Bank holiday opening and schedule for Easter 2024

CHILDREN’S SERVICES Good Friday (29 March) – CLOSED Easter bank holiday Monday (1 April) – CLOSED Holiday Club operates from 2-5 & 8-12 April Please note that there will be no Parent & Toddler sessions during half term   TOMMY’S PLACE RESTAURANT Good Friday (29 March) – normal Sunday hours (9.00am – 4.30pm) Saturday, 30…



Safeguard youth services before it’s too late

As you may have seen from our social media post yesterday (13 February 2024), our latest report shows that unfortunately youth services remain way down the priority list for funding and support from local government. In real terms, there has been a funding increase for youth services of just 3% – but with 70% of available funding…



YMCA Pre-school achieves an overall ‘good’ rating in latest Ofsted report

Following an Ofsted reinspection on 9 January, YMCA Romford Pre-school on Rush Green Road was rated ‘good’ in all four categories – quality of education; behaviour and attitudes; personal development; and leadership and management. This takes the pre-school back to where it was before a controversial report was received following an inspection in July 2023,…



YMCA TGG appoints Matt Jones as new CEO

YMCA Thames Gateway Group (YMCA TGG) has announced the appointment of Matthew Jones as its new Chief Executive Officer. Matt will replace Dave Ball, who announced his intention to retirement in July, following more than 30 years of commitment to the charity. Matt, who has been appointed to lead the Christian organisation through its many…



Christmas opening for fitness

GYM & VIRTUAL RPM CHRISTMAS EVE (Sunday, 24 December) – open until 6.00pm with no instructor available in the gym CHRISTMAS DAY (Monday, 25 December) – CLOSED BOXING DAY (Tuesday, 26 December) – open from 5am – 6pm 27 – 30 DECEMBER– open as usual NEW YEAR’S EVE (Sunday, 31 December) – open until 6.00pm…



Christmas opening – YMCA Romford

FITNESS See separate timetable CHILDREN’S SERVICES Pre-school The last day is Wednesday, 20 December. Pre-school re-opens on Monday, 8 January (4 & 5 January are inset days) After school club (ASC) The last day is Tuesday, 19 December for Havering & Thursday, 21 December for Barking & Dagenham. ASC reopens on Thursday, 4 January for Havering & Monday, 8…



RIP Pip Wilson

From our CEO, Dave Ball: It is with great sadness that I share that Pip Wilson, a great YMCA hero, died last week. Pip was the General Secretary of YMCA Romford from 1987 to 2003. His influence went well beyond YMCA Romford, the National YMCA movement and indeed the international movement. Pip’s exuberant style, his…



August bank holiday opening times

GYM & CLASSES (ROMFORD) Gym open 24-hour – no instructor available Les Mills virtual RPM – available  8.30am – Fitness Pilates with Delray 9.30am – RPM with Delray 9.30am – Gym Circuit with Roy 10.30am – Body Pump with Roy   CHILDREN’S SERVICES (ALL LOCATIONS) Closed   TOMMY’S PLACE RESTAURANT (ROMFORD) Members & general public:…



Lisa’s story

Lisa, 53, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2022.  Lisa is a regular at YMCA Romford and has been a member of the gym for over 20 years. In fact, her membership card was one of the first to be printed in plastic and distributed back in 2003! Lisa has always loved keeping fit and…



A message from our Chair, Mark Saunders

In October 2021, Dave Ball our CEO shared with the Group Board that this strategic period would be his last. In April, Dave shared with me that after over 30 years of service, it is time for him to complete his time with YMCA Thames Gateway Group. He has served in a variety of roles…