We are pleased to open our refurbished gym and brand new fitness studio facilities to students, staff and the local community. The new facilities are part of the our recent £12 million redevelopment investment, which will also see the launch of a new teaching building later this year.
The new gym features a range of equipment from cycling machines, cross trainers, rowing machines and treadmills, through to a squat machine, a leg and chest press, and a variety of free weights. Currently the gym is open to both staff and students, and is used extensively by students studying Sport and part-time courses such as Fitness Instructing.
The fitness studio is a completely new resource for the college, and has opened up the opportunity to run a range of fitness classes for staff such as rebounding, spinning and circuit training. Over the next few months the gym and studio will open to the public, with a commercial Pilates class due to start in the New Year and more classes to follow.
Sport and Fitness Lecturer, Jenny Fenwick, has already started to see the benefits of the new facilities, “The students who have progressed from last year are using the gym a lot more in their free time, and they really like it. I’ve noticed a lot more staff are now using the gym as well, which has huge benefits in terms of encouraging a fit and healthy workforce.”
This year the Sports department have also taken on two Level 2 apprentices, who are benefitting from the new equipment and have taken on the running of the fitness studio as part of their Apprenticeship training. When the gym opens to the public in the coming months, the apprentices will also have the opportunity to manage a commercial facility and gain experience taking payments and making bookings.
To find out more about our commercial facilities please visit our Community Facilities page or call 023 8091 1299. Make sure to follow our social media channels to find out when the gym and fitness studio opens for public use!