on The Fitness Challenge

New Start Date September 2016

We want to enhance the Aviva Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge by giving the Individual Bleep Test scores more meaning. One way to give more meaning to an individual’s test score is to contextualise them in the appropriate reference group.

Members of the Centre for Preventive Medicine and Computing in DCU are in the process of formally analysing the significant data collected from the Challenge over the past three years to develop age and gender specific percentile scores for the Bleep Test. We believe that the Schools Fitness Challenge will be greatly enhanced when these age, gender and Ireland specific percentile scores are integrated into the programme.

Furthermore, a number of teachers and schools have suggested organising the Aviva Health Fitness Challenge at the beginning of the school year. The weather is more favourable at this time than January/February and measuring a child’s fitness at the beginning of the year will allow it to be tracked over the course of the school year.

As a result of feedback from teachers and schools, and the ongoing development of age and gender specific percentile scores for the Bleep Test, we have decided to start the 2016 Aviva Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge next September rather than this coming January.

We will be in touch and we sincerely hope your school will get involved next September 2016.


Winning Schools

Fittest SchoolName of SchoolClassPrize
Fittest Mixed/Overall Winner Boherbue Comprehensive School, Mallow, Cork 1.1 €1,000 voucher for sports equipment
Fittest Boys St Patrick's College, Cavan 1.3 €500 voucher for sports equipment
Fittest Girls Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise, Laois 1.1 €500 voucher for sports equipment
Most Improved SchoolName of SchoolClassPrize
Most Improved
Mixed/Overall Winner
Scariff Community School, Clare 2.1 €1,000 voucher for sports equipment
Most Improved Boys St. Macartan's College, Monaghan Town 3.4 €500 voucher for sports equipment
Most Improved Girls Ursuline Secondary School, Tipperary 3.1 €500 voucher for sports equipment

Participation



Fitness Levels



Maps developed by School of Computing at Dublin City University based on data submitted by schools participating in 2014 Schools’ Fitness Challenge

Aviva Health Schools Fitness Challenge 2016

Aviva Health Insurance is committed to supporting the continued roll out of the Schools Fitness Challenge to schools and classes across Ireland next year, working in close partnership with Dublin City University and the Wellness Economic Initiative Alliance.

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