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Newest ‘legacy gym’ to open in County Durham


A new ‘legacy gym’ – part of a joint initiative between Durham County Council (DCC) and the Changing the Physical Activity Landscape Project – has been unveiled at Leadgate Community Centre. The 3sq m (32sq ft) facility offers nine


pieces of equipment from Technogym and is the 13th gym of its kind to open. It follows the success of the Wellness


on Wheels scheme, DCC’s mobile gym which travels around the county to provide communities with access to fitness facilities. Details: http://lei.sr?a=c2a9H


The London 2012 Games have had an immediate impact on the UK’s sports sector - from grassroots levels right up to elite sport. Evidence suggests that sports clubs, swimming pools and leisure centres – as well as national governing bodies – have seen an increase in the number of people asking for advice on how to get involved in organised sport. Swimming, c y c ling


and rowing clubs have all experienced increased interest due to Team GB securing medals, while less prominent sports - including archery – have also benefited from Olympic media coverage. British Cycling president Brian Cookson


YMCA LSW’s Richard James (far left) at the launch


Fitness upgrade for two YMCA London facilities


YMCA London South West’s (YMCA LSW) Y+ Fitness gyms – Surbiton and Hawker Centre, Kingston – are being transformed as part of refurbishment programmes at both locations. The 285sq m (3,068sq ft) facility at YMCA Surbiton has already been unveiled following its facelift, with 32 stations of Precor cardiovascular equipment installed as part of the project. Meanwhile, the revamp of the IFI-


accredited 225sq m (2,422sq ft) facility at YMCA Hawker Centre forms part of a wider development and will feature a new studio when complete. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=h4i7c


Opening date for Sandown leisure centre’s new gym


Isle of Wight Council will open the new Tone Zone gym and refurbished pool at Sandown’s Heights Leisure Centre on 15 October – two weeks later than planned. The first of a two-phase redevelopment


incurred delays due to poor weather in early summer, with the new gym housing 70 stations of Life Fitness equipment. Visitors can use the current Tone Zone


gym – plus the health suite – until the new facilities open, while swimming is available at Newport’s Medina Leisure Centre. Details: http://lei.sr?a=e9G7O


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has predicted that Bradley Wiggins becoming the most decorated British Olympian of all time – as well as his historic Tour de France victory – will raise the profile of the sport throughout the UK – and result in more people taking up cycling. Meanwhile, British Rowing experienced an


enormous surge in traffic to its website, with a tenfold increase in the regular number of unique visitors following the historic victory of Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the women’s pair at Eton Dorney.


Rowing and swimming are among the activities to have benefited More than 5,500 people used the search


facility on the website to find their nearest rowing club on the day of the Olympic win, far exceeding the highest figure recorded during the Beijing Games. Across the UK, rowing clubs were receiving


applications for ‘learn to row’ courses within 10 minutes of the first gold medal being won. To support clubs and centres in capitalising


on the increased interest, Sport England has launched its digital legacy service, ‘spogo’ (www.spogo.co.uk), in partnership with the FIA. The customer-facing service aims to make searching and finding physical activities as simple as other consumer-friendly online services. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=x6a3P


Enfield leisure centre: £2m renovation


Fusion Lifestyle has unveiled the new-look Albany Leisure Centre in Enfield, London, after completing work on an eight-month redevelopment programme costing £2m. The facility contains a


large gym with more than 70 stations of Life Fitness equipment and a free weights area, two new exercise studios, and an indoor group cycling studio. A 25m swimming pool with a separate learner pool and new changing areas are also among the facilities, as well as a new café and an improved entrance and reception area. Albany Leisure Centre is one of more


NEWS Legacy effects ‘already visible’


The revamped centre now includes a 70-station gym by Life Fitness


than 60 leisure facilities across London and the south-east run by Fusion Lifestyle, with the project part of a wider investment in Enfield provision. Tim Mills, director of business development, says: “This has been


Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital


part of an £8.9m development programme of leisure centres in Enfield on behalf of Enfield Council. We also look forward to the opening of an all-new Southgate Leisure Centre in the autumn and feel sure that this will benefit the local community in the same way.” Read more: http://lei.sr?a=U4f0Z


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