Aiming to increase physical activity in the Islands

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Over recent years, many areas across the Outer Hebrides have developed community halls, some with excellent fitness equipment.

NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) are working together to try and increase physical activity opportunities within local communities and maximise the use of these facilities.

A Level 2 Fitness Instructor course will take place in Stornoway between October 10-14, 2013, targeted at individuals who would be interested in delivering fitness classes and activities in their own communities.

The course is being funded by the ‘Living It Up’ (LiU) project, a community engagement project to support better health, wellbeing and active lifestyles.

The course will include an online distance learning element, allowing candidates to work through this at their own pace at a time that suits them.

Sara Bartram. Public Health Practitioner at NHS Western Isles, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to develop skills within our communities which will directly increase physical activity levels.

“There are already good examples of this in Uig and on the West side of Lewis and this is a chance to develop this to many other locations.

“We all know how expensive and time consuming travel is at present and this will allow people to hopefully be able to take a range of physical activity close to home.”

Tony Wade, Sports Facilities Services Manager with the Comhairle, added: “We are delighted that this opportunity will increase the number of qualified Fitness Instructors across the islands and we look forward to offering mentoring and support over the coming months.”

The course will require some distance learning and five days of full time training at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais in Stornoway in October.

Depending on the number of applicants, it may be necessary that potential candidates undergo a selection process.

If you would like further information, please e-mail Tony Wade at or call 01851 822780.