Council playing its part to keeping Kerry well

AN innovative new series of online physical education classes for primary school children in Kerry is being launched by Kerry County Council.

Part of the Keep Well Kerry initiative, it will run from this Thursday, February 11 when children in classes from junior infants to sixth class can log on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 20-minute sessions provided by a PE teacher.

The aim is to offer the opportunity and support to children – and parents – to maintain physical activity levels and skills, while home-schooling, during Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions. The initiative was launched in response to feedback from the community and a need to provide some sort of a physical activity programme for school aged children.

As a result, Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership have partnered with Tralee Education Centre and Active Kingdom to collectively roll out the PE at Home programme, with the support of Sport Ireland and Healthy Kerry.

Talking sport: Chair of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, Jimmy Deenihan, with Kerry footballer and GOAL ambassador David Clifford!

The programme will be delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two age groupings – junior to second class from 11.00 am to 11.20am and third to sixth class from 11.30am to 11.50am. Each participant will receive a live PE session twice a week for four weeks.

Chairperson of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership, Jimmy Deenihan, said it is a great way for children to keep active and to keep well while restrictions are in place.

“Physical activity can help young people’s cognitive function and their attention so a short bout of activity is a great way to break up periods of schoolwork or screen use and help them focus on their work,” he said.

Those who would like to take part can register now on https://edcentretralee.ie/news.html and through the link on Kerry County Council’s social media channels.

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