The #BeActive Schools’ Campaign 2018 is led by Sport Ireland and Active School Flag. The collaboration invites schools to take part in the Tour of Europe Challenge. European Week of Sport promotes events across Ireland throughout the week (Sept. 22-30). Some of the flagship events are the National Walking Day led by Get Ireland Walking on 30 September and the Great Dublin Bike Ride on 23 September
Some facts on physical activity and sports participation in the Republic of Ireland;
- 51.5% of 10-17 year olds report taking vigorous activity 4 or more times per week, 59.9% boys and 43.2% girls.
- 43% of people feel they are not doing enough exercise.
- 32% of people report to be highly active, 40% male and 24% female.
- 43% regularly take part in sport, with 4.5% more males doing so –the gender gap has reduced from 15.7% in 2007.
Some facts on physical activity and sports participation in Northern Ireland
- 55% of people are reported to be meeting the Chief Medical Officers physical activity guidelines, 51% females and 61% males.
- 59% of 11-16 year olds are a member of a sports club outside of school, (Young Persons Behaviour and Attitudes Survey).
- Over 90% of 11-16 year olds report to have done some physical activity or sport in the last seven days.
IPH has contributed a range of work in this area, including;
- IPH, with support from the HSE, are facilitating the transfer of Active School Flag to Member State partners as part of the EU Joint Action project, CHRODIS+.
- In 2016, IPH contributed to Ireland’s second Physical Activity Report Card with the consolidated findings summarized in a Global Matrix from 38 countries.