Film ID: YFA 6067 Video of YFA_6067 Women and Leisure CALENDAR MAGAZINE: WOMEN AND LEISURE 1988 Visitor TabsDescription Part of the Calendar Magazine series, this programme looks at how women in the Yorkshire region spend their leisure time. It includes interviews with women from different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds as well as academics who have published studies on the topic. The film opens in a bingo hall in Leeds. Women are asked why they prefer to come to the bingo hall. Many say it’s a nice place to come with friends, to enjoy yourself, and it’s different from going to a pub. Some are asked about whether or not they do things to keep fit, and most respond no. Exterior Sheffield City Polytechnic Applied Studies Department. Here two women are carrying out a study about leisure activities. There is a shot of a large stack of data printed out on paper. Then, the two academics are seated at a desk. They note that women who are most at need of leisure time consider it a low priority as they have limited time. The numbers are higher for those from disadvantaged areas. Stocksbridge Sports Centre – the programme highlights the cheap rates, recreational courses, and child care offered at this facility. Women can be seen doing aerobics, including one mother with her small child, and playing a variety of sports including netball. Judith Aberton comes home and into her kitchen with her children. There is a van outside, and Aberton talks about the sports taster course offered at a reduced cost which allows women in the programme to try out different and more expensive sports such as rock climbing. A group of women help to unload the van packed with rock climbing equipment. It’s a gloomy day, and the women gear up for the climb. They also speak of the other sports they’ve tried through the programme, the cost implications, child care, and how these actives help to give them confidence. Lunchtime in Leeds, and two women are in a home with their children. The women talk about how their local sports centre isn’t very accessible, and there’s a shot of the entrance way turnstile. In Bradford, two people walk outside a textile shop Fancy Fabrics. Here, the programme focuses on women from South Asian communities and different needs such as accessibility and extra privacy. The owner puts a poster in his window advertising the different fitness activities offered locally. An Asian woman is interviewed at the gym, and she talks about keeping fit and how that makes her feel better. Anne Gray at York University is looking at women’s television viewing habits. She explains that most women feel they have to do something else while watching TV such as housework or knitting. At the central library in Bradford, displays of leaflets are shown which contain information about sports and leisure activities available to the women in Bradford. This is followed by various shots of women walking along the streets of Bradford city centre. The programme ends with the women climbers and shots of the foggy countryside. Context This film sees Sheffield Council reform and modernize their approach to female leisure activities for their diverse and busy community. Sheffield Council take decisive action to make leisure activities more affordable and friendly for women from many different backgrounds. Reduced costs, transport, and child care are the most crucial areas of support identified by busy women in the interviews conducted. We travel with them to the countryside where the women sample a range of outdoor sports and activities.