Pat and Richie sweat it out as Limerick school produce exercise DVD

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Fit for life: Pupils from Lisnagry NS busy making their keep fit video with  comedian Pat Shortt and fitness instructor Richie Clifford. Picture: Michael Cowhey
IT WAS all fun and games at Lisnagry National School when comedian Pat Shortt teamed up with Limerick’s Mr Motivator, Richie Clifford, as part of a new school fitness DVD for children.

IT WAS all fun and games at Lisnagry National School when comedian Pat Shortt teamed up with Limerick’s Mr Motivator, Richie Clifford, as part of a new school fitness DVD for children.

Pupils in fifth class at the school are in the process of making a DVD entitled Fit Kids for Life, as part of the junior entrepreneur programme.

“It’s to teach children all about entrepreneurship - they go through the whole process from thinking out a new product, all the way through to the production and selling of the product,” explained Michael Feeney, school principal.

The idea was agreed upon after much discussion and analysis.

“There are 50 children in the class,” Michael explained.

“They were put into groups and they all came up with about 50 ideas and then it was whittled down to 10 ideas. We had a Dragons’ Den type event whereby local entrepreneurs came in and the children presented their ideas to the dragon.”

In the end, there was one outstanding idea which captured the imagination of the dragons – the children’s fitness DVD.

Exercise instructor Richie Clifford and comedian Pat Shortt came on board, offering their individual expertise for the DVD.

“Pat is offering advice in relation to shooting and editing while Richie is conducting the exercise routines,” said Michael.

The children, Michael said, are thrilled to be working with Pat and Richie.

“Pat did some interviews with the children. Richie demonstrates what the exercises are going to be good for – be it strength or stability.

“They are all exercises that other children in other schools can do. All the 50 children are working together on the project.”

Michael is particularly pleased with the vast amount of information that the children are being exposed to as part of the initiative.

“There is a huge amount of learning going on for the kids,” he pointed out. “The whole idea is to get across to children that there are various things involved in a production like this – a marketing aspect, finance, and advertising. It is an inclusive programme of exercises that any school can do to keep fit – that’s the whole idea – everyone can take part no matter what, and have great fun while doing it.”

The DVD, which is currently being produced, will run to approximately 20 minutes.

It will be on sale in local shops in the coming weeks.