Sporting Chance aiming to change lives in East Durham

Fighting spirit. Youngsters Lewis Routledge and David Parry(right) with left to right) Lisa Walvin, Paul Hitch, Caroline Dent, Chris Elliott, David Sutton, Dave Binns and Leanne Tinkler.
Fighting spirit. Youngsters Lewis Routledge and David Parry(right) with left to right) Lisa Walvin, Paul Hitch, Caroline Dent, Chris Elliott, David Sutton, Dave Binns and Leanne Tinkler.

MEMBERS of the public are being counted on for their vote in helping to give youngsters a sporting chance in life.

Sporting Chance is a life-changing programme managed by the Easington FISCH (Family Initiative Supporting Children’s Health) team that aims to tackle child obesity.

The scheme has reached the latest round of an application process for funding from East Durham Area Action Partnership’s Your Money, Your Area, Your Views initiative – but it needs the public’s help.

Sporting Chance gives young people aged seven to 11 who are finding it difficult to maintain a healthy weight a chance to build their self-esteem and fitness through boxing.

The FISCH team is working with East Durham College’s Boxing Academy and Scene CIC Enterprises.

The project, which sees children from schools working with FISCH being referred, is the only project of its kind in County Durham.

Chris Elliot, a physical activities officer with FISCH, who works from Peterlee Leisure Centre, said: “The team delivering the FISCH programme in Easington are well aware of the escalating numbers of young people who are classified as being over a healthy weight.

“In some schools within Easington one in three of Year 4 and 5 pupils have been classified as being above a healthy weight.”

He added that in East Durham, the predicted 2050 figure of 25 per cent of obese children in some age groups is already being seen.

The ActivLife programme has already won the first year of funding for Sporting Chance.

But FISCH needs the public’s help to ensure success at the next stage.

Anyone who works in or lives in East Durham, aged 11 and over, is urged to vote for their favourite project during an AAP event at the Glebe Centre, in Durham Place, Murton from 10am-2pm this Saturday.

To find out more about Sporting Chance, call Chris or Lisa Walvin on 03000 261804.