Fitness centre set for further expansion

Founder and Chairman of Fraserburgh Fitness Centre, Albert Ross.
Founder and Chairman of Fraserburgh Fitness Centre, Albert Ross.

A Buchan leisure facility is getting ready for further expansion.

The Fraserburgh Fitness Centre is preparing for the renovation less than a year after

Beauty Therapist at Fraserburgh Fitness Centre, Helen Tyson.

Beauty Therapist at Fraserburgh Fitness Centre, Helen Tyson.

The centre was founded by Albert Ross who started teaching martial arts in Fraserburgh in 1995. A few years after Albert started teaching, he wanted to find permanent premises for teaching. Having looked at different venues, Albert saw an advert in the Fraserburgh Herald for a building in James Ramsey Park that was surplus to requirements. Albert took on the derelict building in 2001 and spent the next three years bringing it up to an acceptable standard of repair.

The Fitness Centre started as a small gym and karate and kick-boxing classes. However, due to an increase in membership, it was decided that the centre should expand. In 2008, a 120 sq. metre extension was added to the building, doubling the size of the gym.

Then, in 2010, another new extension was made to the centre, again with the intention of doubling the amount of space at the club. After planning applications were submitted and funding-raising work was undertaken, the 575 sq. metre extension was completed in November 2011.

The club now includes two gyms, three multi-use halls, a boxing room, a beauty therapy room, and cafe area.

Prior to the most recent expansion, 400 visitors came to the club per week. Now, the centre welcomes an average of 700 visitors per week and has 1400 registered gym users. The club offers a range of sports and activities including karate, kick-boxing, yoga, over-50s classes and also drug rehabilitation work.

And the club’s work doesn’t stop there. The centre has new plans to expand its premises to increase the range of activities on offer. The plan includes an extension to the rear of the building to increase the workout areas.

Although the centre started life as Albert’s business, he later handed it over for community use. Albert regularly works at the club 60-70 hours per week.

Commenting, founder and chairman of the centre Albert said: “We are a forward-thinking club. We’re have charitable status and we’re built for the use of the community.

“Money that comes into the club is re-invested in the club.”

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