Bystanders on the Moor dazzled by 80s-style fitness flash mob

Shoppers in Sheffield City Centre were astonished this afternoon when a flash mob of people in workout wear appeared at the Moor. The troupe performed the YMCA, the Cha-Cha Slide and the Macarena and did a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout routine.

The flash mob was organised by the Sheffield-based publisher Twinkl in collaboration with Sculpt Fitness Studio, as part of the company’s fundraising efforts for BBC Children in Need.

The flash mob, which consisted of a group of over 25 people dressed in 80s-style fitness gear, began with just one person performing on the Moor. They were then gradually joined by groups of Twinkl team members, who had been waiting inconspicuously around the area. 

A number of bystanders also joined in with the fun and the final surprise was when Pudsey Bear came to do the routines too.  

The participants began with the well-known dance routine, the YMCA, before completing a HIIT workout. They then performed the Cha-Cha Slide and the Macarena and eagerly encouraged members of the public to join in with the routines. The HIIT segment was led by Jody Simpson, Director of Sculpt Fitness Studio, which made it easy for passers-by to join in and follow the workout.

Jody Simpson, director of Sculpt Fitness Studio, said: “We loved working with Twinkl to plan and hold the flash mob. It was great to see the confused and amazed faces of people walking by, especially when Pudsey Bear appeared! We’re really proud to be using fitness to raise money for such a great cause and hope that everyone who watched, joined in and donated had fun!”

Twinkl is the Official Education Partner of BBC Children in Need and organised the flash mob as part of a number of fundraising events. This included achieving a Guinness World Record on 7th November at the Crucible Theatre with schools, choirs and businesses from across Sheffield. 

The flash mob was inspired by the Big Morning Move, held by Joe Wicks and BBC Children in Need earlier in the day in Manchester. Joe Wicks is the charity’s first-ever Schools Ambassador and hosted the workout to encourage children to get together and do something incredible to change the lives of children in need in the UK.

Jonathan Seaton, co-founder and CEO of Twinkl said: “We are so proud to be supporting BBC Children in Need. Our team and Sculpt Fitness have done an amazing job of fundraising, and we are extremely grateful that members of the public joined in and kindly donated too.

“We wanted to organise the flash mob because it fits in perfectly with the other activities happening today that are encouraging people to get active and have fun whilst raising money for BBC Children in Need.”

Twinkl has also created a range of free educational and fundraising resources with the charity, available to download here:


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