Sport for Business will be live today at the PExpo in DCU.
The event brings together schools from across the country to highlight projects relating to sport, physical education and wellbeing across a range of different areas.
Developed in association with the Physical Education Association of Ireland, PExpo aims to develop a better understanding of PE and sport among young people. It has been steadily growing through its first four years and over 1,000 students attended PExpo ‘18 with a record 150 projects entered.
This year that number will climb to over 200 and this is an event on the calendar that can only grow.
“We were delighted with the move to DCU in 2018 which, after three years in Trinity Comprehensive gave us more space and flexibility,” said Paddy O’Reilly, Founder of the idea of the event and Chairman of the PExpo ’19 organising committee.
This year there will be two new categories of award linked to the introduction of physical education to the Leaving Cert curriculum.
These will join categories that include the Power of Sport, Diet and Nutrition, Physical and Mental Well-Being, ICT and Photography, and Components of Fitness.
The event is backed by Dublin City Council, South Dublin Sports Partnership, Trinity College, Healthy Ireland, University of Limerick, Independent Newspapers and Chillax Teens as well as Trinity Comprehensive School, the Physical Education Association of Ireland and the Irish Primary PE Association.
Sport for Business will be involved in the next phase of growth for the event and we will present an award today for the project which has the greatest potential to become a commercial proposition in the business of sport.
“The introduction of PE onto the National Curriculum is in its early stages but is an incredibly important element in furthering the understanding among young people and families of the importance of physical activity,” said Rob Hartnett of Sport for Business.
“Helping to bring members of our community, from sport, business and education into closer contact with this movement, through this event, is exciting and we look forward to seeing how it develops.”
“We have seen over 50 years how the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition has grown and the ambition for PExpo must be to follow in the footsteps of that event.
“We look forward to seeing what we can do to make that happen.”
Join us tomorrow for a full report on the talent on display at DCU today.