Welcome our first Better regional newsletter for Bath and North East Somerset, keeping you up to date with all the goings on at your local Better leisure centre.

Sport Relief 2016

Better were an official Sponsor of Sport Relief 2016 and over the past few months we have held a range of activities, challenges and events across Bath and North East Sommerset to help raise money for the charity. These included a fancy dress roller skating event, bake sales, charity fitness classes, swimming challenges and spinning challenges. These were in addition to the two main events we held as part of the Sport Relief Games Weekend (18th-20th March).

Swimathon

This took place at Bath SLC and Keynsham LC, with over 100 swimmers taking part locally.

Sport Relief Mile

This was held at Odd Down Sports Ground. Over 300 people registered for the event and ran either the one, three or six mile challenges. We want to say a big thank you to all our customers who made a Sport Relief donation. Your generosity has helped our Better leisure centres to raise over £7,500 for Sport Relief.

Healthwise

Passport 2 Health is our in house exercise referral scheme. This scheme is designed to help break down the physical and/or mental health barriers for people suffering with a range of different health conditions.

The service offers support and guidance within a range of activities across our partnership. For more information please visit your local G.P for a referral or email us at: healthwise.banes@gll.org 

New cricket league at Odd Down

A new midweek T20 cricket league is starting at Odd Down Sports Ground. For more information or to register as a team or as an individual, please contact Steve at: steve@lastmanstands.co.uk

New beginners running group

Odd Down Sports Ground will be starting a new beginners running group from 24th May, 7:15pm-8:15pm. The pay as you go sessions are ideal for anyone new to running who wants to improve their ability in a friendly and supportive environment. The group is free for Direct Debit and annual members!

Improved access for carers

From the 18th April, Better Bath and North East Sommerset leisure centres will accept BANES Council’s Rainbow Resource Card as proof that the holder requires a carer for assistance. This will give the carer free admission to support the cardholder whilst they use our facilities.

New sessions

We have opened some new sessions across our B&NES Centres in recent weeks.

"This Girl Can Swim" women only swimming sessions:

These Sport England funded sessions take place at Culverhay Leisure Centre. Swimmers of any ability welcome!

Mondays: 9:00pm-10:00pm

Wednesdays: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Junior gym fitness classes

We are now running after school fitness classes for 14-15 year olds.

Monday:

Zumba, 4:15pm to 5pm @ KLC

Circuits, 4:15pm to 5pm @ CVLC

Tuesday:

Zumba, 4:15pm to 5pm @ BSLC

Wednesday:

Circuits, 4:15pm to 5pm @ KLC

Zumba, 4:15pm to 5pm @ CLC

Thursday:

Circuits, 4:15pm to 5pm @ BSLC

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Club Spotlight

Every newsletter we’ll cover a club who trains at one of our BANES Better Leisure Centre. In this issue, we look at Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club.

Established more than 60 years ago, Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club is highly regarded in competitive swimming circles, however, it has more to it than competition alone. The Club has swimmers aged 6 to 60 years old. The Club has a great link with Keynsham Leisure Centre’s Better Swim School, especially as some of the teachers also coach for the Club as well.

After attending a trial, swimmers are placed in squad depending on their age and ability. Swimmers in the Junior and Senior Squads who meet the criteria set out by the club, can also be invited to join the Gold Squad, the Club’s top competitive squad. Beyond this the Club is also part of the Aquae Sulis Performance Swimming Club and City of Bristol Swimming Club Networks, giving opportunities for talented swimmers to train at the highest level.

Commonwealth Games medallist Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, who trains at Bath University, is an active member of Keynsham Swimming Club attending the Club when she can and taking part in the occasional competition as a Keynsham swimmer.

The Club also offers training opportunities for the older swimmer via its Masters Squad, which meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.

If you are interested in joining Keynsham Swimming Club, please contact Thelia Beament on thea.beament@keynshamswimming.club