About the Programme

Our Mission

Sponsored by the International Olympic Committee Solidarity Fund and Permanent TSB, the Olympic Federation of Ireland schools programme, Dare to Believe aims to inspire the young people of Ireland to ‘Dare to Believe’ in themselves through an interactive curriculum that explores the Olympic Values and includes visits with  Team Ireland  Olympic and Paralympic role models that bring the values to life.

The programme continues to evolve and  expand and now boasts both Core Primary and Post-primary programmes, Olympics School Challenges, Olympians Live! webinars and more!

Launched in 2019, the programme now boasts 31 world class Olympic + Paralympic ambassadors who go into schools all over the country to share their inspirational stories of resilience and teaching students how to set goals and adopt healthy lifestyles through participation in sport.

Resource packs that cover the Olympic Values of Olympism, Respect & Equality, Healthy Mind & Body, Joy of Effort and Striving for Excellence are sent to schools to prepare for the Dare to Believe Ambassador’s visit. All materials are user-friendly, completely free and identify Irish National curriculum strands for teachers.

“In my 30 years teaching this programme was by far the best one I’ve ever engaged with.”

Deirde Dillane – St. Fergus National Schoolource

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Dare to Believe Olympic Values Programme

Discover all the features and benefits that Dare to believe has to offer both Primary and Secondary Schools

Key Objectives

All the content is research based, interactive and combines video and reading material with classroom activities, physical activities and challenges for students.


Summary of Research

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the Dare to Believe programme contact us at [email protected]


Thomas Barr

Dare to Believe

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