YMCA is re­turn­ing – and fit for pur­pose

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @visan­dr­w­brown

THE YMCA is to re­open in Southport. The much-loved fa­cil­ity in Hoghton Street, which closed in Jan­uary, will open again next month, bring­ing sports and fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties back to the site.

The of­fi­cial re­open­ing is to take place from noon on Satur­day Au­gust 5.

Visi­tors will be able to en­joy mu­sic at the event, as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties to sign up again with the club.

The club is re­open­ing in con­junc­tion with lo­cal sports com­pany, Sim­ply Soc­cer.

A spokesper­son for the YMCA said: “There is a rich his­tory as­so­ci­ated with the YMCA in Southport and we know that lots of com­mu­nity mem­bers have many fond mem­o­ries of the time they spent there.

“The YMCA as­sisted by Sim­ply Soc­cer want to en­sure that we can pro­vide a fu­ture as pos­i­tive as its his­tory and one that plays a key part in the lives of young peo­ple, fam­i­lies and the wider com­mu­nity for many years to come.

“In April 2017 YMCA Sefton merged with YMCA Liver­pool. The pur­pose of the merger was to sup­port the YMCA in Southport to grow, de­velop and bet­ter meet the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Af­ter the merger a num­ber of con­sul­ta­tion events took place in or­der to de­ter­mine what ac­tiv­i­ties lo­cal res­i­dents would like to see run­ning at the YMCA build­ing on Hoghton Street.

“The re­sponse was over­whelm­ingly that the fo­cus should be around health, fit­ness and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“To this end we at the YMCA feel we have found the per­fect part­ner in Sim­ply Soc­cer and are proud to an­nounce we will be work­ing to­gether to re­open the YMCA in Southport.”

The venue plans to bring back the fa­mous Fri­day night roller skat­ing disco and all the usual favourite sports and ac­tiv­i­ties such as foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball and yoga.

New sports have also been added to the sched­ule, in­clud­ing dodge­ball, wheelchair bas­ket­ball and walk­ing foot­ball as well as re­open­ing the gym, the squash courts and a new climb­ing wall room.

A spokesman for Sim­ply Soc­cer ex­plained: “It has al­ways been our aim to pro­vide great sport­ing and coach­ing fa­cil­i­ties for Southport and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“Link­ing up with the YMCA re­ally helps us to achieve this.

For more de­tails call Southport YMCA on 01704 538317.

“So come on down to the YMCA and have some fun whilst you get fit. Ev­ery­body in the com­mu­nity is wel­come.”

SIM­PLY Soc­cer is run­ning a Sum­mer Foot­ball Camp in Ains­dale in Southport be­tween July 31 and Au­gust 4.

Chil­dren can en­joy five days of fun for £49.

The or­gan­is­ers are run­ning this in con­junc­tion with Rochdale Foot­ball Club.

A spokesman for Sim­ply Soc­cer told the Visiter: “We will have FA-qual­i­fied coaches teach­ing skills and drills and it will be lots of fun.

“We are tak­ing 10 in each age group, un­der 8, un­der 9, un­der 10 and un­der 11.

“Rochdale FC will also be us­ing it as a re­cruit­ment tool to forge a pos­si­ble path­way to their de­vel­op­ment cen­tre.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event call Southport YMCA on 01704 538317.

The YMCA build­ing in Hoghton Street in Southport, which is to re­open in part­ner­ship with Sim­ply Soc­cer, with an em­pha­sis on health, fit­ness and sport

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