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heAlth & fitness Aquaterra launches pilot scheme

Aquaterra Leisure is to launch a free 12-week exercise pro- gramme this month (April) for people either living with or who have recovered from cancer in Islington, London. In addition to being free

for those currently registered with an Islington GP, the ini- tiative will be made available to residents of neighbouring boroughs for a small charge. Te one-year pilot cancer

survivorship exercise pro- gramme is being funded by NHS North London. It will be offered at Sobell Leisure Centre; Highbury Pool and Fitness Centre; and outdoors at Highbury Fields. Aquaterra Leisure said the initiative is

designed to promote physical and psychologi- cal wellbeing among its participants. Te trust is working with Macmillan Cancer Support to ensure a holistic approach, with the

Te new scheme aims to promote physical and psychological wellbeing

activities designed to manage side effects of treatment and assist in long-term recovery. Upon completion of the programme, par-

ticipants will be given an exit strategy that will include “significantly discounted” membership rates in order to remain active. Details:

KAL to launch budget gym brand in May

Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL) is set to launch its first budget health club in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, in May. Te new SMART Fitness-

branded site wi l l of fer monthly memberships start- ing at £14.95 and will be the town’s first low-cost gym. The facility will be fitted

with Technogym equipment, with the 110 stations includ- ing a combination of cardio machines, cardio theatre and strength machines. Located at the KAL-run

S&P Architects are designing the redevelopment

Acton Town Hall revamp proposals submitted

S&P Architects have submitted plans to Ealing Council for the proposed multi-mil- lion pound redevelopment and regeneration of west London’s Acton Town Hall. Once complete, the new-look Acton

Town Hall will house facilities such as an eight-lane, 25m swimming pool and a 12m x 8m learner pool with moveable floor. A new, larger affordable gym on the first

floor will also form part of the leisure ele- ment at Acton Town Hall, while plans also include a new library and council offices. Read more:

Te new KAL budget club will offer memberships from £14.95 a month

Huddersfield Sports Centre, SMART Fitness’ facilities will also include a functional training area with TRX suspension machines and a free weights area. Alasdair Brown, KAL’s chief executive said: “KAL has been looking to develop a new

approach that will both keep current custom- ers active and happy, while also attracting in new people to make use of the extended gym, at a very affordable price.” Read more:

Pure Gym to open two new West Midlands locations

Low-cost health club chain Pure Gym has announced plans to open new locations in West Bromwich (31 May) and Walsall (19 June) as part of its UK ongoing expansion strategy. Both of the new Midlands locations will contain 220 pieces of equipment, including the


LIVESTRONG spin bikes by Matrix; vibrating Bodycore platforms; and Power Plates. Te 22,500sq ſt (2,090sq m) West Bromwich

club and the 14,000sq ſt (1,301sq m) Walsall facility will offer 40 fitness classes per week. Read more:

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Public exhibition for High Wycombe leisure plans

Wycombe District Council (WDC) has put its plans for Buckinghamshire town’s proposed new sports and leisure centre on display at a public exhibition. Te week-long exhibition toured each of

High Wycombe’s three facilities to give cur- rent users and residents the chance to learn more about the scheme. WDC’s vision includes a new £27m com-

plex at Handy Cross, which will include an eight-lane, 50m pool; a 20m x 8m learner pool; and a 150-station gym. Details:

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Llanelli in line for new leisure complex

Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Government have joined forces to develop a masterplan for the construction of a new leisure complex in Llanelli. Te joint venture will carry out a detailed

feasibility study into the scheme, which includes a leisure centre, a sports acad- emy and adventure activities. Among facilities planned for the leisure

centre and sports academy are an eight-lane pool; a diving and splash pool; a health and fitness suite; and a children’s fitness zone. Read more:

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