WOMEN’S INSTITUTE MOVES WITH THE TIMES

7 Feb 2006

Regional Projects

  • Glamorgan

The South Wales Federation will be focussing on golf, tai chi and belly dancing in a bid to up activity levels among its members. Activities will be solely single sex in the hope of improving confidence levels and encouraging continued participation.

Once the golfing basics have been mastered, tournaments between fellow members will introduce a competitive edge and draw more members to the green. Tai chi and belly dancing will also be trialled and made a permanent feature if classes prove popular.

  • Gwent

The Gwent Federation are trialling three activities in a bid to kick start activity in the county. With a diverse programme of bowls, aquaerobics and pilates, members will have the option to pursue their activity of choice after a six week taster session.

Bowls coaching sessions introduced newcomers to the basics, with the ultimate aim of setting up a team to compete with neighbouring federations. Aquaerobics was brought to Blaenavon Leisure Centre and it is hoped that members will fast gain the confidence to attend further sessions. Should Pilates prove popular, the tutor will continue the course with members paying a small fee to cover hall and tutor costs.

  • Gwynedd Meirionnydd

Organisers from Gwynedd Meirionnydd have been busy drumming up interest in the new activities on offer in the county in a bid to continue to provide members with innovative activities.

Country dancing and tai chi have been delivered locally to increase participation across the community. And for those new to the activities, injuries and strains should be kept to a minimum with links forged between physiotherapists and rheumatologist in the area.

Already having proven popular in Gwynedd, croquet demand outstripped supply. But with the introduction of new classes, the institute has made the game accessible to more of its members and hopes to see yet more women making the most of the increase in opportunity.