March 2021 Newsletter

Our roadmap to reactivating

With the recent Government announcement about the path out of lockdown, we are excited to share with you the dates for the return of much of our services once again. We know many of you are eager to get back to our centre and on behalf of all the YMCA team, we can’t wait to welcome you back. Please see the above dates, which subject to national guidelines will go ahead as planned. For further details contact us or visit our website.

Changing room refurb works are underway

We are delighted to announce that local builders have begun works on the full refurbishment of our men’s and women’s changing rooms and toilets. The works have been made possible thanks to a range of support including from; Plymouth City Council, Sport England and you, our members – who helped us with fundraising efforts prior to our original shutdown in 2020.

The refurb marks the biggest change to these facilities since they were originally built in the 1970s and we’re sure each and every person who uses our centre will appreciate the new improvements.

The works will hopefully be finished by May and are a great example of how we are now truly moving forward in building a better YMCA for our community.

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Success Story: From BTEC Sport to RAF

Once in a while, we like to highlight one of our many successful young people who have gone on to achieve great things since leaving our Discovery College. Today, we’re celebrating ex-BTEC Sport student Jordan Murphy, who completed his training at RAF Halton and has successfully graduated with their Thompson intake.
Jordan said: “Like many students, I had my ups and downs, but I’ve been able to apply the lessons I learned at college to my ambitions to join the RAF. I’m proud of my achievements and really grateful for the part Discovery College played in getting me to where I am today.”

Jordan’s success shows the versatility of a BTEC in Sport, just one of the many post-16 vocational courses delivered at Discovery College. To find out more about this course and others, visit:

Argyle are after your support!

Argyle Community Trust are currently bidding for a new £1million sport and wellbeing programme and if successful will launch new adult sports sessions throughout Honicknowle, Whitleigh and Devonport.

To support their application, they are asking for local people to help them to shape the programme by offering their thoughts and ideas of what’s needed. 

If you would like to support Argyle in shaping a sports programme that hits the needs of local people and their communities, please contact Dwain Morgan to state your interest at:

Incentives will be available for those involved in the process and nothing is required apart from your views and ideas. So if you are passionate about improving sport opportunities in your local area, please simply email Dwain to express your interest and he’ll get back to you with the next steps. 

Discovery College receives praise in OFSTED report

Discovery College was recently assessed on its post-16 provision, receiving praise for the educational standards delivered to young people and its support to students throughout the pandemic. 

The report, which is soon to be released in full, resulted from an inspection of provision delivered on behalf of Plymouth City Council, which includes Discovery College and other providers.

The report stated that: “Young learners benefit significantly from a well-structured and interesting online curriculum” and “learners receive very effective support from tutors and learners are rightly positive about the support they receive.”

Thank you to all our tutors and staff team for their continued hard work during the pandemic which has ensured we continue to do the best for our young people’s education.

Adults found to be sitting for 14 hours longer a week during lockdown

According to a recent poll, more than 78% of UK adults have spent longer sitting down per day during lockdown, with health experts warning about the serious effects this may have on the health of the nation. Equally, young and vulnerable people have been struggling to stay active and are disproportionally affected by the health-inequalities exaggerated by the pandemic.

In the first lockdown in April 2020, we recognised the potential health impacts on our community, which is why with your help, we launched our 2.6 Challenge to help get people active and fundraise – not only to keep us going through the challenging time but to enable us to commit to running free and affordable sessions for the most vulnerable once we return. Thanks to the ongoing support we’ve had from many members, we are still able to stick to that original commitment. We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you soon about the extra help and sessions we will be delivering to make our community active again!