Our chil­dren are fac­ing a fat­ter fu­ture

A QUAR­TER ARE CLIN­I­CALLY OBESE

Nottingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JAMIE BAR­LOW

SHOCK­ING fig­ures have re­vealed that around a quar­ter of 10- and 11-year-olds in Nottingham are clin­i­cally obese.

The num­ber of over­weight chil­dren has con­tin­ued to rise – and pub­lic health ex­perts say “re­vers­ing it will not hap­pen overnight”.

Teach­ers called for more to be done in schools to en­cour­age phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

Claire Re­gan, who teaches key stage two pupils be­tween the ages of seven and 11 at St Mar­garet Clitherow Academy, Best­wood, said: “I feel like not enough is be­ing done to com­bat the prob­lem. Schools are a good place to do it. It’s about diet as well.

“It’s chil­dren’s lives at the end of

AN­GRY stu­dents have started a pe­ti­tion be­cause in­stead of grad­u­at­ing in a “won­der­ful” new re­stored chapel, they are go­ing to be on a ten­nis court.

In sum­mer, Nottingham Trent Univer­sity held its grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies at a re­fur­bished and listed for­mer Wes­leyan Chapel in the city cen­tre for the first time.

But the win­ter grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies will be held at the sports cen­tre on its Clifton cam­pus , and some grad­u­ants are not happy. Al­most 1,000 peo­ple have signed the pe­ti­tion to change the venue.

One of the or­gan­is­ers of the pe­ti­tion, who did not wish to be named be­cause she is still await­ing re­sults, said: “We are just re­ally an­gry. Stu­dents are be­ing forced to travel from as far away as China to Clifton to grad­u­ate on a ten­nis court.

“Par­ents and stu­dents were un­der­stand­ably up­set with this and have cre­ated a pe­ti­tion to try and change the venue.

“With fees of over £9,000 for a masters’ de­gree, the univer­sity should be en­sur­ing that the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, and not on a com­pletely dif­fer­ent cam­pus on a sports court.”

The pe­ti­tion reads: “To find out that we will be grad­u­at­ing in a place that we have no mem­o­ries or emo­tional con­nec­tions to, in a sports hall, on a date that has changed mul­ti­ple times, is the fi­nal straw. We ask NTU to re­con­sider their plans for grad­u­a­tion and give us the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony that we de­serve.”

The pre­ferred Univer­sity Hall in Shake­speare Street, built in 1854, is not avail­able be­cause it is in the next stage of its re­de­vel­op­ment – adding an ex­ten­sion for a mu­sic cen­tre.

The univer­sity be­lieves the re­place­ment venue will still pro­vide “a high-qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ence to mark their spe­cial day” with “large-scale dec­o­ra­tion” and a lit en­trance tun­nel.

The for­mat will be the same, and the univer­sity says it is work­ing with the stu­dents’ union to make sure the day is what stu­dents were ex­pect­ing.

Park­ing will be eas­ier and it also means they are keep­ing it in house rather than hir­ing an out­side venue.

A spokesman said: “Many of those grad­u­at­ing will have lived and stud­ied on the Clifton Cam­pus. For those who did not, we can as­sure them that the oc­ca­sion and cel­e­bra­tion will be ev­ery bit as mem­o­rable as if they were grad­u­at­ing in the city.”

NTU’S sports hall at Clifton when it was first built – hardly a place to cel­e­brate grad­u­a­tion (inset), say 1,000 who have signed a protest pe­ti­tion

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