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A health kick for Millfield community as new fitness room encourages more people to become healthy and active
28 July 2015
A health kick for Millfield community as new fitness room encourages more people to become healthy and active

St Marks Community Association in Millfield, Sunderland has secured a £26,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. 

The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, has already started to construct a new fitness room and install gym equipment to encourage an active and healthy community in Millfield.

St Marks Community Association currently offers a wide range of activities to the community including a youth club, slimming club, kids club, fitness club, toddlers, Zumba and carpet bowls. The Biffa Award grant has allowed the centre to extend its current building, which will enable it to offer a new fitness room where local people can use self service exercise machines and participate in even more health and fitness classes.  When completed, the fitness room will consist of up to 10 machines, which will be available to the whole community young and old.

Martin Robson, Centre Manager, said:

“The new fitness room will be a great asset to the area.”

Lynsey Mason, Service User, said:

“I can’t wait to try the new gym it looks great, it will be so easy for me to pop down and use it.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:

“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”