Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

New fitness centre for lower Ormeau

Keep fit fans try out the new facilities at Shaftesbury Community and Recreation Centre

A unique new gym in south Belfast is on track to boost health and fitness levels in one of the city’s most deprived communities.

Shaftesbury Community and Recreation Centre in Balfour Avenue opened on Monday creating seven new jobs in this £2.4 million state-of-the-art development.

The project was the brainchild of the Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group (LORAG), which secured funding from a number of statutory bodies.

There is no joining fee and facilities can be used on a one off basis for just £2.50. Monthly packages range in price from £15 to £30.

As well as a gym, the centre also offers a number of exercise and well-being classes.

Said sports services manager Ronan McKenna: “This area has a high level of health problems and the social agenda of LORAG is to help people get fit and feel better mentally and physically.

“Exercise is great for the body as well as the mind and by competitively pricing our services we want to make fitness accessible for all.”

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