The response from Raise the Bar Wales has exceeded expectations and has had an invaluable impact on young people in local communities. Weightlifting is a skill that Weightlifting Wales believe is for everyone to learn and adopt as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Raise the Bar Wales is an invaluable opportunity for young people to learn these skills at an early age that will stay with them throughout their lives, and many may go on to take it up again later in life. The abundance of evidence that highlights the positive impact strength training has on young people’s confidence, and physical and mental well-being is the reason the project is continuing to run.
Strategy and Development Manager, Simon Roach is keen to secure more funding for the project and shared his thoughts on the impact the project has made on Weightlifting Wales,
“Our academy centres have organised numerous 6-week programmes, all of which have been fully subscribed. The interest in the programme has been overwhelming and we aim to secure further sources of funding to continue this very successful project.
Over the previous few months, hundreds of children have taken part in Weightlifting and strength activities, with many gaining the social and well-being benefits from this free programme.
Following on from the raise the bar programme, many young people have continued to take part in Weightlifting, which is having a true legacy effect on the Welsh pathway.
Before Winter of Wellbeing funding, there was a very low number of u’15 athletes in the pathway, we now have many academy centres with their groups of u’15’s training regularly, some of which have already enjoyed competing at local informal academy competitions.”
- Simon Roach, Weightlifting Wales Strategy and Development Manager
Thank you to all the participating academies for their continued support and delivery of the project, and thank you to the Welsh government for the Winter of Wellbeing support that helped the project develop into a reality.