Feel good, do good with the launch of Barnsley GoodGym

GoodGym helps people to contribute to their communities whilst getting fitter through weekly runs which are free and open to all abilities. The scheme combines a short run with getting involved in a ‘good deed’ which could be anything from gardening, visiting isolated people, to a little building work.

People are invited to register their interest before the scheme officially launches in April 2017. 

There are three main elements to GoodGym:

  • Group runs - running in groups to do work for community organisations
  • Missions - one-off missions such as clearing gardens, changing lightbulbs and doing odd-jobs for older people who struggle to do them alone
  • Coach runs – pairs members with isolated older people and involves running to visit them and providing them with some much needed company.

GoodGym already operates across the country and is supported by some of the best personal trainers and running coaches in the UK.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said “We’re delighted to bring this exciting and innovative new scheme to Barnsley. Everyone wants to get fit in the New Year, so why not keep fit and play a positive part in your community at the same time.

“Not only will it help to increase levels of physical activity, but will also build strong and resilient communities – one of the key priorities for the council. We’re keen to get as many people involved as possible so make sure you register your interest before the scheme begins in April.”

To express an interest in the scheme visit www.goodgym.org/proposals/barnsley

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