From unemployment to delivering successful Pound sessions

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Katie signed up to the Tees Valley Sport YEI programme in the summer of 2017 after being signposted through Hartlepool Council Sport & Physical Activity Team. Katie, 22, a former pupil of St Hild’s Church of England School in Hartlepool, got in touch when she returned home to the town after graduating from theatre school in Essex and having worked for a time in London as a professional dancer.

Katie recognised the need to build up some experience of the sport & physical activity sector and joined the Council volunteering programme prior to working with Tees Valley Sport YEI Coordinator, Ellen McMillan. Ellen provided support and guidance working alongside Jazz Bradley from the council Sport & Physical Activity Team.

Unemployed Katie agreed a programme of training with Ellen with the ultimate aim of working in the fitness sector. She completed her fitness qualifications funded through the YEI programme, including a new American fitness workout called Pound involving a combination of high level cardio and strength training with constant simulated drumming.

Katie has since been employed by Hartlepool Council and is now delivering around 15 classes a week. The Pound sessions are proving hugely popular and Katie is attracting a regular following of participants keen to improve their fitness levels.

Katie has also been a positive advocate for the benefits of volunteering and has worked with the Council Sport & Physical Activity Team to promote volunteering opportunities in the town through a short film and news stories on the council website.

To follow in Katie’s footsteps contact Ellen McMillan at Tees Valley Sport to discuss your options. 01642 34 22 87 or e.mcmillan@tees.ac.uk

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Posted on 2nd November 2018