Mirfield gym run by three generations of family including former professional footballer Roy Ellam and body building world champion Jeannie Ellam, celebrates 15 years of business

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Three generations are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their family-run gym in Mirfield.

Roy Ellam’s Fitness Connection in Mirfield is celebrating the milestone this week.

The family-run gym has undergone several transformations since its opening in 2009, at one point operating an upstairs trampoline park at the site on Huddersfield Road.

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Looking back, Jeannie Ellam – daughter of Roy Ellam – said: “I can’t believe we have been open 15 years. It’s amazing – it has just flown.”

Three generations celebrate 15 year anniversary at Roy Ellam's  Fitness Connection, Mirfield. (Left to right) Roy Ellam, daughter Jeannie Ellam and grandson Raull Ellam. Picture: Jim FittonThree generations celebrate 15 year anniversary at Roy Ellam's  Fitness Connection, Mirfield. (Left to right) Roy Ellam, daughter Jeannie Ellam and grandson Raull Ellam. Picture: Jim Fitton
Three generations celebrate 15 year anniversary at Roy Ellam's Fitness Connection, Mirfield. (Left to right) Roy Ellam, daughter Jeannie Ellam and grandson Raull Ellam. Picture: Jim Fitton

Today, the gym is run by three generations of the Ellam family, with Jeannie’s son Raull now working as a personal trainer at the site.

Jeannie said the gym’s welcoming environment is behind its longevity as a business.

“We are one of the longest standing businesses in Mirfield,” she said.

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“We are not a gym where you are a number. Everyone’s a person.

“We try to be friendly and down to earth, [and] we treat everybody the same.”

The gym’s upper floor was refurbished last November to expand its offering, and welcomes members of all ages with specials deals for the over 60s and a junior class on Sundays for eight to 13-year-olds.

Jeannie – a body-building world champion – and Roy – and ex-professional footballer – set up the Mirfield gym 15 years ago as a joint project, and also owned another site in Ravensthorpe for 21 years before selling it in 2023.

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Roy, age 81, still attends the Mirfield gym several times a week.

A post on the gym’s Facebook page said: “Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 15 years, our wonderful members are who have made this possible.”

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