The brainchild of PE teacher Kate Kilcoyne, who teaches in St Aloysius’ College in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, the facility boasts state-of-the-art fitness machines and a range of weights.
Students began fundraising for the facility almost three years ago.
Combined with the efforts of the Parents’ Committee, spearheaded by Tom Mahon, who also completed a fundraising cycle around Munster, they raised €25,000.
Impressed by their efforts, GE Healthcare, which is based in the IDA industrial park in Carrigtwohill, offered to match whatever funding was raised by the school.
And yesterday, Enterprise Minister Micheál Martin jumped on board a cross-trainer after cutting the ribbon on the €50,000 facility.
Located on a balcony above the school’s hall, it boasts three cross-trainers, two treadmills, rowing machines, exercise bikes, freehand weights and a series of weight machines supplied by Fitness Concepts.
School principal Tony Lee said it is aimed at both elite athletes and the non-sporty pupil and will help to promote fitness across the board.
Mr Martin praised the unique relationship between the school and GE Healthcare.
“I strongly believe that it is important that all our young people have easy access to sporting facilities if we are to ensure their physical fitness and provide them with alternatives to hanging around street corners,” he said.