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New YMCA Branch Opens Saturday

YMCA has gotten the thumbs up from our construction company to open the doors of Saddletowne YMCA in northeast Calgary. This new YMCA location opens on Saturday January 7 at 7am. There are a few spaces still under construction, but for the most part, the facility will be open for full use.

Get ready for:

  • Two swimming pools
  • Hot tub
  • Steam room
  • Gymnasium
  • Three multi-purpose studios
  • Weight floor
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Running track
  • And more!

Don’t forget the official Grand Opening Celebrations for the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness take place the weekend of January 14 & 15. Festivities start Saturday at 11am in the Commons area and continue all weekend long. Everyone is invited and no RSVP required.


Saddletowne YMCA Opens Saturday!

YMCA has gotten the thumbs up from our construction company to open the doors of Saddletowne YMCA in northeast Calgary. This new YMCA location opens on Saturday January 7 at 7am. There are a few spaces still under construction, but for the most part, the facility will be open for full use.

Get ready for:

  • Two swimming pools
  • Hot tub
  • Steam room
  • Gymnasium
  • Three multi-purpose studios
  • Weight floor
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Running track
  • And more!

Don’t forget the official Grand Opening Celebrations for the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness take place the weekend of January 14 & 15. Festivities start Saturday at 11am in the Commons area and continue all weekend long. Everyone is invited and no RSVP required.


OPENING! Saddletowne YMCA Opens Saturday!

YMCA has gotten the thumbs up from our construction company to open the doors of Saddletowne YMCA in northeast Calgary. This new YMCA location opens on Saturday January 7 at 7am. There are a few spaces still under construction, but for the most part, the facility will be open for full use.

Get ready for:

  • Two swimming pools
  • Hot tub
  • Steam room
  • Gymnasium
  • Three multi-purpose studios
  • Weight floor
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Running track
  • And more!

Don’t forget the official Grand Opening Celebrations for the Genesis Centre of Community Wellness take place the weekend of January 14 & 15. Festivities start Saturday at 11am in the Commons area and continue all weekend long. Everyone is invited and no RSVP required.


YMCA Fact: Immigrant Services since 1870s

  • As far back as the 1870s classes were held to provide training to help citizens and immigrants find work.
  • In the 1930s, the YMCA initiated strategies to support unemployed by providing job counseling and training programs to teach skills.
  • The recession of the 1980s generated a host of additional employment, training and literacy programs for youth and adults, including unemployed youth at risk.
  • In the 1990s, the YMCA, with the private sector and federal government, launched a national youth internship program, to help give unemployed youth work experience. The Y’s settlement services continue to assist new immigrants in becoming oriented to life in Canada.
  • Did you know YMCA Calgary has an Immigrant Services area? Click here to find out more.


YMCA Fact: Swimming Since 1888

The Y has been teaching swimming since the first Y pools were built in 1888. In 1906, a Y staff member started a revolutionary style of swimming by teaching groups swim strokes using land drills before going into the water.

Even the military relied on the YMCA’s new swim instructions with WWI soldiers using land drills to learn strokes and survival swimming by wearing 60 pounds of gear in deep water. During the 1930s, the Y developed Canada’s first national standards for drown proofing, resusitation and scuba diving as well as test standards for swimming lessons that are still used today.


YMCA Fact: CDN Universities

Concordia University was originally founded by the YMCA of Montreal when it formed the Montreal YMCA Schools in 1926, which later became Sir George William University (named after the founder of the YMCA), before taking on its current name.

The YMCA of Ottawa saw a need for higher education and started Carleton College in 1942 as a post-secondary institution, open to everyone, with full-scale day and evening classes. The College later became Carleton University.

The YMCA of North Toronto was instrumental in the development of York University in 1959.


YMCA Fact: Basketball Invented at YMCA

Basketball was invented by Canadian YMCA Physical Director, James Naismith in December 1891. He was given just two weeks to come up with an indoor game that would amuse students more than standard calisthenics.

Hanging peach baskets to gymnasium balconies, Naismith tacked 13 rules to the wall and unveiled his game to the students. The game was an instant hit. The peach basket was quickly replaced by a wire basket with a hole in the bottom, through which a broom handle could be inserted to pop the ball out, after a bucket had been scored.


Teen Night Rocks at Shawnessy YMCA!

Bring a friend for FREE on January 13!  Teen night resumes on January 13 at Shawnessy YMCA and we want you to bring your friends.  Swimming, ping-pong, foosball, Wii, dancing and basketball are just some the activites available!  Come out Friday nights from 7-10 and have a great time.  Keep checking in to learn about our special events.


Teen Night at the Eau Claire YMCA

Looking for something for your TEENS to do over the holidays?

Join us at the Eau Claire YMCA for a $3.00 drop in of supervised Teen activities. Choose from basketball and other court sports, ping pong, squash, racquet ball, weight floor, running track and swimming.

A safe and healthy environment for your teens. Teen Nights at the Eau Claire YMCA will run both December 23rd and 29th.


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