A group of Dudley basketball players - concerned young people in their town are becoming increasingly obese – hope their ‘get fit’ event has inspired people to start exercising.
Led by Fixer Christina Harris (18) the group held the workout day on Friday 24th May at Dudley College, where more than 120 primary and secondary school pupils practiced basketball skills, drills and games as a way of keeping fit.
The Fixers feel there are not enough sport and physical activity clubs for young people once they leave primary school in their community.
According to Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, six out of ten people in Dudley are overweight, which means 15,000 children face a potential future of health problems.
To help combat this, each attendee received a basketball workout DVD at the end of the event, created by the group with the help of Fixers (view above).
Fixer Christina, who is a student at the college, was delighted with how the day went.
‘It was really fantastic and I hope we inspired a few people to get fit,' she says.
‘I think we do have a weight problem in Dudley and I feel it’s down to the fact that there's not enough opportunities for young people to get out and about.
‘We’re hopeful that offering people something fun to do and get fit at the same time is the answer.
‘After the age of 11, sports and a healthy lifestyle aren’t promoted and it is something we want to change.
‘We all love basketball and find that it’s a great, fun way to stay fit and spend time with our friends.’
The group have secured the backing of Paul Douglas, head coach of the Birmingham Knights, who opened the ‘get fit’ event.
Paul says: ‘I am very passionate about young people acting as peer models to their own community.’