I travelled down to Portsmouth this week to document the training of the local Parkletics ambassadors, and to ask about their viewpoint and experience with mental and health and exercise. The session was run by Dave Hembrough and Mike Mawer from Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Sport and Exercise Science who helped to create the Parkletics exercise programme. Also running the day's training was Beth Hayward, founder of Parkletics.
The day started at Fratton Community Centre where the trainees had the opportunity to learn bit more about one another and why they had been chosen to attend.
The four trainees were:
Kate - Runs a project called The Good Gym in which a group of residents meet every week to exercise and complete projects that benefit the local community.
Ryan - Delivers sports sessions to young people in the local community.
Gavin - Helps to keep young people out of trouble and give them a positive focus through running sport and activity programmes.
Dave - Works at Fratton Community Centre delivering sport and activity session to people with learning disabilities and visual impairments.
Dave and Mike talked the trainees through the principles of the Parkletics programme and the benefits it can bring to users. Dave explained the structure of a Parkletics workout and the best ways for it to be taught/delivered to members of the public.
The second part of the training was a hands-on session at Kingston Park, where the Parkletics equipment has recently been installed. The trainees were taken through the exercises