VIDEO: Youngsters take part in healthy lifestyle programme

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Children in Gainsborough are taking part in a ‘Change for Life’ initiative which aims to develop confidence through sport, cooking and other activities.

The programme, run by West Lindsey Leisure Centre, is based at three schools, St Georges, Mercer Wood and Hemswell Cliff Primary School, it runs for 12 weeks and is designed for families who are interested in living a healthier lifestyle.

Owen Malone makes some breakfast bars with Charlotte Clarke at a fitness programme for children and parents at Mercer's Wood Academy, Gainsborough. Picture: Andrew Roe

Owen Malone makes some breakfast bars with Charlotte Clarke at a fitness programme for children and parents at Mercer's Wood Academy, Gainsborough. Picture: Andrew Roe

Each session consists of practical skills based activities which are designed to develop confidence and the fundamental movements of sports as well as fun cookery sessions with professional visitors and experiments for the families to try out.

The Fit Kids programme is closely linked with the Sporting FUNdamentals Programme, which has been running for the last five school terms and also develops skills and knowledge in living a healthy lifestyle as an after school club.

Activity coach, Katie Holmes, said: “In our sessions we include practical, theory and skill based topics which enhance knowledge on living a healthy lifestyle.”

“We are hoping to invite a chef to the programme to demonstrate how to make a healthy meal, master gardeners to promote grow your own food and a final fun day at the leisure centre for all families to attend and take part.”