- Oldham Leisure Centre - North West
- Wednesbury Leisure Centre - West Midlands
- Pure Gym (Bedford) - Eastern
- DW Sports Fitness (Ewell) - South East
- Anytime Fitness (Tooting) - London
New to the public sector and located just outside Manchester, the Oldham Leisure Centre, opened its doors on 18th November. Managed by the Oldham Community Leisure Trust, the new centre aims to put Oldham on the “sporting map” with its brand new facilities. The new centre offers an 8 lane 25m swimming pool with a sizeable viewing platform and the 8 court sports hall also has a 250 person flexible seating area. The gym has 80 workout stations with equipment supplied by Technogym together with a dedicated spin studio. Also available for use and hire are the 4 indoor bowls rinks, 2 studios, and sauna and steam room. Membership prices do vary starting from £19.99 and an increase in charges for activities will come into effect 2nd January 2016.
Slightly further South, near Birmingham, The Sandwell Leisure Trust, working in partnership with the Sandwell Council, opened the new £8.1million Wednesbury Leisure Centre on the 9th of November. The leisure centre provides a large variety of sporting facilities including a 25m indoor swimming pool, a second smaller learning pool, and a 75 station gym with a dedicated spin studio. In addition, the centre also provides a 3 badminton court sports hall and two studios; the centre offers a number of classes such as Pilates, spin, ViPR, Zumba and Aqua Fit. Membership is £19.50 per month with a 3 year fixed price.
Within the private sector, Pure Gym continues to expand and on 20th November they opened a site in Bedford which had been rebranded from a formerly LA Fitness gym. The Bedford site, like most Pure Gyms, is open 24/7 and costs £18.99 per month or has a walk-in fee of £5.99. In addition to the Bedford site, Pure Gym opened a further 6 gyms across the UK during the month of November.
Similarly to Pure Gym, DW Sports Fitness took over a previously LA Fitness gym in Ewell and reopened it on 3rd November. The new Ewell site offers a 40 station gym, 17m indoor swimming pool, 2 studios and 3 tennis courts. In November alone, DW Sports Fitness opened a total of 6 sites across the UK.
Finally, Anytime Fitness Tooting opened on November 25th and offers a 25 station gym and studio in the heart of Tooting. The gym is open 24 hours a day with membership starting at £35.95 per month. Anytime Fitness have now successfully opened 3,000 health clubs worldwide which ranks them as a top global franchise.
- Abi Taylor, Sports Researcher
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