Grace Belgravia announces a partnership with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation

Grace Belgravia has launched a 5-week Children’s Fitness and Wellbeing Programme running from May through to the end of June at St Columba’s Church, Knightsbridge in partnership with The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.
The 5-week Programme, designed and run by Grace Belgravia’s expert fitness and nutritional team, is a fun way to introduce the importance of exercise, nutrition, first aid and water safety to children aged 5-7 and 8-10. Each class will cover the fundamentals specific to the age and skill levels of the group being taught and is designed to allow children of all abilities to participate.
The Programme will be made up of five classes; a fitness class, two interactive nutrition classes, a first aid class and a water safety class, each an hour long. It will not only be a fun way to introduce physical activity and develop strength, balance and coordination skills, but children will also learn about the importance of nutrition so they are better equipped to lead healthy and fulfilling lives into adulthood. The basic first aid and water safety classes will prepare the children in the event they need to help save a life.
The fitness and Red Cross approved first aid classes will be led by Grace Gym Manager, Duncan Vincent, who has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years and is highly experienced working with children. Jade Barkett, a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist at Grace will be running the fun and interactive nutrition class suitable for each age group. Mr David Riches a former international rower is now a Master i/c Water at Westminster School will introduce the children to water safety and issues associated with open water in a fun and practical way.
A portion of the profits raised from the Programme will go to supporting the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. This contribution will help support the ‘Swim Safe’ project in Stoke Newington which offers children aged 7-14 years old free water safety lessons; these are delivered by the RNLI, the charity dedicated to saving lives at sea and the ASA, the national governing body for swimming in England. Whether by the sea, river or lake, the skills involved in keeping safe in open water are different to those in an indoor pool, where most swimming lessons take place. It helps children to improve their swimming skills by participating in fun, structured swimming sessions and learning all about how to stay safe.
About the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation
Launched on 14th December 2012, the primary objective of The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is to save lives by putting an end to drowning.

Its missions are to raise public awareness about the dangers of water, teach children preventive measures, and teach them to swim.

The World Health Organization estimates that:
 372,000 people drowned worldwide in 2012(*)
There are more than 40 water fatalities  every hour
More than half the victims of water fatalities are under the age of 25
Children under the age of 5 are the most affected by water fatalities
A number of “Learn to Swim” and “Water Safety” programmes have been implemented around the world in order to fight against this scourge. 

The Foundation is equally involved in communicating the values of sport such as discipline, respect for oneself and for others, determination and teamwork. The “Sport & Education” program believes that sport is a tool that contributes to the well-being and the development of children.

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