Creating New Thinking on Schools PE

Sometimes the best way to discover innovative ways of doing things is to ask the people who are doing them.

in 2018 the PEXPO will be stepping up a few gears in its search to find ideas on physical education, sport and healthy lioving for young people from within the post-primary school population.

Founded by Patrick O’Reilly a PE Teacher himself at Trinity Comprehensive in Ballymun, next years event will be staged at and supported by DCU.

It is a major step forward for the event and there is no reason why, given the enduring popularity of sport, as well as the importance of physical wellbeing, that this should not be a major part of schools thinking in future years in the same way as the BT Young Scientist Exhibition has proven to be in science and technology.

It was launched at the college by Dublin GAA stars James McCarthy and Johnny Cooper together with pupils from Coláiste Mhuire in Cobh who won the top prize last year for their MEMO (Move Early Move Often) project, a website which promotes and demonstrates the value of getting children active from an early age.

Previous entries have included a study of Hawk-Eye and goal-line technology, the publicity gap between Men’s and Women’s Sport, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and the chemistry of energy drinks.

Students are being invited to submit projects on a range of topics including games development, health promotion and nutrition and the event will take place, with a display of the projects and winners chosen by a panel of judges on March 7th.

Sport for Business is pleased to be a partner of the event this year for the first time and we will be highlighting some of the projects and the opportunities they present over the coming months and at the time of the Expo.

We will also be encouraging our Sports members to take an active interest in encouraging sport specific ideas to be brought forward from schools.

“We are delighted to host such a forward-thinking and progressive initiative for school students,” said Dr David Passmore, Dublin City University School of Health and Human Performance.

“Research of any nature really captures the imagination of young people and for DCU to be able to be a part of the expansion of PEXPO is fantastic.”

“We look forward to meeting and welcoming schools and their students from all over Ireland in March next year and we will be supporting students with the development of their ideas for projects.”

“We are all aware of the health problems facing society and the fact that so many of these can be traced back to poor levels of physical activity,” added Dr Sarah Jane Belton of DCU.

“Physical education at school offers such an important opportunity and tool for us as a society to address parts of this problem.”

“PE is not the cause of society’s ills, not in any respect, but it is in a unique position to be a huge part of the solution; and PE teachers really go above and beyond to try to make that happen.”

“The new Wellbeing programme at Junior Cycle with such a strong PE element, along with the imminent implementation of the new Senior Cycle and Leaving Certificate PE programmes, makes it a really exciting time for PE in Ireland.”

“PEXPO is an initiative that really captures the imagination, hard work, and enthusiasm of students and teachers for PE – I’m looking forward to seeing what is presented at this year’s event.”

“We see PEXPO 2018 as a great opportunity for second level students to investigate aspects of Physical Education and subsequently present projects, in the company of peers, and judged by experts in the PE area, all in the wonderful surrounds of DCU Sport,” said Founder Patrick O’Reilly of Trinity Comprehensive.

Dublin City Council, UCD, Trinity Sport and Ulster University are among the more than 230 organisations that play an active part of the Sport for Business community.

Contact us today if you would like to explore with us how your sport could feature among the bright minds of Ireland’s post-primary schools population

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