Girls' network makes fitness more accessible

A group of girls from Maesteg Comprehensive School are helping to make trips to the local leisure centre less daunting for their fellow females.

The faction of fitness fanatics have set up a 'Girls' Network' for the school, which aims to remove the barriers that inhibit girls' enthusiasm for sport and exercise. Girls Network

Supported by Bridgend County Borough Council's Active Young People Department (AYPD), the network, which has representatives from each year group, has consulted with girls throughout the school to understand what puts them off getting involved.

The group discovered a demand for reasonably priced, girl-only fitness sessions at Maesteg Sports Centre, and following a meeting with the centre's staff, AYPD and Halo Leisure have teamed up to introduce a series of 'funky fitness' classes for girls aged 13-18.

The network group has also secured support from Tesco in Maesteg, which has donated free fitness DVDs to the cause.

Councillor Huw David, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Exercise and fitness classes can sometimes be intimidating places for girls, and these new classes are a fantastic way of taking that weight off their minds.

"Getting regular exercise is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, so it's imporant that everyone can access classes or activities where they feel comfortable.

"I'd like to congratu;ate the Girls' Network for doing a great job of representing their peers, and for making exercise more accessible."