Goldsmiths gym to shut up shop next month
Goldsmiths University of London has announced that its Club Pulse gym will close on March 31, 2020.
“The original contract with Pulse gyms, which ran for ten years, expired in February 2016 and there was never a formal commitment to extend,” Goldsmiths said.
The college also said that it is reviewing how the gym space could better serve students. They could not, however, find alternative space to host on-campus fitness classes:
“We understand that the 12% of students and staff who used the gym regularly will be disappointed. Working with Pulse, we looked into providing alternative provision on our estate but no suitable spaces could be found.”
Goldsmiths is now “in discussions with local gyms about offering discounted rates for our community.”
But the Students’ Union Campaigns and Activities Officer, Beth Lowe, slammed the decision to close Club Pulse. Lowe raged: “Many of you are as fuming as I am about the news. It is a MASSIVE loss and I share in a lot of your frustrations about this decision.
“Since the closing of the sports hall to make more design studios, Club Pulse has been the only place on campus where students can exercise. For many students, it is a safe and accessible environment and needed for their wellbeing and ONCE AGAIN, the college have ignored their students.”
Lowe also reported that there was “zero consultation” with staff or students.
“I am sensing a BIG and CONSTANT theme here,” she continued. “Senior management claim that they are closing the gym so students can have more learning space. But we didn’t ask for this.”
She concluded that Goldsmiths “does not care” about its students’ wellbeing, nor has it considered the needs of the local community and gym staff.
Some members of the Goldsmiths University gym have organised a petition to save the gym.
LondonStudent has reached out to Goldsmiths for a response to the Students’ Union criticism.
We have also contacted the Students’ Union and Pulse Group for further comments.
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