OSWEGO – The Oswego YMCA will offer an after-school Youth Fit & Performance program every Tuesday and Thursday through November 22.
The after-school athletic training opportunity for kids starts October 4.
There will be two training groups for various age groups.
Group I training will meet at 3 p.m. for participants ages 12-17, and Group II will meet at 4 p.m. for kids age 8-11.
Parents can request to have their child bused directly to the YMCA from school by completing an alternate transportation request for at their child’s school’s main office.
The Y has various rates offered for families with additional discounts for each additional child.
Punch cards are also available for use for 10 sessions.
This Y program is designed specifically to produce improvements in athletic performance.
Focusing on speed, agility and strength, it will be led by coach Shane Bartrum, Ithaca College ’15 Division III Wrestling All State and All Conference athlete.
Bartrum was also an Oswego High School football and wrestling outstanding senior athlete with 100 career wrestling wins.
Joining him will be Stevy Faulkner, who holds a BS in health and physical education, with a minor in sports medicine and athletic training from the University of Pittsburgh.
The program will include developing linear speed working on straight-ahead acceleration and top-speed running techniques, and change of direction focusing on the ability to decelerate and move in any direction quickly.
There will also be a focus on upper and lower body strength training exercises for muscle development and injury prevention.
Classes will focus on sports specific skills to help improved performance and each individual’s level of fitness.
Participants do not have to be an athlete to participate in this program.
“The benefits of a strength, agility and endurance program provide numerous benefits to our youth,” said Trish Levine, director of Health and Wellness at the Oswego YMCA. “There are lifetime benefits to participating in these programs.”
She noted that obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
Keeping your child active can also result in a 40% improvement of academic scores.
Registration for the Youth Fit and Performance program can be completed directly at the Oswego YMCA or over the phone by calling 342-6082.
With more than 1,600 members, one in nine people living in the Oswego community is a member of Oswego YMCA.
Daily, members find the support and services they need to improve their quality of life.
The Oswego YMCA serves as a community resource providing programs including a variety of Aquatics programs and Swim Lessons, Youth, Adult and Family Fitness, Active Older Adult with Silver & Fit and Silver Sneakers opportunities, School Age Childcare, Parents Night Out, gymnastics, and many parent and child enrichment programs including Move & Groove and kid’s yoga.
The YMCA is located at 265 W. First St.
For more information, call the YMCA at 342-6082 or see www.oswegoymca.org.