Officially opened today (4 December), Centre4’s gym was provided with funding as part of Guinness’s Aspire Awards, which Guinness customers can apply for to develop their careers, studies, talents or communities. The project won under the ‘Your Community’ category.
The Aspire Award funding was used to purchase refurbished gym equipment, ranging from treadmills to cross trainers. Refurbished equipment means that gym costs can been kept low, making it more accessible for local people.
The gym will offer a ‘pay as you play’ system of only £2.00 per visit. In addition, clients will be introduced to structured fitness programmes, including dietary advice, and personal training will also be offered.
The community gym will be run alongside the centre’s existing sports hall. It is volunteer-led, supported by a local personal training instructor. The fully trained volunteers will offer induction sessions and buddying suport to motivate regular use.
Paula Maskill, Centre Manager, said:
“Recent reports have highlighted that 1 in 4 adults in England gets less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.
“Aspire Award funding has allowed us to create a gym that not only brings the community together, but will promote mental and physical health and improve the lives of local people. We are thrilled that we can deliver this vital project to make regular exercise available for all.”
Brian Hamlin, Community Partnership Manager for The Guinness Partnership said:
“We’re delighted to be able to provide this funding that will boost the fitness of local people. It is an honour to be at the official opening today. This is a vital service that Centre4 is providing and we wish the community gym every success.
“Over the last 5 years we have given nearly 290 Guinness customers Aspire Award grants – helping them to achieve their dreams or to help to build better and brighter communities for everyone.”
Guinness customers can apply for an Aspire Award at www.guinnesspartnership.com/aspire