We couldn’t think of a better way to start our week, than a fantastic BollyRun Programme with the amazing Marilyn Okoro and Nottingham Asian Arts Council, who joined together with Team Mintridge to deliver this very special, National Lottery Community Funded Programme.
Our day began with an inspirational presentation from Marilyn and Ankita from the NAAC, all about how they found their love and passion for their sport and dance and also about the wider benefits of getting involved in sport and physical activity. It was an important message for the room of young women to hear how sport and physical activity can help you mentally, physically and socially as well as providing countless opportunities when associated to a club or organisation.
After the presentation, the young women were invited to start the Bollywood Style dance session that would introduce them to a new form of music and movement, which would allow them to express themselves and open their mind to getting involved in something new. With a few easy steps and lots of fun, the young women were laughing and enjoying their Bollywood Style session, before they would then be led by Marilyn in a running based fitness activity.
We loved that all of the young women in the room brought all of their enthusiasm to the session and tried their hardest to get involved in the dance and fitness elements of the session, even if it was something they had never tried before, or felt like giving up. It was a great test of perseverance and resilience for the group and it was great to be able to start their week with a positive BollyRun experience.
All of the young women had the opportunity to have their photograph taken with Marilyn and receive a signed autograph card from her, to takeaway with them. As part of the National Lottery Community Funding, the school will benefit and receive a number of funded Bollywood Zumba lessons over the next six months, to encourage the young women at the school to take part in something they may not be very familiar with and make some new friends in the process.
Our day was not over yet though, as we delivered an exciting, open BollyRun session in the evening for the students and members of the community to get involved in. It was an upbeat, exciting session full of movement and music, that got everyone in the spirit of Bollywood and ready to move with Marilyn.
As the session developed, Marilyn delivered a short fitness session with the group and challenged them to challenge themselves, which is certainly a message they could use in their daily lives outside of sport and physical activity.
From this session Marilyn selected two students and two members of the community to be mentored by her remotely over the next six months, so that they could continue the BollyRun legacy and also act as leaders within their community and school peer groups, to get more people involved in sport and physical activity.
We are very grateful to Nottingham Girls’ Academy, for all their help in organising this fantastic day and for being so engaged throughout all of the sessions. Thank you also to the Nottingham Asian Arts Council for delivering the Bollywood Zumba and themed classes to work alongside Marilyn’s run and fitness session.
This Programme would not be possible without the support and funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and we are so glad that the Nottingham area could benefit from this funding.
If you would like to see the photos from our day, please contact the staff at Nottingham Girls’ Academy. You can see the short video from our day at our YouTube channel, via this link https://youtu.be/8gJLSKSePSk
We can’t wait to work with you all again in the future and follow the progress of Marilyn’s mentees over the next six months.