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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.

 

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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.

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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: https://www.facebook.com/mummypowerkick on Twitter @mummypowerkick or contact Paul at the gym directly on: 07831 763688 or email: mummy_power@yahoo.com.

Top Unusual Sports To Try in Sheffield

February 2, 2016 in Children & Play, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Sport, Uncategorized, Women

Sheffield is a sporting city. Some of us see the Olympic legacy working here, some don’t. It’s hard to ignore the rise in sporting opportunities for young people and children across the city and there’s lots going off within the universities and colleges. However, outside of educational establishments, some of us, usually parents with careers, children and heavy financial responsibilities, struggle to fit sport into our working week.

If you want to get back  into a sport of some sort – perhaps now the children are at school and you have more ‘free time,’ you might want to give some of the more unusual and fun sporting activities a try to really boost your confidence and bring some adolescent, free-feeling fun back into your life.

 

Here’s our list of new things to try this year:

 

Roller Derby

There’s a big team for women age 16+ in Sheffield called the Sheffield Steel Rollergirls. They’ve just started recruiting for new members and although you have to apply for the kit as to buy your own can be expensive, this sport looks to be growing hugely in popularity across Sheffield. The sport comprises of wearing roller skates – yes, not roller blades and lots of protection including a helmet, arms and knee pads. Videos and information can be found on their website: SHEFFIELD STEEL ROLLERGIRLS They also have a big Facebook page and are all over other social media channels, also on FunMeFit as a member.

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Baseball

Although it’s not Baseball season yet, Sheffield’s own Bladerunners have weekly training sessions. We’ve all heard of the American sport but have you ever tried it? There’s very little to fork out for apart from subs of a few quid a session and it’s great fun in the great outdoors that Sheffield is blessed with. The season starts in April 2016 and updated information and contact numbers can be found on their website: SHEFFIELD BLADERUNNERS. They are also on Facebook and you can find their profile on FunMeFit too.

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Kickboxing

We’ve all heard of kickboxing and probably associate it with big blokes kicking the crap out of each other in a ring. These days, it’s a growing women’s sport and a great way to keep fit and tone those wobbly bits. Powers Martial Arts Centre in Stannington is a city leader in its friendly, approachable and well-equipped gym. Offering classes, 1-2-1 sessions, group sessions, family sessions, children’s classes – you name it, they can offer it. They even do safety training and self-defence classes to help local women stay safe. It’s best to catch them on Facebook at POWERS MARTIAL ARTS CENTRE.

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Bouldering

No ropes, no fuss, just climbing up a rock with only yourself to rely on. Luckily for Sheffielders, there are a number of centres around Sheffield offering safer bouldering opportunities than tackling Stanage Edge. The Works in Sheffield is one of the largest bouldering centres in the world – it has everything you’d need to really explore this sport. Not only does bouldering work on just about every muscle in your body, it keeps you slim and keeps your mind active with problem solving tasks. It’s a great all-rounder for any age or ability. With the Mini Works for little ones where parents and children can climb together, there are no excuses. They also run courses and children’s classes. See THE WORKS website.

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If you’d like to stay updated about any new sporting opportunities across the city and further afield, check out our Facebook Page and send us your ideas, photos or events and we are always happy to share.

Funding Opportunity: Cash for Kids – South Yorkshire

August 8, 2015 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities

A South Yorkshire radio station has launched a scheme to support charities, community groups and children’s hospices to run projects that are aimed at benefitting disadvantaged children under 18 years of age.

Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids, based in Sheffield, are providing the following funding grants for those who are working with children within the Hallam FM broadcast area.

The deadline for applications is: 16th October 2015 (5pm)

See below for more information and read how to apply:

 

Description

Grants are available to local charitable organisations for projects that benefit children and young people who are ill, disabled or living in poverty in South Yorkshire.

Value Notes

Funding is at the Trust’s discretion.

Extended Description

Sheffield-based radio station Hallam FM provides the Cash for Kids scheme to support charities, community groups, and children’s hospices to run projects that benefit local disadvantaged children who are 18 years of age or younger.

Latest Information

The deadline for Autumn grant round applications is 16 October 2015 (5pm).

Key Criteria

Funding can be provided to registered charities based in the Hallam FM broadcast area.
Successful projects must help disadvantaged children who are aged 18 or younger.

Priority will be given to applications which:
• Directly benefit a large number of children.
• Make a positive impact on young people’s lives.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants will be given to children or projects aiming to help children:
• Suffering mental, physical or sensory disabilities.
• Suffering behavioural or psychological disorders.
• Living in severe poverty or situation of deprivation.
• Suffering distress, abuse or neglect.
• Projects which prevent distress and disadvantages linked to the above.
• Providing opportunities for young people.

 

Application Procedure

An application form and guidelines can be found on the Hallam FM website, click on the link – http://www.hallamfm.co.uk/charity/

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants are advised to submit entries at least one month in advance of the Trustees’ meeting and should contact the Cash for Kids Team for the dates.
Organisations must provide at least two written quotes for the costs of the project, along with a supporting letter and a copy of their most recent audited accounts.

For further information contact the Cash for Kids Team at Hallam FM. (see below for contact details)

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site – please see the downloadable files on the right hand panel at the top of this page – or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website.

Contact details:

Cash for Kids Team
Hallam FM
Radio House
900 Herries Road
Sheffield
S6 1RH

Telephone: 0114 209 1100
Email: cashforkids@hallamfm.co.uk

Please contact Hallam FM directly for updates/more information. Thanks and happy applying!

All About Active Sheffield

November 1, 2014 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport, Uncategorized

Sheffield has some of the best sporting facilities in the UK. It has recently been hailed the city of Sport and there are plenty of reasons why. Many of FunMeFit’s members offer either sporting facilities, sporting opportunities or activities and Active8-Sheffield are no exception. Contributing to Sheffield’s ‘City of Sport’ status, here’s a little more about them.

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Active8-Sheffield offers a vast range of spaces, facilities, activities and events to get involved with in Sheffield. Their four multi- purpose sports centres located at Tapton, King Edwards Lower, Ecclesfield and Fir Vale Secondary schools boast a selection of top range amenities that are hireable to the public.

 

Just some of their facilities include:

  • 3G Fully Floodlit 11 a side Astro Turfs
  • Sand Based 11 a side Astro Turfs
  • Theatre/Production Halls with Bleacher Seating
  • Hard Courts – Tennis and Netball
  • Teaching Rooms
  • Meeting Venues
  • Changing Facilities
  • Large Sports Halls
  • Sprung Loaded Gymnasium Floors

All of the facilities can be adapted to suit a variety of activities, whether that be an event, sporting activity, business meeting, party, exhibition or training.

Active8-Sheffield also provide activities and events of their own, including holiday fun camps, various sporting tournaments, fitness classes and charity fun days, all available for the public to get involved with.

Their facilities are affordable for all however big or small your booking and they are always looking for new opportunities to work with the local communities and to develop and grow their activities list.

Contact them today for more details of any of their facilities or work.

Call: 01142402308 Email: info.active8sheffield@interserve.com

Website: www.active8-sheffield.com

You can also find their FunMeFit profile here: Active8-Sheffield

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: info@funmefit.com.

 

JULY’S FUND SPOTLIGHT

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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 http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/taxonomy/index.html?nscl=Communities 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.

 

An American Sports Day

May 25, 2014 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Events, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Sport, Uncategorized

Many of us at some point in life have tried British-founded sports such as cricket, football and rugby. They’re a popular sight in our local communities; a culture that defines whole groups of people.

Let’s take Sheffield for example. You’re either a blade (Sheffield United FC) or an owl (Sheffield Wednesday FC). The city as many cities are, is segregated (during a derby match mainly) by two colours – red and blue.

In recent years, there has been an invasion. An invasion of ‘American Sports’ into British culture. Instead of being a trend that many of us would’ve envisioned as an outcome, they seem to be sticking around. These sports that have jumped across the ‘big pond’ like Baseball, American Football, Lacrosse and Dodgeball that we’re rarely played over here have become fashionable, interesting and in some cases, fun.

Image Source: Leeds Academy of American Football

Image Source: Leeds Academy of American Football

Over the last couple of years, the FunMeFit network has seen a growth in ‘American Sports Clubs’ popping up around the UK. As children, we never tried any of these sports. Perhaps we found a form of dodgeball fun in our sports halls and physical education lessons but very few of us have had the chance to get involved properly or had the opportunity to join a club and a league.

As an alternative to any sports event or community sports day this year, and to ‘throw a stone between the roses,’ we’ve decided to ask a few of the local ‘American Sports Clubs’ to come together and plan with us a sports day with a difference. The day also ties in with our annual Green Gym Day founded by our lovely New York partner, Nancercize. A day to celebrate local parks and enjoy all the green space they have to offer.

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On Sunday 15th June 2014, officially Father’s Day in the UK, FunMeFit is helping to co-ordinate and promote the first American Sports Day in Stannington Park, Sheffield as a way of celebrating these sports, one of our local parks and getting more families outside in the fresh air, enjoying some active fun. What a better way to spend time with dads and granddads than some friendly inter-family competition? With help from FunMeFit member Leeds Academy of American Football, a Leeds-based club that is starting to branch out into Sheffield, who have developed a Flad American Football Academy for children and young people, the event promises to be lots of fun for all ages and abilities.

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No community games event would be complete without a charity to send any profits to. In keeping with the local community focus, the day will be in aid of local charity and nursery, Jack and Jill Pre-School Stannington where the raffle and donations will go towards purchasing new sports equipment for the children at this small village nursery.

With the introduction of American sports to the mostly rural community of Stannington, it will be interesting to see how the locals and those from the surrounding areas take to an alternative sports day and whether it can be the start of a more active lifestyle for some. Perhaps some children will develop an interest for these sports and subsequently the local schools will look to embrace them into their activities.

Image Source: Leeds Academy of American Football

Image Source: Leeds Academy of American Football

Either way, the day proves to be a trial and an introduction to these sports for the local community and if there’s no uptake or new members for the clubs following it then we’re sure that the majority of people there will at least have some fun! That’s what life’s about.

We look forward to seeing you there on Sunday 15th June between 10-1pm. The schedule for the day will be posted in due course.

You can join the group for Stannington American Sports Day or view it on our Facebook Page. If you’d like more information or want to get involved in the day, please e-mail us at: info@funmefit.com.

 

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

A Recycled Christmas Guide

December 1, 2013 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Events, Families & Children, Latest Articles, News, Uncategorized

Christmas similarly to other religious celebrations is about being with family and friends, being part of a wider community and celebrating life. Much of this seems to have been bypassed in recent years by the need to buy expensive, brand new material gifts for family and friends – a lot of the time quite pointlessly.

In the latest blog, “A Recycled Christmas,” FunMeFit Founder, Kate Hill, discusses why buying brand new Christmas presents is not always the answer to having a happy, fulfilling Christmas. Just as importantly for the struggling family, there are ways and means to get those longed for children’s presents without breaking the bank.

You’ll find the link to the blog below but just remember, Christmas is about your family and the community, not just about those presents. There are plenty of ways to help your community during the festive season and pretty soon, we’ll be posting our next blog about helping those in need.

 

A Recycled Christmas

 

Wishing you all a great run up to Christmas!

Girls Don’t Do Sport

August 25, 2013 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Education, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Sport, Women

Taken from our funmefit WordPress blog: http://funmefit.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/girls-dont-do-sport/
August 25, 2013

 

young female babyAlexa Hill, aged 1. A future sports woman? I hope so!

 

“Girls at school would do the dangerous ‘fainting trick’ to avoid Physical Education. I won’t go into detail for fear of someone trying this but the action involved getting a couple of friends to push on a certain part of your body until you fainted – effectively slowing or stopping your heart for a second. It scared me then and it scares me even more now to remember how dangerous this was.” (Anon, August 2013)

 

As a female and a mother to another female (even though she is only 1), I can’t help but blog my mouth off about the issue of us girls and getting actively involved in sport and exercise. In this post, I hope to shed some light on why, in my experience and opinion, young women and children of the female gender, may be discouraged, embarrassed by and put off from doing exercise, especially if it’s called ‘sport’.

 

Gender-Typing

The main issue in my experience of life is parents. Whether we like it or not, some of us mums and dads are gender-typing our children. Boys are the active ones who will make money one day from sport, girls are the caring ones who like to look after babies and help mum around the house. I have a girl and a boy who are close in age and I admit, I’ve been guilty of gender-typing on the odd occasion – getting my little boy into football, buying my little girl a toy baby. Once my little girl is at walking age however, I’ll be actively encouraging her to try different sports, get outside and see exercise as fun.

At Home

I remember that as a young girl, I was exposed to very few sporting female role-models. That’s why Sally Gunnel became such a heroine to me, she was the only woman I saw achieve things in sport on TV. Apart from Sally, I cannot remember seeing a plethora of famous sporting females on the telly or in newspapers. This was reflected at home. My mother used to be fit and healthy because she did everything around the house and took us to the park regularly. She wasn’t involved in sport and rarely talked about it. There was no one else around me who was female and sporty. Even my dad wasn’t sporty, he still isn’t.

Education

At infant and junior school, I don’t recall seeing any females take part in sport. My twin sister and I were the first girls in our year to start playing football with the boys – many girls followed in our footsteps later.

Although I tried ballet and tap as a 5 year old and karate later on, I never understood why sport was important or what it could do for me. No-one at school taught me why sport was important and I was never encouraged to join a team of any kind. I knew as a child that I found sports games like football fun. Playing with the other children (or the boys), feeling like I was involved in something big, running around for ages and the rough and tumble of a childhood game of football were highly appealing to me. I never knew that there were girls football teams or girls teams for any other sports such as basketball, cricket, rounders…

Media

Everyone complains about media; about TV and reality shows, about the lack of female sport in the news. I agree that women need to be covered more widely in the news but that isn’t exactly going to attract younger participants now is it? We need to look at teen magazines, look at how girls are using social media, look at why girls are more engaged with what their friends are doing and posing in ‘selfies’ photos. If you’re young and you want to look good, exercise and eat well. There’s too much emphasis on young women being singers, models and just plain beautiful. There are millions of beautiful girls out there but the ones people remember are the ones who stand out from the crowd and achieve in sport or in great careers. Vying for public attention constantly does nothing for self-confidence.

Teenage girls

In my opinion, the problem with many teenage girls (like I was once) is that they lack so much self-confidence. At school as a teenager, I loved sprinting, I won every 100m and 200m race on sports day, without fail. I was in the Air Cadets…Which was the only institution to push my running further where I ran for my region and eventually my county. I was due to run a final race to be entered for the national championships when I fell down the stairs before school and banged my lower back meaning that I couldn’t run. That was the end to my running career, maybe I could have been running alongside Jess Ennis-Hill…

The point here is not what I achieved or didn’t achieve but the fact that I had to fight against low self-confidence and self-doubt just to go to training. This was ultimately my downfall, not the fall down the stairs. I was complacent because I didn’t want to go against the ‘norm’ of what my piers were doing after school. It’s only when you reach 28, have gotten married and have two kids that you realise the things that could have been.

The very few girls I knew at school (I can only count one in my class) who were into sports and achieved in sport were the confident ones. They were self-assured, organised and seemed generally a lot happier than my friends who were using the ‘fainting trick’ to avoid any exercise whatsoever. I was always in the middle, always wanted to take part but never wanted to take the next step. I had no confidence to do so.

Looking back, what I find most annoying is that teachers could see my potential but never tried to support me. I played hockey and scored goals but always felt like the spare part. I would never have even known to join professional sports clubs or had the confidence to ask.

In part-conclusion (as I’m sure I’ll be writing further blogs on this issue), I realise now that sport enables young women and girls to develop, to grow, to be comfortable in their surroundings and opens their lives up to opportunities and experience. I hope times have changed now in schools but in my experience, I had no help, no support and was mainly ignored by teachers.

As a parent now, I see how difficult it is to get children involved in sport – the cost, the time, the travel. This was initially why I set up http://www.funmefit.com, to help parents find ways to get their kids (and their girls) active and see what opportunities there are. Now though, I see that times need to change before more young women can feel encouraged enough to take part in sport. They need to know about the opportunities around them, encouraged that sport will help them stay young and healthy as they get older, help them make new friends and build self-confidence. I wish I could take the 14 year old me, shake her and say: ‘You can do it! Running is what you can do. Don’t worry if you get set back. Get off your backside and go to training. Keep trying!’

My daughter will not befall the same fate. It is my ambition to open doors for her, help her see how fun sport can be. Help her find what she’s good at, whether that be football, hockey, running, gymnastics, dancing, horse riding, basketball, skating, rounders, tennis or your less popular sports. Attitudes have to change all together, families have to change, the media has to change and girls themselves have to be given the confidence to try something new, take a chance. Don’t do the old ‘fainting trick’ to avoid PE!

 

This blog post was inspired by the recent BBC News article (22/08/2013)

Children need more exercise – especially girls, study says – by Nick Triggle.

 

This article was written by Kate Hill, Founder of FunMeFit.

Please contact info@funmefit.com

Will you have a Playday?

August 2, 2013 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Events, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Uncategorized

On Wednesday 7th August 2013, it’s Playday the national day to celebrate play across the UK. How will your family be joining in?

“On Playday thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. Campaigning for play where you live can make a huge difference not only to local children and families, but to whole communities.

It’s easy to celebrate Playday – it doesn’t matter whether your plans are big or small, what’s most important is that children and young people get the opportunity to get out to play for the day, and that collectively we highlight the importance of play in children’s lives”.

Source: http://www.playengland.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/playday.aspx

 

We’ve put together some active ideas on what you could do with your family on Playday, just to help all you mums and dads along a bit:

  • Rounders – We just love it – a bat, a ball, some make-shift bases and a team of however many you can muster!
  • Bulldog – For a large group, one person is on in the middle of the playing area. The rest of the players stand in a line with the aim of running to the other side of the playing area without getting caught by the catcher in the middle!
  • Frisbee – Throwing a piece of round plastic to one another – no one is the perfect thrower so there’s always plenty of running to be done!
  • Den building – Wherever you are; woodlands, a field, on the back garden, build a den! It’s great fun and all that’s needed are a few bits of wood or whatever you can find!
  • Let the kids make up some games too!

Most of all, as much as we want to keep an eye on our children, it’s so important that children have some independent time as children to explore their world and their imagination. Make sure that your little ones have time to just play with other children.

“Play doesn’t need structure, it doesn’t need rules, the ideas naturally exist in the creative mind of every child”.  Kate Hill, Founder of FunMeFit,  Mum of two & play-lover!

 

For more ideas, information, events and resources on play, go to the Playday website:

Playday

 

You can also find a lot of information about the importance of play and current research on the Play England website.