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C-SALT trust to manage Wokingham facilities


Wokingham Borough Council-owned lei- sure facilities are now operated by a new trust linked to Leisure Connection. C-SALT – launched in July – will man-


age Loddon Valley, Carnival Pool and St Crispins, with each of the venues retaining the Harpers brand and current facilities. Te charitable trust will reinvest any of


the profits generated into improving facil- ities, while also being able to benefit from VAT exemption, business rate relief and other funding opportunities.


MMA star plans gym expansion


Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Khalid Ismail has con- firmed plans to expand his Lion’s Den Gym (LDG) in Chadwell Heath, London. Te gym is one of two sites


owned by the London fighter and is currently being turned into the largest centre for Martial Arts in the capital. Te expanded gym will fea-


ture 15,000sq ſt (1,393sq m) of training space, including spe- cialist strength and training facilities alongside the brand new octagon boxing ring. Due to be completed in


Te club will become the largest centre for martial arts in the capital


September, the world class combat and matting facilities are set to be com- plemented by three separate studio spaces, a spinning suite, and a ‘Women Only Zone’. Te gym’s current cardio space is also due


to be extended and members will be able to recharge aſter a work out in the LDG café.


Te Maidstone club is the chain’s 23rd in the UK


Fit4less opens ‘smallest ever’ club in Maidstone


Budget operator Fit4less by énergie has opened its smallest ever club in Maidstone, Kent. Te 3,000sq ſt (279sq m) club is the chain’s 23rd site in the UK. Facilities at the new club include equip-


ment supplied by TRX, Precor cardio stations, resistance machines, free weights, changing facilities and showers. Te opening of Maidstone is the third


Fit4less site headed by entrepreneur and ex-Fitness First manager Tom Burke since he became a franchisee in 2010. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=A7x1B


1610 invests £150,000 in Taunton sports centre


Leisure trust 1610 has started a £150,000 refurbishment at Castle Sports Centre in Taunton, Somerset, which will provide new fitness facilities for members. A new gym with 29 cardio machines


from London 2012 supplier Technogym is to be created as part of the project. Free weights will also be provided. Castle Sports Centre will house a tempo-


rary fitness facility for gym members until work on the refurbishment – and the new fitness suite - is completed.


4 Ismail hopes to welcome new members from


September when the expansion is completed, opening MMA up to new participants. Khalid has channeled his passion for martial


arts and fitness into LDG for six years, when the Chadwell Heath gym was first opened.


Bolton centre renamed after Olympic hero


Te leisure facility at Bolton One – the £30.6m complex opened earlier this year – is to be renamed in honour of Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Jason Kenny. A motion went before


Bolton Council on 29 August, which urged members to back a plan to rebrand the facility as the Jason Kenny Centre, as well as the naming of a local cycle trail aſter Kenny. Kenny is the town’s great-


est Olympian to date and won gold in the men’s team sprint and the individual sprint at the 2012 Olympics in early August. He has won three gold and one silver medal in total. Bolton Council leader Cliff Morris said:


Te facility will be renamed aſter Jason Kenny, here with Sir Chris Hoy


“Jason is a great sporting ambassador, an inspi- ration for young people across the borough.”


Kenny added: “As the saying goes ‘home is where the heart is’ so it’s a real honour to have the leisure centre at the Bolton One complex named aſter me.” Read more: http://lei.sr?a=Z5x3a


£1m boost for Windsor and Maidenhead initiatives


The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) has unveiled proposals for a post-Olympic funding boost worth £1m towards local sports and leisure projects. Members of the council’s cabinet discussed the planned cash injection on 23 August,


Read Leisure Opportunities online: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/digital


with the majority – £945,000 – to come from Section 106 developers’ contributions. It takes investment in leisure across the bor-


ough to £2.4m and will include expanding the BodyZone gym at Charters Leisure Centre. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=c7F5H


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