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Beautiful image of a young boy and girl (possibly brother and sister) with big smiles

Supporting African children through sponsorship and fund raising Primarily Uganda, the majority of the children live in the village of Kisoro

Each of our health clubs and spas sponsor a child through the Compassion Charity’s sponsorship programme. Compassion UK is a Christian Charity which helps children aged between 3 years and 22 years break free from the cycle of poverty. We currently sponsor 30 children and this funding helps with education, health care, hygiene training and the provision of food. In addition, our clubs and spas fund raise for the communities where our sponsored children live. We have provided financial support of more than £100,000 over a nine year period as well as the time of our staff teams. In 2006, three of our staff team visited Uganda for four days to meet some of our sponsored children and to see a play area in their community which our staff and customers had raised funds for.

by Fitness Express Health Clubs & Imagine Spas


Internal picture of The Movement Studio in New York with a slogan on the wall: Give Back, Move Forward

The Movement studio: The gym that gives back every day of the year New York, United States

Recently I was undertaking some online research and stumbled upon an American search result, which grabbed my attention: ‘Charity-Driven Gyms Are Popping Up All Over The Country.’

Gyms undertake random acts of charity all the time, but these new gyms are different as they embed charity at the very heart of their business. So, this is the story of ‘The Movement’, a recently opened boutique fitness studio in New York City that operates by the philosophy of: give back, move forward (the intrinsic joy and satisfaction of exercise while simultaneously helping others). It donates $1 per person per class to The National Brain Tumour Society, not just for a few days, but every day of the year. It is the first fitness business I have discovered that donates a portion of every sales it makes.


Anna and Rounaja, two staff members are sorting the used squash balls

Autistic, hyperactive children benefit from club’s squash balls Oulu, Finland

Our club collected used squash balls and collaborated with a refurbishment company to produce ball blankets, used as  a sensory stimulation aid, that helps autistic and hyperactive children. The blanket was then donated to a local school that specialises in helping children with special needs. Similar blankets are now being produced to help others for a fraction of the cost compared to online shops. This means more children are being helped by recycling something as simple as a squash ball.


Group of female prisoners and their babies taking part in a physical activity programme – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Physical activity programme for pregnant Argentinian prisoners Buenos Aires, Argentina

Since September 2012, EMBARAZO ACTIVO has been providing a physical activity programme  for groups of female inmates at Prison Unit Number 31 in Buenos Aires,  Argentina. The programme has been developed specifically for pregnant women and those prisoners caring for babies under eight months old. The programme is delivered free of charge.

Mariela Villar, CEO of EMBARAZO ACTIVO initially developed and delivered the programme. In 2013 she trained prison staff who now operate the programme, with Mariela providing supervision and advice every fifteen days.