Grant gives fitness crusade a kick start

John Kelly and Bruce Durham with some of the new equipment at Amble Boys Club.
John Kelly and Bruce Durham with some of the new equipment at Amble Boys Club.

COMMUNITY circuit classes have started at Amble Boys’ Club, after the charity-run organisation secured a four-figure grant.

The new fitness sessions will take place at the Percy Street venue following a £2,000 grant from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest scheme.

It has allowed new items such as plyometric jump boxes, balance boards, agility ladders, medicine balls, core trainers, kettle bells and punch and kick bags to be purchased.

The circuit classes will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.

“This fills a need that has existed for a long time in Amble,” said Bruce Durham, who is one of three trainers who will be running the classes.

“Circuit training appeals to everyone who wants to improve their fitness, who takes pride in their appearance and wants to improve their self-confidence.

“The beauty of circuit training is no one is looking at you as they are too busy trying to concentrate on their own exercises and you only go as hard as you want to.

“It is not designed as a boot camp. It can be, but that decision is totally on how hard the individual wants to push themselves.”

Local building company Kelly Construction has also got behind the new venture and sponsored the club, supplying and fitting all the brackets for the punch and kick bags.

Bruce added that most gyms would be envious of the new equipment and there has been much enthusiasm for the classes.

They are for anyone over the age of 15 and cost £2 per session and participants should bring a towel. No booking is required.

All money raised will be reinvested to redevelop Amble Boys’ Club.