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ClubHub Awards 2023 – Finalists

We’re excited, proud and honoured to be ClubHub Awards 2023 – Finalists. We’re finalists in the following categories – 
Leader of the Year – Synergy Dance Ltd & Synergy Dance® Outreach – Rachael Hurton
Non-Profit Business of the Year – Synergy Dance® Outreach 
Entrepreneur of the Year – Synergy Dance Ltd and Synergy Dance® Outreach – Rachael Hurton
These awards come after having previously scooped up, and won awards at the ClubHub Awards in 2022.
We wanted to take this time to thank everyone who has supported both our company (Synergy Dance® Ltd) and our charity (Synergy Dance® Outreach) this year. These ClubHub Awards 2023 – Finalists nominations and past awards wouldn’t have been possible without you all. 
Congratulations to all the other businesses selected; we can’t wait to meet you and celebrate your successes at the ClubHub Awards Event in May. 
The Club Hub Awards are the only national awards for activity providers with entry by application form only, no voting. The awards are independently judged by a panel of expert judges, who shortlisted the finalists and will select the winners for each of the individual award categories. The judges will select winners based on their commitment to excellence, innovation and growth of their business, demonstrated through their business performance, achievements, brand values and passion for what they do.
The Club Hub Awards are offered across 16 categories. 93 finalists have been shortlisted from 420 applications, representing 215 businesses (Club Hub members). The standard of applications was very high and represented a diverse range of kids’ activities, clubs and related businesses. 

Award winners will be announced at the Club Hub Event 2023, Saturday 13 May, Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham. It’s a full day event designed to help kids activity providers to grow their business through guest speakers, workshops and networking.

“Huge congratulations to all our 2023 finalists, I can’t wait to celebrate all your achievements at the Club Hub Event in May. The children’s activities industry is so important to so many and it is great to showcase the best of the best to the whole of the UK”.

Tessa Robinson, Founder and Director of Club Hub UK

A Royal Event with Whizz-Kidz

Whizz-Kidz is the leading charity for young wheelchair users: Synergy Dance® Outreach offers their members seated yoga and dance sessions as a new partnership.

Both our organisations joined forces in Surrey to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in December in the presence of Her Royal Highness Sophie the Countess of Wessex.

Thirty-five young people attended the teaching sessions in Godstone, accompanied by Whizz-Kidz staff, trustees and corporate partners. Sessions included Wheelchair Skills Training, Seated Yoga facilitated by Synergy Dance® Outreach, a Drama workshop and an employability workshop.

Synergy’s signature yoga classes are designed to relieve stress and tension for those with disabilities. The benefits of the discipline include improved confidence and concentration, better breath control and relaxation due to gentle stretching and meditation. Synergy is proud to offer seated classes on demand so customers can exercise anytime, anywhere.

Her Royal Highness spoke to children in attendance including Charlie Oldfield-Bruton, 11, who suffers from a rare genetic syndrome. He was present to collect a new bespoke wheelchair and said, ‘It has power wheels so it will be much easier to get around in than my old wheelchair.’ Sophie Dearman, Whizz-Kidz’ volunteer officer, spoke about her determination to support other wheelchair users and their families.

One participant commented: ‘The Countess was really knowledgeable about disability and the challenges our youngpeople face and was very easy to speak to. I understand she does some yoga in her own time.’

Sarah Pugh, chief executive of Whizz-Kidz, commented that the organisation aims to make a difference for young wheelchair users. Their vision is a society in which every young wheelchair user is mobile, enabled and included. Synergy Dance® Outreach shares these objectives and offers support to those with a wide range of disabilities – with Synergy no one is left behind!

This partnership and collaboration will continue in 2023. Would your organization benefit from Synergy Activities?

Find out more:

Talk to us:  01483 954110

SEND Dance Day 2023

Today was our annual SEND Dance Day 2023 at Guildford Spectrum Leisure Complex. We were delighted to share a wonderful and inclusive routine with children from 10 SEND schools in Surrey: Carew Academy, Link Secondary, Bensham Manor school, Cornfield School, Portesbury School, Strathmore School, Abbey School, Freemantles, Woodfield School & Linden Bridge.

Not only did it make a huge difference to the children to celebrate the power of dance – it impacted our teachers too!

Here is what Rebekah had to say:

“Today @synergydanceoutreach put on a special education needs day of dance. What a fantastic day to be a part of. 10 schools arrived, and we all learnt a choreographed dance piece to the song ‘shine bright like a diamond.’ 100s of children enjoying the day and dancing with smiles on their faces. Home for lunch before heading out to teach Yoga classes in another school. I love what I do”.

We would like to pay tribute to our awesome and dedicated team who help us every day to make a difference.

Thank you to all the schools who took part, our wonderful Synergy teachers and special thanks to Abigail, for her choreography and creative talents in helping us to create a memorable, fun and inclusive experience for the children.

ForyYoga, dance, SEN events reach out to us for more info –

The benefits of Seated Exercise for all Ages and Fitness Levels

What can seated classes do for you?

At Synergy, we provide seated dance and yoga classes for juniors, teens, adults and seniors – our programmes are called ParaStars Yoga® and ParaStars Dance™. Each course is designed to suit a range of abilities and needs from those who are wheelchair based, to the visually impaired and those with sensory impairments, those with a long-term health condition (LTHC) such as cancer, heart disease, cerebral palsy or Dementia or these seeking to return to exercise after a break.

We recognize that some participants will have very limited range of movement which they are wishing to expand, and others may have some upper body and lower body movement.

Seated classes are not a soft option – they are fun, challenging, upbeat and innovative – they enable participants to increase resilience and fitness and many people feedback asking us to make them even harder – so we now have different levels depending on where you are starting from!

Feel the benefits…

The many benefits of our ParaStars Yoga® course is to provide improved posture, fitness, physical & motor skills, spatial awareness, balance, coordination and flexibility. We provide a stress relieving programme to increase confidence, range of movement & to enrich everyday life. These lessons include some exercises for upper body only and some exercises for upper and lower body to offer diversity and levels.

Research suggests that yoga is beneficial to physical and mental health. Traditional Asana practice can be a great aid to maintain/improve mobility, spinal health and flexibility as well as mental health benefits.

Why Seated Yoga?

During lockdown we launched our specialist programme ParaStars Yoga® for delivery both in person and as a digital resource.

Some participants are approaching yoga with perceived limitations due to age, illness, injury and other factors. Practicing yoga in a chair helps people to reap the benefits of yoga in a way that is respectful to their body, and effective in its benefits.

ParaStars Yoga® – the Synergy seated yoga programme adapts traditional yoga poses so they can be performed while sitting in a chair. ParaStars Yoga® is a moderate exercise that promotes flexibility and strength. It also encompasses the beneficial guided breathing and gentle movement which can help manage stress.

ParaStars Yoga® can improve proprioception and give you a greater understanding of (and therefore control over) your body and its movements. It can help lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain and being calmer can create a greater feeling of happiness and well-being.

Uncontrolled stress and anxiety may affect the perception of pain, as well as heart rate and blood pressure. Our seated Yoga’s guided breathing and gentle movements can help regulate stress cycles and reduce anxiety, which, in turn, helps manage response to pain, reduce heart rate and lower your blood pressure.

  • Practiced in a chair, our ParaStars yoga® remains excellent in working the muscles, softening the fascia and keeping people mobile. Different ranges of flexibility and mobility may impact the range of movement of participants who practice in a chair, but most will benefit from stretching and relaxing the musculoskeletal apparatus.
  • Increasing strength – our Synergy exercises in chairs can be very helpful in building strength, or even preserving it.
  • Our ParaStars yoga® can help correct and improve posture. Issues such as back and neck pain can commonly derive from incorrect posture, both seated and in normal daily life.
  • Our ParaStars yoga® requires participants to sit upright and work from a balanced seated posture.
  • Cardio fitness: depending on the pace and energy level of participants, the repetition of postures, and especially flowing sequences can stimulate cardiac exercise, and increase heart health.


Meeting participants where they are:

Teaching in chairs, with a mostly seated practice is a great way to include a yoga practice to people who might struggle to participate in mainstream mat based classes. This opportunity is usually met with enthusiasm, mixed with a little anxiety around their bodies and whether they will be able to participate in the class as much as they would like to. Fears can also include fear of injury, of looking ‘silly’, or of being left behind.

The principle focus of ParaStars Yoga® chair classes is ultimately that of meeting participants where they are: physically and mentally. Whether they are able to ‘perfect’ the moves is, less critical.

Looking, listening, and giving tools are central ParaStars Yoga® chair yoga classes. No class or participant is the same and we need to celebrate each person’s uniqueness.

Our ParaStars Yoga® classes break down barriers to exercise, with subtitles added for those hard of hearing, helping those with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions who want and need to get more active and rebuild confidence and motivation following the pandemic.

Our dance, yoga and fitness teachers qualified are delivering to these groups to ensure maximum benefit. Many people with disabilities and long-term health conditions were more negatively impacted by the pandemic from having to shield, suffering additional feelings of fear and isolation due to their conditions and need support to rebuild confidence, resilience, physical and mental health and wellbeing. To join our ParaStars yoga® programme as teacher, contact and claim a 10% discount quoted EMDCHAIR

Parastars Dance™ – Why seated dance?

 For our ParaStars Dance™ programmes, participants of all ages will improve flexibility, muscle strength & well-being, whilst seated at home or in a residential setting. Upbeat music and fun dance moves will boost resilience and fitness. Other benefits include stress reduction, aiding flexibility, toning and helping to boost the immune system.

The purpose of our programmes is to support the participants in developing a variety of skills. Classes allow all participants to progress, and there is a gradual increase in complexity each week appropriate to the age range.

The participants of our ParaStars Dance™ programme will:

  • Explore and experience different ways of moving.
  • Develop personal creativity and expression through movement and dance.
  • Practice coordination and rhythm through percussive and repetitive movements.
  • Gain confidence and enhance their wellbeing through fun and engaging dance classes.

Many of our service users are people with special educational needs, disabilities (“SEND”) and long-term health conditions (“LTHCs) exacerbated by multiple lockdowns causing the loss of normal social structures, isolation from friends and disruption to the education of children and young people. Research from the Centre of Mental Health shows that, in England, 1.5 million children and young people under 18 will need new or additional mental health support as a direct consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are struggling to get to venues that are accessible e.g. they are disabled, older people, have long term health conditions and/or mobility issues, don’t drive and have no suitable accessible classes nearby or accessible easily via public transport. Our seated online courses offer more flexibility to exercise at a time to suit.

Reaching everyone…

Synergy seated dance and yoga programmes offer new support to both young people, adults and the elderly – who are all facing different challenges – and can benefit so much from our ParaStars Yoga and Dance programmes as part of their routine.

To join our programmes as a teacher contact –

Exercise with us anytime, anywhere:

To Talk With Us about ParaStars Dance or Yoga in your venue – contact


A Year Since Strictly Come Dancing

A Year Since Strictly Come Dancing

We can’t believe it’s been a year since Strictly Come Dancing, where we got to dance with a group of our incredibly talented SEND Children and several of our highly-qualified and resilient instructors that worked tirelessly to pull the performance together.

Did you manage to catch us on last-years series? If not, you can catch up here – A Year Since Strictly Come Dancing:

Have you been watching this year’s series? What have you thought so far about the contestants and the level of talent and overall dancing? Do you agree with who has gone home, or has your favourite already left?

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s what Synergy’s founder thinks so far, as she discussed her views live on BBC Surrey yesterday with the wonderful, James Cannon –

Do you want to get your children involved in our next ‘big thing’? Find out more about what we do here:

Businessperson of the Year 2022

As a team, we are extremely proud to announce that our founder, Rachael Hurton has made the shortlist for Businessperson of the Year 2022

#SurreyBusinessAwards #SUBA22

A note from our founder –

Thank you! I am very honoured to be among the finalists for Businessperson of the Year at the Surrey Business Awards 2022 and wish all finalists the very best of luck. We’ve seen fast growth in the last year at Synergy and we are on a mission to get everyone moving. Our inclusive digital On Demand courses enable everyone to exercise anywhere anytime, including those with Disabilities, long term health conditions or Special Needs. We offer complete flexibility for members from all sectors to improve fitness, activity levels and well-being. It’s been a real team effort in bringing inclusive activities to more and more people throughout the UK, which is our passion. Rachael Hurton

About Synergy Dance

Synergy Dance provide inclusive dance, yoga, fitness & wellness activities for children, teenagers, adults & seniors. They deliver onsite and On Demand Digital programmes for leisure chains, gyms, schools, local councils, care homes, corporates, charities, trusts, social prescribing for NHS link workers & GP referrals. Featured on Strictly in 2021 for their inclusive dance, they support those with Special Educational Needs, the disability community, Seniors: Healthy ageing and low impact programs Long Term Health Conditions, Visually Impaired & Blind, Deaf community & hard of hearing, and offer a seated & standing Rehab & Return to fitness program. Their goal is to get children & adults active and improve their physical, mental health & wellbeing. Synergy has won 6 National Awards for inclusion and is leading the way in digital online delivery to get everyone fit and moving. At Synergy, no one is left behind.

Main website: Contact:
Synergy on Strictly:

Rachael and James talk Strictly Come Dancing LIVE on BBC Radio Surrey

Rachael and James talk Strictly Come Dancing

Rachael and James talk Strictly Come Dancing LIVE on BBC Radio Surrey.

It’s that time of year again when Synergy Dance’s founder Rachael Hurton, gets invited to talk live on BBC Radio with James Cannon and talk about everything Strictly Come Dancing!

Did you catch James and Rachael’s opinions on who went home? Do you think the right couple went home? Or do you think they should have stayed?

What have you thought of the season so far? How do you rate it compared to last year’s competitors?

We’d love to know your thoughts. Missed Rachael Hurton and James Cannon live on the radio? Don’t worry – you can catch up here –

See Rachael’s other radio and media interviews here –

Inclusive Dance and Musical Theatre Workshop for SEND

Inclusive Dance Festival

This Sunday (26th June 2022), we hosted an inclusive dance and musical theatre workshop for SEND students with the help of Disability Cube UK. The workshop took place at Guildford Spectrum for students aged between 5 and 18.

Our main aim for this workshop and this project was to enable SEND students to come together, make friends and express themselves through dance. And to give these children a voice and enable them to feel heard and included with the same fit-for-purpose activities on offer as for mainstream children.

The students who attended had the opportunity to explore dance in an inclusive and non judgemental environement where they all felt welcomed and got to participate at a level that suited their individual needs.

We would love to continue our fundrasing efforts for this festival to enable us to provide continuation to these students so that they can continue to express themseves through dance and develp new friendships and improved physical and mental wellbeing.

You can hear our founder Rachael Hurton talk about the festival live on BBC Radio Surrey here –

If you’d like to donate, no matter how small, you can do so here using our Crowdfunding campaign –


Best Non-profit Dance Outreach Programmes Provider

Best Non-profit dance outreach provider 2022

We are delighted to announce that we have won Best Non-profit Dance Outreach Programmes Provider 2022 from Acquisition International magazine:

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We gained this prestigious award (Best Non-profit Dance Outreach Programmes Provider) – one among many accolades – in recognition of the health benefits of our flexible digital exercise programme. Since pivoting in an agile way during the pandemic, we now specialise in on-demand and virtual exercise classes as the way forward given people’s crowded schedules today. Our inspiring sessions are now available at the click of a mouse!

We support children and adults from both mainstream and disability backgrounds (including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – SEND). Our movement and dance, meditation, Pilates, singing and yoga classes are invigorating and provide fun and flair for all. Courses are both high- and low-impact, standing and seated, and we use highly skilled, specially trained instructors. Take a look at our on-demand workouts –

We are a mindful, responsive organisation and work closely with stakeholders and partners to supply tailored dance and movement classes. Whatever your exercise needs, we can provide a solution! For more information contact

2022 Club Hub Award Winners Announced

2022 Club Hub Award Winners


Club Hub was delighted to announce 14 award winners for 2022 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel Birmingham, on Saturday 14 May.  Local business owner Rachael Hurton who runs Synergy Dance® Ltd and Synergy Dance® Outreach was awarded Digital Business of the Year 2022.

Winners were selected from 5 finalists in each category, who had been shortlisted from applications from 100s of children’s activity businesses. The standard of finalists was extremely high and represented a diverse range of kids activities, clubs and related businesses.

The awards were independently judged by a panel of expert judges, who are specialists in their field. They selected the winners based on their commitment to excellence, innovation and growth of their business through their business performance, achievements, brand values and passion for what they do.

“Thank you to everyone who has played a part in our digital delivery and to all at Club Hub UK, and the sponsors for these awards. As always at Synergy, it’s all about the team, vision and passion to reach everyone with our inclusive activities” – Rachael Hurton

The event is designed to help kids activity providers to grow their business through insight and tips on social media, brand awareness, marketing, franchising, sales, customer service and everything involved in running a kids’ club. It’s a full-day event, including networking opportunities with 100s of people from the kids club sector from all over the UK.

“Huge congratulations to all our 2022 Club Hub award winners. Please celebrate with your friends, family and colleagues, tell everyone, you should be so proud of yourself. I hope this will give you the boost to achieve your aims and goals for 2022. See you next year for our 2023 event and awards!”  Tessa Robinson, Founder and Director of Club Hub UK