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European Week of Sport 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 Sport Ireland are asking schools to pick a European capital city and to work together to run the distance from Dublin to that city (1 lap = 1km).  Details below.

European week of sport 2017

European week of sport 2017 challenge

*** Tutor recruitment ***

Be Active ASAP wishes to recruit tutors to deliver the programme to teachers within schools nationwide. There are vacancies in the following counties: 

KERRY, KILKENNY, LONGFORD, MAYO, OFFALY, ROSCOMMON, SLIGO, TIPPERARY, WESTMEATH & WEXFORD.

Tutors may be asked to deliver outside their county if geographically viable.

Please forward your CV and covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The closing date for applications is 4th August 2017.

If you would like to further information please contact 046-9067337 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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Be Active ASAP certificates 2016/2017

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

ASW Poster 2017

Infographic 2016

The Be Active ASAP 2016 infographic is available below. 2016 was a hugely successful year for the programme with teachers from 154 schools nationwide attending teacher training. This has brought the total number of schools trained to 741. With a programme evaluation pending in 2017 and huge interest in teacher training already this New Year, it promises to be another exciting year ahead for Be Active ASAP.

Infographic 2017

*Research opportunity* - Evaluation of the Be Active ASAP

 

Masters Studentship
Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Evaluation of the Be Active After School Activity Programme (Be Active ASAP)


The Be Active After School Activity Programme (ASAP) encourages children aged 7 – 8 years to take part in physical activity after school in the school setting. The programme is overseen by a multi-agency steering group comprising representatives of key stakeholders, the Health Services Executive (HSE), Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP), Sport Ireland (SI) and St. Patrick’s College of Education. This is an extra-curricular programme run for second class in primary school, it is based on the physical education curriculum and is delivered by volunteer parents and a school teacher in each school. There are almost 700 schools trained to deliver Be Active ASAP nationwide. See www.beactiveasap.ie for further information.

Evaluation of Be Active ASAP was identified as Action Number 10 in the National Physical Activity Plan (Healthy Ireland 2016). The evaluation will assess whether the programme is achieving its objectives:

  • to provide opportunities for children to engage in physical activity in a safe, non-competitive setting;

  • to be developed and overseen through strong multi-agency partnership and delivered though active collaboration between parents and teachers; and

  • to provide pathways for children for sustained participation in sport and physical activity beyond the programme’s duration.

As a full-time research masters student you will be assigned to this project and work as part of a larger team. The project team includes Dr Elaine Murtagh (Mary Immaculate College), Dr Sarahjane Belton (Dublin City University) and Prof Catherine Woods (University of Limerick).

The studentship will cover annual postgraduate fees and a stipend (€10,000 per annum) for two years. Successful applicants will normally have a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in physical activity and health, exercise science, physical education or a cognate area.

Experience of working with children is welcome. You would need to be able to demonstrate your ability to work independently with support from a supervisor and the enthusiasm to contribute to a research environment. A full driving licence and access to a car is essential as the candidate will be required to travel to school sites for data collection. Evidence of project management, scientific writing and collecting and analysing physical activity and questionnaire data would be an advantage.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Elaine Murtagh, Department of Arts Education and Physical Education, Mary Immaculate College. Tel: + 353 (0)61 204569; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send a CV (with contact details of two referees) and a personal statement outlining why you would like to pursue this research opportunity and why you think you are a suitable candidate to Dr Elaine Murtagh via email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Closing date for receipt of applications is 7th December 2016. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend for interview (14th December 2016). The successful candidate is expected to begin working on the project in January 2017.

Mid term game from Be Active ASAP folder

Below is a simple and fun game to get your children's imagination flowing over the midterm/holiday period. See what they can come up with. You will be surprised how creative children can be.

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Parents in Sport Week

Parents in Sport Week is set to run from the 3rd – 9th of October 2016

https://thecpsu.org.uk/news/2016/october/parents-in-sport-week

Certificates 2015/2016

The Be Active ASAP Certificates for 2014/2015 are now available for all participating schools. 

Be Active ASAP leader certificate

Be Active ASAP children certificate

Congratulations to all schools who participated in the programme this year. We hope you, your children and parent leaders enjoyed the fun filled activities.

15 signs that your child is physically literate

 

15 signs that your child is physically literate

If you were looking for signs that your kids were physically literate, what would you look for?

In the simplest sense, physical literacy means your kids have good movement skills. But it also means they show confidence in their skills when they are trying something new, and they understand basic words and concepts around movement. They also tend to look for opportunities to be active.

If your kids are physically literate, here are some things you might see:

  1. You are at the beach and you ask your daughter to throw you a granola bar. She tosses it perfectly into your hands from 3 metres away.
  1. You tell your son to tread water in the pool, and he knows you’re not asking him to walk on water.
  1. While on a family hike, you encounter a stream. Your children cross it by hopping effortlessly from stone to stone without falling or getting their feet wet. (And they laugh with glee at the challenge.)
  1. Relaxing in your living room, you turn on some good dance music. Your kids immediately start to gyrate, twist, shuffle their feet, and shake their bodies in rhythm to the music.
  1. While walking with your daughter in the park, your path is blocked by a large puddle. She doesn’t hesitate. She takes a run at it and leaps over it before you can tell her not to.
  1. Your kids use doorframes, stair rails, and fences as climbing equipment.
  1. When you go to the playground, your daughter jumps off monkey bars, climbing walls, and swings and shouts “Look at me!” (And she sticks the landing each time.)
  1. You ask your son to help you move some boxes. Each time he picks one up, he automatically bends his knees.
  1. You toss your daughter the television remote, and she catches it without flinching, blinking, or going into spasms of panic.
  1. Your son’s bike is covered in scratches and dents, and it frequently needs small repairs. Why? Because he uses it to jump off curbs, race friends, and leap over small water features.
  1. When your kids get new sports equipment or dance shoes, they say “awesome!”
  1. Whenever she encounters a game of street hockey, scrub baseball, tennis, volleyball, basketball, or pickup soccer, your daughter jumps into the game without hesitating. Even though she doesn’t generally play that sport.
  1. It’s difficult to walk through your garage without tripping over bicycles, basketballs, hockey sticks, scooters, skateboards, and soccer balls.
  1. Your 7-year-old resents you for “forcing” him to eat his favorite dinner. Because he wanted to stay outside playing tag and climbing trees with his friends.
  1. Your children start spontaneously inventing their own games using balls, balloons, and even sticks and stones!
Information courtest of Active for Life in Canada www.activeforlife.com

Trained Schools section

The trained schools section of the website has been updated to reflect the current locations of all trained Be Active ASAP schools. Please visit http://www.beactiveasap.ie/the-programme/trained-schools for more information.

Active School Week 2016

NOTE TO SCHOOLS: Active School Week 2016 is from April 25th-29th.

ASW Poster 2016

Be Active ASAP and my school

'Be Active ASAP and my school'

We are inviting all schools that have been trained to deliver Be Active ASAP to submit a few words on the title 'Be Active ASAP and my school'. Short testimonials from children, parents & teachers and some photo's would be sufficient. We will contact all schools once their submissions have been received and we hope to use all school information (if applicable) on our website to include your school name and badge.

The information you submit may also be useful to help evidence completion of the relevant Active School Flag review areas. 

For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or ring 0469067337

Teacher training

Nationwide teacher training

Be Active ASAP teacher training is being scheduled nationwide during the Spring and after easter. If your school is interested in participating in the programme, please fill out the expression of interest form under the contact section of our website.

Active School Flag

The Active School Flag section of the this website has been updated. The successful criteria, information leaflet and a link to more details on Active School Week are now available under the Active School Flag tab at the top of any page on the website.

***2015 Infographic***

BeActiveASAP infographic 2015 web version

Thank you to all the schools, teachers, parents and children that participated in 2015. A huge thank you to the HSE, Sport Ireland including all the LSP's and St. Pat's DCU for their continued support.

IPPEA Primary PE teacher award

The IPPEA have designed the Primary Physical Education Teacher Award to celebrate innovation, achievement and best practice in delivering a quality physical education programme. 

Click on the link to bring you to the new tab on our website for the simple application procedure 

http://www.irishprimarype.com/ippea-award/.  

Be Active ASAP in all 26 Counties

Be Active ASAP in all 26 Counties

From November 2015, Be Active ASAP will now be available to 26 counties nationwide. National rollout began in 2012 in association with an interested number of Local Sports Partnerships who assigned tutors to deliver the programme to schools.

As Be Active ASAP grew, the demand for the programme within each county grew. The programme expanded from 6 areas in the old HSE Dublin North East region to 17 counites in 2013, 22 in 2014 and now in 2015 we have all 26 counties delivering Be Active ASAP. This is a wonderful achievement and a credit to the schools that requested the programme be delivered within their respective counties.

Before year end 2015 we will publish the counties and number of schools trained to deliver Be Active ASAP within these counties since programme inception in 2008. 

Take the #MyWeek #BeActive Challenge!

The Challenge: how to take part!

  • Sign up for the Challenge
  • Pick a single week between 15 June and 28 August in which to take the Challenge
  • Engage in sport or physical activity 3 days (minimum) in that week
  • Take a picture or video of yourself engaged in each of your activities
  • Post a minimum of 3 pictures or a video, adding hashtags #BeActive #MyWeek, on the Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
  • Challenge your friends to take part!

http://ec.europa.eu/sport/week/take-part/register-photo-competition_en.htm

Be Active ASAP Certificates

The Be Active ASAP Certificates for 2014/2015 are now available for all participating schools.

Be Active ASAP Participation cert

Be Active ASAP Leader cert

Be Active ASAP Generic cert

Congratulations to all schools who participated in the programme this year. We hope you, your children and parent leaders enjoyed the fun filled activities.

Expressions of Interest

We are actively accepting Expressions of Interest from all Primary Schools nationwide. Please visit the contact section of the website to express your interest in Be Active ASAP. 

Childhood Obesity - Get the facts

Childhood Obesity infographic from Safefood.

http://www.safefood.eu/SafeFood/media/SafeFoodLibrary/ChildhoodObesity/childhoodobesityinfographic.jpg

Beyond the Gym: Increasing Outside of School Physical Activity through Physical Education

Beyond the Gym: Increasing Outside of School Physical Activity through Physical Education

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07303084.2014.855597?utm_content=buffer0c446&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#.VUiCjvlViko

Physical literacy builds a great foundation for sporting success

Physical Literacy is the development of fundamental movement and skills that permit a child to move confi dently and with control in a wide range of sport situations

Read more: http://static.ow.ly/docs/SIMPhysicalLiteracyFINAL_3g3Z.pdf

New primary school guidelines on mental health promotion published

Schools play a vital role in the promotion of positive mental health in children. Schools can also provide a safe and supportive environment for building life skills and resilience and a strong sense of connectedness to school. Listening to the voice of the child and fostering healthy relationships with peers, teachers and school staff are essential to children’s positive experience of school and their cognitive and emotional development. The needs and well-being of school staff are also of paramount importance.

http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Education-Reports/Well-Being-in-Primary-Schools-Guidelines-for-Mental-Health-Promotion.pdf

"Inactivity in destroying the potential of our children"

 

"Inactivity in destroying the potential of our children"

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/baroness-sue-campbell/health-young-people_b_6428314.html

Fundamental Movement Skills during weekday and weekend PA

 

Fundamental movement skills in relation to weekday and weekend physical activity in preschool children.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1440244014001996

The findings suggest that developing competence in both locomotor and object-control skills may be an important element in promoting an active lifestyle in young children during weekdays and at weekends.

New study linking physical activity and cognitive tasks in the classroom.

 

A short physical activity break from cognitive tasks increases selective attention in primary school children aged 10–11

Visit the link below to view the study.

 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1755296614000374

Be Active ASAP on the Health Well

 

Check out Be Active ASAP and other Health Promoting initiatives on the Health Well. http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/52618

The Health Well is an all-island (Ireland and Northern Ireland) health information website that promotes health and wellbeing by supporting evidence-informed decision making.

The Health Well is a free service to the community and will help you:

  • Access the information you need; 
  • Work collaboratively across the web (by hosting webgroups and supporting key health networks); 
  • Use information more effectively (with online analysis tools and support for knowledge translation) 

It also aims to build the health intelligence capacity of public health workers and health related organisations.

The Health Well, encompassing its hubs, data tools and web groups, is managed by the INIsPHO Team in the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH).

National Active School Week 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.

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Children are the key to a fit and healthy future

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

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

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 Drumconrath, Co. Meath.

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Schools Competition

**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.

Active school week 2013

The Active School Flag's Active school week takes place from April 29th - May 3rd. Please click on the link above for more details

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Operation Transformation award

Congratulations to Mary Devine, Deputy Principal of Rathbeggan NS, Meath and Be Active ASAP teacher leader who was awarded the Operation Transformation 'Hero Teacher award' for her committment to sport in Rathbeggan. Well deserved Mary, a credit to Rathbeggan.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Be Active ASAP tutor Sylvia Gee on her recent award. The details can be viewed here

Tutor training

The Be Active ASAP Tutor Training was held in Thurles on the 22nd and 23rd August 2012. The Tutors will now roll out the programme to schools in their respective Local Sports Partnership areas. Thank you to all LSP's and tutors for attending the training.

Read more...

Latest News +

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Friday, 25 August 2017

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*** Tutor recruitment ***
Friday, 14 July 2017

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

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

Infographic 2016
Monday, 16 January 2017

The Be Active ASAP 2016 infographic is available below. 2016 was a hugely successful year for the programme with teachers from 154 schools nationwide attending teacher training. This has brought the t [ ... ]