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Rizwanna joined karate sessions offered by the Pearls of Peace group and Northampton Karate Club during 2020. With three children, she found it hard to maintain an active lifestyle. But with her family growing up, Rizwanna decided that it was time to focus on her wellbeing and health. Gyms and classes can be expensive, Pearls of Peace removed financial barriers by offering free sessions. The karate classes were also in a familiar environment and all-female groups, the perfect environment to relax and enjoy trying something new.
Since attending classes Rizwanna feels more energised and learnt how to stretch muscles correctly. This has helped her lower back pain and sciatica.
About Pearls of Peace
Pearls of Peace is a women's community and development group, established in 2009. It is run by a group of friendly and dedicated Muslim woman.
Prior to COVID-19, the group met for weekly coffee mornings. The organisation had also just started a regular fitness session. However, participation gradually dwindled over time. The pandemic also meant the classes ended abruptly, and there was no contingency plan in place to support the women with their fitness.
Supporting members throughout the pandemic has been a challenge for Pearls of Peace. Technical barriers, bad weather and fear of infection have presented difficulties in maintaining contact and organising activities. However, the organisation aspires to give members and their families opportunities to achieve positive health outcomes. Through Sport England's 'Tackling Inequalities Fund' which is allocated by Northamptonshire Sport, Pearls of Peace have been able to continue their mission.
For more information about Pearls of Peace, please contact them directly:
website - pearlsofpeace.co.uk
Email - click here