INSPIRE ME - Residents kick-start fitness campaign with boot camps in North East Derbyshire

27th May 2015

Bootcamp 1‘Boot camp’ style fitness sessions in Ashover have proved hugely popular with local people, with another camp now underway in Clay Cross.  

The district’s Village Games Officer, Hayley Bramley said: “I had been trying to find a boot camp instructor for a while as I had done some consultation via social media as to what local people wanted to see in their villages and a boot camp was a very popular response.”

“Then I by chance Nicola Crossley got in contact with me wanting help to set up new classes in North East Derbyshire. Nicola had recently had her second child and felt it was time to get back into the swing of things with her Personal Trainer qualification and vast experience of fitness.”

“Nic is enthusiastic, community-focused and willing to see the end goal. Nic very kindly offered to do the first session for free as a taster for local people, within two days of putting the poster on Facebook we had 14 places booked. Completely overwhelmed with the interest we hit Ashover with fliers and posters to the Primary School and local shops and businesses; this took us up to capacity at 20 places booked.”

“The taster session was fantastic with excellent feedback from all our participants; we also found that the session had attracted and retained 12 participants who had previously been inactive. We now have an average of 20 people per week consisting of 15 women and 5 men who Nic works very hard with not just at the session but she also sends out nutritional advice and extra midweek training tips to all her clients.”
Group leader, Nicola said: “It's a fun outdoor workout using cardio and resistance moves; it’s great for beginners and more advanced exercise enthusiasts.”

Member, Jacquie Collins described the sessions as “fun, challenging, exhausting!”

Suzanna Bailey commented: “If you sceptical give it a go. I was, I did and I have really enjoyed it. The sessions are challenging and suitable for any level of fitness. You can adapt the exercise to suit your ability, but you really do build up strength and stamina quite quickly. It's also honestly fun, we all push each other along and have a giggle as a group.”

Becky Hunter said: “To say I hate exercise and especially gyms, I love this boot camp. My mum and I do it every week; it’s great fun for all abilities and gets you ready for the rest of the weekend.” 
Hayley has now worked with local partner agencies to set up another new boot camp style fitness session in Clay Cross, which is getting underway this month. The sessions in North East Derbyshire are: 
•    Sharley Park Leisure Centre, Clay Cross – Tuesday’s from 6.30pm
•    Ashover Parish Ground – Saturday’s from 9.30am

To find out more, find North East Derbyshire Village Games on Facebook, or email Hayley on: 
There are also boot camp style fitness sessions in other parts of the county:
•    Park Fit - Whitworth Park, Darley Dale – Monday – 5.30-6.30pm 
•    Park Fit - Whitworth Park, Darley Dale – Wednesday – 9.30-10.30am
•    Park Fit – Rowsley Recreation Ground – Wednesday – 2.15-3.15pm
•    Park Fit – Rowsley Recreation Ground – Friday – 9.30-10.30am (contact Ian Dipaolo on for more information on Derbyshire Dales sessions). 
•    Step Out, Tone Up – The Postmill Centre, South Normanton – Monday – 1.30-2.30pm 
•    Fit and Fun Families – Pinxton Village Hall – Thursday – 1.30-2.30pm (cotact Nicola Armstrong on for more information on Bolsover District sessions).