7th January 2004

 

KEEP-FIT FOR YOUNGSTERS

 

As concerns increase over overweight and obese youths, staff at the University of Lincoln are taking steps to get youngsters fit and healthy.

 

Staff at the University of Lincoln’s sports centre will be trained in youth fitness next week when exercise and health specialists Envisage visit the university.

 

The sports centre will be closed between 10am and 4pm on Monday 12th January 2004 for the training session where staff will learn how to instruct youngsters on keeping fit.

 

The staff will be able to use their skills to work with youngsters in the community, gearing fitness programmes to their needs rather than to the fitness needs of adults.

 

As a result young people aged between 11 and 18 will be able to visit the sports centre to use the facilities, including the gym, dance studio and badminton courts.

 

“Our first priority after the training session is to get young people into the centre to use our new knowledge and expertise,” said Helen Evans, Sports Facilities Manager.

 

“In time we plan to hold teacher training sessions at the sports centre, passing our knowledge on to school teachers who can then take ideas back to their schools.”

 

The new youth fitness scheme is planned to run alongside the recruitment scheme at the university.

 

“We have had an amazing response from schools in Lincoln,” said Julie Moir, Duty Manager at the sports centre.

 

“Prospective students will be able to familiarise themselves with the sports and leisure facilities at the university, a place where they could be studying in the future.”

 

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For picture opportunities of the training session or more information contact:

Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

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