join in as well. If you have a cousin in Cairo or a sister in Sydney let them know – everyone is welcome to participate. This will be a truly global event for our Club.

Sligo Rovers FC Chairman Tommy Higgins said:

“We are delighted to launch this event for Sligo Rovers Football Club. It promises to be a key and fun event in our Clubs fundraising calendar. We would like to acknowledge the support of our supporters and followers in Sligo and around the globe and indeed that of our local stakeholders, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Health Service Executive, Health Promotions and Sligo’s Atlantic Technical University. There is such goodwill out there for our community owned club and every day we are a step closer to realising our state-of-the-art world class Stadium at the Showgrounds” Mr Higgins concluded.

Cara O’ Neill, HSE, Head of Health and Wellbeing:

“HSE Health and Wellbeing are delighted to partner with Sligo Rovers to encourage everyone to move more during the month of April. Whatever you’ll be amazed at how much better you will feel. Small changes can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. By joining the Sligo Rovers April community walking programme, you are doing something positive to improve your health and wellbeing. This is a great opportunity to get out and get active and maybe encourage a friend to join you. The HSE will provide weekly healthy motivational messages throughout. So come on take your first steps to a healthier you.”

Sports Co-ordinator Deirdre Lavin said “At Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership we are delighted to support SRFC 50K Challenge as it contributes to the achievement of our core objective of getting people of all ages physically active. Walking is an ideal form of exercise regardless of fitness levels and I encourage everyone to take part in the challenge and enjoy being active in the outdoors either in your neighbourhood or on one of the many wonderful woodland or coastal walks on our doorstep in Sligo.”

Reasons for Involvement:

  1. It fits with our objective of getting people active
  2. Suits all ages and abilities
  3. Able to be done in all geographical part of the County
  4. Opportunity for people to join local community walking groups once challenge is over and enjoyed sustained physical activity
  5. Potential for people to become more aware of the many walking trails in the County (

Yvonne Roach, Healthy Campus Co-ordinator , Atlantic Technological University Sligo said:

“Healthy Campus at ATU Sligo is delighted to support the SRFC 50 Km Challenge. A key theme of a Healthy Campus is to encourage our campus population to be active, this is so important for our physical health but also for our mental health and wellbeing. Ms Roach added “Our campus population also like a challenge, so we will be encouraging everyone to get out there during April and raise loads of money for Sligo Rovers Football Club.”

On behalf of everyone at Sligo Rovers Football Club we would like to thank you for participating in the #50kmChallenge and wish you all the very best.

Come on Rovers!

Join the 50km Challenge