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Sep 6, 2016 10:16 PM

Manchester Boys and Girls Club gets upgrades

MANCHESTER - The Boys and girls club of Manchester, a Queen City institution for over 100 years, surprised their client kids Monday with two new upgrades to their Union Street facility.

Gym chain Planet Fitness provided a new mini gym in an underutilized corner of the building, and a new floor was unveiled in a ceremony.

"I play basketball and sometimes we play games like dodgeball," said grade-schooler Emma Czzowitz about the new play space. "It has helped me make a lot of new friends."

The mini Planet Fitness gym, a first of its kind, blossomed in an former storage room.

"Every age group will have an opportunity to do fitness training, strength training" said club CEO Diane Fitzpatrick.

"We partner with the boys and girls club and stomp out bullying to create an after school curriculum for kids and for the staff here to help teach kids how to combat bullying and how to create that environment for kindness" said company spokesperson Jessica Correa.

Applause roared through the gymnasium during a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new floor, something that hasn't been replaced since 1957.

Fitzpatrick said the deteriorating floor "got to a point that some of the pieces were coming up and we wouldn't want someone to get hurt."

The club offers recreational and other programs for city youth at three locations.

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