Fitness First

Fitness First

April 28, 2010 03:00 ET

Fitness First Backs Olympic Javelin Hopeful

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 28, 2010) - Fitness First is demonstrating its support for British athletes by providing Olympic hopefuls with full use of its gym offering.

Through the vital athlete's charity SportsAid, the world's largest health club group provides budding champions with the facilities to help them be at their peak as they train for major competitions and London 2012.

One Olympic hopeful taking advantage is javelin Junior World Champion Daniel Pembroke from Iver in Buckinghamshire. Currently working towards qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi this October, Daniel teams his Fitness First workouts with a tailored training programme set by his coach.

"I use my local Fitness First to supplement my other training and concentrate on my upper body strength using resistance equipment. This is really important to help increase the speed of my javelin throw and therefore get a better result," said Daniel.

"When I'm between training programmes for specific events I keep my fitness levels high at the gym."

Fitness First's national fitness manager Derek Crawford said: "We are delighted to be working with SportsAid to provide young athletes like Daniel with some assistance in their training. Having access to high quality facilities is vital in maintaining optimum fitness throughout the year. SportsAid athletes can also use any Fitness First in the UK which proves very useful when they are travelling for competitions."

SportsAid's purpose is to raise funds from the private sector to provide financial assistance to Britain's amateur sportsmen and women. The funds help athletes with costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment so they can concentrate on their performances. Since it began in 1976 it has provided around £20 million.

Daniel has already gained a junior GB shirt to wear and all athletes must reach this level before SportsAid is able to provide financial assistance.

About Fitness First

Fitness First is the largest privately owned health club group in the world with over 540 Fitness First clubs worldwide reaching over 1.4 million members in 21 countries. In the UK alone there are 160 Fitness First clubs with over 405,000 members.

Fitness First is a member of the Fitness Industry Association (F.I.A), the industry trade body which represents both private and public organisations that are involved in the fitness industry, visit www.fia.org.uk.

Fitness First was awarded Club Operator of the Year in the Fitness Industry Association's 2009 FLAME Awards.

For more information on SportsAid please visit www.sportsaid.org.uk

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