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health & fitness £18m Oldbury centre to open in 2013

Te £18m Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury, West Midlands is on track to open in August 2013, despite delays in construction work due to poor weather conditions over the summer months. The centre will replace

the Oldbury Leisure Centre in Sandwell. Facilities will include a sports hall, hydro- therapy pool and a health and fitness club with a multi-sta- tion gym, weights area and dance studio. Tere will also be a climb-

ing wall, outdoor 3G football pitch, life-trail outdoor exer- cise area, multi-purpose activity room, meeting rooms, sensory room and cafeteria as well as a purpose-built GP surgery, Tividale Family Practice. Te centre will be open to everyone and will be a centre of excellence for people with disabilities.

Construction work has now begun on the Portway Lifestyle Centre It is a joint venture between Sandwell coun-

cil, Sandwell Leisure Trust, Sandwell Primary Care Trust and Sandwell Liſtco. Sport England has provided £1.5m from its

Iconic Facilities legacy fund for the centre. Details:

Exercise project reduces falls in elderly

Taking part in regular exer- cise has reduced falls among elderly people by as much as 17 per cent, according to the latest findings from the Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust. Te trust unveiled its latest

findings last week, which have been the result of a year-long research study undertaken with Liverpool John Moores University, on the Trust’s award-winning Liveability service, which works to promote the independence and health of old people through exercise. If current trends continue, by 2024 half

Exercise among the older population could decrease falls by 17 per cent Te study measured the impact of partici-

of Liverpool’s population will be aged 50 or over, which shows the importance of find- ing an effective way of helping older people improve their health, fitness, quality of life and reduce the risk of falls.

pation in two hours per week of instructor-led gym-type activities on the physical fitness, strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic endur- ance of participants over a 12 week period. Each participant was monitored at the

start and end of the programme and at six and 12 months to assess longer term impact. Details:

Class Finder looking to expand services

A fitness technology startup that offers con- sumers the opportunity to search for group exercise classes in their area is looking to expand its services in the UK. Founded by two entrepreneurs - Stuart Hay and Robert Corder - in 2010, Class Finder


started out as a class directory to help class instructors promote their classes on the web. Aſter the addition of a class cover email sys-

tem and a live timetable feature, the service has expanded its reach rapidly and currently carries information on more than 12,000 classes.

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