Winchester Fitness
and Sports Club

At River Park Leisure Centre

Update 9th December

 

General Election on Thursday 12th December

River Park Leisure Centre will be completely closed to the public from noon on Thursday 12th to noon on Friday 13th December. All activities scheduled between these times have therefore been cancelled. Classes scheduled to finish before noon on Thursday 12th December will run as usual. Please refer to the programme below for exact details. Members are asked to vacate the premises as quickly as possible at noon.

Christmas Party

Because of an overrun of a River Park course it has been necessary, as agreed at the AGM to change the date of the Christmas Party to Thursday 19th December starting at 12.15. This means that all classes will run as normal on Tuesday next week.

Annual General Meeting 2019

The minutes of the meeting, including the accounts presented, are now available on the website and will be on the noticeboard from tomorrow.

At the committee meeting held on Tuesday 3rd December Sandra Waterman was co-opted as a member of the committee.

Travel Survey

Thanks very much to the 200 members who completed this. The anonymised results have been submitted to Winchester City Council. We wait with interest to hear what they have to say. The results will be emailed.

Winchester District Sports Awards

Winchester City Council are inviting nominations for The Winchester District Sports Awards. They state “This really is one of our favourite events in the calendar; an opportunity to recognise and celebrate sporting achievements within our community.

We ask that if you know of an individual or a team that deserves recognition, please make a nomination. We have also attached some promotional material to allow you to encourage the people you know to make their own nominations.

Please visit our website and follow the link to submit your form or download the relevant PDF from the right-hand column of the website and post to Winchester City Council Offices.

https://www.winchester.gov.uk/sport/sports-awards-2019

Monday Keep Fit (14.00 – 15.00)

The last class before the holiday period will be held on Monday 16th December and this will restart on 6th January. It has been agreed that this class will continue through to Easter at least. This class costs £4.00 per attendance payable in class; there is no need to pay anything at Reception for this.

Tuesday Keep Fit (10.30 – 11.30)

There is still no firm news on a replacement for Sue King as discussions have started with an interested instructor. This is being actively chased up and further information will be given as soon as possible.

Thursday Keep Fit (10.00 – 11.00)

The last class before the holiday period will be held on Thursday 12th December and will start again on 9th January.

T'ai Chi

Classes will be held on 12th & 19th December and 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th January. Because of RPLC being shut from noon on 12th December and with the Christmas party on the 19th, the main class will run from 9.50 - 10.50 and the introductory 10.55 - 11.55 on both those dates. Members will need to leave the centre promptly at the end of the introductory class on Election Day.

The cost for the 4 sessions in January will be £6.00.

Pilates

This will finish on Thursday 19th December and start again on Thursday 9th January.

Classes take place as normal on 12th December.

Yoga

The last yoga session of 2019 has now been held. Classes will recommence on Thursday 9th January with a 6 week session costing £9.00.

Short Tennis on Fridays

There are now 3 courts available from 10.00 to 12.00. These are not available on 12th December, but it is planned to hold this session on 20th December. After the holiday this will restart on 10th January as the sports hall floor is being “done” on the 3rd January.

These sessions cost £2.50 per attendance payable at Reception. There is no payment to the club required for this.

Swimming & Aquacise

On Thursday 12th December the swimming session will stop at 11.55 and at 12.15 on Thursday 19th December. There will be no aquacise on either day.

Sports Hall

There will be no club activities in the sports hall in weeks commencing 23rd & 30th December.

Payments

The club's bank is now charging 30p per cheque banked. Consequently, the Treasurer is asking that, where possible, all payments made to the club are made by internet banking (Winchester Fitness and Sports Club, sort code 60-83-01 and a/c 20381880) or by cash.

2020 Memberships

Membership renewals are due after 1st January. Linda Messingham and helpers will be available upstairs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 09.45 to 11.00 only, during January, starting from the 7th, to re-enrol members. Payments in cash or by internet banking transfer only. As agreed at the AGM membership will again be £5 for the year or part thereof.

Remap Social

This is taking place on Thursday 12th March; further information will be available soon.

Club Dinner

The 2020 Club Dinner will take place at the Royal Winchester Golf Club on Friday 6th November. This should be sufficient warning for members to keep the date free of holidays and other activities.

Podiatrist

One of our 2019 social events was a talk by Nick Knight who is a sports podiatrist. Here is an extract from his latest news:

NK Active Newsletter - November 2019 

Last Tuesday, 26th November, NK active was invited to do an "Ask the podiatrist" day at WJ French & Sons shoe shop in Southampton, to help celebrate Small business Saturday.  WJ French & Sons doesn't really need any introduction, as a lot of local people already know it from having had their shoes fitted there when they were a child, and possibly their parents and even grandparents. It is one of the few independent shoe shops that actually fit footwear properly and it is an amazing experience.  They have over 18,000 pairs of shoes in stock.

Charlie and I went down to help with the ask the podiatrist day, answering any questions and queries that people had about lower limb problems. We saw people with plantar plate injuries, psoriatic arthritis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon issues, big toe arthritis, bunions and much more.

I even went on BBC Radio Solent as part of the day, and talked about footwear advice and the issues we face. If you are interested in hearing the interview this is the link to it, my bit starts at 2:56:40.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07s6h91

If anyone has any questions, please drop Julie an e-mail directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Let's Talk About...Capsulitis

Each month we will give you some information about a podiatry issue, which might be temporary or growth related, follows an injury, or is just part of the aging process. 


What is it?
Ligaments surrounding a joint form a capsule. This capsule supports toe movement, for example when walking. Capsulitis is the condition whereby the ligaments become inflamed and irritated.
 
Why does it happen?
Capsulitis often occurs in the 2nd toe and is generally a result of abnormal foot mechanics whereby the toe is being overloaded.
 
Who does it affect?
People with:   
   - Severe bunion deformity
   - Tight calf muscles
   - Long toe compared to the big toe
   - Injury to the toe
Or people who:   
   - Wear high heels as this can cause additional pressure over the toes
   - Repeat movements such as running, gardening or kneeling consistently increase the load in that joint
 
What are the common symptoms associated with this condition?
Symptoms are often reported as:   
   - Pain, particularly on the ball of the foot; often described as a marble or stone
   - Swelling in the area of pain
   - Pain on walking barefoot
   - Pain on movement of toe
   - Pain whilst wearing shoes
What will happen if I leave it?
As this condition progresses, the ligament structures become weaken and thus the ligaments fail to stabilise the joint. This in turn, causes the unstable toe to change position either drifting towards the other toes or crossing over them.

What can I do?
In the short term:   
   - Rest and cold therapies - staying off the foot and applying cold packs can help reduce some of the swelling and pain. Apply an ice pack, placing a thin towel between the ice and the skin. Use the cold therapy for no longer than 20 minutes and then wait at least 40 minutes before icing again.
   - Oral medications - nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may help relieve the pain and inflammation.
   - Taping - taping the toe can sometimes help keep it in the correct position. This helps relieve the pain and prevent further drifting of the toe.
   - Stretching - stretching exercises may be prescribed for patients who have tight calf muscles.
 Longer term:   
   - Shoe modifications - supportive shoes with stiff soles are recommended because they control the motion and lessen the amount of pressure on the ball of the foot.
   - Orthotic devices - can support foot function and help with redistributing weight away from the joint.
   - Strengthening exercises – as the ligaments start to weaken it can be possible to strength muscles to help stabilise the structure (reduce pain) and improve foot function.
   - Steroid Injection – an injection can sometimes help reduce pain and discomfort.
   - Surgery – once the toe starts to change shape and deviate towards the other toes, then surgical input can be needed to help modify toe shape.
NK Active can help you with a clinical diagnosis, as well as provide guidance on stretching, footwear advice and activity management. 

KEY DUTY ROTA 2019 / 2020        
           
DAY   DEC Initials   JAN Initials
TUE   3 LW      
THUR   5 LW   2  
             
TUE   10 LC   7 SG
THUR   12 LC   9 LM
             
TUE   17 TT   14 GE
THUR   19 AR   16 GE
             
TUE   24     21 SG
THUR   26     23 LM
             
TUE   31     28 GE
THUR         30 LM

 

 

AR Adrian Reeves
DK Dave Kemp
GE Gill Elcock
HW Hugh Woodd
KT Kathy Tyrrell
LC Linda Carlin
LM Linda Messingham
LW Linda Williams
RS Reg Spencer
RS/TT Reg Spencer / Trish Turnbull
SG Stuart Gaunt
TT Trish Turnbull

 

FITNESS AND SPORTS CLUB TIMETABLE

                 
         

SCHOOL HOLIDAY

SCHOOL HOLIDAY

       

MONDAY

   

09/12/19

16/12/19

23/12/19

30/12/19

06/01/20

13/01/20

20/01/20

27/01/20

                     

Aerobics / Keep Fit

14.00 - 15.00

Studio 1

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

                     

TUESDAY

Term time

10/12/19

17/12/19

24/12/19

31/12/19

07/01/20

14/01/20

21/01/20

28/01/20

                     

Badminton

10.00 - 14.00

Main hall courts 6, 7 & 8 until 12.55 and sharing 5, 6, 7 and 8 from 12.55 - 14.00)

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Keep Fit

10.00 - 10.30

Main hall courts 3 & 4

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Keep Fit*

10.30 - 11.30

Main hall courts 3 & 4

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Racquet Ball

10.00 - 12.00

Squash courts

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Short Tennis

10.00 - 14.00

Main hall courts 1 & 2 and 5 until 12.55 and sharing 5, 6, 7 & 8 from 12.55 - 14.00)

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Swimming

11.25 - 13.00

Main pool

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Aquacise

12.00 - 13.00

Small pool

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Table Tennis

10.00 - 12.40

Studio 2 & 2 squash courts

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Lawn Tennis

10.00 - 13.00

Outdoor courts

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Gym

10.00 - 12.00

 

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

                     

WEDNESDAY

   

11/12/19

18/12/19

25/12/19

01/01/20

08/01/20

15/01/20

22/01/20

29/01/20

                     

Indoor Bowls* (winter)

09.30 - 11.30

Riverside Indoor Bowls

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

                     
         

SCHOOL HOLIDAY

SCHOOL HOLIDAY

       

THURSDAY

   

12/12/19

19/12/19

26/12/19

02/01/20

09/01/20

16/01/20

23/01/20

30/01/20

       

PARTY

           

Badminton

10.00 - 14.00

Main hall courts 5, 6 & 7 (until 12.00 and shared with short tennis 12.00 - 14.00)

to 11:55

to 12.15

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Aerobics / Keep Fit

10.00 - 11.00

Studio 2

✓ 

     

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Racquet Ball

10.00 - 12.40

Squash courts

to 11:55

to 12.15

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Short Tennis

10.00 - 14.00

Main hall courts 1, 2, 3 & 4 (until 12.00 and courts 5, 6 & 7 shared with badminton 12.00 - 14.00)

to 11:55

to 12.15

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Swimming

11.30 - 13.00

Main pool

to 11:55

to 12.15

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Aquacise

12.00 - 13.00

Small pool

       

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Table Tennis

10.00 - 13.00

Main hall court 8

to 11:55

to 12.15

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Lawn Tennis

10.00 - 13.00

Outdoor courts

to 11:55

to 12.15

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Pilates*

09.00 - 10.00

Studio 1

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Pilates*

10.00 - 11.00

Squash court 1

✓ 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Tai Chi*

10.00 - 11.00

Function Suite

09.50-10.50

09.50-10.50

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Tai Chi* (Intro.)

11.15 - 12.15

Function Suite

10.55-11.55

10.55-11.55

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Yoga*

11.15 - 12.30

Studio 2

       

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

Gym

10.00 - 12.00

 

to 11:55

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

                     

FRIDAY

   

13/12/19

20/12/19

27/12/19

03/01/20

10/01/20

17/01/20

24/01/20

31/01/20

                     

Short Tennis Drop-In (with RPLC)

10.00 - 12.00

Sports Hall courts 5 & 6

 

✓ 

   

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

✓ 

                     

RPLC need 2 courts in the Sports Hall every school holiday and half-term