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To: Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Minister of Health Stephen Donnelly, Minister Roderic O'Gorman, Minister Jack Chambers

Campaign for the resumption of juvenile training

Campaign for the resumption of juvenile training

To provide for the resumption of outdoor collective exercise for children of school-going age in March

Why is this important?

The priority is, as it must be, the resumption of proper schooling. The current system of remote learning is not healthy for children and we must get children back into their classrooms immediately.

The Covid crisis is hard for everyone, but it is especially difficult for children who have been denied the ability to mix and play with their peers. The winter weather and dark evenings, not to mention the easy attractions of electronic devices, has made it incredibly difficult to have children come anywhere close to meeting their recommended 60 minutes of activity per day.

The resumption of school, combined with a managed and safe return to collective outdoor exercise, will be transformative for children’s physical and mental wellbeing.

The previous lockdown made provision for non-contact outdoor exercise in pods of 15 for children of school-going age and we appeal to you to include that in the new Living with Covid Plan

As coaches and parents, we have all witnessed how the current lockdown has impacted on youngsters leaving them withdrawn and isolated from their peers and with little or no interest in exercising.

We appeal to you to support our campaign for the resumption of juvenile training


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Reasons for signing

  • Children do best when they can play and exercise with their peers. Let’s make it happen - for their good.


2021-02-24 11:22:55 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2021-02-21 21:58:26 +0000

500 signatures reached

2021-02-19 19:23:18 +0000

100 signatures reached

2021-02-19 17:10:00 +0000

50 signatures reached

2021-02-19 16:38:22 +0000

25 signatures reached

2021-02-19 16:08:06 +0000

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