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VERY NICE ICE - SKATING AT FORT REGENT

Yes, the Ice Rink is back for 2019 - Fort Regent along with 'Very Nice Ice' are delighted to announce that the rink will be open from Friday 6 December to Sunday 5 January.
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JERSEY SKILLS SHOW CAR PARK CLOSURES

Level 15 of the Fort Regent car park will be closed to the general public from 9pm Friday 18th October until 5pm Click the title for more details.
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JERSEY SKILLS SHOW - Friday 18th October 2019

Get ready for this year's Jersey Skills Show on Friday 18th October!
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LISA TROY ART EXHIBITION - NOW ON

The 'Observation' Exhibition starts on Friday 4th October and continues until 30th October at the Fort Regent Gallery.
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James Morrison at Fort Regent-OCT 26th

JAMES MORRISON - 2007 BRIT AWARD WINNER BEST MALE ARTIST Is playing at Fort Regent on SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 2019 Doors Open - 19:00 Please Note: This is a SEATING ONLY event PRICE: £44.50 - Seating Only tickets available AGE REGISTRICTION: Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.
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Art Collective Exhibition
 - Fort Regent Art Gallery


The latest exhibition at the Fort Regent Art Gallery is an ‘Art Collective’ and features the work of Karenne Le Goff, Chantal Le Goff and Ricky Lewis. The Art Collective exhibition will take place at the Fort Regent Art Gallery from 7th - 28th September, Free entrance Gallery opening times: Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm Sat & Sun 9am - 5pm
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Shower Block Update - 16 July

Dear Customers We're pleased to confirm that the work undertaken by our landlord, Jersey Property Holdings, to replace the pipework in the shower block has now been completed and we're very close to reopening these areas for use.
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CENTRE NOTICE - 13 MAY 2019

Dear Customers We are pleased to share with you the latest information about the refurbishment work to reinstate the shower and toilet facilities, including the Sauna and Steam room in the Fort Regent gym changing areas...
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FORT REGENT REOPENS FOR EVENTS

Fort Regent is accepting bookings for events again, seven weeks after a risk review concluded that safety measures had to be improved before any events could be held...
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FORT REGENT CENTRE NOTICE UPDATE 3 APRIL 2019

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FORT REGENT CENTRE NOTICE UPDATE 3 APRIL 2019

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Following the news release of 21 March 2019, about the risk assessment review in relation to the Fort Regent events programme, this communication explains a few things that have been going on in and around the centre in response.

You've cancelled some major events, why?
Recently, a number of tests have been carried out at the Fort, as part of a risk assessment review, which we have run in conjunction with our landlord (Jersey Property Holdings). Issues have come to light, that need to be addressed before we can continue with the event programme.

We continue to work with event organisers to help them relocate to alternative venues, however, some events may have to be cancelled as we cannot accommodate them in the short term until we have resolved some of the issues.

Is it safe?
The Fort continues to be a safe working environment, and on the whole its day-to-day operations can continue.

Will there be any events at Fort Regent anymore?
All of our events will be subject to revised risk assessments and subject to us being able to manage the risks, some events will still go ahead. These are likely to be smaller events for the time being at least as the recent risk assessment review has capped the number of people who can be in Fort Regent at any one time at 1,170.

Why has it suddenly changed?
The risk review was primarily triggered by concerns that, following the closure of parts of the Fort because of asbestos, a number of emergency exits were no longer easily usable. A complete review by a fire engineer has now discounted a number of escape routes, in line with the latest British standards, and this has led to the Fort's capacity being reduced. Risk assessors have concluded that safety measures must be improved in order for events to be held here, including reassessing the emergency lighting provision.

Is the new capacity enough for everyday sports and family activities?
It's a big place!We are well within that capacity during our daily operations when our sporting clubs and associations, tenants, gym users, children's play area etc are in full use.

Is this the end for Fort Regent?
No.We continue to work with the landlord to ensure the building is safe for operations and our day to day activities continue.

Why are G4S patrolling the building, is it safe?
G4S are here to supplement the Fort Regent operations team in the monitoring required to support the emergency procedures.

What action is Fort Regent taking to address the issues recently published?
Work is being conducted on the Fort's emergency lighting.  A team are on site installing upgrades to the emergency lighting solutions and are progressing well in this task. We are also carrying out reviews of the electrical installations in all of our open areas to ensure we continue to operate safely.

When will the Gym shower facilities be re-opened?
We are expecting the confirmed project timeline for reinstating the showers, toilets and sauna and steam rooms in the next few days from our landlords JPH.  Initial indications are that reintroduction date of these facilities could be July 2019.

We hope to be able to communicate the definite timeline shortly.

 

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CHANGING ROOM LOCKERS

LQ Changing Room

Changing Room Lockers
Active Sports Centre lockers require a 20p or £1.00 coin. Money is refunded after use.

  • Lockers are provided subject to availability. Active does not accept any liability in relation to locker thefts unless they result from our negligence. You should check that your household contents or other insurance policy protects you against any risk of theft.
  • Lockers are available for use while you are on the premises and may only be used for the purposes of keeping personal items such as gym kit, toiletries, clothing, etc. If we have reasonable grounds to suspect that lockers are being used inappropriately, the management reserves the right to open the lockers in question and remove any offending items. If you leave your belongings overnight in a locker we reserve the right to open the locker and remove your belongings.
  • Removed belongings will be available for collection from the centre's reception. If you do not collect your belongings within thirty days, your belongings may be donated to charity.
  • Where available, lockers and locker keys remain the property of Active and must not be taken from the premises at any time.

Fort Regent

  • All lockers operate with a 20p coin. 


Les Quennevais

  • Swimming pool changing room lockers operate with a £1 coin. 
  • All other changing room lockers require a 20p coin.


Springfield

  • All lockers operate with a £1 coin.


View Active Club Rules at ACTIVE CLUB RULES

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CAR PARKING

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Active Club Rules can be viewed online at ACTIVE CLUB RULES

Dear customers and members,
Parking orders exist at sports centre sites requiring vehicle owners to park appropriately in order to avoid a fine/charge.   This is done in the best interests of those wishing to legitimately use a sports centre and be able to park easily.

  • Active car parks may only be used by members, guests, and visitors using the premises.
  • Vehicles must not be left in our car parks at any other time (for example, while you go shopping elsewhere).
  • Vehicles must be parked properly within the marked parking spaces.
  • Vehicles left on site or not parked within the dedicated spaces will be subject to a fine.


FORT REGENT
This is a short stay carpark. You can stay up to three hours.  Short stay car parks are charged at one unit per hour between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.  You can use pay cards or the new PayByPhone app.

Active Members

  • Full Active members receive 2 hours free parking. A valid Active permit and a yellow parking disc, showing the time of arrival, must be displayed.
  • Members parking beyond the 2 hour limit are required to display a pay card for the remainder of their stay or risk receiving a fine.


Pay and Play customers

  • All Pay and Play customers are required to pay for parking as per the terms of short-term car parks in Jersey.


LES QUENNEVAIS

  • All customers are required to display a yellow parking disc, showing the time or arrival of risk receiving a fine. The maximum stay is 3 hours during weekdays and 8 hours at weekends.


SPRINGFIELD

  • All customers are required to display a yellow parking disc, showing the time of arrival or risk receiving a fine. The maximum stay is 3 hours.
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CONCERTS AND EVENTS AT FORT REGENT 26 MAR 2019

Fort Regent Skyline
Events at Fort Regent
A recent RISK ASSESSMENT REVIEW has capped the number of people who can be in Fort Regent at any one time at 1,170, and set out issues which must be resolved before any event can be held.
The Fort Regent events team are working with event organisers to move events to alternative venues. Further information will be released as and when it becomes available.
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FORT REGENT CENTRE NOTICE UPDATE 28 JAN 2019

Active Membership Price Freeze

Active members have recently been advised that the price increase for 2019 has been cancelled and that membership will remain at the 2018 price for the rest of this year.

Prices at Active were increased, but the increase has been revoked in recognition of the ongoing maintenance issues at Fort Regent. Although some facilities are currently unavailable, the Active gym at Fort Regent remains open and is still Jersey's largest and best-stocked gym.

Regular Fort Regent gym users have been invited to take part in a focus group where they can give their ideas about how else Active can thank and reward members for their loyalty while facilities are repaired.

Any members who have already paid the increased price in January will receive a credit, and will continue to pay at the lower rate over the year. The Active Team will contact anyone who has paid for an annual membership at the increased rate to advise how the extra amount will be returned.

Swimming facilities (at Les Quennevais) have not been affected by the Fort Regent maintenance issues. Swim passes are therefore not included in the price freeze.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it going to take so long to reinstate the Showers, toilets and Sauna and Steam?
The Fort is a complex building that has developed organically over the past 40 years. In order to remove and replace the aging pipework servicing these areas we first need to establish the extent and layout of the services which are currently unknown. Some of it is hidden and parts travel through walls coated with asbestos making the task that much more challenging.

What about the old free weights areas?
The project in this area is being dealt with separately, and we are hopeful some areas will be reinstated sooner than the shower areas but we cannot yet commit to a timeframe.

I've heard the lower free weights areas will never be reinstated, is that true?
We have been advised that the lower free weights areas may not meet current standards for management of fire safety due to the distances travelled to reach a fire exit. If we are unable to reopen this area for public use, we will revisit our floor layouts to accommodate the equipment in that area in another place as soon as we can access it safely.

How can I join one of the focus groups?
We will be working with an independent research company who will recruit members to support the focus groups over the coming weeks. We will advise members, probably via social Media, when we know more. Please follow us on www.facebook.com/fortregentjersey/ for the latest news, or check our website at www.active.je

Will this mean I'll get a further refund of subscriptions I've already paid?
The focus groups aim to determine what we can do to work with our customers to maintain their loyalty while we continue to experience maintenance issues at Fort Regent and after that time. This does not mean we will be refunding memberships already paid, except for those fees charged over and above 2018 prices to some of our members in January.

I've already been charged 2019 prices in January, will I receive a credit?
Yes. Members don't have to do anything.

If you pay by Direct Debit, your payments will be adjusted over the next two months, February's payment will be discounted accordingly and from 1st March your monthly payment will return to 2018 levels.

If you have already paid an annual amount, the Active Team will contact you over the coming weeks to discuss your options.

Why did you put the prices up in the first place?
Decisions regarding 2019 prices were made well in advance of us understanding the full extent of the timescales associated with reinstating the areas affected.

Why is the Swim Pass still going up?
The Swim pass is only available at Les Quennevais and the Swim Pass offer is not impacted by the issues at Fort Regent.

How many Active members are there in Jersey? How has this number changed over recent years?
There are currently 6,000 memberships in total. While there has been an increase since 2016, the number fluctuates on a daily basis and is affected by many different factors.

Have you lost any Active members as a result of the facilities being reduced? Or do you think that you may have missed out on any potential new Active members?
Active membership changes constantly, and for many reasons: people may leave Jersey, prefer offers from competing clubs (two new clubs opened last year), or feel that our offering no longer suits their lifestyle
(or have a change in lifestyle).

It is possible that the issues that we have had with our facilities have led some people to end their Active membership, and - as set out above - there are many other factors. There are also two other sports centres under the Active brand which are well stocked and which continue to be popular.

In terms of missing out, we cannot comment on whether anyone has decided to not join Active, we continue to see people join or renew their Active membership on a daily basis.

Are you be expecting the usual influx of gym goers in January?
Yes. For many people, January is the month when they decide to join a gym or renew their membership.
Our average takings are on a par with previous years, and customers continue to join Active. They are made aware of the temporary arrangements at Fort Regent when signing up.

On average, how many people specifically visit Fort regent gym weekly in comparison to 2017?
Average Active member usage at Fort Regent per week:
- 2017 - 2,774 visits/week
- 2018 - 2,488 visits/week

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ACTIVE CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES & CLASSES

Active Christmas Opening Times

ACTIVE FITNESS CLASS PROGRAMME

The standard class timetable will stop on Sunday 23 December 2018. Exceptions to these dates will be posted in-Centre.

Classes recommence on Wednesday 2 January 2019. Download the latest updates at TIMETABLES or on the Active App.

LES QUENNEVAIS FESTIVE CLASS PROGRAMME

Thursday 27 December
9.45am - 10.30am, Aqua Aerobics with Terri
6pm - 6.45pm, Spinning with Sue

Friday 28 December
9am - 9.45am, Pilates with Vicky
10am - 10.45am, Spinning with Vicky
11am - 11.45am, Muscle Pump with Vicky

Saturday 29 December
8.45am - 9.30am, Spinning with Emmi
9.45am - 10.30am, Spinning with Emmi
11am - 12 noon, Yogalates with Norma

Sunday 30 December
8.45am - 9.45am, Iyengar Yoga with Joy
10.15am - 11am, Spinning with Sheila

Monday 31 December
9.30am - 10.15am, Spinning with Sue

ACTIVE OFFICE

Saturday 22 December, closed at 1pm. Reopens 10am, Thursday 27 December 2018.
Monday 31 December, closed at 4.30pm. Reopens 10am, Wednesday 2 January 2019.

ACTIVE SPORTS CENTRE OPERATING DATES

Springfield Stadium will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 until Tuesday 1 January 2019. Centre reopens 6.30am, Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve
All Centres closed. Ice rink open 10am to 6pm. View the ice rink session times at SESSION TIMES.

Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day
All Centres closed. Ice rink closed.

Wednesday 26 December, Boxing Day
All Centres closed. Ice rink open 2pm to 6pm.

Thursday 27 December
Fort Regent and Les Quennevais, open usual operating hours.

Monday 31 December, New Year's Eve
Les Quennevais will operate normal opening times but will close early at 5pm. Fort Regent will operate normal opening hours but will close at 6pm. The ice rink will close at 6pm.

Tuesday 1 January 2019, New Year's Day
All Centres closed. Ice rink open 2pm to 6pm.

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FORT REGENT CENTRE NOTICE UPDATE 3 DEC 2018

Wishing to keep our customers fully informed about the gym and changing facility closures at Fort Regent, here is the latest information we are able to bring you.
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FORT REGENT CENTRE NOTICE UPDATE 22 NOV 2018

Wishing to keep our customers fully informed about the gym and changing facility closures at Fort Regent, here is the latest information we are able to bring you.
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FORT REGENT CENTRE NOTICE UPDATE NOV 2018

At present no further update is available regarding the work in the gym changing rooms and free weights area. We continue to follow guidance given by Jersey Property Holdings and the HSI, taking every necessary precaution to protect our customers and staff. As soon as we have received an update we will inform you of the latest news. Ongoing reinvestment in the facilities at Fort Regent continues with the purchase of new gym equipment.
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FORT REGENT UPDATE 19 OCTOBER 2018

We're sorry if the closure of some areas, and subsequent publicity, has caused you inconvenience or concern.  The safety of staff and customers is always our priority. Thank you for your patience.
Fort Regent Management

Frequently asked questions

•    Am I being exposed to asbestos fibers at Fort Regent?
No. Asbestos is common in old buildings but it doesn't present a risk if managed correctly. Areas that present a risk - no matter how slight - are closed off.

•    Why is there a temporary wall in the gym?
The wall is there to close off a section in which the ceiling showed signs of damage. It will remain closed to the public until the asbestos in the textured ceiling coating has been removed. While gym users cannot go into the area behind the temporary wall, staff can go in to get equipment. The area is safe, and a risk assessment is carried out each time. 

•    What is legionella?
There are more than 40 strains of legionella. It's commonly found in water that has been stagnant in pipes - regularly-used water systems are safe. Infection is caused by inhaling airborne contaminated water vapour. We have not seen any locally-acquired legionella cases in Jersey since 2015.

•    Am I being exposed to legionella at Fort Regent?
No. The showers and toilets in the changing rooms were not in use when the bacteria developed in the water system, and they are still not in use, so you are not at risk of exposure. The gym's changing rooms had been closed for asbestos removal and the water system was tested in preparation for reopening (which is standard practice). The type of legionella found in the test was very unlikely to cause infection, even if there were exposure, but the area remains closed.

•   When will the changing rooms and closed areas of the gym be reopened?
We have no firm dates as yet, but will notify everyone as soon as we know more. Until they are open, we are providing alternatives.

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JERSEY SKILLS SHOW CAR PARK CLOSURES

Level 15 of the Fort Regent car park will be closed to the general public from 9pm Thursday 18th October until 4.30pm Friday 19th October. Click the title for more details.
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FORT REGENT CENTRE NOTICE UPDATE

We had hoped to be in a position to update you with clearer, more definite information following the closure of Free Weights areas and gym changing rooms before now. The procedures involved in checking areas are longer than anticipated. We aim to issue regular weekly updates from this point forwards. Click the title for more details.
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JERSEY SKILLS SHOW 2018 - OCT 19TH

Get ready for this year's Jersey Skills Show on Friday 19th October!
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SPRINKLER SYSTEM WORK - SEPT 18TH - OCT 28TH

FORT REGENT - CENTRE NOTICE SPRINKLER SYSTEM WORK September 18th - October 28th 2018
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RIAN HOTTON EXHIBIT AT FORT REGENT ART GALLERY

An exhibition of new and recent works by Rian Hotton, on throughout September at Fort Regent Art Gallery. 9am - 6pm.
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CENTRE NOTICE-FLOORING MAINTENANCE

Please note work is scheduled to refurbish the Gloucester Hall flooring at Fort Regent commencing Sunday 15th July until the end of the month. We aim to keep any disruption these works may have on activities to a minimum. As this will involve sanding it may be noisy and dusty at times; we will be using dust extraction systems to restrict the release of dust. Once sanding is complete several coats of sealant will be applied to the floor. Maintaining good ventilation will be a high priority during these works. The smell may linger for a few days, but will not represent a risk to Health and Safety of the public users in the facility.
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BODYPUMP CLASSES AT FORT REGENT


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Looking for a class to burn fat? BODYPUMP will build lean muscle and help to improve posture.
Set to a motivating, pumping soundtrack, it's a must-try class!

BODYPUMP is all about light weights and lots of repetition to tone and sculpt your body. Suitable for ages 16 and over - one of our regulars is in her 70s and loving it!

BODYPUMP is a weighted workout for anyone looking to get lean, toned and fit fast, burning up to 600 calories in one 60 minute class. Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, BODYPUMP gives you a total body workout, increases core strenght and improves bone health. Instructors will coach you through the techniques, pumping out encouragement, motivation and great music, helping you achieve more than on your own. You'll leave this class feeling challenged and motivated.

BODYPUMP: The ultimate 60 minute class for a total body workout

BODYPUMP EXPRESS: Ideal for busy people short on time, this 45 minute workout focuses on the bigger muscle groups

BODYPUMP TECHNIQUE: Absolutely essential for first timers. New joiners must attend an initial 15 minute technique session prior to joining a full class. Technique sessions are available prior to class on weekday evenings

TIMES
MONDAY 6:00pm - 7:00pm
WEDNESDAY 6:45am - 7:30am and 6:00pm - 7:00pm
THURSDAY 5:45pm - 6:45pm
FRIDAY 6:45am - 7:30am
SUNDAY 9:15am - 10:15am


Classes are held in the Active Studio
Pre-Class Essentials: Arrive 10-15 minutes early to set up

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THE KING IS BACK - SAT 25TH AUG - BOOK NOW

The King is Back! Ben Portsmouth -The World's Number One Elvis Tribute Artist will be performing all those famous Elvis numbers in his unique style at Fort Regent on Saturday 25th August
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JERSEY SINGS 2018 - Tues 26th & Weds 27th June

Jersey Sings! returns for its third year.Music In Action is delighted to bring you this exciting programme of medleys, pop songs and classics in partnership with the Young Voices project in the UK.
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Festive Fort 2017 - 7 December to 14 January

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Fort Regent is getting in the Christmas spirit with a full programme of fun family events over the festive period.

Look out for Festive Fort events and experiences such as The Elf Workshop & Let it snow! Sing-along.

Ice Skate Jersey will be back in the Queens Hall including Live DJ Skate Sessions, see further details on our Festive Fort webpage.

Watch this space for more Festive Fun events coming soon at Fort Regent!

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A busy year for Fort Regent

Each month Emma Turner, resident blogger, talks to one of the regular users or businesses at Fort Regent.  This month she sat down with her colleague, Tom, to discuss their highlights of 2016!

The Fort is certainly a busy place - did you know the footfall in 2015 was over half a million!  With over 40 businesses and clubs using the Fort facilities, the additional concerts and events, plus all the visitors to the children's play area and café, Fort Regent really does feel like a little community.

This year myself and my colleague Tom, together we support the events that come into Fort Regent, looked back at 2016 and reveal our Top 10 highlights - which was not easy!

Number 10: Fort Regent Gallery
In July 2015 Fort Regent opened the doors to its newly refurbished art gallery and during 2016 the gallery was occupied throughout the year.  We had interesting and inspiring exhibitions from illustration to installations from a variety of artists including the talented Will Bertram, Sam Bullock and Josh Dale with their Arcane exhibition to the special needs students from Highlands.  For many, their exhibitions at the Gallery, are their first, including Dan Romeril, son of renown Jersey artist, Nick Romeril, who credits the opportunity to stage his first exhibition as helping him secure a place at the prestigious St Martins School of Art.  We are looking forward to 2017, which is already almost fully booked.

Arcane Panoramic Web

Arcane Exhibition

Number 9: Collabro
Voted the public's favourite Britain's Got Talent Winners we all knew the performance would be spectacular but what we hadn't anticipated was the star quality of the local performers and visiting dancers, who were all outstanding.  There was a slight twinge of sadness that this performance would be Collabro's last as a four piece but it this was soon overcome as, together, they brought the house down. 

Number 8: Skills Show
Careers Jersey returned to Fort Regent with an even bigger and better exhibition with everything from plumbing to funeral directors - it was buzzing in the hall and fascinating to watch all the interactions.  Can't wait for 2017!

Number 7: Regent Gym Club's 35thAnniversary
Just after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Great Britain's best ever result in gymnastics Fort Regent gym club celebrated 35 years and shared their success story.  From special needs classes to medals in the Island Games to ambitions for the Commonwealth Games.

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Regent Gym Club celebrating 35 years

Number 6: The View and Medina Catering
The opening of The View bar and welcoming Medina Catering has been a great addition for families and users of the Fort.  This year, for the first time in many years, families were able to watch the air show in all its glory from the terrace as The View made sure there was space for both catered guests and those who just wanted to pop along.  There was a brilliant atmosphere and the food was delicious too - yum!

Number 5: Comedy
Tom and I always enjoy the comedy acts - the comedians are always very down to earth and a great to work with.  In 2016 we welcomed Al Murray and Sarah Millican who were both hilarious.  In 2017 we are looking forward to Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson and some other famous faces to be announced - watch this space!

Number 4: JSAD Annual Games
It is always inspiring when you witness first-hand the determination and achievements of those who have overcome great adversity.  The JSAD celebrated its 25th annual games at Fort Regent, bringing with them members of the Team GB medal winning wheelchair basketball team from Rio 2016.  It was an honour to have the games at Fort Regent and we wish all their athletes all the best for their ambitions for 2017.

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Team GB Rio 2016

Number 3: Jack Brown and Exercise Referral
Following on from number 4 was learning the journey of Jack Brown, a teenager who suffered a brain injury and, with the help of Exercise Referral, has been making steady progress despite the immense difficulties he faces. Hearing Jack's story was emotional and uplifting and his praise for Exercise Referral, and how it has supported him to quite literally, get back on his feet, was inspiring.  When we meet Jack in March this year he was studying for his GSCE's and we are delighted to let you know that he passed every one!  Well done Jack.

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Jack Brown

Number 2: Dance World Cup
Well what can we say - Fort Regent was turned into an international city for a week!  Every nock and cranny was brimming full of dancers, organisers and supporters from across the globe for what was a fabulous week of every type of dance possible.  It was wonderful to see Jersey take the overall Silver medal.  Congratulations to Team Jersey.

Dance World Cup

Team Jersey Medal Winners

Number 1: Jersey Sings!
If ever there was a definition of a community event Jersey Sings would certainly be it!  Featuring 1600 local children from almost every school in Jersey, this two day event was not only challenging (!) but also spectacular.  Joined by international stars Laura Wright, Invictus Games anthem singer and Randolph Matthews, Jazz star and vocal percussionist, the evening provided children, the majority of whom would not normally be part of a choir, with a once in a lifetime experience to perform on a professional stage and sing their hearts out - and they certainly did.  Standing ovation and not a dry eye in the house.  Don't miss it in 2017.

 

2016 Jersey Sings Choir

Jersey Sings 2016 

To keep up to date with all the events at Fort Regent bookmark our events page at fortregent.je or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled holds Silver Jubliee Games

This month Emma Turner met with the Chairman of the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled, Paul Patterson MBE, to find out more about the forthcoming Silver Jubilee of the JSAD Games, the amazing abilities of its athletes and some very special Bronze winning Paralympians visitors from this year's Rio Paralympics.

Pleasure to meet you Paul, tell me about the JSAD.
We're a charitable organisation that started 31 years ago with the aim of encouraging disabled people to get involved with sport, open to everyone, any age and importantly providing fun!  We run various events across the year, the annual games being the big one on island, including competitions off island.

Why was it important to hold the annual games?
We wanted to provide an opportunity for disabled athletes, who were not at a standard to compete at usual competition level, the chance to represent Jersey.  It began as a participation games event, ie, the games do not have a qualification or selection procedure - you just need to be disabled and want to take part.  However, there is still a lot of healthy competition between the athletes!

Do the athletes get a chance to compete against competitors from outside Jersey?
Yes, and that's one of the important elements of the games, meeting new people and sharing the experience, skills and a little bit of inspiration.

What does it mean, do you think, for the athletes to represent Jersey?
They are immensely proud - I'm sure all of them grow at least 10 inches their heads are held so high!  Receiving and wearing their Jersey tracksuit is a huge moment for them all and all our participants receive a medal which usually stays on for several weeks - and quite rightly so.  Taking part in the games is a phenomenal accomplishment.

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Team Jersey!

And also for their families?
Absolutely, for disabled people, regardless of their age, having a chance to prove themselves and share that with their families, to celebrate that success with them, is a very special and rewarding experience for everyone, including all of the Games Committee, who are brilliant.

I hear we have some very special guests attending this year - some bronze medal winning Paralympians!
Each year we bring over a wheelchair basketball team.  For our very first games the Sheffield Steelers, the UK's elite UK wheelchair team were our guests so we thought it would be fitting to invite them back for our Silver Jubilee Games.  Some of the squad competed with the British Wheelchair Basketball Team in Rio this year, just pipped to Bronze this year by the US and Spanish teams.  We are very excited to welcome them to Jersey, along with their medals; I know our athletes are going to be very inspired and a bit star struck.

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Team GB Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball Team - Bronze Medal winners

Are the games a good opportunity to showcase what the JSAD does?
As mentioned before we bring over the wheelchair basketball team each year and in the week prior to the games this team takes part in our school's outreach programme.  The team visits the schools and encourages young people to give it a go.  The programme has been so successful that we now have more people, disabled and able bodied, playing wheelchair basketball than we do the running version.  

Aside from the opportunities for talking about what we do building up the wheelchair basketball teams gives our local disabled athletes to ability to compete equally against their able bodied counter parts and let me assure you there are no concessions given on either side - it's mayhem!

This year, with it being the Sheffield Steelers, we are hoping for a big turnout to watch the team play; they will also be giving people the chance to try it themselves and giving demonstrations and, of course, a match against the local Jersey team which promises to be an event all in itself.

What other sporting events can people watch?
The games are spread across two days, 19th and 20th November, at a few venues, including Fort Regent and feature Football, Trampolining, Unicurl, Martial Arts and Boccia.

I've never heard of Boccia - what is it?
It's similar in some repect to bowls and pétanque and was originally devised to be played by persons with cerebral palsy but now includes athletes with several physical disabilities which affect their motor skills.  It was introduced as a Paralympic sport in 1984 and has gone from strength to strength.

What are the challenges of putting on the games?
Funding is always a big factor and this year we are extremely grateful to Andrew Le Maistre Landscapes for supporting the games.  Over the years there has been a move to focus on funding for competition games, rather than the participation games, consequently clubs are finding it harder to justify putting the funding they receive into these participation events.  It's also very difficult for visiting teams to come to Jersey, due to the high cost of doing so.

What does that mean for the JSAD?
Ultimately it means we have less visiting teams to compete against and we also need to make difficult decisions regarding where to best use our funds.   We are also moving towards providing opportunities for athletes to progress, we will still offer our local events, but we also understand the need to invest in the future of our athletes so they can reach their potential.

The Paralympics this year were moving, inspirational and a triumph for British disabled athletes - do you think it's possible that in the near future Jersey could be sending its own athletes to a Paralympics as part of the overall British team
The JSAD has had athletes performing on the world stage in gymnastics for many years.  Alex Buesnel is currently the British Disability Open Champion, a title he has now held for nine years, and is one of only four British Gymnastic ambassadors for his sport.  Jersey is recognised as a centre of excellence for Gymnastics and, aside from Alex's outstanding achievements, we had five other competitors taking part, all of whom achieved medals positions.  We also have a very successful wheelchair tennis player, James Bradey, who we have high hopes for, so, in short, yes I definitely can see Jersey having a chance.

So if people want to know more about JSAD, to either take part or become a sponsor, what should they do?
They should give me a call!  We are open to any age, our youngest competitor for this year's games is only 7 and our oldest in their 80's, and of course any disability.  If you'd like to get involved in sport we will do everything we can to help you find the right one and support you all the way.  We are always very grateful for funding; around £800,000 of financial investment is needed in an athlete to win a podium place at the Paralympics, so it's a big undertaking and of course continuing to provide the very valuable opportunities for our athletes whatever their ability.

The Games take place at Fort Regent, Maufant and Les Ormes on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November.  For a full programme visit the JSAD's website here.  There is also a Tenpin bowling event taking place for all athletes on Friday 18 November as a fun way for the games to start - giving participants a chance to meet each other in a social setting.

The JSAD will also be staging its annual Awards Dinner at the Merton Hotel on Saturday 19 November - at this occasion a number of awards are presented to local athletes - including the top award which is he JSAD Sports Personality of the Year.

For more information on how to get involved with the JSAD either as a sponsor, volunteer or try a sport contact Paul Patterson on 872855 or email thejsad7@gmail.com

 

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Historic Gymnastic Celebration for Regent Gym

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.  Emma Turner, spoke with Julia Falle, owner and head coach, about the club's history, future plans and competing in today's arena.

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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 their webpage here.

Little Monkey's, Regent's sister club, offers gymnastics from walking to age 6 - you can find out more at there website via this link.

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Play and Stay for less at Fort Regent 'Under The Dome'

Emma Turner, Events and Social Media Manager at Fort Regent, talks about two new offers at the Fort to help families enjoy more but pay less.

Last month saw the launch at Fort Regent of two fantastic new ways to save money when you take part in the children's activities Under The Dome.  Being a mum myself I understand the pressures on parents when it comes to paying for activities and also getting them away from iPads and games consoles!  We are blessed in Jersey with lots of fabulous beaches and playgrounds but when you need somewhere your kids can take part in lots of activities in one place, whatever the weather, Fort Regent is ideal.  Taking part in all the activities, although good value for money could add up, especially if you have more than one child, so myself and the various businesses in the Piazza put our heads together to think about what we could do to make playing and staying even better.

Introducing the Funday Pass and Trezoro!

Trezoro is an app you download to your phone and it works just the same way as the traditional coffee card stamp collectors, ie, each time you buy a cup of coffee you receive a stamp and when you've collected enough you can swap your card for a free coffee.  We really liked this idea but realized we all have purses and wallets bulging with cards, you end up leaving some at home and when you need it you don't have it which is very frustrating!  Not to be thwarted we scoured the internet for solutions and decided on Trezoro - the 'loyalty card' is on your phone, so not likely to be left at home - big bonus, you can share your account with your other family members so you can collect points quicker, another big bonus, and you can see how many points you have and when you've collected enough - win, win!   What's more it's completely free for customers to download and it helps us to let you know when there will be special offers just for our Trezoro customers.

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Under The Dome features on Trezoro as its own separate listing and you can collect stamps at Fort Adventure's PlayZone and Mini Quads, Waste Not Want Not and PonyMania.  Humfrey's café are also giving 10% off when you show you are checked in to Under The Dome on Trezoro - just show your phone to the cashier when you pay.  To make it easier for everyone we've even created a step by step YouTube video to walk you through the process of downloading the app and locating Under The Dome.  You can find this at this link.

The new Funday pass is our second money saving initiative giving customers a huge 20% of various activities and includes a soft drink, so you can enjoy a cuppa whist the kids are playing.  The Funday Pass works very simply, you purchase tokens from reception and then exchange them at the various activities at Under The Dome , currently included is the Mini Quads, PlayZone and Waste Not Want Not, and because a soft drinks is just one token you can be sure you will be able to use them all before you go home.

As if all this wasn't enough we are also showing free films every Sunday morning in the room just behind Humfrey's Café, such as Jungle Book which is our first film, to Big Hero 6.  All the films are listed on the Under The Dome Jersey Facebook page so you can easily check What's On and when.

We look forward to seeing you 'Under The Dome'!

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A New View at Fort Regent

Since Medina Catering joined Fort Regent in February this year the compliments and positive feedback have been fantastic.  This month Emma Turner in the Events Team met up with the owners of Medina, John and Wendy, to find out where their vision came from and what, quite literally, is on the horizon.

Not many people are aware of the outstanding views from Fort Regent across St Helier and even though as one of the Event Managers at Fort Regent I am often on the ramparts, and familiar with the views, they still make me stop and take a moment.  Rather like watching the sea as it ebbs and flows the busy life or St Helier takes place far below whilst the balcony at Fort Regent it is so peaceful; people watching at a quiet distance.

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It makes sense then that Medina has a vision for this space, which they have appropriately named 'The View' because that exactly describes this new more grown up space at Fort Regent.

If you meet Wendy and John the first thing that will strike you is how accommodating and friendly they are and how although the orchestrators of an outstanding catering business they go to great lengths to explain they didn't achieve their success alone.

"Our staff are one of our greatest assets, they all work really hard, we go through a proper training programme with all of them so they understand what Medina is all about and every one of them reflects the Medina ethos" explains Wendy.

I asked her what the 'Medina Ethos' was. 

"Difficult to sum up in one line" she said "but if you take Humfrey's for example, the café area beside the PlayZone, we really wanted to be able to provide good food, with reasonable prices so you could take your children there and give them a meal made freshly on the premises, a homemade meal as good as you would make yourself,  so you don't have to rush off or be worried about what they are eating.  The feedback has been excellent and we will continue to update and grow so we meet the needs and expectations of the mums, dads, grandparent, kids and everyone else who visits Humfrey's.  We believe in giving a really good, genuine experience."

Humfrey's opened in February and Medina recently expanded on to the balcony area overlooking St Helier and St Aubin's, where we are sitting having a properly made cup of tea and a very different world from the PlayZone. 

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John agrees "The view from here is amazing and we were very excited about the possibilities.  Now we are in the space and we have found our feet we are looking forward to the summer and the wonderful alfresco location. We are planning all kinds of special events from Jazz to Reggae nights - something for those of us who have moved on from clubbing but still want something cool, enjoyable and entertaining, good food, good music and good company."

Aside from the huge TV where you can watch the Grand Prix, Olympics or other sporting fixtures there is also a pool table, comfy sofas, for perusing the Sunday papers whilst you enjoy a coffee and panini, and oversized games to keep the children entertained and of course a friendly smile from Medina.

 It's easy to see why The View would be an absolutely perfect setting for special events but it's also just right for idling away a few hours with a nice glass of wine. It's such a adaptable space you can easily imagine family gatherings or even bigger events taking place here and Medina has thought of just about everything to make sure whatever your reason for visiting The View its exactly what you expected and very much follows the Medina ethos.

The View is open seven days a week offering a full bar and light meals and snacks.
Monday to Friday 3pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 5pm.
Children welcome until 9pm.
Extended opening hours for private events.

Buffet prices start from £5 per head and Medina can provide your whole event, just the catering or somewhere in-between.

Contact Wendy on 07700 349349 for an informal chat, or, pop up to the Fort to see The View for yourself.
Visit the Facebook page: The View Jersey 

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Create a smoothie challenge

Humfrey and Sports Development challenge children to create a smoothie

By Emma Turner, Events and Social Media Officer, Fort Regent 

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Humfrey and Scott from Sports Development look forward to tasting your smoothies

In March this year Scott Welsh from Sports Development, launched 5-2-1-0, an initiative to encourage children to think about what they eat and how they spend their time in connection with the wider strategy 'Fit For The Future'.  Taking inspiration from a highly successful scheme in the US, 5210 Lets Go, the project aims to fight childhood obesity through workshops, fun activities and education, Scott has been visiting local schools explaining the concept of 5210.

I meet with him to see how the venture is going and his future plans.  Scott started by explaining what 5-2-1-0 stands for.

"It's pretty simple, five portions for fruit and veg, two hours of recreational screen time, one hour of activity and Zero sugary drinks every day; it's easy to remember and the aim is that our outreach to children will get them to think differently about what they are eating, how much time they are spending on iPads and video games and encourage them to be more active."

 

The programme is being delivered across the schools by Scott and has been well received by both the students and teachers; however, Scott understands that visits alone are not enough.

"Involving children in the learning is what has the power to change behaviour " Scott said "so I am working on a range of events and activities that children can put their stamp on.  The first will be our Smoothie Competition to support healthy eating."

The competition, which launches on 3 May, challenges under 14's to submit a smoothie recipes which is affordable, creative, healthy and of course tasty.  There are guidelines but Scott is interested to see what the children submit.

"We have given some guidance on what would be good to put into the smoothie, for example, we would only recommend one piece of fruit because of the high sugar content, however, we will be analysing the nutritional value of the smoothies and it will be interesting to compare smoothies and reveal how they compare.  It will be a valuable part of the competition, challenging what is perceived as healthy and what actually is."

 

Scott is keen that the efforts of the children are not forgotten once the competition is over so the best of the recipes will be available on the 5210 Facebook page and the winning smoothie will be sold at Humfrey's café at Fort Regent and hopefully at other venues around the island so that everyone can enjoy and share the winner's talent!

I asked Scott if they were looking for any volunteers for the tasting (hint hint!) but unfortunately for me Scott already has a few judges lined up so unfortunately I am out of luck, although it seems Humfrey might have gained a place on the judging panel!

To enter the competition simply submit a recipe to Sports Development via 5210@gov.je or the 5210 Jersey Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/5210Jersey or by post to Sports Development, Fort Regent, Mount Bingham, JE2 4UX.

The winner will receive a healthy hamper plus their smoothie on sale at Humfrey's Café at Fort Regent.

The deadline for entries is Friday 3rd June and entrants must be under 14.  For full details visit click here.

If you are a café or restaurant who would like to support this initiative please contact Scott on 5210@gov.je

 

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A Greener Fort Regent

A Greener Fort Regent

By Emma Turner, Events and Social Media Officer, Fort Regent 

If you are a visitor to Fort Regent you may have noticed a few new arrivals in the Piazza - Humfrey particularly took a liking to them!

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Fort Regent is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and has been working closely with Eco-active Jersey to look at ways the Fort can contribute to keeping our planet healthy and we recently introduced dedicated recycling bins to help our customers do their bit too.

I spoke with Julie Perrier, one of the Duty Managers at Fort Regent, who has taken up the environmental mantel to ask her what she's been up to.

"For a few years we have been looking at ways we make sure we recycle as much as we can" she said.  "We run weekly recycling runs from all our three sports centres, Fort Regent, Les Quennevais and Springfield.  We recycle cans, paper and plastic bottles and to monitor our progress we weigh them - so far it's good news - the trend is on the up.  We noticed, though, that we were collecting mainly from our staff and concessions and the opportunities for our customers to recycle were limited, so we introduced additional bins which we have put in prominent places, as a reminder to our customers.  We hope this will make our recycling efforts even better."

I was surprised to hear that there was so much to recycle and Julie explained that cardboard is the material the Fort recycles most of - one whole lorry load every week!  That's huge.  But it doesn't all end up at the recycle plant, Waste Not, Want Not, the arts and crafts workshop space at the Fort, which makes new items from preloved or recyclables, often rummage through the stores to find bits and pieces for their projects - currently bottle tops are being collected but pallet boards are also popular for larger items including making furniture.

"The Fort is also making fantastic headway with its electricity consumption." said Julie "In 2015 it was down by just over 9.45% from 2014 and this year the goal is to reduce by a further 2.5%; we had a bit a blip in January but we are now back on track to meet the target."

Also this year the Fort also introduced a running machine which requires no power to run (pun intended), the new Curve - it helps you burn more energy without taking up any - it's proved really popular and is a great addition to our eco-friendly aims.

All good news!

If you have any suggestions on how we could do more at Fort Regent - please let us know by emailing active@gov.je.

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Exercise Referral - changing lives

Most people in Jersey are aware of Exercise Referral, a programme to introduce people to exercise to improve their health and wellbeing, but how much do you really know about this life saving team?  Emma Turner, Blog writer at Fort Regent spent some time with Jack Brown, an inspirational teenager, to learn how Exercise Referral has positively impacted his life following a life changing brain injury.

 Almost two years ago, Jack Brown's life was turned upside down when what he thought was a migraine turned out to be a bleed on his brain. Having heard so much about the determination of this young man I wanted to meet him first hand and learn about his story and how Exercise Referral is playing a part. 

On the morning of 17th May 2014, Jack, an middle brother to two siblings and a popular student at Hautlieu, was swimming with his friends when he become unwell, experiencing blurred vision and nausea, symptoms he had been suffering for approximately eight years.  He decided to call his granddad, Mick, to collect him, feeling that he would not be able to make the journey home on his own.  Mick arrived soon after and it was clear that Jack was very poorly indeed; an ambulance was called and Jack was rushed to hospital.

 "I remember the ambulance and Granddad turning up but then nothing for a few weeks after that."

Jack's mum, Sandra, deeply concerned for her son, travelled immediately to the hospital.  The Doctor explained the treatment being administered for Jack was anti-sickness medication which would also allow him to sleep off the 'migraine'.  However, when Jack woke Sandra knew that all was not well and persuaded the team at Jersey Hospital that something was wrong.  A CT scan was performed, confirming Sandra's fears; Jack was seriously ill; he'd had a bleed on the brain.  A plane was chartered and Jack was transported to Southampton Children's Hospital for emergency surgery, where Mr Sparrow, Neurosurgeon was waiting for Jack to arrive.

 "It felt like a scene from Casualty", Sandra explained, "Mr. Sparrow and his team were waiting for us to arrive in the ambulance and as soon as we did, Jack was rushed off to theatre."  

Out of surgery Jack was transferred to the paediatric intensive care unit where he stayed for two weeks until he regained consciousness and was able to breathe unaided.  In the meantime Jack's family learnt the devastating news that he had suffered a serious brain injury as a result of an arteriovenous malformation in his brain.  Recovery would require two further operations and intensive treatment to remove and repair the faulty veins, followed by extensive rehabilitation.

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Jack in Southampton Hopsital

The injury left Jack unable to eat, walk or communicate, he became agitated and upset at his condition but his determination carried him through the difficult and challenging rehabilitation programme that lay ahead.  Months of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language support followed and Jack was finally able to begin to learn to walk in November 2014 and a month later able to move from a formal hospital setting to Southampton Hospital's Bursledon House, a specialised but more homely environment to continue his recovery.

On Friday, 22 May 2015, over a year after Jack's injury, he was finally able to return home for good.   He returned to school and continued with his weekly physio and hydrotherapy sessions but in September that year it was clear that Jack need further input and the Physiotherapy team arranged for Jack to meet Exercise Referral at Fort Regent.

  After the initial assessment, which included a stamina and fitness evaluation, a personalised exercise programme was designed for Jack, to push his recovery onto the next level.  The team worked closely with Jack and his family to make sure he was fully supported every step of the way.  Paola Mitchell, who heads up the Exercise Referral service, explained why the programmes are so bespoke:

  "Everyone is unique, not just their physical challenges, but their personalities and approach and I believe our service is successful because we get to know and understand our clients, we support them so they can succeed.  We see amazing results and it's an inspiration to the team when you meet someone as enthusiastic and committed as Jack, especially achieving the results he has through his hard work."

  Jack was also full of praise for the Exercise Referral Team recalling how it's affected his recovery.

  "This really has made a huge positive impact on my recovery." said Jack "The exercise referral team introduced me to the basics, such as cardio and weight machines to begin with, then as I progressed, I was introduced to more complex exercises, like balance and core work to improve my co-ordination."

  Jack took the exercise referral challenges to heart and vowed to go to the gym for twice weekly sessions.  Mum Sandra revealed that this in itself was a huge commitment;

  "Having a brain injury means that you are both physically and mentally exhausted because your brain also has to recover and make new neurological pathways to repair the damage.  Movements which come automatically to you and I have to be relearnt over and over which is very draining.  Spending all day at school and then coming to Fort Regent to exercise was not easy for Jack and I am so proud of him for keeping motivated."

  Jack is now 6 months into his Exercise Referral plan, which gets updated as his strength and abilities improve.  He explained to me that it's his determination to get back to normal which, even when it's tough, means he doesn't give up.  He says:

"It's really important to me that I can do what I want to do when I want to do it, so I don't need to rely on other people and Exercise Referral is helping me achieve that.  My strength, stamina and co-ordination has grown tremendously; it has enabled me to participate in wheelchair basketball at Les Quennevais each Monday, which I really enjoy and I'm now able to move around my home with quad sticks; I know that I would not have been able to achieve all of this so soon, without Exercise Referral's help"

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Jack putting in the hours at Fort Regent Gym 

Jack is making a tremendous recovery and it was truly and honour to meet him.  Before we parted I asked Jack if he had a final message to pass onto anyone thinking about using Exercise Referral.

  "With the continuation of the Exercise Referral program, my future looks and feels positive and I would really recommend this great scheme to everyone".

  A most profound and moving tribute from a remarkable young man.  We wish him all the very best for his future.

  If you would like to know more about Exercise Referral visit the link here or speak to your GP.

 

 

 

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Meet Ali - one woman who upcycled her life

This month Fort Regent's, Emma Turner, Social Media manager and blog writer, sat down with Ali from Waste Not Want Not, one of the Fort's very creative kid's activity providers, and quizzed her on all things recycling, challenges, motivation and what makes her tick.  Take note guys this could be you!

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The Waste Not,Want Not Team (L-R) Amy, Ali and Jasmine

I'm sure we all remember The Wombles (or maybe that's me showing my age) and if you venture into Ali's Waste Not, Want Not workshop you could imagine Tobermory and Orinoco busying away creating some magic, just like they did every week, delighting children where the only limits of what could be achieved are the bounds of their imagination.

Today in the workshop Amy, one of Ali's assistants, her daughter Jasmine is also a helper from time to time, is engrossed in creating huge letters for a children's party, there are large amounts of the brightest yellow and glowing sliver paint being applied and she looks insanely happy beavering away to Justin Bieber - who wouldn't be!

I'm interested to know where the inspiration came from for this wondrous world, which is the workshop, and Ali recounts a journey of determination, taking chances and following your dreams.

"It kind of started along long time ago when I fixed things out of necessity but also because that's what I believed in". 

Ali had always enjoyed finding creative solutions to problems so if a chair broke how could it be fixed or if it can't be fixed what else can we make from it?

"Over time friends began noticing the things I was making and began asking me to make items for them; encouraged by this I began making things, with my husband, John, to sell in local markets and Waste Not, Want Not was born.  Over the course of the following few years we got to a point where our home was so full of projects we needed to find another space to work in so we moved into a workshop at Devils Hole."

With no formal training in furniture design or creative arts and from a financial background how did Ali manage to get where she is now.

"It didn't happen overnight but I think one of the most important things to me was creating pieces that made me happy and being realistic about what the outcome might be - not putting pressure on yourself, just make it and if you like it great and if you don't, well you don't."

This letting things go where they go approach paid dividends when last year Ali was made redundant and was at a crossroads, find another job, or, make upscaling a full time job.  Ali chose the latter and has never looked back, but that's not to say it was an easy journey.

"Finding a space was obviously a key part of the process, it needed to be accessible, affordable and appropriate to the work I do - when the opportunity came up at Fort Regent it was a perfect fit - even the Fort has been recycled many times!  The other biggest challenge was getting to understand all the regulations surrounding providing activities for children - it was a steep learning curve - and getting over hurdles needed some juggling but we got there in the end!"

Ali spent some time showing me all the amazing things kids have made at the workshop and it's truly remarkable to see all the love and effort that has gone into these cherish items.  Ali explains that this creativity is the highlight of the venture.

"When the children come in I tell them they can make whatever they want, sometimes they are quite surprised 'Really, anything?', some just get stuck in straight away and for others the idea of grabbing whatever you like and just sticking stuff together, just because you can, takes a little more time.  I wholeheartedly feel that the children are the leaders, I can give them ideas but it's all their own work and their imagination.  I try to step in only if they come across a tricky bit with making their vision and need some help to achieve it."

I wondered what happens with all these crafted items when the kid's go home and Ali is delighted to tell me that very often the children return with the toys or inventions they have made or send in pictures to put on the Facebook page.

"It's a genuinely touching moment when a child returns to the workshop to make something new and brings back something they made previously because they want to share it with you and they are proud of what they have accomplished.  I have children who come back regularly; you can see their skills improving and their projects becoming more advanced as they grow in confidence.  They breeze in the door, roll up their sleeves and just start building; they have become part of the fabric of the space, just like they were creating in their own home - which is fantastic."

As a parent myself the appeal of the workshop is immediate - no mess at home and Ali agrees. 

"If you are a busy parent, perhaps with children of different ages, being able to provide a regular creative outlet is going to be problematic, all the different equipment, materials, safety and mess just before teatime is enough to make all of us think twice, especially if you don't feel you are particularly creative yourself.  At the workshop you don't have to worry about all those things and what we have noticed recently is that children are coming to us to complete creative homework projects for school - it's been really interesting to see how the children have approached these."

It would be easy to think that as Ali has been creative all her life and the ideas just flow out of her when she is looking at future recycling projects for the workshop but surprisingly that's not the case, partly because she believes so passionately on the ethos behind Waste Not, Want Not.

"It would be easy for me to recycle all of the ideas, rotate them, but that's not what the workshop is about, it's about imagination and valuing what you have and encouraging people to think differently.  For example, for our children's parties we ask the birthday child how they want to theme it and some themes are very popular, such as Frozen or Minecraft, and as we bespoke each party, thinking up new ideas can be challenging creatively but and we get incredible feedback from the children and parents so it's 100% worth putting that extra effort in so the children all get something unique."

So where will the world of upcycling take Ali to next?  Is there room for more recycling at the Fort or in people's lives?  Ali believes there is, the demand for parties is so high she is now looking at bringing parties to peoples' home or perhaps expanding the workshop space but she also feels that bringing adults into the mix would be a step forward.

"I think as adults we sometimes feel that we can't just do something for fun, there has to be a tangible goal, particularly if you are making something.  I'd like to challenge that thought and ask why, why can't we as adults just play, just make something and see where it takes you - I did and I have no regrets."

Wise words indeed and I will certainly be joining one of Ali's adult workshops so I can have my own special moment of sharing my creation with my family.

Ali's Waste Not Want Not workshop is situated in the Piazza Area at Fort Regent.  There is a mix of both drop in and fixed sessions as well as pre-bookable parties.  For details contact Ali via her email: ali@wastenotwantnotje.co.uk or visit her Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/wastenotwantnotjnrs

 

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Winning the Weigh Loss Challenge

You know that expression - put your money where your mouth is?  Well at Fort Regent we are doing just that.

When I tell people I work at Fort Regent they think I must be a gym bunny but in truth I really dislike exercise.  The personal trainers in the gym are so friendly and I feel guilty refusing the offers of help, but kids, work and life just gets in the way.  They don't need to but it's a good excuse and I'm sticking to it.

My colleague Tom on the other hand, child free and having extra leisure time, loves and is really into his fitness and has an amazingly healthy diet (I know we all hate him already!).

So when he suggested that I join the annual Fort Regent Weight and Fat Loss Challenge you can imagine what I said and you'd be right, I said 'No'.  In actual fact I think I fell of my chair laughing and then I said 'No'.

But then I had a rethink.  I remembered not too far back posting an article about how to keep resolutions and one of the major contributors to success is to let other people know what you are up to.  It was time to put your money where your mouth is.

So I signed up.

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Me (Emma) with my skinny soup and Tom showing off!

In all 23 staff members took up the challenge and on 11th January we began with an official weigh in with Exercise Referral.  The girls, very coyly, going in separately, the guys, bravely, going into together.  I believe there was some friendly banter and outraged men on discovery of their weights!

I've always wondered (and been slightly jealous) about how people stay motivated, what's their secret!  Most people can stick it for a week but how do you keep it going?

In an effort to discover my own secret and remembering that another road to success is to 'Write down your goals' I let Tom talk me into a one on one competition which I would blog.  It's also a bit of an experiment to see what happens.  So here it is; I will be discussing the apps we are using, diet, fitness and how we getting along. 

Tech seems to promise to make us all better at everything so Tom and I are using the following apps and websites:

Apps: Myfitnesspal and FitBit - both apps are free.

Web: Plan to eat (annual charge of around £10) and Calorie Count - free

Both Tom and I received FitBits for Christmas, which depending on your model, tracks sleep, steps, calories, movement, heart rate, exercise and tells the time.  It links into myfitnesspal.

Myfitnesspal is a type of health journal where you log what you've eaten and it works out how many calories you have left - if you have it on your phone it can also log steps but I haven't found this to be very accurate.  It also has forums and advice. The info from myfitnesspal magically appears in your FitBit dashboard and works out how your doing - including how many calories you have left and because your FitBit watch is more accurate you usually get a couple of bonus calories!  Yippee.

Plan to Eat: An online meal planner making it easier to plan and stay on track.

Calorie Count: Works out how many calories in a meal (accuracy not confirmed!)

Diet method: Emma: Trying to stick to 1200 calories - no cheat days.  Tom: Balancing calories in to calories out and sticking to a percentage of food groups, ie, protein, fats and carbohydrates plus one cheat day.

Exercise method: Emma - working out at home.  Tom: playing sport, walking home from work, weight training, 3-4 times a week, including some sessions with Harry Zambon from Zambon Fitness.

Results after the first two weeks:

 

 

Weight

Fat

#TeamEmma - Starting

63.1kg

29.9%

After week one

62.1kg

29.1%

After week two

61.5kg

28.9%

Loss

1.6kg

1%

 

 

Weight

Fat

#TeamTom - Starting

90.3kg

18%

After week one

87.8kg

17%

After week two

88.1kg

17%

Loss

2.2kg

1%

Fortunately we are both down but here's what we did and didn't do!

Emma:

Good: managed to log almost all my food in myfitnesspal, stayed on track with the 1200 calories, only went over on two days.

Could do better: Midweek week two I was having an emotional moment and comfort ate!  I also only exercised twice the entire two weeks.

#TeamEmma - The Low Down

Counting calories is very dull and time consuming.  Myfitnesspal is mainly American foods and even though there are items I have most days (ie, mint tea) it doesn't seem to save them as frequent foods - all the scrolling through lists of food is frustrating and when I'm busy I don't bother so it's easy to lose track of calories consumed; I need something simpler.  From this week I am converting over to 5:2 diet which promises me five calorie free counting days and 2 days of starvation!  I'm nervous as I don't want to put on what I've lost.

FitBit is really helping especially when you achieve a goal and you get a little vibration on your wrist to celebrate!

Exercise:  I have no solutions!  We have a new Curve machine so I'm going to check it out - maybe the novelty will persuade me.

Tom:

Good:  I have been training hard and managed to gain strength on my big lifts (deadlift/squat/bench press) as well as playing sport to get my cardio in.  This has allowed me to consume about 3,250 calories a day and still cut weight.

Could do better:  Last weekend I overindulged on my cheat day sinking a few pints of lager, eating sushi, a 3 course dinner followed by a muffin and biscuits all in one evening.  I then woke up and treated myself to a full English breakfast! It was a special occasion so I can live with the consequences of a small weight gain in week 2 after a positive first week.

#TeamTom - The Low Down

Myfitnesspal is a God send for me as I have a monster appetite.  As I prep my lunch the night before I can input all my meals a day early so I don't have to worry about not recording data accurately or missing anything out.  This also stops me from being tempted to visit the vending machine or grab some fast food from the café as I have already prepared my food for the day.  Breakfast is easy to record as it is the same most days; either overnight oats, Weetabix or salmon and poached eggs on toast with avocado.  You can save regular meals in myfitnesspal so you don't have to constantly search for individual ingredients.  This gives me more flexibility in the evenings to eat tasty home cooked meals without worrying too much about the nutritional value as I have already eaten well balanced and "clean" meals all day. 

I love my new FitBit, It has encouraged me to get more sleep and start to walk when I can.  The app you get for your phone allows you to compete with fellow FitBit wearers to get the most steps in a week.  I am trying to keep up with some Personal Trainers and PE teachers so I have started walking home most days, which has also saved me in petrol money!  Wooop!

I have really upped my training recently.  I already had a good base fitness, however my PT Harry has really pushed me hard to increase my strength and ensure I stay on track with my goals.  My technique has also improved on my big compound movements.  I hate running on a treadmill or plodding away on a cross trainer as I get bored very quickly.  Instead I get my cardio in through sports.  A game of 5 a side for an hour can burn a good 700 calories and be very enjoyable at the same time.

So there's the background - from now on we'll be posting snippets on how we're doing - you can follow our progress on this blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  #TeamEmma and #TeamTom

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New Year - New You?

What's so different about a day that makes us all feel it's time to shrug of our old selves and magically become someone new - the best version of ourselves?

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Pretty much all of us fail - not a great start after all.

Most of us, if we're honest, just want a quick fix - or maybe that's just me!  'Just tell me what I need to do' - I cry!

Well here's the quick fix:

Get a pen and some paper (or a laptop and nibble fingers) and write down all the things you want to do this year - think of them as goals rather than changes.

Break each one down into steps - the smaller the better - I'm talking details here.

Look at what you have written and think about how realistic each one is - discard immediately any that you know you won't be able to achieve and pick one or two you can. 

Plot those baby steps in your diary/reminder app/post it notes - you choose.

And that's it.  Sounds too simple?  There really is science behind this method which is written in a very easy to read article (and some videos for those of us too busy to read) by Michael Hyatt, life coach, here

Here's his five reasons why writing down your goals work:

Because it will force you to clarify what you want
Because it will motivate you to take action
Because it will provide a filter for other opportunities
Because it will help you overcome resistance
Because it will enable you to see-and celebrate-your progress.

Good Luck!

Emma 

 

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Klikaklu arrives at Fort Regent

A free family activity suitable for all ages to challenge your imagination and scavenger hunt skills!
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My Paintings - Theresa Thomas

Fort Regent welcomes contemporary artist Theresa Thomas
 
Professional artist, Theresa Thomas, will be exhibiting paintings from her collection of mixed media works.  Theresa uses acrylic inks with a variety of materials to create stunning images which can be viewed in the Fort Regent Art Gallery from 10:00am to 4:00pm every day until Saturday 31stOctober.

 

Theresa Thomas


Theresa Thomas
My Paintings are all about colour,
form, texture and movement.
I call my work chaotic yet contained abstraction.
Because the paintings are abstract,
they work well in contemporary homes
as well as corporate settings

I'm interested in alternative means of
mark making, in exploration of the
many ways that paint can be applied to the canvas.

Over the last ten years, I've developed
my own style and discovered the perfect technique for me.
I use acrylic inks in all of my paintings
incorporating mixed media, beads,
materials, creating one off unique
originals that are visually pleasing.

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Triathlon Success for a non swimmer!

Here at Fort Regent we don't just love to help others challenge themselves we take up the gauntlet ourselves.

Michael Donoghue


Michael Donoghue, one of our team of friendly Duty Managers at the Fort, who helps keep everything running smoothly, recently decided to push himself outside his comfort zone when he took part in the Jersey Triathlon in July this year.

A positively fearful swimmer we asked him why he decided to enter and how he kept going through the tough times.

Michael, it's well known that swimming is the one sport you find difficult so why enter a Triathlon?
I've been thinking for a while that I wanted to do it, I do like to challenge myself and I've competed in other athletic competitions, but the swimming element always put me off.

As a beginner I imagine you signed up for either the Super Sprint or the Jersey Sprint?
That might have been more sensible, but when I signed up I thought 'in for a penny' so took on the full challenge of a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.

That seems like quite a challenge to go from a once a year swimmer to 1500m, how did you find the motivation?
Well it wasn't an easy decision, I really don't enjoy swimming and I knew that my technique would really let me down.  It's not easy to motivate yourself to get better at something that you don't enjoy but I thought I can't keep making excuses and there's no time like the present!  I realised that I couldn't do this on my own so sought out support from staff at Les Quennevais Pool.  They recommend one of their swimming instructors, Tyra. She was amazing, so patient with me.

What was the focus of the lessons?
Originally it was my technique, which was non-existent!  I needed to learn how to move through the water so that I could use my energy move efficiently.  It took quite a long time.  I began having lessons in January, six months before the event.  Slowly my technique improved and then it was all about building up my stamina and then putting both those things together; I've always been pretty fit with football, weight training, so it was quite a shock to find swimming as much of a challenge as I did.

There must have a big difference between swimming in the pool and the sea, how did that go?
Not as well as I expected to begin with!  The first couple of times I swam outside I found it really difficult to stay on course.  The movement of the water, the tides, the taste of the sea, it was a lot to get used to.  When I putting the race parts together, going from swimming to cycling, I would leave the sea and my legs just wouldn't work!  I began to wonder if I would be able to do it after all.

That must have been difficult, what kept you going?
Being outside, I really enjoyed the cycling. I could feel myself getting fitter and I used an app called Strava which uses GPS to track your training.  I could compete against myself and see the progress I was making.  I also began setting myself targets.  I aimed to finished the Triathlon in 3 hours, however, as I went along I began to realise that target wasn't achievable so I upped it slightly to 3 hrs 15, having a goal definitely helped.

So its Triathlon day, you're about to get into the water, did all the months of training pay off?
The weather was really good, that was a relief, it was cloudy with a slight breeze in the right direction, but, I was really nervous, I was surprised by that. I wasn't expecting to feel nervous.  When I got into the water I wanted to get straight back out and when the claxton went to sound the start of the race I just couldn't get going.  I began swimming but it didn't feel right, everything I learnt seemed to just disappear and after about 2 minutes I felt exhausted.  Somehow I just managed to keep going and then I found my technique and kept saying to myself just do another 100m and every time I reached that goal, another 100m - it seem to take a long time to count down 1500m!  Those 2 laps of the harbour were exhausting!

Then you were off on the bike?
Yes, a relief, despite the struggle of the swim, because I had enjoyed the cycling part of the training so much, it was great getting onto the bike and I could relax into the race a bit more.  Thankfully the wind direction at St Ouen was working in my favour, unlike many times during my training when it felt you were battling nature when the wind was against you!  It felt like I was having a good race and when I returned to St Helier to begin the road race, I was tired but still felt I had something left to give.  That didn't last long though!

Oh no, what happened?
I think the euphoria of the bike race had worn off.  I began well with the road race but about half way through I could feel my energy levels decreasing by the minute.  I knew I would finish, I wasn't going to give up, but was beginning to wonder if I'd meet the 3 hour 15 minute goal I had set myself.  I began to feel overwhelmed with what I need to do to get across the line. I really was literally focusing on putting one foot in front of the other. At some point I become aware of the crowd around me and that was when things began to improve, I started listening to the crowd, they were cheering everyone on and I could see people I knew shouting my name and I got this huge rush of adrenaline, suddenly I was off.

And your target?
I finished in 3 hours 1 minute!  I was very pleased with that.

Wow, that's incredible - any plans to do another?
Yes, I registered for the London Triathlon which takes place in early August next year.  It's the world's largest triathlon event and there is a lot of competition to take part, fingers crossed I will get a space!

More swimming in the meantime?
I'm trying to love it, honestly!

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Fort For All Day 2015

Fort For All Day 2015 - Come and meet 2012 Team GB Silver Olympic Medallist Daniel Keatings!

We are so excited about Fort For All Day this year! Come and join us for a free day of fun including arts and crafts, slacklining, gymnastics, rifle shooting, trampolining, racquet ball, squash, demonstrations, fitness advice and meet our extra special guest, Daniel Keatings.

Daniel Keatings

Daniel Keatings, competed in the 2012 Olympics for the Mens GB Gymnastics team where he won Silver. He also competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games taking Gold on the Pommel Horse and Silver for Team Scotland! He will be here all day giving demonstrations, signing autographs and taking part in Humfrey's Challenges!

We also have Team Jersey heroes from the Island Games, come and meet them in person, see their medals and learn about their sporting journey.

To keep up to date on all that's happening visit our Facebook event page here.

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A Celebration of Tech, Innovation and Education

Workshops - Jersey's top tech businesses - international speakers - 100+ exhibitors showcasing the latest technological innovations

Jersey's TechFair -
Fort Regent - November 6th and 7th
Friday  - 09:30 - 17:30
Saturday - 09:30 - 16:30

Free to enter

Fancy flying a drone or having a go at computer coding? Or perhaps you've always wanted to try out a virtual reality headset or some electronic dough!

Open Rov

The Jersey Tech Fair is back this year, bigger and better than before giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the future of technology now.

With workshops, talks and exhibitors there is something for everyone from the complete tech novice to seasoned developers.

From 3D printing to eHealth and high tech crime, there is a host of hands-on experiences, workshops and talks.

This two-day event is being run in partnership with the British Computer Society, Fort Regent and Digital Jersey.

Visit the website for further information and to register for your free ticket.
www.techfair.org.je

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Journey to the Island Games

Last month Kamela Monks, Fort Regent Customer Support Advisor, won Silver in the Triple Jump for Team Jersey at the NatWest Island Games. Here we ask her about her journey and what’s next.
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Silver Medal Success!

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Last month Kamela Monks, Fort Regent Customer Support Advisor, won Silver in the Triple Jump for Team Jersey at the NatWest Island Games.  Here we ask her about her journey and what's next.

The first thing that strikes you about Kamela Monks, or Kiki as she is known, is just how likeable she is.  Full of enthusiasm and energy it would be difficult to see how Kiki could be anything but a success.  

Kiki's road to Silver Medal victory began at the early age of three, "I don't remember it myself', she says 'but dad has told me how, even when I was only little, I was running faster than my peers'.

Originally from Trinidad, Kiki and her family moved to Grenada before eventually moving to Jersey when she was six.  The journey, she remembers, involved a long and arduous sea crossing to America before a transatlantic flight; traveling by sea is not something she looks forward to "I still get sea sick thinking about it!" she says.

By year six and attending St Clements School, Kiki made the transition from just enjoying being a very fast runner to taking her talent more seriously.  She was also enjoying the freedom that athletics gave her, "I lived just around the corner from FB Fields and because it was so close I was able to walk there myself, I loved the independence it gave me so this definitely motivated me to keep going."  

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From a close family, Kiki has two brothers and a sister and many nieces and nephews.  She says their support has always been important. "At first my sister used to train with me but she eventually gave it up but I continued, having my family behind me has been a major part of my success in the Games.  None of them are sporty so I'm not sure where I got it from but I'm so grateful for everything they have done.  I know that they are all proud of me; that's a really good feeling." You can tell that Kiki means every word of it; she shines even more when she talks about the love of her family and how they frequently spend time together.

For her senior school years Kiki moved to JCG and became proficient at sprinting, high jumps and hurdles "triple jump wasn't really something I was doing at the time but my coach, Andrew Winnie, felt that it would be a good fit for me so when I was 15 I swapped out the high jump for the triple."  Kiki discovered her coach was right and she had a natural flair and went on to compete successfully against her contemporaries.

Kiki's winning streak continued but by the age of 17 the social aspect of athletics meet was beginning to take over the training.  "I was growing up, there were other things I wanted to do; I still loved meeting up at the club and attending training but it was harder to stay committed."  By the age of 18 Kiki had stopped training altogether. "I wanted to go to University, which I did at Eastbourne.  I started out with good intentions to keep training but the nearest track at the time was in Brighton and without a car it was very difficult to get to. 

Eventually Kiki found University wasn't for her, she returned to Jersey and embarked on a modeling career in London.  "When I came home I would often bump into all my old athletic friends and my coach, Andrew Winnie, who would try to encourage me to come back but life just seemed to get in the way.  I was modeling in London, commuting back and forth from Jersey and I couldn't seem to make it all fit into the time."

It would be 10 years before Kiki would eventually return to serious training something she feels she owes partly to John Scriven & her training partner at the time Will Golder, Bobsleigh Driver for Team GB.  "It was so great to train with Will, it really helped me get back on track.  After the very first session I felt great but the following day I couldn't walk, I was in so much pain and it just kept hurting.  By the end of the first week I wasn't even able go to work and I wondered if I was going to be able to do it" 

Kiki started her Island Games journey in earnest after a meeting with John Scriven; coach and member of the One Foundation, 'I was approached by John who explained that if I didn't come back now, I probably never would.  To be fair I had mixed emotions, I didn't feel ready, I wasn't fit enough, prepared enough and I was scared of competing and failing, but my family and friends were so supportive I knew that if I ever wanted to compete in the Games, it was now or never".

So began a painful training programme "I didn't realize just how out of condition I was.  Two weeks before the games I began training with Ross Jeffs, a fellow Triple Jumper and Kelvin Richards, a coach from the Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club".

Kiki persevered, inspired by her new coaches, and soon found that her fitness and technique were improving beyond what she thought was possible "I just couldn't believe what a difference it was making, I was jumping better and longer and getting to understand what my body was capable of if I used it correctly."

The technical challenge of mastering the three different elements of the triple jump meant that Kiki could work on her weakest points something she believes has helped her improve so dramatically "with sprinting one can only really try and run faster but with the triple jump you can work on all the different parts separately and knit them all together".

The qualifiers were coming up and Kiki was still in significant pain "Every part of my body was hurting, my muscles were so weak, particularly my knees, thighs and core, and I wasn't sure how I was going to perform."  Kiki was entered into both the hurdles and the triple jump qualifiers.

Kiki was ultimately unsuccessful for the hurdles qualifiers, missing out on a place in the Jersey team, "I was so disappointed", she said, "it took me a long time to come to terms with it but I had to so it didn't affect my performance for the triple".

In the run up to the triple qualifiers Kiki was seriously concerned about injuries and practiced the run ups but not the full jump, she knew it was a risk but explained "I really couldn't afford an injury and my body felt so bruised already I was worried that if I sustained a serious injury I would be out completely and my Island Games dream would be over."  The strategy paid off, Kiki entered the qualifiers uncomfortable but uninjured and gained a place in the Jersey Team. 

Competing in the Island Games came with a pressure that Kiki hadn't expected "I wanted to do well and I didn't want to let Jersey down.  I've been going to meets for what seems most of my life and been nervous but fine, this time it was completely different, everyone is there for you, supporting you and you feel this great sense of responsibility, it was pretty scary."  The night before her Silver Medal win Kiki couldn't sleep.  "I was terrified, I just wanted to get one jump in, I wanted to do it for Jersey, my friends, my family, my coach".   At the grounds Kiki could hear her family "literally screaming my name" she recalls "the nerves were terrible but fortunately the audience was pretty far away and I couldn't really make out individuals and that helped me remain focused."

Kiki's first jump was a good one but she had gone over the line by millimeters and the jump was disallowed, she had also hurt her hip on landing the previous day and along with the nerves she thought her medal winning hopes might be over.  

"I had to really pull myself together for my next jump, it wasn't the best jump I had ever done at 11.24m but it was solid.  I had a medal for Jersey."

"The medals ceremony was fantastic.  Following my win I went to my sister's house and my little nephew opened the door and just stared at me for a full minute, he was literally shaking with excitement before screaming his delight, it was a very emotional moment."

So what for the future, does Kiki have another Island Games in her?  "Yes, definitely.  Training with Ross and Kelvin has really opened me up to the possibilities and I believe I can improve.  I'm on a pre-training programme with another athlete, Bube Popo who competed in the 100m and 100m relay.  Gemma Dawkins, who competed in the 800m and 4x400 relay at the Island Games, is my Health coach, who is fantastic, in fact she is a bit of an inspiration.  Lots of people look up to the big stars of the track, and of course I admire them, but I'm more inspired by people closer to home.  I know what they have been through and sacrifices they had to make to get where they are today.  Gemma definitely is someone I look up to even though she is younger than me!"

I asked her if she is going to struggle to keep committed, as she did previously. "It's not easy but I'm working part time hours and I'm training with Bube, we support each other, and I'm very excited to be working with Ross . He has created a bespoke winter programme for me that I can start in October, but only if I'm fit enough.  I don't want to miss that opportunity".

What about the future, beyond when she is able to compete? "My coach has recently opened an academy in Jersey to produce and nurture high standard athletes; I would love to think I'd have the opportunity to join him in coaching in years to come.  Seeing the results I achieved with a very small part of a properly designed programme has brought home to me how lacking we are in Jersey and it's so hard for athletes to meet their full potential.  You've got 10-15 athletes all of different abilities and ages all coached by one person at the same time, there is a desperate need for one to one coaching and individual programmes.  I am grateful that Ross has been able to open his academy and very much hope that people recognise this missing factor in Jersey.  I hope that one day I will be able to work with him supporting future generations."

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All our curated features in one place!

Pinterest

If you are a regular user of Pinterest you will know it's a fantastic online portal where people share information they have gathered and a great resource if you are looking for inspiration or ideas without the clutter of usual web searches.  

We are now posting all our Facebook and Twitter features to our Pinterest boards so if you've read one of our posts previously and now can't find it you will also be able to track it down easily.

Updates are posted every Friday and we have 10 boards covering fitness, technology, betterment and healthy living as well as boards about our events and will soon be adding a Children's party board to help you with ideas and showcasing all the different options at Fort Regent.

Visit us at www.pinterest.com/fortregent

 

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Jersey Tech Fair 2015

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Fort Regent will be partnering with Digital Jersey and the Jersey Branch of the British Computer Society to bring you Jersey's biggest tech fair on 6th and 7th November 2015.

Expanding from its beginnings in 2014 this year's event promises to be bigger and better providing workshops, information and opportunities for local school children, investors, inventors and businesses to come together and share what they do and how they do it.  We are also encouraging anyone who has a technology creation they would like to share, from digital art to code, to come along and showcase their works.

Alongside the exhibition we will be running workshops for all ages from coding to 3D Printing - more exciting news coming soon!

For more information on how to get involved please contact e.turner@gov.je.

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Get crafty with Recycling

Recycle

A new addition to the range of childrens' activities at Fort Regent has arrived giving old things a new life.  

Waste Not Want Not offers fun and informal arts and crafts classes from ages toddler up with a mix of drop in sessions or a course over six weeks.

Workshops run from 7th September until the 16th October every day from 3.30 till 5.15pm for all children aged between 5-11 years and cost £6 per session with reductions available if your child attends every day.

Spaces are limited to 16 per workshop and parents are able to leave their children and collect later or join in the fun.

For full details on all opening times, including school holiday sessions, prices and parties contact Ali via her facebook page: www.facebook.com/wastenotwantnotjnrs

 

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RampARTS

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The newly refurbished Fort Regent Art Gallery will welcome a group of eight local artists, led by Heather Brown, exhibiting under the title RampARTS.  

The collective, who will be in residence until 7th September, will be exhibiting a range of different mediums including illustration, crafts, photography, sculpture, music and poetry.

The art gallery has recently benefited from an upgrade with new flooring and a professional hanging system to enable more flexibility for artists wishing to use the space.  It is also available to use free of charge.

You can learn more about the artists by following the journey of their exhibition, from creation of the space until public viewing, on the Facebook event page.

If you are interested in using the gallery for an exhibition please contact Emma via email e.turner@gov.je

Written by Emma Turner at 09:00

Klikaklu has arrived at Fort Regent!

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Klikaklu is a free scavenger hunt game played on your iPhone or iPad and Fort Regent has created its own hunt especially for younger children.  Clues are represented by pictures to help young ones remember what they are looking for and stay on track.

Spark your child's imagination and explore shapes, textures, size and colours.  Collect the clues by taking photos of the answers which you can talk about later or share with family and friends.

Fort Regent has some great outdoor areas full of nooks and crannies, fabulous views and historic artefacts, great for finding unusual objects.  There is even a free History Tour leaflet that you can download from our website here, or pick up a copy from our reception area, which will guide you around the Fort to places you may not have been before.

To download the hunt to your phone before you arrive click on Children's Hunt on your iPhone to get started or on arrival at Fort Regent scan the QR code on the posters in the Piazza area.  

To find out more about Klikaklu visit their website www.klikaklu.com

Written by Emma Turner at 09:00

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Island Games in full swing

The Island Games are well underway with fantastic support from spectators, schools both local and from Guernsey and the teams are coming to the venue to cheer on their teams with some great singing and chanting.

Don't forget we are posting results, schedules and images from the day, including some behind the scenes sneak peaks on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Here's Humfrey who's really enjoying the Games!

Humfrey Island Games

 



Written by Emma Turner at 00:00

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Island Games Preparation

We are very excited about the Island Games - particularly the fixtures coming to Fort Regent.

There's been much hussle and bustle at Fort Regent as we prepare for the Island Games.  As I write the floors for the Volleyball and Basketball are being laid and seating for spectators has been built and checked.

It's been fascinating to watch the crew carefully lay down the floors, measuring each section precisely to ensure it is absolutely perfect for the competitors.

Matches begin this Sunday 28th June and the schedules for all the games can be found on the Island Games website here.

We are creating a gallery of images from the games - if you'd like to share yours email them to e.turner@gov.je, post them to our Facebook page here or use the #fortregentislandgames and we'll find them!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @fortregent for live updates and sneak peaks.

Emma

Volleyball Flooring

Basketball Flooring

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FitRock Health Expo - Click to Read the Full Story

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.
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APRIL gym challenge at Fort Regent

The Fort Regent gym team have devised the Sark to Jersey Rowing challenge for the month of April. The challenge consists of 14 x 2000m rowing sets and will offered throughout April. It is a fairly demanding challenge and one which the gym team hopes will encourage customers to vary their fitness programmes.

Please click here to download the instruction sheet (this is also available from the Fort Regent gym desk) The instructions include advice about the correct set-up of the Concept 2 rower.

All participants will require a member of staff to verify and sign off each of the 14 x 2000m rowing sets. Target rowing times have been placed at each rowing point in the Fort Regent gym for guidance.

Written by Colin Stanier at 00:00
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