Summer Fit camp success

The Strand Shopping Centre’s Summer of Fitness goes out with a bang!   The summer activity at The Strand was hailed a great success after huge numbers of shoppers turned out to take part in its fun fit camp over the past four weeks.   The action started with a Circus skills workshop and fun circus themed craft zone led by celebrity Lloyd Warbey from Disney Life’s art attack show. On show and for children to try were balancing plates, circus hoops, tightrope walking and stilt walking to name just a few of the activities on offer focusing on balance and coordination as well as fitness. And the Fun didn’t stop there as parents and children had the chance to try Yoga in The Strand’s helping hand centre, all as part of The Strand’s health and well-being focus for 2019. Week two saw the Strand host its second Scoot-fit disco on level one of the car park where the scoot-fit team educated youngsters on the benefits of scooting, learning the correct balance and coordination skills whilst exercising were all part of the fun. Lucy Kirk Marketing manager commented ‘We ran our first Scoot-fit event in May and had so much feedback from shoppers who wanted to see it back it was lovely to see the sheer number of children taking part this time. The comments we have had from the families has been overwhelming with so many contacting us to thank us and show how much they have enjoyed the activity. We also ran a competition to win a scooter with TJHughes which was great to have such retailer engagement in the project so a big thankyou to them too.’   Week three saw Biking skills in the car park in which youngsters learnt some new balance bike skills and were taught about cycling safety and ways to increase their mobility and coordination skills through cycling.   To finish off the Summer activity The Strand teamed up with Virgin Media to run a 3 day Soccer schools camp which saw children learning new football skills taught by the talented Mr Silky Soccer skills on Mons Square.   Rowland Parry Centre manager commented ‘Our Summer activity has been both engaging for our shoppers and also has really embodied the health and well-being theme of activity we have put together this week with a huge variety of activities on offer most of which are new to the Strand. It’s been great to see so many new faces attend the events. It’s also been great to have retailers supporting the events such as TJHughes and Virgin Media to support these local community engagement projects the centre for whom has now created a strong following.’