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An update on our fitness offer

Dear valued member,

The latest Government briefing has given the green light for our gym and fitness spaces to reopen after Saturday 25th July. While we’re delighted at this news, we are also incredibly mindful of making sure we’re ready, and all measures possible have been put in place to ensure your health and safety when on site.

All of the work we had put into the plans to reopen earlier in the month went out the window when Covid-secure guidelines were changed so we’re currently working on new plans that include the following:

  1. Online booking systems – as we’re limited in the numbers we can permit into the gym and our classes, an online booking system will be delivered that everyone will need to use.
  2. PPE – while we will not be providing PPE to members, there will be plenty of hand sanitiser and wipes available to ensure workout spaces are clean.
  3. Signage – making sure that everything onsite is clear and easy to follow.
  4. Classes – we’re able to offer onsite classes in one of our larger spaces to ensure social distancing. The Sports Hall will have clear social distancing markers to ensure people have plenty of space to work out. Also, only half the Sports Hall will be used each time so that cleaning can be carried out in the space most recently used while we are still able to offer a class straight after. This process means we can fit lots of classes in each day.
  5. Weights room – this will be open to reduced numbers but users are expected to take on more responsibility for cleaning the equipment they use.
  6. The gym – numbers will be restricted and machines/equipment rotated every hour to ensure cleaning.
  7. Personal Training – the Dance Studio will be used for PT sessions and some classes.
  8. Lockers – lockers won’t be used for the time being. Instead, all members will be provided with a box to put their personal belongings in that they can use during their time in the building.
  9. Changing facilities – this will be available but we will be encouraging you to come changed and ready to work out!
  10. Parking – you will need to be booked into a session in order to use the car park.
  11. Contact details – these will need to be up to date for Track and Trace, as required by the Government. Any updates can be provided through the booking form or by email fitnessforyou@ymcatg.org.
  12. Booking is compulsory – a link to our booking platform will be provided.
  13. PIN replacement – if you have forgotten or do not know, your PIN, you can call Reception on 01708 766211 or email fitnessforyou@ymcatg.org.

We will not open until:

  • all Risk Assessments have been completed
  • we have been able to unfurlough our Front of House staff
  • we have trained our staff in the new operating procedures
  • our signage is all in place
  • we have given you all the information you need to feel happy to return
  • we’re 100% confident that we are welcoming you back into a safe environment.

The Government’s Health and Safety guidance has been released and we’re making sure that our plans are completely in line with this. Please be assured that, behind the scenes, we’re working hard to reopen as soon as we can, and we’re going to be looking for a number of people to help us on our journey to reopening – watch this space for more information on that.

We will be in touch with you as soon as we have more definitive information about our date of reopening, as well as a timetable to share, but for now, keep working out online and needless to say, we can’t wait to see you!

The Health & Wellbeing Team


Update on our new build

Timeline for phase two of the new build at YMCA Romford

You will be aware that, earlier this year, we started building new move-on accommodation at our Romford branch. The scheme will give young people the chance to rent their own home at an affordable price and is part of a range of much-needed housing the Mayor of London has helped deliver. The build will comprise of 39 self-contained one bedroom flats in a new three storey building, on our existing site at 29 Rush Green Road.

Whilst some of the construction works had to stop during lockdown, the flats, or units, are constructed off-site, and this work was able to continue. We are now approaching the next phase of the build, which will see the first units delivered to site, ready for installation.

We are expecting lorries to deliver units to site on 13th, 20th and 27th July. While these dates are confirmed we wanted to make you aware that this may be subject to change at short notice, as we have to abide by any transportation restrictions and weather conditions permitting. Up to date information will be available on our website at www.ymcatg.org.

Due to restrictions imposed around motorway traffic, we have to accept the deliveries after 6pm. This means that lorries will bring units to site between 7pm and 11pm. However, aside from the noise of the vehicle engines, and reversing notification, there will be no other noise. The units will not be removed from the vehicles until the morning, and the lorries will leave during the day too.

We will do our best to limit any noise during these times to keep any disturbance to a minimum.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we develop services to help support local people when they really need it.


Emergency childcare

Please note that emergency childcare is available for key workers and NHS staff. This is a holiday club setting that will also be supporting educational work. Open from 8am -6pm. Please note that packed lunch must be provided.

To download a planner or for more information click here


Coronavirus update

Updated on Friday 20 March 2020

Tonight’s press conference has turned the tide on where we were 24 hours ago, so our message to you is correct at time of writing on Friday evening!

Although the government have asked gyms, restaurants and pubs to close for a temporary period to help slow down the spread of coronavirus, there has been some good news for us. Tonight it was announced that 80% of staff salaries will be covered through Government grants for charities. We’re not completely sure what this will mean for us, but it’s good news as we can continue to offer a fitness programme with full staff.

So although we are sad that our on-site gym and fitness offering will close as of this evening, all is not lost!

Your membership pays for so much more than you may realise – the vulnerable people in our community, the young people who reside in YMCA buildings and now, the support of the children of key workers.

However because of this cut, we’re able to reduce your direct debit membership by 80% for the next month at least. Obviously every penny that comes in to the YMCA is incredibly important, so we would be hugely grateful if you were able to make a donation in lieu of this membership.

And regardless of whether you reduce or not, we’re going to continue offering an online fitness service!

Our team have been working hard to ensure that you are still able to benefit from the membership fee you pay during this unprecedented time.

From Monday we will be starting to roll out home workout videos which will support your health and fitness during this period of social distancing and for many, isolation. We will be sending these videos out to you daily, and they can be accessed through your phone, tablet or computer. The idea is that we will show you how to keep fit in your home, using things you have at your disposal!

If you download the Halo app, your progress will be logged and our staff can monitor this for you. Our gym staff will be available at the end of the phone to also offer support and guidance, so if you would like to receive a regular call just let us know and we can give you a buzz.

And if you’re not keen on the digital side of things, we can send you printed versions of the information instead. We’re going to try and cater for everyone – please just let us know!

So all that’s left to be said is stay safe and well – we’re here for you. Thank you for being here for us and our community too.