Fitmums & Friends

Subscription-based local activities.

Fitmums running and laughing
  • Involves: social enterprise, volunteers
  • Costs: £

Fitmums & Friends is a not for profit, athletics club affiliated to England Athletics. All Clubs are led by volunteers who are passionate about supporting members of their community to become more active. Fitmums & Friends has very specific systems of support which mean we can support people of all abilities from complete beginners to people who are regularly active.

A range of options are available but not all at each venue, best to check individual club details on the website. Activities include:

  • Running
  • Fitness Walking
  • Cycling – including starter rides
  • Buggy Sessions
  • Junior Athletics

Initially established as a small community group focusing on post-natal depression and exercise, [Fitmum & Friends] has been supported by public health and has now grown into a thriving social enterprise, working with a children’s centre and a breast feeding peers initiative and has expanded to include a choir, a cycling group and early years sessions. It has grown from four women to over 400 members in four years and has become a highly visible dynamic community asset.

Health and wellbeing in rural areas (2017)

LGA / PHE

 

Men (41%) were more likely than women (31%) to play sport at least once per week.

 

How it works

  • Members pay an annual subscription; most activities are then free.
  • People joining late in the membership year, students and second claim members can get a discount.
  • No need to book a session, just turn up.
  • Groups use a system called shepherding which enables different abilities to run/walk together but at their own pace.
  • Coached sessions are also available at some clubs which offer an opportunity to improve technique, endurance and pace under the instruction of a trained Athletics Coach.
  • Two types of buggy sessions are available – indoor and outdoor.
  • Fitmums offers athletics sessions in some areas for children from 5-15 years of age up to teens.
 

75%+

Over three quarters of females aged 45 and over were overweight or obese.

Adult obesity, Health Survey for England (HSE) 2014
 

Further information