SAVE OUR GYM - Club Fit Papamoa

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The Issue:

Bay Venues with NO community consultation have decided to close Club Fit Papamoa on 31st July 2018. Not only will we lose the gym itself, we also lose the classes held by Club Fit staff.

Club Fit Papamoa is a community based Gym which is affordable with a relaxed feel for those who can't afford a private gym or don't feel comfortable with hard core gym goers. It is centrally located within the expanding Papamoa district. 

Some patrons will not be able to afford to attend private gyms and driving to the next Club Fit facility is not possible for many. There are high school students who use the gym before and after school who are not old enough to drive so will not be able to attend gyms a greater distance away. Also, the additional fuel costs will make it difficult for some patrons to exercise elsewhere.

Club Fit Papamoa has a diverse group of members, many are trying to rehabilitate from medical events such as strokes and heart bypasses or like myself with elevated cholesterol are trying to prevent these from happening.

The benefits of working out are many: weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, improved mobility and balance, slowing the progression of Alzheimer's and helping those suffering from depression. Many gym goers have commented to me that they feel much better mentally after working out.

Papamoa is the fastest growing area in the Bay of Plenty and removing this facility is a backward step. It is estimated that within 10 years our retirees will make up over 30% of our population. Add to this our longer life expectancy and the need for this facility is even greater. Keeping fit and active in a supportive environment can have many benefits and in the long term reduce hospital stays and the need for medical intervention.  

What needs to be done?

Tauranga City Council should invest in the health and wellbeing of its residents.

A facility such as Club Fit Papamoa fills this need and with the population growth it is more important than ever.

Tauranga City Council MUST recognise that travelling to other Club Fit facilities will be more costly for our patrons, means more vehicles on our extremely clogged roads, not to mention increased emissions.

Tauranga City Council MUST consider the effects this will have on our community as a result of trying to maximise profits. 

You can help me save our gym by signing this petition. Please share this petition with friends and family. We need all the help we can get.

Thank you

Bernice Mills



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