Bad­minton aids fit­ness

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Ev­ery Tues­day a love for bad­minton brings the Green Shut­tles to­gether at Mt Al­bert’s YMCA.

The group was set up to get people in­volved in keep­ing fit and is an al­ter­na­tive to work­ing out in a gym.

Auck­land Bad­minton de­vel­op­ment man­ager Cliff Free­man says: ‘‘People come in and feel re­ally wel­come. There is no pres­sure, you can just be yourself.’’

The name Green Shut­tles is a ref­er­ence to the Green Pre­scrip­tion pro­gramme. Fund­ing from Sport Auck­land helped the group to hire a hall and buy equip­ment.

The group now has a base of 18 play­ers.

Chief fundraiser Leita Kearns loves be­ing able to come down to the courts once a week to have a hit around.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter how old or young you are, you just have to stand there and hit it and get some ex­er­cise.’’

Kearns was re­ferred to the Green Pre­scrip­tion pro­gramme be­cause she was giv­ing up smok­ing.

‘‘I was very short of breath and I needed ex­er­cise,’’ she says.

‘‘The pro­gramme has helped a heck of a lot. It helps to mo­ti­vate us and it helps pro­mote com­pan­ion­ship.’’

To get in­volved with the Green Shut­tles head down to the Mt Al­bert YMCA at 10am on a Tues­day. The cost is $5 a week or $3 if you are on Green Pre­scrip­tion.

Tight knit: The Green Shut­tles are a friendly bunch com­mit­ted to get­ting and stay­ing fit.

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