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Ardscoil Ris launches new health and wellness initiative with Setanta College



Ardscoil Ris health – Students Shane O’ Brien and Vince Harrington wearing the new Setanta branding as part of the health and wellbeing initiative. 

Ardscoil Ris launches new health and wellness initiative with Setanta College

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann McDonald

The new Ardscoil Ris health and wellness initiative has been launched in partnership with Setanta College, a higher education institute that specialises in sports science and human performance.




The team-up will see the delivery of new sports programmes as well as new activities for students. 

The Ardscoil Ris health and fitness initiative partnership will focus on a number of elements across co- and extra-curricular activities, including the delivery of athletic development programmes for Ardscoil Ris hurling teams by coaches from Setanta College. 

In addition, there will be a broader student education initiative that will focus on developing an awareness of the many components of health and wellness to both the student population and staff. 

This Ardscoil Ris health and fitness initiative will be carried out through workshops and certificates, delivered by practitioners at Setanta College, and specifically designed for different topics. This will also support the Physical Education curriculum in Ardscoil Rís. 

Ardscoil Rís has over 50 teachers and 700 students. The school has an impressive track record when it comes to sport, having won four Harty Cup titles since 2010 and former student Daniel Okeke, who made his senior competitive debut for Munster in December last year. 

Principal of Ardscoil Rís Tom Prendergast said, “This partnership presents a wonderful opportunity to offer members of our school community specialised training right across our range of extra-curricular activities, initially starting with our hurlers and in time with our rugby, hockey and athletics groups also.

“With the introduction of Leaving Certificate PE (LCPE) as an optional subject for our Leaving Certificate students, this exciting partnership offers further opportunities for our LCPE students. Another exciting link with this progressive partnership is the opportunities it presents around various aspects of health and wellness using the professionalism and deep level of expertise available in Setanta College, as we continue to equip our students for life during and also after school.” 

The athletic development elements of the partnership will be overseen by Des Ryan, Director of Coaching and Performance at Setanta College, who will lead the team of coaches.   

Seán Hogan, Commercial Director at Setanta College, said, “A key part of our mission here at Setanta is to bring the key principles of sports science to the broader community. 

“Through this initiative with Ardscoil Rís, we look forward to supporting the athletic development of students engaged in sports participation along with the wider student population. We hope to provide them with knowledge around health and wellness that they can use long into the future.”  

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