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Thanks to Souths Cares, 30 students from Alexandria Park Community School this year successfully completed seven weeks of Footy Fit training.

The Footy Fit program – an enterprise of former Rabbitohs halfback Willie Peters – is designed to educate children on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

“It’s not designed to make the students sports superstars, it is designed to educate each child on making the right choices and build their overall self esteem,” said Willie.

“I’ve never met a person that exercises in the morning and says I wish I never did that - being active is so important to the overall body, especially your mind.

“At Footy Fit, it’s our desire to educate children at an early age so they create life-long, positive habits.

The Program, fully funded by Souths Cares, was conducted over 14 sessions with each session commencing at 7.15 am.

Alexandria Park Middle School Teacher, Stewart Okell, remarked that the early start wasn’t a deterrent for the students.

“All the students have really enjoyed the training sessions, with word of mouth increasing student numbers,” said Stewart.

“The students undertook their training, enjoyed a healthy breakfast and started their school day in a positive way.”

Shannon Donato, General Manager of Souths Cares, said that the Program emphasised the importance of good nutrition and personal goal setting.

Footy Fit takes a holistic approach to fitness and ensures each student’s needs are taken into account,” said Shannon.

“The Footy Fit team is genuinely interested in each student’s individual goals and the best way to achieve them.

“The students’ fitness levels were assessed prior to their commencement in the Program and again at the end.

“The final results showed a marked improvement in each student’s fitness and most importantly the program demonstrated to the students that school can be enjoyable.”

Owing to the success of Footy Fit, the school community is now investigating future funding options in an effort to see the Program continue.

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