Mum and Baby Spin classes at Fleming Park win National Award
England Women’s Rugby World Cup winner, Maggie Alphonsi and Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Tourism present the Project of the Year bronze award to Hannah Bryant, lead instructor of Mum and Baby Spin at Fleming Park Leisure Centre
Places for People Leisure are celebrating the fact that their Fleming Park Leisure Centre has recently received national recognition for their innovative Mum and Baby Spin classes. The sessions which were named in the shortlist in October, received the bronze award in the ‘Project of the Year’ category at the annual Sportivate awards.
The National Sportivate Awards Ceremony, took place on the Tuesday 8th December at Houses of Parliament. The award was presented to Hannah Bryant, lead instructor of Mum and Baby Spin at Fleming Park, by Minister for Sport and Tourism, Tracey Crouch MP and England Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE.
The initiative, devised by Places for People Leisure in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council’s SportWorks programme, was launched in January 2015 after Sportivate funding was secured from Sport Hampshire & IOW. The classes aimed to find an easy and enjoyable way for new mothers to start or return to exercise. Initially targeting young mums aged 16-25 due to the high rate of teenage pregnancy identified in the Eastleigh area, the project has since expanded, delivering 3 classes a week. Fleming Park have since seen around 200 mum’s take part in the sessions, with almost 1500 attendees since the initiative launched early this year. The music, lights, and room layout, are all modified to enable mums to participate in a spin class whilst bringing their babies along in their buggies or car seats, meaning no need to find childcare.
Harry Lee, SportWorks Activator at Eastleigh Borough Council, comments: “We are honoured to have been recognised with this achievement. The Mum and Baby Spin project is the perfect activity for which new mothers can engage in exercise; overcoming some of the barriers that they may face in their everyday lives. We will be looking towards rolling out similar projects which continue to cater to the needs of new parents across the borough on the back of the success that Mum and Baby Spin has achieved.”
The classes offer the chance for participants to meet other new mums in a friendly and understanding environment, which enables them to go at their own pace and attend to their babies needs as and when they need to. Sessions cost just £2, are delivered by instructors qualified in pre and post-natal exercise and can be booked by text the morning of the class for simplicity.
Rich Millard, PfPL Partnerships Director, commented: “It is tremendous news that our project at Fleming Park has received such national recognition. We recognise the importance of ensuring that we are providing high quality facilities and instructors to local communities and the Mum and Baby Spin class is a perfect example of that. It’s the passion and genuine desire to provide opportunities for men and women to take part in physical activity which is the cornerstone of this achievement. We hope that through this, we can encourage other centres to engage in similar schemes and get as many people active as possible.”
Sport England’s Director for Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said: “Baby Spin’s record of engaging with new mothers make them worthy winners of this award. Balancing the demands of new parenthood and fitness can be really tough, but Baby Spin offers a workable solution. Moreover, through these short sessions, young mums can realise that being active is not only achievable but also a fun activity they can do with their families.”