Dave Maine, product development manager at Link Centre, says that every class put on is immediately filled by people wanting to work out and have fun with fitness.
“The Swindon Council Leisure Passport represents such good value that more and more people are taking part in several activities during the week,” said Dave. “Our new Body Jam dance and Zumba classes have been really busy. We have over 12,000 user visits per month on gym and fitness sessions; user numbers are also good at other leisure centres across the town.”
To cope with the demand the 100 square metre licenced bar area at Link Centre has been converted into a fitness studio ready for the September rush to new classes. Dave said the bar is only used on Saturdays during the ice hockey season and by replacing carpets with vinyl flooring and using movable furniture the space has been given a dual use. “The whole conversion is likely to cost less than £10,000 which includes purchase of moveable furniture, a music system and fittings such as ballet bars and mirrors. With a new studio we’ll be able to provide a wider range of classes for all interests and fitness levels.”
Swindon leisure services have been on a drive to promote fitness and attract more users in order to reduce the council taxpayer subsidy for leisure facilities.