Hartlepool fitness expert launches classes with a cuppa

Bethany Ainsley
Bethany Ainsley

A dance and fitness expert has launched classes where people can get into shape and then have a cuppa.

Bethany Ainsley, the Hartlepool-born founder and director of community enterprise organisation Nouveau Dance & Fitness, has unveiled T Tuesday.

The initiative started in the summer and Bethany said: “Mothers can bring babies. Older people can come along.

“It is a free session to help people get active.”

T Tuesday has Big Lottery Fund backing and Bethany said the aim was to “get as many people as possible to get involved and do exercise, and then have a cup of tea.”

Sessions are held each Tuesday from 10.30am to 11.30am. They include “a bit of dancing, gentle exercise and refreshment”.

“People can just turn up if they want to,” she said.

The free T Tuesday events are held at Lee House in Peterlee.

Bethany is spreading the word about fitness and dance through her organisation.

Her original aim was to bring fun, affordable, innovative and effective dance and fitness programmes to Hartlepool and East Durham.

She is a past winner of the Future 50 Award, recognising her as being among one of the UK’s 50 brightest young social entrepreneurs.

She was also shortlisted in the role model category of last year’s Hartlepool Mail Best of Hartlepool awards.

Earlier this year, we told how Bethany won the opportunity to raise £180,000 as part of the Big Venture Challenge.

The money which comes as matched funding with an external investor and the Big Lottery will enable Bethany’s business to double in size inside two years launching two new bases in Newcastle and North Yorkshire by early 2016.

When this happens she will have secured over £500,000 in Big Lottery cash targeted at successful and effective social enterprises since the inception of her businesses five years ago.Nouveau Dance and Fitness has offices and a studio in Peterlee but covers the whole of County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton by providing classes direct into community centres, village halls and schools.