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 are 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.
The project is due to be completed by the end of September 2018.
- A new state-of -the-art inclusive sports hall with two dedicated Boccia courts
- Viewing gallery
- 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.
April building work schedule
Whilst all building work is subject to scheduling changes, here are the key activities that we expect to take place during April:
Demolition of the outside pitch is due to be completed
Work on the foundations of the new extension is due to start w/c 2 April
- Sections of the existing wall to be cut out to allow installation of steel frame
We appreciate your patience and co-operation during the build. The support you have shown for this project has been very encouraging.
We’d also like to thank Sunninghill Construction Co. Limited for their professional approach and help in maintaining our services during the build.
When will the project finish?
Work is anticipated to 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?
Whilst parking has been reduced during the build, please remember there are other options available.
Parking is available at the Bright Horizons Royal Earlswood nursery on Asylum Arch Road after 18:45 on weekdays and all day at weekends.
Additional parking is available at the front of the car park as you enter on the right. This will be used by building contractors during the day but will be available for public use after 17:00 on weekdays and all day at weekends.
At the end of the build we will have 20 more spaces than we had before the project started.
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. Please ensure that you check our website for class times:
Y-Tots Crèche has moved upstairs to the Sanctuary and will continue to run weekdays between 09:15-11:15.
May half-term crèche closure – Unfortunately, due to lack of room availability, the crèche will be closed during May half-term. The crèche will run up to and including Friday 25 May and re-open on Monday 4 June.
Y-Kids After School Club
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 are now going to After School Club at 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.
Y-Kids Holiday Playscheme
To accommodate building work, the majority of our Summer Playscheme will be moving to Earlswood Junior School. Children will enjoy exclusive use of the hall, playground, shaded artificial turf area and classrooms.
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.
Holiday Playscheme 2018 venue information* May Half Term | YMCA Sports & Community Centre* Summer (weeks 1-5) | Earlswood Junior School (Tue 24 Jul – Fri 24 Aug)* Summer (weeks 6-7) | YMCA Sports & Community Centre (Tue 28 Aug – Wed 5 Sep)
* October Half Term | YMCA Sports & Community Centre
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 helpTo date we have raised £2.4m with around £2m coming from a variety of Trusts and Foundations, and over £495k from our wonderful local supporters, mostly through our Challenge Events. We are still looking to raise approximately £275k to complete the development.
You can help us to support this important community resource by:
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