Kilrane NS students get active at Club Whitford

By Esther Hayden

Published 17/11/2015 | 00:00

Pupils of 5th and 6th Class Kilrane National School with teachers Bobby Kenny and Emma Power and Chris McCleane and Julie Vaughan of Club Whitford.
Pupils of 5th and 6th Class Kilrane National School with teachers Bobby Kenny and Emma Power and Chris McCleane and Julie Vaughan of Club Whitford.

The fifth and sixth class students of Kilrane NS recently took part in an EU project to promote Active Learning for Children in Schools.

As a reward for their participation they were put through their paces in a tough but fun four week bootcamp which was run by Club Whitford. The staff also told the students of the importance of daily physical activity.

Instructor John Weldon said: 'Our goal was to educate the children on how to keep themselves physically active on a daily basis. We explained about the different components of fitness; endurance, strength, speed, flexibility and how each one of these are as important as the next. These components were incorporated into our four week bootcamp and included agility relays, bodyweight strengthening challenges, the bleep test, gymnastic routines and even Yoga which the kids really loved.'

Through Ireland Active each child received an activity tracker booklet which allowed them to take some responsibility for their own daily activity. It challenged them to get extra activity in each day and showed many different ways in which this could be done. Teacher Emma Power found that all the children really embraced the activities, even those that were not coming from a sporting background.

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