It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the website of the Be Active After-School Activity Programme (ASAP). The Health Promotion Department of the HSE Dublin North East is especially delighted to support this programme as it adds significantly to our Health Promoting Schools programme, involving parents in their children’s physical activity experiences and working in partnership with principals and teachers. The Be Active ASAP aims to improve the physical activity patterns of school children by introducing them to a wide variety of activities in a fun, supportive, positive environment, fostering positive attitudes toward physical activity during children’s crucial formative years.

Emer Smyth, Senior Administrative Officer,

Dept. of Health Promotion & Improvement, HSE Dublin North East.




Be Active ASAP

Takes place after school on school grounds.

This offers a safe, familiar, convenient setting for an age-appropriate introduction to after-school physical activity.

Designed for 7-8 year olds.

This is an age at which children begin to make decisions regarding their likes/dislikes or abilities regarding physical activity.

Led by trained teacher leaders.

Teachers were chosen to lead the programme as they have the knowledge to adjust activities to challenge children appropriately, irrespective of ability.

Involves parents in their children’s physical activity.

Parental support is crucial to the programme to improve the adult:child ratio, to support the teacher and to set a good example for the children.

Gives children the chance to succeed.

This programme concentrates on building confidence across a broad range of activities echoing the Physical Education Curriculum for Primary Schools experienced by children during the school day.


Below are some examples of the Be Active ASAP in action.   

Latest News +

National Active School Week 2014
Thursday, 03 April 2014

The National Active School Week will take place May 12-16  . This is a fantastic opportunity for your school to organise a fun filled week of physical activities.

National working group member Frances Murphy from St. Patrick's College in Drumcondra on children being key to a fit and healthy future. The article in the Independent can be viewed here

Be Active ASAP Dance Music
Thursday, 21 March 2013

Be Active ASAP recommended dance music (as per teacher leader manual) is now available at the following YouTube link - Be Active ASAP Dance

Irish Times Article
Wednesday, 20 March 2013

On Tuesday 19th March 2013 the Irish Times published an article titled 'Schooling Children in Physical Activity for life'. The article focused on exercise initiatives within St. Peter and Paul's NS in [ ... ]

Schools Competition
Monday, 11 March 2013

**Calling all schools in Dublin city, Fingal, Louth, Meath, Cavan & Monaghan** Keep an eye on this section for the new Be Active ASAP schools competition. Details to follow shortly.