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The importance of physical activity from a young age cannot be overstated and Sport for Business is backing an event next month which aims to deepen the understanding of secondary school students across Ireland in how it can be better achieved.
The 4th Annual Physical Education Expo or PEXPO will take place at Dublin City University on March 7th. It is a one-day exhibition of projects created by students with PE as the theme in much the same fashion as the BT Young Scientist in January.
Over 150 projects are expected to be on display from schools in almost every county. The final closing date for submission is next Friday, February 16th.
A panel of judges including journalist Paul Kimmage, broadcaster Darragh Moloney and Professor Niall Moyne from DCU will select an overall winner to follow in the footsteps of Colaiste Mhuire from Cobh who took last year’s award.
Sport for Business is backing a special award for the project deemed to be of particular merit from a business perspective.
The winning school will receive a special trophy and an annual membership of Sport for Business for the teachers and students concerned in the project.
They will also be invited to present to the Sport for Business Partners ’18 Event in early June when we will gather representatives of sporting bodies and potential business partners to look at how they might work together on particular projects over the next 18 months.
“We have had a relationship with the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition on a number of occasions and the idea of building something similar relating to sport and physical activity has real merit,” said Sport for Business’ Rob Hartnett.
“With PE moving onto the Leaving Cert Curriculum now is the perfect time to engage with smart students and inspiring teachers to unleash their thinking and creativity in how the whole area of PE can be updated for the 21st century.”
“We hope that the projects will present a fresh way of engaging with children at this critical age and if a number of them have the potential to be developed as a business then so much the better. That is what we will be looking for and hopefully give a leg up to from among the student population.”
“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.
Find out more about the PEXPO, which is being supported this year by Dublin City Council’s Sport and Wellbeing Partnership at www.pexpoireland.com.