Active School Flag and Be Active ASAP

Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland. The award recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. It is open to primary and post primary, special schools and Youthreach centres in the Republic of Ireland to apply.

The ASF process requires schools to self-evaluate across three areas: Physical Education/Physical Activity/Partnerships. Thereafter schools are required to plan and implement improvements that will have a tangible effect on their school community and will satisfy the ASF Success Criteria.

BE Active ASAP can help schools wishing to achieve the Active School Flag:

Physical Activity - Extra-Curricular Activities
The Be Active ASAP is designed for seven/eight-year-olds and takes place for approximately 50 minutes immediately after school on a selected day every week throughout the year

Partnerships - Working with Parents
Parental involvement in the Be Active ASAP is a crucial aspect of the programme. The Be Active ASAP uses school facilities, is led by teacher leaders and supported by volunteer parent leaders. The programme aims to improve the attitudes of both children and their parents towards physical activity and lay the foundation for positive, lifelong physical activity habits

Partnerships – Working with National Agencies
Be Active ASAP is driven by a national working group consisting of members of the HSE, the Irish Sports Council and St. Patrick’s College.

 Active School Week


Active School Week (ASW) is an integral part of the ASF process and schools wishing to obtain the ASF must organise an Active School Week as part of their annual school calendar.

Please contact the Be Active ASAP National coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for ideas on incorporating Be Active ASAP into the Active School Week programme.

For more details about the Active School Flag programme visit www.activeschoolflag.ie or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or open the ASF Information Leaflet

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The Active School Flag initiative is funded by the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills and based in Mayo Education Centre.

Latest News +

European Week of Sport 2018
Thursday, 30 August 2018

The #BeActive Schools campaign for European Week of Sport this year (September 22-30) focuses on running and the campaign is called the ‘RUN Around EUROPE’ Challenge. Active Sc [ ... ]

**Tutor Recruitment 2018**
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Be Active ASAP wishes to recruit tutors to deliver the programme to teachers within schools nationwide. There are vacancies in the following counties:  KILKENNY, LONGFORD, GALWAY,  [ ... ]

European Week of Sport 2017
Friday, 25 August 2017

The #BeActive Schools campaign for European Week of Sport this year (September 23-30) focuses on running and the campaign is called the ‘RUN Around EUROPE’ Challenge. Active School Flag and S [ ... ]

Be Active ASAP certificates 2016/2017
Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Be Active ASAP participation cert Be Active ASAP leader cert Please click on the links above to download a Be Active ASAP certificate for the year 2016/2017. We hope you enjoyed the programme!

Active School Week 2017
Tuesday, 25 April 2017