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The strongmen descend on Frickley Athletic FC

October 12, 2014 in Community Issues, Events, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Nutrition, Sport

The pitch at Frickley Athletic Football Club has never seen much more than a good football match or two but this month, the ground will be invaded by a crowd of epic proportions.

On 19th October, the giant competitors of Yorkshire’s Strongest Man 2014 will arrive in South Elmsall for an event like no other organised by Hulk’s Strongman Division, co-promoted by Yorkshire-based sport network, FunMeFit and sponsored by PPS Nutrition.

Image source: Hulks Promotions

Image source: Hulks Promotions

Fifteen of the strongest men from around the country including big names like Sheffield’s Strongest Man, Phil Roberts and Wales’ Strongest Man, Simon Johnston are already in the line up. Refereeing the competition is Britain’s four-time Strongest Man, Eddie Hall who at 6ft 3in tall, weighing 23 stone is not your average Frickley ref.

On the day, the competitors will have to complete a range of activities including the log lift, a tractor pull and a tug of war for which the winner will receive the first price of £500.

The event will also include a tug of war between the strongmen competitors and Frickley Athletic players and staff for entertainment purposes according to Andrew Picken, Frickley Athletic FC’s Commercial Manager: “The team at Frickley Athletic FC are always open to new ideas in order to provide our community with top class regional sport. As well as our main sport, football of course, we are looking at other ways to encourage people to come to our ground.

“By working with the Hulks strongman division, we are hope to provide a great day of sporting entertainment and something different for families in the area to come and see,” he added.

The event has already been promoted widely across social media in recent weeks and is set to be an action-packed, community show for all the family.

Mark Anglesea, Hulk’s Strongman Division organiser and two-time Guinness World Record holder said: “These are seasoned strongmen that can achieve the minimum lifts, for example the starting weight is 280kg. We make spectators very welcome and contribute to events being family orientated, plus the athletes love the encouragement and support.”

The event will take place at Frickley Athletic’s ground on Westfield Lane in South Elmsall on Sunday, October 19. The gates open at 11am and the competition starts at noon.

Tickets cost £5 and are available on the day at the ground. For more information visit:

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‘Taylored’ running, as reviewed by a novice…

September 12, 2014 in Community Issues, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport, Women

If running is not your thing, meet Adam Taylor and you’ll change your mind. We all hear about the benefits of running and working the legs hard – weight loss, flat stomach, good for practically everything…it’s a great idea in principle.

For many of us however, it requires a LOT of effort and self-motivation to be able to get out of the house and prepare ourselves for what lay ahead – a run.


Adam Taylor with a client.

Adam Taylor with a client. Source: Website

Kate from FunMeFit gave Taylored Running a go…


“I’m not going to lie, I’ve struggled with self-motivation and discipline when I’ve finally got the kids to sleep of an evening. Everyday, I think, today, I’ll make time to go for a run and stop eating chocolate. The idea deludes me into thinking that I am fitter than I actually am. At least I’m ‘thinking’ about running…

When FunMeFit member and supporter, Adam Taylor of Taylored Personal Training and Running Groups, Sheffield asked if I wanted to go out for a run, I said, casually, “yes, that would be great.” To my surprise, I found a spare hour of one day and decided to actually take him up on the offer.

Adam met me with a big smile and despite us only having met previously on social media; I was re-assured by his calm and friendly nature – I’ve heard a lot of people discussing how they feel scared by some Personal Trainers with the bully-bootcamp ethos. This couldn’t have been further from Adam’s reassuring attitude.

We started jogging almost straight away – I was looking forward to a steady mile or so through the beautiful Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. At my steady jogging pace, we discussed how we both enjoyed keeping people active; we discussed how children keep you active, how there is such little time to actually ‘exercise’ on your own with children and whether or not parents can use the excuse for non-exercise on having children around.

Adam said I could walk whenever I needed to so after 10 minutes, I took him up on that offer – a bit of stitch, a bit of nervous exhaustion and randomly, a bit of headache. After 5 minutes of easy walking and more chatting, he suggested we run again – I really didn’t want to appear weak or incapable so I agreed.

After this, I seemed to move my thoughts away from the effort of actually running and concentrate on the trail we were running along, my breathing (as often through your nose as possible, according to Adam, aids running), the sounds and the conversation. It felt really liberating compared to being stuck in a house or an office in front of a computer.

If out on my own running, I would normally have stopped at the first hurdle – the stitch and headache. I’d have walked home with the satisfaction of at least ‘doing my bit.’

However, when you have someone to reassure you that you’re actually fitter than you thought and telling you how easy it is to build your stamina for running if you do it regularly, it’s amazing how much further your body can continue.

Before I knew it, I had run 6km with only 3 walking periods in total (less than 5 minutes each). Adam, had recorded the journey on his special watch-thingy and I was thrilled but exhausted at the same time. When we got back to the ‘adult playground’ in Endcliffe Park, he took a piece of equipment from his bag (yes, there are special bags just for running), it looked like a large material belt with handles at each end. It was for looping over the pull-up bars and for stretching muscles on.

I thought I’d be aching for days after the run but with just a few short stretches and a bit of a cool down, I felt great; starving, but great.

Adam made the run feel like less effort than when I go running alone. It made such a difference to have a knowledgeable, supportive trainer with me. I’d actually had fun. I’d pushed my boundaries, combated the fear of running past my comfort zone and had dared to run until I was truly exhausted – we’d only been out for an hour!

Strangely, I had more energy that day to play with the children (I have a 2 and a 3 year old). My mind was working more efficiently, I felt positive and like I’d achieved something major.

I know that there are people who run every day and those who won’t even entertain the thought, but as a distance-running novice, I would definitely recommend experiencing running with Adam.

I’m addicted now; I want to run all the time. I have learned that giving up straight away isn’t always the best thing to do and that making an extra effort is worth it! It doesn’t matter who you are, what your weight, what your ability, what your circumstances, if you have the support from a knowledgeable professional like Adam, you can achieve anything.”

Tel: 07837 544 845

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

Sir Steve Redgrave at National Sports Roadshow

August 13, 2014 in Community Issues, Events, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Opportunities, Products & Reviews, Sport, Uncategorized

National Sports Roadshow 2014 welcomes sporting hero, Sir Steve Redgrave as a supporter.

Following the success of last year, the National Sports Roadshow returns in October and with famous sporting names like Sir Steve Redgrave delivering the keynote speech, the event looks even more appealing for sports businesses and students alike.

Each roadshow provides a platform for employers, trainers and students to meet, talk and showcase their skills or opportunities with the first roadshow being held in London. Several other events will follow taking place around the country and in the north, cities such as Leeds and Liverpool will benefit from the sporting boost.

Sir Redgrave is supporting to ensure that the event can be part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy Programme according to Careers in Sport, the roadshow organisers, “Steve is committed to ensuring the event provides a lasting legacy for UK sport in the future.”

As the winner of 5 gold medals in the Olympics between 1984 and 2000 and now a motivational speaker at numerous sporting events around the country, Sir Redgrave will have been a real boost to the National Sports Roadshow this year.

The organisers of the roadshow have been “delighted” to welcome the sports icon to its list of supporters, among other sporting heroes and businesses across the UK.

careers in sport

FunMeFit are proud to be supporting The National Sports Roadshow this year. To read more about the roadshow and Careers in Sport, see their website or their profile on FunMeFit.

Watch The National Sports Roadshow’s Video:


The National Sports Roadshow





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:



funding article pic

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.


The Tour de France in Yorkshire

July 2, 2014 in Community Issues, Events, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport, Uncategorized

If you didn’t know that the Tour de France is coming to Yorkshire on 5th and 6th July (this weekend), then you must have been living in a cupboard. It’s here! How has it changed things for you?

There are yellow bicycles popping up across the county as the riders will be finishing stage 2 of the Grand Depart right here in Sheffield. Whether you’re native to Sheffield, Yorkshire or none of the above, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the small villages and towns along the route are benefiting from some well-deserved international attention.


Image Source: Welcome to Yorkshire

In Sheffield alone, beautiful hidden gems like Bradfield are coming to life to celebrate the riders’ cycling through. Events, activities and parties are being held by the local community, supported by local businesses to showcase what the rural communities have to offer.

International sporting events like this don’t pass through Yorkshire often, so in the few days before #TDF2014, make sure your business stands out for this once in a lifetime occasion. Get involved, tweet about it, post it on Facebook, share your local events and activities in celebration of it and most of all, enjoy it! Getting involved in the online conversation is important for all this weekend.

Let us know how you’ll be celebrating the Tour de France, what you’ve got planned and how it’s affected your business/home life. Has it got you on your bike again? Or like me, do you just want to be as fit as those cyclists? However the Tour de France affects you and/or your business, send us your experience and we’ll share in our next blog.


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.


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.


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.

LAAF new 2

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:


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