SLIDESHOW - Judy is big hit with kids

The kids of Thornliebank Primary School made quite a ‘racquet’ this week as they challenged Judy Murray to a match.

They were helping to officially open the new David Lloyd Centre at Rouken Glen on Tuesday, and were given a masterclass by Wimbledon champ Andy’s mum Judy.

Kids from Thornliebank Primary help Judy Murray open new centre.

Kids from Thornliebank Primary help Judy Murray open new centre.

And it was excitement all round as the children got stuck in, hanging on Judy’s every command!

The £10m state-of-the-art centre is an impressive building, offering tennis, swimming, spa treatments, gymnasium, golf, children’s clubs and a cafe. The new facility has provided 75 local jobs and forms part of a significant £20m investment in Scotland during 2016.

Katie Watt from primary four said: “I had a smashing day playing tennis and meeting Judy Murray. This was my first time playing tennis. After today I am definitely looking forward to trying it again.

“The children of Thornliebank Primary take part in a range of activities to develop their fitness and wellbeing and we are currently working towards our Gold Sports Scotland Award. We are very grateful to the David Lloyd Club for inviting us along to join in this special day and for the opportunity of a coaching session with Judy. Many of the children have been inspired to develop their tennis skills further and are already aiming to become Scotland’s next tennis superstar” said, Alasdair McDonald Acting Head Teacher at Thornliebank Primary School.

I am delighted to be opening David Lloyd Rouken Glen today. It’s been fantastic to have the opportunity to work with this group of enthusiastic kids from Thornliebank Primary. As a tennis coach I am committed to encouraging youngsters to get active and to try tennis. These facilities on the southside will give the sport a real boost.”

Judy Murray

A centre piece of the club will be the 510 sqm gym, which will house David Lloyd Clubs’ cutting-edge gym concept incorporating the latest design and technology, coupled with an unrivalled array of best-in-class equipment.

The gym will provide members with the best environment, equipment and experience to support them in achieving their health and fitness goals. Gym Instructors will be on hand at all times to provide guidance while a team of qualified personal trainers will offer a more bespoke service for those looking to achieve specific, individual goals.

To complement the gym, a full programme of group exercise classes will cater for a broad range of tastes and abilities. There will be three group exercise studios, including one dedicated to the popular class of indoor cycling.

In addition, the new club will offer an 18 hole golf course which is open to non-members on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.

Photo Emma Mitchell. Sarah Hamill, age 10 months from Glasgow

Photo Emma Mitchell. Sarah Hamill, age 10 months from Glasgow

Family sits right at the heart of the David Lloyd Clubs brand and, as a result, children are always welcome. In addition to the structured, progressive coaching available via the All Stars programmes, children will be encouraged to get involved in the club’s activity programme, DL Kids.

Sessions will take place in a dedicated DL Kids zone, also offering facilities for birthday parties, and will be scheduled to synchronise with the adult programme to ensure that the whole family are occupied for the duration of their visit. 

Other facilities will include a wet spa area and outdoor spa garden, providing a relaxing haven where adult members will be able to de-stress and unwind.

Glenn Earlam, CEO of David Lloyd Clubs commented: “The opening of our new club in Rouken Glen is just one part of a staggering £20 million investment into our David Lloyd Clubs in Scotland in 2016.”

He continued: “We have spent a further £10 million on refurbishing our clubs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Newhaven Harbour and Glasgow West End to ensure that we continue to be the leading health and fitness group in Scotland.”

Adding: “It has also had a healthy effect on the Scottish economy; we now employ 420 permanent team, plus a further 280 seasonal and self-employed staff, as many of our fitness and sports team chose to work on a flexible basis.”

The new General Manager of Rouken Glen, Willie Dunne, who previously headed up the team at nearby David Lloyd Renfrew, added: “The Club has received a very warm welcome from the local community who see us as not only a fitness and leisure centre, but also a club where they can come to relax and socialise with friends and family.”

For further information please log onto: www.davidlloyd.co.uk/clubs/glasgow-rouken-glen or keep an eye out in future issues for The Extra’s John MacInnes reporting on his challenge to lose weight and get fitter with David Lloyd.