Olympic athlete Mark Lewis-Francis encourages kids to get active at local leisure centre

Olympic gold medallist, Mark Lewis-Francis MBE joined one of the Easter activity camps set up to get kids active over the holidays at Harborough Leisure Centre.

Children from across the district were offered the unique opportunity to race alongside the professional sprinter as well as take part in a range of relay games, dodgeball and roller-skating. The young group also quizzed Lewis-Francis about his journey to success while he offered expert advice and inspired them to stay active and focus on their dreams.

Everyone Active, in partnership with Harborough District Council, organised the first of its events after taking over the operation of Harborough Leisure Centre and Lutterworth Sports Centre on 1st April 2019.

“I think the Easter camps are amazing. The reason I am here today is to motivate the kids, make them believe that anything is possible and let them know that an Olympian is just a normal person that stays active, trains really hard and sacrifices a lot of his or her life to achieve their personal goals. Camps like these, set up by Everyone Active, provide a platform for people to start believing in themselves and to come down and just get involved.”

Lewis-Francis, Olympic Gold Medallist

“It was amazing to welcome Mark Lewis-Francis to Harborough Leisure Centre and watch him get involved with the kids in all the fun activities. He answered all of their questions and gave them the chance to see his Olympic gold medal up close and take photos – they were thrilled. We are delighted to be running our first activity camps here and we look forward to planning more events to encourage the local community here to become more active.”

Dan Hicks, Area Contract Manager at Everyone Active

As part of the partnership, the centre’s gym has undergone a refurbishment and customers now have access to brand-new Technogym equipment as well as a new group cycling studio and virtual group fitness classes.

Everyone Active has over 30 years’ experience of managing leisure facilities across the country and is the longest-established leisure operator in the UK. It prides itself on being a community-focused organisation that aims to get everyone active by doing at least 30 minutes of activity, five times a week.