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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.

Business Training & Wellness Packages

August 27, 2015 in Community Issues, Education, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Nutrition, Opportunities, Sport, Uncategorized, Women

Get Your Workplace Motivated & Up-Skilled

Benefiting Your Business

Whatever your industry or sector, there are risks associated. Whether those risks are direct safety hazards i.e. working in front-line public services or indirect health hazards i.e. your workforce spend hours sat at a desks, staring at their computer screens, there are effective, low-cost methods to ensure you and your workforce stay healthier, happier and confident in their abilities.

 

Who We Are

FunMeFit Ltd have been a community-led, health/wellness-focused business for over 3 years. Our main aim has been to promote the services and activities offered by local and national sports clubs, organisations and businesses through our popular network and directory www.funmefit.com. We have been successful in building an extensive list of trusted, qualified connections in the health and wellness, sports, fitness and safety industries and are ready to use these links to assist other businesses with sourcing staff development, training and wellness programmes.

 

What We Offer

Quite simply, we offer a no-nonsense approach for businesses who want to find something to motivate, up-skill or develop their staff. We take the hassle out of your search to find a training provider, motivator, activity provider or key speaker who is right for your business. We listen to your needs, make suggestions, find the right provider, ask for a quote from providers, we add our commission fee (10% of overall cost) and we create a bespoke package according to what you’ve asked for.

We can find low-cost, no fuss solutions to your business needs including:

  • Staff Training – from personal safety to motivation training.

  • Key Speakers – from sports people to business professionals.

  • Team-Building – survival training, corporate fitness, activities and sports.

  • Courses – for staff young and older in confidence, public speaking, management etc.

  • Events – providing and making suggestions for your events i.e. activity providers, sports people, speeches, catering and much more.

 

Our fees

We don’t charge you a penny for our services. We take a commission from the activity providers/key speakers who we will ask for a quote from for your needs.

 

Contact us:

For more information or to contact us to discuss your needs, e-mail Kate or Andy at: info@funmefit.com.

 

For activity providers who want to join our list of contacts and promote their services as part of our network, please register your company/club at www.funmefit.com/register or e-mail us on the above for more information.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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

www.funmefit.com 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 www.funmefit.com/register.
  • £20-£50 a year – Monthly Social Media Promotion, Online Gallery, Contributors Blog, Offers Feed (services for different levels of membership). Upgrade your membership www.funmefit.com/directory/join.
  • £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

www.funmefit.com

www.facebook.com/FunMeFit

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info@funmefit.com

 

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.

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.

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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:

Links:

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.

 

AUGUST FUND SPOTLIGHT

 

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

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. http://www.hullandeastyorkshirecommunityfoundation.co.uk/grant/show/11?category=Grant+Programmes

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: 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.