Foreword by Libby

I have been extremely fortunate to spend the last 10 years as a Stretch-n-Grow Coach in East Cheshire. It has gone by really fast and I was reminded of this when I bumped into a 14 year old girl whom I had taught when I first started. I did not recognise her, but she spotted my uniform and said that she had happy memories of Stretch-n-Grow and learning about her muscles.She told me that she was now a committed “Goal Attack” for the under 15 netball team at a local high school. Hopefully her experience as an enthusiastic Stretch-n-Grower helped sow the seed of a lifelong love of sport. We, as coaches strive in our classes to deliver a fun filled, action packed variety of classes. At the moment we are concentrating on a Summer Fitness Challenge (to coincide with an exciting summer of sport including the World Cup and the forthcoming Commonwealth Games). Thus far it has been extremely well received by staff and children at all my nurseries, if the coach is having fun in class the feeling spreads to the children and they learn so much more. And this is the point of our classes, to show that exercise is NOT a chore, it can become something we look forward to with relish. It is something to be enjoyed with ALL the family, as we encourage our “Stars” to get the ‘wellies’ out and go for long walks with family, friends, dogs etc. we want our “Stars” to spread the message and talk about their muscles, and healthy eating at home.It is a real privilege to work with some extremely motivated and talented staff at our nurseries. When I tell them the children are a credit to them and their parents, I really mean it! And above all after 10 extremely happy years I find it an immense privilege to work with our lovely young “Stars”. Their skills and facility to learn never cease to amaze me. We provide ,the plan, all the equipment ,energy, enthusiasm and heaps of praise for for a fun packed lesson