Youngsters from SPEADA laced up their gloves and climbed into the ring for a knockout event as the final session of a six-week bootcamp course was held at a Lynn gym.
Heros Gym, a specialist boxing and weight training facility, hosted the final session after the youth group’s Friday Club had hosted the previous five sessions at the Providence Street Community Centre.
Young carers and youngsters with disabilities took part in the fitness programme, which was funded by Active Norfolk through Sportivate, a Sport England Olympic Legacy programme. The course has been a great success, with 14 young people completing the full 6 weeks.
Those taking part ranged from 11 to 25-years-old, some suffering disabilities and these ranged from autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, to learning and physical disabilities.
Tracy Spearing, lead youth worker at SPEADA, said: “The young people wanted to try a range of new exercises to get fit and the adapted bootcamp gave them that opportunity. They really enjoyed the sessions and it was a great way for the young people to get more active whilst having fun.
“Kate, who ran the sessions, was amazing and took everybody’s needs into consideration. At the end of the course, participants were rewarded with a certificate and felt a real sense of achievement.”
Heros offered the use of their facility, equipment and staff, to ensure those taking part were trained on correct use of all equipment and to help them get the most from their time at the gym.
Following such a successful first session, Heros Gym has offered Speada the opportunity to continue to bring young people to the gym once a month. With this local support, and Sportivate funding for
another six weeks of sessions, SPEADA are planning to run the programme again in September and open it up to young people with time credits, at a cost of 1 time credit per session. Sessions are planned to run on Friday nights at Providence Street Community Centre as part of SPEADA, from 6-7pm.
If you are interested in participating in the programme or for more information, contact Tracy Spearing at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit SPEADA’s Facebook page.