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Newark and Sherwood District Council selected Nottinghamshire YMCA as its partner for the new Sports and Community Village in the heart of Newark.

We’ve designed the YMCA sports and community village to be used by the whole community. We believe in a holistic approach to sports and family activity.

We will provide a wide range of innovative and exciting programmes for people who live in Newark and Sherwood and the region. The YMCA sports and community village’s exceptional facilities will also host sporting events and competitions.

Artists impression of sports and community village

The newly released information for the sports and community village at Bowbridge Road in Newark, confirms a cycling track, multi-use all-weather sports pitches and a six-lane full-size athletics track endorsed by England Athletics. The plans also show five-a-side pitches, a skate park and a stadium football pitch.

At the heart of the impressive development is a community building, which will be home to a large family friendly café and function rooms. Specialist facilities within the community building provide space for children’s activities including dance, music-production and pottery, as well as accredited hospitality and catering training schemes. The plans also incorporate an adult education programme and a nursery.

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First floor plan of sports and community village
Plan of sports and community village
The most up to date plans of the site as of August 2017 (subject to change as plans are finalised)

The YMCA sports and community village will be a real hub of activity. We believe that everyone should feel part of a family and be able to take part in healthy activity as a group; whether that’s a sports club, an interest group or wider movement. We are looking forward to talking to local families to build an intergenerational and collaborative space.

Craig Berens, Director of Operations and Programmes at Nottinghamshire YMCA

Sport England is excited about the YMCA's innovative approach to the site development and the direction of travel which appears to align well with many of the strategic outcomes of the new Sport England's strategy. Not only around the concept catering to the core sports market, in addition the scheme also goes a long way to breaking down the barriers of physical inactivity.

The YMCA's proposed direction facilitates a more inclusive community facility, which can be shared by the whole community spectrum from early years children to retired adults. Sport England is looking forward to developing these plans further working with the YMCA and Newark and Sherwood District Council in the future.

Andy James, Relationship Manager Facilities & Planning at Sport England

Artists impression of sports and community village

YMCA sports and community village
programmes and facilities

Community Cafe

At the heart of the Sports and Community Village will be an inviting destination café. This is much more than a café creating healthy, nutritious food; it is also a place to learn where food comes from and how food is produced.

By day, the café will serve freshly prepared seasonal menus incorporating locally sourced produce, from a state-of-the-art training kitchen, which also delivers culinary training and apprenticeships. By night, the café will transform into a contemporary community space, which can be used for a wide range of educational activities, social events, exhibitions, showcases and supper clubs.

YMCA childcare - before and after school clubs

A safe and nurturing environment for 4-11 year olds before and after school. A highly dedicated and qualified staff team will deliver inclusive, experiential based learning supported by our core values. The clubs will allow parents to access further education, training or work knowing their children are gaining new and positive experiences.

Sports and Community Village facilities will be used to engage children in exciting developmental activities, which are linked to the national curriculum and STEM.

YMCA childcare - nursery and creche

Childcare for Children aged 6 months to 4 years. Children are provided with a wide range of learning experiences, both within the nursery building and the extensive outdoor space.

A child-centred approach promotes the development of creativity, individuality and self-confidence via partnerships with parents to provide the highest standards of care.

YMCA day camps and Camp Williams

YMCA camps deliver a unique blend of fun, educational and inspirational activity during the school holidays, to children aged 4-15.

All children at camps experience camp rallies, swimming, sports, outdoor adventure activities, games, crafts and much more. Recently climbing and skateboarding have been added to an ever-growing offer. Experienced camp leaders encourage and support children to learn new skills, have fun and make new friends.

Health and wellbeing programme

This programme uses the wide variety of sports facilities on site to offer a range of group exercise sessions. This will incorporate a multitude of activities from track running to specialty yoga pilates and boot camp, led by qualified and engaging instructors.

Speciality health and wellbeing membership

Small group training sessions led by fitness specialists combine the attention of a personal training session with an unrivalled team atmosphere, allowing members to work out with like-minded people and push themselves towards their next fitness or lifestyle goal.

Health and wellbeing accredited training

Providing a recognised step into the health and wellbeing industry and enabling learners to gain qualifications for career progression and personal development.

All courses are delivered by qualified and experienced tutors, who will tailor each course to meet the needs of the learners. A combination of theory based and practical learning is adopted to ensure every course is both accessible and engaging.

YMCA first sports

This unique and inclusive programme gets young children active from the age of two, in an educational, non-competitive and fun environment. Experienced coaches guide parents and their children throughout a programme which focuses on child development, in a positive and energetic environment.

YMCA family sports

The family sports programme supports parents and children to play sports together alongside other families, in a non-competitive and fun environment.

Family activities

Addressing the need for family participative activity, there will be a diverse range of indoor and outdoor scheduled activities available on a regular basis. Activities will range from mountain biking to pottery and cooking.

Research shows that access to developmental assets is important for child and community development. A family activity programme will incorporate many of the recommended developmental assets including encouragement of family support,positive family communication and other adult relationships.

Inclusive sports

Having been successfully delivered nationwide, the YMCA OnSide programme will provide inclusive sports sessions to meet the needs of participants with disabilities, parents and carers. Experienced leaders will help to make sport more accessible.

Adventure sports and activities

Delivered by an expert team to offer participants a taste of outdoor adventure sports, these sports promote self-esteem, confidence and team building in a supportive environment with inspiring role models.

Climbing wall

The YMCA sports and community village will host a high-quality climbing venue offering a range of services from clip and climb to birthday parties, business events and team building activities. The space will benefit from indoor climbing as well as bouldering. In addition, the outdoor space will benefit from an abseiling and climbing tower, high ropes course and zip-wire.

Alternative education

An alternative education programme will use onsite facilities to promote life and independence skills for learners currently not engaged or at the fringes of becoming NEET. The programme will include a host of activities drawing on expertise and experience from across the YMCA team.

YMCA Adventure Guides

Adventure Guides is designed to strengthen the relationship between a parent and child. Groups of fathers and their children plan monthly activities in groups, or ‘circles’. Circles enjoy weekend camps, expeditions and adventures. As well as incorporating many of the developmental assets, participants will have a sense of ownership of the space where their Adventure Guide circle meets and is a great way to encourage community in many settings.

Adult education

A diverse range of creative classes guaranteed to inspire and engage communities from across Newark and Sherwood, as well as the wider region, in the arts, food, the great outdoors and bush-craft.

Whether students are joining a half-day pottery session, sharpening their photography skills with an evening class, spending an entire day learning to bake or discovering how to plant an edible garden there will be courses to suit all ages and abilities. In addition to the structured adult education programme will be open workshops for individuals to hone their new skills and unleash their creativity.

Club support and facilitation

A programme focused on ensuring clubs who use the facility grow and enhance their club membership.

YMCA recognises the importance of high quality facilities and engagement with the local clubs; and also the need to support and nurture their development with access to updated safeguard training, coach training and business development.

Facility hire

Communities will be connected through programmes and the provision of exceptional facilities. The Sports and Community Village will be an innovative space that serves both the Newark Town community and the greater Newark and Sherwood District, as well as further afield.


The YMCA raises charitable funds annually to support those who may not otherwise be able to participate in its programmes. A key ethos for us is social and economic inclusivity; supporting communities to truly engage and aspire together. The YMCA’s mission "…for all" is focused on ensuring programmes and facilities maintain an exceptional high value point that will be recognised by the whole community.