Life’s a beach for mem­bers of North gym


The Chronicle - - Grassroots Sport -

A FAM­ILY-RUN North Ty­ne­side gym is tak­ing to the beach on Satur­day to raise vi­tal funds for much-needed new equip­ment,

Unit 13 gym in Shire­moor opened its doors in Fe­bru­ary and has al­ready proved a knock­out suc­cess.

How­ever, as the gym has con­tin­ued to grow, so too does is need for new ma­te­ri­als.

So mem­bers of the gym and its box­ing club will set out to col­lec­tively run 200 miles on Tynemouth Longsands this week­end.

The gym’s owner An­drew Wile is hope­ful of rais­ing £1,500 from the spon­sored run.

He be­lieves that, while the funds are vi­tal to the gym’s up­keep, it will also in­still the com­radery which is at the heart of the club.

He said: “The fundraiser will en­cour­age team­work within the club as well as im­prov­ing mem­bers’ fit­ness.

“It will hope­fully raise funds to go to­wards new equip­ment, in­clud­ing mats, gloves, bags and pads, to help im­prove the train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

The gym, which of­fers a Buggy Boot­camp class, prides it­self on its fam­ily-friendly at­mos­phere.

Wile added: “Our box­ing club is for kids as young as four years old up to our mixed-aged se­nior team.

“Ev­ery­one and their fam­i­lies are wel­come to come along.

“Box­ing is great fun and we teach fit­ness and dis­ci­pline as well as build­ing con­fi­dence and strength.

“We have cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment for kids and adults of all abil­i­ties to train and fo­cus, as well as keep­ing kids out of trou­ble.”

One of the gym’s ju­nior box­ing coaches Oliver Ger­maney says the gym is an easy-go­ing en­vi­ron­ment with no egos and is look­ing for­ward to the week­end’s event.

He said: “It is a great place to train and teach.

“The fundraiser will boost team morale and pro­vide new equip­ment for the club, which is im­por­tant as we need to pro­vide the cor­rect equip­ment for our team to train to the best of their abil­ity.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the fundraiser or what is on of­fer at the gym, visit Unit 13 Gym on Face­book.

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