PTSB and the Olympic Federation of Ireland’s Dare to Believe programme have today been announced as the new sponsors of the PExpo, a project we have long championed and which we believe has the potential to be bigger than the BT Young Scientist.

The new look PExpo will move to the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown, Dublin for its tenth edition on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

The event is a showcase of the entries into a national competition for secondary school students around Ireland based on their projects in the fields of sport and physical fitness.

Around 300 students have already indicated their plans to submit projects. The closing date for entries is April 20, 2024.

PExpo, developed in association with the Physical Education Association of Ireland, was first held at Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun in 2015 and moved to DCU in 2018, where it remained in the years following.

Entries come from second-level schools all over the country and at last year’s PExpo, Aisling Mullen, Katie Dowds and Síne Ryan from St Columba’s College, Stranorlar, took the top senior prize for a project called ‘Mind Over Matter’.

Students are invited to submit projects under one of seven broad headings: Physical, Psychological and Tactical Demands of Performance; Power of Sport; Well-being; Technology and Media; Nutrition and Diet; Olympic Ideals and Values, and My favourite Olympian (first years only).

As well as PTSB, the Olympic Federation of Ireland’s Dare to Believe programme, and the Physical Education Association of Ireland, other supporters of PExpo ’24 include Sport Ireland, Active Cities, Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing, South Dublin County Sport Partnership, Leave No Trace, DCU Sport and Sport for Business.

We present an annual award to the project which we believe has the greatest potential to develop into a business opportunity. Last year’s winner was a self-developed bike safety system from Killian McGrath of Coláiste Mhuire in Mullingar with previous winners from Mount Temple School, Luttrellstown Community College, and St Brogan’s College in Bandon, County Cork.

“We’re very excited by our new partnership with PTSB and the OFI Dare to Believe programme, who have come in as sponsors for the event, and with our move to a larger venue at the National Indoor Arena, we’re anticipating a record entry,” said Paddy O’Reilly for the PExpo organising committee.

“As title sponsors of Team Ireland, we understand the importance of sport and physical activity to the development of young people in communities across the country and so are proud to celebrate the knowledge and passion these students have in the areas of PE, sport, health and fitness,” added Eddie Kearney, PTSB’s Head of Retail Distribution

“We are delighted to partner with PExpo this year, in particular with this being the Olympic year and the 100th anniversary of Team Ireland competing at the Olympic Games,” said Dare to Believe Programme manager Roisín Jones.

“TY teachers doing our Dare to Believe post-primary programme introduced us to the PE Xpo. We quickly realised that their grassroots-teacher led project expo aligns really well and works as a great extension of our Dare to Believe core programme as it encourages students to investigate topics related to PE & Olympic Values. Paddy and his team are doing such positive work and we are here to help them bring their event to the next level.”

Watch out in the coming weeks for the announcement of a new sport for Business conference devoted to Children and Sport which is planned to dovetail with the PExpo and bring the worlds of sport, education and business one or two steps closer together.



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