Teenage girls are being offered a good deal in order to help them keep fit.
With obesity in both young girls and boys often highlighted nationally, it is hoped the scheme will encourage fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle that also includes a healthy diet.
The teenage girls in the Burgess Hill area are being supported in a wide range of sports at greatly subsidised rates with help from The Triangle Leisure Centre off Jane Murray Way in Burgess Hill.
The centre, officially opened by The Queen, is one of several operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Mid Sussex District Council, which is running the Girls Get Active Government initiative programme.
Funding from Affinity Sutton Housing Association is helping to keep the cost of the sessions down to £2 for each girl.
The Girls Get Active scheme is open to girls aged 11-18 and is particularly aimed at youngsters who do not currently enjoy what are called “physical education” lessons, or sports.
Each of the sessions focuses on a different activity to introduce the girls to a wide range of ways to get fit.
The activities on offer to the girls include circuits, Zumba, Aquafit, Boxercise, Body Pump and Boot Camp sessions.
Freedom Leisure says it is working closely with local schools to engage the teenagers to take part.
Advisers believe that by introducing a range of fun fitness programmes Girls Get Active might remove the ‘pure sport’ and competitive nature of games lessons that some girls find unappealing.
The theme was taken up by Holly Sutcliffe, Freedom Leisure community sports development officer in Mid-Sussex. Holly said: “Fitness is essential for everyone but school sport or weekend clubs don’t always appeal, particularly to this age group of girls.
“The Girls Get Active programme meets their needs precisely in a fun, sociable way.
“These sessions have shown to build confidence as well as fitness among the girls and the fact that many return week after week shows how much they are enjoying themselves.”
The Girls Get Active sessions run at The Triangle every Tuesday from 4.30-5.15pm. The Triangle says that booking sessions is essential.
People should call The Triangle on 01444 876000.
Freedom Leisure runs leisure-related services on behalf of Mid Sussex Council, covering the district council area between Crawley and Brighton.
In Mid Sussex it runs the Triangle, Kings Centre at East Grinstead, the Doplin Centre at Haywards Heath and Hassocks Sports Centre, and entertainments at the Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill, Clair Hall at Haywards Heath.
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