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Springhill Hospice Raffle!

24 March 2017 - By Nikki Jackson

Springhill Hospice Raffle Help us raise money for our local hospice and win fantastic prizes!

Tickets are only £1 each and available from reception at Oulder Hill Leisure Complex or online at justgiving.com/ohlcraffle.

Please remember when donating online, we will calculate the number of tickets you have purchased by dividing your donation by £1. Once your donation has gone through, tick the box alongside "I'm happy to be contacted by". Justgiving can then share your contact details with me and we can send you your raffle ticket numbers.
The raffle will be drawn 1 May 2017. All proceeds will be donated to Springhill Hospice.

Prizes include:
  • Big cuddly bunny
  • 6 month membership at OHLC
  • 1 hour astroturf hire at OHLC
  • 5 x family swims at OHLC
  • PHD Diet Protein and Shaker
  • Wet shave from The Barber Shop, Castleton
  • £20 voucher for Handmade by Danielle
  • Lorien Blathanna Eco-Friendly Soy Wax Candle
  • Easter Eggs and chocolate goodies
  • Squad signed 2016/17 Rochdale AFC home shirt
  • Superman and Transformers wooden carved signs
  • Family ticket for the Christmas panto, Dick Whittington at Gracie Fields Theatre
  • Prints by Gavin Rodney at Quick Draw Tattoo, Bury
  • £120 Tattoo voucher with Gavin Rodney at Quick Draw Tattoo, Bury
  • £120 tattoo voucher with Emma Mowbray at Quick Draw Tattoo, Bury
  • A course of swimming lessons from Starfish School of Swimming

A big Thank you to all the supporters and businesses who have donated prizes.

It costs £3 million a year to keep the doors of Springhill Hospice open. The services they provide are free of charge. They care for adults aged 18 and over with a life limiting illness. As well as caring for in-patients they also provide respite care, pain and symptom control, counselling for patients and family members, a day hospice for out-patients, hospice care in the home and bereavement advice.
Thank you so much for your support. Springhill Hospice could not carry on our work without you.

You can read more about Springhill Hospice here springhill.org.uk

Mission Christmas!

24 November 2016 - By Nikki Jackson

Mission ChristmasEvery year we support Mission Christmas with the donate a gift scheme. Last year we had a fantastic turn out and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of our staff and customers alike. We're always trying to improve on past achievements, and in this spirit we'd like to try and beat last years collection.

In 2015 Mission Christmas raised over £2 million in gifts and cash and supported over 51,500 local children.

We're asking you to buy an extra present that we can give to a disadvantaged local child to make their Christmas morning special. We need new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0-18 years. resents for very young children and babies, as well as teenagers, are always hard to come by so if you can donate something for one of these age groups that’s fantastic!

 4 million children live in poverty across the UK.  For these families Christmas is a luxury they just can’t afford.  Key 103 Cash for Kids launched Mission Christmas to help.  

You can bring your new and unwrapped gifts to leisure reception as we are a registered drop off point before 7th December.

Don’t forget that everything raised locally stays local, so you can be sure that your gift and cash donations will directly benefit a local child.

You can make a £1 individual donation by texting KEY £1 to 70808. You can read more about Mission Christmas here key103.co.uk/charity/mission-christmas

Rochdale Under Water Hockey Club girls win gold in Junior National Championship

30 August 2016 - By Barrie Whitehead (Rochdale Under Water Hockey Club)

Rochdale Underwater Hockey Club Rochdale Underwater Hockey girls Ella Tomlinson, Imogen Marshall and Sophie Redmond won Gold medals when their joint Manchester team won the under 12's National competition in Leeds beating teams from South East, and South West England, Portsmouth and Pembroke without conceding any goals, and drawing against a team from Batley.

Rochdale member Jacob Redmond was playing on the under 14's Batley team, and took third place in their age group against teams from South West England, Pembroke and Portsmouth.

Rochdale Under Water Hockey Club is friendly club for all family members, providing instruction and tuition in all aspects of the sport, equipment selection, skills and tactics and match practice. Open to all levels of skill; from beginner through experienced, to international. 

For more information, click here.





22 miles, 12 weeks, your pool! Aspire Channel Swim 2016

25 August 2016 - By Gareth Rhodes

Aspire Channel Swim

Swim the distance of the English Channel and raise money for Aspire and people paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. Join the challenge on your own, in a team, or with your class or colleagues and take on the 22 miles in your local pool, in your own time – or even in your lunch time!

Everyone can take part in the Aspire Channel Swim, so whether you’re 7 or 107, take up this autumn’s greatest challenge.
Sign up today  at aspirechannelswim.co.uk.  

Once you have signed up you can record your lengths on your individual challenge page to keep track of your position in the Channel. Share your page with your friends and family so that they can monitor your progress and keep updated with how your fundraising is going.

The more you share your challenge page through Facebook, Twitter and email, the more you'll raise! You can also challenge your fellow swimmers and see how they're getting on – make sure to check out the Leaderboard on the website to see your official Aspire Channel Swim ranking and see who else is taking part at your pool!

How many lengths is 22 miles?
Our pool is 25, so that is 1416 lenghts, or 118 per week over the 12 weeks.

Your support will make a huge difference to spinal injured people across the UK.    Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury.  Aspire exits because there is currently no cure.  Aspire provides essential services such as accessible housing, grants, assistive technology facilities and practical help to support spinal injured people from injury to independence.

Customer satisfaction and loyalty scores on the rise

24 August 2016 - By Nikki Jackson

Delivering a quality service which meets the needs of the local community, whilst providing the highest levels of customer service is a high priority.  To measure this, we conduct regular customer satisfaction surveys which utilise the Net Promoter Score.  This is a formula based on one question, “How likely are you to recommend Oulder Hill Leisure Complex to a friend or colleague?” Customers score 0-10, scores of 0-6 are categorised as detractors, people who are more likely to say negative things about the centre, 7-8 are passives, and 9-10 promoters, who are loyal and speak positively of the centre.  The formula calculates the number of survey responses in each category as a percentage, then you subtract the detractor score from the promoter score.

Research conducted by the national benchmarking scheme suggests the benchmark for the leisure sector is a NPS score of 34%.  Over the past 18 months we have successfully managed to improve our score, and surpass the national benchmark.   In February 2015 we achieved a NPS score of 62% this increased to 63% in September 2015, and finally 75% in June 2016.


OHLC retains Quest Accreditation for the 4th year

27 July 2016 - By Nikki Jackson

Quest is the leading UK quality scheme, designed primarily for the management of leisure facilities and leisure development.  Quest defines industry standards and good practice and encourages participant’s ongoing development and delivery with a customer focused management framework.  Its rigorous assessments challenge even the very best leisure centres in the UK. 

The accreditation process involves a mystery visit and on site assessment.  Our 2016 assessment highlighted health and safety,  maintenance systems, improvement planning, clean and visually appealing facilities, a motivated, enthusiastic workforce with all mystery visit enquiries answered quickly and professionally, excellent website and systems for measuring and improving customer satisfactions scores as positives for the centre.


www.questnbs.org

IQL UK External Quality Assessment Visit

24 February 2016 - By Nikki Jackson

We are very pleased to report we achieved 100% compliance on our recent external quality assessment visit from IQL UK.    These visits monitor our compliance with National Pool Lifeugard Qualification training, asessements and quality.  

IQL UK is the leading provider of lifeguard training, and a subsidiary of The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK),  the drowning prevention charity.

www.rlss.org.uk




House Building Project, Haiti

3 February 2016 - By Alex Willis

A WillisIn 2010 a small island in the Caribbean suffered an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude killing 200,00 people and leaving thousands homeless.

Haiti is still feeling the effects of the natural disaster which happened almost 6 years ago and is unable to generate significant humanitarian aid to cope with the essentials of everyday life. This means approximately 85,500 people are living in homes made from whatever is available to them such as corrugated iron. These homes have no running water, no sanitation and are under the constant threat of cholera. Although this happened 6 years ago, I want to publicise the issues still affecting them today. This summer I will be travelling to Haiti to build a house for a family in need.  To do this I need your help.

Funds raised for this project will be used to purchase materials which are needed to build new homes for the families displaced by the disaster. The homes will be built out of breeze block and will consist of two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and, living area. These are all seen as essentials to us but to the families in need this is seen as a luxury. The house will be completed in 14 days with the help from building experts and once completed we will hand the keys over to the new homeowner!

Once I have completed the project I will post pictures showing the results and hopefully a brand new house for the family who is in desperate need of it.

Please help me give a family a new home by donating as much or as little as you can.  You can donate online here crowdfunding.justgiving.com/alex-willis. You can also give donations to our reception who will ensure they reach me.

The below images show the current living conditions for many families affected.

Haiti before  Haiti before  Haiti before

This is an example of the type of house that, with your support, I will be able to build.

Haiti house building project




Mission Christmas!

20 November 2015 - By Nikki Jackson

Mission Christmas

Every year we support Mission Christmas with the donate a gift scheme.  4 million children live in poverty across the UK.  For these families Christmas is a luxury they just can’t afford.  Key 103 Cash for Kids launched Mission Christmas to help.  We are asking you to buy just one extra present this year to ensure that every child has a happy Christmas.

 We are looking for new and unwrapped gifts suitable for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years.  Presents for very young children and babies, as well as teenagers, are always hard to come by so if you can donate something for one ofMission Christmas these age groups that’s fantastic!   Unfortunately Mission Christmas are unable to take donations of used toys.

You can bring your new and unwrapped gifts to leisure reception as we are a registered drop off point before 7th December.

Don’t forget that everything raised locally stays local, so you can be sure that your gift and cash donations will directly benefit a local child.

Update:
We have had some lovely presents so far, please keep the gifts coming!

Merry Christmas, and thank you for your generosity!








My Men's Physique Competition Prep 

28 September 2015 - By Liam Poole

L PooleOn August 23rd at Leeds Town Hall I competed in my first body building show in the junior men’s physique category. 

I have been going to the gym for over six years, but serious preparations for the show started 16 weeks earlier, at the start of May!

Weight sessions stayed consistent throughout the four month prep, consisting of 5-6, 90 minute Hypertrophy sessions per week.

Cardio however increased in frequency, duration and intensity. If I was losing body fat, then the cardio would remain the same, but if weight loss began to plateau then I would change something. In the last few weeks prior to show day, I was completing two cardio sessions a day, that’s almost an hour and half of cardio!

The biggest change and most difficult part of comp prep was the nutrition! Four months of calorie counting, weighing meals and being strict was very difficult. I consumed zero alcohol, zero takeaways and zero crisps, sweets and other treats! I was consistent with everything, eating around six meals a day and preparing foods for weekends, day trips and even on stag parties!

I practised my posing, bought some board shorts, had my fake tan done, and took to the stage! There were 21 competitors in my category, of which I came 5th!

If you want any more information on training, nutrition, how I transformed my physique, or how to change yours, please speak to me in the gym or book in at reception for a programme.



Make a Splash for Charity: OHLC supports the Aspire Channel Swim

27 July 2015 - By Gareth Rhodes

Aspire Channel Swim

Swim the distance of the English Channel and raise money for people paralysed by spinal chord injuries. Join the challenge on your own, in a team or with your class or colleagues and take on the 22 miles at our pool, in your own time. Wouldn't it be great to be able to say "I swan the English Channel?"  

Join 5,000 other swimmers across the country who have signed up to swim 22 miles over a 12-week period, 14th September 7th December, whilst raising funds from family and friends for Aspire.  Whilst it will be a challenge for swimmers taking part, the health and fitness benefits of completing the Channel Swim are considerable.

If you would like to take part in the challenge, you can sign up at www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk.  

Join Team OHLC or show your support by making a donation here www.justgiving.com/teams/ohlc.

Your support will make a huge difference to spinal injured people across the UK.    Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury.  Aspire exits because there is currently no cure.  Aspire provides essential services such as accessible housing, grants, assistive technology facilities and practical help to support spinal injured people from injury to independence.



Lifeguards take part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for Springhill Hospice

7 May 2015 - By Nikki Jackson

Beth and Alex at OHLC

Oulder Hill Leisure Complex Lifeguards Beth Land and Alex Willis will take part in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday to raise money for local charity Springhill Hospice.

The pair have been training for the last few months in preparation for Europe's biggest 10K running event, which has seen more than a quarter of a million enthusiastic runners take to the streets of Manchester since the run was established in 2003. The Great Manchester Run has raised over £22 million for charity and is part of an elite group of running events with the IAAF Gold Label.

Springhill Hospice, which opened in 1989,  provides specialist palliative care for people with life-limiting illness throughout Rochdale and surrounding areas.

Please show your support by donating online at www.justgiving.com/beth-land

The event will be broadcast live on BBC 2, between 11.00 and 13.00 on Sunday 10 May.



Oulder Hill Leisure Complex wins top award from leading quality scheme

18 March 2015 

 The Team with Quest Award

Oulder Hill Leisure Complex has received a prestigious award from Sport England’s leading national quality scheme, Quest.

The centre won the award for second Highest Scoring Mystery Visit 2014 at this year’s Quest Awards, presented at the Quest & NBS Conference in Loughborough on 26 February.

Quest is the best-known improvement programme within the leisure industry and its rigorous assessments challenge even the very best leisure centres in the UK.

To win the award, Oulder Hill Leisure Complex got a higher score in its mystery visit than all but one of the 600-plus other centres that received Quest Plus accreditation last year.

In order to achieve Quest Plus, Oulder Hill Leisure Complex went through a two-year process, with a mystery visit and two-day assessment in year one, and a second mystery visit and one-day review in year two.

Nikki Jackson, TPU Manager said: “We are very proud to receive this award. Quest is a very demanding process so to score so highly in our mystery visit is a fantastic achievement, and really reflects the hard work of our whole team to continually improve the service we offer.”

Quest’s operations director, Caroline Constantine, said: ”Congratulations to Oulder Hill Leisure Complex. Receiving the second highest mystery visit score of any centre to go through Quest is an extremely impressive achievement, which amply demonstrates the combined team’s commitment to providing quality facilities and service to its customers.”



2014 AMPs Winner's Annouced!

18 March 2015

Janet Willis' hard work and dedication throughout 2014 has payed off! Not only does she feel fit and healthy but she was the winner of 12 months free membership in our 2014 AMPs Competition. Coming up second, winning 6 months free membership was Waheed Akhtar, and Reeta Kataria winning 3 months free membership in third place.

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