Greenmeadows Centre manager Gareth Cashin is hoping to develop a varied activities programme at the centre, including fitness classes. Photo: Kate Russell.

Greenmeadows gaining momentum

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As Stoke’s Greenmeadows Centre gains momentum, a range of free classes are being offered to give locals a taste of what’s to come.

The long-awaited community hub finally opened its doors in May after a construction process that was plagued with delays.

But manger Gareth Cashin says the centre’s rooms are now being well utilised with 3,500 users through the centre in July.

“We’ve had lots of booking for meetings and social gatherings. This is the exciting part – getting people into the spaces.”

Stoke Seniors, Stoke Tennis Club and Stoke Rugby Club are based there, too.

Next week, the centre is offering six free fitness classes through their ‘Step into Spring’ programme.

On Monday, there are two Legends classes for residents over 50, including a strength n stretch class and stepping out health walk.

There are also three different Pilates classes on offer, as well as a ‘couch to 5k’ running session. All courses are suitable for beginners.

All the sessions will run on a weekly basis after next week, at affordable prices.

Gareth says this is “just the beginning” of an exciting and varied activities programme at the centre.

“We’re aiming to make this a vibrant community hub, and we will gradually be building on our activities here.”

He says they will be developing the programme to include more activities for families and children.

“We have ideas, but we are also keen to hear from the community and what they would like to see happen in the space.”

To find out more or book a place at one of the free sessions, contact the centre on (03) 265 6519, 027 204 9601 or email gca@clm.co.nz