For some people a favourite way of spending their free time is lying on the couch pigging out watching the TV. Others prefer more active ways of spending their free time; they go to the gym, swimming, cycling and running or play a team sport. It is a general known fact that people who do some sort of regular physical exercise, keep fit and healthy. Much of young children’s learning comes from participating in sport and games, learning through play. Through sport we can learn many things; develop teamwork, become stronger mentally and physically, builds up energy and strength removing tiredness and improves our physical well-being. There are all kinds of sport out there to suit everyone; team sports such a Gaelic Football and Hurling and individual sport such as Handball. I mention Gaelic Games as examples as that is my background. Gaelic Games is work and play for me! I am a Gaelic Games Promotion Officer for Dublin GAA. I promote and develop Gaelic Games in Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club and to the schools linked to the club. In my free time, I play Gaelic football and have been involved in the management side of the game. Through my involvement in Gaelic Games on and off the playing field, I witness first-hand the benefits sport has on our everyday lives. Sport helps develop healthy social and physical skills, develops fine motor skills, the experience of winning and losing teaches people about self-respect, confidence and managing stress. Sport is competitive, challenging and social. Through sport I have had the opportunity to travel around the country, to other countries and along the way I have made lifelong friends. It unites people of all ages, different cultures and nationalities. It is never too late or too early to get out there and be active. Sport creates a healthy body for a healthy mind.