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Gym expansion at Devon leisure centre opens

Torbay Leisure Centre in Devon has opened its £200,000 gym extension this month, following three months of construction. Completely refitted with Precor equipment, the gym was extended by 50sq m (538sq ft) and now offers 75 stations. GM Jeremy Wright says, since the 2

January opening, there has been an increase in casual use and membership sales. The leisure centre, managed by Parkwood

Leisure, includes a swimming pool, squash courts, sports hall, Astroturf, indoor cycling studio, sauna, steamroom and spa. Details:

Work has started on a new £11m leisure centre for West Bromwich, due to open in summer 2014. The centre will include a

25m pool with learner pool, sauna, steamroom,


court sports hall, 100-station fitness suite, dance studio, indoor children’s adventure play centre and parking. DC Leisure is behind the

planning for the facility and will also build, run and maintain the complex. Plans were approved by Sandwell Council last October, with conditions relating to opening hours and the submission of further details on external materials, drainage, lighting and CCTV. Development director for DC Leisure Peter

The contract will include the Redcar Leisure and Community Heart centre when it opens in 2014

SLM secures contract for five new leisure centres

Sports Leisure Management, trading under its brand Everyone Active, has signed a contract with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to take over management of five leisure centres from Tees Valley Leisure. The contract includes Redcar Leisure

Centre, which is due to close in 2014. The centre will be replaced by the £31m Redcar Leisure and Community Heart, currently under construction nearby. Other centres included in the contract

are Guisborough, Loftus, Saltburn and Eston. Details:

Preferred site selected for Tewkesbury pool and gym

A preferred location has been decided for a proposed Gloucestershire leisure centre, should Tewkesbury Borough Council go ahead with plans to replace an existing leisure centre built in 1969. If approved,

the new facility at

Gloucestershire Road would likely include a 25m pool, 20m learning pool, fitness gym, dance studio, health suite and café. The estimated cost of refurbishing

the existing Cascades Leisure Centre at Spring Gardens is £3.8m. Details: http://

10 SRA and ukactive form partnership

The Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) and ukactive have joined forces to get more people active and to help national governing bodies (NGBs) understand the public health agenda – with a number of new reforms to be introduced in April. At a recent Alliance divisional meeting,

ukactive presented on the shifting health landscape in the first step in the partnership. Chief executive of ukactive David Stalker

says: “By forging a working partnership between ukactive and the Sport and Recreation Alliance, we hope to be able to share some of our knowledge of public health delivery, specifically how to target inactive populations and maximise local engagement in sport and physical activity.” From April, GPs will be responsible for

commissioning community health services, such as emergency care, and local authorities will receive around £2.7bn annually for the commissioning of public health services.

ukactive chief executive David Stalker hopes to ‘share knowledge’ between the two trade bodies

Chief executive of the Sport and

Recreation Alliance Tim Lamb says: “When you look at our combined membership, we have a huge footprint. I’m sure we can really put that to use in tackling ill-health.” Details:

Gym owner fined over under-age sunbed user

A gym owner in Lancashire has been fined £500 for failing to prevent a 15-year-old girl from using a sunbed. Stewart Hall, owner the Olympic Power Mill gym in Bury, didn’t check the age of the teenage student, who developed severe burns and was hospitalised after using

an on-site sunbed. In addition to the £500 fine, Hall was ordered to pay court costs of £1,500. He has since sold the gym. The case has been seen as a landmark, as it’s the first successful prosecution under the Sunbeds Regulation Act 2010. Details:

March 2013 © Cybertrek 2013 An artist’s impression of the new £11m DC Leisure centre

encouraging increased participation in physical activity and sport.” Sandwell councillor Linda Horton says:

Kirkham says: “In partnership with Sandwell Council, we aim to continue the legacy of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games by

“The centre will provide a real focal point for the community. We hope the new facilities will help improve the health and wellbeing of families in the area.” Details:

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