The inclusion of Active Leisure Studies as a Vocational Specialism in the Leaving Certificate Applied reflects the increasing emphasis on leisure provisions and services in the community, and the growth of leisure as a service industry. Its inclusion also emphasises the enthusiasm of young people in Ireland for sport and recreation. This course will prepare young people for the expanding career opportunities in the diverse leisure industry, e.g. activity holidays and heritage trails. The course will exemplify the value of sport and recreation in terms of physical well being, responsibility for one’s own health, and as a confidence builder.
The overall aim of the course is to introduce young people to the opportunities for employment or further study in the expanding leisure industry, while promoting an active, healthy lifestyle, through a course which is challenging, enjoyable and practical.