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Big Lottery Funding for Local Mums Kickboxing Group

March 14, 2017 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Sport, Uncategorized

FunMeFit and Steel City Hub, our marketing side of things is thrilled to have helped a small mums and kids kickboxing group in Stannington, Sheffield achieve great things.


big lottery funding



The group called ‘MUMMY POWER’ has been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund as part of the National Lottery. We are incredibly proud to be able to share their fantastic news and we know the project will help so many local mums who desperately want to get healthy with their children.


Kate Hill, mum of two, who is now the group Chairperson brought the group together after seeing there was a need for inclusive fitness groups that enabled mums to socialise and not worry about childcare. Along with Samantha Marren, mum of one and group Treasurer and Hannah Sanderson, mum of two and group Secretary, they started kickboxing at local gym, Powers Martial Arts Centre, Stannington. They applied for Big Lottery Funding last year and saw a huge rise in local women wanting to be involved.


“We are so thrilled to receive this funding from the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund for our friendly, little group. I set up the group initially because I loved kickboxing but didn’t want to do it alone. I struggle so much with childcare after work and didn’t want the kids sitting watching TV after school so I asked my local gym if they’d help.”

Paul and the team at Powers Martial Arts Centre have been totally supportive throughout, doing whatever they could to help. When Hannah and Samantha came on board to support it, there was no stopping us. We applied for Big Lottery Funding and it took almost a year for us to get everything set-up but it was well worth the effort,”

~ Kate Hill, Chairperson for Mummy Power.

kickboxing lottery funded

The group now trains together twice a week and the funding has enabled the group to enjoy two, free 1-hour training sessions every week for the women and their children, as well as a free nutritional course and weight programme every month, gradings to build some recognisable skills, achievement awards and free t-shirts and gloves to train with.


“Hannah, Kate and I mentioned it to some other mums at school and we were overwhelmed with the response. This funding means that we’ve could offer mums a place to come and exercise whilst enjoying a good, social atmosphere. We always have a great time, everyone is so friendly.”

~ Samantha, group Treasurer. 


“The children have their own trainer too for those who want to do kickboxing – they love having their own t-shirts and gloves to wear. We wanted to make sure the mums and kids are rewarded for their hard work too so we are organising awards ceremonies and social events. The Big Lottery Fund has made all of this possible.”

~ Hannah, group Secretary.


The gym, owned by Paul Powers, has provided a trainer for the mums and one to work with the children when they want to take part so that no-one is left out.


“The group and the funding has been great for our small gym. We were already well-known in the local community but this funding has meant that we are getting more and more families walking through the door to get involved. It’s great to see and we are happy to support Mummy Power for as long as they need it.”

~ Paul Powers, Gym Owner, Powers Martial Arts Centre.


The group trains at Powers Martial Arts Centre on Monday’s 6-7pm and Wednesday’s 5.30-6.30pm. There is a suggested donation of £10 per mum for the whole year and a £2 suggested donation per child for the year. This helps the group collect funds for additional uses that benefit the group, such as events and extra equipment needed.
If you’d like more information about Mummy Power, see the Facebook page: on Twitter @mummypowerkick or contact Paul at the gym directly on: 07831 763688 or email:

New Marketing Services Menu & Prices

June 8, 2015 in Community Issues, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Other, Products & Reviews, Uncategorized, Website Updates

Over the last few months, we’ve been putting together a service menu for our members and non-members based on what services we’ve been asked to provide. Here’s a quick look at what we offer and at what prices. We have a new testimonials page coming soon where you can see the feedback we’ve received from others.

Promotional Services for the Health, Community, B2B, Sports & Fitness Industries is a directory and a social network connecting you with the right people, promoting your brand across social media and helping you communicate with clients. We are now offering low-cost marketing, PR and copy-writing services to help you get noticed even more.

What we offer:

  • FREE Social Media Promotion – Join our free network & directory
  • £20-£50 a year – Monthly Social Media Promotion, Online Gallery, Contributors Blog, Offers Feed (services for different levels of membership). Upgrade your membership
  • £50 One Off Fee – Social Media Set-Up on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube (if needed) including 30 minutes free consultancy about your social media strategy (either face to face, online or via telephone/Skype). Also includes a free social media ‘how-to’ page with resources.
  • From £30 Per Week – Social Media Management (handling all your social media needs to keep you in touch with your clients/generate further customer interest and raise awareness of your brand). Price dependant on level of service according to your business needs.
  • £30 Per Hour – Business Support Services (getting you set up in business, providing advice and connections to help your grow).
  • Approx. £50 Per 500 words – Copywriting (writing for your business, club, promotional material, print or websites). Depending on whether we need to spend a lot of time researching what we are writing.
  • £150 per 4 Hour Strategy Session & Write-up – Bespoke Marketing Strategy & Services – (looking at how you could best promote your work and raise awareness includes a marketing strategy and suggestions suited to your business).
  • £60 Per Press Release – PR (getting you into print through local/national media). We will write and send your press release out to contacts.
  • Events Vehicle (Harold) – Can be hired for community events, sports events etc. includes PA system. For extra services, in regards to events, please contact us for prices or see Harold’s own website: Can In A Van (coming soon).
  • Prices dependant on business needs – Branding, Websites and Design (getting you a logo and a brand identity, getting you online or helping you to develop your website to appeal to your customers/clients). Outsourced to Foster & Scott, our trusted, local design company.

Whatever you need, if you don’t see it listed as a service above, get in touch to see if we can help. We offer free consultations either via e-mail, telephone or face to face.

Kate Hill & Andy Picken


The Importance of Joining Business Directories

April 20, 2015 in Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Sport, Uncategorized, Website Updates

As the owner of a business or organisation in 2015, being visable online is probably more important than the sign outside your shop.

The website is obviously your online shop window and depending on your trade, social media is either equally as important, more important or stands to support your website. What many of us forget to do when we are promoting our business and looking for free or low-cost ways to advertise is listing our business on directories. Directories come in all shapes and sizes – local, national or international.


At FunMeFit, we are proud to boast a fantastic, free directory with low-cost packages for those who want a little more from it. For many of our members, their listing on our directory means that they can be found more easily on search engines like Google. It’s a great way to create a prescence online even if you’ve not got a website for your business, services or sports club/organisation.

You can easily join our directory by clicking on this link, it’s FREE:

When people type in a service that you offer i.e. personal training in Sheffield, you want to be one of the first to pop up on their Google search – ideally, being in the top 5 listings means that you’ll rarely be ignored.

Why not set up a free listing on the FunMeFit directory – just join our community first by going here: (or go to our Join Us page) – leave it a few hours then Google yourself and see what pops up?

By creating a listing with us, you’re also helping our network grow and develop so we can offer the best services.

If you’d like a bit more help with promotion and making your listing look brilliant, our yearly packages start from £20 to a maximum of £50 for our Premium Service. With Premium, you’ll get a full gallery of your own to add pictures to, an offers feed to add offers, a contributors blog, a full page for telling others about your business and much more.

If you’d like help setting one up or need more information, contact

Need a website or a logo?

We work closely with our friends at Foster & Scott who designed our website. Through them, we can offer a whole range of services including website design, branging and logo design, social media services and marketing services plus much more.

Together we have also developed a number of low-cost packages for sports clubs and organisations who need a bit more help with promotion. Just ask if you’d like to know more.

You can check out Foster and Scott here:

We wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous summer 2015!

September’s Funding Spotlight

September 2, 2014 in Community Issues, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other

1. Snapshot Fund

We have a small funding stream called ‘cash 4 clubs’ identified that has a deadline of 30th September.

The fund is specifically for sports clubs who are registered with their National Governing Body, or Local Authority. Any sports clubs that meets the criteria can apply for between £250 – £1000 worth of funding.

This is available to the Yorkshire area and Sheffield, so it may be of use to our members.

The funding can be used to maintain and create your sports clubs long term sustainability. This could be used for purchasing equipment, improving facilities or paying for additional coach training to develop your club.

These grants are only awarded once a year so we would encourage you to apply if you think you can benefit from any funding to improve your club.

Use this group for any questions, interact with member clubs via FunMeFit, or use the following links to go the funders website to find out specific information about the grant.

Application form download:

Terms and conditions:


2. Fishy Funding help

Sorry – I could not resist the headline! However the Environment agency is working with the Angling Trust around a project working with schools to encourage fishing.

It has been found that using fishing ‘as the hook’ can have wide social and health benefits including communication skills, concentration, discipline ad even impact on school and can even reduce crime and truancy.

There are a team of regional officers who can help Schools set up fishing clubs and access grant support to improve facilities.


3. £1000 funding for registered charities

The Truemark Trust distributes small pots of funding to UK registered charities. National charities, salaries, core and funding for individuals are not accepted. Locally small charities are preferred but can be based anywhere in the UK.

Application is by writing – using the details below. We have very little information on the funding themes for this particular trust. However projects must demonstrate innovation in their community approach.

We would suggest contacting them to establish whether your project is suitable. To demonstrate innovation try and unpick all the things that are different about your project and highlight these as the innovative part.


Mrs Clare Pegden

Truemark Trust

PO Box 2



GU33 6YP


Produced by Andy Picken

August Funding Spotlight

August 10, 2014 in Community Issues, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Uncategorized

FunMeFit regularly runs funding searches to find grants that are suitable for grass roots sports clubs, community groups and healthy activity groups. Because we are a ‘community focused business’, we intend on providing a weekly article on a particular fund that could support our members activities.

We have the latest NCVO trust book that lists the most up to date funding streams in 2014. Of course competition is high, and often funds can be oversubscribed, but don’t be under the illusion funding is scarce.


In fact since the success of the Olympic 2012 games many trust funders have added sport and health themes to their funding programmes as part of the Olympic legacy. After all sport is not just about the actual participation, but strengthening communities, increasing physical activity and a whole raft of social benefits.

So keep coming back to the website and check our latest news and updates – you don’t want to miss out. Of course, if you want a more detailed funding service– please get in touch with us and we will see how we can help you.




Funder: Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust

Fund title: Grants for grass roots sports groups in the community

Open: Deadline is 30th September 2014

For this particular fund you will need to identify that your project inspires sporting endeavour, educational projects in deprived community settings and supports grass roots sport and community objectives.

You can apply for up to £2,500. What FunMeFit really likes about this fund is its simple application procedure, rolling deadlines and themes around funding grass roots sports at a neighbourhood level. The funding is open to all community and voluntary groups in Yorkshire.

If you are considering applying for this fund pay particular attention to not just the direct benefits the money would bring your group, but the indirect benefits it will bring to your players, users etc. For example think about things like increased confidence, increased physical activity – contributing to health, learning a new skill (inspiring education).

FunMeFit can help you to apply for funding. If you are a paid member of FunMeFit we can offer telephone advice, or you can email us should you have any queries as part of your membership. This starts from £20 a year – representing excellent value for money – for more details check here

For further information on the fund please go to the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust website where you can download the straightforward application form and accompanying guidance notes.

Or to request a hard copy please contact Wendy Clarke on 01482 320021.


For the latest Funding news, you can also join our Funding News Group on FunMeFit.

July’s Fund – Grants for Children

July 12, 2014 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Sport, Uncategorized

FunMeFit regularly runs funding searches to find grants that are suitable for grass roots sports clubs, community groups and healthy activity groups. Because we are a ‘community focused business’, every month we will profile a particular fund with details of how to apply.

So keep coming back to the website and check our latest news and updates – you don’t want to miss out. Of course, if you want a more detailed funding service– please get in touch with us and we will see how we can help you:



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Image source: Henry Smith Charity Website


Funder: Henry Smith Charity

Fund title: Holiday grants for children

Open: November 2014 to fund holidays in 2015.

For this particular fund you will need to identify that the children attending such a recreational holiday are from a deprived area, have a disability or are experiencing disadvantage.

The funder requires you to make a strong case for why your application should be considered. Consider using information such as the Office for National Statistics website at where you can get detailed information about your neighbourhood.

You can apply for between £500 and £2500, with normally two thirds of the total holiday funded if you are successful – as the Henry Smith Charity like to see that you have raised funding elsewhere too.

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities are all eligible to apply. This is one particular fund we have chosen that gives you plenty of time to get used to applying for funding and plan a long time before you intend to make your trip.

So use the help on the FunMeFit website and if you have an idea for a trip that fits the criteria then why not give it a go. Imagine how thrilled you will be if you get the funding and the children who ultimately benefit get to go somewhere they have never been before.

Check the website for more information, application and contact details. Henry Smith Charity Website.


Awards for All Funding

May 31, 2014 in Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Uncategorized

If you’ve received our newsletter, you’ll see that this article follows on from the newsletter but we’ve started it from the beginning again just incase you didn’t catch the newsletter this month. It’s all well worth a read if you run a group or organisation:

Feature Fund – Awards For All


FunMeFit has a new section in this month’s newsletter that focuses on a particular funding scheme that would be suitable for community groups in Sheffield to apply for. Usually to apply for funding a community group would need a constitution, a small committee, bank account with signatories and a project proposal.

In this month’s newsletter edition we are looking at the popular fund awards for all. This fund is available across Yorkshire to help voluntary and community groups to resource their projects and ideas.  The fund is operated by the Big lottery and you can apply for between £300 – £10,000.

Awards for all fund a wide variety of community based projects ranging from active citizenship, environmental projects, developing skills and health projects. Because we are focusing on walking this month, as part of national walking month, awards for all is an ideal fund to apply for to develop walking groups and projects around increasing physical activity and improving health.

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Whether you already have a walking project or group or you want to create a new walking group consider awards for all if you require funding. If you are already a walking group, consider a new activity you could apply for funding for – an example could be an environmental project in the park you walk in.

To apply for funding you don’t need to be a charity and the application form is not as complex as some other funds. If you are a new community group you may need to show a simple cash flow forecast – a way to show the funder how you intend to raise funds and what costs you expect to incur as a group.

You must have a group bank account, at least two signatories on account, a constitution and a committee. These requirements are to demonstrate that you operate in a fair and transparent manner and that the funds are spent as you have outlined in your application.

All these requirements are relatively straight forward to set up. You may want to set a meeting up with people that want to be involved. You can use this opportunity to decide who wants to be chairperson, secretary and treasurer. Most high street banks operate a bank account especially designed for community groups.

In future FunMeFit newsletters we will include some more information on the individual roles of a committee. However the most important thing is to get organised and to find out who wants to be involved in your group so you can work together and spread the work out.

The Charity Commission has a wealth of useful information regarding how community groups – often referred to as unincorporated associations and Charitable organisations are set up. Don’t be put off by the initial setting up of your group. The key to getting your community project off the ground is commitment, community support, volunteers to help you and being organised.

Don’t underestimate the benefits your project can bring to your community. Remember the funder is interested in your application and wants to invest and be part of your community project whether it be improving people’s health, training opportunities or improving the environment.

Ideas for funding could be new equipment, providing new sessions or training for community members or creating an ‘outdoor gym’ area. Look at the funding criteria to find out more. However the awards for all fund is quite diverse in what it will fund – so get your ideas hat on. As long as your project fits the funding outcomes as listed on the awards for all website you are good to go.

FunMeFit can help you develop your idea. In particular if you reside in Sheffield, have an idea for a community project and people to help you but don’t know where to start, why not contact FunMeFit In the month of June you can get a free telephone / Skype consultation, or drop us an email to help you get started and apply for funding.

To provide this service you will need to become a FREE FunMeFit member if you are not already registered. Because we are passionate about helping Sheffield become more active through physical activity, sport and becoming an active citizen, all we ask if you use our service, is that you help spread the word about FunMeFit to your friends and family – in fact everyone you know.

For now good luck with your community idea and we hope we have provided you with some useful information. Remember awards for all is one of many different funders willing to invest in community projects. Each month we will aim to highlight a particular fund that is available in Sheffield to help you decide who to apply to should you need funding. For now – let’s all keep on walking.


It’s National Walking Month

May 8, 2014 in Community Issues, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Other, Uncategorized

It is that time of year again when we are encouraged to walk more. But why walk? Well, let’s look at the advantages of travelling by foot – after all there are so many, and with May and National Walking Month being upon us, there’s no better time to get striding out.

Here at FunMeFit we love walking, it’s FUN, it can be done by ME (and you), and it keeps us FIT. In fact it spells our name, ‘FunMeFit’ so why wouldn’t we love walking?
The Department of Health recommends we should all walk more; in fact, they even have a goal for us to aim for – 10,000 steps a day. That’s a lot of steps! So how far is 10,000 steps anyway? Well it’s around 5 miles, dependent on your stride length of course, but the easy thing about walking is it is so natural and convenient to do.

You don’t require a gym membership, special equipment or clothes, just a little motivation, some basic comfortable footwear and a little commitment. You can choose to plug your ear phones in, enjoy the sounds of nature, walk alone, walk in a social group and enjoy the fresh air. Create the perfect walk that suits you and your lifestyle, that way it is much easier to stick to. What’s more, you can incorporate it into your everyday life. It’s kind of fun to create these little opportunities to walk more. Got a half hour lunch break at work, make use of the time and slot some walking in. In a shopping centre, hit the stairs instead of the escalator. Travel by bus, get off a stop earlier and walk the extra distance. You see a sprinkling of imagination and we can find the time to do a little extra walking.

We are probably all aware of the many benefits walking can bring us, but the real challenge is committing to actually walking more. So devise a plan, set a goal and aim to stick at it. Rally your family and friends around you for extra support, even better get them involved, you could even award points and prizes for the person who has walked the most during the week or month.

It’s not just about us but about our children too:

           “Children who can walk on their own should be physically active every day for at least 180 minutes (3 hours). This should be spread throughout the day, indoors or outside.

            The 180 minutes can include light activity such as 
            standing up, moving around, rolling and playing, as 
            well as more energetic activity like skipping, 
            hopping, running and jumping.

            Active play, such as using a climbing frame, riding 
            a bike, playing in water, chasing games and ball
            games, is the best way for this age group to be
            physically active.” Source: NHS


You may think it is a little childish having competitions and winning points, but let’s be honest it has to be fun, and I have to admit I still love a prize as an incentive even as a ‘mature’ adult. Besides, the long term physical and mental health benefits of walking are too good to be ignored, which is the very reason why the NHS wants to encourage us all to do more of it. And it’s not only the NHS, there are lots of organisations offering free advice on walking such as Living Streets and the Ramblers – Britain’s walking charity.

So, let’s throw away the excuses, take advantage of the supposedly better weather coming now summer is around the corner and let’s all get those steps in. Want some extra motivation or want to read more on the benefits of walking? Check our links page below for some handy online tools. And don’t forget between the 12th–16th May its National Walk to Work Week and between the 19th – 23rd May National Walk to School Week. FunMeFit are up for the challenge – are you?

NHS walking information
37,000 lives saved by walking
NHS 10,000 steps video
Walking for Health

Source: NHS - Walking for Health

Source: NHS – Walking for Health

What Makes Sheffield A Happy City?

February 19, 2014 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Other, Sport, Uncategorized

Sheffield has recently been crowned as the happiest city in the UK, according to a new study by the Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group (TCSG).

It has also been and continues to be a landmark city for many other reasons. It’s primary nickname is ‘The City of Steel,’ which refers to Sheffield’s industrial heritage but in more recent years, it’s become known as one of the best cities in the UK for sport, for music and for the locally-made dinner accompaniment, Henderson’s Relish. Yum.

Despite its industrial history, Sheffield can boast an extraordinary amount of beautiful green space and woodland for its happy inhabitants to enjoy:


  • 13 City Parks

  • 20 District Parks

  • 50 Local Parks (including public gardens)

  • 1,600 acres of nature reserves

  • 170 Woodland areas – 80 of these are classed as ancient

  • “The South West Boundary of the city overlaps with the PeakDistrictNational Park, the first national park in England”.

  • “Sheffield has a reputed 2 million trees and is known as the greenest city in Europe”.[158] Wikipedia, 2013

There is access to green outdoor space no matter where you live in the city and although we Sheffielders may not be known as the healthiest or fittest community in the UK, it’s worth the consideration that this is why we’re the happiest.

So, where is the best place to get our daily outdoor dose of exercise in Sheffield? Well, apart from the obvious abundance of small local parks, there is a special place that the people of this green city would recommend to anyone:

The Peak District National Park – It has to be in the top spot as it is the most stunning place to visit in the UK, in my opinion.

The question isn’t what can you do here but is what can’t you do here? It’s highly used by ramblers (walkers), mountain bikers, climbers, horse riders and the average family as a day out destination. It has 1,800 miles of public footpaths so there’s little chance of boredom. Wikipedia, 2013

Sheffield is privileged to have part of this national treasure fall within its perimeters and who knows, perhaps one day, with a little encouragement from FunMeFit, the people of Sheffield will not only be the happiest but the fittest and healthiest in the UK.

By Kate Hill

Founder, FunMeFit

Promote yourself on our new Directory!

June 15, 2013 in Community Issues, Events, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Other, Uncategorized, Website Updates

It’s been a busy year so far for FunMeFit but we’ve finally managed to launch our new directory for members to add their businesses and services to. The best part is, it’s free for a basic listing.

We’ve been planning to directory now for about 2 years and once we told Foster and Scott (our lovely web designers) about it, they thought it was a brill idea!


The idea of it and of the FunMeFit community in general is that it helps to bring the community together in one place where the great work that many of our members do can be recognised and promoted.

The launch of our new directory means that all of our members can now list their business or services or clubs in a place where visitors to the website and other members can search for them by name, area or category.

As we can’t keep running FunMeFit without generating any revenue, we are also offering promotional packages for businesses that join the directory. If you want to list your business/group/club/service for free, that’s great but if you want to receive special features such as your own promotional page, a gallery of your images, your own contributors blog and an offers section that feeds through to our homepage then go Premium! We’re offering great rates and a lot in return. By upgrading, you’ll also be helping us keep FunMeFit going!


You can see what the packages have to offer here


“We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us through think and thin, everyone who has joined and offered their support and a big thank you to those who are spreading the word about what we do.

Keep telling your friends, family, sports clubs, neighbors, contacts and whoever else you can think of about FunMeFit because we want to expand the community so that it’s a really useful place for everyone to connect and discover what’s on in their community”.

Kate Hill, Founder.

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