Buntús programmes are exciting programmes developed to support teachers and childcare practitioners in introducing young people to sport and physical activity.
Buntús is designed with the aim of encouraging children to develop a healthy interest in sport from a young age, and to maintain an active lifestyle for longer. School-aged children need opportunities to participate in the sport of their choice at an appropriate level, in a safe and enjoyable environment. Buntús provides those opportunities and opens the door to a life long relationship with sport and physical activity. The programme provides training to all school staff, free child friendly equipment (worth approx €1000) and resource cards to help teachers (and older pupils) use the equipment.
Buntús Play is aimed primarily at 5-9 year olds. The focus is to aid in the development of basic motor and movement skills. This is done using equipment such as balloon balls and other small sized equipment.
Buntús Multi-Sport is aimed at 7-11 year olds. It acts as an introduction to invasion games and net/wall games.
Buntús Start is a comprehensive physical activity programme for children aged 2-5 years old. It has been designed for use in pre-school settings so that pre-school and playgroup leaders can provide a wide range of fun activities for young children.
Offaly Sports Partnership delivers Buntús to support teachers and other adults in introducing young people to sport and in helping them to develop their interests. The Buntús programme is delivered in support of the physical education programme.
The Irish Sports Council has also linked with the Football Association of Ireland, the Irish Rugby Football Union, Badminton Ireland, Junior Golf Ireland and Basketball Ireland to deliver Buntús Sports Specific programmes to primary and special needs schools in the Local Sports Partnership areas. Training is provided by the Regional Development Officers from the National Governing Bodies and specially trained Buntús tutors.