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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!

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:
http://www.funmefit.com/directory/

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: www.funmefit.com/register (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 info@funmefit.com.

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: www.fosterandscott.com

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

FMFTV: Showcasing Community Projects

January 18, 2015 in Community Issues, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport, Uncategorized

Happy New Year to all of our members, visitors and friends!

Towards the end of last year, we at FunMeFit, decided to launch a community TV channel to showcase, review and promote the various events, activities and projects running within the communities where some of our members are based.

 

As social media is becoming more embedded into the lives of people across the community, YouTube, naturally is somewhere people are increasingly turning to for answers to questions, for training and education and for entertainment and fun.

Video sharing and downloading are increasing each month. According to recent YouTube statistics, more than 1 billion unique users visit the social network each month – although the reach of a small community video could remain substantially lower, stranger things have happened and that’s an awful lot of potential traffic to miss out on for your business or organisation.

For many smaller clubs, organisations, event organisers and businesses, resources and expenditure might not cover developing content for videos on YouTube. FunMeFit has taken on a couple of filming projects so far where we have filmed, edited and uploaded content for local community projects deserving a voice.

The Chronic Pain Swimming Group Project

Most recently, the MoveMore network forwarded us the details of a small chronic pain swimming group project based at Aston Swimming pool, Sheffield, run by ShipShape and a few volunteers. We arrived with our small camera on its tripod, a microphone and some roughly jotted notes to meet the group. As we are volunteers ourselves, we were unsure as to whether our informal appearance and approach would enable us to gather necessary information about the group.

Upon speaking with Don and Karen, the group organisers and chronic pain sufferers themselves, it was clear to us that these people were inspirational individuals, committed to providing support to some in the community who find themselves challenged, more than most, each day by not just pain but anxieties and other difficulties.

As we spoke to some members of the group, their stories were of overcoming extreme challenges just to attend the group, the group was a huge step forward, helping them out of isolation and anxiety.

Watch and listen to Don and Karen here.

Watch and listen to Janice’s story here. Or see below.

Watch and listen to Alison and her son Jonathan’s story here.

 

 

Watch and listen to Yvonne’s story here.  

FunMeFit’s limited resources and the fact that we run it around day jobs, children and other commitments mean that we can’t assist every member, organisation or group within our community who contacts us but we will make every effort to cover those inspirational stories like those involved in the Aston Swim Group, Sheffield.

You can view all of our videos so far here.

This weekend, we are looking forward (time and commitments allowing) to attending an event run by one of our long-standing, supportive members, WDSAUK in Sheffield on Saturday.
See event here.

 

If you would like more information about FMFTV and our vide service, contact Kate or Andy info@funmefit.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter @FunMeFit.

Welcomed in Wakefield

August 19, 2014 in Community Issues, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, Opportunities, Sport, Uncategorized

FunMeFit is an innovative social media platform that helps grassroots sports clubs and professional clubs, community groups and businesses support each other in developing healthier and more vibrant communities.

Currently based in Sheffield, we have a growing membership and now Frickley Athletic Football Club – South Elmsall – has joined us, we are looking at getting more members in the Wakefield area.

 

The great thing about FunMeFit is it is totally free to join. What’s more once you have registered you can join online groups, forums and send messages to other members to share ideas and make new partnerships.

Not only that but you can register your sports club, activity groups or business in our directory and we will help promote you via our social media channels.

Want more? If you want extra marketing, we can provide this through our low-cost premium membership option. Or, we can provide specific support around sponsorship, funding, social media handling, newsletter and blog production and much more.

May be you are a business who wants to have an online presence but you don’t know where to start? Check our Business Services section as we can help. More importantly spread the word: Like, Share and Follow us on Facebook and twitter, or just talk about us to raise awareness. “Wakefield we are here to work together.

We look forward to sharing your profile.

Have a Green Gym Day!

June 6, 2013 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Events, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport

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When I was asked by our New York partner, Nancercize if I wanted to be involved in co-organising an international day to celebrate local parks and encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors, the yes came without any hesitation.

Part of what I do at FunMeFit is try to promote a healthy, active and largely outdoor lifestyle. What we and many more around the western world seem to be forgetting, worryingly, is that the outdoors is where our natural home is, it’s what makes us feel alive, it’s what we as human beings need – to be with nature and realise our place in it.

We can laugh at the television all day and think that’s ‘living’. Research shows that an increasing number of us are settling for a sedentary lifestyle and yes, it’s easy, it’s convenient and we feel we have everything we need in our gadget-filled homes. But what we are missing out on is the sense of being part of something bigger, something unpredictable and something that is more natural for our physical and mental well-being.

Some of us feel like caged wild animals when we spend too long indoors and that’s probably because we were outdoors a lot as children. If children don’t experience the outdoors enough, it’s been suggested that they grow up without a sense of belonging to nature and ultimately will not develop into a balanced and happy adult.

Since we live in cities filled with other people, cars, buildings and lots of noise, more often than not, our only opportunities to connect with nature are provided by our local parks and green space. Many of us spend little or no time at all in local parks, not seeing the relevance of them or the need for them.

So, whether you’re an outdoorsy person or not, give your local park a chance. Give nature a chance. Be part of Green Gym Day on Sunday and if you’re reading this, I’m not asking you to be in your park all day or to spend time there foraging for nuts and berries. I’m asking that you give your park a chance to show you what it has to offer. Take a walk, listen to your surroundings, play with your children, watch the birds, feel the sunshine (or rain) on your face and if you don’t feel slightly happier or you don’t see any benefits for your family at all then write and tell me.

If you support getting more people enjoying the great outdoors and want to be in your local park on Sunday, register what you’ll be doing and find a list of suggestions on the Green Gym Day Website. Join the movement, make friends with nature and celebrate your family and your local parks.

By Kate Hill, Founder of FunMeFit and busy mum of two little ones!

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