March 21, 2018

Since featuring in last years Notts Girls Can documentary, Rochene Johnston started her own business called Project Hoop and here is her story so far...

I decided to take my experience, and qualifications in a different direction; by day I work part time as an English lecturer, and by night, I teach and perform hula hoop.

I named Project Hoop after Fight Clubs Project Mayhem, as when I was training, I was very dedicated and determined, I would have nasty bruises and swellings. I was turning up to my old secondary school job looking like I had been in a fight. When really, it was hula hoops; this is my hoop club, Project Hoop.

It has not always been easy, but despite the hurdles I have faced, Project Hoop has gone from strength to strength. Our classes are busy, and I have so many workshops booked over the next few months.

Workshops have been a hit with, schools, dance studios and local groups (like the Girl Guides and Rainbows). We even have sessions starting with the NHS at the QMC in April.

As a side line I also have a small project called Hoops for Humanity, this project is about taking hula hooping to those less fortunate. This project will start in Greece, where I will be doing workshops with refugee children, I have organised this along side a group called the Free movement skateboarding, who are a permanent group who teach skateboarding to refugee kids.

In addition to fundraising for the above project, I have also stockpiled and sent over around 80 hula hoops, which the camps, charities and organisations that I visit over there, can keep up the activity, until I return again.

This is something I am trying to set up to do with refugees and other groups, in Nottingham and surrounding areas.

For more information about Project Hoop go to and follow on Facebook at

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