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Thousands flock to see Wigan Life
Tuesday 20th September, 2011

Thousands flock to see Wigan Life
Councillors Chris Ready, Sue Loudon and Ged Bretherton sign up for the new gym.

IT’S only been open a few days but more than 3,000 people have already toured round the new south site of the Wigan Life Centre.

Hundreds have signed up for the new Profiles Health and Fitness Centre and swimming lessons have been booking up fast.

Amongst the new intake for the gym are some of the borough’s leading politicians.

Cabinet members, councillors Chris Ready, Sue Loudon and Ged Bretherton were put through their paces this week as part of their induction.

Cllr Ready, Cabinet member for Leisure, said: “These state-of-the-art facilities are amazing. You couldn’t ask for more.”

Cllr Loudon, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, added: “This is an excellent opportunity for young people to have access to great facilities and improve their health and wellbeing.”

Boasting a brand new 25 x 21 metre pool and state-of-the-art Profiles Health and Fitness Centre residents are being urged to tour round the new facilities on Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September.

Split on two sites, either side of Wigan Town Hall, the public opening of the south site will ensure residents have access to some of the best public leisure amenities in the country. The Healthy Living Zone in the building includes state-of-the-art Technogym equipment where gym members can “tweet”, watch TV and even search the internet while they work out.

There’s also a brand new pool, learners pool, steam and sauna room, fitness studios and gold standard disabled facilities.

When the North Site opens in the New Year the £217m Wigan Life Centre will include a one-stop shop for public services, an Information Zone, including a new public library and a Neighbourhood Zone marking the completion of a project that has been more than a decade in the making.

Cllr Bretherton, Cabinet member for Efficiency, added: “It’s fantastic and I have to say so far all the comments about this new centre have been positive.”

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) will manage the leisure facilities and the new library when it opens.

The building opened its doors on Monday and a special weekend of activities will take place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September. Activities during the weekend of free sessions include - Thump Boxing, Body Pump, Indoor Cycling and Family Swimming.

For more information on the Wigan Life Centre visit www.wigan.gov.uk. For information about the open weekend and the new pool and fitness centre visit www.wlct.org/activelife or call 01942 489 611.

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