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£10m Leisure centre on the cards for Kidderminster

Kidderminster could be in line for a £10m leisure centre, according to plans released by Wyre Forest District Council. Te facility would replace the existing

Te Glades leisure centre which the council previously said would cost £12m to refur- bish. Plans include a six-court sports hall, a 25m pool, fitness suite and outdoor five-a- side football pitches. A public consultation is due to start on the proposed site, with a planning application expected to be sub- mitted later this year.

£8m lifeLeisure opens in Stockport

Woodley Sports Centre in Stockpor t , Greater Manchester, has re-opened its doors as lifeLEISURE Stockport Sports Village fol- lowing an £8m development and refurbishment. Facilities at the centre

include a new 27,000sq ft (2,500sq m) health club with a 100-station gym, supplied by Life Fitness and a number of football and tennis facilities. Significant investment has

been made to install a number of floodlit Optima 3G football pitches - the same that are used at Barcelona FC’s Joan Gamper training facility. Malcolm McPhail, MD at lifeLEISURE,

Te centre’s gym equipment has been supplied by Life Fitness

said: “We have been working on the project for a few years now to ensure that the cen- tre would reopen as a premium football and fitness facility. We are looking forward to wel- coming people from all around Stockport, as

the facility now offers something for every- one, including recreational and competitive football, leagues, state of the art gym and the latest aerobics and kids classes. Te cen- tre will also be an additional campus for Stockport College for their sports courses and offers conference and banqueting facilities.” Details:

£2.4m Hadleigh Pool revamp completed Te launch of the Technogym I Pledge campaign

Technogym’s I Pledge scheme reaches landmark

Almost 2,000 centres have now signed up for I Pledge, the wellness initiative launched in January by Technogym, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association. I Pledge asks members of the public to

make a promise to improve their health and lifestyle by making healthier choices, or ful- filling sporting goals. Te social networking site allows people to support and encourage each other.

Tuck and Tucker join FIA senior team

Te Fitness Industry Association (FIA) has appointed Geraldine Tuck as its new oper- ations director and added John Tucker to its public affairs team. Tuck will lead the FIA’s member-

ship engagement, enhance the level of service provided and oversee sector focused projects. Meanwhile, Tucker has been tasked with

strengthening the FIA’s current partnerships and driving engagement with future part- ners. Read more:


The Hadleigh Pool and Leisure facility in Suffolk has reopened to the public follow- ing a £2.4m redevelopment which took a year to com- plete. Te new facility will be run by South Suffolk Leisure on behalf of Babergh District Council. Babergh District Council,

supported by Hadleigh Town Council, has invested more than £2.4m in the new centre which includes a 25m swim- ming pool and a community room, fitness suite, a group fitness studio and an osteopath and beauty therapy treatment clinic. Tracey Copping, chief executive of South

Facilities at the centre include a 25m swimming pool and fitness suite

Suffolk Leisure, said: “Our aim is to lead the way to active living. We hope to engage, inspire and provide the local community with

everything they need to take part in regular and supported exercise, along with providing a great place for individuals, groups and clubs to meet and hold sessions and events. We feel that the new facilities provide something for everyone.” Details:

Gym revamp increases memberships by 80 per cent

A £3m expansion and refurbishment of Kingswood Leisure Centre in Gloucestershire has resulted in a 150 per cent increase in the number of visitors since it opened in May. The revamp, funded jointly by South Gloucestershire Council and Circadian Trust,

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included a new, fully equipped gym and 20 new spin bikes and led to an 80 per cent increase in memberships over the past year. Swimming has also seen an increase with 26,000 people using the new 25m pool throughout July and August, almost 50 per cent up on 2011.

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