Horizon Exhibits at the Older Persons Information Fair 2016


October 17th 2016

Horizon Leisure Centres was proud to attend and exhibit for the Older Persons Information Fair on Hayling Island organised by Alan Mak MP on Friday 14th of October 2016. The successful information fair opened its doors to the local community where over a 1000 residents attended.

Horizon Leisure Centres, being a registered Charitable Leisure Trust that offers a range of activities for everyone in the community, received lots of interest during the exhibition.

Horizon’s Senior Sports and Leisure Club attended the event where they met the residents living on Hayling Island and talked to them about the activities that the club offer.

The Senior Sports and Leisure Club is a successful club that offers a variety of activities and social events for older persons in the community including sports, swimming and gym at a reduced set rate. The club has a great social side, social events are organised throughout the year and the members socialise with other members in the community.

Horizon Leisure Centres are proud to support a wide range of groups within the community and are dedicated to providing sporting and leisure facilities available to everyone.

 

Horizon Shortlisted for National Fitness Awards


September 19th 2016

Havant Horizon gym, part of Horizon Leisure Centres, has been shortlisted for a prestigious fitness industry award, beating off strong competition to make the finals.

The club has been shortlisted in the Local Authority/Leisure Trust Gym of the Year category at the National Fitness Awards, an annual event which recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the country.

The large new gym at Havant Leisure Centre opened in 2014 and won Gym of the Year in 2015. It has a 2 lane running track and over 160 work stations including boxing frames. There is a large free weights area. It is one of the largest gyms on the south coast.

Havant gym offers some of the best value for money exercise facilities available in the area. Staffed by fully qualified friendly gym instructors, who will offer you great advice and motivation to help you achieve your exercise goals.

The gym has a vast range of machines including treadmills, cross trainers, steppers, summit trainers, rowers, power mills, spinning bikes cardio-vascular areas with treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowers, cross trainers, exciting new Power Mills and everlasting staircases.

Havant gym have resistance equipment which covers every muscle group in the body and comprises a great selection of free-weight machines and weights alongside a functional training area.

The majority of the fitness machines (to exercise you heart and lungs and burn calories) are supplied by Life Fitness the UK’s premium supplier of exercise machines.

Howard Broad, Horizon Chief Executive added ‘For a leisure provider operating from Havant and Waterlooville, it’s a great achievement to be shortlisted in this national fitness awards competition for the third year running. The team at Horizon have worked tirelessly to deliver a fantastic gym at Havant Leisure Centre which has been much appreciated by our members and as a charity we are proud of the high standard of facility we have provided to the local community’.

The awards are organised by leading fitness industry magazine Workout, with support from headline sponsor Service Sport, and in each category up to seven finalists have been selected, who will now go through to the next stage of the judging process where they will be out to impress by showcasing first-hand the great work going on in their clubs.

This stage involves a visit to each finalist by a member of the Workout team who will take a look around the facilities and chat to members and staff before compiling a comprehensive report, which will then be passed on to an expert judging panel to decide the lucky winners.

Trophies will then be handed out a glittering awards ceremony on Friday December 2 at The Athena in Leicester, which will be hosted by boxing world champion Ricky Hatton and award winning personal trainer and star of The Apprentice Katie Bulmer-Cooke.

National Fitness Awards’ director Judith Halkerston said: “The quality and quantity of National Fitness Awards’ entries just keep improving year on year and everyone who has been shortlisted this year should be really proud of their achievement so far as competition was so strong and standards so high.

“The team is really looking forward to visiting all our shortlisted clubs and seeing some of the great work that is going on in the fitness industry on a daily basis.”

Horizon’s Family Fun Days


August 31st 2016

Horizon’s Family Fun Days Success! 

Horizon Leisure Centres, the charity that runs Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, threw open its doors to the community recently to provide a FREE Family Fun Open Day at each centre.

The Open Days were held on Saturday 30th July at Waterlooville and on Saturday 13 August at Havant. Over 4,000 people from the surrounding community took advantage over the two days and were delighted to be able to take part for FREE in a variety of activities including, swimming, inflatable swimming sessions, snorkeling, indoor play centre, badminton, basketball, table tennis, squash and adventure play.

Most families sampled a number of activities during their visit to the fun-filled days and every child went away happy and exhausted clutching their free balloon and party bag and most with painted faces. Adults were not forgotten either as the tea and coffee was provided free along with complimentary cake and biscuits.

Howard Broad, Horizon Leisure Centres Chief Executive said, “The Family Fun Open Days were an exciting opportunity for the local community to come and try out some of the many activities that the centres had to offer free of charge. As a charity, we wanted to give something back to the community as a thank you for all the support the community has given us over many years.”

The centres were delighted that the Mayor of Havant, Faith Ponsonby and her consort, Michael, were able to attend both Open days along with Trustees from Horizon. The Mayor toured the centres and spent much time chatting to the families who appreciated her friendly manner.

Job Success for Father and Daughter at Horizon Leisure Centres


August 2nd 2016

Job Success for Father and Daughter at Horizon Leisure Centres

The Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair held at Warblington School back in February this year has proved to be a huge success for one local family. The event was the initiative of Alan Mak MP for Havant who wanted to bring local companies and those looking for employment together for mutual reward.

The Fair attracted unemployed Purbrook residents Andy Gooch and his daughter Chloe along with the sole intention of finding a job for Chloe. However, after having a chat with the Human Resources Team representatives from Horizon Leisure Centres Andy lined up an interview for himself for the vacant Maintenance Assistant role at Havant Leisure Centre, the rest they say is history.

Andy successfully secured the job and has been enjoying his work so much that his daughter Chloe, an under-graduate at Chichester University studying Early Childhood Studies, decided to apply for the vacant Team Leader position for the School holiday Kids Club. She too was successful meaning that Father and Daughter are both now game fully employed by the same company. More recently, Chloe has taken up another position at the Havant Centre, part-time Creche Assistant, and adding a further string to her bow!

Andy said “I am very pleased that as a result of visiting the Jobs Fair for my daughter I was able to find a job for myself which I really enjoy with a good employer and nice colleagues”

Alan Mak said “Supporting local residents into work and backing our local economy is my top priority as local MP. My Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair this year was a great success, and I’m delighted Andy and Chloe have both found jobs as a result. Horizon Leisure are a great local employer, and I wish Andy and Chloe well for their time working in Havant.”

Horizon Leisure Centres is a not-for-profit charity that runs the Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres on behalf of Havant Borough Council. The charity employs around 250 members of staff, most of whom are from the local community. The new extension at the Waterlooville Centre which opened last summer has created a further 50 jobs for local people.

Alan Mak, Andy and Chloe Gym

Horizon’s Free Open Days


July 11th 2016

Horizon’s Free Open Day at Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres

Waterlooville Leisure Centre Open Day – Saturday 30th July 16 – 10am – 4pm
Havant Leisure Centre Open Day – Saturday 13th August 16 – 10am – 4pm

To help celebrate the 2016 Olympics, and to encourage greater participation in sporting activities, Horizon Leisure Centres will be holding two Open Days this summer at Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres. The days will give the local community a chance to sample some of the many facilities and activities on offer at the centres.

The sessions will be free of charge and will run at different times throughout the day to allow people to drop in and have a go. Sessions will include activities in the pools and play centres, plus exercise classes and sports sessions.

Over the last few years Horizon Leisure Centres has invested heavily in refurbishing facilities and providing developments to both of the centres.

Havant Leisure Centre opened a brand new gym in summer 2014 and recently the play centre has been refurbished to become Horizon Oceans of Play, a fun ocean themed indoor play centre. Waterlooville Leisure Centre was given a massive extension in summer 2015 which saw the opening of a new three-storey gym, exercise studio, World of Play indoor play centre, themed to different countries around the world, and a café.

Both gyms are award winning, with Havant gym holding the Gym of the Year title in 2015 and Waterlooville taking over the mantel for Gym of the Year in 2016. Over the period of the Open Days, a special time-limited membership promotion will be running to encourage more people to become more active!

Horizon Leisure Centres is a registered charity and a not-for-profit social enterprise with a vision to make life better for our local communities. Any surplus it makes is reinvested in improving the facilities and keeping entrance fees low.

Horizon’s Chief Executive, Howard Broad, said “The Open Days provide a fantastic opportunity for those in the community unfamiliar with the wide-range of leisure facilities and activities we offer, to come in and have a look around and take part in an activity free of charge. Hopefully, people will enjoy the experience and want to return to take-up regular exercise, which will help improve their fitness, health and well-being”.

To view the schedule of activities, please click the link below –

Horizon’s Open Days

Gym of the Year Award for Waterlooville Gym


June 3rd 2016

In the picture, left to right, Rebecca gym instructor, Marie Wilkinson Centre Manager at Waterlooville, Carl Shear Operations Manager, Sarah Moulds Gym Manager, Natalie Gym Instructor, Howard Broad Chief Executive, Stacy Gym Team Leader.

The new three storey gym at Waterlooville Leisure Centre has been voted ‘Gym of the Year 2016’ by its members in a local competition run by The News.

The gym, which is run by Horizon Leisure Centres, opened in June 2015 and was nominated for The News Gym of the Year Competition in January 2016.

Howard Broad, Chief Executive at Horizon Leisure Centres said ‘This is yet another fantastic achievement for Horizon Leisure Centres and we are delighted to have won The News’ prestigious award of Gym of the Year for the second year running, having won it last year for our Gym at Havant.

Winning this award is particularly pleasing as it is our members that have voted for it. It is the greatest compliment you can receive.

We opened a new gym at Havant Leisure Centre in July 2014 and in June last year we opened the new gym at Waterlooville Leisure Centre as part of a major extension.

Since opening the new gyms both have been shortlisted for a national gym of the year award as well as local gym of the year awards.

To win back-to-back awards for both our new gyms in the local area is a great accomplishment and is a reflection of the hard work and commitment shown by everyone who works at Horizon.’

The response to the new gym at Waterlooville has been very positive and Horizon has seen an increase in their memberships since opening the new gyms.

Teri Pope, a member of Horizon Waterlooville said ‘Waterlooville gym has amazing facilities, it’s always clean and looks good and the staff are always happy to help. This is the best gym in the area by far.’

Horizon Leisure Centres has two large gyms at Waterlooville and Havant Leisure Centres. Havant Leisure Centre gym won the News Gym of The Year in 2015.

Horizon Oceans of Play Now Open at Havant Leisure Centre!


June 1st 2016

Now open at Havant Leisure Centre an exciting oceans and ship themed indoor play centre.

The new play centre, Horizon Oceans of Play, opened on 21st March 16.

The play centre will includes a new ship and underwater themed play frame for the junior area of the play centre where children can climb the rigging on the giant ship, slide into the ‘sea’, dive into the ball pit and discover what is hiding in the depths of the ocean.

The separate toddler area of the play centre is a submarine. Toddlers are able to play with the fish, swim with the seals and go on an underwater adventure discovering all of the fun creatures that live under the sea.

Children visiting Horizon Oceans of Play can board a ship with their passports and climb aboard to discover what hides in the depths of the oceans. They can discover the fish and sea life that live in and around the oceans.

The party rooms have a brand new fun ocean theme wall art. Each room represents a different theme, Blue Seas, Icy Oceans and The Corals. The giant cartoon pictures on the walls really help to bring the oceans to life.

Creatures such as sharks, sting rays, lobsters and jelly fish could be spotted in the Icy Oceans room, whales, seals, polar bears and penguins will be found in the Blue Seas room and in The Corals room children will be able to spot tropical creatures and plants.

In July 2015 Horizon Leisure Centres opened a brand new play centre at their Waterlooville Leisure Centre called Horizon World of Play part of a grand extension which also included gym and café.

Horizon World of Play and allows the children to board a plane and travel around the world visiting different countries as they make their way around the play frame.

Both play centres will now give children a fun and unique experience that makes them want to come back and discover more about the world and oceans! Take me to Horizon Oceans of Play

Exercise Referral Scheme a Success at Horizon Gym


June 9th 2015

Horizon Leisure Centres’ Exercise Referral Scheme is seeing some fantastic results.

The scheme which started in September 2014 and is in partnership with Havant Borough Council, The Macmillan Centre and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has 45 members signed up to improve their health and lifestyle.

Horizon Gym Manager said ‘Since we set up the referral scheme, we have managed to build relationships with many local GP surgeries, the Physiotherapy Centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital which specialise with brain injury and stroke patients and the Macmillan Centre who refer patients to us after they have completed their cancer treatment and need guidance in becoming fitter and stronger again.

All partnerships have been very successful and referrals are strong. We have helped some fantastic patients and I personally feel the difference I have seen in them has been amazing. Stacey Hewson, our Gym Team Leader at Havant is the Exercise Referral Instructor and focuses on the patients’ needs devising the correct programme to suit each individual perfectly.

We have seen some great results from her programmes and the feedback Stacey always receives is brilliant. Due to the success of this scheme, Havant Borough Council have awarded us funding to train up two new Exercise Referral Instructors to support our busy scheme at Havant and will also help to start the scheme up at Waterlooville in the near future. This is thanks to Nicki Conyard, the Community Team Leader from Havant Borough Council who has been supportive throughout the set-up of the scheme and enabled us to expand.’

Judith Trewick thanked Horizon ‘Many thanks for guiding me through the referral scheme. You have given me the confidence and encouragement to continue with my exercise programme. I was really impressed with your thoughtfulness with regards to my limitations and your positive, professional attitude. The scheme is really excellent I will definitely be mentioning to my G.P when visiting’

Another participant, Rowan, added ‘I never thought that going to the gym a couple of times a week would have such a difference to my medical condition or my life. My consultant is delighted and whilst my asthma will always be severe and difficult to manage and there isn’t a cure, attending the gym has kept me out of A&E, reduced my sickness record and made it easier for me to pin down my symptoms and establish what has been triggering my condition than has been historically possible. The support I have had from my physiotherapist, my personal trainer and the staff at the gym has been absolutely fantastic in supporting me through to making these changes. I am so much happier.’

Howard Broad, Horizon LC Chief Executive said ‘We are very pleased with the results that the scheme has produced so far. As a charity we aim to ‘make life better’ for our customers and this is a project we support whole heartedly. With the new gym opening later this summer at Waterlooville we will be looking at extending the scheme and helping the community have a healthy and active lifestyle. ’

The scheme is currently only available at the Havant Gym but will be available at Waterlooville soon. For further information on the Referral Scheme and the Waterlooville Leisure Centre extension visit www.horizonlc.com.