Hood Park Leisure Centre In Ashby Is Set To Re-open To The Public This Saturday

By Graham Hill

23rd Jul 2020 | Local Sport

Hood Park Leisure Centre which underwent a refurbishment earlier this year
Hood Park Leisure Centre which underwent a refurbishment earlier this year

Leisure centres in Ashby and Coalville are set to re-open on Saturday.

Hood Park Leisure Centre in Ashby and Coalville's Hermitage Leisure Centre, which are both managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with North West Leicestershire District Council, will reopen their gyms and group exercise studios - but other facilities within the centres will reopen at a later date.

After being given the 'green light' by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the Government update on July 9 confirmed leisure centres are now safe to reopen facilities, with strict operational measures in place.

Everyone Active procedures will ensure social distancing is managed throughout the centres and regular cleaning is maintained.

Full details of the operator's measures can be found Update on Reopening Plans here.

Hood Park underwent a £1.2million refurbishment earlier this year but was forced to close when the Government announced the Coronavirus lockdown in March.

While its 200 leisure centres across the country have been closed, Everyone Active launched a comprehensive package of online workouts for people to do during on lockdown, along with streaming live classes across its social media pages. It also pledged to donate half the cost of a membership to charity - The National Emergencies Trust – if customers continued to pay.

Consequently, the operator raised over £400,000 for those most in need during the pandemic.

Dan Hicks, Everyone Active's regional contract manager, said: "We're very much looking forward to reopening the centres and welcoming back the local community.

"After being closed for nearly four months, this latest announcement from Government is the news the leisure industry has been eagerly awaiting.

"Giving people the opportunity to resume activity and exercise in their leisure centre will go a long way to maintaining the good health of local communities.

"We've been overwhelmed with the support we have received from customers during these unprecedented times, and we're so grateful.

"Like many other industries, leisure has been greatly affected by the lockdown.

"Ensuring our colleagues and customers remain safe is our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measurements to ensure we adhere to the guidance.

"We will be contacting all customers directly over the coming days regarding the centres reopening. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and thanking them for their patience."

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: "The health and wellbeing of our communities is of critical importance, and re-opening leisure centres in a safe way is a key step towards returning to a healthy and active 'new normal'.

"We've been working closely with Everyone Active, with the safety of customers taking top priority, and it's excellent news that people can return to these centres with confidence from 25 July."

For further information visit Everyone Active


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