Active Together Champions

Meet our Active Together Champions who share their inspirational stories on how they have stayed active this year!

Meet our new Active Together Champions for 2022! Below you will find a wonderful range of stories on how moving more has helped so many of our champions with both their physical and mental wellbeing. From tyre flipping to forestry, we have some fantastic champion stories just waiting to be discovered.

Our Active Together Champions are the new faces of our Let's Get Moving campaign and will help us to share the message far and wide that physical activity and moving more is good for you. We hope that by telling their stories about how they stay active, including how they fit activity into their daily lives, what motivates them, and how they have overcome any barriers that might have stopped them from being active, will help show you that we all can move a bit more in our daily lives.

We hope that our Active Together Champions inspire you, your neighbours and your local communities to get out and move a bit more. However big your goals are, even if you are about to take that first step to moving more, we want to support you along the way. You will also find further tips, advice and local sessions that relates to each of our champion stories.


Our Active Together Champions keep us up-to-date by sharing regular blogs on how they are staying active and looking after their wellbeing.

We are advocates for being active in a way that works for you, so we hope that the personal stories of our Champions, and some of their top tips, might inspire you to try something new. Follow along on their journey to hear about their successes, challenges, and what they enjoy most about being active.

Posted: Wed, 04 May 2022 13:06 by Mrs Claire Potter

Exercising post covid

Exercising post covid

exercising again post having covid Read More »

Posted: Sat, 23 Apr 2022 20:46 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

My First game for my new club

My First game for my new club

On Wednesday the 20th April I played my first match for new club and started with a victory Read More »

Posted: Sun, 17 Apr 2022 21:47 by Katie Ricketts

Inspiration at home

Inspiration at home

Sometimes it's really hard to get motivated or inspired to exercise. It always helps me to have someone to exercise with. Whether it is meeting a friend for a walk, or going to the gym with my husband- not wanting to let the other person down means it is far more likely that I will go out and exercise.

I am also lucky that we have a dog, who is always keen to go out, and I also go for walks and jogs with my children.

My son Alex- (who agreed to be photographed for this blog)- is autistic. He finds that exercise is very positive for his mood and we plan in regular walks and jogs together. As he enjoys a routine, a planned activity is always going to happen and we both benefit from these. Over the last couple of years, when Covid stopped us from doing other things, we've walked miles and miles and both been happier and healthier as a result.

My top tip for getting (and staying) active would definitely be to involve family and friends and to make a regular commitment with someone you know won't let you down.

Posted: Sat, 16 Apr 2022 20:42 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

My Coaching Course part 3

My Coaching Course part 3

The Last Part of the journey PART 3. Read More »

Posted: Sat, 16 Apr 2022 20:25 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

My Coaching Course Part 2

My Coaching Course Part 2

The Coaching Course journey continues PART 2 Read More »

Posted: Sat, 16 Apr 2022 19:57 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

My Coaching Course Part 1

My Coaching Course Part 1

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Posted: Thu, 07 Apr 2022 19:36 by Samantha Heap

All Together Now

All Together Now

Today us champions had the honour of attending the Active Together conference to talk about our journeys. It was amazing to meet all the other champions in person (I was buzzing because I bumped into Claire in the carpark as soon as I arrived so we could find our way into the venue together.)

It was slightly nerve wracking but also really emotional sharing my journey to all those people. It's almost a year since I started my fitness business and realising the difference I can make for other people is so rewarding. Hearing more from the other Champions was also super emotional.

The biggest think I took away from it all is the good that Active Together are working so hard to do. To keep people moving in a world where motivation is at an all time low. To improve the mental and physical health of everyone in the community. To make being active accessible to all.

I am so proud of the small part I'm playing in all of this.

Oh, and the lunch was excellent too.

Posted: Fri, 01 Apr 2022 10:52 by Mr Sam Killip

Open Mindedness holds the key to a healthier you

Open Mindedness holds the key to a healthier you

Open-mindedness. It's not always easy- but once you've found that extra inspiration to vary what you do in terms of movement and exercise, you'll truly thank yourself for it.

Recently, I have been searching YouTube for different fitness channels for different workouts to do. I feel like I have stretched my capabilities to participate in different types of exercise.

Whether it is building the muscles more in my back with a 10-15 minute back workout, or doing a 25 minute HIIT workout- It is the best way for me to start my day. The increase in wellbeing for me after a fitness routine is huge. I feel like I can achieve anything I take part in anywhere else in my life.

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, say in and day out. This is why to me its so important to vary things and switch things up every once in a while. I am a very structure-oriented kind of person. But again, it doesn't mean the structure goes completely out the window- it's just the type of exercise I do changes. I personally embrace the excitement and the change that this provides.

My weight-loss journey has continued and I feel comfortable at this moment in time with where I am at with my overall fitness. I feel thrilled that the boy who's fitness was once described as "very poor" in school reports year after year, now feels confident to throw himself into any workout he can find online to do from home- as well as enjoy a walk which could be anywhere between 4 and 6 miles daily. Life has changed for the better, and I am aiming to help many people to become more positive via the realm of fitness. There truly is something for everyone.

The journey starts somewhere! Let's get to it!

Posted: Fri, 25 Mar 2022 21:59 by Katie Ricketts

Trying something new!

I've been thinking about trying Pilates for ages having heard so many good things about the benefits of it.

It's sometimes hard to try something new- to pluck up the courage to go into a new environment. I know I always worry about looking silly and having no idea what to do.

Purely by accident I found out that there was a Pilates class in the village hall, so I thought maybe it was meant to be. There was an e-mail address on the advert for the class, so I e-mailed Sarah- the lady who runs the class.

She replied really quickly and was very friendly and arranged to meet me a few minutes before the class started.

I needn't have worried. Sarah was lovely and the class a real mixture of abilities, sizes and ages- and both men and women. Sarah asked about any injuries and limitations and made sure that everyone worked to what was comfortable for them. No one was judging anyone else.

Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility and is very good for strengthening your core muscles. It is low impact and quite gentle- but afterwards you still feel like you've worked your muscles.

The class finished with a lovely relaxation session- really setting me up for the rest of the day.

I am definitely hooked and will try and go every week.

Part of starting to be active is finding some exercise that you enjoy and will continue with. The thought of group exercise can be intimidating- but everyone has to start somewhere- and the vast majority of people are encouraging to newbies and a good teacher makes all the difference.

Posted: Fri, 11 Mar 2022 13:58 by Mrs Claire Potter

Set yourself a challenge

Set yourself a challenge

Setting myself a challenge Read More »

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