Fitness course engages hard to reach youths

2nd October 2015

An educational charity is improving employability skills and aspirations of young people in West Cumbria by offering extended fitness courses.

West Cumbria Achievement Zone - Girl on treadmill

The NMP Community Fund awarded West Cumbria Achievement Zone (WCAZ) £5,000 towards theory resources and fitness equipment, enabling students to complete their BTEC Level 2 Sports Course.

Sport and Leisure with EDEXCEL is one of their most popular courses with the number of students enrolling almost tripling since the course first began. Funding has ensured students do not become disengaged and provided them with the opportunity to continue their learning without having to change training provider, as was previously the case.

Based at Distington, WCAZ exists to provide an alternative learning environment for young people aged 14-19 years old where mainstream education has not been successful.

West Cumbria Achievement Zone - gym bikesOne post 16 student was referred to WCAZ due to issues with volatile behaviour and inability to follow instructions in school. Enrolling on the Level 1 Sports Course, she developed her confidence and capacity to work with others. She engaged well with the theory and practical sessions, becoming a role model to other learners in the centre.

Jo McGlasson, Senior Manager at WCAZ, said: “The funding will have a huge impact on the lives of our learners who are from deprived areas and struggle daily with emotional, social and behavioural issues. Learners will have the chance to use the gym which they wouldn’t be able to do outside of centre due to low family incomes. Running the Level 2 course will benefit our learners in progressing into the sports industry to gain employment.”