SUMMARY OF 2017/18
In 2017, Fresher’s week started off with a bang. As so many were interested to join, member capacity reached its maximum meaning that a few people had to join a waiting list. As the year went on, charity events were set up and a large sum was raised for Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service. As well as charity competitions, we held showcases against other universities and placed 1st. Not only did these regular events raise money for charity, they also allowed members to become closer and many friendships formed as a result.
CHARITY & COMMUNITY
This year, Pole Fitness set up a Just Giving page where people could donate any amount to charity. The chosen charity was Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service and we raised over £1000 with the target being £500. The first event worked with Time to Change and This Girl Can to challenge perceptions of mental health (including a talk from the SU about wellbeing).
Other charity events included a photoshoot, creating our own calendars, bingo, charity sport swap (with Yoga and MMA) and two showcases. Our first showcase featured special guest performances from Swing Dance and Chester Vixens, raising a total of £170. The last showcase raised a total of £320 and included prizes donated by members.
After running our own competition against Bangor and Salford university we placed 1st and 2nd in advanced, as well as 1st and 3rd in beginners.
Chester Pole Fitness entered the Inter-University Pole Dancing Competition and came 7th out of all 14 universities.
Setting up regular charity events ensured that we raised well over our target of £500. A total of £1023.00 was raised.
PLANS FOR 2018/19
We are all excited for the year to come and will be holding several charity events in the hope to reach around £500-£600 for. More showcases will be held; however, this will be open to a wider range universities.
The main charity event we have in mind is similar to ‘Walk A Mile in Her Shoes’ where people will be sponsored to walk in heels for a certain distance. Our chosen charity in mind is Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service, however this may change at the first committee meeting.