FEMALE fitness is flourishing in Jedburgh thanks to the S3 Girls at the town’s grammar school, writes Fiona Scott.
The teenagers are the first in the Borders to take part in Fit 4 Girls – a SportScotland initiative aimed at increasing girls’ participation in PE and sport.
The third-years were in the PE department all day and got the chance to try some different activities that are not always included in their PE timetable, such as zumba, dance mats, touch rugby, boxercise, yoga and football.
Three of the girls taking part were 14-year-olds Caitlin Dunbar, Kimberley Scott and Ailsa Davie.
While Kimberley and Ailsa play hockey, Caitlin has not taken part in any extra-curricular sport.
She told TheSouthern: “Zumba was good, but the football and rugby were brilliant, too. I’d like to take up rugby. It isn’t very girly, but I really enjoyed it.
“A lot of girls our age try to get thin, but not in the healthiest of ways. They just stop eating and stuff, so this is a good idea to show people you can get fit and healthy without making yourself ill.”
The event was organised by all the PE staff at the school who enlisted help from various local sports gurus – Kevin Barrie and Ryan James (rugby), Marianne O’Brian (yoga and boxercise) and Amanda Richards (zumba).
Kimberley added: “Today has been great because it has got a lot of people interested in sport who had never thought about it before.
“It was also good to get involved in sports like football and rugby without the boys taking over.”