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New Year – Good Health: Trust Invests Heavily in Active Life
Wednesday 11th January, 2006

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s ‘Getting Wigan Active’ campaign, to get people across the borough physically active, is gathering momentum this year with two new facilities being added to an already impressive portfolio of state-of–the-art gym facilities.

During the last fifteen months, over £600,000 has been spent on improving trust-managed gym facilities to provide high quality equipment for exercise enthusiasts across the borough. January 11th sees the official launch of the trust’s two most exciting new additions at Howe Bridge Sports Centre and Hindley Leisure Centre, with the Mayor of Wigan and children from Mornington High School on hand to try them out and help to promote an active lifestyle.

Howe Bridge Sports Centre has had a £58,000 investment to extend its Profiles gym creating a free weights area; fitting an air-conditioning system to keep users cool as they exercise and generally making the facility more easily accessible and user-friendly.

Hindley Leisure Centre has been fitted with a purpose built ‘Movement Room’ following a £70,000 investment. This includes a wooden semi-sprung floor making it the perfect venue for aerobics classes and circuit training.

“The popularity of our fitness suites has increased massively in recent years and a trip to the gym is the second most popular activity that takes place in our leisure centres, second only to swimming. We have invested heavily in our sports facilities recently, particularly in cardiovascular equipment, which offers users of all abilities the chance to get fitter and healthier in a comfortable environment,” says Martin Eden, the trust’s Executive Director for Sport and Healthy Living. “The trust has a vision to increase physical activity in the borough by one per cent each year, that’s an extra 3,000 borough residents taking part in regular exercise each year. The provision of excellent gym and sports facilities will go a long way towards reaching that target and will have a positive impact on lives.”

Other trust investments in gym and cardiovascular facilities from November 2004 include:

  • A brand new purpose-built Profiles gym at Hindley Leisure Centre.
  • New hi-tech gym equipment at Howe Bridge Sports Centre.
  • New cardiovascular and gym equipment at Robin Park Sports Centre.
  • Disability access provision and specialist gym equipment at Robin Park Sports Centre.
“In 2006, the trust’s Active Life team will build on the success of these new facilities, the free swimming campaign and the huge improvements in facilities for people with disabilities at Robin Park and Hindley,” continues Martin. “We have more plans to improve facilities and provide an improved service for all users across the borough over the next two years.”

Profiles gym facilities are available at Robin Park Sports Centre, Howe Bridge Sports Centre, Wigan International Pool, Hindley Leisure Centre and Ashton Leisure Centre. For further details contact your local sports centre or visit www.wlct.org/Sport/activelife.

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