Improvements at Strode

Strode Leisure Centre is set to benefit from improvements to the fitness and swimming facilities thanks to the partnership between North Somerset Council and leisure partner Places Leisure.

As part of planned significant investment to the centre in Strode Way, Clevedon, the fitness suite is getting a makeover, including new décor, lighting and flooring along with the latest fitness and cardiovascular equipment. It will also offer TEAMBEATS™ which are bookable circuit classes that help participants improve fitness, lose weight and maximise their performance. People taking part in the class will follow the heart rate target set by the trainer and train to the beat of the music, while monitoring their performance and the timer on a large display screen.

The investment in the fitness suite is in the region of £100,000 and it’s due to reopen on Friday 28 December. While the work is carried out the fitness suite has been closed with equipment relocated to the sports hall to minimise disruption and enable customers to continue using the gym throughout the works.

John Baker, General Manager at Strode Leisure Centre, said: “As a social enterprise dedicated to achieving our mission of creating ‘active places and healthy people’, we are always looking to enhance our leisure service for the benefit of our community and explore opportunities that broaden our leisure offering. We are excited to be able to offer our customers an enhanced service and are looking forward to welcoming our existing and new members to their new state of the art gym.”

North Somerset Council has also replaced the swimming pool filters at a cost of some £50,000 to ensure that the centre continues to maintain a high-quality standard swimming provision.

The studio has also undergone an exciting refurbishment over two weeks last month and includes improvements to the ceiling, lighting, décor and audio-visual equipment, to offer the highest standard of group exercise classes and an enhanced customer experience.

The studio will offer instructor-led classes as well as an exciting programme of Les Mills virtual classes, including Body Balance, CX Works, Sh’bam and Body Combat.

Cllr Felicity Baker, North Somerset Council’s executive member whose portfolio includes leisure, said: “First-class leisure facilities and a quality leisure provision are integral to achieving our wider aims surrounding health and wellbeing and encouraging more of our community to adopt healthier and more active lifestyles.

“In partnership with Places Leisure we will continue to drive standards with a focus on increasing participation, reducing health inequalities and enhancing accessibility and social inclusion.”

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