London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) Activity Programme

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London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) Activity Programme

Consists of eight resident-led sports activities that take place in local spaces, available to all residents of Thames View and Barking Riverside. The activities all took place at different times throughout the week, including:

  • Badminton for women & girls
  • Fitness for women
  • Cycling group
  • Walking group
  • Community gardening
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Kids tennis
  • Movement therapy
  • Children’s breakdancing/gymnastics

We provided these activities with the aim to engage residents that might not usually participate in group fitness sessions. The knock-on effect of Covid left many residents and their families feeling isolated, therefore encouraging residents with a fitness background enabled outreach to be more effective. Offering a range of low- to high-intensity activities for all ages and specifically for women, proved highly successful, building relationships between neighbouring families and encouraged consistency in attendance. The aims of the programme were to:

  • Improve the general health and well-being of the residents
  • To assist with healthier lifestyle changes
  • Provide a safe space for women and girls to exercise
  • Tackle health inequalities
  • Build relationships between residents
  • Connect families
  • Upskill resident facilitators

To celebrate the extension of the programme, families, friends and neighbours of all ages from all around Thames View & Barking Riverside gathered together for a sports day event, filled with fun and fitness activities at The Warehouse on Thames Road. The day kicked off with a taster session of the children’s breakdancing, before everyone refuelled with healthy snacks, followed by traditional sports day games. After which there we taster sessions of all the other activities allowing new attendees to sign up for future classes in 2023/2024. Overall, the sports day was a huge success and we so appreciate the amazing support from our incredible residents. Everyone had a great time, and Thame Life looks forward to planning many, many more fun events in the future.

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