WINDY HILL

WELCOME TO BLUEFIT

A brief introduction to BlueFit

We would like to take the opportunity to say hello and express how excited we are of the opportunity to manage Windy Hill Fitness Centre on behalf of the Essendon Football Club. 

BlueFit is a family company with our national Site Support office based just down the road from the Windy Hill facility. Many of our team, including myself are locals to the area. At BlueFit, our Mission is ‘Inspiring Community Activity’, and we are dedicated to providing the much needed resources to improve the lifestyle, health and wellbeing of the communities in which we live, work and operate.

This is an exciting time for BlueFit, but we also know it comes with some uncertainty for you. We are very cognisant of this and are committed to working with both EFC and Belgravia Leisure to ensure a smooth transition.

Whilst building the team to take this Facility forward, this will take some time to work through. BlueFit are looking forward to having regular open, honest and transparent communication throughout the transition period. Regular Zoom calls will be scheduled over the coming weeks to ensure you have ample opportunity to ask questions on the process and on our plans for the facility in partnership with EFC.

BlueFit Organisational Structure – Windy Hill Fitness Centre

It’s likely our organisational structure is slightly different, and every BlueFit role will be opening for application soon. While this step may create some angst, history does tell us that many existing employees will be re-employed.

For those of you that are interested in working with BlueFit, please apply for any of the available positions below. If you do not see your existing role, please select “other” and provide details of your existing role as well as any skills or experience you have that may be relevant.

Our aim will be to ensure that we move through the recruitment process as quickly as possible to provide you with some certainty, whilst still ensuring we have the right people in the right roles.

BlueFit pays employees in accordance with the Fitness Industry Award and we are committed to a transparent, fair and equitable approach to employee relations, pay and conditions.

Transition Date

Whilst we are contracted to take over management of the Facility as at the 1st of November, the ongoing impacts of COVID and Victorian State Government restriction means that this date may change. We’ll keep you updated on this through the transition process.

We are looking forward to meeting you all and building a great Facility that continues to Inspire Community Activity.

Todd McHardy

CEO

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Frequently Asked Questions for staff

BlueFit will be the new operator of the Windy Hill Fitness Centre. Please find  below some information regarding the transition process and what it means to you.

Transitioning to a new operator

Who will be managing the facility?

BlueFit is the company who will oversee the management of Windy Hill Fitness Centre.

Recruitment for all positions has now started

What does all of this really mean and how does it affect me?
The date of transition is yet to be confirmed, however in the coming months BlueFit will take over the management of the Windy Hill Fitness Centre from Belgravia Leisure. The centre will be “business as usual” as soon as it is able to be opened given the COVID restrictions.
What will happen to my job?

Current Windy Hill staff will need to reapply for their positions. All staff will be encouraged to reapply for their positions. We understand this process will be difficult for some.
If you are feeling worried or have concerns regarding this process, please understand that we will make the transition as smooth as possible.

When is all of this coming into effect?
The new contract will come into effect at the latest on 1 November 2020. BlueFit will be working closely with the Essendon Football Club to ensure an easy transition. Belgravia Leisure will continue to look after the facility until the transition.
What do I tell people who may ask me?

You may be approached by parents and members regarding the change in management. If so, please reassure them that it is “business as usual”. If they have specific questions regarding BlueFit management, please direct them to www.bluefit.com.au/wind-hill where they will see information regarding the transition, FAQ’s and will be able to contact us directly.

How do I reapply for my job?

We encourage applications to be submitted to BlueFit by Sunday 30 August 2020.
Applications can be made below.

If you have any further questions about your employment please contact Amber Campbell on 0411 081 045 or amber.campbell@bluefit.com.au

If I am re-employed will my pay remain the same?
Staff who successfully re-apply for their position under the management of BlueFit be paid according to the Fitness Award.
When do I get paid? Will the pay period change?
Staff will be paid on a fortnightly basis. All information will be contained in your on-board process.
What positions will be available?
Please apply for positions listed on the website. If your position is not listed, select ‘other’ and include as much information as you like.
Where will the interviews be held?
Given the current restrictions all interviews will be held online. BlueFit will make every effort to accommodate interviews online at times that suit you.
What if I would like to apply for a position that I am not currently employed to do?
Staff are encouraged to apply for any position that they may be interested in. This is a great opportunity to further your employment at WHFC and can be done simply by completing the application form online. Please clearly identify your current position and any other positions you may be interested in applying for.

Swimming Lessons

Will classes stay the same time?

Bluefit Swimming will be introduced at Windy Hill. Please see program information at bluefitswimming.com.au

We will be working closely with you and parents to try and ensure we keep the classes in the same timeslots.



Will the levels and programs change?
Parents won’t notice any major changes with the introduction of BlueFit Swimming apart from the names of the levels and teacher uniforms. All previous achievements will be recognised and converted across to the BlueFit Swimming program and students won’t need to complete assessments. Swim teachers will be trained in the new BlueFit Sswimming program to ensure you have a good understanding of the requirements.
Do swimming lessons continue all year round?
BlueFit Swimming continues lessons throughout the school holidays with a small break over the Christmas period. BlueFit will provide more information to swim teachers regarding these changes during the recruitment process.

Personal Trainers/Group fitness Instructors

Will the Group Fitness timetable remain unchanged?
Given current restrictions, the facility will transition with a reduced timetable. We will continue to add classes over the coming months as restrictions ease.
Will I continue to instruct my current classes? How will BlueFit know what classes I instruct?
As part of the recruitment process Group Fitness Instructors are encouraged to note down the classes that they currently instruct. It is anticipated that all instructors will continue to instruct their existing classes with no change. This will be discussed further in the recruitment process.
If I am on a PT contract, can I continue on this agreement?

BlueFit envisage that any staff members currently on a PT sub-contract will remain on the same agreement. However contractors will be required to sign a new contract with BlueFit.

Dear Windy Hill Members, We are excited to share that Essendon Football Club has awarded the management of Windy Hill Fitness Centre to BlueFit. It’s important to know programs and services that you have come to expect at your facility will still very much be a part of our operation when the doors re-open under BlueFit’s management. Many of the faces you know and love will continue to welcome you when you visit the facility. BlueFit are a national facility management company based in Moonee Ponds and owned by long-time local Todd McHardy. Our motto is Inspiring Community Activity and we looking forward building on the existing programs and services available at Windy Hill Fitness Centre over the coming years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my membership price remain the same?
Your membership price will be unchanged following the transition. The prices for the facility are set by Essendon Football Club and are reviewed each year as part of the overall fees and charges schedule. Price rises traditionally occur around July of each year, so there will be no immediate plans to review pricing until mid-2021.
Will my direct debit arrangements be the same? Will I need to give my bank details again?
More information will follow on this.
Will the group fitness timetable be changing? Will we lose classes?
Ordinarily, group fitness classes would remain the same upon a transition. However given the complexity of the staged re-openings due to COVID-19, we will likely return with a timetable permitted within the restrictions. Classes will build back up to their pre-COVID volumes.
Will the staff be the same?
It is hoped that the majority of staff commit to the centre following transition, so we expect that when you visit the centre next you will see the same smiling faces. The only change may be the uniform.
Will the operating hours of the facility change?
The operating hours will remain the same.
Will BlueFit be adding anything new to the centre or making any improvements?
Yes, we look forward to sharing these improvements with you in the coming months
When is all of this coming into effect?

The new contract will come into effect later this year in 2020, with a date to be confirmed. BlueFit will be working closely with EFC and staff to ensure an easy transition.

Please feel free to use out online platform during lockdown bfit.com.au

Will Swim School be changing?

Swimming lessons will changed to BlueFit Swimming. Having previously transitioned Belgravia’s program to ours, we have a clear understanding of which levels students will transfer. The main difference is that the BlueFit Swimming program has smaller class sizes in many levels and our program is focussed on skill development and water confidence. To find out more visit www.bluefitswimming.com.au

 

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