Keeping fit in Wimbledon

It’s January, which means that this is the time when so many of us feel like we’ve eaten too much over the Christmas period! So, what better time to start the long-awaited exercise regime?

We’re very lucky here in Wimbledon to have access to such excellent facilities, meaning that there’s really no excuses available for you. Here’s our run-down of some of the best local options:

The Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre is one of a large chain (there are more than 100 located around the country). The range of facilities on offer here are impressive, including a heated pool with lane swimming. There’s also a popular swimming school, with lessons available for both children and adults.

If you are interested in those lessons, it’s worth noting that you don’t have to be a gym member to take part. But we digress…

The spin studio is a particular favourite with those looking to hop on their (exercise) bikes, while there’s a range of expert help available, including personal trainers, physiotherapists and cognitive behavioural therapists.

Wimbledon Leisure Centre is another option and may be cheaper, depending upon the extent of your requirements. The gym is surprisingly well equipped, with 140 individual stations. If you’re joining the gym for the first time, then you’ll receive a full induction process, ensuring that you can use the available equipment effectively and safely.

Just opposite Wimbledon Underground Station is Fitness Space, where there are a range of classes. From high intensity burn classes, to intensive rowing machine workouts, there’s no shortage of options.

You might also be interested in taking part in exercise in the comfort of your very own home. Building a home gym may feel like an expensive option, but you can begin with one or two simple pieces of equipment.

Rowing machines, exercise bikes and home treadmills all provide good choices, allowing for a flexible range of routines. There are quite a few different exercise machine models on the market that are specifically aimed at home users. Treadmills, for example, start out at less than £100, but top of the range models can cost considerably more.

If you want to know the difference between a Premierfit T100 and a Reebok Jet 200 Treadmill, to take just two examples, then reviews are available at Shop Farinellis online. They also have a free buying guide, giving you the information on why some treadmills are that bit more expensive.

So what are your plans for this January? Whether you’ll be hitting the gym, or buying a home treadmill, make sure that you have a healthy time in Wimbledon!

AFC Wimbledon: The season so far

As I write this piece, AFC Wimbledon sit at the foot of League One and it would be fair to say that the season has not gone according to plan. But there is still hope, with almost 20 matches still to play. Four points adrift of the triumvirate of Plymouth Argyle, Bradford City and Oxford United, it does feel like a long road back to safety.

Enough of that for now, let’s look back at how the season has unfolded. How did we get to this point?

Back in August, the season started so well. An opening day 1-0 win at Fleetwood marked the perfect start to the season, while a home draw against a Coventry City side that many expected to challenge for promotion, represented a decent point. An impressive Carabao Cup success at Portsmouth meant that Wimbledon had started the season in impressive form.

An away draw at Barnsley in mid-August represented a useful point and there were few hints of what was to come. But consecutive home league defeats by Walsall and Sunderland were followed by a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of West Ham, leaving the side looking to bounce back at Burton Albion on the opening day of September. A 3-0 hiding there did little for morale.

There were wins against both Gillingham and Oxford United in the following weeks, but October was truly horrible: consecutive league defeats at the hands of Bradford City, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Blackpool and Bristol Rovers left the side in deep trouble. Indeed, the losses to fellow strugglers within that run was particularly unfortunate.

Hopes of an upturn in form in November were crushed with a 2-1 home defeat against Shrewsbury kicking things off. Despite two cup victories, a 2-1 loss at Doncaster Rovers confirmed that the team’s league position was precarious.

The visit of Southend United also started poorly, with an own goal from Nightingale gifting the visitors an early advantage. But there were, at least, signs of real grit. Oshilaja equalised on the stroke of half time and Mitch Pinnock sealed a rare win. The Dons were back up and running.

A narrow defeat at Peterborough followed, but the team were to find some respite in the FA Cup, running out 3-1 winners at FC Halifax.

Wimbledon News Review – June 2006

Suicidal over pension rights
10:30am Friday 9th June
A man whose same-sex partner died suddenly just weeks before their 15th anniversary has been left penniless, after being denied any right to his partner’s NHS pension.

Charity trek’s a walk in the park
9:53am Friday 2nd June
The less than perfect weather did not stop the children from Bond Primary School turning out in force for a charity walk last Thursday.

Robins appeal rejected 
9:37am Friday 9th June
Carshalton Athletic have lost their appeal against relegation from Nationwide Conference South.

Dons won’t splash cash 
10:06am Friday 9th June
AFC Wimbledon manager Dave Anderson has refused to bankrupt the club in a bid to compete with the big boys in the Ryman Premier next season after letting three of his star players go.

Medders slams over-rate rule farce 
9:53am Friday 9th June
Sutton captain Keith Medlycott believes his side were robbed of their rightful place at the top of the Shepherd Neame Surrey Championship by a farcical rule that promotes defensive cricket.

Merton Council backs voluntary groups

Merton Council has offered a boost to the local area, with the news that almost £10 million of funding is to be made available to local organisations, including charities and a variety of projects.

The pledge to provide £9.9 million during 2018/19 was announced in the Voluntary Sector Funding Database, an annual publication that outlines cash grants and other forms of funding that are made available by the Council.

This represents an increase of £220,000 in comparison to the previous year, meaning that the Council has provided more than £60 million worth of funding to the voluntary sector in the past five years. Though this may represent a relatively small proportion of overall funding in the sector, there is a hope that this will ensure that there is a significant local impact.

That funding has been put to good use, with those assisted including:

Polka Theatre

The Polka Theatre is children-dedicated theatre, which was established in Wimbledon back in 1979. More than 90,000 children visit the theatre each year, with many of them experiencing a live show for the first time. It’s a key aim for the theatre to provide a warm and inviting experience, helping to spark the imagination.

Within the theatre environment there is a wide range of facilities, including a popular playground, café and reception area, where children can enjoy colouring in, or dressing up.

The theatre provides a location in which to be entertained, to socialise with others and to experience the theatre in an accessible form.

Attic Theatre Company

This touring theatre company was originally founded in the upstairs room of the New Wimbledon Theatre by two actor friends, Colin Haigh and Jenny Lee. They continue to aim to create world-class performance, in both traditional and non-traditional touring locations.

Funding for the company, as well as being provided by Merton Council, comes from a disparate range of sources, including the Wimbledon Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Councillor Edith Macauley was quoted as saying that “Voluntary organisations and volunteers are the bedrock of our community” and it’s certain that many local residents will agree with that sentiment.