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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Funky fitness for the under 5s

Friday, August 30, 2013

Stockton’s preschoolers can get fit and active in a unique and innovative series of fun exercise classes starting next month.

From Monday 9 September, Stockton Council will run a course of ‘Funky’ fitness classes including Funky Feet, Funky Gymnastics and Funky Football.

The Funky Feet class is a 45-minute mix of games and dancing for two to four year olds, developed as an exciting and energetic way for parents to introduce their children to exercise. Classes will be held at various locations across Stockton.

At the Frederick Nattrass Children’s Centre in Norton, children can also enjoy Funky Gymnastics and Funky Football sessions.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture said: "The new Funky Feet classes are not like an average fitness class. The 'Funky' sessions feel like pure play, but the kids are developing physical skills such as fitness, balance, and coordination, and social skills as they link their movements with those of their new friends around them.

"If you’re looking for something a bit different and exciting, they’re a great way for parents to introduce their kids to exercise and promote a healthy lifestyle from a young age.

"I hope they come along and join in the fun!"

The classes are designed to help children learn to live a healthy lifestyle, develop their coordination skills and encourage them to stay active as they grow up.

Funky Football classes cost an introductory price of £1 per child, Funky Feet sessions cost £1 and include a piece of fruit, and Funky Gymnastics aimed at two to five year olds costs £2 per child, per session.

Sessions are made in block bookings and run for a full half term.

For more information and to book a place, contact Leanne Oxley, Stockton Council’s Leisure & Sports Development Officer on 01642 524599 or email [email protected]


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