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'Fun and fit family day' promotes new Monday evening fitness session

Jude Simmons, Merton's Head of Youth Service, tells YMT about a wonderful family day event held on Saturday 3 June, to promote the new Phipps Bridge Youth Centre's Monday evening fitness club for local residents, where they can also bring their children, aged 6+ to enjoy arts and crafts:

'The 'Fun and fit' family day was such a success! Seeing the community coming together to have fun and learn new skills at the same time. It definitely put the youth centre on the map!  We recruited new members for our fit club on Monday evenings where families come together and take part in activities designed to keep you fit!'.

Our 'Fun and Fit' family day on Saturday 3 June was well attended by children, young people and adults celebrating all things healthy; a wonderful time was had by all!

Supported by Merton's Youth Service and volunteers from Benedict Primary School, the local community, Wimbledon AFC and some of the older young people from Pollards Hill Youth Centre, more than ninety attendees enjoyed circuit training in the garden, healthy cooking, Fit Kids sessions, dance and stretch class, smoothie making, a gym session, mini health checks and much more.

The purpose of the event was to promote a new Monday evening club for local residents which runs at the Phipps Bridge Youth Centre, Cobham Court, Haslemere Avenue, Mitcham CR4 3PR from 6.30pm to 8.30pm during term time.

Local people can come and enjoy circuit training and any other healthy activities that they would like to take part in, and can bring their children aged 6+ to enjoy arts and crafts, play games and table tennis, whilst their parents or carers get fit!

The aim is to encourage local people to use the youth centre, and for the community to see the centre as somewhere that they can get together, in order to break down barriers between young and old, and to bring neighbours and friends together. It will also be an opportunity to promote the activities of the youth centre at the same time. Our aim is to create a centre which has a real community focus offering activities which are led by local volunteers and supporters.

Everybody is welcome on Monday evenings and volunteers are needed to provide healthy cooking workshops, dance classes and anything else fitness related!

For more information about coming to the fitness club, and about helping out as a volunteer, please email me, Jude Simmons on

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