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HEALTH & FITNESS


Snap Fitness to open Market Harborough club


US-based health club franchise Snap Fitness is set to open Market Harborough’s first 24/7 access club on 5 July. Te new facility will be the third Snap


Fitness in the UK and the first in the Midlands. Located at Rockingham Road, opposite Welland Valley Feeds, the new gym will house a range of cardiovascular and strength equipment from manu- facturer CYBEX International, private changing rooms and free onsite parking. Details: http://lei.sr?a=R1J4B


£9m Leisure Centre for Workington


Plans for a new £9m (US$13.7, €10.5m) leisure centre in Workington, Cumbria are in the works aſter Allerdale council


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consultations. Te new facil- ity, which could feature a 25m competition standard swim- ming pool, gym, spinning studio, café, climbing wall, spa, children’s party space and both indoor and outdoor courts and pitches, is penned to be completed by the Spring or Summer of 2014. Potential sites have not yet


been identified by the council, who said that it must find out what the local people want before it starts to look at possible designs and locations. Te consultation is being run by both the


Facilities at the new centre will include a swimming pool and gym “A new leisure centre will need to be afford-


council and Carlisle Leisure Limited, which runs all its leisure centres until the end of June.


Willesden Sports Centre in West London


Leisure Connection invests £500,000 in club revamps


Management company Leisure Connection has invested £500,000 in improving two of its managed sites in London. Downham Health & Leisure Centre in


Lewisham, south London and Willesden Sports Centre in West London have bene- fitted from new health and fitness facilities. Each centre has been fitted with a 130-sta- tion suite supplied by Life Fitness. The gyms have greater floor space, reflecting an increased focus on programming, and have introduced TRX equipment, a full line of new plate-loaded and cable equipment, as well as specialist motion technology selec- torized (MTS) equipment.


Virgin Active launches new member benefit scheme


Virgin Active has launched a new online- based member benefit scheme. Entitled Hot Stuff, the initiative offers


members of Virgin Active clubs discounts to other Virgin-branded products and ser- vices - such as Virgin Trains and Virgin Holidays - as well as exclusive access to Virgin-sponsored events, including the Virgin Active London Triathlon and Tour de France. Details: http://lei.sr?a=l3R1i


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able and sustainable as well as realistic in the facilities it will provide and we want to ensure what is provided best suits the needs of the users,” said councillor Michael Heaslip, exec- utive member for leisure.


Council to invest in low-cost fitness centre


Sobell Leisure Centre in Islington, London is to undergo a major refurbishment in a bid to provide low-cost healthy activities for all resi- dents. In July 2010 Islington Council agreed a programme of refurbishment to help extend the centres life. Te first stage included improving the main


hall, which came in time for the centre to be used as the official venue for Olympic volley- ball training in 2012. Now a further investment of close to £1.4m


will see the installation of two new artificial, floodlit football pitches, followed by improve- ments within the centre itself. Te new football pitches, with high-tec surfaces, will be con- structed over the course of the summer with work expected to be complete in August. Once this work is completed, a programme


of internal work will begin from August until December. This will see: new gymnastics equipment; increasing the size of the fitness gym by a third; the creation of a new boxing


Te centre will house a low-cost fitness element


gym; an upgrade of the training room; and improvements to the Junior Gym. Other improvements will include the instal-


lation of retractable spectator seating and a redesign of the existing changing rooms.


Work starts on Witham Leisure Centre


Construction work has begun on the Witham Leisure Centre in Essex. The £9.5m project is headed by Barr


Construction and the facility - designed by Scott Brownrigg Architects - is due for comple- tion in summer 2014. Once opened, the centre


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will be managed by Fusion Lifestyle. Facilities will include a six lane, 25m pool,


leaner pool with moveable floor, a health and fitness suite, two dance studios, sauna and steamroom and two squash courts. Details: http://lei.sr?a=A8q4t


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