Why exercise

The effects of lack of exercise

There are many possible negative effects as a result of not doing enough physical activity. These include heart disease and high blood pressure due to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, poor mental health and decreased social interactions to name but a few.

Decreased amounts of physical exercise can also lead to weaker bones and increased risk of injury, leading to time off school and poorer attainment.

1 in 6

According to the government website physical inactivity is responsible for 1 In 6 UK deaths.

The benefits of physical activity

Physical activity increases our metabolism, allowing us to manage weight better.

If we get enough physical activity, we will experience better mental health including reduced anxiety due to the release of endorphins (the feel good hormone).

Those of us who get enough physical activity will experience better sleep, leading to further improved feelings of mental wellbeing, as well as an ability to retain information more effectively.

Choose the healthy option

Take the stairs instead of the lift, walk or cycle to school with an adult instead of going by car, walk the dog or walk with friends.

How to change habits to ensure you get enough physical activity

We thought it would be a good idea to explore some simple tips.

  • Plan exercise into your day.
  • Try signing up for an extracurricular club at school or exploring the wide range of sporting clubs/ physical activity classes in your local community.
  • Find something you enjoy! You may need to try lots of different activities, but there is definitely something enjoyable out there for everybody.
  • Exercise with a friend or family member.
  • See below for links to fun workouts and fitness challenges, as well as a range of clubs available to you in your local area.

GGH Workouts

Why not try one of the GGH workouts on the GGH YouTube channel.

Looking for something fun and active to do, why not try some of the GGH fitness challenges.

Local Activities

Are you looking for activities taking place in your local area, why not try some of these exciting clubs?





Ryecroft Academy

​Ages 8-14 years

Farsley netball has a growing youth team that are looking for new players.


​Ages 6-14 years

Farnley Falcons are a young club, founded in 2005. We started with humble beginnings & now have various open age, boys & girls. We aim to provide the community with prosperous teams whilst helping the local area.


Ages 1+

Bouldering is a style of climbing free from the use of ropes. Taking place above our state of the art matting climbers are free to express themselves on hundreds of climbs (called problems) of every standard. Regardless of your level of fitness everyone can enjoy bouldering and its a superb way to keep fit in a social environment.


​Ages 8+

Leeds Girls Can is part of the national This Girl Can campaign developed by Sport England.
Launched in 2015 with a range of partners to encourage nearly three million women to take part in sport get more active – but our work isn’t done yet!

Whether you’re cycling to work, literally running the school run, or  getting muddy with your pooch in the park, we’re celebrating all the  amazing ways you fit exercise into your life.
This Girl Can, funded by The National Lottery, believes that there’s  no right way to get active – if it gets your heart rate up it counts.  And Leeds Girls Can want more women to find what’s right for them.


Ages 8-15 years

New Farnley Cricket Club was established in 1952 and is based at the Barry Jackson Ground on Lawns Lane in New Farnley Village Leeds 12.  The cricket club supports a 1st XI, 2nd XI & 3rd XI senior teams, juniors age group teams from U.9’s to U.15’s and a Sunday social team.  The first and second teams are in Division 1 of the JCT 600 Bradford League.  Junior teams play in the Heavy Woollen Junior Cricket League.


Ages 6+

Wortley FC is a family based football club, which is dedicated to the furtherance of junior and open age football.


Hillcrest Academy

Time: Saturday Mornings

Cost: £30 per term bursaries available


Sports: Football, Boxing & Basketball


Morley Newland Academy

Age: 0 - 8

Provider of child centred activities specifically for 0-5s including massage, yoga, music and movement, sign, gym, sensory. We work in conjunction with the local community, childrens centres and schools to ensure that we work toward the five Every Child Matters outcomes. Mini Me Time Bradford & South Leeds currently have classes running in Birstall (WF17), Drighlington ( BD11), Morley ( LS27).


Age: 2 - 15

Five Star Sports are a multi-sports coaching company working within primary schools, high schools and local communities to provide children and young adults with fun and exciting sports clubs. Five Star Sports was established in 2005 and have been dedicated to youth development within sport ever since, offering a wide range of services for schools and parents alike.

As a company and as coaches we are dedicated to the development of all children and young adults within a sporting environment. We provide every participant with the opportunity to develop at their own pace and at a level that will enable them to succeed both in sport and their personal lives.


Age: 0 - 7

Pre-school gymnastics delivered by a British Gymnastics qualified and experienced coach. Adult and child classes are fun and theme based, and combine child led time on the apparatus and short instructor led sessions.


Age: 0 - 8

Fun, funky, freestyle and friendly. Everyone has the opportunity to enjoy moving to music and expressing themselves through dance. It's not about getting it right, Funky Jives is about having fun, making friends and learning along the way!


Age: 2 - 18

The Hailey Black School of Dance offers dance tuition to all ages following the International Dance Teachers Association Syllabus. Students are encouraged to develop their natural ability and creativity in a safe and friendly environment, with an equal emphasis placed on technique and enjoyment.


These developmental gymnastics classes are for children of primary and secondary school age, and are available at Aireborough, Armley, Fearnville, Holt Park, Kippax, Kirkstall, Middleton, Morley, Rothwell and Scott Hall leisure centres. The classes are grouped by ages 4-5yrs, 6-7yrs, 8-9yrs, and 10-15yrs. Children practise and develop specific gymnastics skills on the apparatus of bar, vault, beam, floor and trampette, and work towards achieving badges.


Richmond Hill Academy

A range of sporting activities for children of all ages


A range of fitness classes for adults and children. Classes range from outside boot camps to indoor boxing sessions.


Swimming, sport and fitness across Leeds


Tennis centre open to all age ranges.


Athletics club open to all age ranges.


Football club for girls and boys 5-16 years old.


The Farnley Academy

Farsley netball has a growing youth team that are looking for new players.

Ages 11-14


Rugby League club for girls and boys.

Ages 11-14 years


Climbing (no ropes required) for children of all ages.

Classes available.

Ages 11+


Successful cricket club for girls and boys.

Ages 11-15 years


Family based football club, dedicated to developing football in the community.

Ages 11+


The Ruth Gorse Academy

Rugby League at Scott Hall Road Playing Fields.

Ages 11+


Offers Football, Boxing & Basketball.

Ages 11-16


Fantastic range of activities and sessions, from Police Cadets, to cricket, football and dodgeball to youth gardening.

Ages 11+, depending on the session.


Club for all ages from toddlers to adults.  Range of activities - football, ballet, rugby, boxing, gymnastics. £1.50 per session. Cafe on site for adults. Fantastic set-up. Lots of information on the website.


Tennis for range of ages. From £14 per month with a Leeds Card Extra.

Ages 11+


At John Charles Centre for Sport. Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Ages 11+


The Morley Academy & Bruntcliffe Academy

Fitness bootcamp aimed at adults but encourages children of all ages to attend and join in. Kids go free.


Karate class for students, parents and teachers from across The GORSE Trust held at The Stephen Longfellow Academy sports hall.

£1 Under 18s & £2 for 18+

Ages 8+

Rugby training at Scatcherd Lane, Morley Wednesday evenings.

Ages 11+


Football at 88-110 Glen road

Ages 11+


Boston Spa Academy

Hockey training held at Boston Spa Academy

Ages 11+


Football training held at multiple locations

Ages 11+


Various dance styles available from Ballet to cheerleading held on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s at AMK Dance Academy, Wetherby.

Ages 11+