A new Merseyside social enterprise is helping to improve fitness levels in schools and businesses across the area.
Matthew Ward has set up Summit Sport and Outdoor Education with the help of Regenerus and the Liverpool John Moores University Centre for Enterprise.
Summit provides a range of outdoor education, physical fitness and sports coaching sessions, as well as workplace fitness classes and corporate team-building events.
The outdoor education options on offer include rock climbing, orienteering, bushcraft and survival skills.
According to outdoor education and PE graduate Matthew, these activities help to boost the confidence and enhance the communication and leadership skills of clients of all ages, as well as complementing the national curriculum in schools.
Summit has also been working recently with Everton Free School, which offers alternative education opportunities to 14 to 19-year-olds, on a programme of enrichment activities in schools across Merseyside.
Matthew – who also offers military-style fitness training – commented: “My passion is to help all my clients – but particularly young people – take part in and enjoy sport and fitness activity.
“As well as being physically good for them, and helping to address issues such as the rise in obesity rates, it can also improve their mental wellbeing and nurture other skills which can be useful in everyday life.”
Regenerus Business Development Manager, Eve Money, added: “We were delighted to be able to offer Matthew support with establishing his new social enterprise.
“We think he has an excellent business plan which chimes in well with today’s increased emphasis on the benefits of physical exercise and the importance of healthy lifestyles.
“Encouraging greater participation in sport and outdoor education will improve the health of those involved and have a long-term positive impact on our local communities,” added Mrs Money.
* More details on Summit are available at www.summitsportoutdoor.co.uk.