Non-sport way to fitness

PUBLISHED: 09:21 24 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010

Instructor Ian Tiffen taking a class with Royston school children

Instructor Ian Tiffen taking a class with Royston school children

YOUNGSTERS in Royston and the surrounding area are being encouraged to take part in a non-sport exercise programme. Instructor, Ian Tiffen of Tennyson Close, of Royston, has been visiting schools and getting pupils involved in a number of activities. Ian

YOUNGSTERS in Royston and the surrounding area are being encouraged to take part in a non-sport exercise programme.

Instructor, Ian Tiffen of Tennyson Close, of Royston, has been visiting schools and getting pupils involved in a number of activities.

Ian said: "I'm encouraging children of all types, because I feel that it's important for every child to enjoy exercise. If they enjoy it, then they are more likely to continue with it - which is obviously a good thing."

The sessions are part of the Activkids programme, an organisation that coaches more than 1,000 children, aged between four and 11, each week across the country.

Ian's classes are non-sport lead - a decision he believes extracts the intimidating aspect of team games children often shy away from and said that his classes give children the opportunity to succeed.

He explained: "The classes are a great way to get children of all shapes, sizes and ability involved in physical activity and we use non-sports specific activities to encourage their participation.

"The games used range from base games to circuit fitness. Each week the children learn to use new skills, such as speed, co-ordination, team work and agility.

"There are so many benefits for them as well. They will not only improve their health and fitness, but also their confidence and self esteem to."

Ian, who is also a personal trainer added: "So far the feedback has been fantastic. The children want to be part of it and the parents love to see their children enjoying themselves and using their energy."

Ian is responsible for the North Hertfordshire and South Cambridgeshire region. He is also looking to set up family orientated and breakfast sessions.

He said: "We are looking to expand and the idea of breakfast sessions is very appealing. Early morning exercise can increase concentration levels and make children more alert for their day ahead."

- An evening community class is currently being arranged for those children who do not have an Activkids session at their school.

For more details call Ian Tiffen on 07841448785 or visit www.activkids.co.uk

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