T&C’s Ireland Gear Bundle Giveaway

15. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.

16. The entrant is happy to appear on Intersport Elverys social channels in any photography or video captured on the day. If this is an issue for any participants please inform us prior to the closing of said event. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

17. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

18. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

19. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Irish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ireland.

20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Intersport Elverys and not to any other party.

22. The FAI Umbro gear will be supplied in 2021 to the specific winners to the value of €500 for 1st, €400 for 2nd and €300 for 3rd. Or a voucher can be used in-store when they re-open.

23. The names and clothing sizes of the winning family members will have to be provided to Intersport Elverys, in order to fulfill the prize.

Thanks for reading and entering our competition.

Get Ireland Running – The FAQ’s of Running

Get Ireland Running is a national campaign that aims to increase awareness and encourage widespread participation in running for health, well being and fitness. Athletics Ireland in coordination with Intersport Elverys and Irish Runner Magazine will be offering up free tips and advice on transforming your life by being physically active. Quite often all three partners get asked a variety of questions about running so we thought it would be great to answer some of the frequently asked questions

How do I get started?

Start walking for a length of time that feels comfortable–anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Once you can walk for 30 minutes easily, sprinkle 1- to 2-minute running sessions into your walking. As time goes on, make the running sessions longer, until you’re running for 30 minutes straight. See our walk your first run blog post for more tips and advice.

Do I need to stretch before I run?

Warming up is a key part of any exercise routine, so time is best spent warming up the muscles rather than stretching before activity. Do a couple of minutes of light aerobic exercise to loosen up your muscles and warm you up for your run. Some good pre-run warm-up exercises include walking briskly, marching, jogging slowly, or cycling on a stationary bike. Make sure you don’t rush your warmup.

Where can I find someone to run with?

The most common way to find a group to run with is to reach out to your local athletics club, each of which cater for a range of ages and abilities. You can find a full list of the Athletics Clubs throughout Ireland here. Alteravily why not get involved in your local parkrun.

Can I join a running club even though I can’t run very far?

Athletics Ireland has a mission to support and develop athletics across all ages, disciplines, and abilities and to contribute positively to increasing physical activity levels across the entire population. Our clubs are a great starting point for anyone thinking about getting involved in running, with many running Fit4Life, Couch to 5k, and beginner programmes, so make sure to get in touch with your local club.

What footwear do I need? 

Running doesn’t require much outside of the will to start, but you have to have a good pair of running shoes. Running shoes are designed to help your foot strike the ground properly, reducing the amount of shock that travels up your leg. They’re also made to fit your foot snugly, which reduces the slipping and sliding that can lead to blisters. Visit your local Intersport Elverys store and have our team of running experts help pick the footwear best suited to your needs. The footwear service promise will usually involve a quick Footbalance fitting which we can’t recommend enough. Click here for more information on this topic.

How is running on a treadmill different from outdoor runs?

A treadmill “pulls” the ground underneath your feet, and you don’t face any wind resistance, both of which make running somewhat easier. Many treadmills are padded, making them a good option if you’re carrying a few extra pounds or are injury-prone and want to decrease impact. To better simulate the effort of outdoor running, you can always set your treadmill at a 1-percent incline.

Where should I run?

The beauty of running is that it’s right outside your front door. You can run anywhere that’s safe and enjoyable to do so. The best running routes are scenic, well lit, free of traffic, and well populated. Think of running as a way to explore new territory. Some of our suggestions would be to check out your local Blueway or parkrun.

I always feel out of breath when I run, is something wrong?

Yes, you’re probably trying to run too fast. Relax. Slow down. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is to run too fast. Concentrate on breathing from deep down in your belly, and if you have to, take walking breaks.

How do I prevent getting a side stitch when I run?

Side stitches are common among beginners because your abdomen is not used to the jostling that running causes. Most runners find that stitches go away as fitness increases. Also, don’t eat any solid foods during the hour before you run. When you get a stitch, breathe deeply, concentrating on pushing all of the air out of your abdomen. This will stretch out your diaphragm muscle (just below your lungs), which is usually where a cramp occurs.

There are also €10,000 worth of prizes to be won. Enter HERE.

Shop all running goods from footwear, clothing, accessories and tech here at Intersport Elverys.


Get Ireland Running – There’s a run in #allofus – Campaign Introduction

Get Ireland Running is a national campaign that aims to increase awareness and encourage widespread participation in running for health, wellbeing and fitness. Athletics Ireland in coordination with Intersport Elverys and Irish Runner Magazine will be offering up free tips and advice on transforming your life by being physically active. All three partners are enthusiastic about inspiring and helping more people to enjoy the physical and emotional wellbeing benefits of running, and share the belief that there is a run in all of us.

Exercise helps with not only your physical health but also your mental health, and the simplicity and accessibly of running makes it the perfect form of exercise to be enjoyed throughout life. And don’t worry if you’re just starting out, over 300,000 people in Ireland run on a regular basis already so won’t have to go it alone – Through 360 Athletics Clubs, Nationwide Fit4Life Groups, and 660 affiliated schools, Athletics Ireland continues to support people from the ages of 8 to 80 staying active, fit and healthy.

The hardest part is making that first step but there are number of ways to get started, the most common of which is to reach out to your local athletics club, each of which cater for a range of ages and abilities. You can find a full list of the Athletics Clubs throughout Ireland here.

At Intersport Elverys we are a destination for all things running covering everything from footwear, technical clothing and accessories to nutrition, supports and tech.  On top of our partnership with Athletics Ireland we have been working closely with Brooks and Asics, two of the most well recognized brands in the running community right now.

Brooks as a running brand believe their purpose is to inspire everyone to run and be active, they believe a run can flat out change a day, a life, the world. Asics was founded on the belief that the way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness. These are key messages that we strive to get across to runners on a daily basis in store and online.

Our goal is to bring this campaign to life with the help of Athletics Ireland, Brooks and Asics through informative content and tips as well as providing runners with the right running gear to suit every need. We have over 50 stores across Ireland with excellent running advisers working in each of them, all with the same belief that the runner always comes first. This is something that our partners and the brands that we are working with on Get Ireland Running all have in common.

At Intersport Elverys we know that every runner is different and getting the right footwear is an important process for any runner. We provide unique techniques along with the latest technologies in store to make sure every running shoe meets your needs. Our team will take you through a series of steps to figure out your foot type with the first step always being getting to know you as a runner. The beauty of running is it starts right outside your front door and Get Ireland Running is a celebration of that simple fact.

If you aren’t ready to get involved in club life just yet, then our Get Ireland Running Blog will provide the perfect resource to get you up and running!

We look forward to supporting you on the journey.

There are €10,000 worth of prizes to be won. Enter HERE.

Shop all running goods from footwear, clothing, accessories and tech here at Intersport Elverys!



New look in our stores across Connacht – A Fresh Feel to your Intersport Elverys Experience

Here at Intersport Elverys we have been working to improve our customers experiences in-store, by revamping our stores across Ireland. We have currently refurbished a variety of our stores across Connacht with a fresh modern look and feel. We are looking forward to continuing our efforts by restoring all our stores nationwide.

Some of the key changes to each store include a black lasting paint finish across all of our fixtures and fittings, black cages for an improved open view of products, updated footwear sections, new wooden flooring, renovated fitting rooms and more. The black theme is to add a modernized feel to the stores as well as complimenting our Intersport Elverys logo. Check out below to see some of the improvements in more detail in stores such as Tuam, Westport, Castlebar, Claremorris, Galway Retail Park and Sligo.

Tuam, Tuam Shopping Centre. 

Our Tuam store which is located in the Tuam Shopping Centre has seen a wide range of renovations, including new wooden flooring, an improved footwear section with an eye catching bright and open shoe wall, with a new Astroturf flooring as well as black leather couches for lounging. The walls in the clothing section have been removed to let the natural sunlight shine through the store.

Westport, Bridge Street.

The Westport location on Bridge Street has also renewed their footwear section, offering a bright and open shoe wall with a vibrant Astroturf flooring and lounge couches for fitting. We have increased our fittings and made several improvements to the store, to really elevate the customer experience of locals and visiting tourists.

Castlebar, Bridge Street. 

The Castlebar store on Bridge Street has a renewed black look all throughout the store as well as new blacked out fixtures and fittings that compliment the store. More renovations include a new active footwear section, with lounge couches in addition to some renewed fittings rooms throughout the store.

Sligo, Johnston Court Shopping Centre. 

Our Sligo store in Johnston Court Shopping Centre has seen similar refreshments to the rest of the Connacht stores, most notably our new Footwear Zone extension on from the shop floor. The store has a well illuminated open floor plan, which adds to the customers shopping experience.

Claremorris, Ballindine Road. 

Our Claremorris store has a new wooden flooring, added fittings to improve view of stock and a bright, open shoe wall with a vibrant Astroturf flooring and lounge couches to add to customers experience. A new black finish look has also been added to the fixtures and fittings across the entire store.

Galway, Headford Road Retail Park.

The Galway Retail Park store on Headford Road has also been treated to a black finish across all fixtures and fittings, high standing cages to increase product capacity, improve view of products and a new footwear and boot section. It also has lounge couches for trying the perfect pair on.

Our goal is to add these renovations and create a modernized look across our Intersport Elverys stores nationwide. If you’re reading this and we haven’t got to your local store yet, we plan to get to it very soon.

Make sure to call in-store and see the changes for yourself or click below to shop our website where we have everything sports, running, training and home gym related. As always, thanks for choosing to shop with Intersport Elverys in-store and online!


Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Best Football Boots

Here at Elverys, we pride ourselves on having a wide range of football boots from all the top brands to suit everyone. Whether you play football, GAA, or rugby, we will have something to suit your needs.

Having all the key information is vital when you are considering which are the best football boots for you.

Elverys has you covered if you need to get the perfect fit, too.

We offer a comprehensive foot measuring service in-store for adults and kids, to ensure that the football boot you pick fits like a sock. If you’d rather shop from home, we also have a comprehensive guide on how to measure your feet correctly yourself!

Below is all the information you need when selecting which football boots are best for yourself or your kids.

If you already know what size and shape you are, you don’t want to miss our Ultimate Footbal Boot Review Guide for 2024 here!

Football Boot Types

It matters what pitch you typically play on when it comes to choosing the right football boot.

Whether you play on firm ground, soft ground, or Astroturf, we’ve got a comprehensive guide to choosing the best football boots for that surface.

Firm Ground (FG) Boots

Firm ground football boots are the most popular boot type sold.

They are designed to give maximum grip and comfort on natural grass pitches in dry to slightly wet conditions. These are perfect for summer when the ground is dry and firm, or even in winter when pitches tend to freeze over.

Players often ask if they can use firm ground football boots on Astroturf? The simple answer – Yeah, you definitely can!

While Astroturf boots are best for, well, Astroturf (more on that a minute), firm ground boots can get the job done. Especially if you play on firm ground more often and only need them for Astroturf every once in a while.

Firm ground boots usually have moulded studs -perfect for use on hard or dry surfaces. The studs are strategically placed to help relieve stud pressure on the foot.

With firm ground boots, studs come in all sizes, shapes, and patterns.

Two of the most popular stud types are conical and bladed.

  • Conical studs offer more mobility and quicker releases from the ground.
  • Bladed studs offer better traction because of a larger surface area.


Soft Ground (SG) Boots

Soft ground boots have aluminum studs in order to grip wet and muddy grass surfaces. They’re actually ideal for use in Ireland due to the unpredictability of the weather, and many grass surfaces stay soft all year round.

With soft ground football boots, there are two different kinds of stud configuration — the traditional 6-stud configuration and the modern mixed sole configuration.

  • The traditional 6-stud configuration uses 2 metal studs at the rear of the boot and 4 at the toe of the boot. For a long time, this was the best pattern for total traction on a soggy pitch. But the trade-off was the stud pressure it caused because of the distribution and the smaller number of studs.
  • The modern mixed sole configuration takes the standard firm ground sole plate and mixes in interchangeable metal studs to create even better traction and grip. Plus, it adds more comfort than the 6-stud configuration because the studs are more evenly placed!

Astroturf Boots

Football players playing on astroturf pitch with astroturf football boots

(alt-text: Football players playing on astroturf pitch with astroturf football boots.)

Can you use football boots on astroturf? Absolutely! Especially if you snag football boots designed specifically for astroturf.

Astroturf boots usually have a lower profile to keep you closer to the ground to prevent slipping on the turf. These are usually more cushioned than traditional firm ground and soft ground football boots.

They’re perfect for anyone playing five-a-side football with their friends. And they’re great for kids who play outdoors because they withstand a lot of wear and tear.

Other Considerations When Buying the Best Football Boots

Other than the type of football boot, there are a couple of other things you should consider.

How Wide Should Football Boots Be?

Most boots are made for standard-width feet, but some are made with wide or narrow feet in mind. If you’ve got a narrow or wide foot, make sure you get a football boot that’s tailored to your size. Find what fits your foot best.

What is the Best Weight for Your Football Boots?

Make sure the weight of the boot is suited for you and the position you play. If you rely on speed for your position, you may want to go with a lighter boot. But if you’re playing a defending position, you can get away with a slightly heavier one.

How Tight Football Boots Should Be

As you’re trying out new football boots, you’ll probably wonder just how tight football boots should be. Your football boots shouldn’t be tight so much as snug. You want to make sure your new boots aren’t cutting off your circulation, but you don’t want them to be slipping around your ankles, either.

A snug (not tight) football boot means you have some room to wiggle your toes, but not enough room that you feel like you’re falling out of them.

What Features Do My Football Boots Need?

Can the boot do something extra for you and your match? Do you need more control, and does it offer that? Do you need more intensity in your shooting, and does it help you with that? Figure out what features will help you based on your position, and find a boot that helps you do it!

What’s The Difference Between P1, P2, and P3 Football Boots?

  • P1 = top end on field boots worn by Nike and Adidas sponsored athletes
  • P2 = mid-level top end club player
  • P3 = entry level / part time player

What to Know When Buying Football Boots

Once you’ve considered which football boots are best for you, it’s time to get to buying. When you start the process of buying your next pair of football boots, it can be easy to get carried away and rush through the process.

So, to help you keep a level head while you pick out your next pair, we’ve got more advice to keep in mind.

Football player wears firm ground football boots on dry, hard pitch

Get a Boot That is Durable and Long Lasting

Make sure you get a pair that is durable and will last a long time through normal wear and tear, especially if you play often!

Don’t Buy The Coolest or The Most Colourful Pair You Can Find

The football boots that look the coolest are always tempting to buy. If you look better, you play better, right? Uh, no. Not necessarily true. Those boots might be the nicest on the pitch, but if they don’t meet your needs as a player, don’t buy them!

Get The Right Ones For Your Specific Position

Different positions will have different needs and features when it comes to football boots. Don’t snag a pair that’s made for strikers if you don’t play that position. You’ll need something geared more to what you do play. Find the right boots for what you play on the pitch so you can get the most out of them.

Don’t Just Buy What Everyone Else Has

Buy what’s best for you and what feels the most comfortable to you, even if your mates have something (or recommend something) completely different. Ultimately, you’re the one playing in them — not anyone else. Find what feels best for you!

Trust The Process and Don’t Rush Into Buying A Pair

Keep doing your research and trust the process of finding the right football boots for you and how you play. It’s easy to rush and buy the first pair you see or the ones that look the coolest. But if it doesn’t feel right, or even if you’re having trouble finding the right pair, the worst thing you can do is rush it and buy ones that don’t fit your needs.

No matter what type you need, we have a wide range for you to choose from.

And now that you have the information you need to find the best football boots for you, go ahead and buy your perfect pair!


Shop the full range of football boots at Intersport Elverys HERE.

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