On Saturday 8th September, 14 YMCA staff alongside Scott and Holly from Radio Wave took on the National 3 Peaks Challenge in 24 hours to raise funds for our Changing Young Lives Appeal. Our team of staff from YMCA Thornton, YMCA Housing, YMCA Lakeside and Central support trained hard to prepare to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours.
The team walked 23 miles (37km), climbing 3064 metres and driving 462 miles within 24 hours. A massive well done to everyone involved as this was a mammoth challenge and all participants were pushed to their physical limit […]
The Radio Wave Culture and Lifestyle Awards returned in 2018 to the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens on Friday 8th June.
Spa on the Breck were victorious on the night in the Health and Fitness category and would like to thank you all for voting and making this achievement possible
The Awards celebrate the people’s choice of favourite Fylde Coast businesses and are nominated by you and then voted for by you, which makes our achievement extra special.
Thank you once again for your continued support. We couldn’t have done it without you […]
Spa on the Breck were overjoyed at the weekend as they welcomed a very special visitor in International Opera Star Michael Ball. Michael was performing with fellow star and Fleetwood’s very own Alfie Boe at the live show of Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend. Michael took time out of his busy schedule to drop in and say hello to the team on his way to perform at Blackpool’s famous Tower Ballroom where the famous duo performed Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’.
Michael has just returned from Australia where he and Alfie are touring on the […]
You might be wondering how the ‘Changing Young Lives’ appeal has been progressing since our launch in May 2017. If you have not been following our appeal here’s what you need to know; fundraising events are being held at YMCA centres across Fylde, Wyre and Cumbria, the appeal aims to raise £100,000 of the £500,000 needed to begin building the School Facility at YMCA Lakeside. A complete transformation is envisioned for the centre and we need your help to achieve our vision.
We believe that by building a School facility the YMCA will be able to continue […]
YMCA St Annes Pool & Gym are proud to open the doors on their brand new gym refurbishment to the community. The £100k injection into the facility from YMCA Fylde Coast is the latest investment. YMCA Lytham on Mythop Road and YMCA St Annes on St Alban’s Road recently received a combined £400k for gym refurbishments in 2016.
As a result of the refurbishment, the free weights section of the gym has been extended, improvements made to the sound system and new equipment installed. The centre will see the inclusion of the latest generation of cardio equipment […]
Youngsters across the Fylde Coast will be making waves with us in support of the Royal Life Saving Society’s National Drowning Prevention Week between 16th – 26th June.
Throughout Drowning Prevention Week, YMCA Fylde Coast Swimming Pools will be incorporating specialised Swimming Safety activities and challenges into swimming lesson programmes during the week.
We will be using activities and resources provided by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (the UK’s drowning prevention charity) to teach local youngsters and their parents about the risk of being in, on and around water.
Our week long programme of YMCA’s […]
In February 2017 our Your Move Community Sport Activator and Y:Women Can Coordinator were given a fantastic opportunity to help the young women of the Fylde Coast get active. With the help of funding from Lancashire Sport and the Sportivate project, Your Move was tasked with giving young and inactive girls the opportunity to use the YMCA Fylde Coast fantastic leisure facilities for free for two months. One of these applicants was Lucy Doyle who shared her story with us at the end of her time on the Sportivate Project.
So, where do I begin…? At the beginning of […]
Don’t struggle for low cost ideas to keep the kids entertained and active during the school holidays. YMCA has everything from fantastic and fun Swimming Activities and Holiday Clubs to Air Skate Park and YMCA Bowl. Plus much more . . .
Air Skate Park – Inside YMCA Thornton
Time to catch some air! The ramps provide the perfect platform for all riders, from beginners to pros, to enjoy a session in the skate park. Bring along your skateboard, BMX, skates or scooter – all are welcome!
The park inside YMCA Thornton is for age […]
On Monday 15th May, Spa on the Breck hosted a glittering launch event to celebrate their 2nd Birthday and the release of their new treatment menu.
The fizz was flowing and nibbles were served as the spa welcomed guests to come and try new treatments. Throughout the day, guests enjoyed taster sessions for the new treatments and talks by Germaine De Capuccini specialists, whilst relaxing in our Spa Journey experience. To add a little glamour to the event, guests were given the opportunity to try the beauty range from Mii Make Up and Jessica Nails.
When giving feedback Andrea Hough […]
Turning 40, feeling unfit and overweight, Lisa decided it was time to do something for herself.
“Finding the time to commit to exercise has always been a problem. I’m a busy full time mum, work part time as a Nurse and my husband works away so sorting out child care can be a problem. When I saw the couch to 5k programme ran on Wednesday mornings, on my day off, I had no excuse – it was perfect for me” Lisa explains. “Initially I was nervous about going, so I convinced a couple of friends to join up too. I […]
Daphne Stockton’s story began with a routine visit to her GP for her hypertension test to check her blood pressure. This trip to the doctor resulted in her being told that her Blood Pressure was too high and she weighed 19 stone and diagnosed as being obese.
Her nurse suggested that she be referred onto the Your Move Weight Management programme operated by the YMCA. However, she was apprehensive and had little faith in the programme as she had already tried slimming world and the Cambridge Weight loss plan with no results. But meeting with her Physical Activity Officer […]
Many new mums are desperate to get back into shape following the arrival of their bundle of joy and for others it is the furthest thing from their mind!
However the real reason behind the importance of beginning to exercise after pregnancy is not widely known and often overlooked.
Claire Nutton is one of YMCA’s qualified pre and post natal fitness instructors and is based at YMCA Thornton.
Claire explains: “There seems to be a real taboo around the pelvic floor and ladies awareness about the importance of this muscle group is low. It seems to have […]
Sport England recently launched their ‘This Girl Can’ campaign to celebrate those who already lead active lifestyles and to empower other women to join them.
The campaign is backed up by Sport England research which found 75% of women aged 14 – 40 years old want to be more active but that there are common reasons why women are stopping themselves from exercising.
Reasons included not wanting to look sweaty in front of others, believing they’re not fit enough or good enough at an activity or that they don’t have the right equipment. Some women also said […]
Fiona’s daughter Brogan collecting the iPad Mini on her behalf.
Fiona Fraser – won’t let Fibromyalgia beat her.
A YMCA member of 4 years, Fiona Fraser of Thornton Cleveleys was over the moon when she found out she was the winner of our iPad Mini!
Fiona was picked at random having entered our competition during the summer as part of the pre-launch campaign for YMCA’s new App and digital class bookings facilities.
Unfortunately Fiona could not attend to pick up her prize herself and daughter Brogan gladly accepted on her behalf.
Fiona suffers […]
We’re excited to announce the launch of our first YMCA mobile app
Welcome to our new website too! The brand new YMCA Y:Active Lifestyles App is available to download now to your Apple mobile or Android mobile devices. BIG thank you to all of our real life YMCA members from right here on the Fylde Coast who feature across the App and this new website. You really are an inspiration to us all.
New to YMCA? Check out our latest Membership deals.
Introducing YMCA Y:Active Lifestyles…
With this App you can […]
“I have tried Weight Watchers and Slimming World but Momenta is the only thing that has worked for me”
Age: Doesn’t matter 😉
Membership: YMCA Member
Over the years Joy Peters had fallen into the yo-yo diet trap, losing weight for a couple of months and then putting it all back on.
Following her recovery from a serious back injury, Joy took up full membership of YMCA and she’s been attending Aqua Aerobics at YMCA Fleetwood three times a week. During one of her visits to the centre […]
“I became healthier, fitter and 7 stone lighter”
Membership: Y:Active Gold Member
My journey began in January 2012. I was approaching my 40th birthday, a smoker and “medically obese” at nearly 18 stone. I could say I had a reality check. I don’t know what caused me to look at myself, but myself and my partner realised that we could not sustain our existing lifestyle.
We decided without much drama to give up smoking and embark on a fitness programme with the YMCA.
During 2012, we […]
“The YMCA enables me to keep healthy and exercise regularly due to the fantastic facilities provided for my children”
Membership: Y:Active Family Member
Michelle joined YMCA in 2010, leaving another gym because of the crèche services and range of activities her children can participate in with YMCA. Both children started off in the crèche and moved up to the Little Stars football and multi-sports sessions at Thornton YMCA, getting their active time while Michelle gets hers.
“The YMCA enables me to keep […]
“The staff are highly qualified and go the extra mile to make sure your training stays on track. Nothing is ever too much trouble”
Membership: Y:Active Gold Member
I have spent most of my life working behind a desk and not leading the healthiest of lifestyles. I’ve tried numerous different gyms in the past but never really stuck to a routine. A year ago I decided to change my lifestyle by stopping smoking and starting to run. To help improve my fitness and assist my running […]
“I found like minded people who were also encouraged to do more exercise”
Membership: Y:Active Silver Member
I have had my membership with YMCA for about 3 years and had not used it fully until Autumn 2012 when I joined the first Momenta Weight Management Programme. I found like minded people who were also encouraged to do more exercise. We tried body pump and Zumba, but then I started Swimfit and also Aqua Aerobics which I now do 3 times a week and enjoy very much. I […]
Don’t struggle for low cost ideas to keep the kids entertained and active throughout the October Half Term Holidays. At YMCA Fylde Coast, you will find everything from splashtastic Swimming Activities and fun-filled Multi-Sports Camps & Holiday Clubs to Harry’s Soft Play Area, Air Skate Park and YMCA Bowl offers.
Click here for more information regarding all our action packed kid’s activities and holiday clubs […]
Mental health difficulties among children and young people are common, and can be both persistent and damaging. #IAMWHOLE calls on individuals to stand together, united as a movement, against negative stereotypes and language surrounding mental health by challenging others and themselves about the words they use and learn more about the impact these stereotypes and insults can have. Despite increased awareness and recognition, young people all over the UK and Ireland are still subjected to stigma as a result of the mental health difficulties they are experiencing.
This year, the #IAMWHOLE campaign aims to raise increased awareness of mental health […]
Its National Fitness Day on Wednesday 26th September and your YMCA’s have joined forces with ukactive to celebrate physical activity in the UK.
So we’ve compiled a programme of free classes and activities to give you, your friends and family the chance to get moving and try something new this Autumn.
And, according to ukactive research, if you exercise in company you are more likely to stick at it due to the social atmosphere and camaraderie which creates a positive atmosphere and importantly helps us to have fun.
So what’s the FREE #Fitnessday Programme?