VivaCity - Issue Twelve - Jun/Jul 2018

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Summer fun for all the family


ISSUE TWELVE In association with


Editor’s Letter

Enjoy summer in the city... With the school holidays approaching fast, thousands of parents across Plymouth will be thinking of what to do with their children during the summer break. In this issue of VivaCity we have put together a guide to some of the best places in Plymouth to enjoy time as a family - whatever the weather. It’s a great opportunity to encourage youngsters to get active - indoors or outdoors. Cycling and walking are great ways for parents and children to make the most of what Plymouth has to offer and we have details of a Plymotion programme of organised bike rides that are available - whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cyclist. Plymouth also has some fantastic outdoor space - including parks, woodland and nature reserves - and, of course, plenty of coastal paths and beaches. All of which are free! So make sure you keep this issue of VivaCity in a handy place and enjoy some summer fun. If you’re a fan of table tennis, you’ll be pleased to hear that Ping! is returning to the city this summer. Between the beginning of July and the end of August you will be able to play table tennis free of charge at nearly 20 locations across Plymouth. Elsewhere our friends at Everyone Active have announced an exciting new partnership with Britain’s top male gymnast Max Whitlock. New gymnastics classes will be held at the Life Centre to encourage youngsters to take up the sport. It is hoped that across the country as a whole the partnership will see a million children aged between four and 11 engage in gymnastics over the next four years. We also report on two major charity fund-raising events which are taking place in July. The first is the popular Neon Midnight Walk in aid of St Luke’s Hospice, followed a week later by the Relay for Life at Brickfields raising funds for Cancer Research. It’s not too late to register for either event - you can find details on the centre pages. Last, but by no means least, in my own column on pages 36 and 37 I reveal some exciting family news… Hope you enjoy this edition!

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Meet Max Whitlock, top UK gymnast

Ping! returns to Plymouth!


Plymouth has lots of healthy options for the summer holidays

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The best tips and tricks for dealing with stress

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Walk and Talk Get active this summer! Stay well with a pharmacy here to help you Overcome the calorie creep Tuck into a turkey burger How smoking affects the body Let’s Ride Plymouth Plymouth Pétanque Club Exercise for a healthy heart

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Everyone Active

Top gymnast teams up with Everyone Active in Plymouth


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Everyone Active

Everyone Active and double Olympic gold medallist, Max Whitlock, have launched a new initiative at Plymouth Life Centre to drive gymnastics participation More than 100 primary school children in Plymouth joined double Olympic gold medallist, Max Whitlock, to celebrate the launch of his gymnastics programme in Everyone Active centres across the country. Max Whitlock Gymnastics launched at Plymouth Life Centre in June. The initiative aims to get more young people healthy and active by

offering them access to fun, engaging gymnastics sessions.

in more than 30 Everyone Active centres across the country, including Plymouth Life Centre.

Children at the launch event became some of the first in the country to give the sessions a go. They began by participating in a mass warm up led by Max, before moving round a number of gymnastics stations, each one led by an expert coach. They also had the special opportunity to watch Max as he demonstrated some of his awardwinning skills during an impressive showcase of his own gymnastics ability.

Each structured session will give children the chance to develop and perfect their skills as they progress. They will have the opportunity to try their hand on a number of apparatus and take part in fun and exciting activities set by Max and his elite coach wife, Leah, who has also been instrumental in the set up of the scheme.

Through the partnership with Whitlock, Everyone Active has pledged to get one million children aged between four and 11 engaged in gymnastics over the next four years. This will be done through the delivery of Max Whitlock Gymnastics

The partnership between Everyone Active and Max Whitlock came about as a result of Max’s long-standing relationship with the leisure operator. He has trained at Everyone Active’s Basildon Sporting Village from a young age, and has also been heavily involved in the Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme, a support programme for talented athletes, for the past three years. During his visit to the Life Centre, Max spoke about his sporting journey and the benefits of taking part in gymnastics, before the children had their turn to ask Max their most pressing questions during a Q&A session. Whitlock also spoke to guests about the importance of providing highquality access to gymnastics, as well as the benefits of introducing children to the sport at a younger age. He said: “I am delighted to have teamed up with Everyone Active to ensure that more young people are given the opportunity to enjoy gymnastics. Training at an Everyone Active centre myself I know first-hand that their brilliant facilities, UK wide, offer scope to get children all over the country benefitting from the gymnastics programme.” • Continued on next page...

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Everyone Active

• Continued from previous page... “I truly believe that gymnastics is one of the best sporting foundations for children, helping them to develop skills that can be used in all aspects of their lives. It’s a sport that has opened many doors for me and I hope it can do the same for others.” Everyone Active’s Plymouth contract manager, David Greenwood said, “The partnership forms part of our major drive towards increasing sports participation, as it continues to decline across the UK. We firmly believe in the benefits of taking part in sport at a young age and will continue to diversify our offering to provide opportunities to get involved in activities that are disappearing from the school curriculum. “In addition, it is vital that we bridge the gap between participation levels of men and women in sport, and tackle the declining rate of participation in girls as they enter their teens. Through the partnership we aim to create a life-long passion for gymnastics from an early age in both boys and girls.” Since opening in 2012, Plymouth Life Centre has run beginner and


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recreational gymnastics programmes for children ranging from pre-school age all the way through to teenagers. These lessons take place every week day both in the morning and after-school, as well as on Saturday mornings. As well as offering young people access to new and exciting ways of keeping active, the Life Centre’s gymnastics programme was originally set up as a way of spotting young people’s potential to become divers. There are many similarities in the sports, and the fundamental skills are transferable between the two disciplines. Successful Olympic divers such as Tonia Couch began their career in the gymnastics hall, and were offered the opportunity to begin diving after their talent was spotted by coaches. The gymnastics programme at Plymouth Life Centre has continued to grow since 2012, with more than 400 young people participating in it every week. The new partnership with Max Whitlock will ensure this success continues, as well as developing gymnastics independently of diving at the centre.

Max Whitlock Gymnastics features its own awards scheme based around the Olympic medals Max has won. Children taking part in the courses will earn Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in key skill areas such as Power, Strength, Flexibility and Balance as they progress through the scheme. Children taking part in the programme will also receive a Max Whitlock Gymnastics T-shirt, stickers and a regular newsletter. Find out more

Max Whitlock


Max Whitlock MBE, made history when he scooped two individual gold medals and a bronze at Rio 2016. Added to the two bronzes he won at London 2012, this success saw him become Britain’s most successful Olympic gymnast.

Earlier this year Max was part of the England Team that won a Team gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He also achieved an individual silver on the Pommel Horse at the event.

His world-class skills have seen him achieve 10 Commonwealth, six European, six World and five Olympic medals.

Max is a member of South Essex Gymnastics Club, and trains at Everyone Active’s Basildon Sporting Village.

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Max has won his medals in Artistic Gymnastics, the sport you will have seen on television and at the Olympic Games.

Artistic gymnastics is an event where competitors complete a series of short routines on different apparatus. Men complete routines on Vault, Floor, Pommel Horse, High Bar, Still Rings and Parallel Bars. Women also complete routines on Vault and Floor, as well as their own apparatus, the Asymmetric Bars and Balance Beam. Competitors are given scores by a panel of judges based on the execution, difficulty and artistry of their routine.



Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk Step right up and get walking for month, but the next one off walk is on Meet at the cafe at the centre of health! Walk and Talk Plymouth is June 16 at 10.30am for a walk around Victoria Park. your local Walking for Health scheme. Southway Valley Nature Reserve. Choose between a Grade 2 or Grade 3 walk, and Central Park Every fourth Wednesday of the month The walks, happening across Plymouth, are meet at the Southway Shopping Centre. 10.30am fun, free and friendly, perfect to help you Don’t forget to dress appropriately for Up to 30 mins (Grade 1) or 60 mins (Grade 2) get active and meet new people. You can the weather forecast. Sturdy footwear Meet outside the main entrance to the choose what level of walk you’d like to go or boots are recommended for woodland Life Centre. on, from a tier of three walking grades. and nature reserves. It’s also a good idea Eldercare Walk, Talk & Tea Grade 1 is suitable for people who haven’t to bring a bottle of water. Fortnightly Thursdays, 14th & 28th June walked much before, are looking to be For more information, visit the Walk and - 11am more active or are returning from injury Talk Plymouth website at Up to 60 mins (Grade 2) or illness. They’re 30 minute walks on flat Meet at William Sutton Hall, Shelley ground or gentle slopes with mainly firm walkfinder/walk-and-talk-plymouth Way. Contact Donovan on 07890 surfaces and no steps or stiles. 257621 or email dhenn@colebrooksw. Happy walking! org for more information. Grade 2 is suitable for people who are looking to increase their activity levels. Estover & Plymbridge They’re between 30 minutes and an hour Fortnightly Fridays, 15th & 29th June - 11am and may include some moderate slopes, 90 mins (Grade 3) steps, uneven surfaces and possibly stiles. Meet at the main entrance to Asda St Judes Walk, Talk & Tea Superstore. Grade 3 is for people looking for more Every Tuesday - 10.30am challenging walks, as well as increasing Up to 30 mins (Grade 1) or 60 mins (Grade 2) Devonport Live Café their level of physical activity. These are Meet at St Judes Church car park on the Every fourth Friday of the month - 2pm generally 45 minutes to 90 minutes long corner of Beaumont Road and Tothill Up to 30 mins (Grade 1) or 60 mins (Grade 2) and may include steeper slopes, steps, Avenue. Meet at Devonport Life Cafe, 56 George St Contact for uneven surfaces and stiles. more information. Woolwell Walk, Talk & Tea If you’d like to take part, all you have to do Fortnightly, 16th & 30th June - 10.30am is turn up at the meeting points of a walk, Victoria Park & Stonehouse Creek Up to 60 mins (Grade 2) or by contacting the scheme co-ordinator Every second Wednesday of the month Meet at Devonshire House Care Centre 10.30am to find out when the next walk meets. There are regular walks throughout the Up to 30 mins (Grade 1) or 60 mins (Grade 2) car park, Woolwell Road

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Active 10

Get Active this Summer With the warm summer months upon us there's never been a better time to start taking a regular walk. The popularity of fitness trackers and pedometers have created a craze for walking 10,000 steps a day. But do you really have to walk this much to be healthy. Public Health England and the Royal College of General Practitioners recommend that just 10 minutes of brisk


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walking every day can have a positive impact on a person's health. A special app called Active 10 has been developed as part of a nationwide campaign to encourage the three million middle-aged adults across the country who are currently classed as 'physically inactive.' This means they do less than 30 minutes of exercise each week.

disease and disability for adults in the UK. It negatively impacts the health, social and economic outcomes of individuals and costs the NHS in England millions every year. Research by Public Health England has revealed that lack of time is a major contributor to inactivity, with almost one in three adults saying this was the main reason they didn't exercise.

Physical inactivity is a major cause of

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Active 10

It breaks this brisk walking down into manageable chunks of ten minutes and encourages at least one session every day (which equates to 70 minutes a week). Users can set their own goals and the app encourages people to progress up to 30 brisk minutes of walking per day, to meet the 150 minutes recommended by the Chief Medical Officer.

However, the Active 10 app helps adults monitor the effectiveness of their steps by recording data on intensity and time, rather than just distance. A regular brisk ten minute walk every day can make you feel better in so many ways. It can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood. It also raises your heart rate and can go some way towards lowering your risk of serious illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers. It can also reduce the risk of early death. Evidence has demonstrated the following health benefits from a brisk 10 minute walk everyday: • Increased physical fitness • Greater ease of performance of everyday physical activities • Improved mood • Improved quality of life • Increased physical leanness and healthier weight. The Active 10 campaign shows users how much brisk walking they are currently doing each day and provides tips and encouragement on how they can fit ten minute bursts of brisk

walking, known as an Active 10, into their day. The main focus of the Active 10 app is showing people: • The amount of time they have spent walking • The amount of time they have spent walking briskly • The number of chunks of 10 minutes of brisk walking they have achieved (known as Active 10s). The Active 10 app shows how much brisk walking an individual is currently doing and helps to show people how they can fit a ten minute brisk walk into their day.

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Professor Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser for the Active 10 app said the additional health benefits that can be achieved by walking at a brisk pace for periods of 10 minutes or more - as opposed to totting up a certain number of steps throughout the day - were 'undeniable.' He added: "I'd advise anyone of any age and activity level to start to fit in at least one 10 minute brisk walk a day as a simpler way to get more active, especially those who may be taking medication for a long term health condition. You will receive even more benefits from walking briskly for 10 minutes or more a day." The Active 10 app is available on iOS and Android.

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Stay well with a pharmacy team here to help you

Staywell Pharmacy

visiting their community pharmacist first for help for a minor health concern.

Each year, around 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million A&E visits are made for self-treatable conditions, such as coughs and colds, costing the NHS more than £850 million each year — the equivalent of more than 220,000 hip replacements or 880,000 cataract operations.

Public preferences While many minor illnesses can be dealt with by the pharmacy team, new research by NHS England reveals that only 19% of adults would consider


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This went down to just 6% for parents of young children. Instead, 35% of parents would opt for an appointment with their GP, while 5% of those questioned would choose emergency care as their first port of call. These findings correspond to earlier research showing that parents and carers tend to have a lower risk threshold for their children, which, of course, is understandable. All of this is set against the background of pharmacists being one of the most ‘trusted’ professions in the eye of many public surveys.

Changing behaviours Against this background NHS England ran its national Stay Well Pharmacy campaign, targeted at parents of children under five years old.

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By promoting the use of community pharmacy services, the NHS aimed to make the best use of the clinical expertise of community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians while relieving some of the pressure on GPs and A&E departments. Critically, we want to get across the message that pharmacists are well trained to spot a ‘minor illness’ that may be more serious and to help their patients get the help they need quickly. Stay Well Pharmacy reminds people that local pharmacy teams offer a fast, convenient and safe clinical service for minor health concerns with an added advantage of not needing an appointment. The campaign raised the profile of community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians as clinical practitioners to help increase public understanding of their role in the wider NHS care system. This is consistent with a piece of work currently out for consultation that aims to promote self-care for minor or selflimiting conditions.



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400-600-600 campaign helps to overcome ‘calorie creep’

With adults consuming on average 200 to 300 more calories than they need each day and around a quarter of daily calorie intake coming from eating out, a new ‘One You’ campaign has been launched to help people tackle the ‘calorie creep’.

average 200 to 300 more calories than they need each day. Over time, these extra calories build up and can cause unhealthy weight gain.

It is estimated that over two out of three adults in Plymouth are overweight or obese and the new campaign is encouraging people to make healthier choices when buying food on the move.

Excess calories are contributing to the country’s growing obesity problem, causing a range of health issues including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. As well as setting people up for a lifetime of ill health, treating obesity is costing the NHS around £6bn per year.

Major high street food retailers have joined with Public Health England to support the campaign, which provides adults with a simple tip to help them make healthier choices while out and about – aim for 400600-600.

The new campaign aims to help people be more aware of the calories they consume on the go and to make healthier choices easier, whether picking up breakfast on the way to work, having lunch at their desks or buying everyday meals.

That’s around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner, plus a couple of healthier snacks and drinks in-between.

For most people, grabbing lunch is the norm – but consuming too many calories is easier than people may think. Something as common as a meal deal of a sandwich, a sugary soft drink and a packet of crisps can contain around 800 calories.

The tip will help adults reduce excess calorie consumption and stay within their recommended daily intake - 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men each day. This comes as adults are consuming on


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Major retailers – including Greggs, McDonalds, Starbucks and Subway - are providing a range of options to help

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shoppers find 400 and 600 calorie meals. This will make healthier choices easier for their millions of customers across the UK. Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “It’s clear that excess calories are driving weight gain for many. Busy lives and too much food mean we’re often eating more food than we realise – especially when we’re grabbing food out and about. This can have a significant impact on our waistlines and our health. “The 400-600-600 tip can help people make healthier choices when eating and drinking on the go. It’s encouraging to see major high street companies promoting lower calorie options and we hope more will follow suit.” Adults will be signposted to 400 and 600 calorie meal options by partners through advertising, in-store promotion, social media and other online channels. All meals are below maximum recommendations for sugar, saturated fat, salt and calories to help people choose healthier options at-a-glance.




Tuck into a turkey burger! Homemade turkey burgers are simple and cheap to make. They are pretty delicious to eat too! Here's a simple and nutritious recipe from One You. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare and requires just 15 minutes cooking time.

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450 g minced turkey 1 onion, very finely chopped 1 grated carrot 50 g sweetcorn 2 tsp dried mixed herbs 1 pinch ground black pepper 4 standard burger buns cut in half

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A handful of lettuce leaves 1 tomato, sliced into 8ths

METHOD 1. Put the turkey meat, onion, carrot, sweetcorn and herbs into a large bowl, season with some pepper and mix together. You can do this with your hands if you like. Shape the mixture into 2 large burgers and 2 small burgers. Cover and chill if you're cooking them later. 2. Preheat the grill. Place the burgers on the grill rack and grill them for 12-15 minutes, turning them over once, until browned and through.

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3. Lightly toast the burger buns on the cut side only. Put some lettuce on the bottom halves, sit the burgers on top and place 2 slices tomato onto each one, then cover with the top halves of the buns.

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What will you start doing when you stop smoking? For free advice and support, search ‘Smokefree’.


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Quit Smoking

How smoking affects your body Every cigarette you smoke is harmful. Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England, accounting for more than 80,000 deaths each year. One in two smokers will die from a smoking-related disease. If you could see the damage, you'd stop. Poisons from the tar in cigarettes enter the bloodstream, making the blood thicker and increasing the chances of clot formation. It leads to increased blood pressure and heart rate, narrows arteries and increases the chances of a heart attack or stroke. Smoking doubles the risk of having a heart attack, and smokers have twice the risk of dying from coronary heart disease than lifetime non-smokers. Smokers have an increased chance of getting stomach cancer or ulcers and are at greater risk of developing kidney cancer. Smokers are also more likely to have a stroke than someone who doesn't smoke. In fact, smoking increases the risk of having a stroke by at least 50 per cent which can cause brain damage and death.

Lungs can be very badly affected by smoking. Coughs, colds, wheezing and asthma are just the start. Smoking can causes fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer. However, the good news is that after only 12 months of not smoking, the risk is dramatically reduced. After stopping for 15 years, the risk is similar to that of someone who has never smoked. One You Plymouth has a range of support services to help local people to take their first steps to becoming smoke free. The Smokefree app developed by the NHS can help smokers to stop by providing daily support and motivation. There are also lots of stop smoking aids that can provide the extra support needed to beat the addiction. There are three types of stop smoking medicines: Champix tablets (varenicline) Zyban tablets (bupropion) Nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), including patches, gum, lozenges, microtabs, inhalators and nasal sprays

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All are available from the NHS with a prescription, and NRT can also be bought from pharmacies and other shops (such as supermarkets) without a prescription.

One You Clinics One-to-one appointments are available at the following: Monday 1pm - 4pm: Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre Tuesday 1.30pm - 4pm: Efford Library Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am: Plymstock Clinic 5pm - 8pm: Cumberland Centre Thursday 9am - 12.15pm Ernest English House 1.30pm - 4.30pm Southway Library Friday 9am - 11am: LARK Sure Start Shop 9.30am -12.15pm Ernest English House Saturday 9.30am - 3.30pm: Cumberland Centre

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Join the flexible tennis revolution Local Tennis Leagues FOFO


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Local Tennis Leagues

Local Tennis Leagues are changing the way tennis is played in Devon and Cornwall

in north London just made sense. We soon realised there were lots of people like us and it very quickly became a huge success.”

a lack of knowledge about how to find local opponents and where to play, are all potential barriers to involvement. Local Tennis Leagues breaks them down.

Everyone wants to play tennis when the sun is shining and Wimbledon is just around the corner. So why aren’t they? Nationally, participation in sports is declining, and tennis is not immune.

The formula has remained remarkably unchanged as it has been rolled out across the country.

The LTA is now working closely with Local Tennis Leagues to ensure the lessons are learned. Last year it announced a £125 million investment in tennis facilities and much of the money is destined for public courts. Leagues are open to adults over the age of 18, and a round - lasting eight weeks - costs £18.

But a revolutionary organisation, Local Tennis Leagues (LTL), is bucking the trend in Plymouth and other parts of Devon and Cornwall.

Matches are competitive but fun. “It’s not just about the tennis,” added Nigel. “The leagues help build a sense of community and put local players in touch with one another which in turn can lead to some great friendships being formed.”

On public courts all over the country, adults of all standards now have the opportunity to play friendly, competitive tennis thanks to LTL’s initiative. Across Britain there are nearly 200 leagues open to men and women and last year over 8000 people took part, playing over 30,000 matches nationwide. In Devon and Cornwall, there are four local leagues, in Plymouth, Exeter, Truro and North Devon, which covers Barnstable, Ilfracombe and Bideford. Like the ParkRun phenomenon, Local Tennis Leagues have spearheaded a sporting renaissance in local parks. What were often ‘Cinderella courts’ - left behind and forgotten - are now thriving again. “We always knew thousands of people wanted to play, especially when inspired by Wimbledon or the success of Andy Murray,” said Sally Kinnes, joint founder of LTL. “The problem for many was knowing where to play and finding opponents of the same standard.”

“People want a simple structure that allows them to find and play good matches,” said Sally. “Our players are carefully organised into groups of a similar level. They arrange their own matches at mutually convenient times over the eight-week period of a round and play locally on any convenient court. Matches are reported online and we keep in touch with everyone.” In fact, the organisation prides itself on player motivation – complete three matches by the mid-point of a round and you receive a free can of tennis balls in the post.

The solution grew out of the personal experience of Sally and her partner Nigel Billen.

Tennis is the third most followed sport in the UK, after football and athletics. But, according to research, the number of adults participating in the sport has declined by over 25% in the last 10 years. So why has Local Tennis Leagues been an exception?

“We set up the first league simply because we wanted to play more and improve our own game,” explained Nigel. “Choosing our own local courts on Highbury Fields

Research undertaken by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) highlights that the commitments of everyday life, the financial implications, and in fact just

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Local Tennis Leagues’ mixed sex leagues also reflect the equal interest of men and women among those who follow tennis. Unlike most sports, tennis has a very even gender split. Players can join a new round in almost any place throughout the year, meaning everyone can enjoy one of the nation’s favourite sports – and not just during Wimbledon. If anyone is wondering about giving it a go, take inspiration from London local tennis league player, Kurt Williams, who. He said: “I would 100% dive in. It’s so much fun. It’s a great way to meet people and you build up great camaraderie off court.” Fellow player Alex Pepe agreed: “I played when I was younger and joining the league got me back into the sport. Adults are just as passionate to win and compete as they were as kids. But it’s also all about meeting new people, socialising with loads of people as well. That’s the best thing about it.” To find out more or to join a Local Tennis League in Plymouth visit VivaCity | Jun/Jul 2018



Plymouth goes Ping! The national Ping! festival brings outdoor fun and activity to public spaces across Plymouth and all over England. Ping! makes table tennis more accessible by taking the game into places people already spend time, to inspire them to lead more active, healthy and happy lives. Last year nationally, more than 745 tables were placed in public spaces of 24 towns and cities, with 1.5million visits to the tables over the summer, and nearly 200 social events held. This summer, 26 towns and cities will be opening up their table tennis tables, providing free equipment and encouraging everyone to grab a bat and ball and get playing. Since the summer of 2015, when Table Tennis England and Plymouth City Council’s Sports Development Unit turned the old Disney store into a Ping Pong Parlour they have been working together to bring the Ping! Plymouth festival back to the city each year. Three years on and Ping! Plymouth is back again, running from


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July 1 to August 26 with tables scattered around the city that are all free to play on. Bats and balls will be bouncing into sites across the city, from parks and outdoor spaces to cafes and bars. It’s completely free to take part – all you have to do is find a willing opponent and get playing! Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader for Plymouth City Council said: “Table tennis is a hugely popular sport and can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old, expert and novice. It’s truly inclusive, breaking down barriers and attracting people of all ages and backgrounds. “It’s also fun, engaging, good for health and easy to learn, so there Find out more

isn’t really any excuse not to give it a go. So make sure you find a Ping! table near you and get playing this summer” As well as the opportunity to play as part of the summer Ping! festival, there are plenty of social sessions and community clubs operating around the city. For those who like a little competition, the local table tennis club scene in the city is thriving with more than 50 teams playing in the local league. While the Ping! festival only lasts for the summer months many of the tables will remain for the rest of the year, encouraging everyone to play on.

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Let’s Ride Plymouth! Plymouth City Council, Plymotion and British Cycling have joined forces to offer the people of Plymouth free weekly bike rides over the summer.

Meet at Plymbridge at 11am to ride to Clearbrook. July 1 - Meet at Coypool at 10am to ride to Leighbeer Tunnel.

July 3 - Breeze women only ride. From easy going rides, suitable for Meet at Plymbridge at 6.15pm to ride beginners of all ages and all abilities, to to Clearbrook. Part of a series of rides. challenging routes which involve longer rides and steep hills, you can find a Aug 2 - Meet at Plymbridge at 6.30pm trail to suit you. These rides will also to ride to Saltram. primarily be traffic free, utilising the city’s parks and cycle trails. Aug 5 - Meet at Coypool at 10am to ride to Leighbeer Tunnel The rides will be led by qualified British Cycling train ride leaders to provide you plenty of support and inspiration along the way. Ideal for fairly confident riders, leisurely with modest hills and some Choose from the following rides: quiet roads:

Steady Rides

Easygoing Rides

Great for all abilities and ages, relaxed and mostly traffic free:

Aug 25 - Meet at Coypool at 10am to ride to Yelverton.

Challenging Rides Longer rides on road and some steep hills: July 21 - Meet at Tothill Park at 10am to ride to Yelverton. Aug 10 - Breeze women only ride. Meet at Coypool at 9.30am to ride to Dartmoor. Part of a series of rides.

For full details of all the rides available and to sign up for a ride, visit For more information, contact Plymouth City Council on 01752 307008

June 20 - Meet at Tothill Park at 6.30pm to ride to Plymbridge. Part of a series of rides.

July 11 - Breeze women only ride. June 14 - Meet at Plymbridge at 6.30pm Meet at Coypool at 10am to ride to to ride to Saltram. Part of a series of Yelverton. Part of a series of rides. rides. June 16 - Breeze women only ride.

July 28 - Meet at Coypool at 10am to ride to Yelverton.

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Plymouth Pétanque Club

Plymouth Pétanque Club is a fantastic friendly club. It is a great way to be active for people of any age or ability and they’re encouraging local people to come and play! If you enjoy good company and friendly competition you will enjoy playing pétanque. It is a simple game to learn, costs very little and can be played almost anywhere outdoors by young and old. Plymouth Pétanque Club are here to help you to enjoy our sport at whatever level you wish to play – whether you just want to play the occasional game with family or friends or want to play at competitively

opponent's closest boule. It's played on a rough surface so, unlike British lawn bowls, the boules are thrown some or all of the way to the target. In fact sometimes the boules are thrown with the express purpose of knocking an opponent's boule out of the game!

A little bit of history… The Plymouth Petanque Club started in a very small way in the summer of 2014 playing in a small park just off Mutley Plain. In July 2015 Plymouth Petanque

Pétanque is the most popular of the family of boule games and perhaps the widest spread, from its origins in Provence across Europe and in over 65 nations around the world.

Throughout the year there are several events including a fun day and a charity event as well as in house doubles and triples competitions. Last year Plymouth Pétanque Club raised £900 for Devonport Live Café.

What is Pétanque? Pétanque (pronounced pay-tonk) is commonly known as boules. The aim of the game is to finish with more of your boules (metal balls) closer to the jack (a small wooden target ball) than your


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They meet for social games every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons throughout the year. Average attendance is about 25 - 30 players. These sessions are suitable for new players as they play to basic rules with the emphasis on fun, and always stop halfway through for tea and biscuits (cake or doughnuts for celebrations!) and a chat. The breaks are enjoyed as much as the boules and most regard the sessions as a social gathering where so many have made new friends, as well as keeping fit and active. Each session the teams are chosen by picking names out of the hat so no need to worry if you come on your own! All the necessary equipment to start with (boules etc) are available to loan from the club.

was formed and moved into a new home at Brickfields Sports Centre in Devonport, where the centre provided the club with a ten piste terrain and now have about 60 members in total. Find out more

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Healthy Hearts

Exercise for a healthy heart A new study has confirmed that exercise may be the best way to keep hearts healthy, even among people where heart diseases runs in the family. The study showed that increased physical activity and better cardiorespiratory fitness are associated with reduced risk for heart attacks and strokes. What is worrying though, is that a separate study by the American Heart Association found that people would rather choose popping a pill over exercise to treat high blood pressure. Nutritionist and fitness instructor Cassandra Barns explained: “Exercise is considered one of the best ways to reduce high blood pressure. It’s just as effective as blood pressure medications yet has fewer side effects – and much greater all-round health benefits such as helping to manage your weight, improving your strength and helping you feel good. “One of these recent studies suggests exercise is also the most effective way to protect yourself when heart disease runs

in the family. All the evidence indicates we need to get more active! “There are several ways exercise may help lower blood pressure, including by increasing production of a chemical called nitric oxide that helps blood vessels relax, by helping the body get rid of more sodium (salt), or by reducing levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline,” adds Cassandra.

Need some motivation? Struggling to find the motivation to start your fitness journey? Find a friend to do it with you. “Being with others who are going through the same journey helps keep you motivated and accountable. If it’s not possible to exercise with friends directly, then try an online workout programme that has a Facebook or similar group you can join so you can share your progress and challenges with others,” suggested Cassandra.

Pair exercise with a healthy diet

leading nutritionists advised: “Quite simply, the best thing you can do for your heart is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. It is especially important to increase your intake of oily fish, nuts, seeds and oils – because they are good sources of EFAs or essential fatty acids known to prevent heart disease. “The Omega-3 fish oils are particularly important because they not only help prevent abnormal blood clotting, they can also help to lower bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol. “Phytoestrogens are another food group that has this effect on LDL and HDL, and has the added benefit of helping to lower triglycerides – your stored fat. If you feel you’re still not getting enough Omega-3 oils through your diet it might be worth trying a supplement.” Dr Glenville further added: “Try to boost your intake of antioxidants, found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. These important nutrients reduce heartdisease risk by attacking the harmful free radicals that cause cell damage.”

Dr. Marilyn Glenville, one of the UK’s

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Relay for Life

Stepping out for charity Two major fund raising events are taking place in Plymouth in July. First up on July 21 is the popular Neon Midnight Walk when hundreds of women will celebrate the life of someone special in aid of St Luke’s Hospice. A week later Relay for Life takes place at Brickfields to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Relay for Life Imagine an event, raising essential funds for Cancer Research, where you, your family and friends take turns in running around a track for 24 hours straight. You’ve just imagined Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a year round team fundraising challenge bringing communities together to beat cancer, and will be visiting Plymouth’s Brickfields Sports Centre on July 28 this summer. Teams made up of family and friends set up camp and take turns to walk around the track for the duration of the event.

on family fun. Anybody can join in, regardless of age or fitness level why not get the kids involved too? Cancer survivors are encouraged to join in, as VIP guests, with a lap in their honour at the beginning of the event. A Candle of Hope Ceremony sees the darkness lit up in memory of those lost and in celebration of those still here. There will also be music, games and fun from local partners to

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Come rain or shine the event will still go ahead, so make sure to come prepared for wet and cold weather. Since the event runs for 24 hours, it’s not your usual charity race. Bring along a tent, sleeping bag, some spare clothes and lots of provisions, as when it’s not your turn to relay, you may want to relax! For more information, or to start a new team, visit www. to get started.

Teams, survivors, carers and volunteers come together to celebrate their fundraising achievements, with a focus


get people moving and a celebratory closing ceremony, honouring the achievements of those who took part and inspiring all to continue the good fight.

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Neon Midnight Walk quite stunned about the level of care and compassion. St Luke’s is a caring place and the whole of Plymouth knows that. We need to keep on raising that profile and keep getting the money through to them.”

Two ladies with treasured memories of loved ones will be among those getting their glow on to celebrate the life of someone special at the St Luke’s Hospice Neon Midnight Walk on July 21. Julie Barton will be striding the streets alongside friend Diana Powell. Julie was a long-serving member of the team at Toshiba and is joining fellow ‘Toshettes’, including Diana, for the charity walk. Julie is putting on her trainers in memory of her sister-in-law Donna, who passed away aged 51 in 2016, and close friend Toni, who died last November, also aged 51. Both were cared for by the specialist team at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. Julie said: “Toni and Donna were both such special people. Donna had such an engaging personality – she was loved by all who knew her. I will always remember Toni’s crazy

humour and strength. Even the week before she died, she was determined to make it into town to buy herself some new clothes – and she did.” Diana also has personal reasons for getting involved. She said: “My husband Tony was passionate about raising money for St Luke’s. In 2016 he did some cycling events for the charity, but unfortunately passed away a couple of weeks after that. This is my attempt to continue raising money on his behalf. “I first came across St Luke’s about 15 years ago when a friend’s father was in Turnchapel and I was actually

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The Neon Midnight Walk kick starts at the Piazza in the City Centre and follows a three, six or 13.1 mile route around the city. Starting at 9pm for the 13.1 route, 10pm for the six mile route, and 11pm for the three mile route, the aim is to get the hundreds of women finishing together at midnight and celebrating their collective fundraising efforts. The Neon Midnight Walk is sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors. Registration is £22 and includes an exclusive neon t-shirt, as well as a medal and goody bag for all finishers. If you’d like to register, you can sign up at

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Healthy Holidays

Plymouth is lucky enough to have a great choice of cycle trails

Healthy Holidays The summer holidays are fast approaching and despite gorgeous weather, how often do you find the kids wanting to play on their iPads rather than run around and explore? There are lots of different things you can do in Plymouth that are not only fun for the kids, but will also tire them out with some high energy fun. VivaCity has selected its favourite venues around the city to keep the kids busy, active and entertained.

Jump Plymouth

Jump Based at Christian Mill Business Park in Crownhill, Jump is the largest dedicated indoor soft play centre in the South West!


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a zone just for toddlers, Jump is a great option if the British summer decides to rear its head. There’s also a café where you can buy a range of freshly made sandwiches and baguettes, healthy snacks, drinks and a number of firm favourites such as lasagne and jacket potatoes. There’s plenty of room to sit and eat with the kids, or let them run off and enjoy a leisurely coffee on your own or with friends.

At 19,000 square feet, there’s loads of room for the little ones to run around and burn off some of that endless energy! With a number of themed birthday party rooms, an enormous inflatable, an indoor football pitch, a fantastic play frame and

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Mount Wise Swimming Pools Swimming is always a summer favourite for the kids, so why not visit Mount Wise Swimming Pools located on James



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Street? Open between May and September every year, the pools are completely free to use, so can be a great alternative for those pinching the pennies. There are three pools at Mount Wise, a 25 metre main pool, a fun pool with fountains, stepping stones, a whirlpool and a bubble pool, as well as a small pool for children to paddle in and build up their confidence in the water. A fantastic family day out, whether you’re up for splashing about with the little ones or topping up your tan on the terrace.

Plymouth Mystery Treasure Trail Looking for something a little different

to do while still keeping the children moving? Why not explore Plymouth on a murder mystery trail? The Ocean City has become a hot house for paranoia and you’re the team of agents to uncover the truth! Suitable for ages 6 to 106, the trails are done at your own pace and follows a route from Theatre Royal, around the Hoe before finishing near the National Marine Aquarium on the Barbican. Combining stunning views of Plymouth Sound and a chance to get to know the area a little better, all you have to do is download or order a trail booklet from the website and you’re good to go! The trail takes about two hours to complete and can be done completely at your own pace so it can be a great activity for all the family. Leave no stone unturned on your hunt for ‘whodunnit’!

night disco and a brand new Mount Wise air conditioned gym, Adrenalin Swimming Pools has loads on offer during the summer holidays. Situated in The Ship near Derriford, Adrenalin has been designed to allow your energetic little ones to jump, run, tumble and twist their way around the trampoline park. With the gym offering memberships at reasonable prices with no contract, the whole family can Life Centre get fit! Jump on the cross trainer or stair Since its opening in March 2012, the master, while your kids bounce the day Plymouth Life Centre has fast become away! the epicentre for all things sporty and active in the city. Whether it’s keeping the Cycle Trails kids busy in the swimming pool, booking Cycling is a great way for all the family to out a badminton court for the afternoon see the sights and find the hidden gems or having a climb on the bouldering wall, that this city and the surrounding areas there’s lots to choose from at the Life has on offer. In recent years, Plymouth Centre. There’s a huge activities list too, has made it far more accessible to including basketball, five a side football, travel by bike around the city and with boxercise, trampolining, squash sessions, reasonable bike hire companies such as swimming lessons and much more. For The Bike Bus based in Coypool Park and Mums and Dads who fancy resting their Ride having a huge selection of bikes to weary limbs while the kids unload their choose from, there’s no excuse not to get stamina on sports, there’s also a café on two wheels (or three!) and pumping offering healthy snacks and drinks, and those pedals. With trails such as Drake’s are happy to accommodate. Trail, the Plym Valley Trail and parts of Route 27 and the Devon Coast to Coast Adrenalin trail on our doorsteps, there’s something With a ninja obstacle course, a soft play out there for all the family, from the laid area, a huge jump zone with trampoline back cruisers to the off road adrenalin tumble tracks, jump blocks and an junkies. activity challenge area, a weekly Saturday

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Activities for Kids

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Sports and active hobbies are a great way to get some exercise - and they don’t need to take up a lot of time or money. These family friendly options are perfect to keep Mums, Dads and the kids healthy during the summer hoildays. Put away the iPads and the games consoles, it’s time to get out and get active!

Walking Did you know that walking counts as exercise? It’s one of the easiest ways to get out and about as a family - and it’s good for you! Walking builds bones and muscles and helps kids grow up big and strong. It also improves stamina, reduces stress and boosts the immune system for 24 hours. It can even lower blood pressure. Any brisk walk of 10 minutes or more counts, so get outside and start having some fun. Dogs know how important it is to have a daily walk - just follow their lead!

Cycling Kids love cycling - it’s great fun, helps them feel independent and keeps them fit and healthy. Riding a bike helps finetune your child’s motor skills, such as balance and co-ordination, as well as building up strength in both their legs and core. Encouraging kids to cycle from an early age will equip them with a skill

for life. Cycling as a family makes a great day out. All you need is a roadworthy bike (either new, secondhand or you can hire from a local bike hire company) that’s the right size for your child, some basic safety gear including a helmet, and a little bit of practice. After buying a bike and the important accessories, there are next to no maintenance costs, so it’s a very affordable hobby too! Just don’t let it rust away in the shed!

Swimming Swimming is an ideal all-round exercise, and helps keep the heart and lungs healthy. It’s a great way to get your kids moving and having fun, but it’s also a skill that could save a life. Regular swims can reduce the risk of developing serious illnesses, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Being in the water also boosts your mood and helps you unwind - and there’s lots of different strokes to try. There are a number of

swimming pools in and around Plymouth, from the Life Centre to Tinside Lido and with Mount Wise Outdoor Swimming Pools being completely free, you’re running out of excuses!

Dancing Dancing is great fun and gets your heart beating that little bit faster! As well as being a fun form of exercise, dance is a way for kids to express their creativity, imagination and emotions. Dancing can also increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. It also helps keep the heart healthy. The movements involved in dance can improve balance and co-ordination as well as correct poor posture. The brilliant thing about dancing is that it’s free, you don’t need any special kit and you don’t even have to leave the house if you don’t want to! So go on, put some music on and give it a try.

Running Ready, steady, go! Kids love to run, whether it’s in the playground or in a relay race with their friends. It’s easy to get started with running as a sport - all you need is a good pair of running shoes. Running in races teaches kids about healthy competition, setting goals and achieving them. Running can improve their performance in other sports, as it helps them develop core and back strength, endurance and co-ordination. These all play an important role in activities like gymnastics, dance and football. Promoting a healthy lifestyle and improved wellbeing...

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Time to st Stress Less

Stress affects 85% of UK adults. Yep, you read that right, 85%! With that in mind, it’s easy to see why stress is a big part of many people’s lives in this country. Whether its work, health, money or relationships stresses that are getting you down, you’re not alone. This is a nationwide problem with huge changes needed on a societal level to help alleviate this burden from the nation - however, there are things you can do to help yourself when it all gets too much. I’ve pulled together some of my best tips and tricks to help you live a more stress free existence.

1. Exercise I’ll ignore the collective groan - but really, exercise is a fantastic way to help process the stresses of day to day life. Your body creates stress hormones similar to that of a ‘flight or fight response’, designed to protect us from bodily harm when under threat. Physical activity can be a surrogate to metabolize the excess stress hormones and help restore you to a calmer state. Even just going for a short walk after a stressful day can help give you the time to make sense of the madness of life, as well as doing something great for your body too.

2. Avoid bad habits If you can, avoid or reduce your intake of nicotine, caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants that will increase your stress levels, rather than reduce it. Alcohol is also a stimulant


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in small qualities, but in large quantities, is a depressant which will not ultimately help you. Refined sugars can also cause energy crashes which can lead you to feel tired and irritable. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet will do wonders for your body and your mind.

3. Relax Now I know this sounds like a silly tip, but hear me out. When you get stressed, your muscles tense up. It’s amazing how often we don’t realise we’re holding our shoulders tense or clenching our fists. Help loosen them up, calm yourself down and refresh your body by doing some yoga or stretching, get your partner or friend to give you a massage, have a long hot bath or shower or even take a nap. Find what helps give your muscles a break and make time to relax!

Slowly take deep breaths in and out, maybe even imagining yourself in a relaxing place, such as the beach, and do this for five to ten minutes, or longer if you need.

5. Talk about it If things are getting too much, talking about your problems can really help. They say a problem shared is a problem halved, so don’t be afraid to turn to your partner, a friend, family member or your doctor. They’re there to help and support you and it will make you feel better. You can also talk to yourself. This is called self talk, and we all do it! Listen closely to

4. Breathe Another trick that’s easily overlooked. Stopping and taking a few deep breaths can help alleviate some pressure straight away. Once you get used to the technique, you’ll be surprised how you coped without it. Firstly, get yourself in a comfortable position, sitting or lying down perhaps. Close your eyes and breathe in as deeply as you can. Focus on your breathing and exhale for as long as you possibly can.

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what you’re thinking or saying to yourself when you’re stressed, if you’re being negative, try and change that to a positive message. Rather than ‘I can’t do this’, tell yourself ‘I can do this’ or ‘I’m doing the best I can’. It can really help shift your perspective.

and board games. If you’re creative, it can therapeutic to craft or make. Try some painting, play an instrument, write a poem or even enjoy an adult colouring book as an easy way to create some beautiful, stress free pictures.

6. Make time for you

A common cause of stress is having too much to do and not enough time. However, despite that fact, people often still take on more than they can realistically handle. Learning to say no can help alleviate your stress, as well as help you develop more self-confidence. Whether its fear of rejection, wanting to be liked or worrying about missed opportunities, these barriers at saying ‘No’ are all self created. You may be reluctant to say a straight no at first, but using phrases such as ‘I’d love to help, but…’, ‘Now isn’t a good time’ or ‘Sorry, I can’t commit to this right now’ can help let down someone gently, but without compromising yourself.

It’s easy when you’re under pressure to forget to make time for yourself. It’s so important to set aside time for do things you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be for very long, just 15 minutes can make the difference. There are lots of relaxing hobbies out there such as reading, doing puzzles, playing golf, watching a movie or playing cards

7. Learn to say no

8. Rest If you’re finding yourself tired, unwell or struggling physically, don’t be afraid to take the time out to rest and recover. There’s nothing weak about looking after yourself, and if you’re under a lot of pressure, you’ll need all

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the energy you can get! Burning out is really easy, but recovering isn’t, so make sure you help yourself before it’s too late.

9. Take time out Planning down time is really important to help take your mind off the stress of everyday life. If you’re a goal orientated, motivated individual, this can be quite hard to do at first. The benefits, however, are worth it and you’ll soon see the benefits. If you’re able to book a holiday, whether it’s overseas, in the UK or simply to stay home and rest, make sure to utilise the time off as much as possible. Other restful things you can do in your down time is meditation, listening to your favourite music, spending some time in the garden or down the park or doing some reading.

10. Smile They say laughter is the best medicine and as cliché as it is, having a positive mental attitude can do wonders. It’s so easy to get down when you’re feeling stressed and more and more feels like it’s piling on top of you. Help yourself out with the above tips, but don’t forget to take heed of the good things in life. Smile, try and keep positive and surround yourself with people and things that make you happy. If you like to watch football, do that! If you like to go for a run, go for it! Needing some comic relief from your funniest friend, call them up! There’s no better time like the present to take control of your life, you can do it!

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Thrive Plymouth

Five ways to wellbeing aims to encourage people to share what they do to look after themselves Connect… With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day. Keep learning… Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Be active… Go for a walk or run.

Thrive Plymouth has established a network of more than 50 organisations which are now involved in improving health and wellbeing in Plymouth.

Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Thrive Plymouth network meetings are held on a regular basis and a Facebook page has been created to provide information on events and activities.

Take notice… Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you

Following the launch of the Five Ways to Wellbeing campaign, members of the network are being encouraged to promote the principles of CLANG in as many ways as possible. The first phase of activity has focused on the ‘Connect’ aspect of the campaign and this will be followed throughout the year with emphasis on the other elements of CLANG.

Give… Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

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Get active with us!

Plymouth has a fantastic range of opportunities for people of all ages to get active.

They can all help to improve mental health and wellbeing as part of the Thrive CLANG campaign.

For people wanting to get back into shape courses include: • Studio Cycling at Lipson Co-operative Academy, Plymouth Life Centre, Stoke Damerel Community College •

Body conditioning at Whitleigh Community Hub

Fitnastics at Plymouth Life Centre

Pilates at Marine Academy Plymouth

Circuits at Marine Academy Plymouth

Ladies only supertone at Morice Baptist Church

Just a selection of the classes available for mums include:

Total toning at Plymouth Life Centre

Parent and baby studio cycling at Plymouth Life Centre

Kettlebells at Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre

Parent and baby buggy fit at Plymouth Life Centre

Classes for the disabled or less able include wheelchair rugby, boccia and AUTIswim.

Active mums bike rides at Coypool Park & Ride

Other classes and activities include water polo, back to netball, gentle yoga, body combat and cheerleading.

Mummycise at Plymouth Life Centre

Pre-natal aquafit for all expectant mums at Plymouth Life Centre

Plymouth City Council’s Sports Development team have ensured that everyone in the city can take advantage of the many courses and sessions available. They literally cover the A-Z of activities… everything from athletics to zumba, with many more in between.

Details of all the dates, times and venues for classes can be found at getactiveus or by calling Sports Development on 01752 307008

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Dental Health

Tooth decay on the decline missing or filled teeth in 2017, down from 30.9% in 2008. However, clear inequalities in oral health remain, with children in deprived areas more likely to be affected. The risk of tooth decay is increased by consuming sugary foods and drinks and not brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

Levels of tooth decay in five-year-old children are continuing on a steady decline, according to figures from Public Health England. Figures revealed that 23.3% of fiveyear-olds in England had decayed,

Tooth decay causes pain and discomfort, which can result in problems eating, sleeping, socialising and attending school – figures released by Public Health England (PHE) earlier this year revealed over 60,000 days a year are missed from school due to hospital tooth extractions alone. Dr Sandra White, dental lead for PHE,

said: “It’s encouraging to see dental decay declining across England, however, almost a quarter of fiveyear-olds are still suffering from this preventable condition. “Children in our most deprived communities continue to be hit the hardest – we need more local authorities using targeted interventions to reduce these inequalities. Public Health England recommends a number of proven interventions to help local authorities improve dental health in their communities. These include supervised brushing, provision of free toothbrushes and paste, community fluoride varnish schemes and water fluoridation.

Imagine a world without smiles... Establishing oral hygiene routines should start when a baby’s first tooth comes through. Sadly, for many children, brushing twice a day for two minutes is not a daily routine; together with high sugar diets this often results in painful toothache, tooth decay and ultimately having teeth removed in hospital. To help reduce the shocking number of children who attend Derriford Hospital each year, Plymouth based charity Well Connected have created brushing clubs in schools so children can have at least one effective tooth brushing session a day. Children enjoy finding out more about their teeth and they also encourage others to brush too.

Well Connected can help you to establish a tooth brushing club in your school, nursery or children’s centre. They provide training, resources, procedures and protocols to ensure your club is meaningful effective and fun. Well Connected is an award-winning charity, committed to supporting healthier communities. As expert

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providers in community engagement and health improvement in the South West, they help disadvantaged groups to access services and adopt positive lifestyles. For more information about the brushing clubs or about the charity, visit the Well Connected website at

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We're pregnant! We were going to give up trying for a baby at Easter. I was feeling like it just wasn't going to happen. Then BAM! we're pregnant. With the past miscarriage still very fresh in my head, it really made me think about how I could prevent it happening again (if there ever is a way to prevent it). I took it easy. Don't get me wrong, I'm still really active but I don't exhaust myself at the gym like I used to do. I still do my kickboxing, but my coach (Gary Fields) teaches me 1-2-1 once a week. I like mentioning that I still do kickboxing to midwives and doctors just to see their faces blanch. Then I have to explain that he's trained in teaching pregnant ladies. There's nothing better than punching or elbowing Gary when I'm feeling hormonal. I've developed a super power! My sense of smell has increased 100 percent. I kid you not. If you were in another room eating a packet of crisps, I'd be able to tell you what flavour. This may sound like an awesome super power, but it's really not nice at all. I'm sure the people I'm talking to don't really appreciate me putting my hand over my mouth and nose when I'm talking to them. The faces I don't realise I'm pulling probably aren't the best way to keep these friends either. My pregnancy moods vary throughout the day, one minute I'm walking down the road smiling at everyone, the next minute I just want to rip everyone's face off. How is it that some people think it's acceptable to touch my belly because I'm pregnant? Then if I stop them, they get insulted. How about if a total stranger came up to you and rubbed your tummy? Would you feel a bit violated? Probably! Unless you are invited to touch a pregnant lady's baby bump, just don't. I know this guy in passing and have had to stop saying to him "Hi, how are you?" because he starts whining at me about how tired he is. I just want to shout "ARE YOU GROWING A TINY HUMAN INSIDE YOU? I DON'T THINK SO, NOW SHUT UP!" My skin is glowing at the moment. I'm taking these "Max" pregnancy vitamins every day. They contain every vitamin a pregnant lady could ever want for themselves and their growing baby. I just

wish they would do something to control these hormones too! It's amazing that a tiny miracle is happening inside my body and all I need to do, is give my baby the best start I can. Eating healthy and keeping active for as long as I can. Growing a baby makes me feel like a superhero. A really tired, weak superhero who wants to eat all day and isn't allowed to lift heavy things. Things you should never say to a pregnant lady: • Oh wow! Are you sure it's not twins? Hang on, you're saying I'm fat or that I'm having a fat baby. • You look like you're about to explode. You are tempting fate with that comment! • What is it? Erm, it's a baby?! • What are you hoping for? Erm, we're actually hoping for a puppy. • Are you going to keep trying until you get your girl? I'm quite happy to have two boys and would love another thank you! • Was it planned? You should never ever ask this question unless you want me to discuss your sex life too. • Still pregnant then! Actually no, we've had the baby. This is my balance ball shoved up my dress! Things you SHOULD always say to a pregnant lady: • You look wonderful today. Thank you. • Would you like some cake AND chocolate? Absolutely. • I'm making you dinner. OK, great! • I'm taking you out for dinner. Lovely. • Here's a cup of tea and a biscuit. Thank you. • I've done the laundry, hung it on the line and the next load is in. Can you hoover too? • I bought you a present because you're doing so well. Thank you • Let me rub your feet, you must be exhausted. Yes I am, but don't rub too hard. • Let me put the kids to bed while you relax. And I'm in heaven. As you know, at 20 weeks (16 weeks if you go private) you have your anomaly scan. The monographer will be looking for any abnormalities in your baby's development and you may be able to find out the baby's sex. I decided that we wouldn't find out until we had a party

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with some close friends. The boys would cut the cake and the inside of the cake would be pink or blue. I was explaining to one of my friends (she's from Holland) what we were planning and that we'd love for her and her family to come to our party. She thought it was a wonderful idea and that they'd be delighted to come. It wasn't until the next week that I saw her again and we were in a very public place (our kids kickboxing class), it happened to be quiet when she asked me "What can we bring to the "Sex Party?". I'm sure some of the other parents heard, but they just dare didn't look at me. I lost it and couldn't stop laughing for about 10 minutes. As well as my kickboxing, I've been doing Pilates with a lovely group of ladies at the Life Centre. Sharon gives me alternative exercises. I also do Aqua Natal classes once a week too! It's wonderful to see all the Mummies to be in various stages of their pregnancy waddling to the pool then becoming swans in the pool for an hour. Well that's it from me for this issue of VivaCity. I'll see you again for the next issue and leave you with some exercises that all pregnant women could give a go. If anything feels uncomfortable, stop doing it and go get some chocolate and cake instead! 1. 10 Minute Walk at an incline 2. 12 Squats 3. 12 Bicep Curls 4. 12 Tricep Dips 5. 12 Plie Squats 6. Wall or Bench Pushups 7. 12 Seated Rows 8. 12 Donkey Kicks 9. 10-30 Second Plank 10. 12 Bird Dogs (each side) 11. REPEAT EACH SET THREE TIMES

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Plymouth Visually Impaired Bowls Club Friendly club, the largest of its type in the South West, plays at the Hoe Bowling Green between April and September and then at the Life Centre for the remaining months of the year. We are keen to encourage new members, whether they be ex players or just looking to try the game. The club includes individuals of various ages and is not linked to any Plymouth leagues, but does play a number of friendly matches throughout the year. For more details phone 01752 849260. Badminton Club Fridays Non League club meets on Friday evenings at Whiteford Road, Plymouth. Opportunities available for new members of any age over 18. We also welcome over fifties. For further details contact Fun Fitness Sessions Various dates In the gym and in the park for children, teenagers, families and pram fitness. Call for more details 07976568477 Fizz Fitness Gym 180 Albert Rd, Plymouth PL2 1AL Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club Various dates We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5.30pm and Sunday mornings at 9.30am at Richmond Walk Devonport. We row out to sea, in The Sound and up the Tamar & Plym rivers. Ages from 14 and all abilities welcome. We run learn to row sessions. Contact secretarymorc@ or Jeff Keast 07865 228800. Port of Plymouth Canoe Association Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays May until September. Offering various introductory, taster and child (8-11) sessions throughout the spring and summer. For more information please contact Tracy Jones 01752 510653 email or visit


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Special Olympics Plymouth and District Wednesdays The Special Olympics Plymouth and District meet at YMCA Kitto centre from 6pm to 8pm. £15 membership £2 each week. Plymouth Pisces Swimming Club for All Disabilities Sundays Held at Plymouth Life Centre from 11.15am to 1.15pm. Adults £2.50 per session, children £2 per session. Under 5s free. Annual membership £5. Call Shirley on 07866 655147 Dance Yourself Fit Every Friday morning 10.30 to 11.30 Held at St. Budeaux Community Centre. If you want to get fitter or simply love to dance, come along and join our friendly class. Contact Jackie 01752 950306 Boxing Classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Carl’s boxing stable has opened a new gym in Colebrook training for all ages to compete or just get fit. 7pm to 8pm. Details from Carl on 07837 920150. Keep Fit Classes Wednesdays Jackie Hamlin’s ladies keep fit class Wednesdays 10.15am - 11.15am or 6pm - 7pm at Hyde Park Social Club KFA

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registered, insured, low fees. Contact Jackie on 01752 672685. All proceeds to Alzheimer’s Society. Tennis Club Mannamead Tennis Club, Eggbuckland Rd welcomes new members. 4 hard courts and 2 grass courts. Coaching available. Contact or phone 773652. Community Activities Various dates Evening events at Keyham Community Sports Hall, Drake Primary School, Saltash Road. Monday: Karate classes suitable for children/families and adults. 5pm to 8pm; Tuesday: Keep fit classes. Making exercise fun and easy to do. 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Wednesday: Yoga classes. Beginners/ intermediate - first tester session free. 7pm to 8.30pm. The Community Sports Hall has spaces available for hire, for further information contact Roy Burt Sports Development Coordinator at the school on 01752 567649 Plym Ramblers First and third Sunday in the month A well established walking organisation offering regular walks by experienced leaders all within 20 miles of Plymouth. The group meets every first and third Sunday in the month and also hold



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interesting social events. For details contact the secretary on 344048 or the chairman on 405132. Plym Ramblers have now published their walking book “On the beaten track 3” The 3rd book in a popular series of local walks. Plymouth Cycling Touring Club Sundays Meet for a leisure cycle ride. For our latest rides list and meet time/place see or contact Graham Black 01752 606650 or Andy Prideaux 01752 345170 for more details. Plymouth Marjon Hockey Club Hockey for all ages and abilities from age 5 through to 60+ with weekly coaching and regular matches based at the University of St Mark & St John. Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6pm age 7-11 boys and girls. Girls age 10+ and senior ladies Tuesday evening. Men’s Club training Wednesday 7.15-9pm. Boys age 10+ and senior men Thursday evening. Sunday mornings boys and girls aged 5 to 14 years. For more information visit Keep Fit Classes Wednesdays 10.15am - 11.15am and 6pm - 7pm Hyde Park Social Club. KFA registered, insured, low fees. For more details, 01752 672685

play. For more information, please see the website at or contact Rob on 07861 250682 Tai Chi Beginners Classes Various dates Established in Plymouth since 1995. A friendly group covering all aspects of Tai Chi training for health and well being. Tai Chi is a gentle way to exercise and build strength. For those more keen, it is a complete form of body and mind martial arts system from ancient China suitable for all ages 5 to 95! To get more information, please drop into the class held every Tuesday 6.45pm at Mount Street Primary School, Greenbank, or any other class advertised on For more details, contact 07949 839088 ZUMBA for the More Mature Mondays Zumba for over 50’s (low impact). 2pm to 3pm, at Pennycross Methodists Church, Pridham Lane,Peverell. Call in any Monday for a free taster, or call 01752 251614 Plymouth Handball Club Thursdays Between 6pm and 7pm at Plymouth Life Centre. Come and play an Olympic sport. A fun/recreational session for adults 18+. All levels and abilities welcome. Session is £3 (1st session free) Contact Dave 07983605639 Facebook Plymouth Handball Club, email

Plymouth Striders Running Club Twice weekly Meet at Widewell School, Lulworth Drive, Widewell (behind The George at Plymstock Roadrunners Roborough). Mondays and Thursdays Plymstock Roadrunners are a small 6.30pm. Over 16 years and all abilities welcome. For info contact or check out our website Plymouth Hockey Club Sundays Plymouth Hockey Club is the oldest junior club in the city and has recently achieved the highest award for organisation and safeguarding. The club is operated by parents for all children and young people. The club trains every Sunday between 10am - 1pm at Bull Point ATP. The club cater for young people from 4-16 years and no previous experience is required. The first 6 weeks are free to new members and everyone who trains gets to Promoting a healthy lifestyle and improved wellbeing...

running club located in the east of the city. Happy to meet, greet and say hello to anyone who runs or wants to run whether it’s for a social, a health and fitness or a competitive reason. The aim to make running fun and enjoyable for all levels of ability. For more details Fitness and Fun Touch Rugby Wednesdays Central Park Rugby Pitches 6.45pm7.45pm OPM Rugby is the official Touch Rugby club for Plymouth. Come along and enjoy a great welcome. No rugby experience required. Have fun, get fit and make new friends. More details phone Ernie on 07809 209571 or Kazjfit Mondays Harewood House in Plympton. The focus of these sessions is to improve health and fitness while encouraging active ageing and reducing isolation. The sessions are at10am-10.45am - low impact keep fit class (dance/areobics with toning). 10.45am-11.45am - functional fitness (seated/standing circuit focusing on balance, co-ordination and mobility). The price of each session is £3.50, however everybody gets their first class free to enable them to try the sessions with no obligation. There is a bus stop nearby, also free parking and a community run coffee shop on site, offering the chance to chat and socialise with a cup of tea after the session! For further information contact Karen on 07540369942 or e-mail kazjfit@

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What’s On Plymouth Visually Impaired Bowls Club Friendly club, the largest of its type in the South West, plays at the Hoe Bowling Green between April and September and then at the Life Centre for the remaining months of the year. We are keen to encourage new members, whether they be ex players or just looking to try the game. The club includes individuals of various ages and is not linked to any Plymouth leagues, but does play a number of friendly matches throughout the year. For more details phone 01752 849260. Active Argyle Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Thursdays 4.45pm to 6pm. An open multi-sports session aimed at anyone with a disability or learning difficulty aged 11 years and over. Enjoy a range of sporting activities ranging from football to table tennis. First session free, then £2 per session. No need to book, just turn up. Adult Football Brickfields Sports Centre and Recreation Ground. Fridays 7pm to 8pm. Social football session for adults aged 16 years and over. Contact Plymouth Eagles FC on 07956 038177 for more information.

AUTIswim Plympton Swimming Pool. Sundays 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Swimming session for people on the autistic spectrum and their families. The session has exclusive use of the pool and changing rooms. All sessions are free, no need to book, just turn up. Details 01752 307008.

Ballet Core Thursday 9.30-10.30 Morgan’s Gym £6.00 (payable in 6 week blocks) Low impact ballet based exercises incorporating barre work, floor barre and stretching to improve core strength, muscle tone, posture and flexibility. The class involves gentle exercises with foundations ballet technique that can be performed at your own pace. No experience needed. For further information contact Stephanie on 07964706998 Boccia Plymouth Life Centre. Mondays 11am to 12 noon and Wednesdays 10.30am to 11.30am. Paralympic sport delivered by Boccia Plymouth in partnership with Active for Life. £2. Call 01752 307008. Body Conditioning Whitleigh Hub. Every Monday 9.30am

Running for beginners People interested in taking up running on a regular basis to help keep more active can take advantage of a number of beginner running groups which are available in the city. Mondays - Plymouth Life Centre 6.15pm Tuesdays - Derriford Health and Leisure 6pm ladies only Wednesdays - Devonport Park ladies only 9.15am ; China House - 6pm; Plymouth Life Centre, ladies only, 6.15pm Fridays - China House 9.30am Saturdays - Plymouth Life Centre ladies only 9.15am For further information contact the Sports Development Unit on 01752 307008 or visit


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to 10.30am. Body conditioning class for everyone aged 16 years or over. If you haven’t been exercising for a while or you would just like to try something new, we have a variety of sessions to suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness, these sessions will help you get started. Classes are suitable for all abilities and everyone is welcome. Cost £2 each session. Booking preferred. Call 01752 307008. Body Toning Whitleigh Community Hub. Tuesdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Body toning class suitable for all abilities, aged 16 years and over. £2. Details 01752 307008. Badminton Marine Academy Plymouth. Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Badminton session suitable for everyone aged 16 years and over. Sessions cost £1 each. Booking preferred. Details 01752 307008. No Strings Badminton Plymouth Life Centre. Thursdays 10am to 11am. Adults only. A fun light hearted session ideal for those who want to play and enjoy the social side of badminton. £3 per session, no booking required. Details 01752 307008. CheeziFit The Beacon Hub. Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm and Fridays 5.45pm to 6.45pm. Exercise to your favourite Cheezy music! Suitable for everyone aged 16 years and over. £1. Details 01752 307008. Circuits Marine Academy Plymouth. Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Circuits class suitable for everyone aged 16 years and over. Sessions £2 each. No need to book, just turn up. Details 01752 307008. Express Circuit Class Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre. Thursdays 5.45pm to 6.30pm. Ladies only express circuit class, for everyone aged 16 • Continued on page 42

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Get walking - it’s good for you! Walking has been described as the perfect exercise and there are plenty of organised walking groups across Plymouth. Plymouth Health Walks are currently provided by Storm Strollers who meet on Wednesdays at 7pm and Rock Up and Walk who meet on Sundays at 3pm and Tuesdays at 9.30am. There are more than a 25 different walks at locations right across the city. The pace for the walks is set by those walking. Walking with health conditions could make all the difference to improved wellbeing. Trained walk leaders will help participants feel more confident about taking those first steps to a more active lifestyle. Details of the weekly walks are as follows:

Storm Strollers Storm Strollers are a friendly walking group who meet every Wednesday at 6.45pm to start walking at 7pm for approximately one hour. Each week they offer a choice of two, three or four mile circular routes. Storm Strollers also offer a Friday morning walk starting at 10am. For details of Storm Strollers walks call Matt 07939 802942 or Becki 07778 860032 or visit the Storm Strollers Facebook page. Central Park: meet outside Plymouth Argyle next to the Park & Ride car park; Crownhill: meet in the small car park at Crownhill B&Q near Pizza Hut; Devonport Park: meet by the lodge at the Band Stand next to the cafe in the centre of the park; Eggbuckland: meet at the Co-op on Frogmore Avenue; Embankment: meet on Lanhydrock Road by Lucas Terrace/ Farringdon Road; George Park & Ride: meet in the car park at the George Park & Ride; Ham Green: meet outside Trelawney Surgery; Hoe: meet outside Valenti’s Cafe on the Promenade (Citadel End); Marsh Mills: meet in the car park at Sainsburys, Marsh Mills, near the large sign at the far end of the car park; Plymbridge Woods: Meet at the National Trust car park which is accessed from Plympton past Boringdon Golf Course; Plympton Ridgeway: meet in the Co-op car park; Plymstock: meet in the car park behind the Broadway

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shops; Saltram: meet at GO Outdoors; Southway: meet at Southway shops on Southway Drive; Tamar Bridge: meet at the Tamar Bridge car park.

Rock Up & Walk Rock Up & Walk are a dedicated group of people looking to promote a healthier lifestyle. Their aim is to get people walking and socializing while enjoying some fresh air. The walks last approximately one hour and the distance varies but is usually around three miles. For details of all Rock Up & Walk events call Colin on 07787813577 or Debbie on 07906775745. All walks meet at 2.50pm for 3pm start on Sundays and 9.15am for 9.30am start on Sundays. Central Park: meet at the Clock Tower; Coypool: meet the Park & Ride; Crown Hill Fort: meet outside the fort; Devonport: meet by the Lodge entrance on Paradise Road/Fore Street; Efford: meet by the shops on Pike Road; Eggbuckland: meet in the car park behind the Co-op on Frogmore Avenue; Ernesettle: meet on Lakeside Drive; Plymstock: meet in the Broadway car park; Plympton Ridgeway: meet in the car park by the Co-op; Saltram: meet in Sainsbury’s car park for a walk up to Saltram House and around the grounds; Tamar Bridge: meet in the Tamar Bridge car park; Whitleigh: meet at the Co-op on Whitleigh Green.

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What’s On years and over. £6 for six weeks, booking required. Details 01752 307008. Handball Plymouth Life Centre. Thursdays 6pm to 7pm. Handball session for everyone aged 16 years and over. First session is free. No need to book, just turn up. Contact Plymouth Handball Club at Just Play Football Plymouth Life Centre. Thursdays 7pm to 8pm. Turn up and play football sessions for people aged 16 plus led by Devon FA. Free, booking required. Details 01752 307008. Kettlebells Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre. Thursdays 5.45pm to 6.30pm. Kettlebells exercise class, suitable for everyone aged 16 years and over. £2 each session. Sessions cost £2 each. No need to book, just turn up. Ladies Only Circuit Class Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre. Tuesdays 6pm to 7pm and Thursdays 9.30am to 10.30am. Ladies only circuit class, for everyone aged 16 years and over. £6 for six weeks, booking required. Details 01752 307008 Mini Tennis Plymouth Life Centre. Mondays 4pm to 5pm. Fun mini tennis sessions for children aged 4 to 8 years. £1 per session. Call 01752 307008 for more info.

Multi-Sport Devon Opportunity Club Plymouth Life Centre. Fridays 10am to 11.30am. A multi-sports session aimed at young people with a disability or learning difficulty aged 11 years and over. Enjoy a range of sporting activities delivered by Sportsway. All sessions free just turn up. Mummycise Plymouth Life Centre. Wednesdays 9.30am to 10.30am. Exercise class for new mums and their babies. If you haven’t been exercising for a while or you would just like to try something new, there are a variety of sessions to suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness, these sessions will help you get started. Classes are suitable for all abilities and everyone is welcome. Sessions cost £1 each if booked as part of the Active Mums scheme. Details 01752 307008. Netball Brickfields Sports Centre. Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm. If you used to play the game, or want to take it up as an adult, then this is the session for you. It’s great fun with activities to get you back into the game. £6 for six weeks. Details 01752 307008.

Parent and Baby Studio Cycling Plymouth Life Centre. Tuesdays 9.30am to 10.15am and Thursdays 9.30am to 10.15am. Studio cycling class for new mums and their babies. If you haven’t been exercising for a while or you would just like to try something new, we have a variety of sessions to

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Free tennis coaching lessons are available for families in Devonport Park every Saturday. To take part families register on the Devonport Park tennis website and book their sessions. The family oriented sessions are


suitable for all ages and abilities. They are provided in partnership with In partnership with Tennis Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, the LTA and Tennis For Free Charity. For details or to register go to

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suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness, these sessions will help you get started. Classes are suitable for all abilities and everyone is welcome. Details 01752 307008. Pilates At various venues suitable for all abilities aged 16 and over. Whitleigh Community Hub. Tuesdays 9.30am to 10.30am £2; 31 Admiralty Street. Tuesdays 2pm to 3pm £2; Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard. Tuesdays 6.15pm to 7.15pm £2 booking essential. Details 01752 307008; Marine Academy Plymouth. Wednesdays 6.15pm to 7.15pm £3; Stuart Road Primary School Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. £2 booking essential; Edgecumbe Court. Class for those aged 60 and over Fridays 11.30am to 12.30pm. £2 booking essential. Call 01752 307008 for details or to book a place. Plymouth Petanque Club A friendly club and a great way to be active for people of any age and ability. We meet for social games every Sunday and Wednesday afternoons throughout the year. Average attendance is about 25 -30 players. These sessions are suitable for new players as we play to basic rules with the emphasis on fun, and we always stop halfway through for tea and biscuits ( or cake for celebrations!) and a chat. We play at Brickfields Sports Centre and further information can be found on our newly updated website. www. Positive Pilgrims Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Fridays 1.45pm to 3pm. A multi-sports session aimed at men with mental health challenges aged 18 years and over. Enjoy a range of sporting activities ranging from football to table tennis with an opportunity to try something new and encourage new friendships. First session free, then £2 per session. No need to book, just turn up.

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Take steps to move more Walking briskly gets your heart pumping faster and clears your head, as well as reducing your risk of heart disease and some cancers. So, take the first step and download the free Active 10 app today.

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Post Natal Pilates 31 Admiralty Street. Thursdays 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Pilates class suitable for all new mums. £2 per session. Details 01752 307008. Pride Renegade Cheerleading Plymouth Life Centre. Wednesdays 7.15pm to 9.15pm. Cheerleading session for everyone aged 5 to 15 years. All sessions are free, no need to book, just turn up. Pre-Natal Aqua Fit Plymouth Life Centre. Tuesdays 9.30am to 10.30am. Suitable for all expectant mums. If you haven’t been exercising for a while or you would just like to try something new, we have a variety of sessions to suit everyone, whatever your age or fitness, these sessions will help you get started. Details 01752 307008. Pre-Natal Pilates 31 Admiralty Street. Saturdays 9.30am to 10.30am. Pilates class suitable for all new mums. £2 per session. Details 01752 307008. Rounders Derriford Health and Leisure Club. Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Indoor rounders session for everyone aged 16 years and over. Free. Details 01752 307008. Sling Swing Plymouth Guildhall - Mondays 10.30am - 11.30am Stoke Youth and Community Centre - Tuesdays 1.30pm - 2.30pm Tothill Community Centre (Coming soon!) Fridays 1pm - 2pm £1 per session if booked as part of the Active Mums scheme. Contact Emma on 07923311028 or email is Southwest SUP Stand up paddleboard experiences Firestone Arch, Royal William Yard Plymouth Call 07898984497 for information or email


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Helping Plymouth people to eat well and lose weight One You Plymouth offers a free 10 week programme for adults (16+) with a body mass index (BMI) between 26-39, helping them to eat well and lose weight. BMI is a measure that adults can use to see if they are a healthy weight for their height. For most adults, an ideal BMI is between 18 and 25. If your BMI is over 25, you weigh more than is ideal for your height.

knowledge and confidence to manage your weight more effectively. The weekly sessions include group discussion, information and practical demonstrations. The next course starts on July 5 at the Cumberland Centre in Devonport, from 6pm to 7.30pm. It runs for 10 consecutive Thursdays and is free of charge.

The Eat Well programme aims to help you develop the skills,

For more information or to book a place call 01752 437177.

Table Tennis Marine Academy Plymouth. Fridays 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Table tennis sessions suitable for everyone aged 16 and over. Sessions cost £1 each. Booking preferred. Details 01752 307008.

to 5pm. Water polo sessions for everyone aged 12 years and over. For more information about attending a session please contact Devonport Royal Swimming Association at gensecdrsa@

Trophyman Football Brickfields Sports Centre and Recreation Ground. Saturdays 9.30am to 10.30am. Football sessions led by Plymouth Trophyman FC. Free. Details 01752 307008

Wheelchair Rugby Plymouth Life Centre. Mondays 6pm to 7pm. Wheelchair rugby sessions led by Westcountry Hawks. Free. Call 01752 307008 for more information.

Underwater Hockey Plymouth Life Centre. Tuesdays 8.30pm to 9.30pm; Fridays 8.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturdays 5pm to 7pm. A fast game played on the bottom of the swimming pool for everyone aged 16 years and over. Booking essential, please contact Plymouth Octopush Club at john@puhc. for more information including cost and more activity information.

Yoga William Sutton Memorial Hall. Tuesdays 1.30pm to 2.30pm and The Beacon Hub. Tuesdays 5.30pm to 7pm. Yoga class suitable for all abilities, aged 16 years and over. £1. Details 01752 307008.

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NHS - 111 24/7 365 days a year Emergency Eye Care Cumberland Centre PL1 4JZ 01752 434390 Emergency Dental 0845 155 8070 Devon Doctors 0845 671 0270

Addiction: Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 917 7650 Al-Anon Family Group 020 7403 0888

Plymouth Options Centre Court, 73 Exeter Street PL4 0AH 01752 435419

Horizon Hypnotherapy & Counselling 3 The Crescent Plymouth PL1 3AB 07877 072525 / 01752 22119

Cancer Support Groups: Action Cancer Helpline 028 9080 3344 Beating Bowel Cancer Helpline 08450 719301 / 020 8973 001

GamCare (Gambling Addiction) 0808 8020 133

Cancer Research UK Helpline 0808 800 4040

Harbour Centre Hyde Park House, Mutley PL4 6LF 01752 434343 / 01752 434567

Derriford Cancer Services Dpt Level 7, Derriford Hospital 01752 431282

Plymouth Sex Addicts Anonymous PO Box 249 Plymouth PL2 1ZN 07748 050456

Plymouth Head & Neck Cancer Geoffrey N. Read 01752 563 800 / 07745 819 828 (text only)

SHARP Young People’s Service Hyde Park House Mutley PL4 6LF 01752 434295

Audiology & Hearing: Amplifon 45 Mayflower Street PL1 1QL 0808 256 6619 / 01752 967258 Audiology Services Level 7, Derriford Hospital Derriord Road, Derriford PL6 8DH 0846 155 8155 Hearing and Sight Centre Guild House, 156 Mannamead Road PL3 4QL 01752 201899

Behavioural Health & Psychiatry: CBT Plymouth Fourth Floor, Salt Quay House Sutton Road, PL4 0HP 07828 566865 Family Matters 46-48 Devonport Road Stoke PL3 4DF 01752 606826

Derriford Prostate Cancer Support Group Postgraduate Centre, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth 01752 431535 Macmillan Cancer Support Helpline 0808 808 00 00 Mustard Tree Macmillan Cancer & Information Support Derriford Hospital. Plymouth 01752 763 672 Myeloma UK - Plymouth Support Group Derriford Leisure Centre, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth 01759 370159

Cardiology: Cardio Analytics Plymouth Science Park Derriford PL6 8BU 01752 201144

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Back2Back Chiropractic Clinic 29 Houndiscombe Road Mutley PL4 6EU 01752 241145 Chinese Acupuncture Clinic 150 Union Street PL1 3HL 01752 668080 / 07971 100175

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Counselling: Horizon Hypnotherapy & Counselling 3 The Crescent Plymouth PL1 3AB 07877 072525 / 01752 22119

City Chiropractic Clinic 21 Milehouse Road PL3 4AD 01752 606600

Personal and Relationship Counselling 36 Looe Street The Barbican PL4 0EB 01752 266000

The Crescent Acupuncture Clinic 22 Hartley Avenue Mannamead PL3 5HP 01752 662144

Psychotherapy Plymouth The Waterloo Wellbeing Centre 191 Devonport Road Stoke PL1 5RN 01752 560002

Peninsula Chiropractic Clinic Plymouth Science Park PL6 8BU 01752 727297

Karen Shaw Hypnotherapy Solutions Focused Hypnotherapy karenshaw.hypnotherapy@ 07910 853887

Peverell Chiropractic Clinic 49 Ganna Park Road PL3 4NN 01752 253777 Plymouth Chiropractic Clinic 152 Mannamead Road PL3 5QL 01752 770131 Stillpoint Acupuncture Waterloo Wellbeing Centre, 191 Devonport Road Stoke PL1 5RN 07760 416046

Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery: Hyde Park Clinic 61 Hyde Park Road PL3 4JN 01752 292960 McDiarmid-Hall Clinic Plymouth Science Park, Davy Road, Derriford PL6 8BX 01752 753770 Morris and Fitton Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital Derriford Road Derriford PL6 8BG 01752 707345 Refresh Southwest 1 Emma Place Ope PL1 3FD 01752 228107 Sandy Court Clinic The Millfields PL1 3JB 01752 222107

Relate 3 Blenheim Road North Hill PL4 8LJ 01752 213131 Sea Change Therapy Copse Road PL7 1PZ 01752 341421 Simply Counselling Unit 4a, Stoke Damerel Business Centre 5 Church Street PL3 4DT 01752 560900

Dentistry: Crownhill Dental Practice 48 Morshead Road Crownhill PL6 5AQ 01752 775698 Hartley Dental 113 Mannamead Road PL3 5LL 01752 546646 John Moore Dental 51 Houndiscombe Road Mutley PL4 6EX 01752 222625 The Mead Dental Practice 61 Mannamead Road Mannamead PL3 4SS 01752 224880

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The Directory Meavy Way Dental Pracctice 45 Crownhill Road Crownhill PL5 3AL 01752 773412 Pemros Dental Practice 19 Pemros Rd, St Budeaux PL5 1LY 01752 361722 Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence 162 Victoria Road St Budeaux PL5 1QY 01752 364717

Dermatology: The Erme Clinic 61A Ebrington Street PL4 9AA 07530 254405

Diabetes: Plymouth Diabetes Centre Level 6, Derriford Hospital Derriford PL6 8DH 07825 145308 Diabetes Help Plymouth Project 30 Holland Road PL9 9BN 01752 403206

Diagnostic Imaging: Easy Imaging Plymouth Consultant Radiologists PO Box 231 PL6 8WY 01752 432200

Ear, Nose & Throat: Ear Nose & Throat Plymouth Plymouth Nuffield Hospital, Derriford Road PL6 8DH 01752 761822

Fitness: Brickfields Sports Centre Madden Road PL1 4NE 01752 563320 Elfordleigh Hotel Colebrook, Plympton PL7 5EB 01752 336428 Plymouth Life Centre 40 Mayflower Drive PL2 3DG 01752 606900

GP Surgeries: Armada Surgery 28 Oxford Place, Western Approach PL1 5AJ 01752 428398 Beaumont Villa Surgery 23 Beaumont Road St Judes PL4 9BL 01752 663776


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Barton Road Surgery Horn Lane, Plymstock PL9 9BR 01752 407129 Chaddlewood Surgery 128 Bellingham Crescent Chaddlewood PL7 2QP 01752 345317 Chard Road Surgery Chard Road St Budeaux PL5 2UE 01752 363111 Church View Surgery 30 Holland Road Plymstock PL9 9BN 01752 403206 Crownhill Surgery 103 Crownhill Road PL5 3BN 01752 771713 Dean Cross Surgery 21 Radford Park Road Plymstock PL9 9DL 01752 404743 Devonport Health Centre 53 Damerel Close Devonport PL1 4JZ 01752 561500 Efford Medical Centre 29-31 Torridge Way Efford PL3 6JG 01752 781254 Elm Surgery 123 Leypark Walk Estover PL6 8UF 01752 776772 Ernesettle Primary Care Centre 21 Ernesettle Green PL5 2ST 01752 434951 Friary House Surgery 2a Beaumont Road St Judes PL4 9BH 01752 666122 Glenside Medical Centre Glenside Rise Plympton PL7 4DR 01752 341340 Knowle House Surgery 4 Meavy Way Crownhill PL5 3JB 01752 705090 Leypark Surgery within Estover Health Centre, Leypark Walk Estover PL6 8UE 01752 788778

North Road West Medical Centre 167 North Road West City Centre PL1 5BZ 01752 662780 Oakside Surgery Honicknowle Green Medical Centre Guy Miles Way Honicknowle PL5 3PY 01752 766000 Peverell Park Surgery The Stables, Pound House, Outland Road Peverell PL2 3PX 01752 791438 Roborough Surgery 1 Eastcote Close Roborough PL6 6PH 01752 701659

Health Centres: Capes Health Professionals Plymouth Science Park, 1 Davy Road Derriford PL6 8BX 01752 395112 Collings Park Medical Centre 57 Eggbuckland Road Hartley PL3 5JR 0152 771500 Freedom Health Centre 78 Lipson Road PL4 8RH 01752 674494 Lisson Grove Medical Centre 3-5 Lisson Grove Mutley PL4 7DL 01752 205555

Southway Surgery 33 Rockfield Avenue Soothsay PL6 6DX 01752 776650

Mount Gould Primary Care Centre 200 Mount Gould Road Mount Gould PL4 7PY 01752 434679

St Levan Surgery 350 St Levan Road Keyham PL2 1JR 01752 561973 St Neots Surgery 1 North Prospect Road PL2 3HY 01752 561305

Sentinel Health and Wellbeing Express Diagnostics and Treatment Centre Plymouth Science Park Derriford PL6 8BU 0845 155 8297

Stoke Surgery Belmont Villas Stoke PL3 4DP 01752 562569

St Budeaux Health Centre Stirling Road St Budeaux PL5 1PL 01752 322252

The Budshead Health Centre 433 Budshead Road PL5 4DU 01752 206002 The Crescent Camouflage Practice 4 The Crescent PL1 3AB 01752 222665

Elfordleigh Hotel Colebrook, Plympton PL7 5EB 01752 336428 Gaia Spa Boringdon Hall, Colebrook Plympton PL7 4DP 01752 344455

Tothill Surgery 10 Tothill Avenue St Judes PL4 8PH 01752 315594

Kalmora Spa Debenhams, Second Mezzanine Flr 16-18 Royal Parade PL1 1SA 01752 222374

Trelawny Surgery 45 Ham Drive PL2 2NJ 01752 432080 University Medical Centre 27 Endsleigh Place Drakes Circus PL4 6DN 01752 222341 West Hoe Surgery 2 Cliff Road The Hoe PL1 3BP 01752 660105

Lisson Grove Medical Centre 3-5 Lisson Grove Mutley PL4 7DL 01752 205555

Woolwell Medical Centre School Drive Woolwell PL6 7TH 01752 209030

Mannamead Surgery 22 Eggbuckland Road Mannamead PL3 5HE 01752 223652

Wycliffe Surgery Cattedown Primary Care Centre 8 Cattedown Road PL4 0BZ 01752 434500 Find out more

Health Spas:

Ocean Beauty Spa/Salon Holiday Inn Armada Way PL1 2HJ 01752 651929

Home Care: Allied Healthcare Group Metropolitan House, The Millfields Stonehouse PL1 3JB 01752 604555 BUPA Health Centre 202 Peverell Park Road Peverell PL3 4QE 01752 709709 Caremark Plymouth Falcon Business Centre,



Falcon House Eagle Road PL7 5JY 01752 349784 Livewell South West 200 Mount Gould Road Mount Gould PL4 7PY 01752 437177

Hospitals: Derriford Hospital Derriford Road Crownhill PL6 8DH 01752 202082 Nuffield Health Hospital Derriford Road PL6 8BG 0800 015 5020

Massage Therapy: Mark Mears Associates 15 Acre Place Stoke PL1 4QR 07711 519390 The Muscle Clinic Room 20, HQ Building 237 Union Street PL1 3HQ 01752 313474 Plymouth Natural Health Centre 175 Outland Road, Peverell PL2 3PY 07758 000266 Vivienne Blackney Massage Therapist Unit 21, Scott Business Park Beacon Park Road PL2 2PQ 07905 006678

Non-profit Organisations: Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support 7 Whimple Street PL1 2DH 01752 265952 Family Matters (Family Support and Relationship Advice) 46-48 Devonport Road Stoke PL3 4DF 01752 606826 Pisces Swimming Club for All Disabilities Sessions on Sundays 11.15am to 1.15pm at Plymouth Life Centre. Details PMRGCA Plymouth Support Group For people with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) or Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) www.pmrgca. 0300 999 5090 PADAN Plymouth Area Disability Action Network.We are a user-led organisation run by and for

disabled people. Why not join us and have your say on: Barriers to access preventing you from being included and involved because of your impairments. Plans for Plymouth – access to buildings and services. We meet monthly in the Council House in the city centre and membership is free. Please contact Dawn Clarke, Co-ordinator, 01752 201766, or email or visit Samaritans (Mental Health Support) 20 Oxford Place Western Approach PL1 5AJ 01752 221666 / 116 123 SEAP (Free, confidential and independent advocacy service) Highbury House 207 Outland Road PL2 3PF 0300 343 5719 / The Eddystone Trust (HIV and Sexual Health Services) 2nd Floor Suite 11 Whimple Street PL1 2DH 01752 254406 / 0800 328 3508 YMCA (Health and Wellbeing Support for Young People) Kitto Centre PL5 3NG 01752 201918 The Zone Plymouth (Support and Advice for Young People) 14-16 Union Street PL1 2SR 01752 206626

Orthodontics: Plymouth Orthodontics 60 Lower Compton Road Mannamead PL3 5DW 01752 662554

Orthopaedics: Vita Orthopaedics LLP Plymouth Nuffield Hospital Derriford Road PL6 8BG 0845 5050522

Physical Therapy: Alison Morton Physiotherapy 13 Peverell Park Road Peverell PL3 4LS 01752 257581 Andrew Higgins and Associates 28a Pomphlett Road Plymstock PL9 7BL 01752 294714 Bowden Physio 23 Brandreth Road Mannamead PL3 5HQ 01752 252696

Promoting a healthy lifestyle and improved wellbeing...

Fay Pedler Physiotherapy Clinic 5 Whiteford Road Mannamead PL3 5LU 01752 664519 Plymouth Neurophysio Falcon House, Eagle Road Plympton PL7 5JY 01752 349797 Plymouthphysio 5 Whiteford Road Mannamead PL3 5LU 01752 670707 / 01752 664519 Stoke Physiotherapy 129 Devonport Road Stoke PL1 5RQ 01752 563977

Pregnancy Services: Babybond (Ultrasound Direct Plymouth) Devonshire Villa 52 Stuart Road PL3 4EE 01752 600067 BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) Mount Gould Local Care Centre 200 Mount Gould Road PL4 7PY 03457 30 40 30 Pregnancy Crisis Centre Second Floor, Kinterbury House Canterbury Street PL1 2DG 01752 246788

Sexual Health: Brook Torpoint Community College Trevol Road Torpoint PL11 2NH 01209 710088 GUM Clinic Level 5, Zone D Derriford Hospital PL6 8DH 01752 431124 (Appointments) 01752 431804 (Advice)

Weight Loss: Andy Jackson Personal Trainer McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07445 893048 Classic Health and Fitness (Weight Loss in Plymouth) Beechwood Primary, Rockfield Avenue Southway PL6 6DX 07795 260374 Craig Adams Fitness Trainer McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07837 810196 Dean Burchell Fitness and Nutrition 1 Cross Park Avenue

The Directory Crownhill PL6 5AR 07766 004853 Epsilon Fitness 1 Leigham Street PL1 3BE 01752 269829 Merlin Fitness Ltd Unit 86-88 Christian Business Park Tamerton Foliot Road Crownhill PL6 5DS 01752 721062 Plymouth Health and Fitness Unit 29 Mary Seacole Road The Millfields PL1 3JY 01752 945876 Plymouth Hoe Boot Camp Plymouth Hoe 07972 198993 Power Bounce Fitness 14 Gibbon Lane North Hill PL4 8BR 07877 388450 / 07402 250050 Refine Fitness and Nutrition 47 Higher Compton Road PL3 5HZ 07967 268493 Revolution Fit Personal Training and Bootcamps 25 Acorn Gardens PL7 4NJ 07881 621882 Rich Hickman Personal Trainer McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07896 949966 Shift Personal Training McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07508 919870 Steve Parry Personal Training McCauley’s Gym 23 The Crescent PL1 3AD 07899 875637 Suzy Wills Personal Training 5 Longfield Villas PL8 7RR 07971 779667 The Good Health Clinic City Business Park Somerset Place PL3 4BB 01752 774755

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