SALFORD COMMUNITY LEISURE LAUNCHES A NEW CROSSFIT GYM AT SALFORD QUAYS
CrossFit SCL, a new CrossFit gym is coming to Salford Quays. Launching on Monday 4 January, the new facility is located at Ordsall Leisure Centre and will serve the local community.
The gym or ‘Box’ as CrossFitters refer to it, is a new venture from Salford Community Leisure, the city’s leisure trust which also manages and operates other leisure facilities across Salford, including 8 leisure centres and the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre.
It will become the first CrossFit Box operated by a leisure trust in the Greater Manchester region and marks a positive step into this market for Salford Community Leisure, at a time when the industry is still reeling from the financial implications of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The CrossFit market, is a booming sector of the health and fitness industry that is increasingly popular nationally, with more and more people looking to CrossFit for an innovative approach to health and fitness.
CrossFit is a form of high intensity training, strength and conditioning made up of functional movements, with a constantly varying programming. Workouts include Olympic lifts, gymnastics and sport principles.
The ethos behind CrossFit also focuses on the importance of lifestyle and community alongside the workouts. Each CrossFit ‘box’ represents a community of members who work together to encourage each other to achieve their goals, whether they are beginners or have been training for years.
The box, which features a lion, taken from the city’s crest as part of its identity, officially roars into action from 4 January, with open days on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January. Open to members of all ages, including children aged 11+ it will offer a range of sessions throughout the week as well as nutritional help and advice.Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety said:
“Right now, people understand the importance of staying fit and active more than ever before, so it’s fantastic that this new facility is opening. We’re always keen to offer local residents the best and latest fitness experiences, so we’re extremely proud to be opening this new CrossFit Box.”
Ray Higson, Salford Community Leisure Director of Finance and Corporate Services said: “Whilst these could be uncertain times, this new box also presents an exciting new venture for us. We’re confident it will be a success, attract new members and offer a fresh approach to health and fitness.”
Chris Smith, CrossFit SCL Head Coach said:
“I’m thrilled to be part of this new facility and can’t wait to welcome new members to the box. I’m a huge believer in the benefits Crossfit can have for everyone. So, I’d encourage people to come along, have a go and discover what CrossFit is all about and I’m sure you’ll get hooked too.”
For more information visit salfordcommunitylesiure.co.uk/crossfit
RADIO 1 DJ KATIE THISTLETON AND HACKER THE DOG LAUNCH MEDIACITYUK'S FESTIVE SEASON WITH A VIRTUAL LIGHT SWITCH ON THIS EVENINGBy KARL
MediaCityUK will be launching its festive season this evening at 6.30pm (3rd Dec) with a virtual light switch on event hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Katie Thistleton and CBBC sensation Hacker The Dog, which will be broadcast from the MediaCityUK
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This year’s array of magical Christmas lights will transform the MediaCityUK gardens and piazza into a twinkling wonderland and includes the UK’s first digital Christmas tree, the insta worthy shimmer wall and the newly created elf and fairy garden.
The virtual switch-on marks the beginning of a series of safe festive activities including the Winter edition of Box on the Docks, delivered in partnership with Hemingway Design, which brings a striking open-air art gallery and immersive art trail to MediaCityUK opening on Saturday, 5 December.
The uplifting and colourful display of 30 art adorned sheds and greenhouses features Manchester School of Art graduate, Daniel Waggett’s LS Lowry inspired artwork ‘A Crowded Place’, while, graphic artist and illustrator Nick Chaffe has used his signature style combining colourful icon illustrations to construct the ‘Love Chapel’. Salford University student, Helena Worthington, who also features in Channel 4’s Gogglebox, has created a striking mural symbolising what her home city of Salford means to her.
Those unable to visit in person will be able to enjoy a visual online gallery of the Box on the Docks artworks from the comfort of their home: www.boxonthedocks.co.uk
This year, more than ever it’s important to give back and MediaCityUK based Carbon Creative has created a striking Salford Food Bank collection box to support local families in need and visitors are urged to drop in an appropriate food item as they pass-by, such as instant coffee, jarred sauces, jam as well as boil in a bag rice and pasta.
For families looking for festive activity, Blue Peter and CBeebies have both created bespoke boxes and children will love exploring the nearby Elf and Fairy garden, discovering the twinkling lights of their mystical fairy friends. Finally, head to the sparkling shimmer wall to capture a selfie and enter MediaCityUK’s ‘Shimmer til you’re a winner!’ competition for a chance to win a number of prizes.
As well as the public art display and trail, the ambition is to reopen in January as a location for local hospitality to run socially-distanced dining within the comfort and safety of the self-contained sheds and greenhouses. Until then, restaurants and cafes including; Penelope’s Deli, Prezzo, Pret a Manger, Wagamama, Vertigo, Grindsmith and Costa are offering takeaway services.
Over the water at the Quayside shopping mall, visitors can park for free and visit the popular Makers’ Markets which will take place on The Lowry Plaza every weekend from 5 – 20th December.
Josie Cahill, Director of Place for MediaCityUK said:
For further information about Box on the Docks or to explore the virtual gallery of all artworks, please visit https://www.boxonthedocks.co.uk/
Photos: MediaCityUK and Box On The Docks
The Lowry are looking for young people aged 13-17 living in Greater Manchester to be part of a new creative youth leadership programme.
You will work with artists, activists and other professionals to address the issues that matter to you. You will work together, develop leadership skills and find ways to be heard, take action and make change by developing your own social action projects.
Sessions are free and will be online or in person on Mondays 6pm – 8pm every fortnight from 11th January 2021.
Interested? Send them a short introduction about yourself, in writing or by video or audio, by 21st December 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org
What to include?
A bit about you and your interests
What you want to get from this project
Something you might want to change (big, small or even worldwide)
Got a Question? Not sure if it’s for you? Get in touch for a chat with Jenny on Jennifer.email@example.com or 07852 552319
They welcome ALL young people and we want this group to represent people from different backgrounds – including young people who experience racism, identify as working class, have disabilities, are from the LGBTQ+ community, are care experienced or are discriminated in other ways.
Happy Christmas from The Lowry: Arts centre to live-stream performance of The Gruffalo to EVERY primary school in Salford
The Lowry in Salford has announced plans to live-stream a performance of Tall Stories’ hit show The Gruffalo into every primary school in the city.
The performance, which will take place at 1.30pm on Friday, 11 December, will be available free of charge to all 99 primary schools in the city.
The first 50 schools to register for the special broadcast will also receive £50 worth of art supplies for their school as a gift from Alison & Noel Copley, patrons of the art centre’s Copley Prize for children.
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “COVID-19 has caused untold disruption to the academic year and the wellbeing of millions of children– not least of all the opportunity for children to come together to experience live theatre.
“Had it not been for the pandemic, we would have expected to welcome some 15,000 children to our building this year – visiting one of our theatres, galleries or taking part in our Learning programme.
“By live-streaming this performance exclusively to Salford primary schools, free of charge, we hope to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to more than 10,000 children across Salford.”
The Lowry worked with Salford City Council to contact all primary schools in the city. Any schools wishing to discuss the broadcast should contact: GetCreative@thelowry.com
The Gruffalo had been scheduled to run on The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre stage from Friday, 12 December to Sunday, 10 January, but has been forced online in light of the impracticalities of widespread touring during the pandemic.
The Lowry is currently closed in-line with the national lockdown. Live performances are due to resume on Friday, 4 December and the galleries are due to re-open (weekends only) from Saturday, 5 December.
Both dates are dependent on the Government announcement on Thursday (26 Nov) of regional tiers and what level will be applied to Greater Manchester.