Working For Wave: Meet Roz, Our Wave Fitness Instructor of 26 Years
When you're in a fitness class, you want an instructor who really knows how to get the best out of you. You want someone who knows their stuff and is committed to every class they teach. If you've ever been in a class taught by Roz, you'll know she's the instructor you're looking for. Roz first started with Wave 26 years ago as an aerobics instructor with members over 50, who she always enjoys teaching.
“Such a wonderful group to work for, very, very appreciative. You feel as though you’re doing that part of the community so much good.”
Now, Roz’s commitment to making sure everyone can benefit from a more active lifestyle sees her teaching a range of classes including Pilates and Core & More. After such a long tenure, she’s developed a skill for getting the best out of people and helping them to keep active no matter their age.
“I see people growing in fitness and strength and it’s just a wonderful feeling. You feel as though they, with your help, have kept problems at bay. That’s what I want to do, keep people healthy and keep them going.”
At Wave, diversity and inclusion are central to our business to ensure our continued success. Having a diverse workforce encourages a diverse membership and brings in fresh ideas to revitalise our programme and keep it current. It also creates a culture where people can be themselves at work, regardless of any defining feature or choice.
To encourage and retain the kinds of people we want representing Wave, we look to every possible source. Since 2015 we’ve offered 56 apprenticeship placements, and in 2017/2018 we recruited nine, four of which have already been promoted. Our Training Academy recognises individual needs and career aspirations and provides advancement opportunities to anyone who wants to take them. We also engage a tireless group of volunteers who assist us with everything from refereeing Walking Football sessions to a spot of gardening at Newhaven Fort.
Roz has a genuine passion for what she does and it's what has kept her at Wave for so long.
“I feel very comfortable here working for Wave," says Roz. "It’s a wonderful place. I’ve always had this feeling that Wave Members pay our wages, without them I wouldn’t be here. Without our customers, we wouldn’t have jobs, so I love to keep people happy, fit and healthy as well as I can.”