What was the inspiration behind Fit4Bath?
Fit4Bath as a concept is the brainchild of sports enthusiast and local businessman Nick Parry.
Like all great ideas, this one started over a couple of drinks with some friends, talking about issues that we’re all familiar with: The rise and rise of the smartphone, which increasingly dominates the time and attention of children and adults alike, the fact we’re all living much more sedentary lives these days and the increasing importance of looking after our own and our peoples mental health and well-being.
There may have been a whiff of nostalgia, remembering the fun we had as kids running around outside, making dens, kicking balls, playing tag. That we did these things till it was too dark to see, finally trundling back home, faces tingling from exertion and the cooling air of the day.
But beyond the reminiscences was something much more powerful – the drive to find out what can we do now, in our own small way, to reconnect adults and kids with the sheer fun that being physically fit and active can bring.
And so Fit4Bath was born as a concept.
How to make a concept a reality...
Over the following weeks and months, the concept solidified into two main areas – the creation of a Fit4Bath Children’s Programme – a free 12-month long mixed programme of events aimed primarily at 7-9 year olds in the Bath area; and the Fit4Bath Challenge – a mini indoor triathlon which Bath businesses, organisations and societies could submit teams of three employees to get fit, have fun and raise funds for the Fit4Bath Children’s Programme.
In order to make these ideas a reality we quickly realised we were going to need to partner up with some experts in these areas. What better partner for the Fit4Bath Challenge than Team Bath who were immediately up for hosting the event at the Sports Training Village and for providing participating teams with support from their Personal Trainers.
Equally, given the work that Team Bath undertake in delivering the Tribe programme to local kids, getting them involved in the Fit4Bath Children’s Programme was a further no-brainer. The final piece of the puzzle for the Children’s Programme delivery was fulfilled by Sporting Family Change, a local organisation who in a relatively short space of time have done an amazing job of building trust and respect in harder to reach communities and helped countless numbers of children and families connect with and find joy through sport.
But what about the money?
The final piece was how to make the ask - £300 per team of three participants – even more compelling to local businesses. Nick is a trustee in a grant making organisation the Parry Family Charitable Foundation (PFCF) and he raised the possibility of the PFCF match funding all entry fees. They of course agreed thus ensuring that every fee paid is worth a total of £600. PFCF are happy to match fund up a total of £8,000.
The slide pack below guides you through our journey – from initial idea to fully fleshed out programme – with more details on what the Fit4Bath Challenge is and how you can get involved.