Good Business: Rabble
15 July 2014 - Impact Hub

Each fortnight, the Good Business column from Positive News catches up with people who are leading social change. It’s hosted by Impact Hub Islington, an incubation space in London for socially minded entrepreneurs.

The entrepreneurs featured in this week’s column took part in the Hub Youth Academy, a two-week intensive course and year’s incubation period at Impact Hub Islington for young people to grow and develop their own social enterprise.

Life is too short for boring, repetitive exercise, say Charlotte Roach and Rosemary Pringle, the founders of Rabble, a company that creates crazy team games for adults looking for ‘funner fitness’

Here’s an excerpt, you can read the full article here:


Nicola: Hi guys, tell us about Rabble
Charlotte: Rabble is a sports club on a mission to revolutionise exercise. We want to make people healthier by exercising regularly in an enjoyable way – inspired by kids who play all the time with their friends just because they want to. We run three team games per week in parks across London and play any team-based game as long as it’s fun, social and active. Our games are inspired by kids’ games or movies, so for example we might play Dodgeball, Capture the Flag or our version of The Hunger Games. We also offer classes to businesses to promote the wellbeing of their teams as an alternative to subsidised gym membership. How did it all begin?
Charlotte: In 2010, I was accepted onto a programme to train for the 2012 Olympics in triathlon. Unfortunately I was run over by a Landrover whilst I was training and broke my back, punctured both my lungs and broke my ribs and collarbone. I luckily managed to survive but during rehab for the second major surgery I had to have on my spine, I fell out of love with elite sport. It kind of felt a bit self-centered. I then cycled from Beijing to London to raise money for the charity that saved my life, the Air Ambulance. When I came back, I got a job in London. It was there that I realised all the current forms of exercise for adults were really repetitive and monotonous. Without a race to train for, I found the gym isolating. I tried a few other things like Zumba, which I found really awkward. Then there are sports teams but I felt too scared to join. I was struck by how exercise was made into this really big chore for so many people. I thought I could do something to change that and so I persuaded Rosemary to quit her job and join me to build Rabble!
What was it like giving up your job to start Rabble?
Rosemary: It’s not as scary as you think. Everyone keeps saying I’m brave but I don’t feel brave, I’m doing what I love. The bigger fear would be living a life that didn’t make me happy. For someone like me, it got to the point where something had to change. The brave part is the first step. After that it doesn’t feel brave anymore, it feels like I’m indulging myself. I’m so lucky.

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If you’re a Hub member and are interested in being featured in the next Good Business column, get in touch with Nicola Slawson from Positive News.