Sports development centre – is not just for the boys
The Amble Community Sports Development Centre (formerly the Amble Boys Club) has seen a huge regeneration programme start of the beginning of the year.
The club was built in the 60s and was quite a hub for youth clubs and sporting activities. Many hundreds of local children came through its doors. North Northumberland Boxing club was formed here before it moved and many local footballers honed their skills at the five a side sessions.
However, as with all voluntary organisations, relying on people giving up their spare time can always be an issue and for a number of years, the club ran on a shoe string budget with limited offerings.
This however is most definitely, the past history of the club! With support from Amble Town Council, HMP Northumberland, Northumbria Police, and other funding bodies, the club is regaining its attendance rates.
Here’s an overview of the many activities at the club (see the advert in this issue of the Ambler)
Monday night youth club. This is for 8-16 year olds, females and males, and the activities tend to be led by the youths themselves. Snooker, cooking, football, hockey and netball are just some of the activities delivered over the past year. They have also received a brand new Play Station 4 from the Police which can be used during the night.
Monday and Wednesday night adult circuit classes. These classes are a mixture of body weight exercises and current fitness equipment (Kettlebells, fat burning ropes, plymoteric jump boards etc). These are aimed at getting you really fit, really fast!
Tuesday and Thursday kids fitness MMA classes. These are loosely based on the adults classes but with a new slant on more fitness and fun! The coach is qualified to teach many martial arts, alongside a grading belt system. For those parents wanting to instil some type of fitness and discipline into their children’s life, this class is ideal for both boys and girls.
Tuesday and Thursday Adults MMA. For any adult from 16 or above who wants to concentrate on fitness or competitive bouts. Come along and try the no contact or contact training. For those who don’t believe that you can burn as many calories in 5 minutes here as you do in an hour at the gym, come along for a 5 minute jujitsu grappling session! Again, due to the sports on offer, males train alongside females as it makes no difference.
Friday night Boxercise Fat Burner. A really popular class for both males and females. A mixture of both pad work and bag work, at your pace, pushed by our instructor. Really good for a quick blast to get that ‘feel good Friday feeling!’ before you head out for the weekend.
Saturday Football club (ages 4-13). A really well attended session run in conjunction with the highly respected Tiny Woods Football Academy. Skills, drills and games, all of these are delivered in our highly interactive sessions.
Costs are youth club 50 pence. Kids MMA £1, Adult sessions (all of them) £2, and Football Academy is £3. The football academy will be moving into the club sports hall in the winter (time table split class will be advertised nearer the time to get all kids in).
So, instead of just driving past, or wondering where to go for fitness, or where to send your kids when you are struggling for ideas to get them motivated, pop along to the club to see how the new approach and atmosphere could benefit you and your family!
John Kelly Club Chairman