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Virgin Active unveils Twickenham site
iN brief
New fitness club included as part of stadium's South Stand development scheme
New leisure centre
for Kettering
By Martin Nash Plans have been lodged with
Kettering Borough Council for a
Virgin Active opened its 72nd new leisure centre at Grange
club on 1 October with the Estate in Desborough. If
unveiling of a new site in the approved, phase one of the
new South Stand at London's leisure centre will include a
Twickenham Stadium. 125sq m (1,345sq ft) gym and
As part of the stadium changing rooms, which will be
development already taking complemented by two outside
place, Virgin Active Classic play areas, a multi-use games
Twickenham sits alongside other area and a four-court badminton
new facilities including a 156 sports hall. The second phase
bedroom Marriott hotel, will include four additional
conference and banqueting The new Virgin Active club opened at Twickenham on 1 October changing rooms for external
facilities, a performing arts users, two squash courts, a
centre, a rugby store and new The gym includes a Power resistance equipment, func- 173sq m (1,860sq ft) fitness club
office accommodation. Plate Zone, a Trixter X Dream tional zones and dedicated and two junior football pitches.
The site includes a three- Biking Zone, Star Trac E-Spinner stretch zones with Technogym
storey 50ft climbing wall, as Bikes, a TRX Suspension flexibility machines.
Kirklees unveils new
well as three studios designed Training Zone and a Kettlebell A 20m, UV-treated swimming
SHOKK Activity Area
to cater specifically for mind Zone, as well as a large free pool with spa, steam and sauna Kirklees Active Leisure has
body, indoor cycling and weights area, a full suite of facilities is also among the unveiled a new £250,000 SHOKK
general aerobic/conditioning. Technogym cardiovascular and features on offer at the club. Activity Area at Whitcliffe Mount
Sports Centre in Cleckheaton.
The new facility, which has been
Government launches Dance Champions Campaign
funded by NHS Kirklees, includes
a Wireless Dance Mats System,
By Pete Hayman The Dance Champions Group Traverse climbing wall, Target
will comprise ex-Strictly Come wall, Wushu martial arts tower
A new campaign designed to Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, and Vew-Do balance boards. An
get 100,000 people more ex-Come Dancing presenter additional four portable dance
active through dance ahead of Angela Rippon, professional mat sets are being used by
the London 2012 Olympics has dancer Darren Bennett and schools on a rolling basis
been launched by the Depart- group chair Rod Aldridge. throughout the Kirklees area.
ment of Health (DH). Public health minister Gillian
The Dance Champions Merron said: "Our Dance
GLL takes over
Campaign, which forms part of Champions are some of the
Hillingdon facilities
the Dance4Life initiative, will Dance can improve your health best known and leading talents Sports trust Greenwich Leisure
see the Dance Champions of the dance world, but you (GLL) has taken over the
Group travel across the UK to Free taster sessions, a Dance don't have to be a professional management of four facilities on
entice people to take part in Summit and a dance directory to enjoy dancing and feel the behalf of the London Borough of
free mass-participation events. website are also planned. positive effect it can have." Hillingdon. As of 1 October, GLL
operates Highgrove Pool,
Queensmead Sports Centre,
DW Sports Fitness Carlisle site to open in January
Hayes Pool and Hayes Stadium
Sports Centre. The partnership
A new DW Sports Fitness health club is set to The company is also set to open sites in with Hillingdon Council will see
open in Carlisle in January 2010, six months Canterbury, Tunstall, Bangor (Northern £4.5m invested in the centres
after it was scheduled to open as a JJB club. Ireland), Poole and Milton Keynes. over the next decade. A further
The Carlisle site is set to include a swimming DW Sports Fitness was formed when Wigan £1m wil be invested in the new
pool, a fitness suite, an exercise studio, a Ki Athletic Football Club chair and former chair of £15m Botwell Green Sports and
studio for yoga and Pilates, changing rooms JJB Dave Whelan bought JJB’s 50-plus fitness Leisure Centre, which will also
and a members' lounge and bar. clubs in March this year. be managed by the trust when it
opens in early 2010.
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