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Gugafit News Update - February 2014

13/02/2014

It’s been a busy half term for us here at Gugafit with a number of exciting new projects keeping us busy.

We have continued to deliver our ‘Making Healthy a Habit’ package in more than 20 schools since Christmas. This means we have helped over 5000 children to ‘Get Up, Get Active’. With the addition of these new schools, the total number of exercise minutes on our website has risen to over 126 million minutes!.

We have also been lucky enough to work with a number of schools helping them with their PPA cover time this term. This is something we love to do as it gives us the opportunity to get to know the children we deliver to a little better, it is very rewarding to see the progress they are making on a weekly basis and watch the young leaders we have trained really step up to the challenge!

Our work has seen us visit schools all over the South East and London but has also taken us as far as Cardiff and Yorkshire to spread the Gugafit word.

With the news still full of stories about the deteriorating health of the population, we have been prompted to push forward with our dream of creating a Gugafit Army of children, teenagers and adults who are all passionate about getting active and eating healthily.  The last few months have seen us having lots of exciting conversations both with Active Surrey and Sportsleaders UK and we look forward to working closely with both of them in the very near future.

Last month Dan completed the Sportsleaders UK Tutor training which will enable us to deliver a range of accredited courses.  The courses we can now offer can be attended by anyone from the age of 5 - 70. Anyone who takes part in our training courses will obtain a nationally recognized qualification – watch out for more details coming soon.

Research has shown that one of the hardest groups to keep active is pre-teen and teenage girls. Female participation in sport begins to drop off as early as Year 5 and once this happens it becomes increasing difficult to re-engage this group.  From our learning on ‘Physical Literacy’ it seems that traditional team sports that focus on rules and technique are failing to motivate girls and that more informal activities are the key to encouraging greater participation. There is also evidence to suggest that girls with active female family members are more likely to remain active themselves.

With this in mind, January 2014 saw Gugafit launch its new Gugamums sessions in Guildford.  The classes are suitable for all levels of fitness and there are no complicated routines to learn. Each class is different and combines aerobic activities such as skipping and boxing with toning elements like push ups and squats.  The thing that really sets Gugamums apart from other classes though is that its mums can bring their teenage daughters (Year 7 upwards) with them enabling them to exercise together in a (mostly!) non-competitive, friendly, supportive environment.

The classes have been so popular that March will see more Gugamums classes starting in Guildford with plans underway to expand into new areas very soon!

All these new additions to Gugafit have meant that the Gugafit team has moved and grown!  We are currently moving into new offices in Guildford and welcoming Joe Williams to the team. Joe is a fully qualified and experienced personal trainer who has been accompanying Adam and Dan in schools over the past couple of months - Joe is now fully ‘Gugafit’ trained and keen to get delivering. He will also be delivering a number of our new outdoor Gugamums sessions soon.

With half term nearly upon us we are preparing for our holiday camps and looking forward to welcoming back lots of our regular 4-11 year olds for a morning of fun and fitness!

It’s Gugatime!

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