Thumbs up from teenagers for Fit for Life

OVER eighty teenagers gave their seal of approval on a pilot Fit for Life Programme which took place in the city over the past six weeks.

OVER eighty teenagers gave their seal of approval on a pilot Fit for Life Programme which took place in the city over the past six weeks.

The Fit for Life programme, which was aimed at 13 to 17-year-olds was the first of it’s kind in the country and there are plans to replicate in other counties later in the year. “They met in Scanlon Park every Wednesday and in the Castle Park every Saturday. The Watershed kindly sponsored the track and Athletics Ireland, who recognised it as a pilot programme took care of the insurance,”said Ger Nolan who was involved in the project. The programme finished last Wednesday night when the teenagers participated in a five kilometre run.

“It was an attempt by the Kilkenny City Harriers to address the fallout of the athletes and of teenage fitness. From the first night the number of people attending increased. We handed out an evaluation sheet at the ende of the six weeks and we got a resounding yes response that people want it to be continued. There is a good mix of teenagers already involved in some sport and those who want to get started,” said Ger. “The feedback we have got has been overwhelmingly positive. Over fifty of them said that their fitness had improved greatly and many of their parents remarked how their children felt a great sense of achievement. They came because they wanted to and there was a natural interest and a real sense of camradery. It has been really positive and we hope to continue it in September. The plan is to try and replicate this in counties around the country,” she added.

The leaders of the Teenage Fit for Life programme are Ger Nolan, Niamh Richardson, Irene Hennebry, Seamus Nugent, Eoin Molloy and Aideen Power.

Anyone interested in participating Fit for Life should join the group who meet at the Castle Park at 7pm every Wednesday night.