New children's weightlifting club in Swindon welcomes newcomers

By Jessica Durston - 1 December 2021

Clubs & ActivitiesFitness

Ensemble Fitness are offering children in Swindon the chance to take up Olympic Weightlifting classes.

Annie Willerton has set up a junior Olympic Weightlifting club at Ensemble Fitness in Cheney Manor. 

She said she wishes to inspire the next generation of weightlifters after Emily Campbell's medal success at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Over six weeks, local teens were able to learn the 'snatch and the clean and jerk' under the guidance of Annie, who is the owner of Ensemble Fitness and a Level 2 British Weightlifting Coach.

The next course for children aged 10-17 will be held in January.

Annie said she set up Ensemble Weightlifting Club after she struggled to find a dedicated facility to practice her own Olympic weightlifting.

She is passionate about helping more local children to discover weightlifting and its benefits.

She added: "Research has now proven that weightlifting is perfectly safe for children of all ages, as long as they are adequately supervised by a qualified coach. It can build strength and may even help to reduce the likelihood of injuries in other sports.

"More importantly, it's a great tool to build confidence in young athletes and help them focus on what their body can do, rather than what it looks like."

One of the club's young participants, Amelia, said: 'I learned so much and enjoyed every second. If I had anything on my mind it would help me focus on something more positive, as I always came out with a smile on my face'.

Ensemble Fitness also holds fitness and strength classes to help adults to learn to lift weights safely and effectively.

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