NEW parents Kate and Matthew Hill were keen to find Sheffield activities they could enjoy as a family – but the only way of discovering what’s on involved hours on the computer or telephone.
The answer, they decided, was to set up their own service.
The result is www.funmefit.com, with other families now being offered access to the one-stop shop.
Kate, of Shiregreen, a director at Hill & Co accountants, had been aware of the need for accessible community activities since she set up a women-only exercise group in local parks during her university days.
“I got such a great response from people saying there weren’t enough fun things to help women or their families to stay fit,” she said.
That developed into the FunMeFit idea after son Oliver was born last year.
“We found there was a need for a kind of sporting directory of activities and fun things to do in Sheffield – and a wide need for some community spirit,” said Kate.
FunMeFit runs like a giant notice board, complete with calendar of events and discussion forum.
Sports clubs and organisations across Sheffield are invited to post their events and meetings free of charge.
It could be used by a football team looking for a goalkeeper or a mum looking for other families to join in a weekly game of rounders.
Activities already listed range from cycling and running clubs to bootcamps and keep-mums-fit groups. Some are run by established sports organisations, others are just initiatives set up by local people.
“We’d love to get as many families joined up for socialising, setting up their own fitness initiatives and enjoying life that little bit more by being active and connecting with other families in their communities,” said Kate.
The project is not a money-making venture – Kate and Matthew have ploughed their own money into its launch – but sponsorship is a possibility and it has already won the support of Sport England and Change4Life.
Kate added: “As a working mother of one – soon to be two – I don’t have time to go to a gym, but playing in the park can be just as beneficial, and it’s fun for all the family, too.”