The Olympic Federation of Ireland have launched their Dare to Believe Circuit Challenge Video aiming to provide a fun exercise circuit for school children that they can complete at home.
The video features top Olympic and Paralympic athletes who are ambassadors on the Dare to Believe programme which was launched last year.
“While it was daunting at first, I have loved every minute of being involved with the Dare to Believe Programme and seeing the excitement and enjoyment that the kids get from each visit!” explained Olympic athlere Thomas Barr.
“I couldn’t believe the impact it had on some of the children and I was extremely impressed with the interest they showed through their questions and participation.”
“I feel very lucky to be in a position to be able to make a difference and to bring such excitement and hopefully and impactful message to the next generation”added Barr.
The Dare to Believe Circuit Challenge video features Team Ireland Olympians Claire Lambe, Brendan Boyce and Shane O’Donoghue, European Games Medallist Grainne Walsh, Paralympian Greta Streimkyte and International Modern Pentathlete Sive Brassil.
The workout gives children the opportunity to choose which exercise they want to do, with two athletes on the screen at all times bringing the viewer through a fun and achievable home circuit.
Dare to Believe was launched following an investment by the OFI and the International Olympic Committee in February 2019 with the aim of bringing the Olympics to the classroom and is championed and supported by the OFI Athletes’ Commission.
Schools nationwide participated in the programme which promoted Olympism, Paralympism and the benefits of sport, with one of the twelve ambassadors visiting the class on the final day of the lesson.
In the first year Dare to Believe exceeded all its original goals with 5000 schoolchildren across 60 schools passing through the programme, spanning 14 counties.
The feedback from the programme has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are delighted to be able to continue to offer it to teachers and schoolchildren during these challenging times.