Buntus Start Buntús Start

Suitable for: Childcare Centres, Pre-Schools and Creches

Buntús Start is a comprehensive physical activity programme for children aged between 2-5 years old. It has been adopted from the Youth Sport Trust Programme Top Start in the UK. Buntús Start is delivered in partnership with the Health Services Executive, County Childcare Committee and Local Sports Partnerships as a three way partnership.

 For more information visit the Irish Sports Council


 Smart StartSmart Start

Suitable for: Pre-School services

Healthy Ireland Smart Start Health Promotion Programme for Pre-school services. The programme focuses on:

  • Health Promotion within the Pre-school Setting
  • Nutrition & Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Oral Health
  • Health& Safety (Accident Prevention)
  • Supporting Children’s Emotional Literacy and Well-being
  • Preparing for External Validation

Providers who achieve 80% or more of the programme’s performance indicators will receive a national award and be recognised by the Health Improvement Division of the HSE as a Health Promoting Pre-school Service.

For more information: Contact the National Childhood Network Email:

Be Active After School Activity Programme

Suitable for: Schools - Primary school pupils

Be Active ASAP is an after-school physical activity programme aimed at improving the attitudes of both children and their parents towards physical activity linking with the PE curriculum for primary school


Be Active Afterschool 


Irish Heart Foundation's Community Walking Leader Training 

Course Information  

Walking Leader Training is primarily aimed at people wishing to lead a walking group or promote walking in their community or workplace. The level 1 course comprises of a weekend of training followed by a four walk task to try out your new Walking Leader skills.

More information can be found by clicking this link

Sli na Slainte 

I manage Terenure Rangers under 12s football team who play in the Dublin and District Schoolboy League (DDSL).  I have been coaching the boys since they were six years old and it’s great fun.  It keeps me relatively fit and hopefully helps to keep me young!  As you can imagine the boys are bundles of manic energy and keeping up with them gets harder especially when I join in for the end of training 5 a side game.  It’s great to see their enthusiasm for football and hopefully I can pass on my love of the game to them.  I’ve been playing football all my life and find it a great way to keep fit, make friends and socialise.  We have had the same group of boys together now for the last six years and they are a great bunch.  I hope that they are all still playing football at some level when they are my age and that they get as much out of playing as I do.

 Maurice, Dublin