Olympic ace urges mums to ‘get in­volved’

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MUMS are be­ing urged to give the ‘cof­fee and cake’ a miss and get in­volved with the kids in a fam­ily sports fes­ti­val be­ing held in Manch­ester.

Olympic gold medal bad­minton star – and mum of two – Gail Emms is an am­bas­sador for GoFest, which is tak­ing place at SportCity in Manch­ester on June 24 and 25.

The event aims to get young­sters in­volved in a range of dif­fer­ent sports and give fam­i­lies the chance to get fit to­gether.

Gail says she knows from her own ex­pe­ri­ence about the chal­lenges par­ents face when it comes to ex­er­cis­ing with their kids.

She said: “I was lucky be­cause I grew up with a fam­ily who were sports ori­en­tated, but that’s not al­ways the case.”

Re­al­is­ing many kids would choose to play a com­puter game rather than a foot­ball game, she urges par­ents to get them off the couch and out on the play­ing field.

She said: “When I or­gan­ise a fam­ily bike ride, I get so much sat­is­fac­tion.

“It’s like they see me as a role model and I feel great, not to men­tion we have such a good laugh.”

Gail says that the ‘cof­fee and cake’ cul­ture is pos­si­bly pre­vent­ing mums from get­ting ac­tive with the chil­dren.

“When mums take their kids to sports clubs they’ll of­ten sit to­gether, hav­ing a chat and a cof­fee, rather than get­ting in­volved,” she says.

“On the other hand, dads play a com­pletely dif­fer­ent role and are ex­pected to join in with the kids. This is some­thing we need to change and I know many mums might think it’s too late to start now.

“But the truth is it’s never too late – you need to just let go of the fear and have a lit­tle fun, we need to in­spire our kids.”

Gail will be at GoFest over the week­end to sup­port fam­i­lies, play some bad­minton and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to join in the fun.

Olympic ace Gail Emms is urg­ing mums to take part

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