Nescot Sports students gave Sutton the chance to learn the hottest dance and fitness craze last month and it was all in a good cause. The students persuaded professional Zumba dance teachers to give up their free time to run drop in classes at the Life Centre in Sutton to raise money for children’s charity The Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The idea came to Jess Harris, Lottie Smith, Ella Harte and Grace Boyland as part of a project they were doing on sport in the community.
‘We wanted to do something with dance as it’s such an enjoyable way to keep fit and we thought people would be keen to have a go,’ said Jess, 17, from Carshalton.
The girls got in touch with Sutton Sports Development Officer, Hannah Tricky, who
helped them take the idea further and suggested they contact the Life Centre.
Inspired by this, the students emailed and called dance tutors from across the South East to persuade them to teach classes for free to raise money for the cause. Four teachers agreed and with classes in Rock and Roll, Jive, Street Dance and latest dance hit Zumba confirmed, the girls then rose to the challenge of making sure Sutton knew about the opportunity coming to the town.
‘We did leaflets and took them to gyms, libraries, and through letterboxes across the area. We visited schools, spread the word through Facebook and also pestered families and friends to tell everyone and to come along themselves,’ said Ella, 18, from Sutton.
The day was such a success that over £250 was raised for the charity and Stonecot Ward Councillor Adrian Davey was so impressed he has offered to help the girls with any similar events they would like to run in future.
‘I was using the library when I noticed something going on and was struck by the exuberant nature of the event. Dance is such a great medium for communicating with the younger generation and this event really engaged with Sutton residents. It is exactly the type of thing we want to see at the Life Centre,’ he said.
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