Being physically active is one of the most important steps to being healthy. Families play an important role in helping youth learn to be active and stay active throughout their lives.

 Did you know.....

  • Children, whose parents are active, are more than 5 times as likely to be active
  • children who remain active through education achieve  higher grades in school 
  • helps your child maintain a healthy weight
  • Builds strong muscles and healthy bones
  • Improves Agility, balance and co-ordination
  • Improves self-esteem and mood
  • Better energy levels
  • Provides better sleep quality – we all need some of that!
  • Decreases the likelihood of developing obesity and risk factors for diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  • May reduce anxiety and depression and promote positive mental health.

Further reading:

Find out how playing can help all aspects of a child's (under 5 years of age) development and improve their health.

Read more about the physical activity guidelines for children and young people aged 5 to 18, for general health and fitness.

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