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Activate was 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.
July 2018 saw the official conclusion of the Sport England funding for the Activate programme at Birmingham LGBT. We’ve been privileged to have four years support in total, after the initial three-year grant was extended to bring our community an extra year of sport and fitness activities in the light of the many positive benefits this was showing.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we are not currently running fitness activities at Birmingham LGBT Centre, but we are running Yoga classes online – see link on the right.
And you can walk, run, swim, climb, or play football, rugby, badminton and water polo with Birmingham’s fantastic LGBT and inclusive sport groups.
Birmingham LGBT Meetup often includes activities.
So you can still get involved, meet like-minded people and improve your fitness!
Find out about our clinics
Our yoga classes take place every Tuesday online from 5.30 – 6.30, with yoga teacher Anna Robottom.
Anna teaches Sun Power Yoga, which is a blend of traditional styles, and also has training in teaching yoga for people with anxiety and PTSD. She has been leading our LGBT+ class ever since she qualified as a yoga teacher back in 2015, and is passionate about sharing yoga with the community.
Anna very much believes in making yoga accessible to all, so please feel able to come and give it a try – whoever you are, and whether or not you have any previous experience. The classes are a safe, friendly, and welcoming space to try out yoga, and learn to find balance of body, mind and breath.
The classes are accessed via Zoom, and you will need to book a ticket in advance.
Tuesdays: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lgbtq-yoga-tickets-103503533856
This free fitness session takes place in the Vault Fitness Studio at the Birmingham LGBT Centre, B1 1EQ. The studio is a private space in the basement of the centre with a gender-neutral changing space.
The class is exclusively for people who identify as trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming.
It’s suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness: the small group allows it to be completely tailored to your needs and goals.
All equipment is provided, but it’s a good idea to bring a drink.
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.
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, with matches most weekends. For details of training dates, times and venues please visit the website.
Bulls team info | www.Birminghambullsrfc.com | @BrumBullsRFC
Birmingham Blaze Football Team
Since 2005 Birmingham Blaze has welcomed and encouraged all people to play football regardless of sexuality and whether or not they have played before. They offer coaching and regular games.
Blaze team info and profiles | www.birmingham-blaze.co.uk | email@example.com | @blazefc
Moseley Shoals Swim Group
Moseley Shoals has been swimming around Birmingham since forming almost twenty years ago. The group is friendly and social, offering the chance to meet up for a splash about or a rigorous swim.
Group info and profiles | www.moseleyshoals.org.uk | @moseley_shoals
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
We’re an established badminton group, aimed primarily at the LGBT community, and we have been playing in central Birmingham since 2003. We play every Saturday morning at the Woodcock Sports Centre at Aston University. We’re a friendly, sociable group, so if you’re an LGBT badminton player, (or want to be!) come and join us.
Midlands Out Badminton info | www.midlandsoutbadminton.co.uk
Birmingham Swifts is an LGBT+ running club for Birmingham. We’re open to everyone, no matter what your ability, sexuality or gender. It’s our aim to help you achieve your running goals in a friendly and supportive environment, led by qualified England Athletics run leaders and Coaches. We host free to attend weekly social runs and have EA Affiliation available to members. See our website or contact for more information.
Swifts info | www.birminghamswifts.co.uk |@BhamSwifts
OutdoorLads is a friendly group of gay, bisexual and trans men who get together to enjoy adventures and activities in the UK and beyond.
Climbing Out Birmingham
Indoor climbing group meeting at Redpoint Climbing Centre.
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 around 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.
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