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The BVAL ChallengeBVAL Challenge logo

**LATEST NEWS!!**Take part in the latest bval Challenge Day! Do as many fitness classes as you like for only £5 - with all monies going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society...

If you fancy a longer term bval Challenge, then read on or click on the link below to have a browse through the bval Challenge leaflet!

What is the BVAL Challenge?

In this Olympic year, Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure are proud to introduce the BVAL Challenge - designed to encourage you to take part in a personal or a team fitness challenge.

You can choose your own activity or fitness challenge and take part for whatever reason you like - whether it's to get fit, raise money for charity or just for fun - it's entirely up to you!

Who can take part?

EVERYONE! You, your family, friends and colleagues can register to take part in an individual challenge or a team challenge. There are no age limitations.

Ideas for your BVAL Challenge

Your BVAL challenge will be unique. You might use it as a way to do activities together as a family or a group or friends, or maybe there is a challenge you'd like to train for such as the Great North Run or the Coast to Coast bike ride. The BVAL Challenge brochure has a few other ideas, but you can be as creative as you like - this is YOUR challenge!

Some of our staff have already decided to take part in the BVAL Challenge. Here's what 3 of them are doing...

Nicola Auld - Fitness Instructor
Nicola is planning to climb Ben Nevis! She will be putting together a training programme in the lead up to this big challenge to help her get to the top!

Lisa Scott - Marketing Manager
Lisa and her family all play cricket and their BVAL Challenge is to score 500 match runs this season between them. (Lisa is practising hard in the nets because she wants to contribute as many of those runs as possible!!)

Coral Hanson - Health & Fitness Manager
Coral and her family are planning to cycle 2012 miles in 2012...that's EACH not a combined total!...


When can I start?

The sooner the better! The BVAL Challenge will be running throughout the whole of 2012. Challenges must be completed by the end of the year.

How do I record the progress of my BVAL Challenge?

You can use our FREE online Fitlinxx or Wellness service (we'll show you how to do this when you register) OR, you can manually record your progress on a BVAL Challenge logsheet.

How do I register to take part in the BVAL Challenge?

Once you've decided the details of your BVAL Challenge, you should complete a registration form. You can download your own copy of the registration form, or you'll find one in the BVAL Challenge leaflet available from any of the centres. Once complete, just hand your registration form in to any centre, and we'll give you an information pack offering tips on how to prepare for your challenge. 

WIN A Year's FREE Lifestyle membership!

Everyone who completes their BVAL Challenge will be entered into a prize draw to win a year's FREE Lifestyle membership!

BVAL Challenge... in a DayBVAL Challenge in a Day

Alongside the BVAL Challenge, there will be 3 BVAL Challenge Days:

Saturday 24th March 2012
Saturday 16th June 2012
Saturday 8th September 2012

On each challenge day, there will be two different challenges - one to be completed in the gym/pool and the other to be completed as a fitness class. Each participant will be asked to make a £5 donation to charity to take part in these events.

Details of each challenge day will be available nearer the time. If you have already registered to take part in the BVAL Challenge, we will send details to you via email. 

Click on the image on the right to see the kind of challenges that will be taking place on the 3 BVAL Challenge Days

Please tell us how you're doing!

We are very keen to find out what you are doing for your BVAL Challenge, why you're doing it and how you're progressing!

If you're a Facebook user, please 'like' us so that you can post details of your challenge and your progress on our Facebook wall.

For those not on Facebook, please email us at or write to BVAL Challenge at the centre of your choice.


How can I find out more about the BVAL Challenge?

You can either:
Browse the leaflet by clicking on the link at the top of the page, pick up a leaflet from any of the centres, or speak to ANY member of BVAL staff. Many of the staff are taking part in their own BVAL Challenges so hopefully they'll be able to give you a few ideas and fill you with inspiration!