Club call for Fit4Youth programme
John Travers supports Forest Feast Fit4Youth programme
International middle distance athlete John Travers was on hand to support the Forest Feast Fit4Youth programme in Morton Stadium earlier in the week. The Forest Feast Fit4Youth programme is aimed at youths aged 12-19 who would like to get fit in a fun, non-competitive environment.
The programme has been developed by former Irish international athlete Geraldine Nolan, who launched it with great success in her local club Kilkenny City Harriers in 2013.
The Fit4Life programme has gone nationwide with aspirations to recruit even more clubs in 2016.
John Travers was in Morton Stadium with Dunboyne AC and Lusk AC in attendance to encourage them to get out and exercise.
The evening consisted of a Q and A with Travers followed by a warm-up, drills, a one mile run on the track and a cool down. Every participant then got a t-shirt and a goody bag.
“It was a good evening to encourage people to get up off their feet and exercise and know it doesn’t have to be competitive whether it’s a walk or a jog,” said Travers who is a member of Donore Harriers.
“Athletics can be a good way to get fit while also pursuing other activities,” continued the Dubliner. “It was great to talk to the younger generation in Dunboyne and Lusk and hopefully give them a lifelong love of just getting out running and enjoying it.
“Asides from competition running for me is a stress reliever and an outlet to get out in the fresh air and be sociable. It’s a great way of meeting new people home and abroad.”
The aim of the programme is to build up to 5K while fostering a positive attitude to health and fitness that will become a life skill.
Athletics Ireland would like more clubs to get involved. Clubs and Counties can forward an expression of interest in the Fit4Youth initiative to:
Pat Ryan, Director of Development