A showcase for the physical and mental benefits of integrating healthy living into a modern lifestyle took centre-stage on Saturday in Maghery.
Specialists joined club members and representatives at Maghery Community Gym and Wellbeing Centre for the official launch of the revamped facility.
Armagh player Aidan Forker and Sinead Mallon, from the online fitness blog Miss Gym Bunny, offered welcome insight.
“The not-for-profit gym provides a service that puts the focus on emotional and physical well-being,” said Maghery’s Barry Creaney. “It provides the usual gym facilities but alongside positive mental health resources, assessments and signposts to locally-based emotional well-being services.
“The gym has been in existence for a while but we took this opportunity to formalise the services it provides within the Maghery community.”
Niall Forker, the Maghery club chairman, highlighted his hope that the gym would “facilitate and empower people to take control, physically and emotionally” thanks to the “outreach for people, irrespective of age, gender or creed”.
An essential part of the Maghery programme offers access to scholarships within the world of fitness training. A presentation of funding to four trainees took place on Saturday.
Oisin Lappin, the Maghery committee treasurer, confirmed the idea that scholarships will “provide sustainability in the delivery of fitness programmes in the community for the coming years”.
A growing social media profile across the Facebook and Twitter platforms allows Maghery to extend the visibility beyond the community.
“The idea is to create a self-sustaining programme that feeds back into the club and community,” said Creaney. “The gym and courses remain open to anyone, with many of the resources free-of-charge.
“Our thanks go to Custom Gyms for continued sponsorship support.
“For further information just visit our Facebook page or Twitter account.”