Well Fit team boost for stu­dent’s health

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

RIVER­SIDE Col­lege in Widnes has launched a bid to help its stu­dents be­come ‘Well Fit’ af­ter it re­ceived a grant to slash the num­ber of young schol­ars who have less than 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity each week.

Na­tional pub­lic fund­ing agency Sport Eng­land is­sued the cash as part of its To­wards An Active Na­tion ini­tia­tive.

A con­sul­ta­tion has been on­go­ing at River­side to work out how to spend the fund­ing.

The col­lege had now de­vel­oped a 12-week pro­gramme called Well Fit, which in­te­grates sport into their timetable.

A River­side spokesman said the aim is to boost ex­er­cise lev­els as well as pro­vide ideas and ac­tiv­i­ties they can use in their fu­ture ca­reers.

Ini­tially, stu­dents on en­try level, level one and level two cour­ses across dif­fer­ent sub­jects will take part, with the pro­gramme to be rolled out to oth­ers af­ter Christ­mas.

The project is be­ing led ● by Keith Barker with sup­port from sports ap­pren­tices Max Pye and Tim Mur­phy.

The team has been tasked with in­tro­duc­ing stu­dents to dif­fer­ent sports such as in­clud­ing tram­polin­ing, taek­wondo, dance, bench ball and ice skat­ing

Sport Eng­land is in­vest­ing £5m in col­leges af­ter re­search found nearly a fifth of col­lege stu­dents do less than 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a week and that two thirds of that group do noth­ing at all.

Keith said: “The ‘Well Fit’ pro­gramme has got off to a great start at the col­lege.

“We were de­ter­mined to make sure it was stu­dent-led and they have all been keen to let us know what ac­tiv­i­ties they would like to try.

“As part of the Gov­ern­ment pro­gramme we have been tasked will get­ting 350 stu­dents more active through­out the year and in the first term we have al­ready reached over 230.

“Some stu­dents were un­sure in the first ses­sion but have all en­joyed tak­ing part.

“We have al­ready or­gan­ised dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing fit­ness classes and cir­cuit train­ing.

“And as well as lis­ten­ing to the dif­fer­ent sports the stu­dents want to try we have tried to tai­lor classes to the sub­jects they are study­ing, with early years stu­dents learn­ing new ac­tiv­i­ties they can use in their work place­ments.”

River­side Col­lege’s Well Fit Team are en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to ex­er­cise

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