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Birmingham opens a dedicated LGBT fitness studio

Graham Robson May 9, 2013

The Vault

The Vault, a new sports and fitness studio for Birmingham’s LGBT community, has opened at Birmingham’s LGBT Centre in the Southside district of the city.

The venue, which opened after receiving £43,000 of funding from The Sport England Inspired Facilities programme, is the first dedicated LGBT sports and fitness studio in the UK. Through its classes it hopes to empower the community by increasing involvement in physical activities like Yoga, Pilates, table tennis and will have a changing facility and dedicated Trans changing space.

David Viney, Birmingham LGBT health and wellbeing manager, said:

“The sole aim of The Vault is to provide the LGBT community with a welcoming and safe environment to enjoy sports activities.

“A worrying 65% of young LGBT people have admitted to experiencing homophobic bullying and almost half of those do not engage in sports for this reason.

“We hope that by making The Vault accessible to the Birmingham LGBT community we are able to nurture their passion for fitness.”

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