Irish Olympians, Cork sprinter Phil Healy and fellow athlete, Dubliner David Gillick, have joined forces with Fyffes in an online quest to find Ireland’s Fittest School.
Phil, who is a 26-year-old sprinter, comes from Ballineen in Cork and is Ireland's fastest woman, holding the 100 metres Irish record.
She competed in the 2020 Olympic Games in the 200 metres, 400 metres and mixed relay.
It was the first time an Irish Olympic track and field athlete had ever competed in three events.
David, who is one of Ireland’s most successful sprinters ever, claimed Ireland’s first sprint gold medal in 76 years when he won the European Indoor 400 metre championships in 2005.
David went on to retain his title in 2009 and became an Olympian in 2008.
He is still the fastest man in Ireland over 400 metres, as he holds both the indoor and outdoor records.
Along with being a great sprinter, David also has a passion for fitness, food and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Together, Phil and David have recorded a series of workouts which, they say, are ‘fit for even the least active.’
These are exercise routines they hope schools will adopt as part of their PE curriculum.
If your school or class want to take part in this multi-award-winning fitness programme with a difference, here is your chance! And the best bit?
It is completely free of charge! Starting 1 November, the search for Ireland’s Fittest School begins and will run until 29 April 2022.
In this latest fitness initiative, Fyffes has introduced a strong competitive element.
Coupled with monthly and spot prize rewards, the school that earns the most banana points will be given the title of Ireland’s Fittest School, the prize for which will be an in-person visit from the Fit Squad ambassadors Phil (Healy) and David (Gillick) and €5,000 worth of sports equipment.
Registration for the competition can now be made online at fyffesfitsquad.ie, with the overall winner to be announced in May.
Fyffes Fit Squad
Created in 2018, Fyffes Fit Squad is a multi-award-winning programme that gets kids active through easy-to-learn and fun-to-do exercises. Building on its campaign to promote fitness and healthy eating among young people, the proven Fyffes Fit Squad programme has been introduced to 20,000 plus pupils in a countrywide series of live school visits since its launch just three years ago.
Last year, Fit Squad went online when schools were forced to close.
With hundreds now awaiting visits, Fyffes says it is looking forward to resuming live sessions in schools ‘when conditions permit’.
Now Fyffes are bringing a new campaign to schools all over Ireland.
Fyffes search for Ireland’s Fittest School has started, and they want your school to get involved.
All required information, including a step-by-step guide on how to enter and submit the exercises, the relevant prizes, and all T&C’s, are available at fyffesfitsquad.ie.
Please sign up today and start collecting banana points for your school.