Revamped gym at Burslem-based leisure centre encourages increased activity from locals

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Councillors and Port Vale stars have celebrated the opening of new gym and fitness facilities at a Burslem-based leisure centre in a revamp reflecting the council’s aim to make the city more active.

Dimensions Leisure Centre received a £300,000 facelift that has doubled the size of the facility and included the integration of state-of-the-art equipment.

The new facilities are part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s aim to support the vision and delivery of the city’s Physical Activity Strategy (2018 to 2021). Residents are being encouraged to engage in some form of physical activity to improve health and wellbeing.

Lorraine Beardmore, the council cabinet minister for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “The new gym and exercise studio are all part of our aim to make Stoke-on-Trent a more active city.

“Getting more people to take part in regular and meaningful physical activity has so many benefits, including having a positive impact on a range of issues such as mental and physical health.”

The councilor was joined at the Scotia Road site by Port Vale stars Nathan Smith and Leon Legge and James Gibbons on Tuesday to advertise a partnership between Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Vale, who will use the facilities for fitness and rehabilitation.

Councillor Beardmore continued: “We’re delighted that Port Vale have signed up our leisure centres for health, fitness and rehabilitation work. It shows that the state-of-the-art facilities we’re offering are really attractive to businesses and residents in the city. And you might just bump into one of your footballing heroes there too!”

Port Vale’s Nathan Smith, Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, and Port Vale’s Leon Legge at Dimensions Leisure Centre.

Such is its commitment to the community, the leisure centre was in the news during “focus on fitness” month last March, when @charlotteyorke reported staff offering fitness sessions to recovering addicts.

Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, reiterated the importance of the centre’s use as a community hub said: “Dimensions is such an important, well-used facility for the community. This project is very positive investment in our leisure services which will improve what we can offer to our residents.”

Dimensions is open this weekend from 7:15am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday to show off their newly opened space. Those taking a tour and registering interest can get a free, one-session family swimming pass, whilst those who sign up can get two months’ free membership with no joining fee.

Membership at Dimensions Leisure Centre costs £22 a month – which includes gym access with new state-of-the-art equipment, swimming with one child at Dimensions, swimming at New Horizons, all exercise, spinning and aquafit classes at Dimensions, badminton and table tennis at Dimensions, and car parking.

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