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Ashton Leisure Centre refurb gathers pace
Wednesday 22nd March, 2017

Ashton Leisure Centre refurb gathers pace

The first phase of a multi-million pound improvement to Ashton Leisure Centre is already complete, with the introduction of a multi-use games area this month.

Netball, tennis, football, hockey and basketball markings will all be included, with pupils from neighbouring Cansfield High School able to benefit from the new facility immediately, before public bookings are available in October.

The multi-use games area is the first part of a £2.8million refurbishment as part of Wigan Council’s Deal for Health and Wellness, which will also see the centre receive an 80-station gym, group exercise studio, indoor cycling studio, state of the art synthetic pitch, sauna and steam room and additional changing facilities.

Councillor Jenny Bullen, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for leisure said:

"It's great to see the first phase of the Ashton Leisure Centre refurbishment completed. Cansfield pupils will be the first to benefit from the multi-use sports pitches. The future planned improvements will also be of significant benefit to Ashton, Bryn and local residents of all ages, providing support for healthy lifestyles and also a valuable community facility."

Cansfield High School Headteacher, Michael Southworth, added:

“We are delighted at the prospect of these new facilities. They will provide many opportunities for our students, and enhance what is already a dynamic and strong PE curriculum. The opportunities for the school and the community are very exciting and will provide a really important resource for Ashton and the surrounding areas.”

The work, which is being carried out by Warden Construction and led by Inspiring healthy lifestyles, is on track to be completed in December 2017, with managing director Peter Burt adding:

“The completion of phase one is very encouraging and works to the main extension of the current gym are set to start at the beginning of April. This is a very exciting project and will help to provide a more rounded leisure offer to many people by the end of the 12-month period.”

As progress continues, the gym at Ashton Leisure Centre will be closed on 1st and 2nd April to enable equipment from the current gym to be installed into a temporary gym whilst the main extension takes place.

For more information and to keep updated visit new.ashtonleisurecentre.org, call on 01942 720826 or email leisureenquiries@wlct.org

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