“Jackie Charlton, former English footballer and manager, opened the centre in 1978. Since then, Green Bank has welcomed several famous visitors, including Geoff Capes, Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Princess Alice and David Wilkie.
More recently, one of the London 2012 Mascots, ‘Wenlock’, excited local primary school children during a truly inspirational pre-Olympic event, when we were also privileged to meet Tommy Godwin, who won two bronze medals in track cycling – in the 1km time trial and team pursuit events, at the 1948 Olympic Games.
My first (and very fond) memory of arriving to work at the centre was when I was greeted by a group of older, regular early morning swimmers, with the words ‘ay up mi duck’ (hello)! It’s a phrase that characterises Green Bank’s welcome feel and friendliness.
Many of our Supporters are loyal, local, long-term users of the sports hall, swimming pool and gym. We were therefore delighted to refurbish the centre’s ‘tired’ changing rooms last year – providing new, more accessible, facilities to better meet the needs of parents with young children and disabled people.
We have an extensive range of exercise classes and our swimming teachers have a reputation of helping people, children and adults, to ‘get the knack’ of learning to swim. Whilst Squash did not feature in the London 2012 Olympic Games (it might yet make the programme for Rio in 2016), our squash courts are proving to be very popular by Supporters looking to get and stay fit.
We are here – and very happy – to help you exercise or play sport, on your own or as part of a group, at whatever stage or age you are. What matters most to us is that you enjoy the experience of feeling fitter, improving your skill, practising with or playing for a team.”
David Johns, Contract Manager
Council Urges 17-25 Year Olds To Tell Them What They Think
Date Posted: 8 Jun 2015
The Council and South Derbyshire Sport are launching a range of Sports Surveys to give young people the opportunity to help shape physical activity provision in the district.
The questions are based on the types of sports and facilities that individuals are interested in, and what they would like to see available in the future. Surveys for school-age children will be supported by schools, while those aged 17 to 25 are being asked to complete an online survey at www.south-derbys.gov.uk/sportssurveys
Your lifestyle, your safety - survey for the over-50s
Date Posted: 8 Jun 2015
A District Council survey aimed at over-50s to find out what leisure and physical activities they take part in will also try to establish what else older people would like to get involved in and gauge their opinions on community safety in South Derbyshire.
Anyone aged over 50 who lives in the district invited to take part and could win a prize! The survey and additional information is available online at www.south-derbys.gov.uk/yourlifestyleyoursafety
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