Gym launches programme to empower girls

Laura Bowley receives her Emerging Leader award PNL-150812-162903001
Laura Bowley receives her Emerging Leader award PNL-150812-162903001

A businesswoman who wants to empower teenage girls has been honoured at the inaugural Women Leaders Milton Keynes Awards.

Laura Bowley, aged 36, who runs the Happy Bodies Fitness Centre in Old Stratford, won the Emerging Leader award.

At the age of 14, Laura discovered strength and confidence through joining her local gym. In January, she is introducing the Happy Girls programme at her own gym.

Laura said: “The idea is that if you dedicate yourself to a physical task you will achieve a positive result.

“I’m looking for a group of girls aged 14­ t0 16 to come and train twice a week for an hour a time. We will set individual goals and create personal plans to help them achieve their goals. At the end of their 12-week programme, they should have achieved their physical goal. Plus, they will hopefully have made friends and had fun. I also hope the girls will be leave with a new ‘can ­do’ attitude that can be carried forward into other areas of their lives.”

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