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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.


Click here for the May and June Flier


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.


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Activities in the next 3 months



Following a hugely successful trial in March we are excited to announce that TCFC – Trans City Football Club – has found a permanent home at Aston Villa Academy Building on the FIRST and THIRD Thursday of the month, 6.15pm. 

There will be a launch kick-off class on Thursday June 22nd at 6.15pm at the Academy Building.

TCFC is a trans football that meets twice monthly and has been set up in partnership with Aston Villa Foundation Club. The First Thursday of the month is 90-minutes long, involving a mix of coaching from a qualified FA coach as well as a game, whilst the session on the Third Thursday is a more relaxed kick-about. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 who identifies on the trans spectrum.

The group has sole access to the changing facilities at the academy building. All sessions are currently free of charge.

If you would like more information on the group please email activate@blgbt.org.


Cycling (FREE)

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.






Social Hula Hoop hosted by Santana

FREE every Wednesday 7pm to 8pm in The Vault, Birmingham LGBT Centre. Unfortunately there is currently no Hula. Please check back for updates.


TAGS (Trans and Gender NonConforming Swimming Group)

2nd Monday in the month £4  (concessions available)

Swimming session at Balsall Heath Baths. Contact Robertatrans21@gmail.com


Moseley Shoals 

Click here for more info on the Shoals’ weekly swim meets.


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.


Fitness Classes in the VAULT

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:

Email activate@blgbt.org

Tel 0121 643 0821

Zumba 6pm – 7pm


Table Tennis 7pm to 8:30pm.


Social Hula Hoop 7pm to 8pm Unfortunately there is currently no Hula.


Line Dancing 6.30pm to 9pm



PIlates 8am-9am
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 activate@blgbt.org for more information regarding personal use of the Vault (minimum of two people at any one time).

LGBT Sports Clubs

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

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.



Outdoor Lads

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.

Explore walking and cycling

Boot Women

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

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 8th July – Edgbaston

Saturday 5th August – Countryside

Saturday 7th October – Northfield

Saturday 30th December – City Centre

Contact Andrew rainbowramblesuk@gmail.com  for more details



FREE rides to suit your skills and stamina every month, led by trained cycle leaders. Bicycles are available to borrow.

Cycling Instruction

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 activate@blgbt.org for more information regarding all cycling activities.

Pride In Sport

A competitive event is held every year 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! Book through our Eventbrite here

On Saturday 8th July Midlands Out Badminton, a long-standing LGBT badminton group, will be holding their annual badminton 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. Please note that we can no longer provide lunch as mentioned in earlier promotional material, however we would love for you to join us at Pink Picnic on July 30th, see below.

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 paddleboarding so close to the city centre then this is for you – please book in advance by emailing activate@blgbt.org. 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! Tickets are limited so book through our Eventbrite here

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 fitness classes here at the Birmingham LGBTcentre 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!

Birmingham Wellbeing Service

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

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