Free sports sessions for Fit for Life week

Grace Witherden

Grace Witherden

Wheelchair basketball, belly dancing and a triathlon were just some of the popular activities running for free as part of Fit for Life Week.

The activity-filled week, which ran from Saturday, May 21 to Sunday, May 29, gave residents in Windsor and Maidenhead the chance to try a new sport for free.

The most poplar event was belly dancing held at Furze Platt Leisure Centre, which was attended by 28 people.

A mid-day mile which ran through the week also offered workers the chance to get fit on their lunch break.

Jatinder Rakhra, Fit for Life activator at RBWM said: “It went well, we were really surprised by the numbers to the some of the sessions.

“It’s a great benefit to the clubs because it gives them more members and people can try the sports for free.

“The triathlon event was very popular and it was great to see people from beginners to advanced turn up.

“Some people had special hybrid bikes and others had bikes with baskets.

“The week is starting to get more popular, we had one person that went to about seven of the sessions.

“We will start planning for the next Fit For Life week after summer, we have a few things coming up over the summer and details will be on Enjoy Maidenhead soon.”

The triathlon, run by Berkshire Tri Squad saw the group put on a special course for those who had never tried a multi-sport event before.

Julia Hodkinson, secretary of the Berkshire Tri Squad said: “It was good for people who just wanted to get a feel for it and wasn’t too competitive or serious but still challenge, so we put a nice cheeky hill on the course. But at the end you feel an achievement for completing it and getting over the challenge.”

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