Trustees over the moon with Satellite’s success

FROM karate to reiki, funky fitness to ukulele music, there was something for everyone at an Open Day to promote the thriving Satellite Centre in Greenfield.


Jamie Curley, Mandy Gorey, Graham Griffiths, Jacqui Greenfield, Cllr Shadab Qumer, Mike Rooke

More than 200 visitors attended the Wellington Road facility, now under the management of Saddleworth Sports Youth and Community Association.

The venue already has an average of 70 per-cent occupancy including four key tenants: Uppermill Football Club, Youth Local (YoLo), Baby Ballet and Funky Fitness and Fun.

Boosted by project funding from Action Together Oldham, the Centre will be hosting a range of Body Mind and Wellbeing activities throughout 2018.

After opening the event, Councillor Shadab Qumer, the Mayor of Oldham, spent more than an hour meeting participants and visiting exhibits and demonstrations.

“People who work so hard to deliver services in our community were greatly encouraged by the Mayor,” said SSYCA’s trustee chair, Mike Rooke.

“He showed great understanding and sensitivity in being most supportive of our user group leaders and partners, all of whom are working so hard to make this place a great success.”


Open Day at the Satellite Centre

Group leader Garry Lewis led a junior karate demonstration followed by a sing-along session of popular favourites by U-Kan-Do-It, the Satellite’s Ukulele group.

The event culminated in Funky Fitness and Fun’s heartwarming performance of ‘Policeman Pete’, a children’s story by local author Barbara Ann.

Downstairs, stalls and exhibitions were manned and presented by Satellite’s various user groups and partner organisations, including MIND and Mahdlo, while trustees were on hand to discuss activities and future plans for the Satellite.

Lisa Butterworth and other local reiki masters gave mini treatments and information throughout the day.
Run by YoLo and GGRA’s Community Brew team, the café helpers never stopped working all day, selling refreshments.

Possible future activities at the centre include: first aid for children, a chess club, street dance for families, a reading group, drama classes for children and young people, a Scrabble club and exercise classes.

For further information about Satellite activities and booking enquiries, call Mandy Gorey on 07761 833784 or email:

For enquiries about the Satellite’s Body Mind & Well-being project, email the Satellite’s new Project Development Worker, Jane Bevan:

Saddleworth Sports Youth & Community Association (SSYCA) will be holding its second annual general meeting at the Satellite Centre on Thursday, May 3 at 7pm.

Debbie Clough, a Clinical Commissioning Group transformation manager, will be the meeting’s keynote speaker discussing the Centre’s Body, Mind and Wellbeing project and related health matters.
Tea and coffee with light refreshments will be served before and after the meeting.
For further details email:

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