What's on across Brighton and Hove this week!

What's on across Brighton and Hove this week!


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As December is nearly upon us it's time to start feeling festive! 
There's actually rather a lot of news this week, so grab a cup of tea, coffer or liquid of preference and let's get started planning the week ahead. 


It's Movember

As always we are here to support all of our members in all of their charitable endeavours! If you are taking part in Movember send us your details or tag us in a post and we will share your fundraising links! 
Cant wait to see all the moustaches!  
 

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Student Offers across sites!

 



12 months for the price of 9 across our sites!

Now I know this seems like old news now, but, how about this for an idea. Do you have friends or family that want to make 2022 the year of change? How about grabbing one of our annual memberships as a gift this Christmas?

Click here to read 12 months for the price of 9 across our sites!.



Padel comes to Brighton!

From Monday 22 November, Brighton and Hove residents will have the opportunity to play a sport which already boasts six million players in Spain and is rapidly gaining popularity across the UK, continental Europe and the rest of the world. Celebrity fans and players of padel include Andy Murray, Zinedine Zidane, Rafael Nadal, David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Maria Sharapova, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. 

 

Game4Padel, the company behind a UK-wide network of playing facilities for padel, will install and operate the pop-up exhibition court at the Withdean complex in Tongdean Lane for at least six months. This will give the public a chance to play padel in the city before plans for permanent courts at Withdean are progressed. Game4Padel will operate a user-friendly online booking and payment system, ensuring easy access to the courts for players. 

 

Anyone wanting to trial the game can play for free on the Withdean court for two weeks from 22nd November. Booking details can be found here.   

 

Padel is a form of tennis that is fun, easy to play and sociable. It is played with four players in a glass-enclosed court about one-third of the size of a tennis court. The rules are broadly similar to tennis, although players serve underarm – making it much easier for beginners – and the walls are used as part of the game, making for longer rallies. It can be played in groups of mixed ages and abilities, as tactics and subtlety are as important as power.  

 

Darryl Keech, Area Manager of Freedom Leisure, said: “There is a huge and growing demand for padel in the Brighton area and we are really proud and excited to partner with Game4Padel, the UK’s leading padel operator, to open Brighton & Hove’s first ever padel venue. We are confident we can grow Withdean into one of the biggest and best padel venues in the country. We also look forward to exploring with Game4Padel the potential to add padel to other suitable Freedom Leisure sites across the country.”[Text Wrapping Break] 

Councillor Martin Osborne, co-chair of the council’s tourism, equalities, communities and culture committee, said: “As a sporting city, we are proud to be bringing padel to Brighton & Hove, and offering residents the opportunity to try this exciting and fast-growing sport.”  

There are currently 110 padel courts around Britain with more opening all the time and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the governing body for the game in the UK, has forecast 400% growth in the number of courts by 2023. 

 

Game4Padel already operates more padel venues than any other UK provider and plans to be the dominant player in the fastest growing sport in the country. The agreement with Withdean Sports Complex is Game4Padel’s first in Brighton & Hove and its first partnership with Freedom Leisure, which operates more than 75 sports and leisure centres across England and Wales.  

 

Michael Gradon, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Game4Padel, said: “Padel is great fun and incredibly addictive once you’ve had your first taste of playing, so we’re very pleased to be able to give people in Brighton and Hove the opportunity to do so at a great venue like Withdean. 

 

“It’s an easy game for beginners to pick up quickly, so you don’t need to have played tennis or squash or other racket sports before in order to enjoy playing padel. Because you don’t have to cover a large court area, it is manageable for both young and old players, hence the huge participation levels you see in countries like Spain and Sweden. We look forward to seeing people of all ages play and hearing about their experiences of what is still a relatively new but fast-growing game in the UK, but one that will now have a significant presence in Brighton thanks to Freedom Leisure and Brighton & Hove City Council.”  

 

Game4Padel is in advanced discussions with more than 30 other sites, which it anticipates will add more than 50 additional courts to its 18 existing/secured venues. The company boasts a diverse group of experienced UK investors, including former world no.1 tennis player Andy Murray, the former British no.1 players Annabel Croft and Andrew Castle, and Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies. The company’s chief executive is Michael Gradon, a former longstanding commercial and finance chair of the Wimbledon Championships. 

 

Game4Padel offers to partner with a wide range of venues, including sports clubs, leisure centres, parks, schools, universities and, increasingly, commercial venues. Its capital and technical expertise enables it to finance, install, maintain and operate padel courts in any setting. The company also creates bespoke coaching and playing programmes, events, tournaments, and engagement activities for children and schools.  

 

More information on the Withdean Sports Complex court can be found at https://www.game4padel.com/withdean-sports-complex 



Group Exercise Class with RISE in the i360 

This Thursday marks the international day of no violence to women. To kick this off we are partnering with RISE to deliver a body combat session in the sky for some of our regular customers and RISE members. We will be posting plenty of updates of the day. To find out more about the wonderful charity we are proud to work with, click more!
 
 
 

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Bookable weekend sessions in the teaching pool at Prince Regent

No one likes queues and we know how popular the teaching pool is so we have set up some bookable times that you can secure ahead of the weekend

 


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Lifeguards needed at King Alfred

Description

Freedom leisure actively promotes healthy lifestyles, and our community facilities are the perfect place to achieve this.

Being a Lifeguard is an essential part of the operation of the Swimming pool and Centre. This is a responsible role which is key to the safety and well-being of our customers; it requires excellent attention to detail, good people skills and a current NPLQ qualification. We are looking for fun, dynamic and enthusiastic individuals to be part of the Freedom Leisure team. We want our employees and customers to have the best experience possible, So if this sounds like you, we want to hear from you.

Hours: 37.5 hrs a week, Monday to Sunday - rota basis

As part of your employment with Freedom Leisure, we offer all qualifying staff (subject to existing qualifications), the opportunity to complete a range of funded National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s) and for a limited time, we will pay an additional £500 bonus for staff completing an NVQ.

Requirements

  • An ability and understanding of how to relate to customers of all ages and abilities and also to all levels of staff
  • Well developed interpersonal skills
  • Team orientated approach, able to work across organisation boundaries and demonstrate interest and be supportive of the work of staff and colleagues
  • To be able to work flexibly and understand instructions from managers
  • Demonstrated passion and energy for the leisure industry
  • Regular cleaning, maintenance and preparation of areas and equipment as appropriate
  • Flexible and adaptable

Benefits

  • My Staff Shop, our very own staff benefit scheme, gives employees access to a great range of benefits. Get discounts on cinema tickets, travel bookings, high street e-vouchers, gift cards, days out, leisure activities and your day to day spending.
  • Discounted Staff membership (including family members)
  • Incremental holidays
  • Employee Assistance Programme - 24/7 confidential, independent and professional counselling.
  • Company pension
  • Various insurance and saving schemes
  • Financial advice
  • Cycle-to-work and Car Leasing tax-efficient schemes (salaried staff only, depending on earnings)
  • All this as well as fully funded training and career progression opportunities in a team working environment

Closing date: 2nd December 2021

Salary: up to £17,188.00pa



New Adult Tennis Sessions at Withdean!

We have a new tennis coach who has just joined the Withdean team. James is dedicated to providing regular adult sessions which will be taking off over the coming weeks! Whatever your ability, we've got the class for you! 

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Shout out to Anne from Withdean this week!

"I would like to say a special thankyou to Anne whose pilates and yoga classes are second to none. She is so organised,  really has thought through every lesson and is so clear with her instructions. She is very hot on technique so you know know you are in safe hands.
Thankyou Anne I really look forward to your classes."
Email me at Kat.Marshall@freedom-leisure.co.uk to let me know who has stood out for you this week!