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Fort Regent Fitness Showcase 2017

Fort Fitness Showcase 2017

JOIN THE FORT REGENT ACTIVE GYM TEAM ON WEDNESDAY 5TH APRIL FOR A RANGE OF FREE FITNESS CLASS TASTER SESSIONS GUARANTEED TO INSPIRE AND ENTICE!


TASTER SESSIONS

There will be 15 minute taster sessions of:

• BODYATTACK, BODYCOMBAT, BODYBALANCE, MetaBody Fit and Zumba.

• PLUS... ViPR and Kettlebell demonstrations  by Fort Regent's Active Gym

Active is offering free class taster sessions and mini gym demonstrations to members and non-members on Wednesday 5th April. Sessions will take place in Gloucester Hall from 6pm - 7.30pm. 

ALL TIMINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

6:00pm - 6:15pm - BODYATTACK
6:15pm - 6:18pm - Kettlebells demo
6:20pm - 6:35pm - Zumba
6:35pm - 6:38pm - Vipr demo
6:40pm - 6:55pm - BODYCOMBAT
6:55pm - 6:58pm - Bosu demo
7:00pm - 7:15pm - MetaBody fit
7:15pm - 7:30pm - BODYBALANCE


PRIZES TO WIN

ACTIVE MEMBERS!
Bring a friend for free and be entered into a prize draw for one month's membership.

NON-MEMBERS can also enter a prize draw to win a one month Peak Pass worth £59 (contact details required).


IN ADDITION...

  • BODYPUMP and Spinning classes will take place as normal in the studios but doors will be open for viewing.
  • Yoga will take place as usual in the Cardio Cove.
  • Personal Trainers will be on site to discuss training options outside the Active offer
  • The Active Office will be open until 8.15pm
Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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Lions Club Swimarathon 2017

Swimarathon 2017

The annual Lions Club Swimarathon takes place from Wednesday 8 - Sunday 12 March.

Both pools and the health suite will be closed to the public for the annual Lions Club Swimarathon. Lane swimming will still be available between 7am and 8.30am from Wednesday to Friday in the main pool.

AquaSplash

Active members may use the Aqua Splash lane swimming facilities at a reduced cost of £2.85 per person per session.

A valid Active membership card is required to receive the discount.

£1.00 of this fee will be donated to the Lions Swimarathon charities of choice.

The price is inclusive of the sauna and steam rooms.  The entrance fee is payable at reception. The Leisure Pool and Flumes will be charged at the full applicable price.

To view the Aqua Splash online pool timetable for lane swimming times, please visit www.aquasplash.je


 

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Active Fitness Class Programme at Christmas & New Year

The class programme will wind down for Christmas on 22/23 December. Some festive classes will be offered. See below or check gym and notices for individual instructor finish dates.  The programme will re-start in earnest on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Fort Regent

The centre's class programme will finish on Thursday 22nd December, some instructors may be winding down their classes during this week.

Between Christmas and New Year the following classes will take place:

·         Wednesday 28th December 6.45am Circuits
·         Wednesday 28th December 6.00pm Spinning
·         Thursday 29th December 6.00pm Spinning
·         Friday 30th December 6.45am BODYPUMP Express
·         Friday 30th December 5.30pm Spinning
·         Saturday 31st December 10.00am Circuits

 
Les Quennevais

The centre's class programme will finish on Friday 23rd December, some instructors may be winding down their classes during this week.

Between Christmas and New Year the following classes will take place:
 
·         Wednesday 28th December 9.30am Spinning with Sue
·         Thursday 29th December 6pm Spinning with Sue
·         Friday 30th December 8.30am Pilates with Vicky
·         Friday 9.30am Spinning with Vicky


Springfield

 A skeleton class programme will be available at Springfield in the run up to the 23rd December. Details will be available at centre reception and on the Active app.

Written by Colin Stanier at 00:00

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Sports Centre & Active Office Opening & Closing Times

 

Fort Regent:
Closed from 9.15pm Friday 23 December until 9.00am Tuesday 27 December.

Tues 27 December: open Bank Holiday hours from 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Weds 28, Thur 29 and Fri 30 December 6:15am - 9:15pm.
Sat 31 December 8:15am - 5:00pm.
Sunday 1 January 2017 closed.
Mon 2 January 2017: open Bank Holiday hours from 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Les Quennevais:
Closed from 7.30pm Friday 23 December until 9.00am Tuesday 27 December.

Tues 27 December: open Bank Holiday hours from 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Weds 28 and Thur 29 December 7:00am - 9:00pm*.
Fri 30 December 7:00am - 7:30pm*.
Sat 31 December 8:30am - 5:00pm*.
Sunday 1 January 2017 closed.
Mon 2 January 2017: open Bank Holiday hours from 9.00am - 5.00pm.
* Please check website or centre for swimming pool opening/closing times

Springfield:
Closed from 9.30pm Friday 23 December until 6.30am Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Active Office:
Closed 5.00 pm Fri 23 December until 10am Weds 28 December. Closed 1.00pm Sat 31 December until 10.00am Tues 3 January 2017.

Active Fitness Class Programme at Christmas & New Year:
The class programme will wind down for Christmas on 22/23 December. Some festive classes will be offered. Click HERE for a full list or check gym and notices for individual instructor finish dates.  The programme will re-start in earnest on Tues 3 January 2017.

Written by Colin Stanier at 00:00

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Les Quennevais Sports Centre achieves ‘excellent’ status in National sports facility inspection

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Quest is the UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure and is a process of continuous improvement, designed primarily for the management of leisure facilities and leisure development. Quest defines industry standards and good practice and encourages their ongoing development and delivery within a customer focused management framework.

In past assessments Les Quennevais has achieved 'good' status but on this occasion it has achieved 'excellent.' Since the last review in 2014, refurbishments to the facilities have taken place with the support of Jersey Property Holdings and also with budget secured through the 'Fit for the Future' Strategy. This investment and the hard work of the staff to make improvements in management and operation have led to this higher award.

Responding to the result on behalf of the centre team, manager Rachel Sawyer said,

"I am delighted by this award which comes about as the result of the hard work of all staff at Les Quennevais for which I am very grateful. We work as a team to provide the very best facility and service for the benefit of all our customers and this result gives us confidence that we are achieving our aims."

Connetable Steve Pallett, Assistant Minister for EDTSC, said,

"I would like to congratulate Rachel and all of the staff at Les Quennevais on this excellent achievement. As a regular user of the centre I see first-hand the quality of service that they provide and I know that the award is well deserved and demonstrates that the staff in our centres are doing an excellent job. It also highlights the importance of investment into our sporting facilities which are used by many in the community to stay active. I am aware that an action plan for further improvements has been provided and I look forward to supporting the staff to continue improving wherever possible."

Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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Tom Le Sueur - White Collar Boxing

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Fort Regent's Events Officer, Tom Le Sueur took part in the Charity White Collar Boxing on Saturday 8th October! Not only that, Tom was selected to compete in Jersey's first ever White Collar Prize Fighter style contest! BoxinBusiness (a boxing club based at Fort Regent) helped Tom prepare for fight night, putting him through an incredible 10 weeks of grueling training, sparring and conditioning.

Tom was raising money for a charity very close to his heart, Clic Sargent, who help children with Cancer.  Tom's younger sister Georgia was diagnosed with Hodgekins Lymphoma in 2014 at the young age of 18 years old.  Clic Sargent were so helpful to Tom's sister and his family and she has now been given the all clear. Tom was proud that Georgia was able to attend the event and watch him fight in the ring to raise money for this very worthy cause.

Tom explained that the training and mental preparation was very hard at times, but was worthwhile as he raised a fantastic £1200 for charity.  Having witnessed first-hand the support Clic Sargent Jersey offered to his sister was all the motivation he needed to step into the ring.  

Tom thanks everyone who supported him on his journey and who made donations including the BoxinBusiness team who helped coach and guide him in the lead up to the event.  

Everyone in the Sport Division was behind Tom all the way and congratulate him for taking part. 

To read more about Tom's story and the work of Clic Sargent Jersey, please click on the link to Tom's just giving page. 


CLICK HERE 

Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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Historic Gymnastic Celebration for Regent Gym

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Everyone is celebrating the incredible accomplishment of the British Team in the recent Olympics, winning a staggering 67 medals and within that the phenomenal achievement of the British Gymnastics team who won seven medals - 3 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold.  Cheering on the gymnasts was Regent Gym Club who have something of their own to celebrate this year with their 35th Anniversary.  I spoke with Julia Falle, owner and head coach, about the club's history, future plans and competing in today's arena.

Very exciting stuff at the Olympics - were you gripped?
Yes, definitely, it's fantastic to see British Gymnasts doing so well in the games.

And you have your own celebration coming up - tell me about the history of the club.
The club was started in 1981 by my dad, Arthur Falle and Ann Mourant.  They started the club because my sister, Mel, was involved in Gymnastics at another club on the island, which was very popular, and they could see there was an opportunity to start another club so more youngster could get involved. In the beginning the club was very small and only ran on a Tuesday and Saturday and had about 50 children to begin with.  Dad eventually ran the club with me and myself supporting by last year I took over the reins, although Dad is still there in the background.

Is it very different from now?
Yes, very.  We now run six days a week and have approximately 500!  We are entering more competitions than ever and hosting our own - it's extremely busy.

Why do you think the club has been so successful?
With Fort Regent being centrally located we are easy to get to and we also have a permanent base - that's really important.  We have always been a very ambitious club and we encourage all our gymnastics to reach their full potential with visits to the UK and further afield and also by inviting other gymnastic clubs here so we can all learn from each other.  We affiliated with Hampshire County which means we can compete in the Southern Region and from there into the Nationals and onwards.

But it's not all about winning medals, although that's great, it's also important to recognise that some children take part in gymnastics for fun, it's good for co-ordination, discipline, team work and fitness.  We run a show every Christmas, which all of the children participate in, and get to show off their skills - it's a wonderful event.

The club has a brilliant network of parent supporters whose contribution cannot be underestimated - their help is crucial to keeping the club running - we really couldn't do it without them.

I think another one of our pluses is we are always striving to improve. Gymnastics has definitely become more technical and the difficulty of skills required has increased dramatically, it's much more demanding.  Gymnasts have to be powerful, strong and flexible.  We offer specialist classes in strength and conditioning as well as trampolining, to improve all the abilities and confidence needed from tomorrow's gymnasts.

This year we also partnered with Sports Development to offer school holiday workshops - it's an excellent opportunity for those new to the sport and those with experience to learn new skills, meet other gymnasts and generally have fun.

I understand Regent Gymnastics has a dedicated Special Needs class, how did that come about?

We started the class about 18 months ago because we really wanted to give children who may not be able to participate in a mainstream class an opportunity to try it and just enjoy it with no pressure.  It has been one of my most rewarding experiences; you can see the children growing in confidence, learning the equipment and making progress.  It is open to any age, but mainly the children who come are aged from 5 to 12, and it's every Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:00pm.  I'd really encourage parents to pop along.

What would you say have been the challenges along the way?

Equipment!  Having somewhere to put it and the cost - we cover costs mainly from the club fees but we occasionally run fundraisers so we can ensure that our equipment is properly maintained and that our 20 coaches are professionally trained and continuing with their career development.

Of course once teenagers get to 15/16 we face another challenge, not only with the growing independence, but the need for them to spend more time studying for GSCEs and further education; it's a challenge for them to find the time because once you get to that stage training is 2-3 times a week plus the off island competitions to progress in the rankings.

How about the highlights?
So many it's difficult to narrow it down….

We did really well at the Island Games with all of the Gymnasts from Regent Gym winning a medal - that was an outstanding achievement.   Regent Gymnastics was the first gymnastics club to be awarded the Jersey Clubmark, which is an award scheme recognising high standards in sports clubs - we were very proud of that and our coaches were recently recognised in the UK.

Coming up we have one young lady, whose name I will keep quiet for now, who is close to qualifying for the Commonwealth Games - we all very excited so watch this space!

 

Regent Gym Club runs six days a week at Fort Regent from ages 5 upwards.  To find out more about the club, including how to register your child, visit the webpage http://www.regentgymnastics.co.uk/Home.php

Little Monkey's, Regent's sister club, offers gymnastics from walking to age 6 - http://www.regentgymnastics.co.uk/LittleMonkeys.php

Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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New vehicle parking signage and regulations.

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Les Quennevais Sports Centre has recently received new vehicle parking signage. Customers are required to continue to display time of arrival. The maximum stay period has changed to:

3 hours within 24 hours Monday to Friday and, 
8 hours within 24 hours Saturday and Sunday

This is not to penalise the enjoyment of our customers but to enable the Centre to free up spaces taken by those persons using the carpark and heading to work or on holiday.

Les Quennevais School has kindly offered use of the school car park for parkrun overflow parking on Saturday mornings.

Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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Instructor Focus: Henrietta Brice-Smith

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Henrietta teaches with warmth and sensitivity and believes that yoga posture practice should be about what you can feel in your body and not about what you can do. Her classes are friendly and fun. She is particularly helpful in caring for those with ailments and conditions.

Specialities
Dynamic yoga, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Practical Therapy

Dynamic yoga uses soft rhythmic movements synchronised with the breath to fully harness the mobility of the body to awaken and energise it and teaches you to release tension to "soften" completely in any yoga posture while still maintaining the necessary muscular effort to maintain flow, good posture and good alignment. Muscles are toned, joints are mobilized, heat is generated and the cardiovascular system is challenged.

This method of yoga practice can be applied to any of the more challenging yoga poses. Beginners and experienced students can practice dynamic yoga side by side. The core techniques of dynamic yoga can be applied to all popular styles of yoga.

Qualifications
Dynamic Yoga Certification, BWY Certification, Dynamic Yoga Certification, TFH Kinesiology and Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. Massage therapist, traditional Thai Yoga massage and Cranio Sacral Therapy Level 1, Pre and Post Natal yoga.

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Instructor Focus: Lucy Kerr

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From 27th July, Lucy will be starting a Strength & Sculpt class on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am in the Dance Studio at Les Quennevais Sports Centre.

This class will give you a full body workout. Beginning with an aerobic warm up, followed by full body toning exercises, and finishing with a cool down and stretch.

Lucy Kerr will also be offering Personal Training sessions in the Gym at Les Quennevais Sports Centre from the 1st September. If you feel you need direction and tuition on how to reach your goals, give Lucy a call on
07797 761892 to arrange a free consultation and book your session. 

Email: lkfitness.je@gmail.com
Visit: www.facebook.com/lkfitness.je

CLICK HERE FOR TIMETABLES

Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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Instructor Focus: Julie Stanier

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Julie has a passionate love of dance.  Having performed internationally both on land in Monte Carlo, Paris, Hong Kong, Miami, and London, and on the high seas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Julie also performed with her own dance group at Jersey's famous cabaret spot Caesars Palace. As a choreographer Julie choreographed for the Benny Hill Shows for Thames TV as well as for various theatre and cabaret shows. She has created many sparkling routines for her own dance group, the Battle of Flowers, dance school productions, and competition work for young dancers.

Specialities
Dance-based workouts, Jazz dance, Children's Wakeup Workouts, Zumba, and Strictly FitSteps.

Qualifications
Associate Teacher of Ballet, National Dance and Modern Dance .I.S.T.D. RSA Exercise to Music Qualification (YMCA), BAWLA Leaders Certificate, Reebok Step Instructor, Zin member and Qualified Zumba Instructor, Accredited FitSteps Instructor.

Teaching Experience
36 years teaching experience, Jazz Dance Teacher at Pineapple Studios in London, Fitness Teacher various centres in UK and Jersey, Dance teacher at Carousel School of Dancing.

Try one of Julie's classes at Fort Regent or Les Quennevais and be inspired by her "sparkle" and "'energy!"

CLICK HERE FOR TIMETABLES

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JERSEY TRIATHLON 2016

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The Jersey Triathlon is the most southerly triathlon of the British Isles and is one of the most exciting, challenging and picturesque courses in Britain. 

This year's event took place on Sunday 10th July with Laura Jacques, Hannah Jacques and Michael Donoghue competing as "Team Fort Regent." Barclay Harvey and Sam Horsfall also took part.

Michael participated in the triathlon last year. He had every intention of completing the full triathlon on his own in 2016 but couldn't face the prospect of having to swim again! Still wanting to participate in the event (it's such a great atmosphere), Michael put a team together to complete the relay and subsequently managed to draft in Laura and Hannah Jacques.

Being that Laura is an experienced swimmer she was nominated for the swim leg.  Hannah's preference was to cycle which left Michael to complete the running discipline.

The team completed the triathlon in 2 hours 43 mins.  All accomplished times for their respective disciplines which they were hoping to achieve. Laura completed the 1 mile swim in 29m 51s, Hannah the 40km cycle in 1h 25m and Michael completed the 10km run in 45m 36s.

Active spoke to Laura Jacques about her discipline:

Was it tougher than you thought it would be?

"For me the first 5 minutes of the swim was the toughest as it was very choppy with lots of people to contend with.  After that everyone spread out a bit and I found my pace.  I was even able to overtake a couple of people!"

What were the highlights for each of you and what were the down points?  

"When I finished the swim I was really spurred on by the cheering crowd, encouraging all of us to 'run' up the steps to get to the bikes!"

How long did it take you to recover?

"After passing our team tracker to Hannah for the cycle discipline I had a nice warm coffee and I was all recovered and ready to cheer on the other participants, the atmosphere was electric with a great sense of team spirit! I used to be involved in swimming when I was younger and have always loved the water so when the chance to swim as part of the team came up I was happy to volunteer."

Did you achieve your personal objectives?

I really just wanted to survive the swim and hopefully not be the last one out of the water, both of which I succeeded! It was a nice touch that I made it in under 30 mins too."

Will you be entering again next year? 

"Now that I've got the bug I'd love to. We'll see if we can get the team together again."

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Sport Development This Summer

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The States of Jersey Sports Development team are running a wide range of courses to suit all tastes this summer holiday. 

There is a wide range available including full day, half day and shorter sports courses and activities. The majority of courses and activities can be booked on to by the day or session to give maximum flexibility.

Examples include:

Full day:

  • Les Quennevais Adventure sport camp (involving watersports and adventure games in the St Ouen/ St Brelade area)
  • Springfield Super Sport Camp (involving a range of sport specific coaching sessions - from tag rugby to rounders!)

Please note: there is a St Helier pick up and drop off option available for the Les Quennevais camp.

Half day:

  • Langford Olympic and Summer Sport Morning (a half day camp inspired by Rio 2016!)
  • Jersey Cricket Board Cricket Summer school and Inter cricket festival
  • Olympic Table tennis morning
  • Langford Fun Activity morning (involving trampolining, wall climbing, swimming, team games and many more)
  • Scuba diving taster sessions

Shorter courses:

We also run a range of courses in conjunction with local clubs and associations in:

  • Racketball
  • Trampolining
  • Wall climbing
  • Cycle proficiency
  • Badminton
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics

For more information and how to book, visit:

 

http://www.gov.je/Leisure/Sport/activities/Pages/SummerHolidaySportsCourses.aspx

Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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Wednesday at Springfield
10.40am - 11.40am Exercise Referral Pilates is changing to:

10:30 - 11:15
NEW Everyday Pilates

Blue Room
Fiona de Miguel
£7.35
FREE to Active

For the 4th and 6th July, the rate for Non Ex Ref and Non-Active customers attending classes will be £4.50.

From 11th July onwards non-Active customers will have to pay the Active class rate of £7.35.

This class is suitable for participants who have completed the Exercise Referral programme, or for those returning to exercise. The class is performed at a slower pace focusing on balance, coordination, strength and posture, preparing one's body to move gracefully and efficiently in everyday life.

 

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Les Quennevais Class Updates July 2016

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Monday at Les Quennevais
11.45am - 12.45pm Exercise Referral Pilates is changing to:  

11:45 - 12:30
NEW Everyday Pilates

Dance Studio
Fiona de Miguel
£7.35
FREE to Active

For the 4th and 6th July, the rate for Non Ex Ref and Non-Active customers attending classes will be £4.50.

From 11th July onwards non-Active customers will have to pay the Active class rate of £7.35.

This class is suitable for participants who have completed the Exercise Referral programme, or for those returning to exercise. The class is performed at a slower pace focusing on balance, coordination, strength and posture, preparing one's body to move gracefully and efficiently in everyday life.

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Fort Regent Class Updates July 2016

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Claudia Morena introduces Zumba Toning on Thursday evenings from Thursday 7th July.  The class will take place in the Active Studio from 7 - 8pm.

Instructor Elisabetta Quaranta will teach Zumba on Tuesday evenings 6 - 6.45pm in the Active studio

Gary Holmes will instruct BODYATTACK on Wednesdays from 6-7pm

And on Thursday Gary will instruct BODYCOMBAT from 5.45-6.45pm

Instructor Itzel Burbidge will present BODYATTACK on Saturday mornings from 9- 10am

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Pool Updates

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Saturday 4 June: The main pool (only) will be closed for the Water polo Interinsular between Guernsey and Jersey from 2.30pm until closing. The small pool and the Sauna and Steam will remain open. GO JERSEY!

Saturday 11 June 2016:  The Main Pool will be closed between 1pm and 4pm for the Jersey Kid's Triathlon. The cycle track and playing fields will also be in use. Please support the many youngsters trying out Triathlon for the first time.  To register check out https://jerseykidstriathlon.com/ 

August 2016: Christina Blampied will be delivering a Pool Lifeguard course at Les Quennevais Sports Centre at the end of August. For further information and to apply please contact Les Quennevais Reception on 449880

Club and Association News
Saturday 11 June:
 Jersey Hockey are holding a 24 hour Hockey event to raise funds to build a new clubhouse. The astro lights will be on during the hours of darkness.

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Denny's Hair Donation

Receptionist Denny Buckley recently was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  Following advice from a Food coach she decided to transform her appearance and raise money for a local charity.

She has been through a difficult period over the Donating my hair for Little Princess Trust because I can think of no better charity :-)

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In August 2015, I visited the doctor as I was so fed up with feeling unwell.  I had suffered with aches and pains and extreme tiredness for many years, but the summer of 2015 was the worst I'd ever known.  After another trip to the doctor and extensive blood tests that all came back clear, I thought my diet was the only thing left that might help alleviate my symptoms.  As I'd had an unhealthy relationship with food for most of my adult life and was around 5 stone overweight, I knew this was not something I could do by myself and I thank my lucky stars that I discovered the wonderful Lorraine Pannetier who is a food coach.  She explained that I would have weekly 1-2-1 meetings with her to discuss my food diary where she would give me hints, tips and recipes that would guide me to a more healthy and natural diet.  Four weeks into our meetings I had an appointment with a rheumatologist (I was referred after my blood tests had shown nothing wrong) and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia!  Lorraine did lots of research on this condition and advised me accordingly.  Although fibromyalgia is an incurable illness, the healthy diet that I am now on, has helped with some of my symptoms and I'm now looking forward to the future and what it might bring.  I started seeing Lorraine at the end of August and in the 25 weeks since then I have lost a total of 3 stone in weight (19kg) which works out at a nice steady one and a half pounds per week. 

So with transforming myself from the inside, I thought it was time I gave myself a treat on the outside.  I have had long hair for as long as I can remember.  The last time I had it cut short was when I was 15 (and that was a complete disaster!!)  I had seen a couple of friends on Facebook saying that they were donating their hair to the Little Princess Trust and raising money for the charity through this process.  This is a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatments.  It seemed like a wonderful cause but I didn't know if my hair would be suitable because it does contain some grey and having dyed it some time ago, it contains a mixture of colours!  I contacted the charity and said that I was thinking of dyeing my hair back to my natural colour and they said they would be happy to accept my dyed hair.  So my next step was to contact my hairdresser, Kaylee Le Cornu, who works for Eclipse Hair Design at Maufant.  The owner of the business, Cindy Le Feuvre, very kindly offered to waive the cost of dyeing and cutting my hair due to it being for charity.  I have passed the first stage which was the colour and now the cut is planned for Friday 26th February and Cindy has arranged for the JEP to be there to record the event.  I can't wait to see my 'new look' - can you?

If anyone would like to donate to the Little Princess Trust, this is the link to my JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/Denny-Buckley/

 

Thank you

 

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Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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Jersey FA Launch #RespectLocalRefs Campaign

Jersey FA with the support of the JEP Launch #RespectLocalRefs campaign

Jersey FA Respect Local Refs Campaign #RespectLocalRefs

Jersey FA is delighted to announce the Respect Local Refs Campaign #RespectLocalRefs as part of the FA Respect campaign. The Aim of the campaign is to make people aware that when people abuse referees they are abusing local people in the community, who give up their free time for the love of local football. In Jersey we have a well-documented problem with the recruitment and retention of referees; we have now reached a critical point where we only have 20 registered active referees with a further 6 youth referees for more than 1,000 games that provides football for 2,000 players.

FA REFS

As part of our Respect Local Refs campaign we have interviewed the referees who volunteer  their time for the love the game. In our first interview we met with meteorologist, Mark Le Cornu.

Mark Le Cornu / Meteorologist / Barnsley

What are your earliest experiences of football?   

Watching the results on Grandstand and seeing Barnsley lose 7-4 at home to Bristol City (Sept 1958).  Playing for St Saviour's school.

Why did you choose to referee?

Working shifts I knew I wouldn't be able devote to the regular Tuesday evening / Thursday evening / Saturday afternoon required to be involved with coaching a team.  Mick Blampied worked with me at the airport and asked me to consider taking up the whistle and I never regretted it

What has been your best moment as a referee?

Too many, all the big games, e.g. the Muratti etc, obviously.  One incident, I refereed an FA Vase game in Southampton.  Eastleigh were defending, about 5 minutes into the 2nd half, leading 1-0.  The ball went over their defence but the opposition forward was offside.  The Assistant Referee flagged but the ball was going through to the goalkeeper, so I held off blowing the whistle to allow the 'keeper to pick it up rather than stop play.  However the blustery wind suddenly held the ball up so he stepped a yard outside the penalty area and put his foot through the ball, which sailed down the field and over the head of the other team's center half.  The Eastleigh forward latched on to it, ran on and slotted it in for 2-0.  What an advantage.    

What advice would you give to people thinking about becoming a referee?

Do it.  Having finished playing 25 years ago as a very middle-of-the-road footballer, I would never have imagined then all that has come my way in football because of refereeing.  For example, officiating in the Muratti might not be quite as good as playing in it, but as a footballer it's something I would never have achieved.   

For all your news and results Follow Us on Twitter at @JerseyFA and for more information on becoming a referee please see the Referee tab on our website.


Read more HERE

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Active Class Updates - September 2015

FORT REGENT

PLEASE NOTE:There maybe other class timetable amendments not listed here, so please
CLICK THIS LINK TO SEARCH THE CLASS TIMETABLES to check your class. 

  • Thursday evening Zumba with Nat is at the new time of 7pm - 8pm in the Piazza Activity Area.

  • "FitSteps" with Julie returns on Sunday mornings at 10:30am.

This energetic, upbeat dance class is inspired by Strictly Come Dancing.
The dance workout mixes the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up-tempo steps of Latin dances to create fun-filled classes to get you fit. No need for a partner!
So, go on, get into the Strictly fever! 


Nat will be taking a break from 5th - 20th September. While she is away classes will be covered as follows:

  • Tuesday evening Zumba on 8th and 15th September with Colin
  • Thursday evening Zumba on 10th and 17th September with Claudia
  • Friday evening Bokwa on 11th and 18th September - cancelled.  Class will resume Friday 25th September.

BODYATTACK will be replaced by BODYCOMBAT on the following dates:

  • Saturday 5th September
  • Monday 7th September
  • Wednesday 9th September and 16th September

 LES QUENNEVAIS

  • Monday and Thursday afternoons at 4.45pm - 5.30pm, Teen Spinning for 12 - 15 year olds returns with Sue.
     
  • Monday 9.30am - 10.15am Power Pilates is in the Studio with instructor Fiona.
     
  • Tuesday 10.15am - 11am Zumba with instructor Colin
     
  • Wednesday 6pm - 6.45pm Spinning is with instructor Emmi
     
  • Wednesday 7.30pm - 8.30pm Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Paul Clements resumes on 30th September
     
  • Thursday 8.30am - 9.15am NEW Spinning class with Vicky
     
  • Thursday 10.30am Muscle Pump class is for 1 hour, not 45 minutes as displayed on the printed class timetable available at centre reception.
     
  • Saturday 9.30am - 10.15am Shape and Tone with instructor Katrina
     
  • Saturday at 10.15am - 11am Yogalates to be replaced by Zumba with Katrina
     
  • Sunday morning Zumba has been moved to Saturday morning.

 

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Klikaklu has arrived at Fort Regent!

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Klikaklu is an iPhone/iPad scavenger hunt game - it's free to download and play and at Fort Regent we are busy making a range of hunts to get you outdoors and round the fort, exploring areas you might not even know existed.  Our first game is aimed at children and is even accessible if your child cannot yet read as all the clues have pictures reminders to help your child recall what they are looking for.  The hunt has been devised to encourage children to think about size, colour, shape and texture and children can capture what they see on your iPhone or iPad which you can then share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even print them out when you have finished the hunt.

Klikaklu is available free from the Apple app store, unfortunately there is no Android version of the app just yet so we are investigating android alternatives and hope to bring the same hunt to those users shortly.

To play Klikaklu, look for the poster on the wall of the café in the Piazza, or ask at reception for a leaflet. Alternatively you can find the link and all the hunts on our Pinterest page here so you can download the game before you arrive.

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Les Quennevais Public swimming during the NatWest Island Games

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Public swimming during the NatWest Island Games

Both pools and the health suite will be closed from 5pm on Saturday 27 June to Thursday 2 July for competitions. These facilities will reopen to the public on Friday 3 July.

During this period Active members will be able to use the lane pool at the AquaSplash during lane swimming times. These are indicated in blue on the timetable. Please be aware that junior lane swimming differs.

Visit the AquaSplash website for Active member's timetable information (click here)

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FitRock Health Expo

Are you ready? A brand new concept to the Island, the FitRock Health Expo is an exciting new health and fitness event, inspiring and motivating fitness enthusiasts and health conscious people.

Set in the Dome of Queens Hall at Fort Regent Leisure Centre, FitRock will provide a direct platform for health and fitness companies to connect with the Jersey Public. Welcoming over 24 exhibitors from all genres of the health industry, FitRock really provides something for everyone, covering the full spectrum of products, services and athletes.

Offering something for anyone looking to improve their lifestyle, the show provides a premier visitor experience with demonstrations, taster sessions, talks from industry experts, an extensive exhibition, interactive feature areas and live competitions.

FitRock has sponsored a number of local athletes including Liam McGeary (MMA World Champion), Tania Rodrigues (Miss Channel Islands 2014), Gemma Dawkins (Commonwealth and Island Games Runner) and Lucy O'Sullivan (International GB and Island Games Archer).  Some of the athletes will be at the event to speak to the public about their journeys and inspire budding athletes.

Gemma Dawkins will also be giving talks on the main stage at the event on nutrition and healthy living.  The main stage has a jam packed schedule with live fitness and dance demonstrations, educational talks, charity fund raising stunts and much more!  

The main stage will also host the FitRock Factor Competition.  This is a fitness model search designed to find the best local talent. The show is the first of its kind on the island, with an array of industry experts and audience reactions to judge the show live including Miss Channel Islands 2014, Tania Rodrigues, at the event and announce the female and male winner at the end of each day.  The girl's competition takes place at 1:30pm on Saturday and the guy's follow them at the same time on Sunday.

The show is judged 50% on physique and 50% on whether the competitor has the 'FitRock Factor, so personality, presentation and stage presence are all key to success.  The winners will be crowned and rewarded with a bundle of prizes as well as a contract with FitRock to be the exclusive models for the 2016 advertising campaign.

The event will be collecting for the Nepal Earthquake appeal with a special Live Spinning Demo by the Active Spin Team to open the event on Saturday at 11am.  Harry Zambon from Zambon Fitness will also be making a donation to the appeal when he takes the stage at 12:45pm on Sunday.  Harry is inviting all participants to make their way to the stage area and do as many Squats as they can.  For each squat performed Harry will be donating 10 pence to this deserving cause.

FitRock have also donated a stand to Diabetes Jersey who will have a team of nurses and health care professionals to raise awareness and educate people about diabetes and give free advice on ways to prevent the disease.

Fort Regent's Humfrey the Lion will be present at the event on both days to entertain the crowd and give away free prizes and Active passes.  Stu the Minion will also make an appearance and will be armed with an abundance of fresh bananas to help the people of Jersey get their 5-a-day.  For the younger children Little Monkeys Gymnastics club will be offering a crèche facility to allow health conscious parents to roam the event stress free.

For those interested in Martial Arts there is a live Jiu Jitsu Tournament running all day on Saturday from midday and a boxing ring with free taster sessions and live sparring.

The PT Chef has put together a bespoke menu of healthy nutritious meals for those who want to grab a guilt-free bite to eat at the Expo.  Juice 4 Life will be offering Juices and the Supplement Store have an array of sports nutrition products for everyone to sample.

The event is completely FREE for everybody and there is ample parking in Pier Road car park which is free on Sunday.  FitRock will be handing out FREE goody bags and giving away great prizes throughout the event including gym memberships, PT sessions, Health Supplements, Adventure Activities and Sports Equipment.

Don't miss out on FitRock 2015, providing motivation, education and inspiration to Jersey's nation.

For even more info visit: fitrock.co.uk

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SPORTS CENTRE OPENING TIMES OVER THE MAY BANK HOLIDAYS

Sports Centre opening times over May bank holidays Monday 4th May and Monday 25th May:

Fort Regent and Les Quennevais will be open from 9.00am - 5.00pm. Springfield will be closed. The Active membership offices will be closed.

Sports Centres will be open during normal operating hours at weekends including Liberation Day, Saturday 9th May.

Active membership offices open on Saturday mornings from 9am - 1pm but are closed on Sundays and bank holidays.

The Active office at Les Quennevais will be closed on Saturday 23rd May.

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Swimarathon

The Swimarathon will take place at Les Quennevais from 11th - 15th March. The pool will be open for early morning swimming lane swimming sessions from 7 - 8.30am on Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March, and will then close.

During the Swimarathon Active members will be able to use the lane pool at the AquaSplash during lane swimming times. These are indicated in blue on the timetable. Please be aware that junior lane swimming differs.

The attached timetable and link to the AquaSplash website is for Active members information.
Click Here

 

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Thai Boxing For Beginners

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If you want to learn self-defence and get fit at the same time you could start your journey with the Thai Boxing beginner's class, and begin using your fists, shins, elbows and knees to fight your way back to fitness and a lean body! 

Easy to learn, it's a great full body workout and the most effective stand up fighting style.

Thai Boxing for beginners on Sunday mornings at 10am.
For bookings and further enquiries please contact:

Bilal Hammad

07797 953253

fortregentthaiboxing@hotmail.com

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Fighting Fit, Fighting Cancer

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Active member David Butel fights cancer. 

I have been a gym member on and off for years, however in 2013 after a diagnosis of Prostate Cancer, an operation and after treatment for secondary Cancer, by March 2014 my weight reached 16st 8lb, I knew I had to fight back.

I joined the Active Gym, found myself a personal trainer, Harry Zambon, I knew I would need help. During the next 9 months I got down to 13st 3lb, it was hard. I also did Spinning, Body Combat and my own work outs, attending the gym 6 days a week.

This journey has been like a therapy and I do not intend Cancer to control me, I control it.

The gym team at the Active Gym are amazing, they have been so supportive, and they are like a family.

Part of my get fitter campaign involves taking Wheatgrass and juicing every day.

I am now fitter then I have ever been in my life, it is thanks to the wonderful facilities and classes at the Active Gym, also my great personal trainer.

The journey continues, if I can do it so can you, get Active.

David is an inspirational character and was recently interviewed by CITV.  Read the full story - David's story: Fighting fit, and fighting cancer, online here

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Turkey Buster Classes 2014

Get out of the house between Christmas and New Year and join one of our Turkey Buster classes at Fort Regent and Les Quennevais! All classes are 45 minutes. To book contact centers direct - open to non members.

Fort Regent:
Sunday 28th December -   Spinning at 10.30am with Kate
Monday 29th December   BoxFit at 9.30am with Bilal
Wednesday 31st December - Spinning at 9.30am with Mick

Les Quennevais:
Monday 29th December at 10.15am with Giselle
Tuesday 30th December at 10.15am with Sam
Wednesday 31st December at 10.15am with Giselle

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Christmas Opening Hours

All Active Sports Centres will be closed:

Christmas Eve 2014 - Wednesday 24th December - Sports Centres will be closed. Ice skating only will take place at Fort Regent from 9am to 6pm.

Christmas Day - Thursday 25th December - All Sports Centres will be closed.

Boxing Day - Friday 26th December - Sports Centres will be closed. Ice skating only will take place at Fort Regent from 1.30pm to 6pm.

New Year's Eve - Wednesday 31st December - Normal opening times but Fort Regent and Les Quennevais Sports Centres will close at 5pm.

New Year's Day - 1st January 2015 - Sports Centres will be closed. Ice skating only will take place at Fort Regent from 1.30pm to 6pm.

Springfield Stadium and Sports Centre will be closed from Wednesday 24th December 2014 until Thursday 1st January 2015 inclusive.

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Fort For All Day 2014

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Map -schedule2To download the Fitness Class Itinerary, Whole Day Schedule and Venue Map PDF's click on the links below:

Fitness Class Itinerary
CLICK HERE

Whole Day Schedule
CLICK HERE

Venue Map
CLICK HERE 

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Club/business name: Active

Tel. 449888
Email address: active@gov.je
Website: www.active.je

 

 

Planned activity:  Active Childcare
Location: Humfrey Room
Time: 10am - 4pm (break for lunch 12 - 1pm).
Notes: the childcare team can take a maximum of 10 children per session. Each session lasts one hour. For ages 


ACTIVE FITNESS PROGRAMMES

5 minute mash up Les Mills CLASS showcase: 
 performed by Fort Regent instructors- BODYCOMBAT, BODYATTACK, BODYPUMP, and BODYBALANCE.
Location: Main stage.
Time: 10.15 - 10.20am and 1.20 - 1.25pm 
 

1 hour BODYPUMP Master Class: presented by Les Mills master trainers from the UK.
Location: Active Studio.
Time: 11am - 12pm. Participants must undertake technique session starting at ……


Zumba, Bokwa and Bokwa Step&Up sessions:
Location: Main stage.
Time: Zumba 10.30 - 11am, Bokwa 11.05 - 11.35am and Bokwa Step&Up 11.40am - 11.50am

  
1 hour BODYATTACK Master Class:   presented by Les Mills master trainers from the UK.
Location: Main stage.
Time: 12.15 - 1.15pm

 
1 hour BODYCOMBAT Master Class: presented by Les Mills master trainers from the UK.
Location: Main stage.
Time: 1.30 - 2.30pm

 
Spinning taster sessions: 
Location: Spinning Studio
Time: starting on the hour at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.  Each session lasts 30 minutes.
 

'STEP It' taster session  with instructor Lisa Troy
Incorporates a 10/15min warm up followed by blocks of choreographed STEP combinations and body conditioning; resulting in a full body workout designed to improve cardio fitness, muscular strength and endurance, core stability and flexibility.

Suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels of fitness and experience.
Time: 1:30pm - 2pm
 

Total Tone taster session  with instructor Lisa Troy
A combination of body sculpting exercises designed to tone and strengthen all areas of the body. The class is of moderate ability level.
Time: 2:05pm - 2:35pm
 

1 hour BODYBALANCE Master Class: presented by Les Mills master trainers from the UK.
Location: Active Studio.
Time: 2.45 - 3.45pm

 


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Club/business name: Boxin Business / Jersey White Collar Boxing
Tel. 07797 774029
Email address: boxingbusiness@yahoo.co.uk






Boxing based fitness classes.  Free taster sessions:
 We will have a full timetable.
What to bring: Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Queens Hall.

Time: 10am - 4pm.
Notes: Everyone welcome. Try our unique style of training and watch our young boxers demonstrate the skills they have learned with us.

 


Club/business name: Cho's Tai Kwon Do

What to bring: Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Queens Hall.
Time: 10am - 4pm.

 


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Club/business name: Community and School Sports Department
Tel. 449790
Email address: p.brannan@gov.je
Website:www.facebook.co./communitysportsJersey




Planned activity:
 Inflatable goal with speed gun and hardest shot. 
Location: Gloucester Hall east side walkway.
Time: 10am - 4pm.
Notes: Visit our stand and learn more about the projects we deliver in schools and the community. P.E. in schools, after schools clubs, health and fitness days, sports festivals, in service training, neighbourhood sports, Friday night leagues, crime prevention.

 


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Club/business name: Diddy Dancers
Tel. 07797784242
Email address: Jennamariesangan@gmail.com
Website: www.facebook.com/diddydance






30 minute taster sessions of dance and music classes for 0-6 year olds

Location: Piazza next to the Supplement Store.
Time: 10am - 4pm.
Notes: Special offer - 10% off the first terms lessons if you sign up on the day. Diddy Dancers offers lots of fun dancing, games and music for children including contemporary dance, ballet and baby music.

 


Club/business name:  Entertainment Stage - The Bunker / B Vocal

Planned activity:
Location: Piazza entertainment stage.
Time: 10am - 4pm.

 


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Club/business name: Four Winds Tai Chi and Qigong School
Tel. 484660
Email address: fredruderham@yahoo.com






Class demonstrations of Qigong and Tai Chi:
 Invitations to participate with class after demos. Master Freda Ruderham will be available to answer questions.
What to bring: Relaxed training gear.

Location: Dance Studio, Gloucester Hall west.
Time: 10am - 4pm.
Notes: Practicing Qigong on a regular basis keeps the body fit and healthy. Qigong exercise movement are gentle and very ancient and actually work. People of any age can do most of them.

 


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Club/business name: Regent Gymnastics Club & Little Monkeys
Tel. 07797 739766 / - 07797 731101
Email address: regentgc@gmail.com
Website: www.regentgymnastics.co.uk





Planned activity: It's an opportunity for everyone to experience what it's like to participate in gymnastics. We will be offering every one the chance to have a go!!  Gymnastics is for everyone from preschool tots to adults. Now is your chance to come along and try some of the challenges on offer and also have some fun on the equipment!!

What to bring:
 Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Queens Hall.
Time: 10am - 4pm.
Notes: How long can you hold a Handstand? How many chin ups on the bars can you manage? How long can you rotate a hula hoop around your waist?

 


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Club/business name: Jersey Inline Skate Club

Tel. 07797 751540
Email address: john@grlanlois.co.uk

 Fort Regent Open day Jersey Inline Skate Program for 26th Oct 14

 

 

MORNING AFTERNOON
Exhibition Game by club members 10-10.30am 1.30- 2.00pm
Public have a go at Inline skating 10.30- 11.00am 2-2.30pm
Public have a go game of Hockey 11.00- 11.30am 2.30-3pm
Beat the Goalie (penalty shot!) 11.30 - 12.00am 3-3.30pm
Public have a go Freestyle skating 12.00 - 1pm 3.30 - 4.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planned activity: Put some skates on and have a go! Beat the Goalie (penalty shot!) 3-3.30pm

What to bring: Skates, pads and Helmet
Location: Gloucester Hall Arena B
Time: 10am - 4pm.

 


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Club/business name: Jersey Swimming Club
Tel. 07797 735499
Email address:admin@jerseyswimmingclub.com
Website: jersey-swimming-club.org






Planned activity: We will be on hand to discuss the services we offer for parents and babies, Learn to Swim, squads and masters plus Adult Learn to Swim.
Location: Queens Hall east.
Time: 10am - 4pm.
Notes: 20% discount off a terms fees for customers signing up on the day.

 


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Club/business name: Jumping® Fitness
Tel. 07700332333 / 07700328376
Email address:jumpingfitnessjersey@gmail.com
Website:  www.facebook.com/jumpingfitnessjersey






Planned activity:
 Group Fitness Classes on mini Profi Trampolines. Unique opportunity to take a part in Jumping® taster session for children aged 6+ or adult 16+ taster sessions, to get to meet our team, ask questions and most importantly have a fun while exercising!
What to bring: Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Room C, Gloucester Hall west side and main stage in Queens Hall.
Time: 10:20am - 11am, 11.00 - 11.50am, 1pm - 1:40pm, 2 - 2.40pm.
Notes: Chance to win 3 Membership cards for 5 free classes. All you need to do is take a part and give us your valued feedback. Lucky winner will be announced on our FB page! 


  


Club/business name: Jersey Kenpo Karate Centre of Excellence
Tel. 07797 712042
Email address: kenpojersey@gmail.com
Website: www.jerseykenpokarate.com

Planned activity: Taster sessions for children (boys and girls) from 4 ½ years of age.  Demonstrations at 12pm and 2pm (25 minute displays).
What to bring: Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Jersey Kenpo Karate Centre of Excellence and Gloucester Hall.
Time: 11am - 3pm.
Notes: Watch dynamic displays of martial arts including break board challenges

 


Fortforallday _youractive 13_2014Club/business name: The Blast Zone
Tel. 07797 752859
Email address: tbressat@googlemail.com
Website: www.blastzoneentertainments.co.uk






What to bring: Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Queens Hall.
Time:
Notes: Visit the Blast Zone for fun and excitement in the Laser Tag Arena.  Enter the prize draw to win free games at Christmas

 


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Club/business name:
 Phoenix (Jersey) School for Therapeutic Arts
Tel. 07797 713370
Email address: roisin.pitman@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.mukyokan.com





Planned activity: Taster sessions of Aikido and Tai-Chi.
What to bring: Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Room B and Gloucester Hall west.
Time: 10am - 4pm.
Notes: We offer a variety of martial arts that appeal to all ages, both genders and able bodied and disabled students alike.  These arts are Aikido, Tai-Chi, lai-Do, and American Kenpo Karate. Change your life today.

 


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Club/business name: Jersey Slackline club
Tel. 07700817522 or 07829749528
Email address: slackjersey@trislacklining.com
Website: www.slackjersey.com






Planned activity:
Demonstrations and workshops throughout the day.
What to bring: Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Queens Hall.
Time: 10am - 4pm.

 


Fortforallday _youractive _excelClub/business name: Excel Squash and Racquetball
Tel. 07700714333
Email address: excelsquash@gmail.com

 

 

 

Planned activity: Demonstrations and taster sessions.
What to bring: Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Squash courts.
Time: 10am - 12pm and 2 - 4pm.
Notes: Squash was voted the healthiest sport to play in one of the big fitness magazines and racketball is the fastest growing racket sport in the UK.

 
 


Club/business name: Jersey Volleyball Association
Tel. 07797 742882
Email address: tatpaul@hotmail.com
Website: www.jersey-volleyball.com

Planned activity: Junior training 10am - 12pm, Island Ladies training demonstration 12pm - 2pm, Open session 2pm - 4pm.
What to bring: Training gear, water and towel.
Location: Queens Hall.
Time: 10am - 4pm.

 
 


Fortforallday _youractive 12_2014Club/business name: Rediscovering Fort Regent
Website: Click Here







Planned activity:
2 x presentations and Q and A sessions on the proposed plans for Fort Regent.  Location: Don Theatre and Piazza display panels.
Time: The first presentation at 10.30am and the second at 2pm. 
Notes: Someone will also be on hand in the Piazza by the display panels to answer questions throughout the day. 

 
 


Fortforallday _youractive 15_2014Club/business name: History Tour by Frank Falle








Planned activity:
Tour and history of the Fort at10.30 and 2pm
What to bring:
Location: Piazza
Time: tbc morning and afternoon



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Club/business name:  LIFESTYLE SHOW 7-9TH NOVEMBER
Tel. 07797740913
Email address: Julie@ec-jersey.com
Website: www.ec-jersey.com







Planned activity:
There will be a scaletrix track (smaller version of the one that will be at the show in November), with lots of competitions on the track including the fastest lap time.
Location: Piazza
Time: 10am - 4pm.
Notes: Experience just one of the great activities at the show and learn more about what other fun and exhibitors will be at the lifestyle show on 7-9th November.

 
 


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Club/business name: SW Personal Training
Tel. 07700 368 000
Email address: stevenwalker1971@gmail.com
Facebook: SWhealthandfitnesscoaching





Planned activity:
 Find out what functional fitness is all about and find out better and more fun ways to train.
Location: Active Gym
Notes: Any competitions or special offers on the open day: See Steve on the day to book a one hour trial PT session at Fort Regent for half price!

 
 


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Club/business name: Arena Play Centre and Arena Café
Tel. 618104
Email address: arenaplay@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.modernhotels.com





Planned activity: Visit the Piazza play area to see our children's ball pond play area and Arena Café. Enter our Free raffle prize draw!

Location: Piazza
Notes: If booked on Fort For All day, 20% discount will be given on parties PLUS birthday child goes FREE!  Visit our Pizza outlet and learn more about Modern Hotels.
 

 


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Club/business name: B-Vocal
Tel. 07829719962
Website: www.bvocaljsy.co.uk






Planned activity:
B Vocal is Jersey's most innovative vocal school! Vocal coach Jaime Boylan, has shared the stage with some huge stars such as The Wanted and Oli Murrs, and is now sharing her expertise with you! One to one tuition, group sessions and specialist workshops! No matter your age or ability, there is something for everyone and your first class is FREE!!
Location: Piazza entertainment stage
Time: tbc

 
 


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Club/business name: Ice Skate Jersey
Website: www.iceskatejersey.co.uk







Planned activity:
Display stand.
Location: Piazza.
Time: 10am - 4pm.
Notes: This year's festive ice rink will once again be held in Queens Hall. The rink will have a dedicated area for coaching and the use of penguin skate aids for young children.  Visit the stand and find out about all the activities planned this year.

 

 


Club/business name: Exercise Referral

Planned activity: Display stand.
Location: Gloucester Hall east walkway.
Time: 10am - 4pm.

 


Club/business name: NL Fitness
Tel. 07797 741216
Email address: nlfitness@outlook.com

Planned activity:
Open door to discuss Personal Training and Sorts Conditioning, Olympic Lifting Training, 1 to 1 and Group Training.
Location: Piazza
Time: 10am - 4pm

 


Club/business name: The Supplement Store

Tel. 758649
Website: www.mysupplementstore.co.uk
Location: Piazza shop.
Notes: Health and diet foods, training supplements and health drinks.

 


Fortforallday _youractive JFP_2014Club/business name: Jersey Face painting




Tel. 07797 818028

Email: info@facepaint.je
Website: mitchellfam@mac.com 

 

 

Planned activity: Face painting lions
Location: Piazza

Time: 10am - 4pm

Notes: Free face painting for children.  Come along and have your Humfrey face painted.
Have your photo taken with Humfrey and later in the day join Humfrey for a group lion photo.


Club/business name: Family Fun Centre

Planned activity:
Arcade games for the whole family.
Location: Piazza


Prize draws:  Various operators will be offering free to enter raffle prize draws including an Active Prize draw for a 6 month Active membership, 10 x Ice Skate Jersey sessions and show tickets for the 2015 Fort Regent events programme.

 

(As at 24-Sep-14)

 

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Les Quennevais Swimming Pool re-opens to the public

Les Quennevais Swimming Pool re-opened to the public at 9am on the 1st September 2014, after receiving an essential makeover during the summer months.

The refurbishment and upgrade works comprised redecoration and re-tiling of the pool chamber, replacement of the plant maintenance system and equipment, upgrading and refurbishment of the male and female changing rooms, and introduction of new lockers and cubicles.

Barclay Harvey, Operations Manager to ESC Sport and Leisure Division indicated that prior to the works customer consultation had identified a number of improvements, which were incorporated into the plan. 

"During the consultation process comments were received from members of the public who use the Sports Centre on a regular basis.  These comments were fed back to the architect and adjustments to the programme of works were made.  Customers will benefit from improved facilities at the Centre," he said.

Mr Harvey added that the introduction of a new Building Management system (BMS) will enable management to remotely control climate and energy use within the entire building in an efficient way. "The management team will be able to alter the plant room and boilers, water temperature, water and air circulation, and switch the operating plant on and off from a desktop computer or an IPad. The work is on schedule and being carried out within budget.

"The Sports and Leisure Division would like to thank Active members and regular customers for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused during the close down period."

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The areas upgraded during the refurbishment encompass:

  1. Better changing rooms incorporating bigger showers with screens
  2. Bigger lockers (coin operated with £1 returnable coin)
  3. Improved vanity areas including better hairdryers (free use)
  4. Upgraded changing and toilet cubicles
  5. Better hot water pressure and supply
  6. Improved energy efficient poolside LED lighting
  7. New poolside Scoreboard and Public Address system
  8. Steam/Aroma therapy room upgrade
  9. Upgraded Jacuzzi facilities
  10. Additional deep cleaning of pool
  11. New filter media in the balance tank, which provides better water quality through the use less chemicals.

 
Jersey Amateur Swimming Association (JASA) President, Paul du Feu, works closely with the Sport and Leisure Division to ensure galas and club use are coordinated.  Commenting on the refurbishment, Mr du Feu said:

"The reopening of the newly refurbished pool will be welcomed by all its users. Though frustrating for many to have the facility closed for an extended period the end result should please everyone and ESC are to be congratulated on doing such a wide ranging and diverse set of works in such a short time. A pool needs a huge amount of work behind the scenes and this is generally not understood or forgotten by most swimmers.  We can now all look forward to enjoying a sparkling, clean and fully re- furbished facility. I hope it's fully used by a wide range of the community."  

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Humfrey at Jersey Live

Following his successful appearance at the 2014 Battle of Flowers, Humfrey - that loveable Lion from Fort Regent attended this year's Jersey Live.

Humfrey had a great day out at Jersey Live last weekend. After a long break from public engagements Humfrey has given himself a good shake down, combed his mane and is once again set to get involved in community events, rekindling the public appearances many islanders will remember from yesteryear.

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Humfrey was delighted to meet those talented boys from Diversity and to share some tips on dance moves as well as meeting and greeting some new fans. He thoroughly enjoyed his day at Jersey Live and looks forward to getting involved in more community events.

Commenting on appearance at Jersey Live, Colin Stanier, Fort Regent's Marketing Manager, said that Humfrey last participated in the Battle of Flowers during the 1990's but appearing at a music festival is breaking new ground.

Notes to fans.

1. Humfrey started his career with Fort Regent in 1981 when he joined the promotions team that supported the attractions at Fort Regent. He was the venues mascot, a promotional ambassador playing a leading role in promoting the venue during the busy tourism season in the 1980's and 1990's, appearing in the Battle of Flowers. Over the year's Humfrey had taken a less prominent role in the promotion of the Fort, but islanders often reminded the Fort's management team of his iconic status and have looked forward to his return.

2. Last year Humfrey the Lion received a makeover by local graphic designers Ben Robertson and Ollie Nightingale (Kartoon Faktory) and he was reintroduced to the public in October at Fort For All Day.

3. Humfrey will also appear at Fort For All Day on Sunday 26th October 2014.

4. For further information please email: c.stanier@gov.je

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White Collar Boxing at the Fort

The biggest Banquet Event in the Channel Islands of 2014 took place in Queens Hall at Fort Regent on Saturday 5th July 2014.  Jersey White Collar Boxing ran by Boxin Business attracted 900 people to watch their friends, family members and colleagues fight under the dome.  The event had previously taken place at Hotel de France, this was the first year at Fort Regent and the biggest crowd ever!

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Fort Regent's Events Officer, Tom Le Sueur, signed up to take part this year and completed over 8 weeks of hard training.  Tom trained alongside 19 other participants in exhausting fitness classes, savage sparring sessions and miles and miles of runs across sand dunes, upstairs and many steep hills.  The 20 participants, 16 men and 4 ladies, trained to compete in fights lasting 3 x 2 minute rounds refereed by ex- boxing champion, Steve Collins.

All participants took part to raise money for 2 very worthy charities; Le Tournoi and Teenage Cancer Trust.  Over £20,000 has been raised in total between the 2 charities and there is still some sponsorship money to collect. 

The atmosphere in the Queens Hall for Fight Night was electric and Fort Regent was an amazing venue for such a massive event.  Boxin Business have already penciled in a date for 2015 at Fort Regent and can't wait to start training the next batch of brave participants.

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New Spinning Studioto be launched at Fort Regent in June!

Great news for customers - our ethos of reinvestment in facilities and equipment continues with the addition of a NEW studio at Fort Regent and the purchase of35high-tech NXT bikes.

Spinning is a great low impact exercise for general fitness, weight loss and performance training. Classes are consistently popular.  Despite extra classes being added to the timetable, demand has not abated!

From June even more people can take advantage of Spinning classes.  The NEW studio is located closer to gym facilities and boasts a purpose built sound system, an ambience enhancing LED lighting system, full air conditioning, wall mirrors and a vinyl sports floor.

Our experienced and motivated instructors will ensure you get the best from your workout and with classes in the mornings, evenings and weekends, there's no better time to get spinning! See the Active timetable for more details….

We look forward to seeing you.

Happy Spinning!

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NEW Nordic Endurance Classes

Nordic Endurance is a new style of class. Tailor made by Adrian Seymour this new class caters for individuals with an average to high level of fitness.

Medical requirements:
Customers are advised to be run fit and must complete a Health Commitment Statement/PARQ before the class.

What to wear:
Durable all weather clothing and trainers must be worn as this class will take place during all weather with the exception of extreme conditions. Routes: The class will traverse through sand dunes or coastal footpaths or along leafy lanes stopping periodically to complete various body weight exercises with interval training.

Friday's 9.30am at Les Quennevais main reception

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Sports Centre opening times on May bank holiday

PLEASE NOTE Sports Centre opening times on May bank holiday

Monday 26th May:
Fort Regent and Les Quennevais will be open from 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Springfield will be closed. The Active membership offices will be closed.

There are no fitness classes available on bank holidays.

Fundraising Spinathons will take place at Les Quennevais Sports Centre to raise funds for Jersey Cheshire Home. Sessions will take place at 9.30-10-15am and 10.30-11.15am at a cost of £10 per session.

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May Bank holiday opening hours

PLEASE NOTE Sports Centre opening times over May bank holidays

Monday 5th May, Friday 9th May (Liberation Day) and Monday 26th May: Fort Regent and Les Quennevais will be open from 9.00am - 5.00pm. Springfield will be closed. The Active membership offices will be closed.

Sports Centres will open during normal operating hours on weekends. Active membership offices are open 9am - 1pm on Saturday's but are closed on Sunday's and bank holidays.

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Easter Bank holiday opening hours

PLEASE NOTE Sports Centre opening times over the Easter bank holiday Friday 18th and Monday 21st April, Fort Regent and Les Quennevais will be open from 9.00am - 5.00pm. Springfield will be closed. The Active membership offices will be closed. Sports Centres will operate normal opening hours on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April. Active membership offices will open 9am - 1pm on Saturday 19th April but are closed on Sunday's.

What classes are on/off over the Easter period

Tuesday 15th April Fort Regent - Zumba 9.30am and 6pm - No Class

Tuesday 15th & 22nd April Springfield - 9am and 10am Line Dancing - No Class

Tuesday 15th & 22nd April Springfield - 11.30am Beginners Pilates - No Class

Wednesday 16th April Fort Regent - Dance Fusion 9.30am - No Class

Thursday 17th April Fort Regent - Exercise Referral Pilates 12pm - No Class

Thursday 17th April Springfield 9.30am Fitness Pilates - No Class

Friday 18th April - No Classes in any centre

Saturday 19th April Fort Regent - Zumba 9.30am - No Class

Sunday 20th April Fort Regent - Strictly 'FitSteps' 10.30am - No Class

Monday 21st April - No Classes in any centre

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Les Quennevais Charity fundraiser

Fundraising Spinathon's will take place at Les Quennevais Sports Centre on bank holidays in April and May (April 21st, May 5th and May 26th) to raise funds for Jersey Cheshire Home.
 
The session will take place at 9.30-10-15am and 10.30-11.15am.

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The Senior Men’s Muratti

The Senior Men's Muratti, between Jersey & Guernsey Sponsored by Insurance Corporation will be held at Springfield on Sunday May 11th kick off 1.30pm. It promises to be a very competitive game between the sides with Jersey keen to reverse the score line from last year and win back the Vase.

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Grandstand Tickets £15
Adult Standing £7
OAP & Children standing £3
The Muratti Bar £20 includes : - Entry, free buffet, complementary pint of 'Muratti Ale', raffle ticket for the chance to win 2 Premiership tickets of your choice, 2 airfares and overnight stay for two.
Raffle tickets (£5) can be purchased from the JFA office and on the day of the match.
 
Don't miss the opportunity of a great day out to support Jersey and the chance to win a prize to watch your favourite Premiership Team.

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Nordic Walking

Sessions take place on Monday's and Friday's from 1.30pm - 2.30pm. The meeting point changes each week to add variety to the walks.

Free to Active members - for details and meeting points please contact Tel. 449816 / 449617.

If you're new to Nordic walking, you can come to a technique session on Mondays from 11.30am to 12 noon at Fort Regent. Please meet the instructor at the gym reception.

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47% Increase in active.je traffic

Over 91,000 visits to the website in 2013 went to the class timetables page, which is an increase of 33% since 2012.  This page is regularly updated.

Throughout 2013 Active.je has seen a significant increase of 47% in visitor numbers.

These results were due to Increasing awareness about the service the website offers, in terms of class times and contact information, and the continued habitual use by Active's regular customers.

A total increase of 87% has been realized to Active's venue pages where Fort Regent, Les Quennevais & Springfield sports centres can be selected for information relevant to each particular centre. The largest increase was to the Fort Regent page which has seen an increase of 117% in traffic since 2012. The Les Quennevais and Springfield pages have also seen an increase of 64% and 66% respectively.

The success of Active's marketing effort is indicated by the fact that 46% of visitors went directly to the website in 2013. This demonstrates an increase not only in brand awareness, but that Active customer's view the site as a central point of information for class times and facilities. This is a 15% increase since 2012.

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The number of visits to the website using mobile devices is the most notable increase (113% increase since 2012) in traffic, and accounts for a total of 37% of visits to the website  in 2013. This demonstrates a desire from customers to access information about Active while on the move, particularly the centre opening times and class timetables.

Responding to this directive from its customer base, Active will begin to make steps towards developing the website to be 'responsive' in 2014.

The benefits of a 'responsive' website is that it adjusts to the size of the device it is being viewed on, from mobile phone to large desktop display, therefore making the information on the website more accessible from any device with an internet connection.

"It has always been our intention to increase communication with our members via online media, but the growth we are seeing has been remarkable", said Barclay Harvey, ESC-Sports Division Manager.

"We will be continuing to develop our online strategy, providing our customers with up to the minute class timetables and other sport and venue information that they can view anywhere anytime on any device," Mr Harvey added.

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Trekking in aid of the Jersey Cheshire Homes

24 Islanders including myself recently headed off to trek 80km across the Western Ghats mountain range in the southern state of Kerala in India in aid of the Jersey Cheshire home. We experienced the wettest monsoon season in 50 years,heat and humidity, landslides, flooded tents! Leeches in the jungle and hills so steep they were treacherous to climb up and down. There were a couple of injuries on the way ,But everybody helped each other and when the sun shone on our final day the views at 8,600 feet were spectacular. We all completed the Challenge and helped raise over £75,000.00. The Jersey Cheshire home provides a permanent home for disabled adults.

This year is the homes 30th Anniversary and with all the fund raising that has taken place throughout the year £300,000.00 has been raised. A big Thank you to all those who supported me along the way.

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Humfrey The Lion returns to Fort Regent

Humfrey the Lion, Fort Regent's former mascot, is back, sporting gym clothes and muscles to complement Fort Regent's primary focus as a sports and leisure centre.

Humfrey's comeback coincided with Fort for All day.It raised awareness of the variety of sporting clubs and associations that use Fort Regent. Around 40 clubs, associations and businesses offered free taster sessions to show Islanders the range of activities available at the venue.

Despite being back on Island for less than a week, Humfrey has already been spotted having a cup of tea in the Fort Regent Piazza with centre manager, Jo Mousdale. Mrs Mousdale said: 'Humfrey was a popular figure at Fort Regent and was well known around the Island. Most recently, Humfrey has been spending time in the gym and has a new outfit, which is far more appropriate for Fort Regent's focus on sporting activities. Fort for All day was a celebration of the sports clubs and activities that take place at the Fort, so we are delighted that Humfrey made a comeback for this special event.'



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Christmas & New Year venue opening times

The Active Centre's will be closed during the following times over the Christmas and New Year period -

Fort Regent: Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day.

Les Quennevais: Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day.

Springfield: The centre will close on 24th December 2013 and re-open on 2nd January 2014.

The last Active classes before Christmas and first classes in 2014 are -

Fort Regent: The last classes will take place on Sunday 22nd December. Classes will resume week commencing Monday 6th January 2014.

Les Quennevais: The last class will finish on Sunday 22nd December. Classes will resume week commencing Monday 6th January 2014.

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Fort for All - map and schedule

Below is a copy of the Fort for All day Map and Schedule:



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Trekking in aid of the Jersey Cheshire Homes

Active Sales Advisor Helen Cawley has just set out on a trip to India to take part in a challenging 5 day trek up through the Western Ghats in Kerala.

Helen has been raising money for the Jersey Cheshire Homes and would like to say thank you to all who sponsored her. Below is a picture of her on King Street dressed as a Cheshire cat to raise money.

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Jumping Fitness is coming to Jersey

Jump your way to FITNESS, JOY & VITALITY! Jumping improves your physical and psychic condition by a simple and entertaining method.

"We believe in what we do, we believe in Jumping"

Where: Fort Regent Leisure Centre - Room C

When: Tuesday 6pm - 7pm or Thursday 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Price: £8.00 Per Class

THE FIRST CLASS WAS THE 1ST OCTOBER AND WAS GREATLY RECEIVED!

For every class it is essential to book a trampoline as places are limited

To Book
Call Lenny: 07700332333 or Email: jumpingfitnessjersey@gmail.com

www.jumping-fitness.com

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The 6th Peter Brown Channel Island Pool Lifeguard Challenge

On Saturday 7th September Les Quennevais Sports Centre ran the annual Peter Brown Pool lifeguard Competition.

The Competition is designed to test all areas of a lifeguards skills and responsibilities, from dealing face to face with a customer to CPR to the lifeguards fitness.

This year they firstly had 30 minuets to complete a 40 question paper on all aspects covered in the NPLQ 8th edition lifeguard manual. Christina Blampied a qualified Lifeguard TA overviewed.

Next from a holding area they were then taken to deal with a Customer Care / First Aid / CPR incident which took place in the pool changing area, the competitors had no idea before the incident what was going to happen and had to use their lifeguard training and skill to deal with it effectively and safely.

At the incident they were confronted by an irate customer who was complaining about an issue in the changing area, they had to calm this person down by listening and dealing with the issue, unfortunately this customer then whilst getting and item out of his locker badly cut his hand. Again their training of first Aid was tested, by them having to treat this customer in the correct manner for the injury, as the incident proceeded the customer lost consciousness forcing the lifeguard to have to perform CPR, through out the incident the examiners who were Miles Kitchen & Marcel Morin both Pool TA's were looking for the correct approach for the best outcome for the customer, the life guards who did this receiving better scores.

As each lifeguard completed the incident they were taken to poolside where they had to do two timed swims. The first was a 20 meter swim to a conscious casualty with a 20 meter tow back. The second was a 20 meter swim to a unconscious casualty with a 10 meter tow back. Both these swims were timed by Helen Barry a Lifeguard TA and points were awarded on the speed of each rescue by the lifeguard.

At the end of this the points were totaled up and trophy's were awarded by Jenny Brown wife of the late Peter Brown.

1st Bruce Bridal

2nd Rob Hamon

3rd Justin Eastwood

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BOKWA Masterclass 18th August 2013

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Café Des Sports Anniversary

On Thursday 5th July 2012, Les Quennevais Sports Center's café re-opened as CAFÉ DES SPORTS. New proprietors Paul and Rachel Mauger were looking forward to their new venture and felt that the café and its menu were ready for a new look. Active caught up with Rachel and asked her to comment on the past year. Here's what she said:

"We have had a fabulous 1st year, albeit full of mistakes and steep learning curves! We feel we have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go before we have fulfilled all of our cafe ambitions! We firmly believe that we are offering what a sports centre needs, and in Les Quennevais' case, deserves. Our juices and smoothies are proving a hit with the young and old alike, and we are constantly looking to improve our post exercise range of supplements and salads. We have some fantastic and loyal customers, who have helped ensure that our first year was thoroughly enjoyable. We hope our next year in the cafe business is just as much fun."

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Active Junior Summer Pass 2013

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Ultimate 3 Peaks Challenge for the Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation

Fort Regent staff member Mick Le Vaillant, his wife and twenty-five other intrepid adventurers from Jersey arrived at Glasgow airport, ready to undertake what was to be an epic six-day charity challenge to raise money for the Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation. The team had been training for months, and were as prepared as they could be to climb the three highest peaks in the UK AND cycle in between.

There were a few nerves showing as the group met their cycle and mountain leaders from the More Adventures company. They were transferred to Glen Nevis to tackle the first mountain, Ben Nevis.

After a quick brief, they began the climb from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre and were blessed with one of the best mountain days experienced by the mountain leaders, Danny and Tom. Clear blue skies, no wind and superb views made the 1300 metre climb to the summit almost pleasurable! The whole team were up and down in no time at all, this was an incredibly fit and determined team.

The support crew had assembled the bikes by the time they got back to the visitor centre. As the climbers came down off the mountain, they jumped on their bikes and cycled the few miles into Fort William and to their accommodation.

The following morning, the team did some last minute sorting of bikes and kit, then Luke, the cycle leader, led the first group off. Our route took the team south on the A82 to towards Glasgow. Along the way, the team climbed the famous route up Glencoe, down over Rannoch Moor then along the banks of Loch Lomond, with stunning scenery, some challenging climbs and awesome downhill stretches.

It was obvious how much preparation the riders had been doing and soon the team had arrived just West of Glasgow for the second night of their journey.

The next day the riders left shortly after breakfast and continued their ride south. The teams kept close together as they skirted around the south-west of Glasgow. There was a great deal of stop-starting, with traffic lights causing absolute mayhem. Further into the ride, the teams suffered no less than five punctures, a broken brake cable and a monster climb right in the middle of the day!

They rode through rain and wind, battling the elements for over 12 hours and stopping only for food and water. It was a long day, covering a distance of over 105 miles. There was a great deal of relief as the heavens opened just as the last group arrived at our hotel in Gretna. The food that evening was fabulous and just what 27 hungry cyclists needed. The group were briefed on the following day, then they all retired to their beds for a much-deserved rest.

The rain drizzled down first thing. Today would be the first cycle and mountain day as they were heading into the Lake District and to the highest peak in England, Scafell Pike. Spirits were high (a mighty all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast in the brilliant hotel helped!) as the teams left. The route headed south towards Carlisle through rolling hills and quaint English farmland before reaching the A66 into the heart of the Lakes. From Keswick, the teams cycled along the glorious banks of Derwent Water to Seathwaite where lunch was served.

After a quick change into their mountain gear and a bite to eat, the team of 27 riders, began their ascent of Scafell Pike along the Corridor Route. There were a few spicy sections (jalapeno-rated) which necessitated a hands-on approach, but the team (who had already smashed out over 50 miles!) tackled these with ease.

The team were soon stood on the summit, the second of the journey, then made their way back to Seathwaite where the riders grabbed bikes and cycled back to the hotel in Keswick. Luke, the Cycle Leader, had been to the local bike shop and had couple of buckled wheels fixed, bought a new tyre and sorted a few other minor faults with the bikes.

The next morning, the exertions of the long and arduous previous three days were beginning to show but the riders were still in high spirits and keen to get on. The route left Keswick (impossible without a hill or two!) then straight south along the beautiful yet busy A591. They stopped for lunch in Lancaster before continuing south. Team 1 arrived into the hotel around 19:30 with Team 2 arriving shortly afterwards. The final slog up the hill really tested every rider, understandably after a brutal 110 miles in the saddle! Team 3 arrived a little later and had been held up a great deal with a series of punctures and other bike problems. Every member of the group greeted them at the hotel door - it was a very touching moment and undoubtedly boosted the already impressive team spirit. Danny and Tom went out to collect some pizza and a Chinese and returned with a banquet to satisfy even the hungriest of cyclists!

The final day had arrived. It was an early breakfast as riders fuelled up for the long day ahead. They left in two main groups and had a short but sharp descent towards the sea before heading south-west into the unforgiving hills of North Wales.

There were some tough climbs followed by some even tougher climbs as the teams pushed themselves to the absolute limit. As the final day, it was a real test of determination and resolve. Both teams arrived at Capel Curig for some lunch and were subjected to an inspirational and rousing speech by mountain leader Danny. They weren't going to give up and had come too far to throw in the towel.

The support vans were parked at the foot of Snowdon and the team began the final mountain climb at around 18:00. The weather was looking atrocious and both More Adventure Mountain Leaders knew it was touch-and-go whether a summit bid was even possible given the strong winds and torrential rain forecast for the summit. This was where the team would have to push themselves like never before. They'd cycled for nearly 500 miles ascending around 3700 metres, AND climbed the highest peaks in Scotland and England - a total of over 2200 metres…all in the space of 5½ days! This was going to be a huge ask.

The weather began to deteriorate as the group climbed. It was obvious that people were just going through the necessary motions, and at times, the whole team fell silent with the exertion involved after such a long journey. There was no doubt that had this team of incredibly fit individuals would have hopped, skipped and jumped up this mountain had it been the first day! There was still humour there though, they couldn't help but giggle at a guy coming back down with his girlfriend dressed not in Gore-Tex, but what looked like a tweed smoking jacket. He was drenched and his girlfriend looked less than impressed.

The team plodded on and reached the saddle just beneath the summit, in just after two hours in. The wind really picked up here and gusted at around 60mph as the team made their way up the final few hundred metres to the summit. The cloud was down and it was around 0ºC with wind chill. THEY ALL DID IT! All twenty-seven clambered slowly and carefully up the trig-point mound and hugged the tower of concrete at the highest point of Snowdon. What an astonishing achievement for all to have made it!

It was not safe to hang around so the team quickly congratulated each other, took some video footage and photos, then got back down slowly with some very sore knees throughout the team.

Back at the car park the team were met by the rest of the support crew, with some fizzy and big hugs! They were transferred back to their hotel in Betws-y-Coed for showers, a fabulous Indian buffet and two very moving speeches by both Nigel and Aidan.

The team had achieved so much and, even in the absolute face of adversity (punctures, broken cables, buckled wheels, brutal hill climbs, swollen 'water-melon' knees, spicy rock steps, atrocious weather…the list goes on), had fought through. Their passion and effort shone through all of this, and they had proved themselves not only as determined, fearless and unequivocally fit individuals, but also a group with an extraordinary ethos of teamwork and support. There had been tears, laughter, sweat, grime and aches, but the whole team pulled through. An incredible performance by all involved.

If you would like to find out more about The Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, a charity that offers financial and emotional support to parents whose children are sick, you can do so here: http://www.gracecrocker.org/Welcome.html

This Ultimate Three Peaks Challenge was to raise money for this incredible cause. If you would like to donate, you can do so here: http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/gracecrockerfsf Fort regent held a 2 hour Charity workout on Monday the 20th May. This was to raise money for the Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, and the Jersey Cheshire homes.

This is the moment, when Mick Le Vaillant, handed over the money raised for the Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, to the president of the charity Nigel Crocker at the Fort Regent gym.

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Sweat the alphabet, Dance the Digits

BOKWA is Different. It is not really a dance workout - there is no choreography and no counting steps. Participants draw letters and numbers with their feet, while moving together to music in free form rhythm.

Everyone is doing it. If you can move and you can spell, you do Bokwa. From 4 year old kids, to men and women in their seventies, to guys with "2 left feet" to world champion dancers, Bokwa engages participants of all ages in the same class and to the same music.

BOKWA, is a trademarked name and workout that is derived from a combination of two words. "BO" represents the light boxing and "KWA" representing the cultural and traditional dance Kwaito, hence, BOKWA is born.

The first masterclass of it's kind takes place at Fort Regent on Sunday 30th June from 11:00am - 12:00pm

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Five-a-side slots are available at Springfield

A limited number of permanent and casual Five-a-side slots are available at Springfield on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Outdoor ballcourt available on Tuesday and Thursday

Indoor court available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Priced at £40 per hour peak times and £20 per hour off peak

For more details contact:

Permanent bookings via Jacqui Morin on 449619 or by e-mail at j.morin2@gov.je

Casual bookings via Springfield reception Tel. 449615

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The Over 50’s Bowls and Social Club has moved

The Over 50's Bowls and Social Club was started in 1982 Mr Harry Gallichan got together with 18 friends and acquaintances to start up a bowls and social club for people over 50 and others who were near retirement age.

Harry Gallichan was the first president.

The club started playing bowls in the tunnels at Fort Regent and they had a club room to go into after the game for a cup of tea and a chat.

As the club grew, some days there were too many for bowls so board games, cards and darts were available for members to try out.

In 1988 as the club's membership had become too big for the facilities available it was decided to split into two clubs. It was agreed that the president would continue with the over 50's and half of the members and the other half with the vice president Mr John Bertram would form the new club which was how Regent Bowls club came into being.

Fort Regent then donated a trophy for the two clubs to compete for monthly with the winners over twelve months holding it for a year. In 1993 as the president of the Over 50's was not in the best of health he wanted someone to take his place which is when Mr Peter Le Corre was elected.

The club continued to enjoy bowls and also various social activities -:Bingo nights and Beetle drives Theme nights with members dressed in appropriate costume maybe French, Bavarian or Spanish and dancing and singing to the accordionist hired for the night. Refreshments brought by members would be served half way through the evening. All day competitions with lunch included were well supported. Christmas draws with several hundred pounds worth of prizes to be won and a Christmas party were held each year and also Christmas and spring lunches. The club had organised three day bowls matches in Guernsey several times and then in 1994 it was suggested we see if members would be interested in a bowls tour to England for a week. In October 1994 we took a party of 27 to Torquay and have continued every year going to many different parts of the UK and also to Spain, Portugal and Cyprus. To conclude the Over 50's would like to take this opportunity of thanking Fort Regent staff and management for the excellent service and cooperation we have received throughout those wonderful years.

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Cycle Challenge Jersey 10 - 30 June 2013

A free, fun competition to encourage more people to enjoy cycling

What's in it for your business:

  • A FREE team building programme
  • Get more of your staff cycling
  • Healthier staff = fewer sick days = save money
  • Demonstrate your organisation's commitment to sustainability

Who?
All employees can take part, it doesn't matter if they haven't been on a bike for years - they only need to ride for 10 minutes to win prizes.

Where?
Staff can cycle anywhere they like, anytime they like, over the three-week Challenge period.

How:

  • Encourage your staff to ride a bike
  • They register their ride online
  • Your organisation's score increases
  • Your staff go in the draw for great prizes

Contact the Challenge Manager, Ania Deichsel

Email:a.deichsel@gov.je

Phone: 01534 448 293

Or find out more at:www.cyclechallengejersey.org.uk

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Alison Bellee has been appointed Duty Manager at Les Quennevais

At the age of 16 Alison became a Youth Leader, supervising and leading activities at Seaton Youth Centre.

Alison started working for the then Sport, Leisure and Recreation Department in 1989, when she was appointed to the position of Accounts Clerk at Fort Regent. When Les Quennevais Sports Centre opened in 1996 Alison moved to the position of Leisure Assistant, utilising her Lifeguard and Exercise to music qualifications which she had gained while at the Jersey Youth Service.

At Les Quennevais Sports Centre Alison introduced Circuit training classes, Aqua Aerobics and FitKid Club, which she ran until 2009. Since then she has continued to be involved with the provision of fitness classes at Les Quennevais constantly expanding her knowledge of the fitness industry. Joining the Exercise Referral team has increased her level of responsibly and awareness of the wide range of facilities Sports Centres offer to people participating in this programme.

In 2009 Alison was one of the first employees to attend the modern Managers course. She enjoyed the course and continues to keep in touch with other members of her cohort who work in various departments across the States. Since that time she has deputised as Duty Manager on various occasions. Looking back on her many experiences while working for the department Alison recalls an evening in December 2012, when on reception duty at Les Quennevais she was part of a team of 3 staff members that helped resuscitate a customer who suffered a heart attack in the Sports Hall by using CPR and a defibrillator.

Congratulations to Alison on her appointment.

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Jersey Adventures Competition Winners

In April we ran a competition offering the opportunity to win a variety of prizes from Jersey Adventures.

We are very pleased to announce that Marc Couriard (pictured left receiving his prize from Active Marketing Manager Colin Stanier) has won the £100 activity prize, Simon Stammers (pictured right receiving his prize from Active Marketing Manager Colin Stanier) won a Stand Up Paddle Boarding session for 2 people and Diane Goodwin has won a Coasteering Session.

CLICK HERE to enter this month's competition for your chance to win two tickets to England v Moldova at Wembley.

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ACTIVE Charity Workout Event

Gloucester Hall - Monday 20th May from 6.00PM to 8.00PM

This event will give you a taster of a wide variety of different Active classes as well as raise money for the Cheshire Homes and the Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation.

 

We suggest that participants give a minimum donation of £10.00 to be collected on entry to the Gloucester Hall.

Non-Members as well as Active members are welcome.

Running Order:

5:55pm - Introduction and welcome

6:00pm - Bokwa - with Brodie

6:20pm - Body Attack - with Mick and Gary

6:40pm - Body Combat - with Laura, Kate and Gary

7:00pm - Zumba - with Colin and Julie

7:20pm - H.I.T.T. - with Joe Murphy

7:40pm - Body Balance - with Jim and Laura

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Charity Event for Jersey Hospice

On Monday 1st April there will be a charity event for Jersey Hospice at Fort Regent that will feature Circuits, Bootcamp and spinning. Here is the event itinerary:

10.00-10.45am: Circuits/Bootcamp 1 with Kate & Jim
10.00-10.45am: Spinning 1 with Dave & Michael
10.45-11.00am: water/rest break/changeover slot
11.00-11.45am: Circuits/Bootcamp with Kate & Jim
11.00-11.45am: Spinning 2 with Tony

Please note that the spinning is restricted in each group to the first 30 places booked/paid for prior to the event. There are no restrictions to the number of places available in the Circuit-Bootcamp groups.

This event will be FREE to Active members but donations will be kindly accepted. There will be a £5 entry fee to non-members of which will be added to the Jersey Hospice donations. So, if you're interested please speak to Active gym staff. All monies will go to Jersey Hospice.

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NEW! Ladies Squash

Ladies, have you ever wanted to try squash? A Sunday morning ladies squash session has been set up at Fort Regent to encourage ladies to come and enjoy the game. Newcomers welcome.

'Active ' members play for free, non 'Active' players pay £3 to help cover court costs. 
 
We meet every Sunday morning from 10 til 12 noon.
 
A racket can be provided for the morning if you don't have one.
 
All levels are welcome
 
Any queries to contact Judy McPherson on 07829955125

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Café Des Sports opens at Les Quennevais

On Thursday 5th July 2012, Les Quennevais Sports Centre's café will re-open as CAFÉ DES SPORTS. The café will have a new look together with a new menu, designed to compliment the healthy lifestyle choices enjoyed by Active people.

New proprietors Paul and Rachel Mauger will be familiar to many centre users; Paul was previously one of the Duty Managers at Les Quennevais Sports Centre for 16 years, and together with their young family, they have enjoyed considerable time at the centre. Both are keen sports people - Rachel with marathon experience, and Ironman aspirations - Paul heavily in to Road cycle racing, with the 2012 Haute Route 7 day alpine sportive event in August.

Paul and Rachel are looking forward to their new venture and felt that the café and its menu were ready for a new look.  They have created a new menu filled with traditional favourites and new healthy options.  These include - freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, together with a salad bar, quality coffee and teas, light seasonal meals and a good range of homemade cakes, not to mention healthy morning take - out options for early gym and swim users, rushing off to work!

Of course the old favorites, such as burgers and fries will still be available.

Adopting the "use local" motto, Paul and Rachel indicate the emphasis will be on using fresh, quality ingredients, locally sourced from independent suppliers - where practical.

Paul and Rachel have a young family, and understand that parents often want healthy, good quality food options for their children, and look forward to presenting parents with a new children's menu.  This will include freshly made pasta dishes as well as a grazing platter to tempt little appetites. Their own children have proved to have limitless energy levels on a diet of healthy, home cooked meals. 

They will also introduce a modest play area for younger children, to allow parents a little bit of quiet time, to catch their breath and revitalize, while enjoying a soothing drink in the new soft seating area.

Paul, Rachel and staff look forward to welcoming both existing and new clients.

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The Active 8 ultra-fit challenge

Fort Regent gym will be challenging you to The Active 8 ultra-fit challenge throughout July and August.

If you want to improve or test your current fitness levels you must complete the challenge of 8 exercises back to back with little or no rest as many times as you can over this 8 week period. 

Start and finish this timed challenge at the gym desk whenever you are feeling up to it, gym staff will be on hand to demonstrate the correct technique for the exercises and generally encourage you to complete this task which consists of press ups, sit ups, chins, squats, lunges, rowing, cycling and running. 

The time to aim for is 20 minutes, great for lunchtime workouts.

A leader board will be displayed at the gym reception to incentivise participants.

If you feel up to the challenge ask for further information at Fort Regent Active gym and activate your energy levels this summer.

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Get Active Online

Members of Active, Jersey's biggest sports and leisure club, can now access a range of services online with the launch of a new website.

The site www.active.je has been redesigned to make it easier for users of the sports centres at Fort Regent, Les Quennevais and Springfield to search for information on classes and events using a range of different criteria - by type, venue, activity and instructor. They will also be able to view class timetables and check availability in real time.

David Bisson, the Head of Operations for the Sport and Leisure Division, said they had been working with local marketing, design and online specialists The Idea Works to make all their membership, customer services and booking information available on a new dedicated website.

"This is a big step forward for Active as, by moving all our customer services online, we can provide instant updates about class times, events, cancellations and availability. It gives our clients much easier access to a whole range of information they would previously have only got through brochures," he said.

Mr Bisson explained that the redesign and launch of the new Active website would reduce the amount of paper-based information being produced, resulting in a small budget saving, whilst providing an improved and more efficient service.

"It means users can find the latest, most up-to-date information, rather than having to sift through the entire class timetable lists, and gives them what they want, when they want it," said Mr Bisson.

"We already know from the success of our online arts booking system that many customers prefer this means of communication and since the dedicated www.active.je site launched last week we've seen a huge increase in the number of hits and time spent on the site," he added.

The new website also has a big emphasis on 'Pay & Play', which encourages non-members to use the sports arena and court facilities for activities such as five-a-side football, badminton and volleyball, together with details of Active's new swim school.

In addition, there is a regular blog containing a range of articles and tips on health, diet and fitness as well as full information on concert and event listings which can be previewed and booked online.

Martyn Aubert, creative director of The Idea Works, said: "As Active's long term partners, we've worked with them to develop the brand and to design and produce a range of brochures, adverts and other promotional material for the print media, but are excited at the opportunities afforded by the move to online, especially the chance to further improve the customer offering via the website and through continued use of social media." 
Active was set up in October 1999 to encourage Islanders to use the sports facilities operated by Education, Sport and Culture on a regular basis, to provide good value and increase participation across a range of activities.

Membership of Active entitles members to unlimited use of three fully equipped gyms, swimming pools, sauna and steam rooms and access to over 80 exercise and fitness classes.

Currently, there are over 5,000 registered members and, over the years, the Active scheme has introduced a number of initiatives, such as exercise referral, crèche facilities and reduced rates for special interest groups. It also offers free use of its facilities to schools.

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