Almost 12,000 GAA fans, from one quarter of clubs across the country, racked up an incredible total of 2.2 billion steps during the month of June as part of the Irish Life GAA Healthy Clubs Steps Challenge.
The Challenge was created to recognise and reward the importance of physical activity during lockdown.
Irish Life, as the principal partner to the GAA’s Healthy Club Project, tracked and collated the activity through their MyLife App, allowing participants’ steps to be counted and the winners identified.
Prizes totalling €20,000 were put up and a total of 424 clubs across the 32 counties registered to take part, a quarter of all the clubs in Ireland.
Four winners Geraldines in Dublin, Crosserlough in Cavan; Kiltha Og in Cork; and Portumna in Galway each won an O’Neill’s voucher worth €2,500 as the provincial club to record the greatest average steps over four weeks.
“The GAA has always prided itself on being more than a sporting association and the Healthy Club Project brings this to life in exciting new ways that benefits the wellbeing of our members and our communities,” said GAA president John Horan.
“We know how important GAA clubs are to local communities and whilst there have been no matches on the field, it is great to see that the competitive spirit continues with so many people taking part,” said Irish Life Group CEO Declan Bolger.
“During the lockdown people have once again shown a huge appetite to stay active and we’d encourage everyone to continue to get their daily steps in to help improve their overall health and wellbeing.”