2020: A Strange and Eventful Year
A Strange and Eventful Year!!
2020 has been a year to remember and to forget. Fires, floods and COVID. But it’s also been a time that has allowed us to reflect and realise how important community, friends, family, health and happiness all are.
And Thankfully We SURVIVED
We made it through this terrible year because of the amazing support that so many groups of people gave us.
And we are so thankful for those who helped make it possible, from our members to our trainers, partners and councils and everyone else!
Unfortunately, We Also Had Losses
2020 was a difficult year for everyone, right across the country.
Businesses were forced to shut, whole industries closed down and many of our beloved partners were unable to continue with their funding.
61 camps in total were closed down. But we will not let this year stifle our passion! We will continue to look for funding across the country and hope to bring many of these camps back as well as adding new locations to help more people.
Our Survival Was Due to Our Trainers
What a year to be a personal trainer. Lockdowns, restrictions, limitations, the list goes on for the fitness industry. But never have we met a group of more positive, supportive and caring people.
Live Life Get Active’s trainers and yoga instructors rose to the challenge week in week out during 2020. Whether it was running sessions without equipment or learning to do online classes.
Nothing was too difficult and they continued to be there for our amazing members when they needed them most.
And Our Amazing Partners Who Stood By Us
In March when nationwide lockdowns were enforced, our partners who stood by us.
Companies and government entities who had paid for outdoor fitness classes agreed to keep supporting us whilst they were unable to operate.
It was these same partners who agreed to fund the launch of a new online offering.
We Created Our Online Offering and We Kept it REAL
Restrictions on outdoor classes meant Live Life Get Active had to pivot to provide their members with support during lockdown.
In a few short weeks, with the help of trainers and the backing of our partners, we copied our in park offering, added to it and created an ever-changing online service.
On-demand fitness, wellness and nutrition videos, coupled with live-streamed wellness and fitness sessions were available for all 24/7 and they are here to stay.
We Also Made Sure We Checked In On How People Were Feeling
During this period we also reached out to our members to see how they were coping, what their issues were and to find out how we could help.
It was truly touching to read the honesty, and stories of sadness and bravery that our members shared. Their truthfulness has been instrumental in shaping our online offering even today.
They Wanted To Learn How To Be Calmer
One key takeaway from our social research was a desire from a large number of members for wellness sessions.
This led us to develop our guided meditation and yoga for mental health live classes. We also delivered a series of sessions to deal with anxiety and restless minds. Laughing yoga proved very popular as did enjoying deep sleep. We will continue to run social studies to ensure our offering is always relevant.
Finally, We Were Allowed Back Into The Park
In July restrictions began to ease and where we could we slowly headed back into the park. Welcoming our trainers and members with open arms.
We worked around ever-changing rules for class numbers, equipment, attending children and social distancing to still run over 13,000 sessions in 2020!
Bring It On 2021
The coming year is going to be full of drive and passion for life. WE are so excited!!
We will be sharing new ideas and new experiences and we will definitely be having a whole lot of fun. We have new camps launching and we will be chasing funding to further grow our footprint right across the country.
We hope you all have a very enjoyable break and we look forward to seeing you either in the park with equipment or online for a session that better suits your timetable in what is going to be an AMAZING year!!