Champion of the Month: April

Congratulations to 7-year-old Luis Barry who has been named as our April Champion of the Month

Luis, a participant in our MOVE programme, was nominated by health co-ordinator Nicola Kenny.

Nicola said “Luis started attending our MOVE programme with one-to-one sessions before overcoming barriers and progressing on to group sessions. Since doing so, he has grown in confidence at weekly group sessions and says he is really enjoying them. He has shown the commitment and ambition to exercise and improve both his physical and mental health.

As a special reward, Luis was given the opportunity to be an LFC Legends mascot last month Vs Barcelona Legends. Luis said: “At first I was nervous about walking onto the pitch but when we walked on, I couldn't think of anything other than how happy I was”

Nicola added: “Whilst being a mascot at the game he made friends with another participant from a different programme which again is a massive achievement for Luis to have the confidence to talk to others in a different setting than what he is used to.”

Katie, Luis’s mum, said: “It's great to see how much his confidence has grown since being on the programme. We are so proud of him as a family.”

Claire Hepworth, Clinical Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist said: “The LFC move programme offers an opportunity for children with asthma, and other respiratory conditions, to unlock their potential in a supportive environment. It offers a variety of progressive exercises in an interactive, after school exercise group.

The MOVE programme, run in partnership with LFC Foundation and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, is an exercise referral programme for children and young people who have respiratory conditions and/or are overweight or obese. The programmes aim is to improve and manage existing health conditions through physical activity, based around fundamental skills such as balance, agility and co-ordination.