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£1.5m revamp for Folkestone complex

Major renovation scheme to include creation of a new gym and kids' fitness area

By Tom Walker

Folkestone Sports Centre is currently undergoing a £1.5m revamp which will include the introduction of a new dedi- cated kids gym. The refurbishment of the

near 40-year-old centre, which is being funded by loans from Charity Bank and Big Issue Invest and supported by Alliance Leisure, will see the creation of a new gym, café and bar area; as well as upgrades to the roof, pool plant, reception and foyer. The new junior gym will

boast eight ZigZag Xer-Dance platforms and resistance and CV equipment, while the main fitness centre will move into the main building and double in

Folkestone Sports Centre will benefit from a new children's gym

size to 300sq m (3,229sq ft), featuring 65 pieces of resis- tance and CV equipment. The existing toning studio

will move to the site of the centre's current gym and see new Powertone and Easytone chairs installed.

Tessa Stickler, general

manager at Folkestone Sports Centre Trust, said: "The ethos of the Trust is that we provide affordable sports facilities for the community and the fact we now have a modern new gym doesn't change that in any way."

New fitness suite opens at Ripon Leisure Centre

By Pete Hayman

A newly-extended fitness suite has opened at a leisure centre in Ripon, North Yorkshire, following the completion of a major £285,000 renovation. The scheme has been funded

by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) and Ripon City Council (RCC), which has created the largest gym in the borough council's portfolio. Ripon Leisure Centre's

ground floor Brimhams' Fitness

The centre boasts new facilities

Suite has become a free weights area as part of the proj- ect, with Technogym supplying

36 pieces of equipment for the 209sq m (2,250sq ft) facility. The renovation comes after

HBC secured a deal to take over the freehold transfer of the site, having operated the complex as part of a leasehold/ management contract with RCC. RCC also provided £125,000 to invest in the centre. Brimhams fitness manager

Andy Hawkswell said: "The new gym is light and airy and provides the best environment for staying in shape."

£5.6m to be invested in Rossendale leisure provision

Martin Kay, acting chief executive for

Rossendale Borough Council is to invest £5.6m in its leisure portfolio following the culmina- tion of a year-long review of leisure provision across the area. Improvements will be carried out at Marl

Pits sports complex and a new swimming pool will be built at Haslingden Sports Centre.

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Rossendale Leisure Trust, said: "While it has been a very difficult time for Rossendale Leisure Trust over the past 12 months, the future looks good for the Trust. "The review identified that the trust model is the best value for money option for Rossendale."

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