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THE fitness suite at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre is to have a £180,000 refurbishment.

There will be 43 new pieces of fitness equipment installed with a larger general exercise area and the gym will be given a fresh new look.

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The gym will be closed for a week from Sunday, November 24 until Sunday, December 1 to allow the work to be completed.

And to celebrate the new-look and upgraded gym re-opening, an Open Weekend is being held on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8.

Anyone can come along to the gym and try out the new fitness machines for free, book a place at one of the fitness classes and take part in an exercise class in the gym being held every hour from 9am until 3pm.

There are also two special offers to coincide with the new-look Lagoon gym. Anyone taking out a monthly membership in December 19 will only have to pay a reduced joining fee of £10 – a saving of £20. And two people can get a  six-month gym-only membership that gives them access to Renfrewshire Leisure’s six fitness suites for only £179.

Call our memberships team on 0300 300 0250 or visit one of our centres to find out more.

Head of Leisure and community services, Mark Tokeley said: “We’re always looking at ways of giving our gym members even greater value for money by providing top-class fitness facilities.

“By refurbishing the Lagoon gym anyone coming along can’t help but be impressed at the standard of the equipment they will have to use.”

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A luxury spa in Paisley is celebrating its seventh birthday – by giving every else a present!

Eve Spa, in The Lagoon Leisure Centre is hosting as special three-day birthday party on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 7,8 and 9.

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Between 10am and 8pm on Thursday and Friday and between 10am and 5pm on Saturday there will be complimentary drinks and nibbles along with the obligatory slice of birthday cake for everyone.

There is also a host of special birthday offers. Clients who book a £30 VIP treatment will get a free gift and £20 back to spend on a minimum of two beauty products.

The VIP treatments people can choose from include a Caudalie Express 30-minute facial; Caudalie Fleur de Vigne 25-minute back massage; Ishga Express 30-minute facial; Ishga salt and oil 30-minute scrub and a Comfort Zone Express 30-minute facial.

The spa’s Thermal Experience can be added on to any of the birthday treatments booked for only £5.

For the whole of this birthday week until Saturday Gel Fingers will only cost £11 and Fake Bake Spray Tans will be £10.

Log on to www.eve-spa.co.uk for more information or call 0300 300 0266. Advanced booking is advised.

PARENTS can bring their babies along to fitness classes run by Renfrewshire Leisure.

There are more than 60 classes in the new fitness timetable where mums or dads can have their babies sitting in a buggy or car seat alongside them as they work out.

Classes including Body Pump, Body Attack, Zumba, Vibe Spin Disco, Metafit and Spin Cycle Training are now buggy friendly.

These classes take place at The Lagoon Leisure Centre, in Paisley, Linwood’s ON-X, Erskine Sports Centre, Renfrew Leisure Centre, Johnstone Sports Hub and Ralston Community Sports Centre.

Anyone interested should log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com and look out for the dark blue buggy logo on the timetable to see when the buggy friendly classes are being held.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “This is an ideal opportunity for new mums and dads – or even grannies and grandpas looking after their grandchildren – to maintain their fitness without the extra cost of childcare.

“It can be difficult for mums getting back into a normal fitness routine after having a baby.

“Also, babysitters can be hard to find during the day when family and friends are at work. So, we’re giving mums and dads the option of bringing their babies along with them.

“Of course, you don’t need to bring a baby along to join the classes, as everyone is welcome!”

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JENNIFER Wilkie fears that one day she will be completely deaf.

But the 29-year-old from Paisley is determined that if and when that day comes she’ll be prepared and still be able to communicate.

Jennifer has joined Renfrewshire Leisure’s Sign Language Club, which meets several times a week at Paisley Arts Centre.

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She is joined by dozens of other people who want to learn British Sign Language (BSL) in a fun and relaxing way.

An Early Years Excellence and Equity Lead, at a local children’s centre, Jennifer explains:

“My main reason for learning BSL is to prepare me for the day I don’t have any hearing at all.

“I have profound hearing loss that is helped by two hearing aids, which I use every day and I can’t function without them.

“My hearing has slowly become worse over the years and there is no way of knowing if I will lose all my hearing and when this might happen.”

She continues: “It became apparent when I was young that I had hearing problems, but no one knows what has caused my deafness.

“I joined the Sign Language Club so I can communicate with people if my hearing ever goes completely. My mum comes to the club with me and we both pass on what we have learned to our family, so if the day ever comes that I am completely deaf, they will be able to communicate with me as well.”

Jennifer is urging other people to join the Sign Language Club and learn BSL from profoundly deaf tutor Graham Dow and BSL qualified David O’Rorke.

She says: “I would encourage everyone to come along and learn BSL. It’s such an essential skill to have to allow everyone to communicate and to lessen the barriers for deaf people.

“Graham and David who run the classes are very motivational, but make the classes very relaxed for everyone. The have inspired me to learn even more about sign language and I want to go on to gain a BSL qualification”

A new family BSL group has recently been started at Paisley Arts Centre, every Saturday, between noon and 1pm. Beginners meet on a Saturday, between 11am and noon and a Monday between 7pm and 8pm. The intermediate group meets on a Monday between 6pm and 7pm.

Anyone interested in coming along to the Sign Language Group should contact Emma Armstrong, on 0300 300 1210.

FOUR young women are living the dream after achieving their goal of having a career in sport.

From left, Amie Couttie, Tammy Johnston, Erin Campbell and Samantha Duncan

They have gone from volunteering to help run sports activities while they were still at school, studying for qualifications at college and university to now becoming successful sports coaches as Renfrewshire Leisure Active Schools Co-ordinators.

During Scotland’s Women and Girls in Sport Week – September 28 to October 4 – Amy Couttie, Samantha Duncan, Tammy Johnston and Erin Campbell revealed the role of the staff and coaching initiatives from Renfrewshire Leisure had in helping them achieve their “dream job” in sport.

 Tammy Johnston was just four when she started competing in Irish dancing competitions and as she got older, Tammy began coaching younger dancers.

“This was when I discovered my love of teaching and leadership,” she says.

“Then, when I was in secondary school I came across my Active Schools Co-ordinator and it wasn’t long before I was going to primary schools delivering activities during Health Week.

“After I’d taken part in the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education programme I realised I wanted to pursue a career as an Active Schools Co-ordinator.

“I volunteered to work more than 300 hours during the programme and the Active Schools team helped me develop my confidence, leadership and core coaching skills.”

While Tammy was at university studying for a Sports Development degree, she became a sessional coach with Active Schools and ran an after-school club for participants with addition support needs.

Tammy, 21, from Paisley is now a full-time Active Schools Co-ordinator and she says: “The aims of increasing participation in sport for everyone is something I am really passionate about.

“I love walking into schools and feeling I am making a difference to young people’s lives. I was just 13 when I decided this is what I wanted to do and I never thought I would be where I am today working in my dream job.”

Amy Couttie, 24, from Howwood, in Renfrewshire explains: “My journey began when I was 14 and I volunteered to help run sports clubs in my local primary school.

“After four years of coaching in schools and extra-curricular clubs, Renfrewshire Leisure gave me a job as a sessional sports coach.

“I was dedicated to my role with Renfrewshire Leisure and after graduating with a BSc in Sports Coaching, I was focussed on pursuing a full-time career doing something I loved.”

Amy adds: “That’s now happened, as I’ve recently been given a role with Renfrewshire Leisure as an Active Schools and Community Club Development Officer.

“I’m on cloud nine that I’ve managed to get a full-time job in Active Schools – the place where I started my journey in sport.”

Samantha Duncan, 23, from Linwood got her passion for sport through her dance background and being a competitive street dancer. She came fifth in the World Championships and made the semi-final of the European championships.

She says: “My experiences and a passion for sport made me understand the positive impact sport can have on people’s lives.

“So, I continued my journey by taking a Sports Leaders course at school and completed the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education programme.

“Throughout my studies at college and university where I gained a degree in Sports Development, I volunteered as a coach with the Active Schools programme promoting and developing dance and gymnastics to young people.

“I’m now a full-time Active Schools Co-ordinator with Renfrewshire Leisure and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given over the years. Sport is a massive part of my life and it has shaped me into a confident individual.

“My dream has become a reality and I can now support young people who aspire to make a difference and help them have a career in sport – just like me.”

Erin Campbell, 23, from Houston, Renfrewshire was a sports fanatic from an early age and joined as many sports clubs as she could while at primary school. She then went on to represent Scotland playing basketball in several age groups.

Erin’s involvement with Renfrewshire’s Active Schools programme began while she was in her third year at university studying for a degree in Sport and Physical Activity.

She explains: “I had to arrange a work placement as part of the course and my local Active Schools programme seemed like the ideal place as I’d always had an interest in what it does.

“This gave me valuable experience and I’ve now got a full-time job as an Active Schools Co-ordinator.”

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “What Amy, Samantha, Tammy and Erin have achieved is nothing short of inspirational. They can be rightly proud of their achievements. We’re also proud of them and what we’ve done to help them on their journey.

“Their stories show that girls and young women can achieve their dreams of working in a sports-related job and you can be sure Renfrewshire Leisure will be here to help the up-and-coming sports coaches and organisers of the future – just like we helped Amy, Samantha, Tammy and Erin.”

YOUNGSTERS can have lots of fun and games during the October school holidays.

Renfrewshire Leisure is running a series of activity camps for children in Primaries 1 to 7 at the Lagoon Leisure Centre, Johnstone Sports Hub, Renfrew Sports Centre and Park Mains, in Erskine.

These take place daily between Monday, October 14 and Friday, October 18.

There will be lots of different activities to keep youngsters amused and active during the school break including a variety of sports, arts and crafts, swimming, games and themed days.

There will also be a football camp at Renfrew’s KGV Pavilion and Gryffe High School, in association with the Scottish Football Association as well as outdoor activities that include mountain biking, raft building and kayaking.

And on Sunday, October 20, at the Lagoon there will be a Disability Bounce About A Bit Event! This event is open to anyone with a physical disability, sensory impairment and or learning disability.

Soft drinks and snacks will be provided for the participants, who must be accompanied by an adult who will receive free tea or coffee.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Our activity camps and hugely popular and it’s best to book early so your child is guaranteed a place.

“There’s a huge range of activities and one thing’s for sure – anyone who comes along will have a fun time.”

To book a place log on to www.renfrewshire-leisure.class4kids.co.uk/camps or by calling 0300 300 0250.

YOUNG people will be made aware of the dangers of becoming addicted to video games in an innovative new programme being launched by Renfrewshire Leisure.

The eSports Athlete initiative will be launched early next year after the Scottish Government announced the Public Library Improvement Fund would give a £7450 grant towards the programme.

The project will be run in the Central Library, next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre with young people between the ages of 12 and 18 taking part.

As well as making young people aware of the potential of becoming addicted to video games, they will also be shown how they can use their computer skills to make a career in eSports and its associated industries as content creators.

They will take part in workshops on art and design, photography, filmography, streaming, casting and improving their performance through planning and training.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Sports Services team will also join with Renfrewshire Libraries to encourage the young people to stage workshops on health and wellbeing.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chairperson, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “We appreciate the opportunity we’ve been given by the Scottish Government funding to be able to run with this innovative programme.

“The eSports Athlete Program gives young people a healthy way to enjoy computer games as part of a balanced lifestyle and hopefully, spark inspiration about pursuing a career in the gaming industry.”

 

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Youth Festiva Launch 21.8.19-4057

PAISLEY YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE FROM 3-15 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

Paisley Youth Arts Festival – a brand new multi-arts festival for young people in Paisley – has been launched today (Wednesday 21st August 2019).  The festival will run from 3-15 September 2019 and will feature over 50 events taking place in venues around the town centre, attracting up to 6000 young people from Paisley, Renfrewshire and beyond. 

The project is one of the initiatives to come out of the Paisley 2021 legacy’s focus on youth arts events and is an independent project by local partners:  Create Paisley; Erskine Music and Media Studio; Outspoken Arts Scotland, PACE, Renfrewshire Leisure and University of West of Scotland (UWS).

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The festival will feature gaming, virtual reality, workshops for skills knowledge and pathways, podcasts, exhibitions, talent showcases, live music, open mic nights, parties and much more.  There are three strands to the programme: Kids (age 5-12 year olds); Teens (age 13-18) and Young Adults (18-25 year olds).  

Renfrewshire Leisure have programmed an evening of cool new bands and rising talent featuring: Man of Moon, Tiny Murder, Ghost Baby, Lunir + others.  Fresh from a summer tour, taking in Kelburn Garden Party, Belladrum, King Tut’s and the Outwith festival, the formidable Man of Moon bring their juggernaut of sound to Paisley. On the night they will be joined by up-and-coming Tiny Murder, who will bring their unique cinematic dream pop to the audience one of the most talented young groups to come from Renfrewshire, the unmissable Ghostbaby and electronic duo, Lunir.  Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/man-of-mon-tiny-murder-ghostbaby-tickets-67009504231

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Outspoken Arts Scotland’s programme for the festival will celebrate women in music with a full evening of folk, acoustic, singer-songwriters, unique and original talent at UWS.  The event will feature Paisley’s very own Carol Laula, who will perform with her band in this female-focused, variety-packed music extravaganza, presenting a full and fabulous set of her own whilst introducing some exciting women in music showcasing songs old and new. Featuring:  Jordan Stewart; Lisa Kowalski; Mandulu & Hephzibah; Marina Rolink; Erskine Music & Media; PACE Youth Theatre Choir + other acts tba. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carol-laula-band-guests-celebrating-women-in-music-tickets-67457775021

 

PACE Rep Company present four shows:  Little Wings, fresh from Edinburgh Festival; The Diary of Anne Frank; Avalanche and Sad Eyes to Smile With by performance poet, Ink Asher Kemp.  PACE will also be running workshops in acting, directing and performing skills.  All events take place at The Wynd on School Wynd. Tickets available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/pacetheatre

POP at The Piazza shopping mall in Paisley town centre will be the festival hub and will feature a variety of events including: a Retro Gaming Zone with a chance to play some of the classic platform games over each weekend;  The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging – a visual art installation by artist, Toby Messenger; a live Scottish video games podcast from The Nearly Men; an Open Mic Session by Erskine Music and Media Studio and a Zero Waste origami wallet/purse making workshop hosted by ReModeCreate Paisley will run a young creators relaunch party and art workshops for:  paper and ipad; poster printing and giant string arts.

Erskine Music and Media Studio will present: ‘Intro 2021‘- a compilation album featuring young up-and-coming artists aged between 12-25 from within Renfrewshire. The album will be launched at Comicrazy in Paisley with vinyl available to purchase at the event. This is a family-friendly free event celebrating the exciting local music scene in Renfrewshire.

University of West of Scotland’s Student Union in Storie Street will host their Freshers’ Finale UV Paint Party; The Big Quiz; A White T shirt party club night; a karaoke night; a ceilidh and whisky tasting and a silent disco.

The Fourth Wall is a virtual reality experience by John M Walter, part of 131st Annual Exhibition of Paisley Art Institute in the old Co-Op unit in The Piazza. 

Quotes from Erskine Music and Media Studio; UWS and Renfrewshire Leisure to follow. 

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Steven Thomson, Creative Director, Outspoken Arts Scotland, commented: “The team at Outspoken Arts Scotland are absolutely delighted that Paisley Youth Arts Festival has truly emerged as a shining example of collaboration and partnership with other key youth organisations in the area and as a direct outcome of all of our efforts in the bid legacy from Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture.” 

For further information and to see the full programme: http://youthartsfestival.co.uk/

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Open Doors at Renfrewshire. 8.9.18

Venues all over Renfrewshire are preparing to throw open their doors and invite people to delve deeper into their history.

Doors Open Days – Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, old and new – takes place this weekend, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.

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More than 50 buildings across Renfrewshire – many of which do not normally allow access to what’s going on behind the scenes – will welcome people of all ages, and share interesting stories on Renfrewshire’s history and heritage.

Activities will take place in Paisley, Renfrew, Linwood, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Erskine and Inchinnan.

New venues introduced across Renfrewshire this year include – Brediland Allotments, Grow in Glenburn, Fountain Gardens, PACE, Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience, Wellmeadow Bowling Club, Renfrew Association of Growers & Gardeners, Renfrew Police office, Renfrew North Parish Church and Johnstone Credit Union.

A group of intrepid individuals will also be going underground on a tour of Paisley’s medieval Abbey Drain. Places on this year’s tour were decided by a ballot.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Doors Open Day nationally, with more than 1000 buildings set to open across the country.

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Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will be visiting a few of the venues on Saturday.

Provost Cameron said: “Doors Open Days is a weekend full of learning and fun and it’s always great to see people of all ages taking part.

“To have more than 50 venues signed up to take part this year is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to hearing interesting stories about our history and heritage that will inform our future.

“Major events like this are great for the local economy as they get people out and about and spending money locally. I hope that people of all ages take time out this weekend to get involved.”

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Visitors are being encouraged to share their Doors Open Days photos on social media using  #DODSCOT

A full list of venues can be viewed online at https://paisley.is/featured_event/renfrewshire-doors-open-days/

For a look forward to what’s coming up across Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisley.is

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THERE’S something for everyone to enjoy between now and the end of the year in the new series of shows, performances and events being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure.

The latest free edition of The Guide – the indispensible almanac for lovers of music, theatre and all things entertainment locally – has just been published.

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The booklet covers a veritable compendium of comedy, music, family events, thought-provoking theatre performances, dance, talks, film, panto and even Christmas Party nights.

Highlights of the coming months contained in The Guide include a host of events from the upcoming Paisley Youth Arts Festival and the annual Spree Festival.

Morag Macpherson, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We have a brilliant independent, dynamic youth arts scene, so expect the best from Paisley’s inaugural Youth Arts Festival in September.

“Young people and their grown ups have some beautifully crafted theatre to look forward to, with Anonymouse and Eaten at Paisley Arts Centre, WhirlyGig, at Foxbar Community Centre, and Stick By Me at Johnstone Town Hall as just a few examples.

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“People can experience the best in touring theatre, including Company Chordelia and Stellar Quines, and don’t miss contemporary dance piece The Box by Julia James-Griffiths.”

The Guide can be picked up from Paisley Arts Centre, Renfrew and Johnstone Town Halls and Linwood’s Tweedie Hall, or it can be downloaded from www.renfrewshireleisure.com .

To book any of the events featured in The Guide, log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on or call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or visit Paisley Arts Centre, in New Street, Paisley.