Gym users at the new £15m Crewe Lifestyle Centre will get the best available equipment to do their work-outs – thanks to Cheshire East Council.
The Council has granted a £400,000 loan on a seven-year payback arrangement, meaning that the Everybody Sport and Recreation Trust can purchase the best available equipment on the market.
The Trust has notched up an outstanding first year of results with its sport and recreation services across the Borough, placing customer experience, a safe environment and value for money as its top priorities.
The Crewe fitness suite will include the latest in functional training, strength and conditioning and cardiovascular fitness. It will also include specially-designed equipment for people with disabilities.
Fitness instructors will have the ability to monitor and measure a user’s progress and achievements, with the latest fitness technologies. They will also set programmes to achieve goals and offer one-to-one personal training sessions, similar to most members-only health clubs in the private sector.
The 1,000 sq metre complex will include a multi-purpose sports hall that will accommodate all the traditional indoor sports activities.
Outside organisations can hire the sports hall at any time for special events and even birthday parties.
All activity areas will have the latest in changing room design, with the swimming pool area offering a family friendly ‘village’ style changing facility, including extra-large cubicles and pre-swim and post-swim showers.
Council Leader Michael Jones said:
“I am very pleased to be able to facilitate this funding for the Trust as they do a fantastic job in running our leisure facilities in the Borough, applying innovative and attractive programmes to encourage greater use by our residents so that they can be fit, healthy and active.
“We have a population of 370,000, and in 2014-15, our leisure facilities saw 2.7 million visits – which is fantastic. But, with an ageing population, we want to make sure that our older people can also enjoy these facilities in order to live long and healthy lives.”
Councillor Andrew Kolker, chairman of Everybody Sport and Recreation Trust said:
“Our offer will be significantly improved at the new lifestyle centre with the latest Matrix Fitness equipment for the fitness suite, a range of group classes and an enhanced swimming offer.
“We are looking forward to welcoming new and existing customers in Crewe and attracting new customers from further afield. We are proud to be managing these facilities to change lives through healthy recreation.”
The lifestyle centre is due to open next spring and the construction project is well advanced with the contractors due to hand over the facility to the Council in February.
It will be managed by Everybody Sport and Recreation, who already run the Borough’s leisure facilities.
The centre will boast a 25-metre competition-standard pool, learner pool, conference, event and exhibition facilities.
It will also house customer-focused Council services, including adult and children’s services, a new library and internet café, community hub and day facilities for adults and children with special needs.
Themed around lifestyle and healthy living, the Crewe Lifestyle Centre will replace a number of old and outdated buildings in the town and will encourage residents to stay fit and active or take up new sports and recreational activities.