Legend Micheál has 'gone back to school'

Mary Murphy

LEGENDARY sports commentator Micheàl Ò Muircheartaigh went back to school in Killarney to offer encouragement to a programme designed to get young teenagers to be more active.

The students at Killarney Community College were on cloud nine on Monday when Micheàl visited the school to speak to first year classes about a new fitness programme called "Scoil Ghníomhach Active School 2013-2014".

A home grown programme in Kerry, Scoil Ghníomhach was jointly developed by Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Córa Carrig and ITT Health & Leisure Lecturer Joe O' Connor. It is run in conjunction with Kerry Education & Training Board and is designed to evaluate first year students of all abilities and engage them in new activities.

The programme involves two fitness sessions, conducted 16 weeks apart to gauge improvements in fitness levels. The programme avoids any competitive element and concentrates solely on seeing an improvement, with students working individually and collectively on their fitness levels.

As the Chairperson of Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership, Micheál O Muircheartaigh has a personal interest in promoting this initiative and his visit to the Killarney Community College is part of a series of appointments with Kerry ETB schools to offer encouragement to the first year students involved.

Micheál was welcomed to the school by Deputy Principal Stella Loughnane, who described the programme as "a unique and worthwhile opportunity for all our students, it fits nicely into the school House System which was introduced this September".