The GoFitba project went in to its final week and the focus this time was on the Kilwinning Sports Club in Ayrshire as the children were presented with medals and certificates to commemorate their time working on the project.
The twelve week programme has focused on showing children from disadvantaged areas the benefits of healthy eating and exercise and it has been running successfully in the Kilwinning Community Sports Centre.
Kilwinning community sports club was opened in 2000 and is a voluntary organisation and registered charity. It aims to give local people the chance to engage in a healthier lifestyle and is able to promote these aims to young people through projects such as GoFitba.
Kilwinning coach Colin Hunter believes the Project has achieved these aims. “From the results of the quiz that the GoFitba project set out, the findings are very detailed. It is clear to see that they have taken the messages on board about being more active and staying healthy through diet and nutrition“.
The last week saw the children hit the books first to do the final piece of their learning journal “The Football Hour”. The children then headed outside to the five a side parks to take part in some drills and small sided games.
Shannon, who took part in the GoFitba Project in Kilwinning loved her time on the course. “I loved having the chance to learn new skills that I didn’t already know before. “My favourite part of the course was the opportunity to make new friends, seeing how it is to play with them and work together as a team.”
After the five a side games, the children were greeted by family members as they received their medals for their involvement on the project. Parents clearly see the benefits of their children taking part in the project also.
Debbie, whose son Jay took part in the GoFitba Project has seen benefits from the course at home. “Before he joined he wasn’t that interested in football and keeping fit but I think him coming along here has really helped his confidence”.
“He has always eaten healthily but this has really encouraged him to try new things and new foods he wouldn’t have tried before at home.” Hopefully it will help him make some better food choices in the long term.”
Colin Hunter is very happy with the progress the children have made. “They have really bought into it and have done what we have asked, playing football with a smile on their face. It’s been twelve weeks of fun”.
The GoFitba project has clearly had a positive impact in Kilwinning and has been a huge hit with parents and children alike. The GoFitba project may now have come to a close but from Kilwinning to Motherwell, it is clear to see that the project has made a positive impact on many young people’s lives up and down the country.