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Kids say yes to Fitness

October 5, 2006 9:31 AM
Fitness event

Tom makes the most of the Junior Summer Fitness Challenge backed by Olympic athlete Roger Black

Over 150 children from Roundshaw and the surrounding areas swum, skated, walked, danced and ran their way to fitness this summer with Phoenix Leisure Centre Junior Summer Fitness Challenge. This free, national, summer scheme backed by Olympic athlete Roger Black, encouraged children to improve their fitness by completing the challenge of 30 activities.

Participants were rewarded along the way with vouchers for free activities at local leisure centres as well as energy drinks to keep them going!

More than 30 achieved the final goal of 30 activities during the Summer Holiday's and they also received a medal and certificate from Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington who tested his sporting prowess and fitness in a Sports Skills Circuit Class prior to presenting the medals and certificates.

Sue Burch, whose 5 year old son Jean-Luc took part in the challenge said "The challenge was a great way to make sure we made the most of the summer holidays. When Jean-Luc is at school he gets plenty of opportunity to run around and keep fit but over the summer you have to make a conscious effort. Having to complete 30 activities focused our minds and we found lots of different things to do - we even did Erroll Flynn-style pretend sword-fighting, which he really enjoyed! Jean-Luc is definitely fitter and more energetic now and the challenge has given him a real sense of achievement."

Peter Flanagan Phoenix Centre Manager and James Ayres Phoenix Active Pathways Officer who organised the challenge were delighted that the scheme has attracted so many participants. "The Junior Summer Fitness Challenge is one of a number of initiatives we've introduced to support healthy living for young people in the local area. We're delighted that so many families have got involved and had fun getting fit. The challenge will definitely run again next summer and hopefully more local children will take up the challenge."

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