Open Day as Housing Association gym opens to city residents

Residents in the West End Village gym

Residents in Stoke are to be offered a new option to aid their efforts to get fit.

Staffordshire Housing Association is opening the doors of its gym at the West End Village to residents.

An open day is being held on Saturday. 17 September, to show off the fitness facilities at West End Village, which provides high quality independent living to residents aged over 55.

The open day will offer visitors the chance to view the high specification running, cycling, cross training and weight machines and there will be free taster sessions in mixed martial arts, Zumba, fun family fitness, boxing fitness and kettle–bell training.

The gym, at the housing complex on London Road, Stoke, will officially open to the general public on Monday, 19 September.

A unique feature will be a lunch-hour fitness package consisting of a 30 minute sessions of fast-paced training, followed by a lunch option of a sandwich or jacket potato, for a combined price of £5.

“West End Village is not just an older people’s housing scheme, it also has several facilities that anyone can use. We would love to have a mixed community of people using the gym together,” said West End Village manager Michelle Potts.

Simon Rowlands, an independent fitness instructor whose company Revolutionary Fitness is running the gym, added: “Whether people want to take part in classes, use the gym equipment or get the knowledge they need to devise their own fitness programme, I can help. I’m really looking forward to working with people to achieve their fitness goals, whatever they are.”

Gym memberships will cost £10 per month, but people visiting the open event will be able to get 12 months’ membership for £100.

There is no need to book to attend the open day event. Further information and timings of the taster sessions can be obtained from Emma Roberts at Staffordshire Housing Association on 01782 744533.

For further information contact Sandra Barber on 01782 744533.
Notes to Editors:
Staffordshire Housing Group is a housing association committed to building a better future for local communities. Established in 1984, SHA provide a huge range of tenant services including maintenance, tenancy support, estate management and gardening, as well as essential guidance on income management, money advice and benefits assessments. They are committed to improving live in Staffordshire through regeneration, supported housing, older people’s villages, key worker homes and a rolling programme of home improvements. Their subsidiary company, Blue Mountain Housing Association, also work closely with refugee and local BME communities to provide essential support with healthcare, education, training and employment as well as access to quality housing.