Donegal-based children's fitness provider RINKA isn’t letting Covid-19 prevent it from keeping kids active this January.

Starting this week, RINKA has launched FREE online fitness classes for children three mornings a week while schools remain closed.

The classes are suitable for children of all ages and abilities and will stream live on the RINKA Facebook page on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am. 

RINKA Founder Sarah Gillespie

Set-up in 2016 by Donegal native, Sarah Gillespie, RINKA is a fun-filled approach to children’s health and fitness that provides a dynamic and fun system for managing children’s health and wellbeing through active and creative fitness classes, without a competitive element. RINKA Kids Fitness offers classes all over the country but has been closed since October due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

“We wanted to offer something motivational for kids during the latest phase of the pandemic” Sarah says. “Children are facing into a very long January, with no interaction with friends, no return to their sports and hobbies and dark, cold nights making it difficult to get outdoors.

“Our free morning workouts on our Facebook page are designed to help keep children and their families active, so they can make the right start to the year despite these challenging circumstances. Classes are led by RINKA director Sandra Griffin, and her beautiful seven year old son AJ King from Monksland, Athlone, whose energy and enthusiasm became a real hit during the morning workouts of the first lockdown.” 

Sandra and AJ lead the classes

“We really feel for all the children who are cooped up inside at the minute and we fear for their mental and physical wellbeing” Sarah adds. “It has been a tough 12 months for this country, but we have seen incredible things happen with communities coming together to support each other. We wanted to do our bit to help, so while the schools remain closed, we remain committed to offering free morning workouts for all Irish families three times a week.”

“The classes are designed to help children reach their daily requirement of exercise and require very little space and no equipment,” Sarah says.

“Sandra and AJ interact with the followers helping them to feel like they are part of the class and encourage them to become fully involved. Fun-filled circuits, games and stretches fill the active 30-minute sessions and the 9am start helps parents get into routine each morning. These classes will kickstart their return to fitness and activity and a positive change will be noticeable in all participants in a very short time.” Sarah added.

The first workout begins this week and will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am. Simply follow the RINKA Ireland Kids Fun Fitness page to take part. For more information on RINKA visit or email