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Free fitness during study leave

Pupils in the gym
Pupils will get free access to leisure centres during study leave

Pupils in North Lanarkshire preparing for their exams are to get free access to local gyms, swimming pools and fitness classes.

The scheme is based on the idea that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.

During the month of May, the traditional study leave period, S5 and S6 pupils will get in free to leisure facilities across the region.

North Lanarkshire Council said it hoped the initiative would help pupils through what can be a difficult time.

Blane Dodds, chief executive of North Lanarkshire Leisure, said: "We are confident that pupils will benefit hugely from this scheme, both in terms of their physical fitness and from the added mental edge that can come from exercise during their all important study period.

"North Lanarkshire Leisure staff are looking forward to welcoming pupils to our leisure centres."

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