Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Get active at free Fearnville fitness session

Fearnville Leisure Centre is to host a free event promoting sport and physical activity for older people this week.

Running from 9:30am to 1:15pm on Friday 6 May, the event aims to introduce people to the council’s Active Life programme which encourages people 50 and over to get fit and active in a relaxed and social environment.

The free taster sessions available on the day for 50 people include table tennis, badminton, racketball, gym inductions, netball circuit, spinning, aerobics, swimming and step aerobics.

Badminton has been increasing in popularity within Active Life groups – held at other leisure centres – not only because it promotes physical benefits but also mental alertness.

A coach from the England Squash and Racketball Association will also be available for anyone interested in taking up racketball.

Leeds City Council’s older peoples’ sports development officer Allyson Bertram said:

“This free taster session is a great way of letting older people come along and take a look at what the Active Life programme has to offer. We are committed to encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to stay as fit and healthy as possible so look forward to meeting lots of new people at the session at Fearnville.”

Registration begins at 9.30am with activities starting at 10am, running through to 1pm. Fearnville Leisure Centre will then be hosting Active Life sessions every week, offering a variety of health activities.

Notes to editors:

• Physically active people reduce the risk of developing major chronic diseases by up to 50 per cent and the risk of premature death by between 20 and 30 per cent.
• Fearnville Leisure Centre is on Oakwood Lane, Leeds, LS8 3LF.
• 50 FREE places are available – please wear clothes and shoes suitable for exercise. Remember a swimming costume and towel if wanting to swim.
• To book and for further information contact Allyson Bertram, Older Peoples’ Sport Development Officer. Telephone: 0113.395.0196 or email: allyson.bertram@leeds.gov.uk
• The day runs from 9.30am to 1.15pm. Activities will take place from 10am–1pm followed by refreshments.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, leisure media relations officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

Schools ‘WOW’ in walking competition

Caption: Winners, St Joseph's Catholic primary school

Children in south Leeds are being encouraged to walk to school with the added ‘WOW’ of the chance to win a trophy.

Walk on Wednesday (WOW) is an inter-school scheme which began on 28 February 2011 and involves schools in south Leeds.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Hunslet are the first winners of a WOW trophy, which will be awarded each half term to the south Leeds school with the highest number of pupils walking on Wednesday. Since the school introduced the scheme, the number of pupils walking to school on Wednesday has increased by 16%.

Leeds City Council, School Travel Team and the Schools Sports Partnership and have worked together on the pilot scheme in south Leeds to encourage children to walk to school by offering both internal competitions between classes and an inter-school competition between schools in a neighbouring area.

If the pilot is successful, the inter-school scheme will be offered to schools throughout Leeds. The other schools taking part in the pilot are; Ingram Road Primary, St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, St Mary’s Church of England Primary, Hunslet Carr Primary and Clapgate Primary.

Mrs Elizabeth Snelling, Head Teacher at St Josephs Catholic Primary, Hunslet said:
“I am so proud of the way our children and their families have participated in this scheme. We have even had members of staff meeting pupils and walking part of the way to school with them. Being active and healthy helps pupils to achieve their best at school. Well done to all!”

Andrew Hall, acting head of transport policy said:

“This competition shows what can be achieved by local school communities working together to find new and simple ways to encourage children to stay healthy and reduce traffic and congestion on our roads. We look forward to bringing these opportunities to schools throughout Leeds”.

WOW is just one of the ways to encourage children to walk to school. Walking to school helps children to have a healthy lifestyle and learn vital road safety skills, reduces congestion and improves the environment.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk