Pupils and staff from Avon Valley College, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, took part in national fitness day recently.
Everyone tried out a different exercise ranging from Zumba, spinning, circuits, boot camp and gym workouts. The sessions were led by the physical education staff and the gym manager of Lifestyle Fitness which is on the college site. The activities aimed to highlight the importance of physical activity and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Year 9 student, Owen Thomas said: “I enjoyed my session it worked my whole body and made me feel good afterwards.
PE teacher, Dan Burton, who organised the day said: “It was great to see so many students getting active and trying something new, hopefully we have encouraged the young people to get more active and enjoy exercise.”
Due to popular demand the new activities will be offered as extra-curricular clubs and the P.E. Department will continue to inspire the whole school to improve their health and fitness.
“This event supports the school's commitment to promoting lifelong fitness,” said PE teacher, Collette Harries. “Other initiatives next term include a fitness club on the school campus for primary school children, and a vast range of physical activities offered to pupils attending Avon Valley College, both in timetabled and after school clubs.”
Meanwhile Year 9 students from the College took part in a Young Ambassador Day recently where they learnt how to be sports leaders. During the day the 28 students looked at the qualities needed to be a good leader, led a warm up, designed and led a session, learnt Makaton, discussed the different roles of leaders and planned and delivered a game to their peers. The students will now be invited to help lead at the different primary sports festivals organised as part of the School Games.
“This day is the first step to becoming a sports leader,” said Collette Harries. “Hopefully the students improved their understanding of what makes a good leader and can transfer this knowledge when attending their first event.”