Primary schools across Limerick get active

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

Phellim Macken, co-ordinator with the County Limerick local sports partnership
County Limerick Local Sports Partnership is teaming up with over a dozen primary schools to promote physical activity for hundreds of pupils.

County Limerick Local Sports Partnership is teaming up with over a dozen primary schools to promote physical activity for hundreds of pupils.

Sports partnership staff have organised 7km cycles, health and nutrition talks and fun running activities for students in participating national schools which include Herbertstown, Castleconnell, Bruff, Abbeyfeale, Monaleen and Hospital.

The initiative takes place in advance of National Active Schools Week from April 29 to May 3; bike week in June and Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, Kids Run for Fun on May 4.

This is being billed as Ireland’s largest mass participation event for children under 12 years of age.

Phelim Macken, co-ordinator with the County Limerick Local Sports Partnership, said the purpose of the primary school programme is to encourage children to adopt healthier eating habits and to increase their physical activity, while having fun doing it.

“The principals and staff of the participating schools are to be commended for ensuring that their pupils are afforded opportunities to receive advice on healthy eating and engage in physical activity to ensure a more balanced lifestyle,” said Mr Macken.

Mr Macken said he hoped that many of the estimated 600 students participating in the programme will go on to take part in the upcoming Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, Kids Run for Fun.

More than 1,500 children aged 4 to 12 years of age are expected to participate in the event at the University of Limerick on Saturday, May 4 - the day before the annual Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run.

The children’s run will feature a 1km wheelchair track (4-12 years); 1km grass track (4-7 years) and two miles trail (8-12 years).

Registrations for the not-for-profit kids run for fun can be made on www.greatlimerickrun.com/about/kids.

Information around training plans is also available on the event website.

Anyone interested in discovering more about the programme or if your school would like to take part please contact the sports partnership on 061 496428 or email Phelim Macken at pmacken@limerickcoco.ie.

Meanwhile, Herbertstown National School are working towards their active flag this week with a jam packed schedule of different events every day.