Pint-sized primary school children too small to use normal gymnasium equipment have been thrown a keep-fit lifeline thanks to a former PE teacher and a mini-exercise kit.
Complete Kidz is the brainchild of Jo Haydon who has started up her own business travelling to schools and community centres with a range of tiny gym equipment specially for primary school-aged children.
Jo, of Sandwell, spotted a gap in the market and, after contacting Business Link in the West Midlands, secured funding towards buying miniature equipment for her new company.
Children can choose from tiny tread mills, bikes, rowing machines and stepper which are powered by the child’s own movement rather than being motorised like their adult-sized counterparts. Jo said: “When I worked as a PE teacher there wasn’t any gym equipment for the children to use. When they get a bit older – and taller - they can use the adult-sized equipment at gyms but why should the younger ones miss out in the meantime? I have a good contact with a firm that manufactures the equipment.
“I go to several schools across Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley and to community centres. I take the equipment, head the sessions and train teachers on supervising children.”