Council to invest in better gym facilities

Councillor Graham Cain at Blackpool Sports Centre.

Councillor Graham Cain at Blackpool Sports Centre.

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Blackpool Sports Centre is set for a £100,000 investment which will include the cost of transferring equipment from the Gateway Gym in the town centre which has now closed.

The money, which will be taken from the council’s reserves, will also see the current gym at the centre in Stanley Park extended.

The gym is now closed until January 2 to enable the improvements to be made.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet secretary, said: “The large scale transformation which is taking place in the coming weeks will include an extension to the existing gym, increasing the number of stations available to 70.

“The refurbishment will include a larger dedicated free weights area, functional training zone and a dedicated circuit area overlooking the sports hall. The investment will also see the relocation of the spin studio, to a larger space allowing for bigger classes.

“The new dedicated spin studio will be themed to provide a fully immersive experience, with artwork and light features, to allow participants to really get into the zone when taking part in a class.

“The investment is a welcome upgrade to secure the future of Blackpool’s quality leisure offer and to continue to meet the demand of new members and cater for our specialist health programmes which provide exercise opportunities for those suffering from health problems, such as cardiac, respiratory and mental health.”

The Gateway Gym, which opened in Bickerstaffe House last year, is to close to make way for a private health club to open on the ground floor of the nearby Talbot Road Multi-Storey Car Park.

The equipment being moved cost £150,000 when it was purchased in 2014.