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 a completely free, Irish programme for physical activity designed by teachers for teachers . Delivered through the Physical Education (PE) module in the school curriculum, it is flexible in its delivery and backed by eight years of Irish research.
The Y-PATH PE 4 ME programme is delivered through a method of blended learning using a mixture of online and face to face training. It provides PE teachers with access to a range of resources such as the Y-PATH pack which includes lesson plans, in class digital materials, posters, student journal and student assessments.
“Y-PATH PE 4 Me is inclusive for all students regardless of their level of physical activity. "
Fiona Coughlan, PE teacher & former International rugby player
The programme contributes to Wellbeing at junior cycle, with clearly marked Wellbeing indicators used throughout. It promises long terms results with students experiencing an increase in physical activity levels and skills over the course of the programme.
Delivered by an experienced Irish Heart Foundation team – the programme is supported by Dublin City University (DCU) and recognised by UCC, the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and Sport Ireland.
Why do Y-PATH PE 4 ME?
The programme consists of a 1-hour e-learning course on the Irish Heart Foundation’s website and a 3-hour evening workshop held in Education Centres nationally.
The CPD is completely free
Resources given to teachers are also free of charge.
Strong emphasis on motivation, self-efficacy and confidence
Strong focus on HRA with FMS integration throughout other strands
Whole school approach involving students, staff and parents
Individualised “PE 4 Me”, adapts current practice to allow engagement of all pupils within PE class
Makes physical activity part of an everyday routine that is enjoyable
Aims to change the culture of traditional PE lesson
No major equipment is needed
Let's change the odds
Post-primary school children don't get enough exercise
1 in 5
Don't get the recommended 60 mins of physical activity daily