A Mansfield gym is lending their muscle to Portland College’s ambitious £2m fundraising appeal for a new Inclusive Sports Academy.
Pure Gym on Nottingham Road is holding a charity Spinathon as part of the gym’s Open Weekend on 10th May with a donation to the college campaign the only entry requirement.
College chiefs say the massive cash injection will allow them provide a state-of-the-art centre of excellence for disability sport and offer new opportunities from grassroots to elite level competitors.
The ambitious life-changing academy would also be open to the wider community through link-ups with disability clubs and sporting organisations.
Steve Norton, manager at Pure Gym, said: “At Pure Gym we believe fitness is for everyone and not dependent on ability alone.
“We are proud to be supporting the College with their fundraising – they do great work in making sport and exercise accessible and we want to encourage people of all abilities to use our leisure services and participate in physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Our qualified team are here to encourage and support our members at every level.”
The top quality academy would focus on wheelchair rugby, boccia, football, badminton and wheelchair basketball with individuals encouraged to access these sports for recreation and fitness, together with training to compete at all levels of sport.
The Spinathon is open to both members and non-members and will take place between 10.00am to 3.00pm.
To take part in this event visit www.puregym.com, click on ‘join now’ and then ‘day passes’. Enter the password ‘PORTLAND’ and you will then be emailed a PIN which will work for your selected day to gain access to the gym and classes. Fundraising activities will take place throughout the weekend including rowing competitions on both days and the Spinathon on Saturday.
Donations to the Inclusive Sports Academy appeal can be made by calling the fundraising team at Portland College on 01623 499141 or by visiting www.portland.ac.uk or by cheque.
Donations can be made by cheque, payable to Portland College or via http://www.justgiving.com/portlandcollege
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