Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Inspire2tri was born from a vision to bring to create an affordable and accessible pathway for Rehabilitation, Fitness & Sport in a non-threatening rural setting.

The Company was formed as a Limited Company in October 2011 and Full Planning Permission was granted to convert a dis-used Agricultural Building into a self-funded multi-purpose gym and studio in March 2012. The studio opened in November 2012 and has grown yearly in reputation and facilities, winning multiple awards across the spectrum of Community provision, coaching and rehabilitation in older populations.

In January 2016 the Company was converted to a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, locking all company assets, including the swimming pool in perpetuity for Charity (ArcticOne foundation). A self-funded state of the art dual flume, dual treadmill Endless Pool was added and became operational in July 2016.

All profits are reinvested and the founding Director runs the company and provides all coaching and teaching services free of charge. The Directors do not take any dividends from the company. It is our mission to continue to provide affordable fitness and Sport for all, using funds from Sports activities to subsidise rehabilitation and fitness for older and disability clients.

A year ago we created a small herb garden next to the Studio and Pool for our clients to take away herbs after their sessions with us. It's a lovely little garden and it has thrived this the summer, but it's tucked away from the main entrance and very small. We would love to extend the garden alongside the western aspect of the studio to provide a place where our older clients will be able to sit, chat and enjoy the rural countryside before or after their rehabilitation sessions.

The Project isn't big and we would plan to do most of the work ourselves. We have willing helpers to design the space properly but we just need a bit of help with landscaping and materials. We've done a costing and our shopping list of two metal benches (to resist the elements), a small water feature, heather plants, perennials, an Acer Palmatum tree, gravel and (most costly) Indian Sandstone paving to match the rest of our paths, together with some labour that we can't do ourselves will just come under the £1,000 mark if we buy wisely.

Why does a fitness studio need a garden? Well, we're not just a fitness studio. We offer a community. With a growing exercise referral population; hydrotherapy classes, Fall classes and cardiac rehabilitation our clients come for fitness but also for friendship. Anything extra that we can offer to make their visit fun will be just brilliant. Like all of our access areas, the path widths and the small sitting area will be wheelchair friendly.

Can we maintain it? Absolutely! We've designed it to be very low maintenance and we've able to commit personal time and a small amount of paid help to maintaining it. And we already have a few clients who are very interested to help us with planning, plants and ideas (which we will willingly accept).

Health and fitness is more than an hour a week to come and go within a class. We are lucky to be situated in the beautiful countryside of Rutland and want to make full advantage of what we can offer to further those wellbeing goals.

Your support would be hugely appreciated.

Inspire2tri Community Interest Company

Location: Rutland, United Kingdom

We built Inspire2tri from a tumbled down cowshed. From small beginnings we converted to not-for-profit, locking our assets for charity. Now we fill the fitness studio & pool with folks of all ages, goals & disabilities. Our small garden will be a place for friendship in the quiet of the countryside.
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