Oldham Active (Oldham Community Leisure), the charitable trust that operates leisure facilities in the borough, has launched its ‘new look’ gyms following a £750,000 investment.
The refurbishments of Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, Failsworth Sports Centre, Oldham Leisure Centre and Royton Leisure Centre were successfully completed on schedule at the end of 2023.
The works included a substantial upgrade to the gym space at all four of the leisure centres, including a total replacement of the cardiovascular equipment by Oldham Active’s partner, the market-leading fitness equipment provider, TechnoGym.
Each of the indoor cycling studios have benefitted from either new or upgraded bikes and there is also a new, fully interactive gym floor cycle zone at Oldham Leisure Centre. In addition, following requests from customers, a state-of-the-art sauna is a new addition to Royton Leisure Centre too.
Overall, customers will also enjoy the atmospheric lighting, décor and flooring, which deliver a fresh feel and positive outlook, whilst public high speed wifi has been introduced at all the centres.
Kath and Jim, customers at Royton Leisure Centre, said: “We have been members for around 18 years and have seen a big improvement of the site.”
Jim, who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, said: “Since the refurbishment the equipment is much better for me, I especially like the skier. All the facilities suit everyone’s needs and the atmosphere in the newly renovated gym is nicer and more soothing; we both like the calm lighting. The staff, no matter what their role, are always accommodating and helpful, nothing is too much trouble for them and they are always happy to help.”
Stuart Lockwood, CEO, Oldham Active, added: “We are thrilled with the transformation of our gyms, and we’re sure that you will be impressed too. We’ve enjoyed hearing our customers positive feedback from the refurbishment.
“As a charitable organisation our aim is to support people to find opportunities for better wellbeing; to help achieve this we need inspiring and welcoming facilities. The substantial investment into our facilities means all our venues have high quality equipment that’s easy to use, whilst creating a safe space where our customers enjoy spending time, now and into the future. We listened to our customers feedback and experience to create training spaces that the whole community feel comfortable and motivated in.
“This isn’t just a lick of paint, the refurbishment, plus the new equipment, as well as our extended opening hours and our extensive timetable of classes, sports and aquatic activities, demonstrate there is really something for everyone. Furthermore, our dedicated, friendly team of experts is always available to assist you in making the most of your visit.”
Julian Holland, a Failsworth Sports Centre fitness member, said: “I’ve been coming to this centre for two years now. The gym goers are like a family. It’s very friendly and the staff are always on hand if you need any help or want a new programme to work towards. The recent refurbishment, with lots of new equipment and the new lighting, has taken the gym into the 21st century.”