Big Lottery Fund helps mums pack a punch in Sheffield

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A small women’s kickboxing group in Stannington, Sheffield has been awarded funding from the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund so it can offer free exercise to mums with children who struggle to find childcare.

The group called “Mummy Power,” was brought together by local mum, Kate Hill, mum of two, along with Samantha Marren, mum of one and Hannah Sanderson, mum of two. They started kickboxing at local gym, Powers Martial Arts Centre, Stannington and applied for Big Lottery Funding after there was a huge rise in local women wanting to be involved.

“We are so thrilled to receive this funding from the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund for our friendly, little group. I set up the group initially because I loved kickboxing but struggle so much with childcare after work. I asked my local gym if they’d help. Paul and the team at Powers Martial Arts Centre have been totally supportive throughout. When Hannah and Samantha came on board to support it, there was no stopping us,” says Kate Hill, Chairperson for Mummy Power.

The group now trains together twice a week and the funding has enabled the group to enjoy two, free 1-hour training sessions every week for the women and their children, as well as a free nutritional course and weight programme every month, gradings to build some recognisable skills, achievement awards and free t-shirts and gloves to train with.

Samantha added: “Hannah, Kate and I mentioned it to some other mums at school and we were overwhelmed with the response. This funding means that we can offer mums a place to come and exercise whilst enjoying a good, social atmosphere.”

“The children have their own trainer too for those who want to do kickboxing – they love having Mummy Power t-shirts and gloves to wear. We wanted to make sure the mums and kids are rewarded for their hard work too so we are organising awards ceremonies and social events. The Big Lottery Fund has made all of this possible,” said Hannah.

The gym, owned by Paul Powers, has provided a trainer for the mums and one to work with the children so that no-one is left out: “The group and the funding has been great for our small gym – it’s meant that we are getting more and more families walking through the door to get involved. It’s great to see and we are happy to support Mummy Power for as long as they need it.”

The group trains at Powers Martial Arts Centre on Monday’s 6-7pm and Wednesday’s 5.30-6.30pm. There is a suggested donation of £10 per mum for the whole year and a £2 suggested donation per child for the year. This helps the group collect funds for additional uses that benefit the group, such as events and extra equipment needed.

If you’d like more information about Mummy Power, see the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mummypowerkick on Twitter @mummypowerkick or contact Paul at the gym directly on: 07831 763688 or email: mummy_power@yahoo.com.

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