Huge thanks to all the schools, pupils, teachers, Local Authorities, AFLO’S, Armed Forces personnel and the brilliant team at SSCE Cymru who we have worked with on our Health, Well-being and building resilience program supported by the Welsh Government. This specifically designed program has been delivered to Service Children and their class mates across multiple schools within Wales this year in Bridgend, Cardiff, Anglesey, Gwynedd, Ceredigion, Newport, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot & Merthyr.

Local Authorities: 14 ✅
Schools Visited = 170✅
Sessions Delivered = 467✅
Children Engaged = 11533✅
Service Children Engaged: 668✅
Children who want to do similar activities again: 99.12%✅
Children who said they had fun: 99.22%✅

 

The overall pupil feedback score is 4.95 sitting between Very good and Excellent. ✅

 

There are some fantastic comments on the Individual reports sent to each Regional School Liaison Officer and Local Authority lead but we have also included some below, overall a great success!

 

” Really good session, the children enjoyed working as a team and the discipline was good, it really made the children listen, especially the energetic ones. The activities were inclusive and provided an opportunity for everybody to take part.”

 

“I really wanna do it again, it was so much fun.”

 

“Having Fun because you get to work as a team against the other team and you get to use your strength and it was really fun.”

 

It’s been a fantastic program to work on, huge thanks to our team of Instructors who continue to make memorable experiences for our future generation! The children, teachers and schools have really enjoyed us delivering and we hope to work with them again during 2022 – 2023

 

Service children from across Wales have been taking part in a Health and well-being activity residential retreat with Forces Fitness and SSCE Cymru! 

The program brought together service children from Newport, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Powys and Caerphilly, it was funded by Welsh Government funding to Support Service children in Education.

The residential three-day retreat was a huge success it was the first retreat of its kind for Service children residing in Wales. The Three-day program focused on team building, communication, Improving their Health and Well-being, making new friendships and sharing experiences whilst embracing the great doors.  Held at Amelia Trust Farm in the Vale of Glamorgan and supported by Welsh Guards, Woodys Lodge and Leigh Gwyther.  We were very privileged to have Captain Ian Moore of the Royal Welsh and the Armed Forces Champion Cllr Lisa Dymock from Monmouthshire County Council attend to present the attendees with awards at the end!  

 

Below is snapshot of some of the feedback and stats from the retreat!

 

Attendees who wanted to come back – 100%

Attendees who would recommend this to their friends – 100%

All rated the instructor team as Good to Excellent!

All Attendees rated the activities Good to Excellent!

 

“I enjoyed making friends and having a chance to do fun activities. I also enjoyed the movie night and water fight because it was fun to do with other people.”

“I liked it a lot and it was lovely opportunity to meet children just like me!”

“I enjoyed everything. I liked the animal trip and den building”

” Thanks very much to the team who put this three day retreat for the kids. Elinor has had an amazing time and has not stopped talking about her adventure at Woodys lodge since she git home”

“Thank you to everyone involved in the Activity Retreat. To see Jake smiling and being confident enough to talk to you for an interview is amazing, Jake’s feedback was ” it was awesome and better than what I thought it would be. It was so nice talking to other children who understand the armed forces and being able to talk about their experiences”

 

Sean Molino BCA (Managing Director Forces Fitness Ltd) ”  This was such a fantastic activity retreat for some truly amazing children, I honestly loved hearing all their stories and about their life experiences and to see them all getting on so well was absolutely brilliant!! I would like to personally thank everyone involved in making this happen for our service children in Wales, thanks to the Welsh Government and the Councils who we have worked with on making this happen, but most importantly thanks to the amazing children who took part on this activity retreat, they were brilliant!  Lets hope that this is the first of many that can have a positive effect on our children’s health and well-being!

 

Jody Lewis (SSCE Cymru) ” Having the opportunity to plan and support this weekend has been fantastic. The SSCE Cymru team thoroughly enjoyed being involved in discussions with the children and finding out what support they would like from us and their schools. As a military spouse, military mum and an ex primary school teacher, I have been blown away by the benefits and the positive impact that this weekend has had on all these children. We are hoping that these residentials will become an annual event that more Service children in Wales can take advantage of”

 

Armed Forces Champion Cllr Lisa Dymock (Monmouthshire County Council)   “When you you think about health and well-being this is perfect it really supports these children.  I am also an ex service child and it can be very lonely, most children don’t experience what we do when our parents are away for long periods of time in the Armed Forces, so I really support this program, its been a brilliant!”

Forces Fitness is a multi-award winning company including the Education Award at the National Fitness Awards and GOLD ERS Awards holder received from the MOD that provide a number services from Outdoor Boot camp sessions, Employability Bootcamps, Health and Well-Being workshops and Full Board Residential Boot camps. They also work closely with many businesses, organisations, sports clubs, schools, colleges and universities. All their sessions are instructed by either ex or serving members of the armed forces. www.forcesfitness.co.uk

Supporting Service Children in Education (SSCE) Cymru is a Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) programme. The SSCE Cymru mission is to provide the best possible educational support to Service children in Wales. www.SSCECymru.co.uk

 

 

Children and Families across Anglesey have been enjoying a Winter of Well-being with team Forces Fitness!

 

The Winter of well-being was funded by the Welsh Government and distributed between each Local Authority in Wales. Forces Fitness sessions have been hosted by Mon Actif  and taken place within the Leisure Centres across the island.

The  Winter of Well-being sessions consisted of a team of highly qualified Military veterans delivering inspiring fun sessions based around health, well-being, building resilience and most of all having fun, giving the families taking part something to really smile about! Long before this pandemic, we all knew that physical activity boosted our health and ability to resist and overcome illness. That conclusion hasn’t changed. In fact, it’s more relevant now than ever!

Below is snap shot of some of the feedback and stats from our Anglesey locations – 


Over 100 People Attended!
People who want to do similar activities again:  100%
People who said they had fun: 100%
All rated the Instructor team as Very good to Excellent!
All Attendees rated the activities Very Good to Excellent!


“This was absolutely brilliant, both kids and adults enjoyed themselves while getting some exercise. We need more of these programs running in our schools and communities.”


“Instructors were great, activities were great.  Lovely to do something together with my son.  He absolutely loved it thank you”


“Really well presented, informal and friendly whilst also structured and safe.”


“Great session be good to see more sessions like this”.


“Excellent session run by engaging and thoughtful staff. Their mindful approach with the children brought out their confidence and made the session fun.”


“A great way to for me and the kids to spend time together, exercise and have fun.”
“It was a really fun session, I hope to do something like this again soon with these instructors”

Sean Molino BCA (Managing Director Forces Fitness Ltd) ” This Program has been extremely well received by the community, I would like to thank the Welsh Government for enabling this happen along with all our delivery Partners, especially the Isle of Anglesey council and Mon Actif for being so supportive of this initiative, Huge thanks to all the Staff who made these sessions so memorable for so many, the parents, Guardians, family members and of course our amazing attendees! Lets hope this we can deliver something similar the summer months!

Forces Fitness is a multi-award winning company including the Education Awards at the National Fitness Awards and GOLD ERS Awards holder received from the MOD that provide a number services from Outdoor Boot camp sessions, Employability Bootcamps, Health and Well-Being workshops and Full Board Residential Boot camps. They also work closely with many businesses, organisations, sports clubs, schools, colleges and universities. All their sessions are instructed by either ex or serving members of the armed forces. They have appeared on multiple TV programmes on BBC1, BBC1 Wales and also Cardiff TV, including Alfie’s Army with Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas and Lets get a good thing with Kevin Duala

*****Great to see our FORCES FITNESS Team being Featured in the Western Telegraph from the amazing work they have been doing on the #winterofwellbeing – Thank you to all the staff at the Western Telegraph for the article and all the amazing people who took part in our sessions!

Many children and families across Pembrokeshire have been put through their paces during the Winter of Wellbeing this season.

The scheme was funded by Welsh Government and hosted in partnership by Pembrokeshire Leisure and the Play Team, with Forces Fitness providing many fitness sessions.

The programme consisted of a team of military veterans delivering fun fitness sessions based around health, resilience and having fun.

More than 100 people attended, with a 100 per cent approval rating, and everybody saying they had fun and would want to do similar activities again.

Our highly qualified team at Forces Fitness do a fantastic job and have been lucky enough to have been covered by the below, Press, News and Media over recent months with regards to our amazing Health, Well-being and building resilience program. This program has now been delivered to over 400 places of education and 30,000+ learners for more into please CLICK HERE

 

Barry and District News (Primary School Sessions) –  CLICK HERE

 

South Wales Argus (School Sessions) –  CLICK HERE

South Wales Argus (School Sessions) – CLICK HERE

South Wales Argus (Summer of Fun Article) – CLICK HERE

South Wales Argus (FF/SSCE Cymru School Children Residential) – CLICK HERE

 

 

Western Telegraph (Service children Fun Day Pembrokeshire) –  CLICK HERE

Western Telegraph (School sessions Pembrokeshire)  CLICK HERE

Western Telegraph (Winter of Well-being Program Pembrokeshire)  CLICK HERE

 

West Wales Chronicle (Winter of Well-being Program)  CLICK HERE

 

The Leader (School sessions Flintshire) –  CLICK HERE

 

 

Deeside.com (School Sessions Flintshire)–  CLICK HERE

 

Barry Nub News (School sessions Vale of Glamorgan) –  CLICK HERE

 

UK Independent Schools Directory (School Health and Well-being day) – CLICK HERE

 

Rhondda Cynon Taff Council (Council Armed Forces Family day)- CLICK HERE

Forces Fitness Sponsor Welsh Guards Boxing!

Our team at Forces Fitness are proud to continue our relationship with Welsh Guards Boxing. We have been the main Sponsor for the last Five Years!

All our team at Forces Fitness would like to wish Welsh Guards Boxing good luck on what looks to be a fantastic year In the calendar for Boxing within the Battalion.

This year will see the return of the Household / Guards Division Boxing Championship. We are all hoping the Welsh Guards team can retain the championship and become winners for the third time in a row!

Cymru am Byth!

#Veterans #sponsorship #Military #Boxing

                              

Forces Fitness Ltd are delighted to announce that we will be delivering an exciting programme of activities for the upcoming ‘Winter of Wellbeing’  in Anglesey through February half term. Its a Welsh Government initiative and supported by The Isle of Anglesey County Council!

The Winter of Well-being will be looking to engage children of ages 7 + and their families for some FREE activity sessions through the February half term!

The sessions will be amazing fun and will comprise of Mini obstacle courses, Gladiator Pugil Challenges, Dodge Ball, Capture the flag, Military Command tasks, Tug of War and challenges that people of all ages can get involved with. These sessions will make you smile and ensure you have a great Winter of Wellbeing!

To Book your sessions for your learners / Children click on the Location below – 

Monday 21st Feb – Holyhead Leisure Centre

Tuesday 22nd  Feb – David Hughes Leisure Centre

Wednesday 23rd Feb – Amlwch Leisure Centre

Thursday 24th  Feb – David Hughes Leisure Centre


Gaeaf o Lesiant – Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn – Llywodraeth Cymru ariannu

Rydym yn chwilio am blant a phobl ifanc 7 oed ac yn hŷn i fynd i’n gweithgareddau Gaeaf o Lesiant yng Nghanolfan Hamdden Amlwch. Mae’r sesiynau’n gwbl RAD AC AM DDIM i fynd iddynt ac i bob oedran 7+ yn cynnwys rhieni / gwarcheidwaid a brodyr a chwiorydd hŷn.

Bydd y sesiynau’n hwyl anhygoel a byddent yn cynnwys cyrsiau rhwystrau Mini, Heriau Ffon Pwgil y Gornestwyr, Pêl Osgoi, Cipio’r Faner, tasgau Gorchmynion Milwrol, Gornest Dynnu Rhaff a heriau y gall pobl o bob oed gymryd rhan ynddynt. Bydd y sesiynau hyn yn gwneud ichi wenu ac yn sicrhau eich bod yn cael Gaeaf o Lesiant gwych!

Archebwch eich sesiynau drwy’r ddolen ganlynol:

Ddydd Llun 21 Chwefror – Canolfan Hamdden Caergybi

Ddydd Mawrth 22 Chwefror – Canolfan Hamdden David Hughes

Ddydd Mercher 23 Chwefror – Canolfan Hamdden Amlwch

Dydd lau 24 Chwefror – Canolfan Hamdden David Hughes

Cymru am Byth!

Diolch

#WinterofWellbeing #veterans #health #Children #Cymru

  

Our  award winning Forces Fitness program has started to be delivered in the county of Flintshire starting with St Ethelwolds School. We are really looking forward and extremely excited to see the development of our program with Flintshire County Council and across North Wales over the coming months!

Well done to all the children who took part in the first session with amazing feedback and getting on the 100% on the Quiz – Dai Iawn!!

We are looking forward to working with the Local Authorities, Partners, Schools and of course the fantastic children and learners in North Wales going Forward. Our long term goal has always been to be able to improve our future generations Health and well-being in all of Wales. We honestly love Inspiring our future generation with our team of qualified Military Veterans!

With comments like the below from our learners and participants we can see why it’s been such a great success!

“I had a fun time and I don’t exercise much”

“we were communicating to each other to try and win the games, i had so much fun.”
“I really enjoyed doing all the activities and I would like if we have another chance to do it again”
“The activities were fun and helped us gain more knowledge about the army/military”
“I learnt to never give up if you fail”

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Thanks to everyone who have supported this and who continue to do so to date for more information on our Forces Fitness programs follow the link – SCHOOLS & COLLEGES – Forces Fitness

 

During 2021 our Forces Fitness Ltd team delivered their SSCE Cymru, Health, Well-being and building resilience program within 8 Local Authorities in Wales. ( Pembrokeshire, RCTC, Cardiff and all of Gwent)

Its been such a great program to work on with the Local Authorities, Partners, Schools and of course the fantastic children and learners. We are proud to announce that during 2022 the program  will be delivered in 13 Local Authorities across Wales!

Thanks to everyone who have supported this and who continue to do so to date!

Please find below the final stats from the whole program across the 8 Local Authorities in Wales for 2021:

School Visits = 160
Session Delivered = 495
Children Engaged = 6109
Volunteer Veterans Engaged: 10
New Veterans Into Work = 4
Military Personnel involvement = 9
Service Children Engaged: 455

Children who want to do similar activities again: 98.29%
Children who said they had fun: 98.03%

An amazing score of 4.88 out of 5 for how the attendees found the sessions.

Score chart – 1= Poor – 2 = Good – 3 = V Good – 4 = Excellent

lastly here’s some of our amazing comments:

“I had a fun time and I don’t exercise much”
“we were communicating to each other to try and win the games, I had so much fun.”
“I really enjoyed doing all the activities and I would like if we have another chance to do it again”
“The activities were fun and helped us gain more knowledge about the army/military”
“I learnt to never give up if you fail”

For more information on our on our School and College Programs please go to:  SCHOOLS & COLLEGES – Forces Fitness

 

Forces Fitness Ltd are delighted to announce that we will be delivering an exciting programme of activities for the upcoming ‘Winter of Wellbeing’ 2022 Welsh Government initiative in Pembrokeshire.

The Winter of Well-being will be looking to engage children of ages 7 + and their families for some FREE activity sessions through the February half term!

The sessions will be amazing fun and will comprise of Mini obstacle courses, Gladiator Pugil Challenges, Dodge Ball, Capture the flag, Military Command tasks, Tug of War and challenges that people of all ages can get involved with. These sessions will make you smile and ensure you have a great Winter of Wellbeing!

To Book your sessions for your learners / Children click on the Location below – 

Monday 21st Feb –  Pembroke Leisure Centre

Tuesday 22nd  Feb – Thornton Hall (Attached to Milford Haven Comprehensive School)

Wednesday 23rd Feb – Thornton Hall (Attached to Milford Haven Comprehensive School)

Thursday 24th  Feb – Fishguard Leisure Centre

Friday 25th Feb –  Haverfordwest (Dome – Haverfordwest High Portfield Campus)

Sean Molino BCA, Director of Forces Fitness said ‘After such a fantastic Summer of Fun delivering sessions in Barry, Llantwit Major and Newport, we are extremely excited to be able to deliver our award winning sessions in Pembrokeshire for the Winter of Well-being. We are looking forward to delivering our program that focuses on Health, Well-being and building resilience whilst having great Fun for the children and young adults in Pembrokeshire! Huge thanks to the Welsh Government and Pembrokeshire council! ‘

Kelly John, Strategic & Operational Play Officer for Pembrokeshire said; “We are excited to collaborate with the Welsh Government Winter of Wellbeing initiative in Pembrokeshire and look to continue to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing by creating opportunity for them to stay active and have fun.”

The Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan said: “We all want to build on the success of the Summer of Fun and continue to provide support for children and young people in Pembrokeshire.
“Play is an important way we can help our young people develop their skills to strengthen their social, emotional and physical wellbeing.”


Gaeaf o Lesiant – Cyngor Sir Penro – Llywodraeth Cymru ariannu

Rydym yn chwilio am blant a phobl ifanc 7 oed ac yn hŷn i fynd i’n gweithgareddau Gaeaf o Lesiant yng Nghanolfan Hamdden Amlwch. Mae’r sesiynau’n gwbl RAD AC AM DDIM i fynd iddynt ac i bob oedran 7+ yn cynnwys rhieni / gwarcheidwaid a brodyr a chwiorydd hŷn.

Bydd y sesiynau’n hwyl anhygoel a byddent yn cynnwys cyrsiau rhwystrau Mini, Heriau Ffon Pwgil y Gornestwyr, Pêl Osgoi, Cipio’r Faner, tasgau Gorchmynion Milwrol, Gornest Dynnu Rhaff a heriau y gall pobl o bob oed gymryd rhan ynddynt. Bydd y sesiynau hyn yn gwneud ichi wenu ac yn sicrhau eich bod yn cael Gaeaf o Lesiant gwych!

Archebwch eich sesiynau drwy’r ddolen ganlynol:

Ddydd Llun 21 Chwefror – Canolfan Hamdden Penfro

Ddydd Mawrth 22 Chwefror – Thornton Hall (Attached to Milford Haven Comprehensive School)

Ddydd Mercher 23 Chwefror – Thornton Hall (Attached to Milford Haven Comprehensive School)

Dydd lau 24 Chwefror – Canolfan Hamdden Abergwaun

Dydd Gwener 25 Chwefror –  hwlffordd

Cymru am Byth!

Diolch

#WinterofWellbeing #veterans #health #Children