Gaston County Family YMCA

Central Family YMCA


The Central Family YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to helping you live a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind and body. We make a positive impact in the Gaston County community through encouraging wellness and family.

Address & Phone:

615 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: (704) 865-8551
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Monday – Thursday: 5:30am – 9:30pm
Friday: 5:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm-5:00pm (Closed June-August)

Childwatch Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Friday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday: Closed


Racquetball Reservation Schedule here

Request access to reserve courts here (must have a gmail account, note ADD TO RAQUETBALL in subject line) or email


Daddy Daughter Date Night

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Fathers, uncles and grandfathers…escort your daughter, niece or granddaughter to Princess Date Night! You and your special date(s) will enjoy a very magical and memorable evening together. A disc jockey will be spinning some songs for your dancing enjoyment. Light snacks will be served and a photographer will be on hand to capture the moment.

Come dressed in semi-formal attire: dresses for the girls and suit/tie are recommended for the gentlemen.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Ages: Open to all ages

Cost: $15/couple for YMCA members, $20/couple for program participants ($5 each additional child). 

Day of registration: $20/couple for YMCA members, $25/couple for program participants

Photos will be available for an additional cost by cash or checks.

When: Saturday, February 21st 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Pharr YMCA Ballroom 

Registration Form

Flyer to share!


Register below or at any Gaston County Family YMCA branch. Get registered today!

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp

The YMCA offers full day care during extended school breaks at both the Central and Stowe YMCA locations which includes Spring Break.  Full Day care will be provided for all registered at either a daily or multi-day rate.

Students registered for After School and/or Summer Camp at the YMCA are not automatically registered or charged for this program.  Specific Registration is necessary.

Care is offered:

Care will not be provided:

The camp day is from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm daily.

Check back for registration information.


Middle School Basketball

Middle School Basketball

Ages: Children in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will play games against other middle school children from all over Gaston County.

Registration is open from now until Sunday, January 25th.  This program does have a registration limit. Late registration will result in a $10 late fee if space is available.
When: Practice begins the week of February 27th, and will be twice weekly based on the coaches’ preference. Games will take place on Saturday mornings starting February 2nd, 2015.

Where: All games will take place at the Central YMCA, located at 615 W Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, the Stowe Family YMCA, 196 YMCA Dr. Belmont, and Nixon Gym, 401 E. First St, Cherryville. Practices will take place at the Central, Stowe, and Cherryville branches if registration preferences allow.

Player Assessment Day and Draft: Players will participate in player assessment drills on Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00 pm at the Stowe Family YMCA.  Each player will asked to wear a certain number during the drills session.  All players will be drafted to teams by the coaches at the coaches’ meeting following the player assessment drills, and will be contacted with their team assignment on January 28th.

Contact:  Ben Oeser –, 704.824.1131, or for Cherryville: Josh Patterson, 704.445.9622


Cost:   Member – $65 Program participant - $85.

Additional Info: All players will receive a team uniform top. All teams are led by volunteer coaches. Coaches Meeting: Tuesday, January 27th after the player assessment drills at the Stowe Family YMCA.  If you are interested in volunteering to coach, please contact Ben Oeser


Download a Registration Form for Stowe YMCA and Central YMCA Sites

Download a Registration Form for Cherryville YMCA Site

Group Swim Lessons

Group Swim Lessons

Ages: 3 years +

American Red Cross Progressive Swim Lessons offers water safety and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment for preschoolers. Simple lifesaving skills, basic water safety, and stroke development is offered for children 6 years +. During all swim lessons, participants and instructors find opportunities to learn and demonstrate the YMCA core values, (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith).

Preschool Session Days & Times:
Tuesday & Thursday 5:00-5:30/6:00-6:30 pm
Saturdays  10:00-10:30 am/11:00-11:30 am

Youth Session Days & Times:
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:00/6:30-7:00 pm
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 am/11:30-12:00 pm

Central Swim Lesson Registration Form 2015

Fees per session: 

Tuesday and Thursday: Members: $40   Program participants: $80

Saturday:  Members: $20   Program participants: $40

Personal Training

Personal Training

Personal Training (Private)

Ages: 12+

Private personal training is 1 on 1 fitness training with a nationally certified YMCA personal trainer. The trainer trains the client using strength training, cardio training, and nutritional counseling and monitoring. Sessions are 1 hour in length and can be purchased in 1, 5, 10, 15 and session packages.

Dates & Times: Anytime the facility is open and is offered year around. Training times are based on client needs and trainer availability.


1 Session – $49
5 Sessions – $205
10 Sessions – $370
15 Sessions – $495

Personal Training (Small Group Classes)

Ages: 12+

A group personal training class is personal training in a small group setting. The session length is determined by the class specifics and what it dictates the length to be in order for the clients to achieve their goals. Classes are created based on specific branch need and want and trainer experience and availability.

Offered to YMCA members only and must have a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10 in order to have the sessions.

Dates & Times: Anytime the facility is open and is offered year around. Training times are based on client needs and trainer availability. Classes are 4 to 8 weeks in length depending on specific class.

Sessions – $10 per session per client and must be paid in full prior to start of class sessions. For example, if the class meets 2x per week for 4 weeks the total cost to the member is $80 and this must be paid prior to the start of the 4 week program.

Race Calendar and Results

Click on the links below for race results


February 14th – Hearts-a-Bustin 5K – Stowe Botanical Gardens

March 21st – Rail to Trail 5K

March 28th – Lightning Bolt Stuart Cramer 5K

April 24th – Cherry Blossom 5K

May 2nd – Mt. Holly Springfest 5K

May 9th – Girls on the Run Spring Race 5K

May 23rd – Belmont Police 5K

July 17th – Gastonia Grizzlies 5K

September 7th – The Burn Labor Day 5K

October 3rd – St. Michael’s Fun Fair 5K

October 3rd – First Baptist Belmont 5K

October 10th – On the Run Cramerton 5K

October 31st – Holy Angels 4 Miler

November 7th – Spencer Mountain 5K and 10 Mile

November 28th – ChristmasTown 5K

December 5th – Girls on the Run Fall 5K




Y-Race Series 2014 – Final

Y-Races Series Update (Race 5 of 5): Males

Y-Race Series Update (Race 5 of 5): Females


December 6th – Girls on the Run Fall 5K; Age group awards

November 29th – ChristmasTown 5K; Age group awards

November 8th – Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K; Age group awards 10 Mile & 5K

November 1st – Holy Angels Costume Dash 4 Mile, Age group awards

October 25th – Dannie Benjamin Missions Fund 5K; Age group awards

October 11th – On the Run 5K; Age group awards

October 4th – St. Michaels Fun Fair 5K and 1 Mile Cub Trot

TAG for Kids (Triathlon Around Gaston): Age group results

September 1st – The Burn (Labor Day 5K); Age group awards

July 18th – Grizzlies 5K; Age group awards

May 24th – Belmont Classic 5K; Age group awards

May 17th – CaroMont Community Challenge 5K; Age group awards; Let Me Run 5K

May 10th – Girls on the Run 5K; Age group awards

May 3rd – Mount Holly Springfest 5K; Age group awards

April 25th – Cherry Blossom 5K; Age group awards

*send any result issue to with the race in subject line. Include name, bib number, and approximate finish time. 




December 7th – Girls on the Run Belmont 5K: Age group awards

November 30th – ChristmasTown 5K; Age group awards

November 9th – Spencer Mountain 10Mile; 5K;  Age group awards – both races

October 5th – St. Michaels Fun Fair 5K; 1 Mile Cub Trot

July 26th – Grizzlies 5k.  Photos of race night here.

May 25th – Belmont Classic 5k

May 4th – Girls on the Run Spring Race

April 26th – Cherry Blossom 5K

The Gaston Cup

Run with Purpose


The 2nd Annual Gaston Cup  focuses on corporate health and wellness. The Gaston Cup Series provides businesses with a long-term initiative that helps establish healthy lifestyle changes for their employees.

Micro, Small , Medium and Large businesses complete in a series of run/walk races throughout the year. The business with the highest employee participation percentage will win their category Gaston Cup for that year.


Race series


Team registration form - email back to

Team flyer

More information and rules

2014 Winners: American & Efird, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together

2013 Winners:  Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together

Be Rescue Ready

Be Rescue Ready


American Red Cross Lifeguarding Class

Central YMCA

Possible employment opportunities upon completion.

Prerequisites :

Mandatory swim test includes—300 yard swim (front crawl and breast stroke), jump in and swim 20 yards to retrieve and return a 10 lbs. brick, tread water with feet only for 2 minutes. Attendance mandatory at all session dates and must be 15 years old by the date of the last class.


January 22nd – 24th

Thursday – Saturday Class 9:00am—5:00 pm


Members: $180

Program Participants: $230


Central YMCA


Candace Hyde

Click here to register online:

Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructor Certifications


Lifeguarding is an important lifesaving skill in every community. Complete a lifeguarding course available this at the Stowe YMCA with possible employment opportunities upon completion. The participant will receive life guarding, first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and Automated External Defibrillator.

Prerequisites — Mandatory swim test includes—300 yard swim (front crawl and breast stroke), jump in and swim 20 yards to retrieve and return a 10 lbs. brick, tread water with feet only for 2 minutes. Attendance mandatory at all session dates and 15 years  old by the date of the last class.

3 Session Available: Feb. 16th-19th, March 12th-14th, April 6th-8th

Cost: Members – $180.00  Program Participants – $230.00

Register online.

Water Safety Instructor Certification

Being safe in and around the water is an important skill to learn and share with others.  This class will prepare participants to teach swim lessons to children and adults as well as  other water safety courses. Possible employment opportunities upon completion.

Prerequisites — Swim various strokes for 25 yards, including butterfly, tread water for 1 minute. Participants must be 16 years old by the date of the last class

Check back for Spring 2015 Dates.

Contact Jeff Pesesky at or 704.822.9622 or Candace Hyde at or 704.865.8551 with questions.

Afterschool Enrichment

Ensuring A Brighter Future

The YMCA provides a quality, Christian-oriented experience that is safe, fun, and convenient. Y After School operates throughout Gaston County providing enrichment from school dismissal until 6:00 pm daily. During this time we aim to shape character by modeling, teaching, and reinforcing positive values to all students. The YMCA believes in the character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. The YMCA offers two on-site After School locations and fifteen off-site locations throughout the county.

To find your school and Afterschool location, please visit our Afterschool page.

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