Hull youngsters learn how to get fit and healthy at Children's University event with Fit24
PUPILS from two city schools have been taught how to lead a healthy life by fitness instructors.
Teenagers from Endeavour School and Newland School for Girls have been taking part in a Children's University fitness module at Fit24 in the city.
The youngsters all gave up their Saturday mornings to spend time at the gym in St Stephen's shopping centre.
They spent 12 weeks learning how to be fit, healthy and active with the Fit24 coaching team, led by Glen Bilton.
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Hull Children's University, along with St Stephen's, ran the pilot module to make sure as many young people in the city are encouraged to live fit and healthy lifestyles.
Mike Williams, head of PE at Endeavour, said: "It's been a pleasure working on this project as I have seen our students channelling their energies into something positive, challenging and rewarding.
"We need as many children as possible engaged in the programme."
Youngsters in the programme said they felt more physically fit as well as more confident in their outlook on life.
Glen Bilton, Hull Fit 24 fitness instructor, said: "I've been blown away by the students' commitment and enthusiasm to the course.
"They have been focused from week one on reaching the benefits of their gruelling training regime while having lots of fun too. It's been so rewarding for me to witness the progress and dedication of these young people."
Pupil Charlie Holdsworth said: "I've felt loads better each week and being able to use such fantastic facilities and equipment has been amazing."
Harry Reddin, another pupil taking part, said: "I so wanted to come to this because I thought it would be good but it's been more than that, it's been amazing. I definitely feel better both physically and as a person."
Carl Heath, the creator of the Streetbox fitness concept for young people, also supported the sessions.
John Buttrick, director of Hull Children's University, said: "I've watched the personal, emotional and fitness development of these youngster throughout the 12 weeks and it's been remarkable.
"Seeing youngsters arriving voluntarily, half an hour early and waiting to get started right away tells its own story. Each student has worked to their individual fitness development plan using the sciences and technology made available to them. It has worked wonders.
"The course will continue as long as the demand for the young people is there and with 50 other youngsters from just one school waiting to join in, I reckon we'll be needing to expand to more gyms.
"Many thanks to St Stephen's and Fit24 for making this happen."