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Trussy backs plan to get Teesside fighting fit; Passport to improve health and fitness.

Byline: DAVE ROBSON

CHAMPION boxer Paul Truscott says a scheme to get more people using leisure centres is a real knockout.

Former Commonwealth featherweight titleholder Paul, from Middlesbrough, is backing Tees Valley Leisure Ltd's new Passport to Leisure scheme, which begins on November 2. The scheme, run in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland Council and backed by Sport England, is to encourage people to take up sport and physical activity.

People with a Passport to Leisure membership get discounts from 10% to 25% on selected activities, depending on status.

Ian Donley, deputy managing director from Tees Valley Leisure Ltd, said: "We did a survey, and people told us the biggest barrier to participation in physical activity was cost. So we decided to launch the 'Passport to Leisure' scheme, which offers discounts to make our facilities across all five leisure sites available to everyone."

Boxer Paul, who last month narrowly failed to regain the Commonwealth featherweight title in a bout against John Simpson at Eston Sports Academy, said: "Taking part in sport and keeping fit not only improves your health, but also gives your quality of life a boost.

"I hope as many people as possible in the area will take advantage of the Passport to Life and grab a chance to get fit."

Redcar and Cleveland Council's Cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, Councillor Sheelagh Clarke, said: "By introducing the Passport to Leisure, Tees Valley Leisure is helping people make the most of their local leisure facilities -it's good news for everyone."

The Passport to Leisure is available at Eston Sports Academy, Redcar Leisure Centre, Loftus Leisure Centre, Saltburn Leisure Centre and Guisborough swimming pool. For further information, visit www.teesvalleyleisure.co.uk.

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PACKING A PUNCH: Paul Truscott in action Picture by JULIE GIBSON KNOCKOUT: Jo Hand of Sport England, boxer Paul Truscott, Andy Pearson, of Redcar and Cleveland council, Cllr Sheelagh Clarke, and Ian Donley of Tees Valley Leisure Ltd launch the Passport to Leisure
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Date:Oct 29, 2009
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