The first phase of the redevelopment of YMCA East London’s (FYMCA) iconic Forest Road leisure and fitness facilities kick-started today, with the demolition of the sports hall, as part of a programme to upgrade the facilities.
Rossano Rossoni, YMCA East London’s Leisure and Fitness Manager said, “This is a historical day for us – our leisure and fitness facilities have served the community for several years and transformed the lives of many local people. Although work has started on the sports hall, it is still business as usual – we will continue to run our fitness classes and our gym is still open. Our new leisure and fitness facilities will be fully equipped with state of the art equipment, and in addition to a brand new gym there will be new dance studios, crèche and new community café – watch this space!”
FYMCA sports facilities first opened to the public in 1969. Last year YMCA East London invited members of the community and its members to say ‘goodbye’ to the leisure and fitness centre, when it marked 44 years of its sports facilities in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, with a 70’s themed celebration. The event was attended by the then Mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Nadeem Ali.
Speaking at the event, the Mayor said, “The demolishing of the sports hall is not so much the end of an era, but more the start of a new journey. I know that YMCA East London have already started work on building a bigger and better sports centre that will bring accessible and affordable health facilities to people and children across the Borough, and I wish them every success.”
All the money generated through membership and use/hire of FYMCA’s leisure and fitness facilities supports the charity’s work with young vulnerable homeless people.