Free summer holiday fitness sessions aimed at 13-18 year olds in the New Ash Green area got the thumbs up from the youngsters who took part.
The events, organised by Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), Kent Police and the Clocktower Gym enabled about 20 young people to spend one-day a week through the holidays, taking part in activities such as fire-fit circuits and learning what life as a firefighter is like at Ash-cum-Ridley Fire Station to kick boxing, gym circuits, boxing and personal safety training at the Clocktower Gym.
Ash-cum-Ridley Watch Manager, Kevin Porter said: “As Kent’s newest fire station, it was a great opportunity for us to build links with the local teenage community, while providing a positive outlet for them during the long school summer holidays.
“It was the first time that the scheme has run and judging by the feedback from the youngsters, it was a great success. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved for volunteering their own time to make it work.”
14-year-old Oscar Watts said: “It was great fun, especially the obstacle course.” Chris Spurgeon added: “I’d do it again if II could, I really enjoyed it.”
PCSO Chris Mallett explained: “We are really pleased with how many people attended. It can be difficult for parents to constantly provide both ideas for the summer holidays and equally the money to fund them so these free sessions provided a fun and free opportunity to socialise and keep fit. We are really grateful to everyone who helped make the scheme a success and we will certainly be looking to run it again in the future.”