Free gym classes for girls

Penrith Press - - NEWS -

THE YMCA will of­fer free ac­cess to their cen­tres to girls aged 12-19 in a bid to get them mov­ing more.

The free 30 day ac­cess pass - at cen­tres in­clud­ing the YMCA Pen­rith - runs un­til June 30.

“Stud­ies show young girls are twice as likely as boys to be in­ac­tive and that they ex­pe­ri­ence more bar­ri­ers pre­vent­ing them from be­ing as phys­i­cally ac­tive,’’ said YMCA Aus­tralia CEO Melinda Crole.

“This lack of reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity can af­fect their health later in life.’’

The pro­gram is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment and the YMCA.

A sim­i­lar Girls Make Your Move pro­gram in the United King­dom en­cour­aged nearly three mil­lion young women to be more ac­tive.

Girls can down­load a voucher on­line and bring it along to their lo­cal YMCA to take part. Visit aus­tralia.gov.au/girlsmove

Girls Make Your Move is free.

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