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The is the YMCA, which stands for Young Men's Christian Association.

The YMCA is a worldwide organisation which was founded in London in the mid-19th century. Its ethos is a Christian one designed to foster a 'healthy mind, body and spirit'. Today, the YMCA is not specifically for young men, its purpose being to provide a range of services and opportunities for young men and women (and others) within their communities.

At the YMCA headquarters on Great Russell Street in central London, there is a health and fitness club, with a gym and swimming pool. It has a reputation for being gay-friendly.


Central YMCA, Great Russell Street, London
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCentral YMCA, Great Russell Street, London (photographed in 2008) - Credit: Rafal Komorowski