Centre of Excellence for Disability Sport, Health and Wellbeing
Since opening 25 years ago, the YMCA Sports & Community Centre has been extremely popular with local residents with an increasing demand on the space available.
To help meet these needs, we will be extending the existing centre and building a new Inclusive Sports Facility over the outside pitch area to provide more disability sport and physical activity sessions. The combination of this new, state-of-the-art facility and the YMCA’s welcoming and caring approach will create a centre of excellence for disability sport, health and wellbeing for the whole community.
The new building will also offer improved facilities for children attending out of school childcare and recreational activities, as well as enhancing the facilities for those attending our gym and fitness classes.
- A new state-of -the-art inclusive sports hall with two dedicated Boccia courts
- Viewing gallery/activity room
- New accessible toilets and showers
- Refurbished existing toilets and showers
- Treatment rooms for therapy, consultations and counselling
- Additional space for group exercise
- Upgraded children’s outside play area
- Increased parking
The designs have been developed in conjunction with CF Architects to sympathetically extend and
blend into the existing centre. The images shown are for representational purposes and the final
build may differ.
When will the project start and finish?
Work is anticipated to start on Monday 19 February and be completed by the end of September 2018. As with any project of this size, timings can be subject to minor change but we’ll keep you updated on our website, on Facebook, Twitter and on notice boards at the centre.
Who are the building contractors?
Sunninghill Construction Co. Limited have been contracted to complete the building work following a successful tender process.
Will the centre close at any point?
We are aiming to keep the centre open throughout the construction period and to keep disruption to a minimum during the works. The contractors may need to close individual areas on occasion and we will give as much notice of this as possible. Our contractors are experienced in delivering improvements whilst services remain open, where feasible.
What does this mean for the existing centre while the building work is being completed?
Access to the centre for regular activities will be maintained throughout the build, including disability access. There will be no access to the outside pitch and play area, Redland room (ground floor) or Smiths room (first floor).
Part of the car park will be taken out of use to give Sunninghill access to the site. We have secured offsite parking for staff and our minibuses to help compensate for these parking bays being out of bounds. Parking is also available at the Bright Horizons Royal Earlswood nursery on Asylum Arch Road after 18:45. Please ensure you park considerately.
Gym and fitness classes
The YMCA gym will remain open during the works and will largely remain unaffected. We have reviewed our fitness class timetable and worked hard to keep the timetable as intact as possible. There will be a few changes to scheduled classes from 19 February, which are shown on the revised timetable below.
As a thank you, we are pleased to offer existing members a guaranteed lifetime price freeze on their membership for as long as you remain a member with us without a break in payments.
Y-Tots Crèche will be moving upstairs to the Sanctuary and will continue to run between 09:15-11:15.
Y-Kids After School Club / Holiday Playscheme
Children who attend Earlswood Infant and Junior schools will continue to come to the YMCA Sports & Community Centre in Princes Road, Redhill. As the only school onsite, the children will have more space upstairs to enjoy active games and sports as well as a range of crafts. We will also still have a quiet area
for children in Reception and Year One.
Children who attend St Joseph’s, St John’s, St Matthew’s, Lime Tree, Dover’s Green and Sandcross schools will be transported to the YMCA Sovereign Centre on Slipshatch Road, Reigate. This is a dedicated centre for children with excellent facilities including a main activity room where children can enjoy games and crafts, as well as an outside play area and sports pitch.
We will continue to run our school holiday playscheme from the YMCA Sports & Community Centre in Redhill for the shorter school holidays and will increase the number of trips so the children still have plenty of time outside. We will also run playscheme provision for longer school holidays from other local
venues and will confirm details nearer the time.
Y-Kids Recreational activities
Football sessions will continue to run on Monday after school with no changes.
East Surrey Acrobatics will continue to run their existing timetable with no changes. New classes for those accessing the after school club have been set up at the YMCA Sovereign Centre.
Footsteps will continue to run their dance classes on Saturday mornings. Classes will move upstairs to the coffee bar, Sanctuary and Brewers room.
The YMCA approach
YMCA East Surrey has an impressive track record of providing physical activity for those most in need. Last year around 750 people with disabilities, including 546 young people, took part in our specialised sport and fitness programmes and we had around 12,500 health rehabilitation visits from over 600 adults with ill health.
“The YMCA has helped enormously. It isn’t only the exercise that has done wonders. The exchange of information with other members is priceless.”
Clifford, Exercise Referral Member
How you can help
You can help us to support this important community resource by:
- Making a donation
- Holding a fundraising event, dinner party, cake sale, etc.
- Taking part in a YMCA Challenge Event or persuading someone else to!
Find out more
You can keep up-to-date with the latest developments on the Inclusive Sports Facility build by signing up to our ISF eNewsletter or by checking this webpage or displays in our centre regularly.
T 01737 779979
YMCA Sports and Community Centre, Princes Road, Redhill, RH1 6JJ