Health initiative a big hit as it makes awards list

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A programme aimed at encouraging Blackpool’s children to lead a healthy lifestyle has been shortlisted for a prestigious award alongside some of the biggest names from the world of football.

Fit2Go, a six-week healthy lifestyle and physical activity programme undertaken in

all of the resort’s 30 primary schools, has been shortlisted for Community Initiative of the Year at the 2014 MBNA North West Football Awards.

The scheme, run by Blackpool FC Community Trust under the banner of Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool, has been shortlisted for Community Initiative of the Year at the 2014 MBNA North West Football Awards.

Resort boxer Brian ‘The Lion’ Rose is backing the project.

He said: “Boxing is all about being disciplined.

“If by supporting this I can inspire or encourage a child to believe they can succeed then that’s fantastic.”

The awards will take place at Old Trafford cricket ground on Tuesday, November 18, and will recognise the best from the world of football in the region.

Fit 2 Go is shortlisted alongside initiatives by Everton FC, City in the Community; Wigan Athletic Community Trust; Bolton Wanderers Community Trust; and Morecambe FC Community Sports.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer of NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is fantastic that the hard work of every-one involved in Fit2Go has been recognised in this way.

“It is so important that we are educating young children and their families about

the importance of leading a healthier lifestyle through diet and physical activity.

“That is why Fit2Go and our Altogether Now partner-ship are crucial. They are

without doubt helping us to improve the health of people in Blackpool.”