In 2015 when the effects of Storm Desmond put paid to the Ambleside Brownies meeting in their brownie hut, Low Wood Club came to the rescue. Shauna King, Fitness Instructor at the Club tells us about how the inconvenience of the storm opened up opportunities for greater community involvement.
An alternative meeting place
In December 2015 when storm Desmond hit the Lake District Ambleside Brownies meeting hut was badly damaged. Low Wood Club offered the use of the pool, hosting various sessions and putting the girls through their swim badges.
Low Wood Club Swimming Pool - the alternative meeting place for Ambleside Brownies[/caption]
On 3rd October to celebrate the re-opening of the meeting hut, Emma Robinson and I, Fitness Instructors from Low Wood Leisure Club, visited Ambleside Brownies, who were joined by the Grasmere Brownies for the evening. We lead them in agility exercises and signed them off on their Agility badges. This involved a 1-hour session, including a warm up, skipping and hula-hooping skills, an aerobic exercise routine and a mini circuit.
Emma and I arrived to some very excited Brownies, so we knew we had our work cut out working with them that evening. Emma started off doing a warm-up with the whole group before we spilt off into individual groups. Each group demonstrated skipping with fancy steps and some 20 second hula hooping. Next the girls worked together to create a one minute aerobic exercise routine. My group came up with six 10-second exercises, which included high knees, scissor jumps, burpees, heel flicks, running on the spot and star jumps. The final part of the agility badge was to complete a mini circuit incorporating 6 exercises.
Once the girls had caught their breath and had water and oranges, Emma and I presented them with their badges and certificates. All the girls worked exceptionally hard and all left very red-faced. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening with the Brownies.
Shauna King – Fitness Instructor