We are PLAY TONE, an alternative fitness playground. Roller skate, hula hoop, jump rope and stretch classes, courses, workshops and events are our specialty. All ages, levels welcome. We are driven by the theory that ‘adding play to your day’ can improve your physical and mental well being.
We were motivated to start because we recognised modern-day life can be stressful and demanding not finding enough time to laugh and play. Our activities are rooted in getting people moving and changing the just 'go to the gym' attitude. We are living in a society that is living longer but with more health issues from obesity, muscle pains (from too much stagnant desk action) to stress and anxiety. The joy of Play Tone is that working out doesn't feel like a chore. Our activities are super fun, people build relationships, grow in confidence, learn new skills and gives a fresh and creative approach to working out. Play Tone is a lifestyle.
Our mission is to buy, refurbish and kit out the ultimate disco travelling van so that we can tour the nation and help the world unleash their inner child! Our vision for our new PLAY TONE van is to empower communities everywhere to come together, make friends, laugh, get and keep fit and play!
It has not been smooth sailing! We have definitely had our fair share of bumps along the way.
- We have had equipment stolen and sold on eBay.
- Equipment being damaged.
- Storage fees for equipment are sky high!
- We can only run PLAY TONE in one studio at a time because we have one set-up of kit. A huge amount of equipment is needed and each set-up is very pricey.
- Travel is a big issue. When travelling with our equipment, we have had taxies refuse us and we cannot travel long distances.
- We have had inquiries from as far as Edinburgh to Wales we are unable to deliver Play Tone activities due to transport issues and only having one set-up of kit.
Our students are constantly saying that they want PLAY TONE near them and one location is always far away for someone else! We need more kit so we can have multiple venues for our regular classes.
- We acknowledge that it is incredibly hard to open a permanent studio in London today.
- It is a struggle not having our own transport/ storage for equipment.
- It is so amazing that we are in such high demand that we need even more equipment to hold various classes and events.
Due to all these realisations we have come to a decision. There are people all over the UK who should be able to experience the joy of PLAY TONE… and so the pop-up tour of 2020 was born!
We will coordinate workshops, events, and roller-discos in various cities. For each area we will connect with industry community leaders/ organisations/ friends in the local area, for example in Leeds, community interest group Roller Girl Gang. Some venues have already been secured and are in the planning stage such as with Dream Land Margate. We are looking to reach deprived areas across the UK and work with all people over the age of five years. The team holds professional qualifications and are fully enhanced/ DBS checked.
Our main tour sponsors are wonderful Rookie Roller Skates and fantastic Move GB - we will be looking for more kinds of support along the way!
About Obie: Worked in a full-time office job as a Designer working long hours for seven years. When she discovered hooping, it quickly became her favorite hobby and she joined a world-record hoop troupe! She has now worked as a manager/ performer and instructor in the circus/ fitness industry for seven years.
About Tinuke: Knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a performer, from creating her own shows at home, training at world-class dance schools and performing on main stages worldwide. She is now a champion for alternative fitness and has worked in various adverts, music and theatre shows such as Star Light Express over the last ten years.
About Bookings Manager and the Team: We pay our instructor's high fees as we value their dedication to learning a skill and sharing their talent/ passion with others. We also support them with their own ventures as many work freelance and some full-time and provide further opportunities for a large guest teacher network. Our Booking Manager also has child-care duties and is the engine that runs Play Tone - our members love her!
We believe in PLAY TONE and know this is the beginning of something massive.
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