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Workington’s new leisure centre enjoys record first year

Monday 11 September 2017

Workington's new swimming pool and leisure centre has had a bumper first year enjoying around half a million visits and membership numbers rising by 842 to 5,942 - all helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.  

One of Allerdale Borough Council's main ambitions is to create healthier communities through high-quality leisure facilities as well as improving access for all, targeting key groups like women and children. The new leisure centre was built to the highest specification possible and has gone a long way to meet the Council's ambitions.  

Since it opened on 17 September 2016 more women are getting into sport than ever. They now account for 52% of all users, up from 41% soon after the centre opened. Some 117 ladies benefited from a Sport England funded programme providing three months membership for just £10.  

The centre has also been a big hit with kids too. Junior usage is averaging 4,030 children a month, up from 3,150. The Swim School has seen a dramatic 63% rise in participants, from 361 kids in October 2016 to 577 today and there were over 2,000 10p swims this summer holidays.  

Likewise, the number of children who have joined the gymnastics classes has risen from 237 to 365 and the centre now provides school holiday classes every half term – not just in the main Christmas, Easter and summer holidays.  

One new highlight is the Squash League which has 13 new members. Kids’ trampolining is proving as popular, meaning it is now at capacity with 30 participants. 

The older generation is also recognising the benefits of getting healthy too. The number of people aged over 60 using the centre has doubled at the new centre in the past year, averaging 1,979 a month. The new "Club" sessions for the over 55s are proving a huge hit too.  

The centre is also now working with more partner organisations to expand the number of people who have access to good quality leisure facilities and help them get healthier. These include:  NHS, MIND, AllerdaleOpportunities, Cumbria care, Lakes College, and the diabetes prevention scheme Healthier You. There are also other groups working to help people stop smoking.  

Alan Smith, Leader of the Council, said: "I'm so pleased with how the first year has gone. We set out to build an attractive, state-of-the-art leisure centre and it is so great to see so many people making use of it – and for us to meet our commitments to our communities." 

Michael Heaslip, Executive member with responsibility for sports development, added: "The figures speak for themselves. The swimming pool and leisure centre has been a fantastic success, surpassing all expectations, and I'd like to thank everyone including GLL for all the hard work to get to where we are today. We can only go from strength to strength on this and I'd encourage everyone to get down to the centre and try out the superb facilities there."  

The centre is run by GLL under the Better brand. The facilities on offer include two swimming pools, a 90-station gym, free weights area, two studios, a sauna and steam room, sports hall, climbing wall, two squash courts and 3G football pitches.

A series of free taster sessions is being offered at the leisure centre over the weekend of the 16th and 17th September. Full details can be found at www.better.org.uk/workington. 

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