A search to find Ireland’s fittest school – in which schools in Wicklow and beyond are invited to participate – has been launched by three of Ireland’s best-known athletes, World Para Rowing champion, Katie O’Brien and Olympians, sprinters Phil Healy and David Gillick.
Working in cooperation with banana distributors Fyffes, their aim is to find a school whose focus on fitness will replicate the success of previous ‘Ireland’s Fittest School’ winners – Scoil Na Croise Naofa, Dunfanaghy (2022) and Gilson National School, Oldcastle (2023).
Launched alongside the resumption of this year’s Fyffes ‘Fit Squad’ programme – in which an expected 10,000 young pupils from primary schools, north and south, will partake in live in-school fitness visits – all three athletes have recorded a series of workouts for viewing online which they hope schools will adopt as part of their PE course.
Running from January to March, the top four schools will then progress to a live ‘grand final’ hosted by patrons O’Brien, Healy and Gillick at which the prize package will include €8,000 worth of sports equipment. Registration is now open and further details can be found online at www.fyffesfitsquad.ie