Meet Kim Hall and the Love to Move programme

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Meet Kim Hall and the Love to Move programme

November 24, 2017

The British Gymnastics Foundation’s programme and its lead coach were nominated for the #BeActive Awards

Selected by British Gymnastics and UEG in the ‘Local Hero’ category of the #BeActive Awards, Kim Hall made it through the scrutiny of the European Commission selection committee who nominated her as one of the three finalists in her category. The Awards celebrate inspiring contributions to promoting active lifestyles in Europe. Three categories were contested: Workplace, Local Hero and Education.

At the Awards Gala, held in Marseille (FRA), the Lead Coach for the British Gymnastics Foundation’s Love to Move programme was a worthy runner-up. Her enthusiasm has driven this project and we take this occasion to introduce it to the world.

Love to Move is an age and dementia friendly seated gymnastics programme which is transforming the lives of people living with dementia. Inspired by a Japanese initiative by FIG Technical Committee member Araki Tatsuo, the British Gymnastics Foundation adapted the concept to the UK and Kim has been a vital part of the programme’s success, and has played a big part in ensuring participants get the most out of the sessions.

Research by Age UK in to the Love to Move programme found that it ‘has a demonstrable benefit in the physical, emotional and cognitive aspects of older people’, but it also praised the Lead Coach of the sessions, Kim Hall: “The dedication of the person delivering the session was evident by her remembering the older people’s names, taking the time to speak to each of them individually. Older people attending the sessions and staff members at the residential care homes all had praise and positive comments about the person delivering the session.” Her efforts to ensure the success of the programme to date can’t be underestimated.

After the Gala, Kim Hall said: “It was a real honour to be selected for this award and to be in the final 3. Everyone was very welcoming, supportive and excited about my work, delivering such an amazing program which has improved so many lives. There was a lot of interest shown. The other nominees were very special people and I felt very humbled to be nominated alongside them. The evening was a real celebration on how much sport and being active can improve the lives of everyone from any background and age.”

On 21st of October, Kim Hall was also awarded by British Gymnastics during the National Awards Gala that took place in Cambridge.