Operation Transformation returns to TV screens tonight for its 12th season and this year the programme has undergone something of a transformation itself with a new base, a new medical expert, new challenges, and as always five new leaders for everyone to follow.

The new series will also see the return of the nationwide walks this Saturday, in partnership with Sport Ireland and local sports partnerships around the country.

RTÉ is also linking up with the GAA for the hugely popular ‘Ireland Lights Up’ campaign, helping communities across the 32 counties come together and enjoy getting fit and healthy in the safe surroundings of their local GAA club.

It’s a great example of the crossover from a successful media proposition into real community benefit.

For the first time in Operation Transformation history, the new series will be based in the north county Dublin town of Balbriggan as OT attempts to get the whole town moving.

Over the course of the 8-week series, the show will be encouraging local community leaders to get their area active with the programme reporting on their success.

Balbriggan will aim to show the nation what can be achieved with a little community spirit, encouragement and the support of civic leaders.

SafeFood returns as a sponsor of the programme in 2019.


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