ExtendOurGym-West Wight Sports & Community Centre

by West Wight Sports & Community Centre Trust Ltd. in Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England

We want to extend our gym to create an inclusive facility, that helps our whole community towards a fitter, healthier lifestyle

by West Wight Sports & Community Centre Trust Ltd. in Freshwater, Isle of Wight, England

We did it
On 11th June 2018 we successfully raised £1,345 with 29 supporters in 56 days

Feedback from both members and staff has shown that our gym needs to be bigger, with more space around each piece of equipment. Some of the equipment and décor (much of which is now 18 years old) is also in need of refreshing/renewing.  We also need extra space to allow us to install new pieces of equipment and we would like to be able to add more services for our members to include advice and guidance on nutrition and other aspects of health and well-being. 

We want our gym to be an inclusive facility, which supports anyone in our community to improve their fitness and make positive lifestyle choices.


Our charity provides services to the entire community - young and old - and from all social backgrounds. We are a hub which supports peoples health and well-being -  including their mental, physical and emotional health. As a charity we see the gym extension as an opportunity to improve the service we provide to our community and to make fitness and well-being services more accessible to more people.

The history 

Our Centre goes back 40 years to when a group of local people got together and built the West Wight Swimming Pool (in the days when there was no indoor swimming pool on the Isle of Wight). The past 40 years have seen us grow into a community hub with the original pool still operating but with the addition over the years of a small pool, sports centre and now a community centre. Together with West Wight Swimming Club, we're especially proud to have produced a Commonwealth Games medallist (Darren Mew), and a BBC Sports Unsung Hero (Trevor Collins). Our history continues to develop and our facilities now  include:

 - 25 metre swimming pool

- 12 metre learner/hydrotherapy pool

- sports hall

- gym

- cafe and community kitchen

- meeting rooms

- community centre

- indoor cycling room

- I.T. room

- chiropractor clinic

- hair salon

- physiotherapy clinic

Our current work 

We are now a hub for our community which enables us to work in partnership with other volunteers and professionals . We support peoples health and well-being by providing services that include:

  • providing a safe place for vulnerable and lonely people to socialise and access support services when needed. This includes services which support those who are isolated for a variety of reasons including those who are homeless
  • providing training and volunteering opportunities for people with mental and physical disabilities, those returning to work or those with mental health challenges. In particular we provide this through our COOK Project (Creating Opportunities in Our Kitchen)
  • providing activities for young people through dedicated youth clubs, sports and fitness activities and a Duke of Edinburgh programme
  • supporting and providing activities for older people and those with long term conditions
  • providing a venue for adult education, training and support in such things as literacy and numeracy, IT, job search, and managing personal finances

Our future

We want to create a place where people can come to be supported to improve their health and well-being and where that support fits the needs and wants of the individual. Our gym already has a reputation for inclusivity but we know that we can develop this further by increasing the size of the gym enabling us to reach a wider group of people who may previously have thought that a gym was not for them.

We want to increase the size of our gym by around 50% and add equipment and services to support more people. 

We estimate the cost of the project to be in the region of £150,000. 

Please help us to achieve our goal 

Current Gym

Current Gym

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Two swims at West Wight Sports & Community Centre

£10 gets us on the way to our target! Enjoy 2 complimentary swims if you donate £10

£20 or more

Gym Induction

You'll need an induction to our new gym - even if you're an existing user. £20 will help us on our way to building the gym we want and you'll get your induction free of charge when we open

£50 or more

Unique 'EXTEND OUR GYM' t-shirt

You'll need a cool shirt to to workout in our new gym. Donate £50 and we'll provide you with a specially designed t-shirt which will also show your support for our project. And when the new gym opens we'll ensure you have an induction free of charge

£100 or more

Swim and 'EXTEND OUR GYM' shirt

Donate £100 and we'll give you a unique 'EXTEND OUR GYM' t-shirt, 4 swim vouchers and an induction when the gym opens

£500 or more

6 months GOLD membership of our Centre

Donate £500 and we'll give you 6 months GOLD membership of our Centre. GOLD membership gives you access to the gym and pools, attendance at any of our exercise classes (around 40 per week) and use of the sports hall during programmed opening hours, as well as tea and coffee from our cafe and car parking.

£1,000 or more

One years GOLD membership of our Centre

Donate £1000 and we'll give you 12 months GOLD membership of our Centre. GOLD membership gives you access to the gym and pools, attendance at any of our exercise classes (around 40 per week) and use of the sports hall during programmed opening hours, as well as tea and coffee from our cafe and car parking.

£10,000 or more

Lifetime GOLD membership of our Centre

GOLD membership gives you access to the gym and pools, attendance at any of our exercise classes (around 40 per week) and use of the sports hall during programmed opening hours, as well as tea and coffee from our cafe and car parking. GOLD membership usually costs £420 per year, so this is a great offer for anyone intending to keep fit and healthy for the rest of their life!


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