The new facilities being built over two levels will feature a five-star health and fitness centre on the ground floor and a two-court indoor sports complex for Futsal (indoor soccer) and other sports on the first floor.
seagulls Health and Fitness Centre will be the Tweed’s first large-scale holistic health and fitness centre for the whole family, while the Futsal complex will also be a first for the Tweed Heads/Gold Coast area.
Built over 4,500 square metres of floor space, the Health and Fitness Centre will feature a state-of-the art gymnasium and facilities for group fitness classes, as well as consulting rooms for holistic life services including nutritional advice, physiotherapy, naturopathy, weight management, massage therapy and hypnotherapy. It should be open by mid-November, subject to council approval.
The indoor sports complex is scheduled to open in October, with two courts suitable for Futsal and other sports. Vikings Futsal Association – which manages Futsal competitions across Australia and New Zealand – will lease the courts and run the competitions which will cater for people of all ages as well as school groups.
Hans Sarlemyn, Chief Executive Officer of the norths Group which operates seagulls, said the $3 million investment represented a major vote of confidence in the club and Tweed region generally.
“This complex will be a magnificent addition to the services and amenities seagulls already provides for its 22,000 members,” Mr Sarlemyn said.
“It will also be a magnificent new facility for the Tweed community. It will be very different from existing boutique, PT studios and gymnasiums in the area, offering not only a five-star fitness centre but a whole range of services run by highly-trained professionals to help people enjoy good health.”
The health and fitness centre concept is based on the extremely successful model that has been developed at the norths Club in Sydney over the past few years.
“We conducted extensive market research up here, and realised that there was a great need for this kind of facility on the coast,” Mr Sarlemyn said. “We then asked our Group Gymnasium and Fitness Centre Manager, Carly Busseler to develop a concept that reflected the needs of the local community.”
Ms Busseler, with a background in sports and exercise management, said the new centre had been designed to be “much more than a gymnasium”.
“This is not a place where you are just another sales figure,” Ms Busseler said. “All members will receive a free health screening when they join, and we will take a very personal interest in them, continuing on from day one.”
“We are installing all the very latest gymnasium and fitness equipment, including free weights, pin-loaded machine weights, aerobic machines, treadmills, X-trainers, rowers, summit climbers, bikes and upper body ergometers. There will also be a dedicated spin room and a gravity studio with ten gravity machines that are particularly suitable for rehabilitation from injury. There will also be two specialist areas, one for beginners and one for ladies only.”
“Members will be able to improve their health and general well-being by seeing our consultants in anything from nutrition and weight management to massage therapy.”
The club also plans to include a juice bar offering healthy and nutritious drinks, snacks and light meals and a child-minding facility at the complex. Additionally, with parking for over 800 cars, accessibility is a major asset.
Mr Sarlemyn said the key to seagulls’ long-term success was the ability to respond to the community’s needs so that the club continued to be a major focal point for the people of the Tweed area.
“Our club is situated in the middle of a large and growing residential area with a broad demographic, from young people to families and retirees. These new facilities will cater for people of all ages, helping them to live healthier and happier lives,” he said.
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