Pupils can bounce into shape

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Pri­mary seven pupils from Burgh Pri­mary School took a break from lessons to help Flip Out un­veil their new schools scheme.

The Ruther­glen pri­mary school is amongst the first schools to sign up for a pro­gramme which of­fers four free hours of ac­tiv­ity at the world’s big­gest tram­po­line park.

Flip Out have of­fered the free ses­sions in a bid to get young­sters ac­tive and fight the coun­try’s grow­ing obe­sity prob­lem.

Pupils will have ac­cess to Flip Out’s many fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing tram­po­lines, foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, the ju­nior Ninja War­rior course, foam pit and tum­ble track. The schools pro­gramme has been launched fol­low­ing re­cent re­ports that place Scot­land’s young­sters at the bot­tom of the class in health and fit­ness.

More than a quar­ter of Scot­tish chil­dren are over­weight or obese, ac­cord­ing to the State of Child Health Scot­land re­port.

And just one in 10 chil­dren be­tween the ages of 10 and 11 are get­ting the rec­om­mended daily level of ex­er­cise ac­cord­ing to The Grow­ing Up in Scot­land re­port, com­mis­sioned by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Tram­polin­ing has many health ben­e­fits for chil­dren and can burn an av­er­age of 1,000 calo­ries an hour.

It of­fers a full body work-out, im­proves bal­ance, car­dio, flex­i­bil­ity and strength­ens bone den­sity.

The up and down mo­tion of bounc­ing is also good for the lym­phatic sys­tem, which helps re­duce stress and anx­i­ety.

Ge­orge Gal­lacher, gen­eral man­ager of Flip Out, said:“We’re com­mit­ted to help­ing get kids across Glas­gow get ac­tive.

“We know it can be chal­leng­ing to keep chil­dren en­gaged in reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity so by of­fer­ing schools free ac­cess to the arena, we hope it will not only add some ex­tra ex­cite­ment and fun to PE lessons, but also in­spire kids to ex­er­cise more of­ten.”

Ses­sions are avail­able to book im­me­di­ately by call­ing 0141 406 160.

Flip Out time Ellis McGall, Kelsey Mc­Don­ald and Bethany Bates

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