Well Done Dennis.....

We would like to congratulate Dennis DeMille, a long standing gym member, on his audition on Britain's Got Talent.

Dennis performed in a duo act called 'The Ratpackers' where they received 4 yes's from the judges and a standing ovation. Dennis has always supported @Worle with singing at our Summer parties and other local charity events. 

Thank you for your continued support and we wish you all the best in the competition

@Worle

Member communication - where is @Worle going...

Dear Member

My name is James White and I am the Chair of the Trustees of @Worle.

As you may or may not know, the Trustees have responsibility for the direction and investments that the centre makes and we are set up as a Not for profit organisation and managed by a group of 6 Trustees.

I wanted to share with you a few thoughts regarding our plans for the centre and how we are working to improve the centre for you as our members.

@Worle was set up in 2012 as a Not for profit organisation by North Somerset Council and thanks to the efforts of the team at the centre led by Harry Nash, it has proved to be a huge success.

Although set up initially in conjunction with the council, the way in which @Worle operates is that we are an independent company that must earn our own money to survive. The council runs services from the centre but do not provide any form of other financial assistance. We run as any normal business would each year and have to ensure we make a surplus in order to be able to invest and grow

The centre was created to provide local members of the Worle community with a place to meet new people and keep fit and what makes @Worle different is that we are a centre for all ages, abilities, and races.

The building we operate in is owned by @Worle but is used by a range of different community groups (such as the Brandon Trust and Meals on Wheels) and being part of our community is the core DNA of what we do.

The success of @Worle since its start is also now proving to be one of its biggest weaknesses and this is why I and other trustees have been so keen to look at ways in which we can develop and grow.

Our membership numbers have now surpassed the original plans that the centre had and as I am sure many of you will know, the centre and gym can be very crowded at busy times.

Around 18 months ago, the centre started to look at how we could extend our facilities in order to provide more room for current and future members. We had a 2020 vision of what @Worle could look like and we employed a local Architect to draw up some plans for an extension of the centre.

As I stated above, we run as a separate business and so we knew that if we were to extend the building, this work would have to be funded by ourselves as we are all aware that the council have had to make significant cuts in their budgets over recent years.

Within the plan that we had, we wanted to extend the size of the gym, create a 2nd specific room for classes and also create a new room and area near the Café so that members could enjoy time to relax and meet with friends once they had finished a class or gym session.

We felt that the above plans would give us the platform in which to grow over the next few years and continue the success the centre has had.

When the plans and the detailed costings behind those plans came back, it was clear that what we had wanted to do would not be affordable to the centre with the current reserves we have.

This was disappointing, but we still tried to look at ways in which we could make this work. We did try to seek some external funding from grants and outside companies, but it was not possible to get the amount we needed (around £150,000) in place and so it left us having to re look at our options.

The Trustees are committed to extending the centre, but we also have to do this within a plan that is sensible and affordable. The last thing I or my other Trustees want to do is over commit ourselves to spending money on a larger project and then finding we have a financial shortfall. Although disappointed, we had to go back to the drawing board and adjust our plans.

So, as we stand here today at the end of March 2018, the status is this.

The centre is still very much committed to building an extension to our facility and we are working with our architect on a new plan which is based on the budget that we as a company can afford.

I have seen the revised plans that have come back and I think these look good and are affordable. In addition to these plans, the centre is also planning to build an extension to the café area and put in place a new service that can offer members great food and drinks in a newly decorated comfortable environment.

My hope is that we will be able to agree a completed plan for the extension within the next 4-6 weeks and then submit these to the council for planning approval.

If successful, I would hope we could be in a position by the Autumn to commence on our extension work and deliver the new and improved gym that I know all members want.

I want to apologise to any member who is frustrated by the delay in the works. I as the Chair of the organisation am also frustrated that we have not yet been able to start work but I can assure you that its not for the want of trying.

We tried to build the extension we really wanted but have needed (for financial affordability reasons) to focus on a smaller development in a two phased project. This development will still give greater space for members while improving the centre and this is something that I and other Trustees are committed to doing.

I hope that this update gives you an idea of where we are and what we are doing. I try to be in the centre most weeks and so if you want to discuss any aspects of what I have outlined in here then please feel free to contact me or any other Trustee and we can happily share more details with you about our plans.

I should finish this update by also saying if you are a local member of the community that would be interested in joining our Trustee board then I would love to hear from you. Being a Trustee is a voluntary position but one which is rewarding and allows you to give something back to your local community.

If you feel like you would like to know more or apply to become a Trustee, then please contact Harry Nash at hnash@worle.org.uk and we can share more details with you.

So, it’s a final thanks from me to you as a member. We continue to appreciate you have a choice about the gym that you choose, and I thank you for continuing to choose @Worle as the gym for you.

We exist because of our community and are nothing without our community! We are proud to have you as a member as part of our community.

James White

Chair of Trustees - Learning and Community Sport @ Worle Trust

Weather Conditions

We will try our best to keep the centre open during the bad weather but please follow our Facebook page 'worle centre' to follow live updates. 

Staff will try to make it in for 6.30am but if the weather is bad then this might resort in staff having to walk to the centre. Not all staff and instructors are local so depending on where they come from will depend on whether they can attend the centre. If the weather is really bad we may have to close for H&S reasons. 

We thank you for your patience - @Worle

@Worle Dance Academy groups do the double 1st place....

@Worle started its dance academy groups less than a year ago and this weekend saw them enter their first ever competition, The ICC Welsh Open.

Dance groups Halo ( under 11yrs) and Bellatrix (12-15yrs) came 1st place in both of their age groups in their first EVER competition. They train every Sunday at @Worle and have put a lot of time and effort into their routines, which has paid off, as both teams now qualify for the Nationals.

Big congratulations to both teams.

Anyone wishing to join these Dance Academy groups there is a 10am session every Sunday, first session free, then £5 per class after that.

@Worle members will be able to send their children to the class for only £1 per session, another reason to be a member of your community sports centre.

 

 

 

10 DAYS LEFT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW YEAR DISCOUNT...

Gym only £20 per month of Gym and Classes for £28 per month - no joining fee and no contracts, only 2 month cancellation - this cannot be beaten! This is 20% discount on our standard membership prices. 

Technogym equipment, State of the art dance studio, Top of the range spin bikes all within a friendly atmosphere and the support you need to achieve your goals. 

Call 01934 886 111 to book your induction sign up or come into the centre and speak to one of our friendly staff. 

New instructor......Amy Crow

I started in the Fitness industry in 2008, after participating in classes for several years and falling in love with Group Exercise! I quickly progressed from my Exercise to Music Training and went on to become qualified in Indoor Cycling, Body Pump and Body Combat.

I love teaching Group Fitness classes and seeing a mixture of people of all ages and abilities working together to improve their fitness and wellbeing. Not only are classes a fantastic way to get in shape and feel motivated to work hard, but there is also a great social aspect to them. It's lovely to see people who have come along on their own be welcomed into a group, make friends and feel part of a team. Recently a group of my regular participants joined me at the "Monster Race", a tough obstacle course which challenged our fitness to another level!

Over the years I have taught classes on a part-time basis alongside a full time job. I was able to continue teaching classes through my pregnancy until I was 8months pregnant and then got back to it as soon as I could. Now my little one has just started school I have decided to focus more on my fitness career, as it is something I can work around having a child. I am planning to do more courses next year. The fitness industry is ever expanding and the options of Group Exercise classes continues to grow alongside it.

I am really looking forward to meeting the members of @Worle and sharing their fitness journey. I will be teaching Spin @ 9:15am & TBC @ 10:15am on Tuesdays.

New instructor...... Amanda.....

I have been a Fitness Professional since 1991.  So much has changed since then but I remain committed to delivering fitness classes for all abilities.  For me, the participant is my focus so my aim is to make fitness accessible for all abilities so that everyone can achieve their goals. I teach a variety of classes from high intensity HIIT to chillaxing(but core challenging) Yoga and Pilates programmes.

I‘m currently studying for my BA Hons in Sports & Fitness Coaching to develop my skills to a higher level and I’m also studying Level 2 Children’s Fitness so I hope to encourage the younger generation to enjoy fitness and remain active through their lives.

Amanda will be teaching Kettlecise and Freestyle Yoga & Pilates on Friday evenings.

Day 8.....New Instructor.....Hannah Stokes

From a young age I have always had a passion for dance and over the past 10 years I have diversified and built upon my knowledge, training in various disciplines and styles. Since 2009 I have been privileged enough to teach and promote street dance classes across the Southwest, this includes providing classes in Schools, Dance academies and fitness groups wanting to add a fun, motivational option to achieve and maintain good health and fitness levels. I qualified  with 'Premier Training International' as a Level 3 Gym Instructor and Personal trainer two years ago to further my learning of the fitness industry and to incorporate this into dance/fitness classes.

I believe fitness is about having fun and achieving your goals in a positive and structured manner. My aims as an instructor are to combine the enjoyment of dance whilst pushing you to reach your goals in an original and exciting way.

Hannah will be teaching Monday Street Tone and Wednesday Sass Class.