Creating health opportunities in B&NES

A person exercising outside in the sun on a colourful mat by a wall. They are performing 'plank'Sporting Family Change

Last year we awarded Sporting Family Change (SFC) £924 through the Bath Half Marathon Fund to purchase gym equipment. The funding has helped SFC inspire local families in Midsomer Norton and Radstock who are struggling post Covid to start exercising and train in their newly established charity gym.

Grant helps reduce health inequalities in B&NES

Jimmy Deane CEO at Sporting Family Change:

“Many adults and young people aren’t emotionally ready to join a group as three lockdowns have taken their toll, physically and mentally. Offering individual gym sessions means we can tailor sessions to individuals’ needs, build their confidence with staff training alongside them, providing the emotional support needed.

“With the new gym equipment we’ve purchased, we can now offer a wider range of exercises and workout routines focusing on improving core strength, balance and flexibility. We’ve extended our reach into the B&NES community, giving the opportunity to more adults and young people to access free gym sessions in a safe, supported environment where they feel comfortable. Exercising regularly has had a positive impact on stress levels, reduced anxiety and helped lift mood supporting them to adjust to the new “normal”, post Covid.

“The grant has also enabled us to get closer to our goal of establishing a fully equipped charity gym, supporting those disproportionately affected by Covid-19, reducing its devastating effects and helping to reduce the gap in health inequalities locally.”

Published on 24 January, 2022

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