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The hunt is on for Stratford-upon-Avon’s hula hoop hero! Hoopers young and old are invited to take part in the Meon Vale Leisure Centre Hula Hooping Charity Challenge at 1pm on Saturday 16 August.

Hula hoops will be provided and entry is £1 – with all proceeds donated to The Shakespeare Hospice, the leisure centre’s charity of the year. The person to hoop the longest will win a range of prizes including a month’s free gym membership and a free Onside Coaching school holiday scheme, depending on their age.

The challenge is part of the Meon Vale Leisure Centre launch event which runs from 12-4pm and boasts a huge line up of entertainment and sports and fitness activities including: children’s zoo with a meerkat, armadillos and raccoons; bouncy castle, gladiator duel and bungee run; smoothie bike; children’s sports with Onside Coaching; gym workshops; pilates, karate and kettlebell taster sessions; the chance to play rugby with Stratford-upon-Avon RFC; face painting and balloon modelling; stalls and food and drink. Entry is free with donations for The Shakespeare Hospice encouraged for certain activities.

Special guests will include Greg Sammons, Coach at Leicester Tigers and head of strength and conditioning at Moseley RFC, and Stratford-upon-Avon district and parish councillors.

Media call: Media are invited to Meon Vale Leisure Centre at 1pm for the start of the the Hula Hoop Charity Challenge.

James Freeman, Meon Vale Leisure Centre manager, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing hula hoopers of all ages showing of their skills. It’s not only great fun but is a great exercise which we encourage our members to try.

“The launch event is a great opportunity for residents to join in with lots of fun activities and sports and fitness workshops. They can also see what our gym has to offer and find out about our membership package and unique Personalise Your Training (PYT) programme – a one-to-one, month long induction that gives members a taste of all our multi million pound facilities and services.”

Meon Vale Leisure Centre is dedicated to sports, fitness and wellbeing for all ages and has cutting-edge gym equipment, a multi-purpose sports hall, the latest workout classes, tailored training and an all-weather sports pitch. Gym membership costs just £25 per month, beating all other gym and leisure membership deals in the Stratford-upon-Avon area.

For more details visit or contact leisure manager James Freeman at or 07834 791174.

Delivered by regeneration specialist St. Modwen, Meon Vale is the transformation of a 470 acre former Ministry of Defence site into a new Warwickshire community. Along with the leisure centre, St. Modwen is also creating a number of other important facilities as part of the first phase of development including a camping and caravan site, 18 apartments, a village hall, convenience store and 284 homes in partnership with Persimmon Homes.