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Presentation Sexton Street, Sexton Street Limerick Fun 4 All Initiative

Students and staff at the Presentation Secondary School, Sexton Street, Limerick are thrilled with the fantastic achievement of four of our transition year students.

Ailish Rowan, Chloe Ahern, Daria Biel pictured below and Roisin Hogan (unfortunately ill on the day) came up with an innovative and creative idea to encourage participation in physical activity.

They invented an exercise floor mat. The girls were inspired as they wanted to try to make PE class more fun and encourage more girls to participate.

The game consists of a three metre square mat. Four teams can play the game at any one time.

The objective is to get around the mat, completing all of the exercises as you go, and be the first team to reach the finish line in the centre.

The girls developed a prototype of the product and conducted market research to see if it would be a viable product idea.

The carried out research in various primary and secondary schools and received very positive feedback. They currently have a small number of orders but are looking at ways to reduce the production cost of the mat.

They have learned to work as a team and each student has contributed greatly to the success of the business. Led by Managing Director, Ailish Rowan, they have had an opportunity to see Business in Action.

The girls presented their business idea at the Limerick City Student Enterprise Awards in the Strand Hotel and were quizzed by the judging panel.

There was excellent competition on the day and the girls were amazed but thrilled to have won the senior category.

Their feet barely touched the ground when going up to collect their award. They are looking forward to the National stage of the competition where they get to compete in Croke.