Three Winning Schools

60x60resizeAs school breaks for summer, the Sport Northern Ireland Activ8 team announced the three primary schools who conquered the Activ8 60x60 Challenge.

Sport Northern Ireland’s award winning Activ8 programme teamed up with the 2013 World Police and Fire Games to roll-out an exciting on line challenge in the lead up to the Games which take place this August. Activ8 60x60, challenges schools and their communities to be active every day, for at least 60 minutes for 60 days.

Pupils, teachers, parents and friends got in line, to get online and record their activities on www.activ8ni.net, as their actual physical commitment was recorded as a virtual journey across Northern Ireland, visiting some of the venues hosting the WPFG this summer.

The three schools to first reach the Activ8 60x60 Challenge final are:

  • St Ronan’s Primary School, Newry
  • St Teresa’s Primary School, Lurgan
  • Woodlawn Primary School, Carrickfergus

Maintaining their early lead, St Ronan’s Primary School in Newry was top of the Activ8 60x60 School League Table every week of the 9 week Challenge.

The Activ8 mascots TWIST and BOUNCE and EDDIE the mascot for the 2013 World Police and Fire Games visited all three schools and met many of the children who had taken part before presenting the school with an Activ8 Sports Day Pack, worth over £500.

Nick Harkness, Acting Chief Executive of Sport Northern Ireland, said: “The Activ8 60x60 Challenges aim to change lifestyle habits for a lifetime by encouraging school communities to be active for 60 minutes each day. The recommended daily amount of physical activity for children is at least 60 minutes every day and for adults its 30 minutes at least five time a week. The family and community spirit shown by these schools demonstrates that everyone can enjoy physical activity together.”

“The Activ8 programme is now in its 4th year with many different programmes helping young people enjoy being active. Sport Northern Ireland is committed to helping encourage all ages and all abilities to look after their health and the next Activ8 60x60 Challenge “Go Outdoors”, starts in September. So parents and teachers, keep checking www.activ8ni.net for details and get your school registered.”

John Tully, WPFG Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to St Ronan’s and all the schools who took part in our World Police and Fire Games Activ8 Challenge. Our Games mascot, Emergency Eddie visited lots of schools as part of a special ‘Get Ready for Eddie’ roadshow and helped encourage pupils to be inspired by the upcoming Games to improve their general health and fitness. We’ve been hugely impressed by the enthusiasm and excitement of the young people who got involved and we hope they will also support the Games as spectators from 1–10 August.”

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