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Never tried fencing...well this is the time to do it with beginner sessions from as little as £3!

Locations are all over the North East and aimed at ages 11 to 25 but if you are older there will be a session for you! Join in and you get a free Faced the Fear and Fenced t-shirt!

Check these opportunities: [LINK TO ONLINE BOOKING

STREET SWORDS @ Darlington Dolphin Centre

Venue: Darlington Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington. DL1 5RP

Cost: £21 for 7 weeks

When: From 1st June

Days and ages: Mondays. Ages 11yrs-13yrs 5.30-7pm Ages 14yrs and over 7.15-8.30pm

Contact: Beth Davidson Tel. 07834884194 E-mail: beth4fencing@aol.com

Website: www.street-swords.org

NEWTON AYCLIFFE @ Darlington Sword Club

Venue: Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, Beveridge Arcade, Newton Aycliffe. DL5 4EJ

Cost: £21 for 7 weeks

When: 21st May 7.30-9.30pm

Days and Ages: Thursdays 11yrs and over

Contact: Denis Wright E-mail: denis@fenwright.fsnet.co.uk

MIDDLESBROUGH @ Teesside Fencing Club

Venue: Breckon Hill Community Centre, Breckon Hill Road, Middlesbrough. TS4 2DS [GOOGLE MAP]

Cost: £30 for 6 Weeks

Days and Age groups: Thursdays 6.15pm – 8.00pm. Ages 11yrs and over

Contact: Paul Maxwell Email: bladz@sky.com Tel: 07710461392

Website: www.teessidefencingclub.moonfruit.com

SALTBURN @ Teesside Fencing Club


Cost: £30 for 6 Weeks

Days and Age groups: Tuesdays 6.15pm – 8.00pm. Ages 11yrs and over

Contact: Paul Maxwell Email: bladz@sky.com Tel: 07710461392

Website: www.teessidefencingclub.moonfruit.com


Dragon Boating

Dragon Boating is an exciting and fast growing water sport in the UK which, unlike many other sports, is open to all ages and abilities. Powerhouse have a very mixed crew with members ranging from 12 to 60+ years of age. Dragon boating has a very strong team ethos as each boat consists of a crew of 20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 helm.

This is a great activity for team building and corporate days. We can organise inter-department competitions, workplace taster session and dry land ergo competitions within the workplace.

Powerhouse Dragonboat Racing Club (DBRC) is a community based amateur sports club situated in Stockton and train on the river Tees as part of the Watersports Centre. We also race throughout the UK at British Dragon Boat Association National League events, as well as hosting race meets which attract teams from all over the country, in addition to supporting requests for charity fundraising events and attendance at major festivals and regattas.

One of Powerhouse's key aims as a club is to provide an opportunity to all members of the community, without discrimination, to take part in a healthy, physical and fun activity within a friendly and social environment. It doesn't matter if you want to learn as a different way keep fit, or to try a competitive sport, we all train together and are like a little family.

To try a free taster session please contact Linda on activator@rtwc.co.uk for more information.


Learn to Row Courses

Courses available:

Tuesday 8.30am with the Wreck rowers are a social group of people of all ages and abilities, adaptive rowers and absolute beginners. They include shift workers, those who have just dropped their children off at school, schoolchildren and college students outside of term time, and retired people.

On Tuesdays, they focus on coaching beginners and skill development. You can attend free of charge for a few taster sessions. If you like rowing, we ask you to join British Rowing as a Silver member (includes extra insurance) and join the club as an off-peak member,

There is no need to book for a taster session - just turn up at 8.30am Tuesday and we'll take it from there!

You can also join as a full club member, allowing you the flexibility to row recreationally but also with other groups or members at peak times. You need to be able to swim - just in case the unusual occurs but you do not need to be young, fit, or athletic. Remember to tell us if you have any problems that might affect your rowing.

Dress in layers for the weather: for your first day wear socks and old trainers, clothes that are not baggy and no heavy absorbent tops that soak up the wet. Slim fitting tops/tee shirts and shorts or trousers are fine.

Or Sunday mornings 9.30am £75 for 10 sessions. This includes Silver British rowing membership.

For more information or to sign up to a course contact activator@rtwc.co.uk or visit our website www.rtwc.co.uk for more information.

More water sports will be added in the new year!

Go Spike

The Go Spike Big Weekend is back, and bigger than ever. The May Bank Holiday events will take place across the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of May.

In Teesside, there are four events taking place – engaging members of the local community and showcasing the great summer sport that is volleyball. The events taking place in your remit are as follows:

  • Hartlepool Volleyball Club Go Spike Big Weekend Event
  • Haughton Volleyball Club Go Spike Big Weekend Event
  • Teesside University Go Spike Big Weekend Event
  • Sunderland City Predators Go Spike Big Weekend Event

Contact details for the above can be found on the session finder at http://www.gospike.net/ - any help, support and promotion you can provide for these events would be greatly appreciated. If you could add these events to any local activity finders you may use, that would be great. We will be active on social media throughout the Big Weekend, using the hashtag #GoSpikeBW2015.

Go Spike is your chance to try one of the best sports around - volleyball! Whether you've never played before and want to give it a go or you haven't played since you were at school - or on holiday - Go Spike gives you the opportunity to come and try!

Go Spike sessions will be running all year round across England at numerous events, Volleyball Clubs and Universities.

Come on your own, or bring your friends and we'll get you involved in a game... just enter your post code into the session finder and see what is going on in your area.

Nothing close to you? Why not become a volleyball activator and start your own session?
For more information contact s.jamieson@volleyballengland.org 07850314295


Back to Netball

England Netball is challenging women across the country to head to their nearest Back to Netball session this autumn and get fitter and healthier the netball way.

Running across England since 2010, over 50,000 women have taken part in Back to Netball in association with ZEO, and realised the benefits of getting involved. From burning calories and lowering body fat, improving muscle tone and hand-eye co-ordination, and developing the body's cardiovascular system, taking part in Back to Netball is great for you in so many ways.

Sessions provide a gentle re-introduction to the game for women over sixteen and are led by qualified coaches. You can just turn up, sessions are pay and play, and you can expect to cover basic skills like passing and footwork and play in a fun and friendly match. It doesn't matter if you don't feel that fit, you can take the session at your own pace and there a position on the netball court for everyone.

For more information on a session near you please contact heather.buckle@englandnetball.co.uk or check out the netball north east website on www.northeastnetball.co.uk

Table Tennis

Want to try out a new taster session? Why not try table tennis in the workplace?

A coach or an activator would visit your workplace and demonstrate the basics of the game, and then leave a series of task cards and equipment for your employees to practice for a set time. Then either the coach/activator would return and test the employees and record their results as an individual or as inter-department teams. These results would then be judged against each other scores to see who wins the individual tests and team tests.

A final match can then be organised at Swerve TTC for the winners to have a final challenge if you wish.

This taster session offer is great for building moral within the workplace and encouraging some fun competitiveness – maybe organise a 'Beat the Boss' afternoon? To have this taster session at your workplace please contact Steve Brunskill at Swerve on: garret163@aol.com

Get into Golf

"Get into golf" is an initiative for adult beginners which is being run at many golf clubs and facilities around the county and including some in Tees Valley. As well as generic beginner courses that anyone can book onto, the Durham County Golf Partnership also run tailored courses for groups of colleagues at a workplace linked to a local golf venue and suitably qualified coach. This means that you can all take part together and at a time and venue that suits the group (especially if you do shift work etc). For more information please contact Jonathan Ward Mobile: 07775 848602 Email: durhamcdo@hotmail.com or visit www.getintogolf.org


Starter Orienteering Sessions; Cleveland Orienteering Klub (CLOK) can deliver a number of team-building exercises to companies, involving a starter orienteering session at one of their permanent courses across the Tees Valley.

This can involve non-competitive walking, or competitive jogging/running, or both, depending on the nature of the groups involved. These could be held early evening, as long as the light lasts, lunch-times, or Saturday mornings.

This would be followed be an opportunity to participate in one of the orienteering competitions held locally once each month on a Sunday morning, or on one of four Saturday mornings through the autumn.

If you would like more details please contact Mike Hardy from Cleveland Orienteering Klub.

Run England

Run England can help you in your running journey by:

  • Helping you find the support and motivation of running with others in local registered running groups led by qualified, insured group leaders. Find your nearest group at www.runengland.org/groups.
  • Creating a national recreational running community that you can be a part of. Run England also has a thriving online community. Follow @runengland on Twitter and Like Run England on Facebook for more.
  • Signposting you to your nearest Run England 3-2-1 marked routes that have been created by local providers. For more on 3-2-1 routes see www.runengland.org/3-2-1.

Touch Rugby

Summer Touch Rugby at Hartlepool RFC

Hartlepool RFC will be running Summer Touch Rugby at Mayfield Park on Monday evenings from 1st June 6.30pm through to September, in order to raise awareness and celebrate the Rugby World Cup!

Free of charge - Just turn up & play!

What is Touch Rugby?

- A minimal contact sport

- Fun, friendly and safe way to enjoy the summer with your mates and a great way to meet new people

- Open to both men and women aged 15 and over

- Open to all skill levels

- The game emphasizes running, agility and ball handling skills such as passing and catching

- This game is for everyone, social or serious, corporate or casual

- Touch Rugby is easy to learn and a great way to get in shape


Touch Rugby; The 02 Touch Rugby at Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club runs on a Monday evening at the Northern Echo Arena. "Touch Rugby is non-contact, fast paced and perfect for both men and women from absolute beginner to expert level. Easy to learn, easy to play, touch Rugby gives you fun, social fitness like no other sport can." Meet at 6pm outside of the Cross Bar for a 6.30pm start. Sessions finish at 8pm. Sessions are free. Contact: John Newton john.newton@mowdenpark.com 07792081227. Please view the website for more details http://o2touch.rfu.com/


Want a more active lifestyle and to feel fitter and healthier? ... then make a splash with your Active Workplace!

Swimming is great to get your heart pumping with little strain on the body, so everyone no matter what your age, experience or fitness should give it a go. Just 30 minutes of swimming at least once a week can improve sleep patterns, lower stress levels, improve your mood and burn fat.

So what are you waiting for... JUMP IN!

Physical activity such as swimming has positive benefits for general well-being and prevents mental, physical and muscular-skeletal conditions caused by inactivity. Swimming has shown to significantly reduce tension and stress. This is thanks to the fact that when you swim you focus on your coordination and breathing which gives your mind a break. A gentle swim can burn up to 350 calories in half an hour and a fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an 8mph run.



Swimming can support up to 90% of the body's weight in the water, meaning you can enjoy the social activity in a comfortable and safe environment and have confidence to try out new things.

British Gas Swimfit

The British Gas Swimfit Activate program helps new swimmers build their confidence in the pool. British Gas Swimfit offers a range of free programmes available at swimfit.com as well as a progress log and discount on Speedo swimwear

Beginner, improver and technique sessions

Available at pools to enhance skills and techniques

Disabled swimming sessions

Swimming is non weight bearing so puts no additional strain through the joints.

Lane swimming

You can choose a designated lane which fit you ability

Aquatic classes

Exercise sauch as Aqua Jogging and Aqua Zumba run in the pool.

Walking Football

Think your footballing days are over? Think Again

Make a come back!

no age limit no running

Just the beautiful game …

Walking football is a minimal contact sport with one main difference to standard football – NO RUNNING! Play the game you love but reduce the chance of injury.

Ideal for over 50's but open to all ages. Walking football is a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time.

Thursdays 12.30 -1.30 pm

Queen's Campus Sports Centre

Contact daniel.boulton@durham.ac.uk tel: 0191 334 0145


Sailing is certainly an activity many people will take part in, no matter where in the world. As long as there is a body or water nearby, the sea or a grand lake you can venture out on the blue waters and enjoy this sport.

Our Get Into Sailing sessions are for non-sailors or rusty sailors as a great opportunity to come and try sailing.

Sessions are run on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons at Scaling Dam.



To book a place and find out more about "Get into Sailing" contact us on:


Email: sail@scalingdam.org

Telephone: 01287 643026



Aerobic Ping Pong

If you are looking for something that is of high intensity and a great workout experience then this could be for you.

Ormesby Table Tennis Club presents a free introduction to an exciting new fitness activity Aerobic Table Tennis. You can either come down to the club for a session or they can come to your workplace.

If you would be interested in finding out more information about the sessions then please contact Linda Rolfe at Tees Valley Sport.




Do you enjoy being out in the open air?

If so then get involved with this great opportunity and take up Canoeing an exciting and exhilarating sport, that will provide great opportunity for team bonding and healthy competition between fellow colleagues and friends.

Canoeing is accessible to all irrespective of your age, ability or fitness level.

To get involved with a basic beginners session to guided trips along the river, and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all contact your local British Canoeing Development Officer Rachel Hudspith and reference to the Workplace Challenge or visit: www.canoe-england.org.uk/youth/contact-us/.

Mobile: 077159 93535

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