Fitness First

Fitness First

July 21, 2010 05:52 ET

Local Health Club Puts Community First to Help Sports and Arts Centre

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 21, 2010) - Parkstone Sports and Arts Centre has begun to benefit from Fitness First's local community programme. Staff members from Fitness First are volunteering at the centre to make a positive difference to the youngsters who use the facilities.

Twenty three volunteers from the Fitness First support centre in Fleets Lane, Poole, recently spent a day decorating the interior of the centre which has suffered both at the hands of vandalism and a lack of funding.

The world's largest privately owned health club group has created its own community programme which demonstrates its commitment to the local area. This activity supports the company's belief that engaging the younger generation in fitness can positively change attitudes and behaviours through wellbeing.

Parkstone Sports and Arts Centre offers classes for 8-16 year olds; with around 150 youngsters enjoying the evening sessions of basketball, cricket, drama, dance, arts, crafts and football with qualified instructors every week.

Fitness First is in discussion with Ray Parish, Chairman of the centre to agree a schedule of works so that the Fitness First team can draw upon their resources and skills to update and improve the facilities.

The next session has been planned in for September 10th, when Fitness First volunteers will continue their hard work, but this time will also invite parents of the children who use the centre along to help out too.

John Gamble, Managing Director of Fitness First said: "Activities which support our local communities form a large part of our club activity. It is a pleasure to be involved with a local centre run by people with such passion for fitness and arts. It has been enormously beneficial for the teams involved in the volunteering activities and we are thoroughly looking forward to completing further works in September."

Ray Parish, Sports and Arts Manager and Chairman of the centre, has been overwhelmed by the surprise approach from Fitness First; "I was delighted to hear of the kind offer for the management and staff of Fitness First to redecorate the rooms of our centre. I was privileged to meet the staff members when I visited during the initial days work and found them friendly and enthusiastic. I shall take great pleasure in reporting to the management committee the kind and generous offer from Fitness First."

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Fitness First is the largest privately owned health club group in the world with over 540 Fitness First clubs worldwide reaching over 1.4 million members in 21 countries. In the UK alone there are 159 Fitness First clubs including gyms in London and gyms in Leeds. Fitness first has over 405,000 members. 

Fitness First is a member of the Fitness Industry Association (F.I.A), the industry trade body which represents both private and public organisations that are involved in the fitness industry, visit

Fitness First was awarded Club Operator of the Year in the Fitness Industry Association's 2009 FLAME Awards.

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