This year Powerstown ETNS area participating in “The 2018 European Week of Sport.” Physical Activity will be celebrated in our school from 24th – 28th of September!

Why are we participating?

It is important that our pupils get 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day. Although the school day is very short, we encourage our pupils to #beactive and believe that is strongly supports their mental well-being, and therefore enables them to reach their true academic potential!

So, next week, each class will participate in daily exercises! Please ensure that your child wears runners and appropriate clothing to school. 

Did you know…..

  • Four out of five children in the Republic of Ireland are still not getting enough exercise, posing serious risks to their health and wellbeing.
  • Just 19% of primary and 12% of post-primary school children are meeting the current recommendation of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily, instead spending hours sitting at their school desks, sitting at home doing homework, and sitting in front of the TV or computer
Some short-term effects of inactivity
Some long – term effects of inactivity
  • Problems with bone heath
  •  Cancer
  • Breathing difficulties
  •  Heart disease
  • Physiological and social issues
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Problems with bone heath
  • High blood pressure

Our unfit youngsters: the facts

  • Girls are less likely than boys to meet the physical activity recommendations
  • The number of days per week that primary children reached the required 60 minutes of MVPA increased significantly if they took part in extra-school sport or physical activity, or if they actively commuted to school.
  • 34% of preschool children have a TV in their bedroom
  • 2.2 hours is the average amount of time pre-school children spend watching TV daily
  • In 1981, 50% of children walked to school. In 2014, this was reduced to 25%
  • Primary school children spend much less time sitting than post-primary youth.
  • Few children (1%) spend less than two hours daily sitting viewing TV, videos or playing on the computer, the maximum screen time advised.
  • Active youth who meet the physical activity guidelines (≥ 60 minutes per day) spend significantly less time in sedentary behaviour than those that do not meet the physical activity guidelines.

Children with disabilities

The benefits of getting active can be even greater for children with a disability. It can give them a good opportunity to make new friends, get fitter, stronger and healthier as well as learning a new skill and having fun. After all our sporting success at recent events such as Paralympic Games  and the Special Olympics, now is a good time to think about getting your child involved in physical activity. For more information go to

Sports Ireland promotion #Beactive!

The European Week of Sport takes place between the 22-30 September and aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more. As an annual event, the European Week of Sport will inspire all kinds of creative and exciting events and activities in different countries.

A message from the European Union:

Being active is easier than it sounds! To prove that, we launched the European Week of Sport to get you and your fellow Europeans moving. This week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. So now it’s your turn! Join in on the #BeActive fun in your country or online. Browse around the website to learn all about the events/activities that are being organized all across Europe and let’s #BeActive!



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