£30K gym investment to make gym more inclusive brings in new users

March 2 2017

As operators of Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham and on behalf of Arun District Council, we have just invested £30k into new equipment for the gym in order to make it even better for local residents and as a result, have seen a 9% increase in membership in just over a month.

Both the first floor and ground floor gym areas at the centre have been refreshed with new kit added, including extra free weight provisions, additional CV stations, a new power rack and an assisted chin and dip machine.  Plus, three pieces of IFI (inclusive fitness initiative) accredited CV stations, which are designed for those with mobility issues or visual impairment.

The gym now benefits from two recumbent Octane cross trainers, which are multi-functional, allowing users with many different types of mobility restraints to enjoy a total body workout, with raised buttons and braille on the console for those with visual impairments. While an IFI Technogym treadmill is designed for visually impaired customers who wish to run, the edges of the running belt are easily distinguished and there are raised buttons and braille on the console too.


Andrew Smith, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, says: “While the centre is currently undergoing a large refurbishment project, with investment from Arun District Council, to improve the first floor changing rooms, reception and café area and environmental performance of the centre, we committed to improving the gym when we bid for the management contract back at the beginning of 2016. As a not-for-profit leisure operator we have used surplus generated from membership fees and activity charges to add some new up-to-date kit for all and to also make the gym more inclusive for all users – that’s the beauty of being a member and using a local authority centre run by a not-for-profit charity, the money you spend is reinvested.”

Smith adds: “We are delighted that the improvements have gone down well with the local community, seeing an increase in members since completion.”

Councillor Paul Dendle, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Amenities, said: “It’s great to see the leisure centre refurbishments really taking shape; our gyms are extremely popular so we are continuing to invest in them to make sure they offer members the latest, state-of-the-art equipment.

“We are supporting our residents to keep as active and healthy as possible and the new facilities will be a fantastic incentive to encourage new people through the doors.”

It’s great to see the leisure centre refurbishments really taking shape; our gyms are extremely popular so we are continuing to invest in them to make sure they offer members the latest, state-of-the-art equipment. We are supporting our residents to keep as active and healthy as possible and the new facilities will be a fantastic incentive to encourage new people through the doors.

Paul Dendle, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Amenities