Active Leeds: Fit 4 Peak a Roaring Success at John Lewis Leeds

The Active Leeds team delivered a health and well-being experience for partners employed at the John Lewis head office (Victoria) in Leeds this week. Active Leeds have created a strong partnership with John Lewis and have been working hard to tackle inactivity and raise the overall health and well-being of partners within the business. Following on from the recent logistics driver’s intervention the “Fit4Peak” project looks to raise awareness around health and well-being. In store activities promoting being more physically active via engagement events, promoting the range and depth of opportunities that exist across the City. Programming a series of interventions within the store- Like Mindfulness Mondays, Store Yoga and Wake Up Shake up mornings.

On the day Active Leeds carried out a large number of health checks with partners and ran a series of motivational interviewing sessions. Partners at John Lewis were offered a 15 minute consultation with a health professional, allowing individuals the opportunity to talk in confidence with a professional Health Coach. Throughout the day a consultation was delivered around getting more physically active in Leeds.  Active Leeds asked “how we could work together to make Leeds the best City to be active in”.  Alongside the consultation a pledge scheme was launched running from now until Christmas which encourages partners to pledge and make a commitment to become more active.

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Additionally on the day the team engaged John Lewis partners in a range of activities including Boxing, Indoor Tennis and PING. Information regarding projects such as Leeds Girls Can, Go Tri (our Triathlon project), and details about local swim and gym opportunities were hugely popular. A number of John Lewis partners took the opportunity to activate a free 7 day pass and start their journey immediately.

Sam Blevins (John Lewis Clinical Lead) commented: “We have worked in partnership with Active Leeds for over a year now and the support and enthusiasm is infectious, they have supported us with after work activities, updated us on city wide initiatives and attended well-being events engaging with our partners in a friendly and supportive way. What really makes them stand out to us is their can do attitude and the feeling that they really do care about the health and wellbeing of our Partners, looking forward to many more collaborations in the future keep up the good work”

Neil Jones (Partnership Manager) Active Leeds stated – “Our partnership with the team at John Lewis has flourished over the last 12 months and we have supported a large number of John Lewis partners to get active. The organisation is passionate as we are about supporting people and communities to thrive and employee health and wellbeing is taken very seriously. The positive and swift manner that the team at John Lewis have acted upon our recommendations has been refreshing and we are looking forward to working in partnership for many years to come. Collaboration is key for Active Leeds as we strive to make Leeds the best City to be active in.

 

 

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Leeds Girls Can Clubbercise

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Despite the snow we enjoyed a successful International Women’s Day in Leeds! Our main event was the Leeds Girls Can Clubbercise session which took place in the middle of the Trinity Centre (yes that’s right, surrounded by shoppers and commuters) in the evening. Leeds Girls Can ran two hours of Clubbercise for anybody who wanted to take part. It was fantastic to see women and men joining in with the International Women’s Day celebrations. We had all ages amongst our ranks, the youngest and arguably the cutest being Sienna, age 4. She was definitely the best out of us all, she didn’t want to stop. Hopefully she will remember the event as she gets older, going through life knowing that girls can do anything. That is why we exist, to show people that they can achieve anything, even when it’s out of their comfort zone.

You may think that we looked like a bunch of crazy people dancing in the middle of a shopping centre but there was a very important purpose for it. We like to show that the women of Leeds are resilient, no matter how many eyes were on us it didn’t matter! We were having fun, getting a good workout in and proving that Leeds Girls Can.

Made in Leeds TV even came to cover the event and much to my horror I was interviewed as a participant. I tried very hard not to try too hard at the ‘clubbericising’ because I didn’t want to be out of breath to speak to the camera, I think I pulled it off… see for yourself and watch it here: Made in Leeds TV Clubbercise I hope you all had a fab International Women’s Day! Comment below with what you got up to! Em x Instagram: active.em.blog Facebook: Emily Ankers – Leeds Girls Can Ambassador

Synchronised Swimming Success for City of Leeds!

The City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming team enjoyed great success at the Swim England National Synchronised Swimming Championships in April, winning a grand total of seven medals!

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Sarah Speers, Leeds Synchronised Swimming Development Coach, tells us a bit more about the excitement and achievement of the day…

“We have had our sights firmly on the British Championships for the past 12 months. At last year’s competition the club made the podium in Tech Team, Figures and Free solo. These were the best results the club had ever had – medalling in a team event was a first, and so the annual plan 2016-17 focused on taking this success further.

When we went to Budapest to compete in November, we swam the routines we would be entering at Champs, knowing that practicing these at competition is crucial for feedback and to make improvements. The swimmers worked really hard on camps in the holidays to bring the teams together and improve the execution and scores, and have benefitted from psychology workshops to prepare, in partnership with Leeds Beckett University.

Medalling in every event entered was an amazing achievement. After improving in the combination team by 6 whole marks from last year, and medalling for the first time in this event, we knew we had done the preparation required, and the scores and medals kept coming in! Two of the swimmers (Rebecca Richardson & Millicent Costello) are now working towards international competitions with the England Talent Squad.”

The medal results in order of the competition were:

Bronze- Junior Figures – Rebecca Richardson

Silver – Technical Solo – Rebecca Richardson

Bronze – Combination Team

Bronze – Free Solo – Rebecca Richardson

Bronze – Technical Team

Silver – Free Duet – Rebecca Richardson and Millicent Costello

Bronze – Free Team

City of Leeds was represented by: Jessica Arnold, Rosie Barrington, Samantha Breen, Olivia Burton, Bethany Caudwell, Millicent Costello, Isobel Davies, Georgia Fielding, Ellie Jefferson, Chloe McLelland, Rebecca Richardson and Alyssa Ward.

Leeds Disability Sport News – February 2017

Please see below for the latest disability sport news this month in Leeds and beyond:

  • Leeds Sports Awards tickets are still available, with discounted Leeds Sports Club member tickets also for sale. The event is taking place at the First Direct Arena on Tuesday 7th March 2017.
  • DSY Annual Awards Dinner will be held at The Centenary Pavilion, Elland Rd on Friday 24th March 2017. The price of the event- a celebration of disability sporting achievement, participation and volunteering- remains £30 per person, to include four course meal, speeches, entertainment and raffle. Nominations have now closed but tickets still available.
  • FA Grow the Game Funding is available to apply for from now until Wednesday 29th March 2017. The following types of football teams are eligible for a grant: Male teams – Under-14s to adult, Female teams – Under-7s to adult and Disability teams.
  • Wheelchair Tennis CPD is taking place in Leeds at the John Charles Centre for Sport (Tennis Centre) on the 24th April 2017. This is aimed at accredited level 2 and above coaches who would like to develop their skills to work more effectively with wheelchair tennis players.
  • Visually Impaired and Blind football training sessions are being delivered at the John Charles Centre for Sport regularly in conjunction with the Leeds United Foundation. For details of the next sessions please contact: anthony.hall@leedsunited.com

Middleton Park Duathlon Results

Well done to everyone who took part in the Middleton Park Duathlon on Saturday 28th January 2017. Race results are below.

Kid’s Race Results

 Position Number Name Time
1 8 Theo Jacques 30:57
2 3 Luke Rough 31:22
3 17 Max Metcalfe 33:29
4 18 Phoebe Taylor 34:20
5 7 Matilda Jacques 34:49
6 2 George Higgins 35:48
7 1 Elissa Kite 36:01
8 16 Tom Metcalfe 36:17
9 9 Angus Taylor 36:24
10 10 Theon Hercules 36:42
11 12 Atlanta Hercules 36:44
12 6 Sophia Millner 37:37
13 11 Harrison Delaia 37:50
14 15 Harry Wainwright 38:03
15 13 Breana Hercules 38:04
16 5 Rosa McAnulla 38:41
17 14 Olivia Lord 39:28
4   Mason Green DNF

Adult’s Race Results

 Position Number Name Time
1 3 Michael Kershaw 30:57
2 5 Martin Brook 31:22
3 4 Steven Lawson 33:29
4 19 Simon Boardman 34:20
5 17 Michael Melia 34:49
6 23 Tim Driver 35:48
7 40 Paul Bennet 36:01
8 13 Laura Watson 36:17
9 1 William McGawley 36:24
10 22 Matt Wilkinson 36:42
11 27 Dan Harrison 36:44
12 26 Haden Harrison 37:37
13 25 Mathew Higgins 37:50
14 14 John Gallager 38:03
15 29 Laura Fitzgerald 38:04
16 21 Jonathan Kite 38:41
17 15 Jacob Thompson 39:28
18 18 Karen Boardman 39:47
19 38 Sarah Jacques 39:54
20 20 Lyn Metcalfe 40:31
21 16 Emma Young 40:32
22 35 Graham Hordon 41:10
23 12 Colin Rendar 42:47
24 34 Joanne Hordon 42:50
25 43 Paul Hollings 42:51
26 11 Raplh McDermott 43:03
27 2 David Ianson 43:10
28 32 Libby Clark 43:19
29 33 Ben Clark 43:19
30 8 Andrew Fallows 47:17
31 41 Fiona Taylor 48:46
32 39 Gavin Hurcules 48:47
33 10 Suzana Wattons 49:00
34 37 Hanna Hurcules 49:35
35 9 Shella Hopkinson 49:52
36 28 Rachel Brighton 50:25
37 30 Shivon Tera 50:51
38 6 Linda Carey 51:04
39 31 Lucy Lord 51:53
40 24 Robert Demainme 54:42
41 7 Lindsey Fallows 55:23
42 42 Foluke Agbede 57:57
43 36 Holly Wainwright 59:57

Leeds Disability Sport News – November 2016

In Leeds

  • Voting has opened for Leeds Sports Awards 2017. A new voting system is in operation for senior achievers, with a standard nomination process for the other categories. Check out the website now for further information about this and how to purchase your tickets. Nominations close at midnight Wednesday 14th
  • Para-Swimming Come and Try Session is taking place at Morley Leisure Centre on Saturday 17th December, 3.30pm to 5.30pm. If you fancy yourself as the next Paralympic swimmer then come along to the event- this is suitable for all ages and impairment groups, for swimmers who are comfortable completing 25m unaided. Please register in advance by completing the form via the link or by e-mailing by Friday 9th December: bibby@leeds.gov.uk

Outside Leeds

  • England Rugby with IMAS have developed a simple promotional guide to help explain the concept of Mixed Ability Rugby to potential clubs and committees, players (support services and carers), coaches and ‘Champions’ who have the drive to instigate and develop Mixed Ability Rugby Teams.
  • British Cycling National Paracycling Classification Assessment Day is taking place in Manchester on 26th January 2017, for bicycle, trike, and handcycle riders. All those planning to compete as a Paracyclist in 2017 who have not previously attended an assessment are required to take this opportunity in order to ease their passage to participate in next year’s domestic Paracycling competition programme. Contact Paul West for an appointment slot and more details before 10th January: paulwest@britishcycling.org.uk

Middleton Park Duathlon Results

Provisional results from the Middleton Park Duathlon event on 8th October 2016 –

Find a full list of results on the Go Tri website.

Position Bib Number Name Time
1 11 Carl Hearn 33.18
2 20 James Nundy 33.34
3 25 Paul Bennet 34.05
4 4 Michael Melia 34.21
5 15 Mark Hayes 35.01
6 6 Mathew Higgins 36.01
7 27 Daniel Wright 36.32
8 3 Rachel Feather 38.03
9 7 Hayden Harrison 38.45
10 12 Steve Beckwith 38.51
11 1 Stacey Kite 38.57
12 13 Graham Hawden 39.08
13 14 Joanne Hawden 39.40
14 10 Jacob Thompson 40.03
15 26 Diane Hubber 40.25
16 5 Claire Higgins 40.55
17 19 Colin Render 43.32
18 17 Jon Osborne 43.32
19 16 Liz Pearce 43.33
20 22 Frank Wright 43.59
21 28 Hannah Roberts 45.26
22 21 Harriet Whiting 46.50
23 2 Tina Craddock 48.27
24 9 Lena Abe 52.11
25 18 Viv Smales 52.15
26 23 Laura Smales 52.15
27 8 Julie Abe 57.33
28 26 Diane Huber 57.38