Rotherhithe Charity organizes free on-line health programs for “marginalized girls”

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The project is funded by This Girl Can, a Sport England supported fund promoting active lifestyles among women and girls

A Rotherhithe charity offers free online fitness classes for women with social or cultural backgrounds that mean they may exercise less.

Restorative Justice For All (RJ4ALL), based on Plow Way, aims to encourage at least 200 women and girls over sixteen to sign up for weekly Pilates and Zumba classes over the next year.

RJ4ALL says its classes are intended for women who have “social, economic, and / or cultural barriers” to taking a fitness class or going to a gym. The charity calls the new project “Women’s Hearts: Active & United”.

The charity said Muslim women are particularly likely to miss out on sports. Research by creative agency Mud Orange found that before the Covid-19 pandemic, 86 percent of Muslim women would prefer to use gyms for women only, and this often meant they exercised less.

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, who runs the charity, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer free exercise and strengthening classes to women, especially during these difficult times.

“The Women’s Hearts: Active & United project is well embedded in our culture and we hope it will attract enough supporters to keep it going for many years.”

The project is funded by This Girl Can, a Sport England supported fund promoting active lifestyles among women and girls.

Classes are led by Olga Ribaka, a fitness trainer who has been teaching fitness and dance for nearly twenty years.

Ms. Ribaka added, “Waking up in the morning, going to the gym and prioritizing your fitness is not easy – we all know it! But it’s important to stay on track and work towards your health goals.
“For those days when you need additional motivation, take part in our free online courses, no matter where you are.”