A new family ‘supercentre’ offering action-packed sessions for people young and old has been unveiled in Handsworth.
The Sheffield Dragons and Dragons Academy facility is hosting classes in martial arts, dancing and fitness for all ages.
Couple Lucy Hurst-Johnston and Terry Johnston – who met when Lucy attended a martial arts class Terry was running 15 years ago – have moved the centre from their former base in Woodhouse.
It opened on Monday after a special preview evening for members was held, with a dance show entertaining the crowds.
Mum-of-two Lucy, who lives on the Bramley estate in Handsworth, said: “It is a real family affair, my mum works for us too because we don’t have many staff.
“We started off just doing karate classes in schools and over the years have expanded, and as we’ve done that we needed more space.
“We are hoping more people from the area will come to the centre.
“Even when we were in Woodhouse we had a lot of people from Handsworth coming – they do travel from all over the city.”
The centre, on Orgreave Drive, includes a boutique fitness suite.
A playgroup for babies and toddlers caters for the youngest customers and at the other end of the scale karate enthusiasts Eddie Pinder, aged 80, and 75-year-old Carol Wallis, will practise there after achieving black belts in the martial art last year.
Lucy said: “Our aim is to be accessible for all the family.
“Eddie and Carol came to start using our gym, saw the karate going on and wanted to give it a go.
“Now they have their black belts!
“We are open seven days a week offering all kinds of martial arts, boxing, dancing and fitness.”
For more details on the centre and the classes that are available, call staff on 0114 2880300 or visit www.sheffielddragons.co.uk