Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

West Suffolk: Sports centres investing to meet fitness demand

PUBLISHED: 08:55 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:43 21 August 2014

Archant

An investment of £114,000 is being pumped into the leisure centres in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill to meet a growing demand for fitness activities.

Abbeycroft Leisure, which manages the centres in partnership with the borough council, is investing £41,000 in Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre to meet growing demand for its exercise classes and £73,000 at Haverhill to expand its gym and power room.

Abbeycroft, which is a leisure trust and social enterprise, ploughs all profits made back into providing health and fitness and this investment constitutes the start of a yearly update programme.

Abbeycroft Leisure chief executive Warren Smyth said: “We are seeing a boom in exercise classes in Bury and in our gym and power room in Haverhill and we need to meet that demand.

“This significant investment that we are announcing will meet that demand and give customers what they need to meet their fitness goals.”

At Bury Leisure Centre exercise classes are at capacity. The trust plans to knock through a wall in studio one into squash court number three to create a larger area for super-size classes.

This will create up to 15 extra spaces per class.

In addition to class expansions, the centre’s crèche will be moved to one of the squash courts with a £2,500 creative learning centre for children. It will be fully supervised and aims to provide a fun and educational environment for children to play in while their parents can work out.

The changes are expected to start in September in phased stages and be complete in the autumn.

At Haverhill Leisure Centre Abbeycroft is investing in an extra 42 fitness stations in the gym. In addition, the combat area which is currently on the third floor will be moved to the ground floor gym making space to expand the popular power room.

An Xcube functional training station will also be installed in the gym which focuses on exercises to build a body capable of doing real-life activities rather than just lifting weights.

The new facilities at Haverhill will be open in the autumn.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A team of specialists are currently in Felixstowe to remove a dead whale which washed up on the beach over the weekend.

A man has been arrested by counter-terror police at Stansted Airport on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism.

The countdown to the 10th annual Suffolk Dog Day begins today with the launch of an online poll to find the county’s favourite canine breeds.

Armed police will patrol key sites in Suffolk and Essex after the Government last night raised the terrorism threat level to “critical” – the highest possible rating – amid fears another attack is imminent following the Manchester terror attack.

As the big day approaches, we’ve put together a list of must-do activities and attractions at this year’s Suffolk Show, being held on May 31 and June 1 at Trinity Park in Ipswich. The annual two-day extravaganza will showcase the best of Suffolk’s food, countryside and agricultural heritage, while providing a great half-term day out for families.

A trustee of Essex Dementia Care hopes to spread awareness about the disease after rescuing an unconscious woman, thought to have the illness, from drowning at sea.

Essex Police have made two arrests after a teenager was stabbed in Chelmsford last weekend.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24