John McVeity Centre
John McVeity Centre (JMC) – Under City of Playford management from 1 January 2021
The JMC at Smithfield is a Council-owned facility that plays an important role in the local community. It is a place that many people rely on to support their health and wellbeing and provides opportunities for people to come together and connect socially.
From 1 January 2021, Council will regain management of the JMC. This means we will not only own the centre, but run the programs and services from it too, much like we do at other community facilities like the Northern Sound System, Healthy Food Co and Elizabeth Rise Community Centre.
Our management agreement with current operators, YMCA, comes to an end on 31 December 2020. We’ve taken this opportunity to rethink how things are run at JMC and how we can bring extra value to the community. We are excited by the chance to work with nearby services and other groups to increase JMC’s service options with new social and wellbeing programs.
The JMC is not closing down. The absolute majority of programs and services will continue ‘business as usual’.
Regular hirers and user groups will be contacted directly to discuss continuing their existing arrangements. You won’t be asked to leave or cease operating from the JMC.
Court sport competitions including basketball, netball and futsal will recommence in early 2021 following the usual Christmas/New Year break.
Function rooms will continue to be available for the community to hire for events and functions.
We are pleased to announce our Aquadome partner, BlueFit will deliver the group fitness program and child minding service from 11 January 2021.
Group fitness classes will continue with ‘pay as you go’ options to allow more flexibility for users.
BlueFit specialise in delivering world class programming and services with their philosophy being ‘Inspiring Community Activity’.
We look forward to strengthening our partnership and delivering positive outcomes for the Playford community.
You can learn more about BlueFit here: www.bluefit.com.au
There will no longer be a membership based gym service at the JMC from close of business 30 December 2020. While the gym will close, there will still be a range of group fitness activities offered at the facility with new health and wellbeing programs to be introduced in 2021.
Detailed information for gym members
No action is required by members; all memberships will automatically cease end of day 30 December 2020.
Payment and refund arrangements
For direct debit members, the last debit will be on 17 December 2020, which will permit access up to and including 30 December. Members are welcome to request cancellation prior adhering to standard membership terms (two weeks written notice).
For upfront (contract) members and visit pass holders, any remaining value (pro-rata) will be refunded to you. The YMCA will provide these members with instructions on how to submit banking details for the refund, which will be processed in the first two weeks of 2021.
JMC Members offer – Join the Aquadome
Members have the option of joining the Aquadome gym. All current JMC gym members are offered:
- No new joining fee
- Free membership for January and February 2021
Current members will be provided with further information regarding this. No personal data will be provided to a third-party.
We recognise the importance of maintaining group fitness access for parents and have engaged BlueFit to continue to offer child minding services in the New Year to align with the Group Fitness program. You can learn more about BlueFit here: www.bluefit.com.au
Thank you to YMCA
Council sincerely thanks the YMCA and its staff for their positive contribution in managing the centre. They have played a big part in the JMC’s history and formed close connections with the local community. We will continue to work with the YMCA during the handover to ensure a smooth transition.
Further information will be communicated directly to members and user groups over the coming weeks. In the meantime:
- For any JMC member or user group enquiries, or information relating to the transition, please email JMC@playford.sa.gov.au or call the Council on 8256 0333.
- For information on your existing gym membership, please contact YMCA on phone (08) 8480 0100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.