We’ve all been cooped up at home for too long and as lockdown is gradually lifted, people are looking for safe ways to get out and get fit.
Safety measures at leisure centres in Nuneaton and Bedworth have been given the best possible endorsement with visits on the increase following their recent reopening.
Everyone Active, which manages Bedworth Leisure Centre, Pingles Leisure Centre and Etone Sports Centre in partnership with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, welcomed back the community recently, allowing residents to return to activity and to boost their physical and mental health.
The artificial pitch at Etone Sports Centre had previously reopened on Monday, March 29, while Jubilee Sports Centre has welcomed the public following the completion of refurbishment work.
Safety has been Everyone Active’s priority throughout the pandemic and a host of strict operational measures are in place, including rigorous cleaning regimes, timed activity sessions and a one-way system to help with social distancing.
The measures have impressed customers, with attendances in the week after reopening higher than in the week following the first lockdown.
No fewer than 3,325 people used the gyms at Bedworth Leisure Centre and Pingles Leisure Centre in the first week after reopening, a 106% increase on the 1,613 people that did the same in the week after the first lockdown last summer.
Some 2,185 people used the swimming pool in the first week after reopening, a 120% increase on the 993 who did so after the first lockdown. Swimming lesson participation was also up, increasing by 2% to 3,320 attendances.
It is hoped attendances will be further improved by the return of group exercise, which restarted this week. Bedworth Leisure Centre and Pingles Leisure Centre are both hosting virtual group exercise classes, while Jubilee Sports Centre is now hosting instructor-led classes following its reopening.
The Government’s roadmap includes detail on which facilities can reopen within each step, meaning some may not be available in the first instance.
For details about which facilities can reopen in each step and the latest guidance click here.
Everyone Active, which operates 200 sites around the country, has committed to keeping its customers safe and active, ensuring it will meet and exceed Government guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 with the Everyone Active Pledge.
Full details on the operator’s pledge and safety measures can be found here.
Joe Warren, contract manager for Everyone Active, said: “Keeping centres Covid-safe is our highest priority and our dedicated staff are continuing to take all necessary steps to ensure we meet and exceed the guidelines.
“Members of the local community are able to enjoy our excellent facilities in the knowledge they are in a safe environment in which stringent operational measures and regular cleaning are in place.”
For further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres, visit www.everyoneactive.com