ST JOSEPH’S National School in Hacketstown and Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál in Carlow were the first to host the popular children’s fitness initiative ‘Fit Squad’ as it resumed its programme of in-person school visits following a two-year break during Covid.

Delivered by Irish fitness expert Tom Dalton and supported by Fyffes, the visits saw over 560 pupils from both schools participate in the active workouts, which included advice on healthy eating, demonstrations of exercises young people should do and tips on how to use leisure time to stay physically fit.

Continuing until next March, it is expected that some 7,500 pupils nationwide will participate in the interactive fitness sessions, adding to the 20,000-plus pupils who have taken part in the initiative since it was launched in 2018.

Schools interested in receiving a similar visit can find details online at

By Elizabeth Lee