Despite reports in the national press that fitness memberships are on the wane, Swindon is bucking the trend because, since the start of the year, it has seen people flocking to council leisure centres to join the ever more popular Leisure Passport scheme.
“Over 650 people joined in January and February taking total membership to over 5,000, an all-time high,” said Darren Gunter, Swindon Leisure Services gym & fitness officer. “There were 30,000 visits for fitness activities at Link Centre and Oasis alone during the first two months of this year; it’s a great step towards our objective of getting more people, more active, more often.”
Leisure Passport membership offers all inclusive use of fitness activities across all Swindon Council leisure sites including ice skating and climbing as well as the usual health club fare of gym, swim and fitness classes.
Darren said, “providing high quality facilities at affordable prices is part of the council’s drive to increase physical activity levels in adults and young people in Swindon. According to the Sport England Active People survey people in the town are more active than the national average but less active than the rest of the South West.”
However, over the past three years the Leisure Services team has developed activities that are more accessible and inclusive for children, young people and adults with disabilities and additional needs. This began with a host of new sessions, including climbing, ice skating, trampolining and a multi-sport club for adults with learning disabilities. New activities are being introduced all the time.
As a result activity levels by people with long standing illness, disability or infirmity in Swindon now surpass both national and regional averages.
Leisure Passport details are available at any Swindon Council leisure centre or see the advert on right.
Link pool hosts April cancer swim event
Swimathon 2011 – the world’s biggest fundraising swimming event – hits over 575 pools across the UK between 8 and 10 April, when over 20,000 swimmers will raise more than £2m for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Swimathon Foundation.
The majority of the funds will help support Marie Curie Nurses who provide free nursing care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in the place of their choice. The charity expects to provide care to around 29,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its hospices this year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
Olympic gold medallist and Swimathon president Duncan Goodhew said, “the 2010 event enjoyed an astonishing 37 per cent rise in entries and we really hope to see another increase this year. It’s great that so many who dived in told us that they only started swimming again when they entered Swimathon.”
Register at Swimathon 2011 or call into Link Centre for details.