FLIXTON Girls’ School played host to the first national training event for the new Greater Manchester Healthy Lifestyles Coach programme, on January 11.

Delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, and funded through the People’s Health Trust, the programme is a new initiative designed to position health and well-being messages within sport.

It uses the Change4Life Sports Club and school sports network.

It is widely accepted that active and healthy lifestyles are important for children and that schools have responsibility in this area.

The Healthy Lifestyle coaches will support schools to inspire children and families to choose and enjoy new sporting activities and make healthy choices.

Each school will be assigned a Healthy Lifestyle coach to work with them to increase the number of young people participating in school sport. They will also help schools to maximise their involvement in health-focused initiatives such as Change4Life Sports Clubs.

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