07 March 2012

Fitzgerald Presents Awards to Clondalkin and Lucan’s Active Youths

Local Minister Frances Fitzgerald was in Admastown Community College this week to celebrate the activities and achievements of VEC youth clubs throughout County Dublin.

“I was bowled away by the young people who attended the Active Youth Award Ceremony and their exhibitions which decorated Adamstown Community College. The atmosphere was fantastic and it was just so encouraging to see so many young people from right around Dublin joining together to show-off their latest adventure and activity projects,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

“The County Dublin VEC has been encouraging their youth cafes and youth groups to take part in an eight week initiative aimed at getting young people more fit and active. It has been a tremendous success and tonight’s awards are about recognising not just the efforts of all of these children and young people but also the work of the VEC in making this initiative a reality,” continued Fitzgerald.

“Being fit and active is something we need to be encouraging more and more in our young people. Research coming from my Department shows startling statistics in relation to obesity in children as young as three and four years of age. Youth-centred programmes, such as the County Dublin VEC’s Active Youth Challenge, provides more than just fun for children, it also educates and motivates them to be more fitness aware. I am a huge supporter of this type of programme and am very pleased that County Dublin VEC has done such fantastic work in encouraging young people from Clondalkin, Lucan and further afield to get out and get active. I am also pleased that Lucan’s newest local school was chosen as the venue for this fantastic event as it showcases this modern learning environment,” concluded Fitzgerald.