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ALBRF Offer Free Yoga Sessions!

Active Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields are pleased to offer local residents the chance to take part in free Yoga sessions, starting on Tuesday 20th February at the BRITE Centre!! 

In partnership with the 'Be Happy Yoga Project', residents will now have the opportunity to attend this relaxing and highly beneficial activity, adding to the long list of fun, free and active sessions already available! NHSC 0616 yoga A

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

There's some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

Day: Tuesdays (Starts February 20th - initially for 5 weeks but depending on success we will look to extend)
Dates: February 20th, February 27th, March 6th, March 20th, March 27th
Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: The BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, Braunstone, Leicester, LE3 1LE
 
Those interested must be able to attend all 5 dates. Very limited spaces are available so please get in touch with us ASAP if you are interested. 
 
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For more information on either of the sessions, or anything else, please Get in Touch.

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ALBRF Charity Fitness-Athon

FitnessathonActive Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields is proud to announce our first 'Charity Fitness-Athon', in aid of the Stroke Association, on Saturday 24th February, 9.45am - 12.30pm at Fullhurst Community College. 
 
The event will involve a variety of fitness activities for local people to try, including Zumba, DanceFitness, Legs, Bums and Tums, Shape and Tone and Cardio Combat. After your 2 hours of activity, there will be a free, healthy lunch available to refill some of that lost energy! The event and all activities will be free for local people, however any money donated will all go to the Stroke Association.  
  • Completely FREE event, just donate what you can - with all proceeds of the event going direct to charity 
  • Variety of fitness taster sessions, aimed at all levels - all linked to our free, weekly sessions
  • Free healthy lunch served afterwards 
  • Free children's multi-sport session run alongside (limited numbers - must get in contact with us to book a space)
  • FREE Goodie bag for the first 50 participants 

Event Details: 

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018
Time: 9.45am - 12.30pm 
Venue: Fullhurst Community College (Sports Hall), Imperial Avenue, Braunstone, Leicester, LE3 1AH (Click here to view venue on Google Maps)
 
Come along and try something new for 2018!
 
If you would like more info on the event, please feel free to get in touch

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Christmas Extravaganza!!

xmas xtraActive Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields, in partnership with the BRITE Centre and the ER Crew, invites all local families to our fun, festive and FREE 'Christmas Extravaganza' event on Saturday 2nd December, 12.00pm - 3.00pm at the BRITE Centre. 
 
The event is a great opportunity for families to get in the Christmas spirit; offering a variety of festive themed activities, including our very own 'Santa's Grotto', giving all of the little ones (and maybe some big ones!) the chance to see the big man himself and get a early gift. 
 
FREE activities on the day will include: 
  • Santa's Grotto - complete with elves and a gift for each child 
  • Christmas Inspired Graffitti workshop 
  • BRITE Centre Christmas Lights Switch-On  
  • Festive themed interactive activities including UV Dance, Hula-Hooping and Dance Activities 
  • Dance Show performed by the ER Crew 
  • Workshops to make your own Christmas Stockings, Christmas Cards and Christmas Decorations 
  • Free refreshments, including Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
  • Carol Singing 
  • Festive themed Biscuit Decorating 

Addtional to this, we will have toy and clothes stalls there on the day, selling fantastic quality items for very reasonable prices, giving you a great opportunity to start (or finish, depening on how organised you are!) your Christmas shopping by bagging yourself some great bargains! These stalls are run by the community and all proceeds go directly back to the community, paying for things like trips for local children from the area (that should make you feel all nice and Christmassy J)

Event Details: 

Date: Saturday 2nd December 2017
Time: 12.00pm - 3.00pm (Christmas Light Switch on is at 1.00pm)
Venue: BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, Braunstone, Leicester, LE3 1LE (Click here to view venue on Google Maps)
 
We ho, ho, hope to see you there!! 
 
If you would like more info on the event, please feel free to get in touch

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New Partnership with Braunstone Leisure Centre Announced!

Active Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Braunstone Leisure Centre, offering residents of the ward the opportunity to access some of the centre's fantastic facilities and sessions for free!!BLC text

Through the partnership, residents of Braunstone and Rowley Fields aged 14+ will be able to access a range of calorie-killing activities, as well public swims in the centre's two high-quality swimming pools and off-peak use of the centre's 60 station fitness suite. All this will be accessible through a special ALBRF Braunstone Leisure Centre Membership Card (details of how to sign up to this below). 

For the first 12 weeks of your membership, residents will be able go along to sessions, swims and off-peak gym entrance for FREE; with the next 12 weeks costing just £1 per session/swim. After this sessions will cost normal leisure centre prices (this will be on a 'Pay as You Go' scheme, you will only have to pay for sessions you go along to. Discounts may be available to you still after this period). 

Activities you will be able to access at the centre are: 

  • Aquafit (Wednesdays - 7.00pm and 7.45pm)
  • Totally Shredded (Saturdays - 11.30am)
  • Aquafit (Saturdays - 12.00pm)
  • Walking Football (Sundays - 10.00am)
  • Public Swims (Doesn't include swimming lessons - Click Here for Current Swimming Timetable)
  • Gym entrance (Between the times of 6.30am and 3.30pm, Monday - Friday - you must go through a gym induction with a member of staff from the leisure centre before you can use the gym)

Here's how to get signed up...

  1. Register for Active Leicester: Braunstone & Rowley Fields for FREE by clicking here... Register2 (Don't worry if you have already registered with us, you can still apply for a membership card by contacting us)
  2. We will order your Membership Card... we will send across your details to the leisure centre for them to create your membership card (this will be done every Monday). Don't worry if you already have a leisure centre membership card, we will still order you a new ALBRF one so that you can access all of the above. 
  3. Collect your new ALBRF Membership Card... we will email you with an approximate date that your card will be ready (it can take up to 7 days). Once we have received your card from the leisure centre, we will contact you and you will then be able to pick it up at any of our ALBRF community sessions.  
  4. Start using your Card!!... once you have your card, your membership has begun and you can start making the most of the great activities on offer. Remember, the first 12 weeks is completely FREE, the second 12 weeks is £1 per session and after that it is 'Pay as You Go'. 

For more information on the activities available, how to get signed-up or anything else, please feel free to Get in Touch.

Strong by Zumba added to ALBRF Programme!

Strong by Zumba™ has been added to the Active Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields programme, starting on Thursday 29th June at the BRITE Centre!! 

Residents will now have the opportunity to attend this brand new, calorie-burning workout, adding to the long list of fun, free and active sessions already available! strong zumba

STRONG by Zumba® combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music that has been specifically designed to match every single move. Every squat, every lunge, every burpee is driven by the music, helping you make it to that last rep, and maybe even five more.

In a one-hour class you will burn calories while toning arms, legs, abs and glutes. Plyometric or explosive moves like high knees, burpees, and jumping jacks are interchanged with isometric moves like lunges, squats, and kickboxing. STRONG by Zumba® instructors change up the music and moves frequently to make sure you’re always challenged to the max.

Day: Thursdays (Starts June 29th)
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue: The BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, Braunstone, Leicester, LE3 1LE
 
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For more information on either of the sessions, or anything else, please Get in Touch.

AL:BRF Looking for Casual Coaches!

Active Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields are seeking experienced Coaches/Fitness Instructors to deliver sessions within the project, allowing us to offer more activities and engage with more people!

Sessions are delivered in a variety of settings, including on open spaces i.e parks, community areas and other venues within the area. A majority of the sessions take place during the evenings and weekends and so flexibility during these hours is required.

What are we looking for?

The ideal candidates will be:

- Fun and friendly
- A Qualified instructor with a Level 2 Gym Instructor / Exercise to Music or NGB Level 2 in a sport.
- Experienced with at least 1 years coaching / Teaching experience
- Passionate about fitness
- Member focused
- Excellent communicator
- Have their own transport
- Willing to go the extra mile to help our participants
- Able to create an upbeat and energetic feel in classes

You will also be required to complete participant registration forms, complete registers and submit records to the ALBRF Project Co-ordinator.

 Job Type:  Casual
 Salary:  £20.00 per hour
 Required Experience:    1 year coaching / teaching

Interested? Then click here to apply

Braunstone Bonanza

Active Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields are proud to announce their involvement in the 'Braunstone Bonanza' event, which will be held on Braunstone Park on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017.  

The two-day event offers the community and beyond a great day of fun, including fair rides, braunstone bonanzalive music, food and drink, sports activities and much, much more!! 

Active Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley will also be delivering a number of activities at the event, including our fitness taster stage, with a variety of interactive taster sessions, including Zumba and Dance Fit. We will also have a couple of inflatables, sports activities and a UV Rave taster!

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Dates and Times:

Saturday 27th May - 12.00pm - 7.00pm
Sunday 28th May - 11.00am - 6.00pm

Venue:

Braunstone Park (Gooding Avenue side)

So make a note of the dates and come and join the fun!!

New Sessions Added!!

Two new FREE sessions have been added to the Active Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields programme of activities!!

Residents will now have the opportunity to attend Armchair Aerobics and/or Boxercise classes, adding to the long list of fun, free and active sessions already available!

Armchair aerobics is a fantastic activity for those who have mobility / health issues and find it armchairdifficult to move around when exercising, this is due to all elements of the activity being done whilst seated! Even though seated, the session offers a great work out which is sure to get your heart pumping and get you active; additonal to this, most exercises can be replicated at home for a more regular workout!

Free refreshments are also provided so you can have a chat and a cuppa after as well!!

Day: Mondays (Starts March 27th)
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am
Venue: The Oak Centre, Bendbow Rise, LE3 1QA
 
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Boxercise is an exercise class based on the training concepts boxers use to keep fit. This lin upinvolves a number of activities, including shadow-boxing, skipping, hitting pads, kicking punchbags, press-ups, shuttle-runs and sit-ups.

Classes are aimed at both men and women of all levels of fitness! As no class involves the physical hitting of an opponent, it is a fun, challenging and safe workout!

Day: Wednesdays (Starts March 22nd)
Time: 6.45pm - 7.30pm
Venue: The Oak Centre, Bendbow Rise, LE3 1QA
 
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For more information on either of the sessions, or anything else, please Get in Touch.

Rounders in the Park

Remember how much fun you had playing rounders at school? Fancy an informal game of rounders with family and friends?

Date: Monday 27th March 2017Rounders
Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Braunstone Park (Opposite the Braunstone Leisure Centre)

We will be hosting an informal rounders game on Braunstone Park opposite the Braunstone Leisure Centre on Monday 27th March. This will be a great chance for anyone wanting to get back into rounders or just interested in having a fun game with family, friends and other local people!

All equipment will be provided, so just bring yourself and anyone else who you think may be interested!

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For more information on the event, or anything else, please Get in Touch.

ALBRF 'UV Rave' Event (27th January)

The Active Leicester: Braunstone & Rowley Fields 'UV Rave' event is a unique opportunity to socialise, try something new and have fun!

Date: Friday 27th January 2017UV Rave 27 Jan
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue: West End WMC, Braunstone Avenue, LE3 1LD
 
Event is for residents of Braunstone and Rowley Fields aged 13-25 (Although parents and older siblings may be permitted).

The event will include:

  • A range of dance and fitness activities, all led by a qualified instructor, all done in a UV environment, complete with glow sticks, face paint and wristbands!
  • A variety of music genres, from pop and reggae, to latin and dance
  • The chance to socialise with friends and other young people from your community
  • Have a birthday in Jan / Feb and feeling the pinch after Christmas? Why not use this as a FREE birthday party for you and your friends!

For more information on the event, or anything else, please Get in Touch

'New Year, New You' Event (28th January)

The Active Leicester: Braunstone & Rowley Fields 'New Year, New You' event is aimed to support local residents with their New Year healthy lifestyle resolutions; giving you motivation to get started and stick to it!!

Date: Saturday 28th January 2017New Year Event 27 Jan
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, LE3 1LE

The event will include:

  • Activity tasters including Zumba, Boccia, Handball, Circuits, Family Activities and much more!
  • Activities for all of the family, even for the younger ones!
  • Information on the project, including the brand new timetable of FREE weekly sessions
  • The first chance to sign up to the ALBRF Community Volunteering Programme, with access to FREE sport and physical activity courses
  • Information from local services and organisations

For more information on the event, or anything else, please Get in Touch

AL:BRF Employ Apprentice Activator

RM Profile SmallThe Active Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields project is pleased to announce that we have now employed an Activator Apprentice, who will support the delivery of sessions delivered in the area. 

Red Martin, 17, will be working alonside the Project Activator's, supporting them to deliver sport and physical activity sessions to residents. 

Red, who is a local resident, was appointed in August 2016 as an 'apprentice', meaning that she will be able to learn new skills and knowledge and gain qualifications and experience, whilst earning a wage at the same time, something which she said appealed more to her than going to college. 

Red said, "I am really excited to get going and start getting people active. I am very passionate about sport and about doing something positive in my local community; so to be able to both at the same time is fantastic! I am also glad that I am able to learn new skills and gain qualifications whilst also being able to earn a wage."

All of Red's training is being done through the b-inspired Apprenticeship Scheme, which offers young people a great opportunity to get into the sport and social media industry. Please get in touch if you would like more information. 

AL:BRF Announce Zorb Football!

zorb1The Active Leicester: Braunstone and Rowley Fields project is pleased to announce its newest activity...Zorb Football (you may also know it as Bubble Football!). 

Zorb Football is an extremely fun and energetic activity that offers a fresh and unique way to play the beautiful game! 

The way the game is played is no different to a normal game of football, with one team vs another, attempting to score more goals than the other; however each pass, shot and dribble is made 10 times harder by the large plastic bubble (pictured right) that each player has to wear!

Plenty of fun and a good workout are guaranteed!

We are offering residents of Braunstone and Rowley Fields aged 14+ years old the opportunity to take part in this great activity for FREE, where usually there is a big cost to hire them out.

Throughout the summer, we will be offering 2 sessions a week, one being on a Monday from 4.30pm - 5.30pm at the Riverside 3G Pitches (next to Ellesmere College on Braunstone Lane East) and also one on a Thursday from 2.00pm - 3.00pm on Braunstone Park (next to the Braunstone Grove on Cort Crescent).   

Don't miss out on this great opportunity, register for free now!

Or if you want more info, feel free to get in touch

AL:BRF Summer Programme

We are offering residents of Braunstone and Rowley Fields a whole variety of fun and free activities over the summer, giving you the chance to get out and get active without spending a penny!

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A range of activities are on offer for adults, young people and families, all delivered locally by qualified and friendly Activators...for FREE! 

Activities start from the 1st August and include Zorb Football, Family Splash, Multi-Sport, Zumba, Outdoor Circuits and many, many more!

Through our partnership with the Braunstone Leisure Centre, residents aged 14+ years old will also have access to free public swims! 

Click here to find out when and where sessions are happening!

If you are interested in coming down, please register for free now! Or if you want more info, feel free to get in touch

*Please be aware - all under 13's that attend any of our sessions MUST be accompanied by someone aged 14+ years old. 

Braunstone Community Carnival + Sports Festival

The annual Braunstone Community Carnival and Sports Festival is once again running this year at Fullhurst Community College on the 25th June, 12.00 - 4.30. 

Now in its 14th year, the event is a great day for the family to try a range of activities and watch some fantastic performances from local groups and people; as well as gather information on local service providers andCarnival 2016 small organisations. 

The Sports Festival element will be delivered under the Active Leicester: BRF banner this year, with our instructors delivering a number of taster sessions which residents can access on a weekly basis through the project; as well as some other fun, more unique activities!!

As well as sports activities, there will also be plenty of other things to get involved in throughout the day, inclduing: 

  • Character appearances
  • Stage performances, including talent show
  • Falconry display
  • Oustide stalls (local services, food stall etc.)

So make a note of the date and come and join the fun!!

Other important information: 

  • Entrance fee to the event is 50p (under 16's are free), this helps us to cover some of the cost to run the event
  • To participate in Sports Festival activities you must purchase a wristband for £2, which will allow you to go on all of the 'Sports Festival' marked activities all day, for as long as you like! 
  • Other Carnival activities outside of the 'Sports Festival' area will cost additional i.e. food stall, fair rides
  • No alcohol will be sold during the event and none is permitted to be brought in (bag searches will be conducted)
  • There is no parking availble at the college (however some disabled parking is available) - a 'Community Carnival Hopper' bus is available during the day - call 0116 2232256 for more information
  • If you would like at stall at the event, it is free for Braunstone groups and only £10 for those outside of Braunstone - Contact Us for more information or to book your space 

New 'Couch 2 5k' Session!

We are starting a brand new 'Couch to 5k' beginners running session running groupon Aylestone Meadows, which aims to get anyone off of the couch and running at least 5km in at least 10 weeks! 

The group is led by one of our Active Leicester BRF Activators, who will also be a fully qualified and insured Run Leader. They will support you every step of the way and ensure that you stay focused and motivated! 

The aim of the programme will be to get you running with a group at the Braunstone Parkrun after 10 sessions, which is a great way to celebrate your acheivements and test your development. 

Sessions start on Tuesday 12th April 2016 and will run every Tuesday, meeting at 9.30am at Manor House Community Centre (Haddenham Road, LE3 2BG), with the run itself taking place on Aylestone Meadows (Heyworth Road entrance, LE3 2DA - you can meet us here if easier!). 

The session is being delivered in partnership with Run England

If you would like to know more, feel free to get in touch. Alternitavely, if you would like to come along, please complete our FREE registration form and then just come along! It's that simple! 

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Not what you're looking for? We also have a Couch to 5k session running on a Thursday at 9.30am on Braunstone Park. Find out more here...

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New 'Body Fusion Circuit' Session!

Our brand new 'Body Fusion Circuit' session offers Braunstone and fitnessRowley Fields residents aged 14+ a great opporutnity to get fit and burn those calories! For free! 

The session uses High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) techniques, using your own body weight or optional weights to improve stamina, burn fat and improve general fitness. A lot of the exercises carried out within the class can be easily copied at home, or using the free to use Braunstone Park Outdoor Gym. 

Sessions start on the 13th April and run every Wednesday at the West End WMC (Braunstone Avenue, LE3 1LD) from 6.00pm - 6.45pm. There is also a free children's session that runs alongside (from ages 4-13) for those that struggle with childcare. Please be aware though, you must book a space for your child. 

To find out more, get in touch! Or to register on the project for free and get started....

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Getting Active down at the Farm!

Farm smallThe Active Leicester: BRF team paid a visit to Beggars Lane Farm today to run a warm up for local resident volunteers who are helping the 'b-connected' team to get their allotment ship shape and ready for a new crop of vegetables. 

Gardening is a great activity to get active and keep fit, and also offers a number of other health and well-being benefits, such as stress-relief and self-esteem and the positive impact it can have on a person's mental health. 

Weekly sessions will be held down at the Beggars Lane Farm, running every Wednesday from 9.30am - 2.00pm; with transport, lunch and refreshments all provided. Our ALBRF Project Activator will get you ready with some stretches and a warm up, and then you will be given some tasks to complete such as digging, planting, shifting etc. 

This is a great way for those with an interest in garndering, or even those without, to get active and meet new people in picturesque surroundings. All the produce from the allotment is also used for the 'Braunstone Foodshare' groups, so you will also get a great feeling of satisfaction from helping out! 

If you are intersted in coming down to a session and getting involved, or would like to know more, please get in touch but using our Contact Us form, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., text us on 07850 747999 or give us a call on 0116 279 5041. 

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