A message from Ian
It is coming up to two years to the day since we closed our doors for the first
national lockdown and one year to the day since we reopened under Stage 1 of
the roadmap to recovery. How time flies! The road to recovery on our leisure
sector has been steady with some clubs reporting positive ‘bounce-back’ news
and others not so.
Lifestyles and working trends and habits have changed considerably during
these past twenty-four months. For us here at Wellington it can be described as
a slow but steady recovery as membership numbers dropped during the
pandemic period and following the changes in the membership pricing structure
last August. The Club is now steadily attracting and welcoming new members
on board. So, if you are new member reading this ‘Welcome’ and if an existing
There are several exciting and positive updates to share with you starting with
our gym refurbishment project which will commence this Summer. This
project will commence mid-June with an approximate finish date towards the
end of August. This is a lengthy project due to the extensive nature of the work
being undertaken which includes new flooring, lighting, installation of windows
as well as front of house works.
The most exciting part is that we have secured a new supplier in Technogym
who produce state of the art cardio and strength equipment to help each
member progress towards their fitness goals in new and exciting ways. Which
we feel will revolutionise how you use the gym space.
View the new gym layout HERE
We plan to increase and spread out the areas where the resistance equipment
is available, reducing any possible congestion and easing movement around
1. New resistance machine circuit including a leg press, chest press,
shoulder press, low row, leg extension, leg curl, lat pulldown, pectoral
machine, and reverse fly.
2. New Cable Machines with a 4-cable station (includes – lat pulldown and
low row) and 2 dual adjustable pulleys.
3. Half Racks in the Qube, as well as two Half Racks in the Weights area.
4. Plate loaded equipment, including a chest press, hip thrust, leg press, low
5. New Benches – including a preacher curl bench
6. New Dumbbells and Racks
7. New Weighted Barbells
1. New Treadmills, Cross Trainers and Bikes
2. New Stair climb
3. New user powered treadmill – Skillmill
4. New performance treadmill – Skill run
5. Existing Concept 2 Rowers and Technogym rowers
6. New Watt Bikes
7. New Peloton Bikes
All the above will support your fitness goals whilst tracking and recording your
workouts with a new digital software system called MyWellness.
All full list of our new equipment can be found HERE
It is a big change, and the Gym team are here to help you.
So do not worry as we will be providing inductions after reopening on how to
use the equipment, record your workouts and reach your fitness goals.
Whilst the main gym is undergoing this work, we are using both the Olympic
Gym and Marquee gym facilities as well as an exciting range of outside
There will be a display board showing the new layout of the gym along with a
range of FAQ’s. Reception is on hand with any membership related questions
and the Gym Team for the questions relating to the new equipment and
classes. Any enquiries please email email@example.com or
Widening the road access into the Club
With the existing layout with additional bays situated on the right-hand side
when coming into the Club and with the pinch point at the gate halfway down
we have been acutely aware of the congestion this has caused. To alleviate
this, the bays will be used to widen the road by two metres creating sufficient
width to avoid congestion. The gate will be replaced with a new wider gate to
take out the pinch point.
New signage and road markings will assist with clearer instructions.
This work is scheduled to start on 25th
March and will take approx. three
weeks. There will of course be some disruption but not restricted access to the
main car parking areas. With the reduction in the number of car parking bays
please note that additional spaces are available in our overflow carpark behind
the swimming pool.
Electrical Vehicle Charging points
With the increasing number of electric cars now being purchased the College
have installed two points in our car park as well as up at college. These will
soon be ready to use and as soon as they are, we will inform members of their
availability and the charging tariffs
The March Gym Challenge is now underway with a sprint 100m row
completion. Please see a member of the Gym team for further information.
The April Gym Challenge is a Core Bag Challenge. Travel along the corridor
with a core bag and return for another, we will track your time and the weight
Red Nose Day 2022
This year we raised funds with a 500m row challenge that took place
throughout the day in the reception foyer. Participants were asked to donate,
wear a Red Nose and row like mad to achieve the fastest time of the day.
Easter Bank Holiday
Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours
Good Friday 15th April 08:00 – 16:00
Saturday 16th April 08:00 – 20:00
Easter Sunday 17th April 08:00 – 14:00
Easter Monday 18th April 08:00 – 16:00
Easter Bank Holiday Group Exercise Timetable : HERE
Group Exercise Classes
There will be an Easter weekend schedule of classes and the new April – June
timetable will run from Tuesday 19th April. We are launching Les Mills Sh’bam in
April with a daytime and evening class. Classes will be advertised on the Club web
site www.wellingtonfitness.co.uk and on our Club App.
There is an Easter pool programme whilst the College is on a three-week break and
the new Club timetable will commence from Tuesday 19th April.
The Easter timetable will run from Monday 28th March and finish on Monday 18th
April. Please note we are not programming in any bookable slots for this period and
the Sauna and Steam Rooms will be now be open.
Easter Swimming Pool Timetable : HERE
Astro Tennis Conversion & Online Tennis Bookings
Astro Tennis Conversion
The additional courts will be ready for members to use from Saturday 2nd April.
Online Tennis Bookings
We have recently liaised with Gladstone again with regards to the progress of
aligning the court bookings for both tennis and squash to 22:00 as with the class
bookings. In short it is still not possible to allow this to happen due to the different
configuration set ups for the various activities.
Considering, all the feedback in recent years about this timing issue we will now trial
and revert to accept phone bookings only for tennis as from 09:00 on Thursday 7th
April. There will be no online facility to book tennis as from 21:00 Thursday
31st March. Members are requested to call Reception on 01344 444 244.
Squash will remain an online bookable activity during this trial period. This is a
‘backward’ step in terms of making use of technology however we do understand
and appreciate the issues midnight booking times can cause.
We will review this option and assess whether we go back to online booking or bring squash into line with tennis. Phone bookings will not be without its own issues when the lines are busy so please be patient whilst we will see how this works for all
The Club runs three Invincibles sessions a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
mornings. The Invincibles is designed for anyone over the grand old age of 50!
These types of Clubs, sessions and activities have now been running across the
country since the 1980’s. There is an extremely wide range of sports and activities
that our Invincibles undertake. So, if you meet the age criteria and are feeling fit,
dynamic, and ready to burn off the youthful energy and interested in playing tennis,
short tennis, badminton, table tennis and short mat bowls, as well as specific group
exercise classes, then the Invincibles is for you. The group also offers a great range
of social events and holidays. If this sounds interesting to you and would like to know
more, please email Barry Cuming. Barry can be contacted via email on
firstname.lastname@example.org . Invincible by name and Invincible by nature!
The Club and the College Shop are recruiting for both full and part time Fitness
Instructors, Cleaners, full time Recreation Assistant, full Time Accounts Assistant,
Casual bar staff and College Shop Assistant.
If anyone one is interested in having an informal conversation before applying or
knows any person that might be interested, please first email
email@example.com and put ‘Vacancy’ in the subject line and we will then
arrange for that informal conversation.
Hello’s & Goodbyes
In recent months we said farewell to Paula Pocock before Christmas and more
recently to George Townley from the Gym Team. Phil Marsland was successful in
being appointed in a new role as Digital Marketing & Communications Executive
which is a shared role with the College.
In recent times we say hello to three ‘new’ team members on reception, Lucy
Nichols, Aria Buck and Georgia Kingsland as well as to Arron Pringle who joins as
our new full time Recreation Assistant. We also have several new casual staff that
have joined in the last few months that are settling well into the team and making a
good contribution to the operation. Lastly congratulations to Tom Philpott & Logan
Cannon who was successful in being appointed to the new Duty Manager role.
Congratulations to Megan Stanley for recently qualifying as our new Les Mills
SH’BAM instructor and to Lorraine Curtis for qualifying as one of our Swim School
For more regular updates, make sure you check out all of our social media channels, and as always, we welcome any feedback you have, regarding anything you want us to talk about or provide you with.