PEAI April Update 2016

Good morning all PEAI members.

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable and relaxing Easter break. As we prepare for a hectic few weeks ahead, please note the following articles and information which has been brought to my attention.

I was very privileged to be part of the PE Expo 2016 judging panel where we witnessed a fantastic day for PE across Ireland. With projects ranging from sports photography, to sports psychology, the day was a marvellous success. A big thank you to Paddy O’Reilly and Gerry McDonnell for organising and hosting such a significant event. If you are looking for more information please watch this video highlighting the day PE EXPO 2016.

The PEAI have also launched the PEAI Video Competition 2016.

We are looking for your students to create a video on “The Benefits of physical education”. Students must create a video in a group of 4 max or individually highlighting why PE matters to them. This can fall under the physical, emotional, psychological benefits or the social & life skills benefits. For more information please see here.

In the coming weeks the PEAI will present an update on the guidelines on the “Wellbeing” aspect of the new Junior Cycle Students Award. This will aid the PE teacher in advocating for their subject and also provide information on how best to implement.


Finally the PEAI would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Ann Sweeney who passed away recently. A lady who brought many of our colleagues gymnastics, philosophy of sport and some very memorable moments at Thomond College, the National College for Physical Education and now Physical Education Sports Science many years ago.  Ann Sweeney helped PE teachers to appreciate the art and joy of movement. The PEAI wish to acknowledge Ann’s unique contribution to the development of physical education in the Irish context over a number of decades.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam


Thank you again for all the support and enjoy the coming weeks.


Brendan O’Malley

PEAI President



Active School Flag Newsletter: News update from the ASF, see information here.




30th ACHPER International Conference – Participating in an Active and Healthy Life: Valuing the Participant Voice

16-18 January, 2017
University of Canberra | Canberra, Australia

Call for abstracts now open!

The 30th ACHPER International Conference: Participating in an Active and Healthy Life: Valuing the Participant Voice will have enormous national and international appeal. This event has already attracted high quality keynote speakers from overseas and Australia and promises to be a showcase of contemporary and indeed future focused ideas that will ensure that it is a must attend event for Health and Physical Education professionals and health, sports and other industry stakeholders.

The conference will feature many networking and social activities. Canberra offers all the benefits of a large international metropolis without the problems of a big city. Canberra offers delegates the opportunity to experience Australian iconic landmarks such as the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the stunning National Arboretum showcasing Canberra’s natural beauty and of course the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). The AIS is Australia’s premier sporting venue and home to many elite athletes.

We invite abstracts for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, lightning talks and or colloquia (symposia) addressing one of the following themes:
Focus on educative purposes
Take a strengths‐based approach
Value movement
Develop health literacy
Include a critical inquiry approach
Sport and recreation pedagogies
Abstract submissions close on Friday July 29, 2016.

To submit your abstract or for further details about the submission process, please visit or please contact us at

ACHPER looks forward to what promises to be an exciting and engaging conference experience, one that inspires you in your teaching and contributes to the wider professional aim of ensuring active and healthy lifestyles for all.


PEPAYS Ireland Annual Forum 2016 30TH May 2016, IT Tralee, Tralee, Co. Kerry

KEY DATES : U Move Competition Deadline April 19th

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 18th Event

Registration: Deadline May 23rd

For more information, see attached.

PEPAYS Ireland Forum 2016 Call for Abstracts


A request from a PEAI member:

I am currently a fourth year undergraduate Occupational Therapy student from the National University of Ireland, Galway. For my final year research project I am investigating P.E. teachers’ and parents’ knowledge of sports-related concussion. I hope the results may potentially be used to base further research on and to advocate for concussion education and awareness initiatives in schools.

All P.E. teachers (both primary and secondary) are eligible to participate.

The survey may be completed at the following link: Please take survey

The majority of the questions in the survey are a tick-box type style and may take 15-20 minutes to complete in total. The survey is anonymous and all responses are confidential.

Further information about the research will be available at the beginning of the survey.
Alternatively, hard copies of the survey can be made available upon request.
If you have any queries or require more information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,
Ellen O’Beirne
4th Year Student
NUI Galway


Pickleball Ireland

Pickleball has to be one of the best sports invented for the Irish climate! It is played on a badminton court with a tennis net and hard paddles. Every town and village in Ireland has a badminton court somewhere…a school gym, a community centre, a church hall.
We want to get the entire nation playing Pickleball and it is suited to all ages, from national school kids to senior citizens.
In the US, the home of the sport, over 70% of those who play Pickleball are over 60, and yet it is being played in schools by kids under 10. Pickleball Ireland is contactable on Facebook. Have a look of pickle ball in action here.


Thank you again and looking forward to a busy few weeks ahead!




Brendan O’Malley