24-7 gym ac­cess for aquatic cen­tre

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham Aquatic Cen­tre gym­na­sium users will soon have 24-hour ac­cess after YMCA Vic­to­ria won a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion to op­er­ate the cen­tre un­til the end of June, 2021.

Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil com­mu­nity ser­vices di­rec­tor Kevin O’brien said the aquatic cen­tre was im­por­tant for the Hor­sham com­mu­nity and he was pleased ne­go­ti­a­tions had re­sulted in a con­tract ex­ten­sion.

“Since the fa­cil­ity was built in 2006, YMCA and coun­cil’s part­ner­ship has helped de­liver af­ford­able swim­ming and leisure fa­cil­i­ties that are ac­ces­si­ble for all peo­ple,” he said.

“The cen­tre is much more than a place to swim. It’s a meet­ing point where you can at­tend a class, stay for tea and cof­fee and con­nect with com­mu­nity.”

The con­tract ex­ten­sion marks a new era for the cen­tre, with YMCA Vic­to­ria set to fi­nalise 24hour ac­cess for gym users.

YMCA Vic­to­ria de­vel­op­ment man­ager Scott Bryant said the new 24-7 model would meet the chang­ing needs of the com­mu­nity, cre­at­ing greater flex­i­bil­ity for ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“We have been proud to man­age Hor­sham Aquatic Cen­tre and are ex­cited by the prospect of fur­ther de­vel­op­ing this im­por­tant and highly val­ued pub­lic as­set,” he said.

“In 2018 there were more than 170,000 vis­its to the cen­tre, 1700 in­di­vid­ual mem­bers, 1600 per­sonal train­ing ses­sions de­liv­ered and more than 5000 vis­its to the YMCA swim­ming les­son pro­gram, how­ever ev­i­dence sug­gests there is a de­mand for gym ac­cess out­side our stan­dard op­er­at­ing hours. For ex­am­ple, we know that moth­ers with ba­bies and young chil­dren who need to fit their exercise rou­tine around their fam­ily’s daily rou­tine will ben­e­fit.”

Mr Bryant said the cen­tre al­ready sup­ported fam­i­lies through the day by op­er­at­ing a crèche.

“Last year there were more than 5000 vis­its to the crèche, which has en­abled par­ents to ac­cess pro­grams at the fa­cil­ity,” he said. “Our in­vest­ment in a 24-7 gym is the next step in de­liv­er­ing bet­ter health for the Hor­sham com­mu­nity.”

YMCA’S con­tract fee for the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year will be $250,000. The YMCA will pay the cap­i­tal re­quired for 24-7 gym set-up, which will cost about $65,000.

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