The Old Mart Gym at Maud recently received funding from the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All to help get the local community active.
Thanks to the funding award, the gym, which is owned by the Maud Village Trust, has been extended and new fitness equipment has been purchased.
The gym’s Active Buchan Community project (ABC), which aims to get the Buchan Community active, helped to secure the funding.
The gym was created to provide a facility that enabled access to fitness for all, regardless of ability or age.
Old Mart Resource Centre manager, Victoria Brown, said: “We knew it was necessary to create more space within the gym to gain better access for all, particularly wheelchair and disabled users.
“We applied for funding to knock down a wall in the gym to open it up enabling users to move more freely around the equipment.
“We have also secured funding to purchase specialist gym equipment to cater for and meet the needs of all clients.”
The gym currently has an exercise referral scheme which enables users who are directly targeted by their GP’s to access the gym for a ten week supervised programme.
Additional funding from the NHS Grampian Health Improvement Fund helped to purchase Gym Kids equipment to to get more local children interested in exercise.
The specialist equipment, including bikes and treadmills, are smaller versions of adults machines and the gym has recently linked up with Maud Primary School to provide fitness classes.
Fitness instructor at the Old Mart Gym, Sam Gardner said: “The children see the bright colours of the equipment and they want to try them out.
“We do fitness games and races with the children and it doesn’t feel like exercising to them.”
For more information on the Old Mart Gym or the Gym Kids equipment, call 01771 613960 or 01771 613962.