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‘B Active’ scheme launched to encourage sport in young people

A participant in the 'B Active' boxing programme Photo: LRS/ACN

A programme has been launched in Manchester to help young people aged 16-24 without access to sport, get into more physical activity.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Active Communities Network have joined forces to create ‘B Active’, a programme of youth-led activities which will run five days a week for 50 weeks of the year.

The young people will be supported by past volunteers and other sports coaches to deliver the sessions which will focus on fitness, diet and mental wellbeing. The programme will also offer volunteers an opportunity to gain qualifications in things such as enterprise, diversity & inclusion and developing community activities for youth at risk.

Some partcipants in action Credit: LRS/ACN

There will also be a three-year research study undertaken to examine behavioural change in order to better inform the relevant government policies.

Ellie O’Brien who attended the launch commented: “I like the boxing workouts because we come here to train but we always have a laugh and there is a real family atmosphere. The programme keeps you disciplined and if I wasn’t coming to these sessions I would probably be hanging around on the streets so it’s good that we are given a purpose.”

'B Active' participants Credit: LRS/ACN

Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell is another supporter of the scheme:

The B Active programme is a welcome addition to Manchester. The boxing class has already proved to be a popular one amongst the young people and I have no doubt the B Active programme will go from strength to strength following the launch. We look forward to seeing the progress of those engaged in the sessions and the positive impact it will have on our community.

– Lucy Powell, Manchester Central MP

Part of the scheme’s aim is to get one million people moving more by the year 2020. For more information click here