Y-PATH PE 4 ME aims to help young people of all abilities increase their activity levels and learn to love being active for the sake of their future health.
Youth Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH PE 4 ME) is an unique programme aimed at improving the physical activity levels of children and young people in Ireland through the Physical Education (PE) module in the school curriculum.
The overall goal of Y-PATH PE 4 Me is to stop the age-related decline in physical activity generally seen in the teenage years and to support schools in encouraging young people to develop healthy habits for life.
The programme is based on a whole school approach led by the PE teacher in PE classes and is recognised by UCC, Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and Sport Ireland.
With an individualised and student centred approach, Y-PATH PE 4 Me supports students of all levels of ability to enjoy their PE class and get active. The long term programme has been specifically designed for Irish post-primary schools and promotes an engaging and motivating learning environment.
Research conducted by Dublin City University (DCU) has shown that the Y-PATH programme helps students increase their levels of physical activity which can have a positive effect on academic ability, concentration, behaviour and attentiveness in class.
“Y-PATH is hugely beneficial for students, they are more attentive in class after PE.”
Mr Pat Curren Principal of St Angela’s College Cork
Benefits to the school
Y-PATH PE 4 ME is the only PE programme of its kind
It sits into the Wellbeing module and JCPE in the Irish school curriculum
Designed by PE teachers for PE teachers
Focus on health-related activities and the integration of fundamental movement skills across all strand
Y-PATH PE4 ME is not a short-term intervention rather a programme to support teaching and learning across the full three years of PE for JC Wellbeing
Meets the direct need of physical literacy for young people in Ireland which was specifically designed for Irish post primary schools
Support from the experienced Irish Heart Foundation children and young people team
Access to Irish Heart Foundation’s healthy initiatives for staff and students
The CPD is completely free.
Resources given to teachers are also free of charge