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Healthy Body Healthy Mind


Mr D Healthy Body Healthy Mind community program is a regular motivational circuit session. This is held at the Powerhouse every Saturday at 12.30pm -2pm. This has been a highly successful session, and in 2013 won a community award for its positive contribution to peoples’ health and well being and its continued service.

I have recommended Mr D circuit to numerous people, to help them build confidence, personal fitness, socialise and make new friends. Very welcoming, makes you feel part of the family.

At the session you can expect to do running drills, light weights, floor exercises, aerobics, regular bleep tests and team work activities. New and innovative circuit sessions are thought of regularly to challenge fitness and confidence.

Every Saturday a motivational text message is sent out to all those who attend the sessions aiming to give them a positive start to their day. Circuit is not just about getting fit in body but also in mind.

The trainer is highly motivational with a positive and welcoming attitude, nothing is too much for him and everyone is welcome, we have young people from 11 years old right up to 60 years of age and from many different areas of Manchester.

Devon is a great motivator. The atmosphere at the circuit sessions is welcoming and friendly. I feel much healthier and physically fit.

The circuit program also incorporates a yearly fathers group outing which helps to promote the relationships fathers have with their children. Last year they went to Head over heels and both the fathers and children commented on how much they enjoyed the day. They also have a Christmas outing where everyone can go out and socialise with each other and celebrate the achievements they have made over the year in the circuit sessions.



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Goal Attack: The Rise of Flava Netball

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Flava netball junior sessions run on Thursday evenings for girls aged 9 to 16+ at the Powerhouse. You can hear the bouncing balls, shouting and cheering of the players, and the hum of parents watching from the side-lines, chatting, as well as the occasional whistle from the court.

Flava Netball Club consists of four senior teams and a junior development squad for those aged 9 to 16+ years. The senior teams currently play in the Manchester Evening League in divisions 1, 3, 5 and 7, and the club is also represented in mixed netball competitions.

Fran Campbell Miller has been involved with Flava since its inception; originally called Moss Side Netball, the team met at the old Moss Side youth club where Fran started coaching in 1979. After the demolition of the old youth club, three different netball teams – Victoria, Elite and Moss Side Netball – came together to form Flava.

Fran has witnessed the transition from the old Moss Side youth club to the new Powerhouse building, and netball has been a huge part of that journey:

When the Powerhouse was built, they wanted to ensure the continuation of netball in the centre itself

The young people who played sport at the old youth club were also involved in the design of the new multi-purpose court, choosing colours and themes, and which is now ‘a fantastic facility’.

On Thursday evenings at the Flava junior sessions, the sports hall is bustling with activity for the whole hour, with twenty-six or so young people charging around the court; bouncing, throwing, passing and shooting, and generally appearing to have a great time.

Fran notes that the club is working with young people on the development squad to ‘get them to start playing netball, and eventually take over from the older members’. When asked what about the appeal of netball, she muses ‘netball is quite big at the moment’, and points to the junior development sessions which have had a great response from young people in the area, who ‘came forward and wanted to get involved’. Any prospective members, she adds, should simply ‘come down’ on a Thursday and see what the club is all about.

For more information about Flava netball club you can visit their website here.