Woodcock refurbishment update: 18 January 2011

Woodcock refurb - aspects

As you can see from these dramatic pictures work is well underway on the Woodcock Sports Centre refurbishment!

When complete the New Woodcock Sports Centre will include:

  • A new two storey martial arts and dance studio that will double the current capacity, provide a wider range of activities to be undertaken and enable more dance based classes to take place
  • A significant improvement and extension to the gym increasing the floor space by over a third
  • A new, reconfigured interior layout offering more space for sports and activities and include a viewing area for the sports hall, a studio cycling suite and a gym that will host women only sessions
  • The creation of new male and female changing facilities for the swimming pool - although the cubicles will remain as these are a historical feature of this listed building
  • New male and female changing facilities for sports hall and gym users
  • A vast improvement to the structure and decor of Woodcock Sports Centre making it a modern, vibrant sports centre which keeps and celebrates its striking unique and beautiful original features.
Woodcock refurbishment

This will greatly enhance our service provision for students, staff and the wider community. You can find out more about the Woodcock Sports Centre refurbishment and will be able to keep up to date with progress by going to: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/about/campus-redevelopment/woodcock/

In the meantime Sport Aston continues to offer a full range of sports, gym and fitness activities from our fantastic temporary gym facility at Priestley Wharf, Gem Sports Hall and our campus all weather football pitches.

Woodcock refurbishment

Our Aerobics classes start back this week. This term we have 2 new classes – Boxercise and 20/20/10 to chose from as well as our regular favourites - Thighs, Tums & Bums, Studio Cycling, Hi/Lo Aerobics and Fatburner. Aerobics really is a fun and motivating way to keep/stay fit. All classes are set to music and led by one of our fully qualified Aerobics instructors. Aston Staff get the cheapest rate (£2.25 per class) and discounts are available if you purchase a ’12 for 10’ Aerobics card. Click here to see the full Aerobics timetable and to find out more about our classes.

Memberships for the Sport Aston Gym at Priestley Wharf are available for Aston staff and you can have the payment taken directly out of your payroll. Our gym has a good range of cardio, fixed resistance and free weights and our fully qualified staff are on hand for help, advice or personal training to get you to your fitness goals as quickly as possible. Find out more about the Sport Aston Gym.

Yoga courses start from next week. This term the Yoga courses are 11 weeks long. You can chose from Dynamic Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and Yogalates. Yoga offers a great workout for your body and mind and can really help with de-stressing, relaxing and your general well being. A 11 week course costs £33.80, all courses take place at the Gem Sports Hall Studio and you can book onto these now by popping over to Gem or by calling ext 4626.

Finally you can take part in any other sporting activity – Football, Badminton, Table Tennis, Squash etc by booking a space at Gem Sports Hall up to eight days in advance. Remember that Aston staff receive the lowest rate on all pay as you play sports activities. Mixing up the types of sports and exercise you take part in can really help with motivation and working different parts of your body so why not give a new Sport a try. You can book any sports activity at Gem Sports Hall or on one of our 3G all weather football pitches by calling ext 4626 or by popping over to Gem Sports Hall. Make sure you have your staff i.d. with you to ensure you get the cheapest staff rates.

Please contact Simon Foster for further information on the Woodcock refurbishment or on taking part in any sport or fitness activity - s.j.foster1@aston.ac.uk or ext 4630.

Words by Simon Foster

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