The Foundation of the PEAI
The Physical Education Association of Ireland was founded in 1968 at a time when there was growing concern that the future course of Irish Education should be redirected. In his historical account of the P.E.A.I. commissioned for it’s 21st birthday, Dr. Thomas O’Donoghue stated that “the P.E.A.I. was one of a number of subject associations founded in the 1960’s in response to the renewed interest in education in Ireland”. The necessary spur into action came when it became known that the International Council on Health, Physical Education and Recreation (I.C.H.P.E.R.) was to hold its eleventh conference in Dublin in 1968.
Role of the PEAI
The primary objectives of the Physical Education Association of Ireland (PEAI) are as follows:
- To improve standards and performance within Physical Education by providing members with opportunities and materials for professional growth, (through the exchange of information and knowledge in the field and related areas).
- To keep members up to date on the latest issues, trends, technologies and legislative developments in P.E. and related areas.
- To support and disseminate outstanding research.
- To safeguard members’ interest by speaking with a strong unified voice on relevant issues.
- To provide national leadership and opportunities to influence policy and direction in P.E.
- To interest public awareness and understanding of the contribution of the Physical Education profession to Irish life.