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Council staff get fit at Ayrshire College

Council staff get fit at Ayrshire College

Ayrshire College students are putting North Ayrshire Council workers through their paces at the Skills Centre of Excellence in Irvine.

Sport and Fitness students have set up weekly circuits at the campus, which is based within Irvine Royal Academy, for willing council staff members.

A different student takes the group each week and is assessed by their lecturer as part of their college course.

The exercise classes have been a huge hit with North Ayrshire Council staff members, following a successful pilot scheme where council workers were given personal training sessions by the College’s HND Fitness group.

HND Fitness, Health and Exercise student Zack Simpsons, 18 from Saltcoats, said “I took this circuit today for my coursework. It was a mixture of cardio and muscular endurance, and they performed four sets of the full circuit. I do hope to become a personal trainer and this course will help me get the necessary qualifications for that.”

Jan Copeland, lecturer at Ayrshire College, said “Following the success of the personal training pilot last year, during which the students trained around 30 council staff members between them and received excellent feedback, it seemed an obvious progression to invite them to participate in group exercise classes too. 

“This has attracted new recruits which is good news for the Council who are actively promoting the importance of health and wellbeing to their employees. However, it is equally beneficial for the College as the students have had the opportunity to work with 'real' clients and gain valuable experience which will serve them well in the future. Hopefully, this new partnership will continue to develop.”

Andrew Fraser, North Ayrshire Council’s Head of Democratic Services, said “Sport and exercise has huge benefits, not only for physical health but also for self-esteem and motivation. Our ‘LiveWell’ health and wellbeing programme is an important part of making North Ayrshire Council an employer of choice, and has the added benefit of supporting students.”

21 March 2017

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