COOL school kids were given awards for keeping fit – by a sporting champion – at Barnsley last week.
Among those to receive prizes from inline skater Jenna Downing for taking part in BPL’s pilot junior fitness scheme were Daniel Lindorn, 13, of Thurnscoe, who won a PS3 and Mollie James, 12, of Elsecar, who won an iPod Shuffle.
The pair were among others who got stuck in to sessions such as “seascooter”, canoeing, scuba diving, and water polo.
Jenna, of Royston, was crowned LG Action Sports World Champion in 2008 and will be the face of BPL’s MAXX programme – aimed at encouraging young people to take up new sports, fitness and social activities.
She said: “I am delighted to back BPL’s new youth programme because I know taking part in sport has ,not only physical, but mental and social benefits. It can change people’s lives – I know it changed mine.”
The MAXX scheme was run at The Metrodome and leisure centres and pools at Hoyland, Penistone, Dearnside, and Wombwell, inviting young people aged 11-19 to attend a choice of free sport and fitness sessions, over a 10-week period.
Almost 200 took part, and the prizewinners were selected through two free draws.
So far, the scheme has involved specially tailored activities to appeal to youngsters – such as “aquatic youth clubs” and “junior spin and circuits”, with five-a-side training at leisure centres, and junior golf coaching at The Hillies course.
The free sessions were made possible by a partnership between BPL, which provided the facilities, and South Yorkshire Sport which granted funding towards coaching.