CDC launches new scheme encouraging children to box clever!

“This is a great opportunity for children to get together in a safe environment, make new friends and learn about the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle while enjoying some fun exercises"
Cllr Carole Topple

Cotswold District Council is encouraging school children to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle by acquiring some new exercise skills derived from a non-contact form of boxing.

As part of its ‘Get Active’ project, the Council is launching ‘Boxskills’ sessions which will engage children in healthy exercise while also boosting confidence and self-esteem.

Each session will last 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes will be devoted to the children getting to know each other and learning about the important, fun aspects of living a healthy lifestyle. They will be encouraged to cook healthy recipes with their parents/carers, engage in fun exercises and discuss ideas about relaxation and stress relief. The remaining hour will comprise ‘Boxskills’ activities, combining non-contact boxing exercises to stimulate a multitude of muscles. This will not only lead to better fitness levels but will also improve hand-eye coordination, balance and timing.

The sessions will be led by Alan Reid, who is an expert in boxing fitness and was recently voted the Active Gloucestershire Sport Maker of the Year for his continued commitment to making sport happen in the county.

The sessions, which cost £1.50 each, will take place every Thursday in the Cirencester Leisure Centre from 3.30 pm until 5pm during term time. The first session will be on Thursday 12 September.

Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Carole Topple, welcomed the ‘Boxskills’ launch:
“This is a great opportunity for children to get together in a safe environment, make new friends and learn about the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle while enjoying some fun exercises. We are hoping that many youngsters will take this opportunity to meet after school and do something different. The organisers realise that not everyone can make the 3.30 pm start time and have ensured that late arrivals will still benefit from the actual ‘Boxskills’ which start at 4 pm.”

Posted: 11/09/2013 10:13:07

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