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New Program Gets Inner-City Youth Active

January 30, 2013 8:09 AM | Sports

Inner-City Youth - Stationary Bikes

Youth pedal on stationary bikes at the Sport For Life Centre on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. (HANDOUT)

Inner-city youth now have the opportunity to participate in sport and physical education programs through the Sport for Life Centre.

Through a $100,000 RBC Royal Bank grant, the We’re All Champions program provides disadvantage youth with training techniques, safe equipment use, nutrition, sport-specific skills and drills. They will learn through lectures, demonstrations and practices with certified Sport Manitoba trainers.

“Sports are one of the most popular programs offered to the youth we work with and the RBC We’re All Champions program has exposed our athletes to the latest training methods,” said Ron Brown, president and CEO for Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Inc. “The benefits for our athletes and coaches are substantial and will go a long way in helping them achieve their potential.”

Kids will use rowing machines, stationary bikes, weights, TRX and resistance training equipment under trained supervision.

Up to 300 youth will be trained this year in three groups of eight-week sessions that run on the weekends. Up to 1,500 will be training over the next three years.