" Who wouldnt want to try out a pair of Kangoo boots? They instantly turn exercise into fun."
Kelly Brougham, Director at Active Families NE
Community organisation Active Families North East CIC will be delivering a pioneering fitness programme to teens across Sunderland.
The organisation, which already supports families and older people with its range of programmes, has won funding to help over 22 teens get active and make healthier choices.
Funding through Sunderland Council’s Washington Area Committee and Rise North East, will support 10 teens from Washington to take part, while another 12 teens have already been selected from the Youth Almighty Project in Silksworth.
All that take part will receive a pair of Kangoo boots, recipe cards and ingredients as part of Active Families Healthy lifestyle programme, and those who complete a set number of activities will receive a Sports Direct voucher at the end of the programme.
Kelly Brougham, Operations Director at Active Families North East, said: “Who wouldn’t want to try out a pair of Kangoo boots? They instantly turn exercise into fun and are specifically designed to help increase agility and strengthen muscles.
“In addition to this, the online group combined with the classes and healthy eating is a real mood booster and allows the teens to stay in contact and encourage each other along the way.
“We’re the only organisation to be rolling out a programme of this kind in the North East and we’re delighted that we can offer this opportunity to young people across the city.”
The programme was initially trialled during the first lockdown and due to its success, further funding has been allocated through Rise North East and Washington Area Committee.
Clare Morley, CEO of Rise North East, said: “Physical activity is more important now than it has ever been before. Research has shown how vital it has been in contributing to maintaining not just good physical health but good mental health too.
“With this in mind, we were thrilled to support Active Families North East in successfully obtaining funding which will help them deliver the Kangaroo programme to more people in our local area. It’s certainly a different and very fun way to keep moving!”
Carys Clark-Murphy, who took part in the first Kangoo programme, said: “It is an amazing class and makes you feel good about yourself taking part. Since I have knee problems, exercise can be hard, however with Kangoo it’s really easy and doesn’t affect my knees.
“Seeing what I’ve been doing with Kangoo, I think, has inspired my mam to hopefully try it in the future too.”
Once the programme is complete, Active Families North East hopes to run further classes of its kind, inspiring the whole of the region to reap the benefits of getting active.