It was, without doubt, a nervous time for us all here at Active Tameside as we prepared to throw open our doors post lockdown.
Would people want to ditch their newly discovered home workouts?
Would they feel safe returning to our centres despite our strong reassurances about impeccable cleanliness regimes, hygiene and social distancing measures?
There were plenty of unknowns and uncertainties running through our minds, we can tell you!
The only thing we were sure about was how much we’d desperately missed you all and couldn’t wait to welcome you back – safely.
While we were still able operate many of our vital outreach services during lockdown and help to keep our online communities active and entertained through social media, there was so much more we wanted to do to continue empowering Tamesiders to live their best life.
And we were determined to make that happen.
What a comeback!
Well, what a difference a few weeks makes!
We’ve been truly overwhelmed by the response we’ve had from our communities across the borough and we just wanted to share with you why leisure trusts like us are a little bit different and so essential to the communities we serve.
We’d also like to highlight why everyone who attends our centres – now more than ever – are so important both to us, and to the much bigger picture of why we exist.
Here to make a real difference
Unlike commercial leisure operators, we’re a charity that ploughs every penny of profit we make back into our centres so we can continue to provide affordable access to high quality facilities, helping to have a huge and much-needed impact on the health and wellbeing of our local population.
It also goes to help fund the specialised services we run beyond gyms and swimming pools, those which make a massive difference to the people they help such as Everybody Can, ensuring EVERYONE can live well, feel great and reach their potential.
Among others there’s also Live Active, which makes physical activity accessible and available to the most vulnerable, including those with long-term health conditions and older residents.
And Active Education, which delivers high quality physical education curriculum to literally thousands of primary school children across Tameside and Glossop every year.
These are life-changing services and by supporting Active Tameside, not only are you able to improve your own physical and mental health, you’re also helping us to provide a genuine community impact, in other words, make a massive difference to so many.
So, thank you – and thank you for all of your tremendous support during these challenging times – a perfect example of how we’re stronger together.