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Councillor Barbara Sidnell uses fitness challenge to help residents into work

Cllr Barbara Sidnell and Islington Resident Champion Theresa Coyle MBE have set themselves a demanding eight week challenge at the Sobell Leisure Centre; improving their fitness whilst raising money to fund leisure industry training opportunities for local residents.

For every £500 raised by Cllr Sidnell and Mrs Coyle, Aquaterra will not only offer free gym instructor training for a local resident that will enhance their employment prospects, but will also match the funding and provide a second free place on the course.

Cllr Barbara Sidnell, Executive Member for Tenants, Residents & Communities said: “I know how important exercise is for staying healthy, but I don’t feel like I can promote it to other residents if I’m not doing it myself!  It’s a tough challenge but there’s no better motivator than raising money to help people into training – and hopefully into work.  I also want to get fit enough to take on the Race for Life next year”

A condition of the free place is that, once qualified, instructors will give back to the community by spending a number of hours promoting health and wellbeing to residents on the Andover Estate.

Starting on 8 June 2013, instructors Junior Telfer and Tony Lewis are providing a planned programme of exercise and weight loss for Cllr Sidnell and Mrs Coyle.  They are both hoping to lose at least a stone in weight.

You can sponsor the pair at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/8weekchallenge/

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