Friday 16 June, Gwyn Evans Leisure & Activity Centre and Queensway Stadium formally opened their newly improved gyms with the help of local councillors.
Councillor Paul Rogers, Councillor Barrie Warburton and Roger Barnett, Strategic Procurement Lead at WCBC were at Gwyn Evans at 11.00 to formally cut the ribbon, with Councillor Rogers and Roger Barnett then heading on to the stadium gym at 12.30 for the second opening of the day!
Funding for both projects are in partnership with WCBC, who secured a Sports Facilities Capital Loan from the Welsh Government, which is in place to help local authorities make improvements and increase active communities.
At Gwyn Evans the new gym has received over £50,000 of improvements which has been set up in three clear zones: The new cardio endurance zone is equipped with the TechnoGym Excite range, which is the most comprehensive cardio equipment in the world. The resistance zone is equipped with TechnoGym Selection kit, the highest quality resistance training equipment available. While the new Free weights/floor zone has new dumbbells and the addition of an Olympic Half Rack and associated bar and plates, making it a more functional area.
Barry Baldam, Freedom Leisure Centre Manager Gwyn Evans, says: “We are very excited about the new gym and the team have worked tirelessly over the past few months to create a gym that we are sure customers will love. The new equipment is a real asset and the new layout aims to be more accessible and more functional with a wider range of equipment to suit a wider range of people.”
At Queensway Stadium, it’s a similar story regarding new top-of-the-range equipment; plus the new layout has been specifically design by Freedom Leisure to include a strength conditioning suite – which is a form of fitness training growing in popularity around the UK. The centre saw an investment of £80,000 for the fitness suite with a further £60,000 invested in the new outdoor five a side pitches which have been converted to 3G.
Mark Glasson, Freedom Leisure Centre Manager Queensway Stadium, says: “We have new strength and conditioning kit here now and it can be used by everyone - from everyday users wishing to get a bit fitter and stronger to athletes needing to maximise their potential. We are lucky to have this state-of-the-art equipment and the large free weight area is now one of the best in the area.”
Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, adds: “We are delighted that Wrexham County Borough Council bid for the funding from the Welsh Government and that they saw the potential in these two facilities and agreed to invest some of the money to help us improve them. Thank you to the council members who joined us on the 16 June to formally open both facilities.”
Cllr Paul Rogers, Lead Member for Youth Services and Anti-Poverty, with responsibility for Leisure, said: “I’m delighted to have been able to have taken part in the re-opening of these facilities today.
"The investment put into amenities and equipment at both Gwyn Evans and Queensway has been high, and we at Wrexham Council are very pleased with the completed work.
“The improved leisure offerings at both centres, in terms of the enhanced gym facilities and improved pitches, will be of great benefit not just to their respective local communities but all residents of the County Borough, and I’m sure residents will be eager to make use of them as soon as possible.”
We are delighted that Wrexham County Borough Council bid for the funding from the Welsh Government and that they saw the potential in these two facilities and agreed to invest some of the money to help us improve them. Thank you to the council members who joined us on the 16 June to formally open both facilities.Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager