Originally published by SportsByte on July 17th 2014.
North East Sport are holding a Family Fun Run this weekend to promote a healthy lifestyle and sport to young people.
The run will take place at Backhouse Park on Saturday 19 July between 10am and midday.
The day will include a raffle, health MOTs, facepainting, light refreshments and an arts and crafts stall.
Ruth Paterson, the event organiser, says that NE Sport have worked in local schools in Ashbrooke and the surrounding areas, and want to aid the fight against the nation’s obesity problem.
“Our aim is to promote positive team learning, and to involve as many young people as we can through our extra-curricular activities.
“Our hope of the event is to bring the families of Sunderland together, by doing a fun, keep-fit activity in one of Sunderland’s oldest parks.
“We have become notorious for obesity across the nation and here at North East sport we try to provide low cost activities to young people to try and keep obesity to a minimum, especially with the young people we work with.”
North East Sport aims to introduce sport to children at a young age through after-school and breakfast clubs and PE and sports packages.
In total, they have delivered almost 4000 hours of health related activities through partnerships with both primary and secondary schools.
The sports covered range from dodgeball to folk dancing, with football classes and teams for kids of all ages. They also offer classes in Futsal.
“I believe sport can help young people in all aspects of growing up,” said Paterson.
“It can help keep them focused, it can help with their mentality and of course it is there to be enjoyed.
“I look at the reasons I exercise regularly and this is to keep fit but I also use it as a form of stress relief.”
The Fun Run is aimed at all abilities and takes place in one of Sunderland’s oldest and most beautiful parks.