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Kids Tryathlon Lincoln 2014

More than 700 children had a Brilliant time when they took part in Active Nation’s annual Kids TRYathlons in Lincoln and Abingdon.

The TRYathlons were first launched in 2011 as Active Nation’s unique initiative to get children participating in sport and exercise – now in their fourth year the events are getting bigger and better!

The original purpose of these events was to help shape behaviour, attitudes and enthusiasm towards physical activity, with the hope of helping youngsters commit to being active longer term. And they were so successful that Active Nation decided to make them an annual series of events, with 2,000 children expected to take part in 2014.

The TRYathlons focus strongly on the TRY element to encourage all children to participate regardless of ability or experience – this helped to make the events non-competitive and a lot more fun for the kids to get involved in.

At Active Nation’s White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon, more than 400 kids from 7 local schools got to try tennis, badminton, yoga, golf, dodge ball, go-karting, teen fitness sessions, bootcamp and circuits. If you are looking for spots holyday ideas not only for kids but for the whole family, check the options available at golf holidays direct.

And at Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln, more than 300 pupils from 8 local schools got to try out new age curling, tag rugby, tug of war, rounders, football, archery, wrestling, an exercise class, basketball, athletics, swimming, running and cycling.

This year’s event in Lincoln was supported by Enterprise Rent-A-Car who donated £1,500 and a team of staff to help out on the day. Russell Murphy, business rental sales manager, said: “It was a fantastic day and it was great fun for us to be a part of it. It is important for our founding values to be involved in local communities and it really was great to see the kids having so much fun and getting active. We hope to come back next year.”

Teacher Rebecca Edwards from Westgate Academy in Lincoln said: “It has been an amazing day. All of the kids have been really encouraged to participate in all of the events by the staff. They have been made to feel really confident in the activities and have worked really well as a team. It has been great to get the children out of the classroom and getting active and trying many of the sports for the first time.”

One pupil said: “We have all had a really good time. A lot of what we have done is new and really, really fun. I’ll definitely be trying some of these new sports again.”

Not only do the TRYathlons have a positive impact on the attitudes of those taking part, but they are a great way to introduce pupils to local sports clubs and hopefully start a lifelong relationship with sport and exercise.

  • Posted on: Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Bita Rezaei

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