Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Centre adds children’s swimming lessons

MORE swimming lessons for children have been introduced at Henley leisure centre,

MORE swimming lessons for children have been introduced at Henley leisure centre,

writes James Burton.

The move follows the closure of the LA Fitness gym and pool in August, which has caused so much extra demand that there are waiting lists for lessons.

GLL, which runs the centre, has introduced nine new classes, creating 88 extra places, and is now taking new pupils in five of its seven stages.

It is also recruiting more swimming instructors in order to offer another 50 spaces by May. The centre has also increased the number of adult group exercise classes to 32 and next year it will buy more exercise equipment so it can host extra aerobics and circuit classes in its sports hall.

It also plans to extend its group cycle studio and to create a 20-station gym in its “multi-function” room.

General manager Ashley Debell said: “Anyone of any age is welcome to join. There are no waiting lists for membership and the centre is not at capacity.

“There is always plenty of capacity in our gym but we do want to ensure that, where possible, everyone can get into their first choice class or activity.”

Property developer Henthames, of Loughton, bought the LA Fitness site for £1.8million earlier this year and has submitted a planning application to build a care home on the site.

Almost 1,300 residents have signed a petition opposing the change of use and dozens of people have formally objected.

The town council has also opposed the application, saying it is concerned about extra traffic using a proposed new entrance to the site in Mill Lane and the loss of a leisure facility.

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