Since my move to Cornwall end of 2012 and then starting up Potluck Cornwall in 2014 I knew I needed to start doing some exercise to counter balance all the good food I have been consuming. Since the move down and all the food I am eating I have gone up 3 dress sizes and have to wear high waisted jeans now to hide the bits I'm unhappy with.
I can't remember how I came across the rounders summer sessions Cornwall Sports Partnership were running but I started to attend the 6 week stint and haven't looked back.
I loved rounders at school and have always wanted to play again. I bought the whole rounders kit about 9 years ago hoping to start up a rounders networking group in Kent, I had interest but the numbers never stuck so I never got the group off the ground. My kit has collected dust ever since.
I don't like running and haven't stuck to a gym class or anything similar since I left 10 years worth of dancing (Modern Jazz, Ballet and Tap - 5 times a week) at the age of 15.
15 years too late maybe but I have now found something I love doing weekly, so much so that when the free 6 week sessions ended I took to Facebook and Twitter and made a small but on-going group out of some of our Potluck Cornwall members to carry on the sessions. Once the nights drew in we moved inside and once the nights get light again we will head back outside.
It has been amazing to meet new people who also share the love of rounders and to watch how far we have all come in 5 months is incredible. I used to scream when the ball was thrown in my direction, now I can catch some with one hand. It sounds crazy but not putting these practices into action for 15 years had made me fearful. Fearful if anyone ran close to me, fearful of catching in case my glasses broke, fearful of maybe slipping over if the ground is wet. In these 5 months all of who attend have worked on our weaknesses and have really improved on the skills we weren't very good at in the beginning. I also lost 5 pounds which I think is a huge achievement considering this is the only bit of exercise I do.
Yesterday we started back after the Xmas break and I stayed on afterwards to attend a netball session 7:30-8:30pm. Grace our coach has been asking and asking if I would come along and give it ago. I didn't like netball at school at all but I gave netball a go last night and I have to say playing school sports as an adult is so much more fun and you put the fears that you had at school behind you.
If anyone would like to join our rounders group or the netball group through Cornwall Sports Partnership just turn up. It is a great way to meet new people of both sexes, have fun, get fit and let your hair down.
Potluck Cornwall Adult Rounders Group - All abilities welcome, aged 16 +
Professional coaching by Grace Clayton. Kit Provided. All you need is trainers & a bottle of water.
When: Every Monday starting back on 18th Jan
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Where: Penair School St Clement, Truro Cornwall, TR1 1TN
Also Adult Netball same place at 7:30pm - 8:30pm - £2.50