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HEALTH & FITNESS

IN BRIEF

Wii Fit clubs launched in Colchester

Colchester Borough Council has

rolled out new Wii Fit clubs across the Essex town in a bid to encourage more young people to become active. A pilot scheme proved successful at St James' Primary School, with a second Wii Fit club to be set up at St John's Green Primary School. Three Wii Fit consoles have been bought after the council secured funding from the Child First Extended Schools programme for North Essex. Forming part of the Safer Colchester initiative, the clubs will be delivered by council street wardens Stuart McEwan and Simon Townley.

TAG programme reaches 300 landmark

Transforming a Generation

(TAG) has ensured that more than 300 young people, who were claiming Job Seekers benefits, are now in training to be fitness instructors and/or in work. The number has been reached within five months of the launch. Designed to help unemployed young people enter the health and fitness industry, TAG aims to put 1,800 young people through the scheme during the next year. TAG was set up by Fred Turok, chair of the Fitness Industry Association and the founder of LA Fitness.

£182,000 boost for Angus initiatives

Angus Council invested more than £182,000 in projects designed to promote walking and cycling last year. Nearly £160,000 was spent on the upgrade of paths at Kirriemuir's East Hill Road; Hospitalfield, Arbroath; and Orchard Loan to Forfar Loch. Cycle storage areas at local schools and the purchase of reflective jackets for walking buses were made possible through a £15,000 contribution.

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Council unveils Armley Leisure Centre

Leeds City Council launches new facility as part of wider £33m joint development

By Pete Hayman

Leeds City Council (LCC) has unveiled the new multi-million pound Armley Leisure Centre. A 100-station Bodyline

fitness suite; a 25m swimming pool and 10m learner pool; and a hydrotherapy pool are among the facilities at the complex, which was unveiled on 18 May and forms part of a wider £33m leisure develop- ment in the city. Armley Leisure Centre also

incorporates a four-court sports hall; a two-court sports hall; a dance studio and a café, along with a new outdoor multi-use games area. Reading-based contractor

Interserve started construction work on the new facility in October 2008, with the project managed by the Local Education Partnership with support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Eating disorder advice revealed

In association with Anorexia and Bulimia Care and Institute of Sports and Recreation Manage- ment (ISRM), the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) has developed a set of guidelines designed to help club managers deal with vulnerable exercisers who are at risk of, or already suffer from, eating disorders. Part of a skills strategy

designed to help fitness professionals deal more effectively with a wider community, the guidelines are available to FIA and ISRM members from the FIA and ISRM websites.

LCC's John Procter tries out Armley Leisure Centre's fitness suite

and Sport England. A new leisure complex is also being developed at Morley as part of the wider £33m scheme, which is being overseen by LCC and will replace former facilities that have now been demol- ished in order to make way for the joint scheme. John Procter, the council's

executive member for leisure, said: "Lots of credit goes to

the whole team overseeing the project who, despite all the recent problems in the building market, have ensured this centre is opening perfectly on schedule. "We are sure it will be hugely

popular and well used in particular by the local commu- nity, so we cannot wait now to get the doors open and for people to start using it."

New gym for Pontypridd facility

By Pete Hayman

A new-look fitness suite has been unveiled at Hawthorn Leisure Centre in Pontypridd, South Wales, following a £70,000 scheme to upgrade the facility. Rhondda Cynon Taf County

Borough Council, which runs the venue, has leased 40 pieces of equipment as part of an agreement with Life Fitness. The facility, which boasts a

free weights area and a stretch area, also includes a layout that incorporates Life Fitness' Life Fitness Journey to guide users in their training. Robert Bevan, the council's

cabinet member for culture and recreation, said: "The newly

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The new gym was unveiled by ex-sprinter Darren Campbell

refurbished fitness suite at Hawthorn Leisure Centre is exemplary and will undoubt- edly impress the regular users. "A range of groundbreaking

initiatives are also being run, such as health referral schemes offering tailor-made exercise programmes to help patients on the road to recovery."

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