Schools Fitness Challenge brought to you by Irish Life Health

The Schools Fitness Challenge aims to help secondary schools students adopt a healthier lifestyle. There are three phases to the Schools’ Fitness Challenge:

1): The initial fitness test to measure current fitness levels.

2): A six week training programme to improve cardiovascular fitness.

3): A repeat test to measure new fitness levels.

Childhood Fitness

Research shows that 15-16 year olds already show signs of heart disease due to poor fitness*.

The facts

Research has found that boys with low levels of fitness had significantly more plaque in the walls of the arteries supplying the brain than very fit boys**.

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Change is good

The Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge aims to highlight the importance of cardiovascular fitness and establish the habit of being regularly active from an early age.

* Sheridan et al, Centre for Preventative Medicine. Dublin City University. Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Male Adolescents. Presented at the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT) World Congress 2014
** Irish Heart Foundation. Facts on Heart Disease and Stroke. Available at:

Take part in the 2018 Challenge

Register for the 2018 Schools' Fitness Challenge before September 22nd and get in the running to become Ireland’s Fittest School.

Key dates for your diary: 
September 22nd: Registration closes
October 6th: Submit initial bleep test
October 9th: 6 week challenge begins 
November 24th: 6 week challenge ends
December 8th: Submit final bleep test