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How a graduate of UEA is inspiring children to get fit

Kate Batty, a recent graduate of UEA, wants to inspire a new generation of children to be fit and healthy

Student Enterprise Photograph: The University of East Anglia

UEA is committed to offering students a broad experience while studying – right down to helping them create their own business empires or social ventures.

The student enterprise service at UEA offers advice on applying for loans and grants, writing business plans, marketing ideas, and, perhaps most importantly, enlisting the help of fellow students.

Part of this careers service initiative was the creation of a new post – enterprise and activities co-ordinator– taken up by Victoria Cook who is now based at the students’ union.

“We operate a real ‘open door’ policy,” says Victoria. “We like people to pop in and just talk through an idea that they have had – something that has perhaps been bubbling around in their head for a while and they just want to try and get it going.

“I can provide plenty of practical help; pointing them in the right direction for grants and workshops here at UEA, as well as helping them access support from other students, university groups or people in the community.”

One of those students was Kate Batty.

Kate, originally from the south of England, is a keen sportswoman and has just completed a four-year degree in International Development and Spanish. It was while she was in Spain as part of her course that she saw a new fitness regime using rebound boots which absorb 80% of all impact. She was fascinated by it.

“I love sport and thought this looked great. It is low impact and very easy to pick up,” she says.

Kate trained as an instructor in Spain and returned to Norwich determined to involve everyone here. “I spoke to the enterprise team and they were very supportive and helped me to get a start-up grant from Santander. I bought 20 pairs of boots and have been building up classes in the city. I started off with a pilot class at the university which sold out and it has really gone on from there. Now I want to start classes for children and ones for all the family.”

The interest from children has grown so much that Kate has launched a crowdfunding project to raise the money she needs for the children’s boots.

Her aim is to inspire a new generation of children to be fit and healthy. She now includes information on healthy eating alongside her exercise classes. Kate had help from a fellow student to make her launch film.

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