£50,000 award for North Walsham gym club

North Walsham Gymnastics Club is to get £50,965 to help meet local demand for its classes.

The popular gymnastics club teaches 150 young people and has more than 200 on its waiting list. The award means the club will be able to rent a new larger space to host its classes allowing 300 new members to join.

The club was among 14 community sports projects in the East of England which today shared more than £900,000 of Sport England cash to help breathe new life into sports facilities. The National Lottery funding will help to upgrade courts, club houses and changing rooms across the region and help get more people active.

Today’s announcement marks the last tranche of funding for the Inspired Facilities programme, which will shortly be replaced with a new programme called the Community Asset Fund.  The new fund will continue to support local sports projects by helping communities take ownership of local assets from local authorities or elsewhere.

Inspired Facilities was designed to make it easier for local community and volunteer organisations, including sports clubs, to improve and refurbish sports facilities or to transform non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities.  Since 2011, the fund has invested £122 million in 2,215 projects across the country.

MEDALLISTS: Olivia Shingles, Tilly Owen and Tia Tolbart.

RECENT MEDALLISTS: Olivia Shingles, Tilly Owen and Tia Tolbart from the club.


Victory and Splash gym users to benefit from refurbishment

Refurbished gyms due to reopen in next few days

Two North Norfolk leisure centres will have a fresh look before Christmas thanks to gym refurbishments worth more than £140,000.

The gyms at Victory in North Walsham and Splash in Sheringham are being refitted with new strength and cardiovascular equipment, an improved layout, and redecoration.

Both have been operating their other leisure services and facilities during the refit. The centres are owned by North Norfolk District Council and operated by Places For People Leisure. The refurbishments are being funded by the operator.

Victory gym will reopen on Thursday 17th December, following a £68,000 refurbishment and a seven day closure.  Additional sessions and classes have been run in the dance studio during the closure. Centre opening times have remained as normal.

Splash gym will reopen on Thursday 22nd December, following a £76,000 refurbishment and an eights day closure.  Additional sessions and classes have also been run in the dance studios and activity hall during the closure. Opening times have varied slightly and have been advertised on the centre’s website and on site.

Splash will still undergo its normal pool shutdown period from December 14th to 27th for annual maintenance.

Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre, also owned by North Norfolk District Council and operated by Places For People Leisure, underwent a £108,000 refurbishment programme in November 2014, which was well received by users.

Cllr Becky Palmer, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture at North Norfolk District Council said: “I’m delighted that both gyms are being refurbished and improved.

“The two centres are very popular with a wide range of age groups and they contribute greatly to the health and wellbeing of the community.”

Stuart Jardine, contract manager at Places For People Leisure, said: “Our aim is to create active places and healthy people, and keeping our facilities updated is a priority. We hope this investment is a clear sign of our commitment in providing the best possible service, not just to local residents but also to seasonal visitors. We are so pleased that we will have both refurbishments ready to carry out those New Year’s resolutions in January.”

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