Part of the reason I love my job is the satisfaction I get from helping people.
Whether it’s helping an athlete reach a goal or helping a post-natal Mummy re-connect with her body again, the buzz is addictive.
This year I have fueled that addiction by giving a little back to the community I live in, Tower Hamlets.
Living in Tower Hamlets I am lucky to have 12 SureStart Children’s Centre, all in walking distance. The centre’s offer free groups for you to bring your baby to. They also offer help and support to families from all walks of life but specifically targeting struggling families and teen mums.
I found these centre’s priceless. A little haven where I could bring Sebastian, get support and meet other mothers.
So when I started learning about a more functional style of post-natal recovery classes, Foo foo Fun Club I got thinking, how cool would it be to teach ladies from the Children’s centres?
I could help educate mothers who would otherwise not be able to afford or access this kind of help.
I had no clue where to start, so like hunting for a needle in a hay-stack I sent out emails and letters to councils and leisure centres in the hope someone else would also think this was a good idea.
It didn’t end up taking that long in the end as I got a response from Katie Ellis the Women in Sport coordinator at Better (formerly GLL)
She was very interested in what she could do to help me so we set up the first of many meetings, sometime way back in March.
Trying to do something nice was not going to be as straight forward as I then I first thought.
Between liaising with the children’s centres and GLL, writing up proposals, police checks and finally getting the funding to buy the equipment and to pay the creche workers to run the classes, it took the best part of the year.
I have now finished two 6 week fully funded Foo foo Fun Club courses. It was well worth all the running around.
Here is what some of the ladies had to say about the course;
“I have developed an appreciation that many small changes will make for a more sustainable effect. The movements are simple but so effective and have helped me manage my stress levels”
“Foo Foo has really helped change my perspective toward diet and lifestyle. I feel I am starting to get fit again after having my twin boys. My eating habits and that of my family have made a change for the better. Thank you.”
“I will definitely be telling people about the Foo foo effect. I have not only met like minded mothers but feel a lot more confident”
Sally Dixey is a CrossFit London personal trainer in Bethnal Green and East London. She teaches CrossFit, pre & post natal fitness.