Joe Wicks ‘lined up for government fitness tsar job’ after YouTube workouts took UK by storm in coronavirus lockdown – The Sun

BRITAIN'S favourite fitness star could be recruited by the Government to tackle obesity in children.

Joe Wicks, whose lockdown YouTube classes for kids and their parents have raised more than £350,000 for the NHS, is being lined up to become the 'Jamie Oliver' of fitness for youngsters.

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A source told the Mirror that the Body Coach, who has 3.7million followers on Instagram, is being wooed by the Education Secretary.

Gavin Williamson hopes Joe will inspire the next generation to get fit and healthy.

Throughout lockdown, Joe has screened his daily high-intensity workouts online.

Officials now want the 33-year-old to lead a review of the school curriculum on PE and follow in the footsteps of TV chef Jamie, who famously campaigned to make school meals healthier.

The source said: "Having seen first-hand the impact Joe has had, as well as his online reach and influence, they feel bagging Joe to help them on their mission to combat obesity could be very successful.


"Gavin Williamson has been leading the dialogue around how Joe is able to carry the message of the importance of physical education."

The NHS currently spends £5.1billion every year treating illnesses fuelled by obesity, and Britain has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in Europe.

Sun Online revealed earlier this month that Joe could be in line for an OBE after hundreds of his fans put his name forward for the honour.

He even roped in wife Rosie Jones to demonstrate his PE With Joe workouts when he was sidelined with a hand injury.

Now an army of fans has nominated him for the summer Honours List.

A source said: “Joe has become a household name since lockdown started and he’s become a figurehead in isolation because of the PE classes he puts on every morning.

“Hundreds of requests putting his name forward for an OBE have been handed to the Honours committee.

"Many have been written by children who think Joe is fantastic."

There are even suggestions the affable star is being lined up to appear on ITV’s This Morning.


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