They came, they watched – they took part.
Youngsters and parents from across the West End have had their first taste of Movement Park.
The new activity centre with a difference has opened for business with a varied programme of events and demonstrations.
The launch culminated in a weekend of activities and displays involving the centre’s team of professional coaches.
Visitors took part in judo sessions, movement classes, Tai Chi, dance, yoga, juggling and circus skills, Boccia – a game similar to bowls and petanque played by people with severe disabilities – and parkour, a gymnastic-type discipline.
Even the local MP Carol Monaghan got a piece of the action during a session for special guests.
Convenor Stephen Somerville said the launch sessions had been a great success.
“Everything has gone really well with our opening launch – the turnout and interest has been fantastic.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone as our programme of events and activities gets under way.”
Based at a converted warehouse in South Street, Whiteinch, Movement Park was set up following the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 by a group of judo players, including Stephen, who wanted to build on the legacy the games offered.
The charity says it wants to enhance the lives of the local community through an alternative approach to sport and fitness.
Its vision is different because coaches focus on building up a person’s fundamental movement skills as the backbone to sporting activity.
Crucially, the new centre will offer affordable activity for people within the G14 and surrounding postal code areas who may lack access to tradition sports facilities.
The charity has already been working with 22 local schools to deliver outreach activities.
It further aims to be fully inclusion of all abilities and disabilities.
Yvonne Brennan, the Park’s marketing and communication director, said the team was thrilled with first few days of activity.
She said: “We were delighted so many people came down to Movement Park over the launch weekend to try the wide range of activities on offer.
“The space was ideal for families, with parents able to occupy toddlers in the play rooms and children aged 5+ free to experience a little bit of everything, including the very popular indoor and outdoor parkour frames.
Watch: Stephen Somerville talks about what makes Movement Park special.
“Parents told us they felt Movement Park offered them something really different to do with the kids – allowing children to try different activities such as circus skills, table tennis, parkour, inclusive events such as Boccia and judo-based skills such as tumbling and rolling.
“Local residents were also interested in our adult classes as every afternoon at Movement Park is dedicated to helping the over 60’s remain active.”
* For more information about Movement Park visit the website.