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Success at national fitness challenge

Published: 11/05/2017

Jade Jones Pavilion in Flint is heralding their success in a campaign to support a local school. The campaign, called “Let’s Move for a Better World”, is a global campaign to fight obesity and sedentary lifestyles. The goal was to engage the community to come and “donate” their physical activity to help the local community and embrace a healthier lifestyle. It ran from 13 - 31 March. Out of 219 sites taking part around the UK, Flint finished in 26th position – with 1,003,484 moves (as measured by the equipment), which is an fantastic achievement given that they have 17 cardio machines in their gym, less that a lot of other leisure centres taking part. Flintshire County Council’s Chief Officer for Organisational Change, Ian Bancroft, said: “The teachers at Maes Hyfryd specialist school, Flint High School, Jade Jones Pavilion workforce and gym members really came together to achieve this. It was great for the community and everyone’s competitive streak showed throughout the challenge!” Flint fitness suite supervisor, Alan Duppa, said: “To hit over 1 million moves for a relatively small leisure centre is a massive achievement. The main aim was to go for the 3 million and win Ysgol Maes Hyfryd an Arke kit for their gym. Although we fell short, 1 million moves is such a brilliant show of determination from all who took part. Not only have we achieved something special, we have improved customers’ and workforce fitness levels and made more people aware of the growing levels of obesity around the world. I was so happy with effort made by all who took part. We are one of only 26 centres that achieved the 1 million marker and have won a training day which I’m hoping that staff at Ysgol Maes Hyfryd will attend. We also sold t-shirts and bags which raised £200 for the school.” Pictured with the pupils from Ysgol Maes Hyfryd are: Ian Bancroft, Kirsty Molyneux - Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Ysgol Maes Hyfryd and Alan Duppa