Helping teens battle obesity

27/7/11- Rye Sports Centre ENGSNL00120110727163303
27/7/11- Rye Sports Centre ENGSNL00120110727163303

Rye Sports Centre is battling obesity by using trained staff qualified to offer fitness classes and gym sessions to teenagers.

Staff from Freedom Leisure, who operate the sports centre, underwent rigorous training in December to enable them to work with teenagers aged 12 plus.

Both the physical and psychological aspects of teen fitness have been learned, enabling trainers to motivate and support teenagers to achieve success.

“Overweight and inactive teenagers remain a cause for concern within our society with around 15% of school leavers being classified as obese,” says Dominic Horner, Freedom Leisure Area Manager.

“There are several reasons for this but ‘non sporty’ kids disengaging from team games and physical activity as they progress through senior school is a major factor, especially among teenage girls.

“Teenagers have great scope to train and improve their cardio fitness and physique. For teens who don’t like sports, working out in the gym or doing an age-specific class will be a popular alternative.”

Freedom Leisure says the teens will be able to work out between 4pm and 6pm. This means they can come in after school and be finished before adults come in after work.