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Junior Y Club Reviewed: Value And Fun

Georgina Hague finds a children’s sport’s class that definitely won’t break the bank

Published on September 6th 2011.

Junior Y Club Reviewed: Value And Fun

As most parents will know keeping children entertained and active can be an expensive business.

I’ve spent a small fortune on Hip Hop classes, football training, swimming and karate classes to name a few with most costing between £4-£5 a class.

So it was pleasant surprise to learn I could take my six-year-old son Harry to a morning of sports classes for just £3.50.

These are held at the Y Club in Castlefield every Saturday morning and to make things better car parking on site is a measly 70p.

Harry and I arrived early to have a tour of the club. We were shown round by a lady called Sarah who took us to the Rugby 5s courts, where she explained this was a game a little bit like squash but is played without racquets, just your hands.

The Y Club are keen to keep this sport going as they are only one of the clubs who run this sport and they are currently working with local schools to get them involved. Then we were shown round the full sized swimming pool, gym facilities and changing rooms which were impressive. It even got me thinking about re-joining the gym again as they do good value memberships.

Harry started his Saturday morning fun with Junior Y where children can try out several different activities such as badminton, volleyball, table tennis, 5-a-side football. There is also a soft play activity assault course. Harry loved this as he’d not played badminton before and the instructors were very hands on and patient. This was good as I think he’s inherited my genes when it comes to racquet sports and there was number of times when he was swatting fresh air, bless him.

At Junior Y there are several instructors but there are also four volunteers who’ve been coming every week for a number of years. There’s a real community spirit which makes a refreshing change to sterile branded gyms. Parents are also free to join in and get involved in the activities.

Whilst Junior Y was happening there was judo and wrestling taking place in the other studio, again the children can join in for the inclusive £3.50 fee.

Sarah from the Y Club explained to me that they run regular tournaments for these sports and they encourage children to get involved.

After the Junior Y session Harry had the choice of trampolining or swimming. He chose swimming. The session involved a fun swim for both adults and children and Harry could try floats and flippers. The gym members are forewarned that it’s a children’s session so the pool remained mainly for the kids with a small lane cordoned off for anyone wishing to swim seriously.

After Harry had finished all his morning activities he reported back he’d had a great time. His favourite part was the assault course and he already wants to go back and try out trampolining and judo on his next visit.

From a parent’s point of view I can’t fault this club.

It’s good value, has a real community spirit and is something fun away from video games. As well as the Saturday morning sessions the Junior Y Club are running Cheerleading and Trampolining classes during the weekdays.

If you’re interested in finding out more simply click here or why not join the Y Club on 24 September for their family fun day, for all the details simply click here.

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