Posted: Mon 29th Feb 2016

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 29th, 2016

Pembrokeshire Leisure, in collaboration with Communities First and the Derwen NHS Trust, are launching a new initiative designed to get teenagers active. The programme, which is being called EXTRA, will reward teenagers for attending group exercise classes. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Qualifying participants, based on current activity levels and physical condition, will get a massive 78% discount on current prices as well as receiving vouchers for every ten sessions they attend. Sessions on offer will include Dance, Yoga, Parkour, Cycling and Roller Discos. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

After attending ten sessions, each participant will receive a £5 voucher for them to spend on themselves as well as a £5 voucher for their family to spend in food stores. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cabinet Spokesperson for Culture, Sport and Leisure, Councillor Elwyn Morse believes many young people will benefit from the scheme. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We’re all very excited about this pilot as it is the first of its kind and should see a substantial increase in the health and well-being of quite a few of our young residents” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

His views are echoed by Pembroke Leisure Centre manager Darren Bowen. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This shows some real innovative thinking on how to get more people active in the Pembroke area. Not only are we rewarding the young people for exercising but we’re also rewarding their families for helping motivate them” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The programme, which will run in Pembroke Leisure Centre will begin in March and anyone wishing to apply should contact Pembroke Leisure Centre on 01437 77 6660 or Ellie.Robinson@pembrokeshire.gov.uk ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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