TEN jobs are set to be created by PlayFit, the children’s exercise company, across greater Dublin as they continue to expand their operations.
The employees will travel to venues including Sandyford, Swords, Dundrum, Stillorgan and Terenure to give multi-sport and activity play classes to children aged three to eight.
The majority of the new PlayFit positions are for exercise physiologists with a third-level education in exercise or teaching, along with playing and coaching experience in activities such as gymnastics, rugby, soccer, GAA, basketball and athletics.
According to a Dublin City University report, only 19% of primary school children get the 60 minutes of daily exercise that is recommended by the Department of Health and Children.
PlayFit was formed in 2012 by Liza Crotty and Mark Sweeney.
Crotty said: “Since we launched in September 2012, the demand for our classes has been phenomenal.
“While this expansion will initially cover the Dublin area, by September of this year we plan to move into other parts of the country.
“Interested candidates should visit our website – www.playfit.ie – to apply, as we are recruiting immediately for these positions.”
Candidates for the new positions need to have their own transport to get from the PlayFit venue to their required venue.
The 10 new roles are a combination of full- and part-time positions and would suit gym instructors and personal trainers.
Successful candidates will host PlayFit classes designed to aid the development of children’s fundamental movement skills (tumbling, running, hopping and leaping) and ball skills (bouncing, kicking, throwing and catching), while building self-confidence in a non-competitive, supportive environment.
There will be two sets of classes for two age groups – juniors, which will be for ages three to five, and seniors, aged six to eight.
PlayFit is a joint venture subsidiary of ClapHandies, which provides developmental training for babies and toddlers, and Fit For Life, which is a service to keep those in nursing homes fit and healthy.