Fitness 4 All was introduced by The Disability Trust in 2015, with $25,000 financial support from Wests Illawarra. The two year program offers students with a disability aged 12-18 years the opportunity to participate in organised fitness sessions and learn the importance of regular exercise and nutrition.
The program started with 23 students at Corrimal High School, and has since been expanded to Kanahooka and Keira High Schools.
Corrimal High School teacher Josh Tier said: “The program has been a huge success with very positive results in regards to the commitment and improvement in fitness and nutrition knowledge of all participants. The school also noted an improvement in their behaviour as the students enjoyed the program that much that it was seen as a reward to attend each week.
“It was also an opportunity for the students to socialise outside of the school setting and follow instructions and discipline themselves to reach their potential. The new challenges they had to face each week gave them the confidence that they can achieve when they put their minds towards a goal.
“We have students from a low-socio economic background who otherwise would not have the opportunity to access that type of facility and personal trainers. All over a fantastic
program with motivated instructors. I would highly recommend other schools utilising this program.”
The Disability Trust’s Executive Manager, Organisational Development Matthew Martin said: “The Fitness 4 All program is an extremely valuable program that provides students with an opportunity to partake in regular fitness sessions, learn the importance of exercising regularly and receiving good nutrition. Again, we are extremely grateful to Wests Illawarra for helping us to make this happen.”