16 October 2008>
The 5x60 programme came back to Rhymney School with a bang on Friday 12th September when 170 year 7 pupils were given a chance to experience what the scheme is all about. The Sports Council initiative, in association with Caerphilly County Borough Council's Sport Development team, is aimed at inspiring young people to take part in at least five hours of physical activity a week either in school, at after school clubs or in the community.
Pupils took part in six fun activities throughout the afternoon, which was aimed at promoting the 5x60 programme along with the Caerphilly County Borough's Get Active campaign. Pupils enjoyed a mixture of activities including Trampolining, Badminton, Circuit Training, Street Dance, Ultimate Frisbee and Football. One year 7 pupils commented, "It was a very good day because I tried a lot of new activities. 5x60 is cool and I will be trying a lot more activities this year."
The popularity of the 5x60 programme has since risen to new heights with well over 100 attendees per week to the 11 clubs, which run in lunch times and after school. The scheme is pupil lead, and the School Sport officer at the school, Neil Roberts, aims to provide as many activities as possible for the pupils to enjoy. The scheme also has the full backing of Head teacher Mr Meredydd James. He said: "It is an excellent initiative. The launch day was very successful in helping to raise the profile of 5x60. This has resulted in a noticeable increase in participation in all activities. The scheme is constantly developing and in time will become engrained within the school and the local community."
For more information or to get involved in the 5x60 initiative in Rhymney please contact Neil Roberts on 07776 488206 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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