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HEALTH & FITNESS £2m investment for Canterbury

Canterbury Academy will be receiving a £2m fit- ness centre after striking a deal with Swedish busi- nessman, Carl Gripenstedt. Gripenstedt, who is a direc- tor at Competition Line, will give the academy the funding to create a 9,000sq ſt (836sq m) fitness area that will have over 140 resistance and cardio vascular machines in total. As part of the planned

overhaul, an additional floor has been added to the exist- ing building to facilitate a new dance sudio, spin studio and ladies only gym. 3G surfaces have been laid on two new five-a-side pitches and the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) has seen similar improvements. In addition, a new coffee shop is planned at

the site and additional car parking paces are also being created.

Te investment will result in the creation of a new 140-station area Te gym will offer low-cost memberships to

the public, with a rate of £15.99 per month. “Te Canterbury Academy has negotiated

a new partnership which will bring signifi- cant capital investment, improved facilities and sporting opportunities to the area,” said academy executive Phil Karnavas.

Agassi’s fitness concept enters Europe

Eight time Grand Slam tennis champion Andre Agassi has teamed up with fitness trainer Gil Reyes to launch a new high-inten- sity weight training machine for the UK and Irish markets. Co-developed by the pair, the BILT by

Agassi & Reyes equipment will be available throughout the UK and Ireland through Concept Fitness International (CFI), which has secured an exclusive distribution deal for the kit. Te centerpiece of the new range, the Change of Direction (COD) Machine received the prestigious 2013 FIBO Innovation Award for its design and safety. Te ergo-efficiency of the moving parts of

the COD allows for a safe squat movement, as well as an intense, lateral exercise series, including side shuffles, lunges and single leg squats. Te construction of the machine pro- vides for a safe direct line of movement, which protects the spine and back muscles and con- forms to the natural angles of the body.

Agassi at the signing of the deal with the CFI team The BILT by Agassi & Reyes line con-

sists of 12 machines, which are all modelled on the exact equipment Agassi used to train during his championship tennis career. Details:

Hart District Council mulls potential Fleet centre

Hart District Council (HDR) has appointed Alliance Leisure to draw up a proposal and business plan for a new leisure centre in Fleet. Te site for the proposed £14m leisure cen- tre could see an area of around 6,000sq m (19,600sq ſt) become the home of an eight-lane,


25m long swimming pool, plus a learner pool, sports hall, studio facility, gym and café. Additionally both a senior and junior all-

weather pitch, primarily to be used for football, with some natural grass pitches also would be included. Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps Te website is an online gym booking service

Leisure Connection signs deal with

Management company Leisure Connection is to make its gym and leisure facilities available through online gym booking ser- vice All sites operated by Leisure Connection

across the country will be searchable on the website from mid- March, meaning that consumers will be able to pay for and book single, weekly or monthly usage passes online. Launched in early 2011, over 1,000 gyms

and health clubs are now signed up with the service. Details:

Basingstoke Pedal Studio gets £20,000 investment

Basingstoke Sports Trust (BST), which manages Basingstoke Sports Centre at Festival Place, has invested £20,000 into its Pedal Studio. Te investment has resulted in the indoor

cycling space now featuring 24 Tomahawk S series bikes while the interior has also been completely redesigned using UV light-sen- sitive murals and flashing lights. BST earmarked the investment in the

studio space following an increase in the number of members signing up for cycling classes. Details:

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Active Nation launches 30-minute fitness sessions

Leisure trust Active Nation has invested £450,000 in refurbishing three of its gyms and installing new Precor cv equipment. The investment is part of the char-

ity’s strategy to launch a new Exercise Experience offer. Te three gyms in Swadlincote, Chorley

and Lincoln have been redesigned in a way that helps gym members fit their exercise routine in to just 30 minutes per session, using a menu of more than 300 pre-designed exercise programmes. Details:

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