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Junior Summer Fitness Challenge Returns

Published on: 18 Jul, 2013
Updated on: 18 Jul, 2013

Children in Guildford can stay active this summer as Freedom Leisure’s Junior Summer Fitness Challenge returns for a second year. 


Evie aged 4, and Poppy aged 7, are taking part in this year’s Junior Summer Fitness Challenge.

Each child participating in the challenge receives a free fitness diary on which they record all their activities and, for every 10 they complete, Freedom Leisure gives them a reward. The aim is to complete 30 physical activities throughout the course of the summer holidays collecting rewards as they go and being presented with a certificate at the end. Rewards on offer include free swimming, skating and bowling.

The challenge aims to promote a healthier lifestyle for young people. It also supports parents by making exercise fun at a time when all school and extracurricular sports classes are on hold for the holidays.

Children are encouraged to try as wide a variety of activities as possible anywhere including at home, in the park or at their local Freedom Leisure centre – Guildford Spectrum and Ash Manor Sports Centre. All activity counts, from a family cycle ride or football in the park to swimming or walking the dog.

Freedom Leisure’s managing director Jeff Hart is giving the scheme his full support. He said: “With child obesity a growing national concern we hope the Junior Summer Fitness Challenge will encourage more children in Guildford to build activity into their lives. Exercise should be fun, rewarding and a great way to stay healthy; this scheme is an excellent way of combining all three!”

Participants can register for the challenge at Guildford Spectrum or Ash Manor Sports Centre.  Alternatively they can sign up online at or for more information visit Spectrum’s website at

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