Fitness and health with a smile

PUBLISHED: 13:32 02 February 2007 | UPDATED: 22:33 28 May 2010

Pupils at All Saints Primary School with their Adopt-A-School programmes

Pupils at All Saints Primary School with their Adopt-A-School programmes

THE George Campbell Leisure Centre in March, is now in its second year of the Fitness Industry Association s Adopt-a-School Programme. More than 185 Year 6 children have benefited from the programme so far. The leisure centre s aim with this programme is

THE George Campbell Leisure Centre in March, is now in its second year of the Fitness Industry Association's Adopt-a-School Programme. More than 185 Year 6 children have benefited from the programme so far.

The leisure centre's aim with this programme is to promote fitness, an awareness of health related issues and a positive attitude to physical activity.

The programme allows the centre to take these aims into the community and ensures that primary school children get clear messages that allow them to make healthy choices.

It is all about finding a balanced form of exercise that suits the individual and which is fun. A different session runs each time - football, circuit training, dance and team games. Most children try something new and find an activity that they really enjoyed doing.

The George Campbell is currently working with All Saints Primary School for the second year running after an excellent response from last years, Year 6 class.

Rachel Voss, headteacher at All Saints, said: "The children thought it was wonderful and really enjoyed taking part. Now they have a better outlook on their eating habits, exercise and on life."

The Hudson Leisure Centre, Wisbech, and Manor Leisure Centre, Whittlesey, are also running the programme in conjunction with local primary schools.

The programme runs for six weeks, with each session lasting a minimum of one hour.

Councillor Steve Garratt, portfolio holder for sports, leisure and young people, said: "This is a tremendous scheme for encouraging youngsters to enjoy physical activity at an early age in the hope that it will be something they will enjoy for the rest of their lives.

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