To get an entire generation leading active, healthy lifestyles, it’s important to get them learning about it from an early age. Things like a balanced diet and physical activity are two topics that can teach young people how to take care of their bodies and improve their wellbeing.

With a bit of funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Sport for LIFE has already made a start on that. The 12-week physical activity and health programme for children was launched in 2010 and designed by the University of Ulster. Its success led the World Health Organisation (WHO) to reference it as an example of best practice.

The two-year initiative reached more than 200 primary schools and 4,000 pupils in the most disadvantaged areas across the four provinces on the island of Ireland.

Led by the University of Ulster, the all-island roll-out was achieved in partnership with Dublin City University (for Leinster), University College Cork (for Munster), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology, Sligo (for Connacht).

Sport for LIFE also gives aspiring undergraduates the chance to gain professional and practical work experience to help them enter the teaching profession.

It’s one of many projects we’re involved with to help get Ireland moving, such as our much-loved Coca-Cola Zero Bikes scheme.