Isobel Mair students get to grips with healthy living

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Students from Isobel Mair School, Newton Mearns were given a taste of what it was like to work in a gym as part of a course they are studying.

The visit to Barrhead Foundry fitness facility was the brainchild of 15-year-old Stephen McAlister.

He came up with the idea that himself and six other student from the school for pupils with additional educational support needs, would find a visit to this gym very informative.

The pupils are all studying for their Wellbeing Awards. This award encourages the students to look at the connections between psychological, emotional, social and physical health that can lead to a balanced and satisfying lifestyle.

Stephen said: “This is a great facility and I come here quite regularly. I thought it would be good for everyone to try out the different equipment in the gym and learn how coming here can keep you fit and is good for your health.”

Teacher Sue Laurie added: “A lot of the students had never been to a gym before and it was a valuable experience for them. Coming as a group gave them confidence that they can come back and use the gym again when they are out of school.

“It’s all about giving the students real-life experiences that will help them develop into adulthood.

“We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the gym staff at Barrhead Foundry, who took the time to show the students around.”

Chief executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust, Anthony McReavy, said: “We’ve got some of the best facilities in the country and we want as many people as possible to use them and get the benefit of keeping fit.

“The students were given a tour of the gym and our staff members Kenny McDonnell and Hugh Coyle, who showed them how each piece of equipment works and how their health and fitness would benefit by using the machines in the gym.”