Physical activity

Physical activity

About this theme

This theme covers topics relating to encouraging everyone to take up and enjoy physical activity in order to benefit their physical and mental health and wellbeing. It is one of our current Fellowship programmes and has been developed in partnership with ukactive. Fellows’ stories

Fellows' updates July 2023 Fellow's update: Shaista Aziz

Shaista appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour discussing the women’s World Cup and Nouhalia Benzina, the first ever hijabi wearing player in the women's football World Cup. Shaista mentions her Churchill Fellowship - learning how to make football more equitable for Muslim women and girls. She describes how she will travel to France to learn more from muslim girls and women who are being prevented from playing football and Pakistan which has a thriving women and girls' football sector despite the high levels of violence. Shaista says that the main issue is not Islam or the hijab but the systemic oppression and need for the system to change to ensure equity for all. Listen on Shaista also wrote a piece on decolonisation in football for CNN.

By Shaista Aziz, 2023

Fellows' updates May 2023 Fellow's update: Serge Lourie

Retired Serge Lourie (CF 1989) is now 77 and organises monthly walks for older local residents and keeps fit by running three times a week. With the help of a grant from his local council, he is starting a Couch to 5K+ weekly programme under the auspices of the Avenue Club in Kew his local community group. It is aimed at people who would normally not consider running to keep fit and will also encourage people to walk and take more exercise. The programme will follow the NHS app and is intended to help people achieve their goals of getting fitter, relieving stress, enjoying themselves and making new friends. Because of the support from Richmond Council, there is no charge. The programme fits in with the three-year programme of Churchill Fellowships focused on Physical Activity: “making moves for healthier lives.” If you are interested in hearing about the project, please contact Serge on

By Serge Lourie, 2023

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