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Sunderland’s fighting fit family bootcamp

8 year old Abigail Walker and her mum Sara from Houghton Le Spring are taken through the bootcamp paces by Martin Metcalfe, Family Learning Officer.

8 year old Abigail Walker and her mum Sara from Houghton Le Spring are taken through the bootcamp paces by Martin Metcalfe, Family Learning Officer.

WEARSIDE families can get fit together with a new bootcamp.

Run by the Sunderland Children’s Centre Coalfield, the bootcamp is held on Wednesdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at Barnwell Primary School.

The session at the Houghton centre is one of a number of free activities run by Sunderland Children, a council-run service delivered from five main centres across the city, to support parents and carers and their young children.

The bootcamp is already proving to be a popular event, with dozens of parents and carers attending with their children to get themselves in shape, as well as spend quality time together.

Activities include school-themed games such as rounders and dodgeball to help families get into the team spirit.

Sunderland Children’s Centre’s family bootcamp is a direct response to calls from parents, who often struggle to exercise unless they can find childcare.

It is also hoped the bootcamp will help tackle high levels of obesity across the city, where recent figures have revealed that more than two thirds of people are classed as overweight or obese.

Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, said: “We know it’s difficult for people to find the time to exercise and stay healthy after they have children, so this is a perfect family-friendly solution.

“Everyone gets fit and healthy, the whole family has a great time together and it’s a great way for children to burn all of that excess energy before bedtime.”

The sessions Sunderland Children provide are free and open to all and are designed by qualified teachers to ensure there are benefits for the children.

Coun Smith said: “We want parents to show an active interest in their children’s health and fitness and really encourage exercise, and what better way to do it than as a family.”

The Coalfield centre is one of five Children’s Centres across Sunderland, with others in North, East, West and Washington areas. The centres are open six days a week.

For more information about the bootcamp contact the Coalfield Children’s Centre on 382 3056 or for details about other activities and services at any of the centres visit www.sunderlandchildrencentres.co.uk.

 

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