For parents, joining the right fitness centre can be a great way to increase their children's activity levels and get their kids involved in exercise and fitness.
However, if you are going to get your kids involved, it's important that the type of children's activity offerd by the fitness centre is appropriately targetted, and of course, managed. The range of children's activities can vary widely, so take a good look at what's on offer at various fitness centres before committing yourself to one.
For kids, the crucial areas are likely to be the sports halls and the swimming pool. A good sports hall will offer the opportunity for a range of children's activities, including:
- Five-a-side football
Be sure that any staff who will be working with your kids are not only certified in their particular sport, but have also been check by the CRB (Criminal Records Board) to ensure that they are suitable to work with children.
Kids love to swim, so a pool is essential. Ideally a fitness centre will offer a combination of adult only times, family fun sessions, and also organized swim classes. Finally, ask if there are any kids' clubs. Whether they focus on a single activity (e.g. football, swimming) or include a number of different events, kids' clubs are a great way for young people to make friends and stay active at the same time.