Navy mums keep fighting fit
First Sea Lord, Admiral Philip Jones, officially opens the Sportsdrome Creche.
HMS Neptune’s Sportsdrome opened a new facility on Thursday, May 10, which will help mothers returning from maternity leave to raise their fitness levels.
The HMS Neptune Sportsdrome Crèche will allow parents to keep their children entertained in a safe and secure environment while they take advantage of the fantastic facilities available in the Base’s Sportsdrome.
The facility is being run by staff from the local Dinky Dolphins crèche and on May 10 the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, made the official opening accompanied by Captain Craig Mearns, Captain of HMS Neptune.
“The crèche has been a long time coming and I am proud to say it is now open and being fully utilised,” said Captain Mearns.
“This is a great opportunity for serving mums returning from maternity leave to get back into their fitness levels, ready to return back to work and prepare for their annual fitness test.”
The crèche is currently being trialled and will run at specific times twice a week. The crèche’s creation was almost a year in the planning with Petty Officer Ian Robinson acting as project manager. With assistance from local crèche Dinky Dolphins, and a kind donation from HMS Temeraire’s Re-balancing Lives Fund, the Sportsdrome’s old stationary store and office space has been transformed into a colourful crèche.
“It was quite a bit of work, liaising with both the civilian and military partners involved,” explained Petty Officer Robinson. “As well as ensuring that health and safety regulations were met and that policies and insurance were in place, I also designed helped promote the new facility.
“We hope that parents will take advantage of the crèche and hopefully, if there is the demand, we will look at extending the service.”
The Sportsdrome crèche will be open every Tuesday and Friday from 9.15am until 11.15am.