About Armidale physical culture club
At Armidale Physical Culture Club (Armidale Physie for short), we proudly teach the BJP Physical Culture curriculum. BJP Physie is the oldest running and most prestigious Physical Culture establishment in Australia. For 125 years, BJP has provided a national platform for Physie clubs to come together to engage in competitions and camaraderie.
“Physie is an elegant way of developing not only fitness but also grace, strength and focus in our girls and women. At BJP, what we are most proud of is how Physie weaves its way throughout the lives of Australian families. Generations of women have discovered lifelong friendships, a true sense of community and a sport for life in Physie.” – Jackie Rawlings, BJP Physical Culture
Empowering Girls for Life
There is an aura of confidence around Physie girls of all ages. Taught to stand tall, with strength and pride, they are team players committed to achieving their goals.
Unlike some ballet and dance studios, Armidale Physical culture club focuses on developing the self-esteem of its students. By teaching them to have a positive relationship with their bodies, we help students blossom with confidence and self-assurance.
BJP Physie is passionate about nurturing students’ total wellbeing, in both mind and body. Physie is an accepting and encouraging team sport, where every member is supported and motivated to be the best they can be.
Meet the Teachers at Armidale physie!
Claire began Physie at the age of 8 and since this time has progressed from student to teacher. Claire has a true love and passion for our sport and has been a member of Bjelke-Peterson Physical Culture for over 50 years. In 1971 Claire opened the Maitland club and travelled from Newcastle to Maitland to teach her own classes and continued to do so until she and her husband Varne moved to Armidale in 1974.
Since moving to Armidale, Claire became a teacher of the club and for 43 years has been a member, teacher and mentor to all past and present club members.
Julie has been at Physie classes since she was born. When your mum is Claire, you attend every lesson from a baby to adult. Julie loves all that Physie has to offer. Julie’s favourite aspect of Physie is the lifelong friendships she has made as well as the extremely positive attributes Physie provides girls which include increased confidence, independence and resilience.
Julie’s teaching style ensures all classes are fun and entertaining. Julie is always smiling, willing to have a chat and is an extremely positive personality
Michelle has been a member with Armidale Physie since 2002, but began her Physie career long before that on the south coast of NSW in Dapto.
Michelle teaches all the basics of Physie in a clear and concise manner which includes lots of humour and good fun, whilst also demanding the full attention of all the little people.
Michelle has an amazing eye for Physie and is wonderful with all members in our club. Michelle is an outstanding Physie dancer, in 2015 Michelle placed 3rd at the National Ladies Masters Competition.
A member at Armidale Physie since 2009, Charlotte loves her Physie. Charlotte is an extremely dedicated person and has a great personality. Charlotte is a wonderful asset to our Physie Club and brings her love of our sport to each and every lesson. Always positive, Charlotte loves her Physie and all the girls love her!
Testimonials from Students and Family at Armidale physie
Physie has been always a major part of my life. It has been a very special sport that I have shared with my daughter all of her life. Now there is three generations enjoying all it has to offer us. Very proud when the three of us take to the floor. Looking forward to many more great years with all of our Physie families
I love physie because it’s unique! Armidale Physical Culture is not just a club, it’s a family. A family who encourages each other and supports each other throughout their physie life. Being a part of physie I have made lots of new friends and not only from Armidale but from places around Australia. From joining physie I have gained confidence to believe in myself. Physie isn’t just a sport to me or a hobby it’s a part of who I am!
“I love physie because it gives girls and women confidence, and creates life long friendships! Physie makes me smile and laugh and makes people happy. Without physie I wouldn’t have a sport or a passion to be part of. I also love physie because of the memories that are made because of the lovely sport”.