Freedom Leisure – which operates Bexhill Leisure Centre and Rye Sports Centre on behalf of Rother District Council – now has staff qualified to offer fitness classes and gym sessions specifically to teenagers.
Following intensive training in December, both the physical and psychological aspects of teen fitness have been learned, enabling trainers to motivate and support teenagers to achieve success.
“Overweight and inactive teenagers remain a cause for concern within our society with around 15 per cent of school leavers being classified as obese,” says Dominic Horner, Freedom Leisure area manager. “There are several reasons for this but ‘non sporty’ kids disengaging from team games and physical activity as they progress through senior school is a major factor, especially among teenage girls.
“For teens who don’t like sports, working out in the gym or doing an age-specific class will be a popular alternative.”
Freedom Leisure says the teens will be able to work out during the natural lull in their timetables between 4pm and 6pm. This means teenagers can attend after school before the start of the evening rush.