Getting fit in your local…
…town hall…village hall…school hall…miners’ welfare hall…scout hut…church hall…vestry…community centre… or any other meeting place at the heart of your community.
When you’re managing a community building, you’re constantly looking to raise funds and recruit volunteers.
You’ve probably found that widening the range of activities is the best way to bring in new people. So introducing more physical activities could be the best thing for your community:
- You could organise a weekly walking club, beginning and ending at the hall;
- Involve a local club or group, like the WI. Arrange a fun fitness session to start half an hour before their weekly meetings;
- Set up a new indoor bowling club. Arrange tournaments, local leagues…;
- Promote your own Celebrity Come Dancing – try a new form of dance every week!;
- Teach 3 nights of Aerobics - Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced;
- Target the over 40s with their own keep-fit programme. Teach them Belly Dancing. And don’t forget Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates…;
- Launch the "Girls Aloud" Club - a chance to drop the kids off at school, then join the girls for a walk, a bike ride, or maybe a dance class;
- Or the Rusty Rackets Club – a haven for forgotten players. Try mini tennis, badminton or table tennis. It doesn’t have to be a 5 set marathon!
Your choice of physical activities is endless. But before you settle on a concrete plan of action, there’s a little research to be done:
- How many suitable rooms does your community building have?
- Physical activities need plenty of space. How much is available?
- Do you offer wheelchair access?
- Are your flooring, lighting, walls and heating compatible with your proposed activities?
- Is the ceiling high enough?
- Is there storage for your equipment?
- Is there a suitable room that can double as a changing area?
- Are the walls soundproofed?
- Is a stage available if needed?
- Is there suitable ground for outdoor games, including a grassed area for summer activities?
- Is there outdoor lighting for the winter months?
- And finally, what activities would be popular with your local community?
These questions can help you build a suitable activities programme. But you’ll also need to know if similar activities are already offered nearby. And, of course, whether there’s a qualified session leader available.