July 24, 2008

Girls Fight the Fat to Get Fitter

Teenagers danced, swam, boxed and kicked their way to fitness at Stroud Leisure Centre last week.

The new project launched by the centre is aimed at combating teenage obesity.

Alison Holding, a dance co-ordinator and fitness trainer at the leisure centre, ran a trial class for a group of 12-14-year-olds.

She said: "We weren't expecting the teenagers to be interested and we didn't expect enthusiasm but we were surprised. They were absolutely brilliant and our eyes have been opened."

The group of girls from Archway School, Paganhill were put through a gruelling mix of boxing, cheerleading and aqua aerobics to get their pulses racing.

Alison said: "Although a lot of the girls weren't used to exercise, they were absolutely wonderful, they worked incredibly hard."

She was so encouraged by the success of the day she has booked to attend an official cheerleading instructors' course this summer. She plans to launch a class in September.

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