Success for Te Awamutu’s new youth initiative

Te Awamutu Intermediate student Torryn Howells showed up for each session. Photo / Provided

Te Awamutu Community Council member Jill Taylor is delighted with the success of the youth initiative she launched this year and looks forward to developing it further in the new school term.

“I know Te Awamutu has lots of sports clubs and other activities that young people can participate in,” says Jill Taylor, “however for some families the cost is an issue.”

Jill wanted to see what kinds of activities middle-aged children would be interested in, so she visited Te Awamutu Middle School and met with students to get some ideas. She was then able to begin seeking community support to implement activities that students can participate in at no cost.

“The Covid situation did not help,” says Jill, “however, for four weeks of the first term, a group of students performed fitness activities in the park adjacent to the Te Awamutu Library, under the guidance of a qualified personal trainer and fitness instructor from the Jetts Fitness Center, and the fifth session of the quarter was held at the Jetts Fitness Center. I want to thank the staff of this local business for the incredible support they have given to this initiative – the students really enjoyed participating in the activities”.

“The initiative will be extended over the next term with sessions being held from 4-5pm every Wednesday afternoon at the Jetts Fitness Center facility under the guidance of their qualified personal trainer and fitness instructor,” explains Jill, “with the first session being held on May 11. Any middle-aged local student is welcome to attend at no cost.

Later in the year, Jill hopes to initiate other activities for students with different interests.

For more information contact Jill on 0274 154 908.

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