ARDEE Educate Together is celebrating after being chosen as the Northeast’s winner of the Lidl Fit Factor.
This is a fun competition designed to promote healthy eating and physical activity, developed in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation.
Ardee Educate Together now joins four other primary schools from across the country to go head-to-head and compete for the top prize of €5,000 worth of sports equipment vouchers and the honour of being crowned Lidl Fit Factor Champions.
But they need your help!
All you have to do to help Ardee Educate Together in their quest is log onto www.fitfactor.ie and follow the link to register your vote. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 28 March and closes at 9am on Tuesday 3 May.
The overall winners will be chosen by the number of votes they get and the decision of the independent judging panel of Kevin McLaughlin, Ireland and Leinster rugby star, Lar Corbett from the Tipperary hurling team and Sinead Kennedy RTE presenter.
Fantastic runners-up prizes are also at stake with second place receiving €3,000 and third place €2,000 worth of sports equipment vouchers.
Over 20,000 third and fourth class pupils took part in the Lidl Fit Factor.
Already Ardee Educate Together has already won a bonus of €1,000 worth of sports equipment vouchers just by being chosen as a regional winner.
“Taking part in the Lidl Fit Factor this year was extremely enjoyable and most rewarding for my class,” said Jamie O’Hare who teaches third and fourth class at Ardee Educate Together.
“The lessons that the children completed over the course of the Fit Factor programme extended over many subjects and cover a vast number of curriculum strands.
“The teacher’s toolkit was full of useful ideas and activities that the children were all too happy to participate in.
“In an age of unhealthy eating habits and increasing obesity levels, the Lidl Fit Factor is sure to play a positive role in the childrens’ lives,” he said.
“Ardee Educate Together now has a fantastic opportunity to clinch one of the top prizes,” said Aoife Clarke of Lidl Ireland.
“Now they need local community support.”