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Two Liverpool leisure centres are threatened with closure as Liverpool City Council (LCC) weighs up how to save £156m over the next three years. Under council proposals,


which include 300 job cuts, £4m will be saved from the city’s leisure facilities budget over the next three years. LCC operates 13 Lifestyles


Fitness Centres and the £4m figure is expected to be squeezed from these facilities. A large proportion will


derive from the proposed closure of Everton Park and Park Road – where Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle trains – centres, starting with their swimming facilities. A council spokesperson said the two


Liverpool Town Hall, where the centres’ fate will be decided on 5 March


centres were earmarked for closure as they were underused and expensive to run: “These centres are both near to other leisure


facilities, so the impact on residents will be less significant.” “This is not a done deal and we’re actively seeking partners to come in and work jointly with the council to keep these centres open.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=e3c8Y


GLL expands portfolio with major venue


One of the UK’s largest operators of public leisure centres, GLL, has expanded its wholly-owned portfolio of sports facilities with the acquisition of Sporthouse in Dagenham, London. Sporthouse was opened by


five times Olympic rowing champion Sir Steve Redgrave ahead of the London Olympic Games in April 2012. It has the country’s biggest


multi-use sports hall at 5,000sq m, a large health club and two outdoor basketball courts. It also has capacity for 6,000 spectators. The centre was an official Games training


The Sporthouse was an official Games training venue for London 2012


venue during London 2012, hosting both Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the run-up. However, the privately-owned centre


hit difficulties and was placed in administration in 2013. Following the acquisition, GLL will rename the centre as Barking Sporthouse and Gym. Details: http://lei.sr?a=p4Z7D


Loughborough Uni invests £5.6m in fitness facility Spanning 900sq m (2,952sq ft), the gym


Work is underway at Loughborough University to build a brand new £5.6m health and fitness centre with capacity for 5,000 members. The complex is being built by constructors


Kier will contain state of the art equipment from fitness specialists Technogym.


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will feature over 80 pieces of cardiovascular equipment and more than 50 fixed and free weight stations, alongside a core stretching area. There will also be two fitness studios and a sports hall. Details: http://lei.sr?a=v4F4y


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