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A fitness kit for people with learning difficulties
Record decks
More than 300 people will receive the Fit Kit

A CD and dance fitness regime, made by people with learning disabilities and specifically for their peers, has been designed in Hereford.

The Fit Kit has been created by members of the SCORE project in Herefordshire, who teamed up with a local charitable organisation The Music Pool.

They provided a DJ, studio and editing suites to create the 15-minute CD.

Working with local fitness instructors, a dance fitness regime is being created to go with the music.

More than 300 people with disabilities will receive the Fit Kit - giving them the chance to increase their fitness levels in the comfort of their own home, and at their own pace.

SCORE members worked closely with Herefordshire Hip Hop musician Mark "Lofty" Loughman and DJ Dave "Cutlavis" Lavis.

The musicians helped to create and produce the track, which samples the SCORE members' voices, as well as their live percussion, resulting in a high-energy, original piece of music.

Dance moves

Laura Harvey, SCORE member, said: "We are looking forward to teaching people the dance moves, and hope that people will get fit with the beat."

SCORE member Carl Fletcher, Music Pool DJ Mark 'Lofty' Loughman and SCORE member Johnathan Ley
(l-r) Carl Fletcher, 'Lofty' Loughman, Johnathan Ley

Gail Ladd, SCORE manager added: "Through teaching the dance routine and giving away free CDs, we hope it will encourage local people with a learning disability to play the CD at home, keep fit and have fun."

The Fit Kit project received the required £1,500 funding from Herefordshire Council's Learning Disability Development Fund.

SCORE was set up in 2001 by Affinity Trust to enable individuals with significant learning disabilities to participate believe, achieve and belong through participation in sport, the arts, training and supported employment.

The Music Pool is Herefordshire's community music charity, providing participatory music and associated arts activities to people of all ages and abilities throughout the county, especially to those who would not otherwise take part.


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