Gamlingay gym has reopened
And remains based at the village primary school
By Peter Mann
Gamlingay gym, based at the village primary school in Station Road, has reopened following the cutting of a ribbon on 27 June.
The gym has all the equipment one would expect, including a treadmill, exercise bikes and weightlifting as well as one-the-spot advice of how best to use everything.
Its reopening marks a milestone of community teamwork to resolve the ‘will it / won’t it’ debate created when the old village college became a primary school owned by Cam Academy Trust – which closed the gym in March 2020, citing the Covid-19 pandemic as its reason.
It also threw doubt into the gym’s viability, saying it would be illegal for the school to support the gym financially.
Oh no you don’t
Not to be thwarted, residents set up Gamlingay Leisure as a charity to retain the gym and outdoor floodlit sports pitches (which can be hired for hockey, tennis and five-a-side football).
As keen gym goers, they had not forgotten the gym was created under a long-term dual use agreement between the then school operators and South Cambs District Council, which funded a major (£200,000) refurbishment in 2012, with the condition the gym should remain open until at least 2024 – see page three of the Gamlingay Gazette, May 2021.
South Cambridgeshire District Council also awarded the gym £7,454 in July 2021 towards new equipment and refreshing the gym, as well as an extra £2,000 from SCDC’s Community Chest fund towards new gym equipment and an improved online booking system.
Simon Fisher, trustee of the charity which now runs the facilities, said: “This is more than just a gym – it’s a community focal point for people to drop in and socialise, enjoy the benefits of having fun while working out and promote wellbeing and mental health.
“We cannot thank everyone enough for supporting us to achieve this – with a special thank you to local businesses Pinewood Structures and Brogan Group who have supported the charity.”
Time to join!
The gym is open and staffed…
- Mondays to Fridays from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and 5.00 to 9.00 pm.
- Saturday and Sunday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.
- £35.00 / month.
- £30.00 / month for over 65s and 14 to 17 year olds or students with ID.
- Exercise referrals expected soon.
- All weather pitches can be booked for football, hockey and tennis – for all ages, including children’s football birthday parties.
Post created 27th June 2022.