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Blues help tackle obesity

PUBLISHED: 11:30 20 May 2015

Barking Football Club are holding weekly sessions for local children to help tackle obesity in the borough

Barking Football Club are holding weekly sessions for local children to help tackle obesity in the borough

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Club holding weekly sessions for youngsters

Barking Football Club are doing their bit to help tackle obesity in the borough.

The Mayesbrook Park outfit has just enjoyed one of its best-ever seasons, winning five cup finals and earning seeing one of its teams finish as league runners-up, while the first team were third in the Essex Senior League.

But when it comes to physical activity and obesity Barking & Dagenham is near the bottom of the table.

Blues chairman Rob O’Brien said: “I was invited to a borough presentation about the lack of available activity and participation local people were experiencing.

“We were determined to help and linked up with the borough’s Park Ranger team and held some fun days at the club.

“Our local Ranger Ruth was thrilled with the turnout and said the feedback from parents and children was very positive.”

After further discussions the club is hosting two weekly events on Thursdays and Saturdays.

These started after the Easter holidays and now up to 90 children are registered.

O’Brien added: “It has gone really well and we’re so pleased with the participation andthe children keep coming back.

“We are so pleased that we are going to extend the experience and host a holiday event for four days in May half-term.

“I think this model works and with a little help we could roll this out in other corners of the borough.

“All our boys and girls are worth the support we give because they do matter and we want to shape them for the future.”

For more details see the club’s website barking-fc.co.uk.


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