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Monday 21 April 2014

Pupils jump at opportunity to learn from champ Eamonn

NO REPRO FEES 9th December, 2013.Pictured at the launch of the 'Points for Life' programme at St. Cronan's Boys National School in Bray, County Wicklow from left:Fintan Holland, Peter Killian, Senator Eamonn Coughlan and Gavin Rochford.Fine Gael Dublin Senator and former world champion athlete, Eamonn Coghlan, today (Monday) launched the Points for Life initiative at St Cronan's National School in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Points for Life is about building a strong foundation for physical literacy and motor skills in children from a young age so as to help tackle childhood obesity and promote participation in sport. Points for Life, in partnership with the Department of Education, is currently being piloted at four national primary schools in north Wicklow. Senator Coghlan aims for the programme to be incorporated into the national primary school curriculum. In June 2014, the project evaluation team will report their findings to the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn TD, who will then decide on whether to take the programme further. Photo:Barry Cronin, Navan, County Meath.www.barrycronin.com..Phone: 046-9055044/087-9598549 - info@barrycronin.com
Fintan Holland, Peter Killian, Senator Eamonn Coughlan and Gavin Rochford.Fine Gael Dublin Senator and former world champion athlete, Eamonn Coghlan,launch the Points for Life initiative at St Cronan's National School in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

HE was a world champion athlete in his day -- now Eamonn Coghlan is promoting physical education in primary schools.

The Fine Gael senator is piloting a programme called 'Points for Life', in association with the Department of Education.

Pupils in four primary schools in north Wicklow -- St Laurence O'Toole's in Roundwood; St Cronan's in Bray; Moneystown National School; and St Patrick's in Curtlestown, Enniskerry -- are to be monitored and the results will be evaluated at the end of the school year.

The findings will be presented to Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and Mr Coghlan hopes it will be incorporated into the curriculum.

The three-time Olympian, who won the 5,000m gold medal at the World Championships in 1983, said while the traditional approach to physical education was that children were instructed to run, jump, throw and catch, they were not shown the basics to do it properly.

He said 'Points for Life' was not about developing elite athletes, but getting the very basics of physical education right so that children were more likely to pursue a lifelong interest in sport and physical activity.

"The programme will teach the children what physical literacy is all about, not just about its value in the short term, but as something that has lifelong benefits," he added.

Irish Independent

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