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Birmingham LGBT and its Pride in Sports partners are helping more local LGBT people take up or return to sports and fitness activities, thanks to three years’ National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
To keep up-to-date with all our classes, including last-minute notifications, please follow our Twitter account, @birminghamlgbt.
Activate is a Sport England-funded project, designed to encourage LGBT people in the area to try new sports, and challenge homophobia in sport, after feedback that there was not enough provision for the community.
Thinking of taking up or returning to physical activity?
The documented benefits of physical activity include less tension, stress and mental fatigue, a natural energy boost, improved sleep, a sense of achievement, focus in life and motivation, reduced anger or frustration, a healthy appetite and an improved social life. It can even be fun. Activate classes and events are safe spaces for you to find out what suits you – at your pace.
Come along to one of our fitness taster days where a variety of activities and instructors will be available to discuss and demonstrate. You can join in if you want to and when you’re ready. Typical activities include tai chi, yoga, Pilates, dance, boxercise, table tennis, hula hoops, twister, basketball, skipping, rugby skills, cricket and pickle ball.
The next morning Pilates class is
Friday 26th May 2017
NEW TRANS FOOTBALL at ASTON VILLA ACADEMY
We are incredibly excited to announce a 6-week coaching course at Aston Villa Academy for anyone over the age of 18 who identifies as Trans and wants to take part in some football lessons, with the hope of establishing a regular, permanent group in Birmingham.
For more information please click here
Please note that led cycle rides from the Reservoir will start up again in February / March 2017.
Meet at 1:30pm at the cycle hub just between the Tower Ballroom (near car park) and Edgbaston Reservoir – Reservoir Road entrance – B16 9EE. Free led cycle ride, leaving promptly at 2pm, with Andrew and Joe for all abilities, circular routes of varying lengths, final decision on groups and routes made to suit you. that the ride is predominantly on quiet roads or traffic-free paths/canal towpaths.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike – Birmingham City Council is lending us theirs.
Rainbow Rambles (FREE) – A Parkland Walk Fit for a King or Queen – 11am Saturday 8th April
On this lovely walk we shall be exploring a small part of the 2400 acre National Nature Reserve which was once a medieval deer park, gifted to the people of Sutton Coldfield by Henry VIII
Though peaceful today, Sutton Park has a rich history and has been put to many uses, having its own section of Roman road, a railway line still in operation, and past use as a military camp as well as being the site of the 9th World Scouting Jamboree in 1957. Our 4 mile walk will be led by Matt who will take us on well-surfaced paths past several of the park’s pools and you may be lucky enough to spot some wild cattle and ponies. It is mostly level, and is family and dog friendly. As always we will go whatever the weather so please wear suitable footwear
We meet in the booking hall of Sutton Coldfield rail station B73 6AY from 10.30am ready to start walking promptly at 11am and plan to be back between 2 and 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch and for those who would like refreshment before going home there will be the opportunity to go to a pub
Come and meet new friends and do forward this email to anyone who might like to join us. If you have any questions please contact Andrew at
email@example.com 07779 379 578
Future Dates for 2017:
Monday 29th May – Walk with Pride, Jewellery Quarter
*NEW* Saturday 8th July – Edgbaston & Barber Institute (meet at Five Ways Station)
Saturday 5th August – Countryside
Saturday 7th October – Northfield
Saturday 30th December – City Centre
Social Hula Hoop hosted by Santana
UPDATE APRIL 2017 Unfortunately there will be no Hula for the next few weeks – please check back for updates.
TAGS (Trans and Gender NonConforming Swimming Group)
2nd Monday in the month £4 (concessions available)
Swimming session at Moseley Road Baths, Balsall Heath, B12 9BX 8pm – 9pm. Contact Robertatrans21@gmail.com
Click here for more info on the Shoals’ weekly swim meets. Every Sunday (Moseley) Monday and Wednesday (Aston).
Anyone for Tennis?
All welcome from complete beginners to County competition standard – coaching available.
Most Sundays 4pm to 6pm at Wednesbury Tennis Club, except in heavy rain (outdoor courts).
£5 per person
Keen Tennis facilitated by experienced coach Malcolm Keen
07711 285 550
Wear whatever you like, racquets and balls provided. Just come with a good sense of humour and ready to meet and mingle with others.
Activate runs a number of FREE drop-in fitness sessions for all levels and abilities.
With classes throughout the whole week, from morning through to evening, you’re sure to find something you will enjoy and that will get you motivated. Activities include tai chi, yoga, Bollywood dancing, body conditioning, boxercise and gym fitness sessions.
If there’s something you’d like to see on the schedule, just tell us and we’ll do our best to add it to the programme.
All events are held within “The Vault” – our purpose fitted-out room for exercise. Vault equipment includes free weights, fitness mats, skipping ropes and table tennis. This facility is also available to book for your own work-out sessions for two or more people.
Fitness instructors and personal trainers are welcome to hire The Vault to use with their clients.
Any questions? Contact us and we’ll do our best to help:
Tel 0121 643 0821
Zumba 6pm – 7pm
Table Tennis 6.30pm-8pm.
Social Hula Hoop 7pm to 8pm *please note this is not currently Hula, please check back as this will continue again in the summer*
Line Dancing 6.30pm to 9pm
Yoga 5.30pm – 6.30pm (Beginners), 6.45pm – 7.45pm (Progression).
Boxercise 2.30pm – 4pm
Use The Vault for your own work out! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding personal use of the Vault (minimum of two people at any one time).
Birmingham and the West Midands host an amazing array of LGBT sports groups and clubs.
Even if you’ve never kicked a ball, donned a pair of shorts, held a bat or seen a swimming pool since you were a kid – great! Take your pick from our number of taster events; join in one or join the lot, no previous experience is required!
The groups want you to get involved, have some fun and exercise, with their support.
All groups are open to gay, lesbian, trans and bisexual people. The groups aim to be gay friendly, so if you want to bring a straight mate – just ask!
Birmingham Bulls Rugby Team
Birmingham Bulls RFC is a rugby club based in the heart of Birmingham’s gay village. We welcome new players at any time, regardless of age, experience, ability or sexuality.
The majority of players had never played until joining the club. Training is held twice a week at locations in the city centre with matches most weekends. For details of training dates, times and venues please visit the website.
Birmingham Blaze Football Team
Since 2005 Birmingham Blaze has welcomed and encouraged all people to play football regardless of sexuality and whether they have played before. They offer coaching and regular games.
Moseley Shoals Swim Group
Moseley Shoals has been swimming around Birmingham since forming over 12 years ago. The group is friendly and social, offering the chance to meet up for a splash about or a rigorous swim.
Birmingham Bluefins Water Polo
Birmingham Bluefins is the water polo team of Moseley Shoals. Any swimmer can join and learn the rules of this fun team game.
Midlands Out Badminton
Playing in Birmingham since 2003. Whether a beginner or experienced player, enjoyment and participation are the aims of this friendly group.
Birmingham Swifts is an LGBT running group for Birmingham. We’re open to everyone, no matter what your ability, age, sexuality or gender. It’s our aim to help you achieve your running goals in a friendly and supportive environment, whether you want to run a marathon or your first 5K. The Swifts are led by an England Athletics approved run leader, and our runs start from Birmingham city centre. Please contact us for more information about our runs.
The UK’s most social group for gay and bisexual men who love the Great Outdoors. They organise hiking, camping, climbing, hostelling, biking, canoeing, sailing and skiing events – as well as one-off international trips and more hard-core “challenge” events. It doesn’t matter whether you are a total beginner or a well-hardened outdoor enthusiast – they have something for everyone.
LGBT Table Tennis Club
Meeting weekly in the evening at Birmingham LGBT. A friendly group for all activities. Coaching is also available.
Boot Women is a walking group for women, primarily lesbians, based in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Their long established monthly weekend walks are carefully planned and vary in distance and difficulty – both clearly stated in advance.
Rainbow Rambles take place six times a year, usually on Saturdays. These are easy, short walks in and around Birmingham which are popular with a wide variety of people from beginners to more experienced walkers. The usual start time is 11am with a duration of two to four hours and are accessible by public transport. As well as visiting fascinating places there is the opportunity to meet new people and make good friends.
Future Dates for 2017:
Saturday 18th February – Smethwick
Saturday 8th April – Spring Ramble – Location TBC
Monday 29th May – Walk with Pride
Saturday 5th August – Countryside
Saturday 7th October – Northfield
Saturday 30th December – City Centre
Contact Andrew email@example.com for more details
FREE rides to suit your skills and stamina every month, led by trained cycle leaders. Bicycles are available to borrow.
Free one-to-one or small group instruction available on request; all abilities from complete beginners to people just wanting a bit of practice and some tips to gain more confidence. Locations to suit you – bicycles are available to borrow.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding all cycling activities.
A competitive event is held every April with teams and individuals gaining points for skills shown in a range of both familiar sports and new physical challenges.
Last year’s event started with points awarded for travelling to the event on foot, bicycle or kayak and ended with ballroom dancing. Badminton, football, rowing, rugby, running, swimming, table tennis and water polo featured in between.
Pride in Sport is back! We are excited to announce a month-long celebration of LGBT participation in sports throughout July 2017. Whether you are total newcomer or an old hand, there is a variety of taster sessions, free trials and new activities for you to try!
Kicking off on Saturday July 1st we will have a competitive taster session at Aston University – come along for an afternoon mixing traditional and non-traditional sports. You’ll be able to find out about the wide range of LGBT sports clubs on offer, and perhaps meet other interested people and form your own sports club! Building on the success of last year representatives from LGBT sports groups across Birmingham will be there to encourage you to take up something new!
On Saturday 8th July Midlands Out Badminton, a long-standing LGBT badminton group, will be holding their annual tournament, in addition to their weekly Saturday sessions. There will also be a Rainbow Ramble at 11am, a walking group winding its way through from the city centre, through Edgbaston, complete with a whistle-stop tour of the Barber Institute. We are happy to announce that we will also be providing a free lunch for all our Ramblers at the end of this walk.
The following weekend, Saturday 15th, will see us down at Edgbaston Reservoir from 2pm with watersports so if you fancy some kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding so close to the city centre then this is for you – please book in advance by emailing email@example.com. There will also be run leaders from the Birmingham Swifts there, so if you fancy a jog round the reservoir then bring some running shoes!
The 4th annual Touch My Brum tournament takes place all day at on Saturday 22nd, run by Birmingham Bulls RFC. Anyone is welcome to come along and support on the day, to participate please sign up at www.touchmybrum.com. There will be free taster sessions throughout July, so pop along to one and try it out!
We end the month with our famous Pink Picnic in Kings Heath Park on Sunday 30th. We’ve added a classic sports-day element to it this year (think tug of war, egg and spoon), as well as some tai chi and the usual relaxed atmosphere. Last year’s event was voted the best Midland’s LGBT event by readers of Midland Zone, so this year will be building on this success but adding a new twist.
In addition to our jam-packed weekends there is something on every single day throughout July. Maybe you want to attend one of our free classes here at the Birmingham LGBT centre or try out a swim with the Moseley Shoals on a Wednesday, or perhaps you’re keen to take up running – come along to one of the Tuesday technical sessions run by the Birmingham Swifts, and then put your skills to the test during their Thursday social runs.
Stay tuned for updates, and clear your diary for July!
The Wellbeing Service provides residents with the opportunity to be healthy and get active for free. It includes programmes and activities in leisure centres (now known as Wellbeing Centres), in parks (through initiatives such as Park Lives and Active Parks) and across the city through projects such as the Big Birmingham Bikes Programme (offering free bikes and bike hire). It includes a range of activities to improve health and wellbeing among the Birmingham population and for children and families, older people and people with specific health conditions i.e. diabetes, heart disease, anxiety and depression.
The service can be accessed through wellbeing centres, community centres, parks and open spaces. To find our more, visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/birminghamwellbeingservice