Participants in the Southern Trust’s Fit 4 U 2 Programme

Adults with learning disabilities have recently been participating in a range of physical activities and sports, as part of the Southern Trust’s Fit 4 U 2 Programme.

Participants have enjoyed a range of physical activities and sports, including group exercise, boxercise, boccia, kurling, football, archery, volleyball, badminton and indoor golf.

Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Southern Trust, explains “Fit 4 U 2 aims to empower people with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing through participation in a range of day time physical activity and sports. Activities are adapted to suit the needs of participants and promote positive physical, mental and social health benefits.

Colin Megarry, participant explains “I got the chance to try archery and balloon badminton and I love boccia.”

Lynsey Stevenson, participant states “I love the indoor football and the coaches always help me.”

Darren Gallagher, participant adds “the coaches have helped me to improve my football skills.”

Brian Watters, Day Care Worker, Linenbridge Centre, explains “Fit 4 U 2 allows individuals to increase their level of fitness by participating in a range of sporting activities, to work together as a team and the opportunity to meet with and communicate with other people in the setting of our local Leisure Centre. I would encourage all people with a learning disability to try Fit 4 U 2 and experience the fun and companionship that it offers.”

Fit 4 U 2 operates in five Leisure Centres across the Southern Trust area, including Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry.

Fit 4 U 2 is funded by the Public Health Agency and led by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with other organisations, including the local Council authorities and Sport NI funded Everybody Active coaches.

For more information about Fit 4 U 2 and referral to the programme, please contact Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Co-ordinator, Tel. 028 3756 4490 or email rhonda.richardson@southerntrust.hscni.net