Leisure charities Junior Exercise Referral Scheme improves members musculoskeletal pain
Everybody Health and Leisure member, Kathryn Haigh, 14 years old, completed Everybody’s 12 week Junior Exercise Referral Programme with Health Referral Lead Gavin at Crewe Lifestyle Centre. Kathryn was referred to Junior Exercise Referral by her Physiotherapist to help with musculoskeletal pain she was experiencing in her back and neck.
Kathryn was provided with a tailored gym-based programme, designed to reduce the pain she was experiencing and improve her overall general strength and wellbeing. Since starting programme, Kathryn has been attending the gym two to three times per week, with her mum, Stephanie, as a support Buddy.
Kathryn Haigh, Everybody Healthy member commented:
“Since starting Everybody’s Junior Exercise Referral Scheme , I now feel my strength has improved, I’m able to lift more weight on many different exercises. I have also improved my cardiovascular fitness, which has improved my running over the course of the programme. I would definitely recommend Everybody’s Exercise Referral programme to others in a similar situation and loved benefitting from the treadmill the most, as it helped me strengthen my legs and feel stronger. It’s something I now want to continue with.”
Stephanie Haigh, Kathryn’s mum, also shared:
“Supporting Kathryn on this programme has also been beneficial to me as I have enjoyed the exercises, it’s helped me physically and made me think about my own lifestyle”.
Since attending the programme, Kathryn feels much fitter and stronger with the pain she was experiencing decreasing over the weeks.
Gavin McKeith, Health Referral Lead at Everybody Health & Leisure shared:
“It was pleasure to work with both Kathryn and her mum Stephanie over the course of the 12-week junior exercise referral programme. Kathryn took on the exercises that I prescribed for her gym programme really well with good technique, leading to making great improvement over the course of the programme through improving her cardiovascular fitness as well as muscular strength. It was also great to see how it benefited Kathryn but also her mum Stephanie attending the gym together”.
Everybody’s Junior Exercise Referral scheme is aimed at young people aged 12 to 18 years, who live with an illness or long-term health condition to increase physical activity levels and improve their quality of life. The scheme is a funded programme and free of charge to the young person, who may exercise with a buddy free of charge, such as family member, carer or friend.
For more information on Everybody’s 12 week Junior Exercise Referral Programme please visit www.everybody.org.uk/what-we-offer/get-fit-and-healthy/health/everybody-junior-exercise-referral-scheme/. If you require any further information please contact our Everybody Healthy team by emailing: [email protected] or calling: 01270 685589
Notes to Editor
Everybody Health and Leisure are a registered charity which aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. The charity operates 16 leisure facilities including 9 swimming pools and 7 Taste for Life cafes across the Cheshire East region, and delivers a range of targeted health, sports and disability and inclusion programmes. For more information please visit: www.everybody.org.uk or follow on Facebook @EverybodyHealthLeisure and Instagram @ebleisure
Name: Matt Shannon
Organisation: Everybody Health and Leisure
Email: [email protected]