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Accessible kit for ‘Superhumans’ trialling at Horwich and Leverhulme centres

Groundbreaking fitness equipment featured on Channel 4’s The Superhumans Show has arrived at two Bolton leisure centres.

The Invictus Active Trainer is a treadmill for wheelchairs users, allowing them to improve their fitness, balance and technique. The specialised kit was showcased on the Channel 4 show presented by the Last Leg’s Alex Brooker, and is currently being trialled at Leverhulme Park and Horwich Leisure Centres.

The Active Trainer is the brainchild of two active wheelchair users, Paul Cooksey and Scott Smith. They noticed that most equipment for wheelchair users was not mobile, lightweight or even easy to find, so they developed this amazing bit of kit. It can be used in the gym as a standalone piece of equipment, or moved into an indoor cycling studio, giving wheelchair users the option of taking part in high energy, atmosphere-packed spin sessions.

Mahendra Patel, Deputy Partnership Manager for Bolton Community Leisure Trust said:

“The Invictus Active Trainer is a valuable addition to our two centres, and we’re hoping it’s going to be a real hit with the wheelchair users who exercise at our facilities.

“From reports I’m hearing, the Active Trainer provides a full-on workout, plus it’s great to see disabled and non-disabled people working out together in our spin studios!”

Stephen Hardman, a regular user of the facilities at Horwich said:

“I was so impressed with the Invictus and really enjoyed taking part in a spin session at Leverhulme Park Leisure Centre. Everyone needs to come down here and give it a try!”

Scott Smith co-founder of Invictus Active said:

"It's great to see more leisure centres providing accessible equipment to improve facilities for wheelchair users to get fit. We are excited to have our trainer within these two centres and look forward to more people having the opportunity to try the treadmill and get a cardio workout.

Using the Active Trainer can burn up to 700 calories an hour, and with its Bluetooth functionality, users will be able to record how many they’ve burnt during a session. Use of the equipment helps build shoulder strength and muscles, and can help towards improving general technique.

Working with its managing agent Serco Leisure, Bolton Community Leisure Trust operates five centres across the region: the Jason Kenny Centre, Farnworth, Leverhulme Park, Horwich and Westhoughton Leisure Centres.

To book a session to use the Invictus Active Trainer, just call the sites - Leverhulme: 01204 334 272, Horwich: 01204 334 488 or pop into the centres and talk to a member of the fitness team.

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New leisure centre already benefitting the local community

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update on what’s happening with the new leisure centre. Well, first things first - everything is on schedule and really starting to take shape.

But as well as the building work, the project has had knock-on benefits for the local community.

5 key facts about the building project:

  1. One million pounds worth of demolition equipment was used!
  2. Demolition operatives bought over 600 bacon butties during the work
  3. On average, the workers on the project are pumping almost £1,000 a week into the local economy through food and drink purchases alone
  4. Local young people are directly benefitting – apprentices have been recruited by many of the key contractors
  5. The site has a mascot – Ivor Goodsite! Ivor teaches children visiting the site about the importance of safety at work, and about different jobs in the construction industry

And local teacher Stephen Banner of Horwich Parish CofE Primary School had this to say about the many school visits there have been to the site:

‘Working with the builders of the new leisure centre has been of tremendous benefit to our children. Some of them have had the opportunity to make regular visits to the building site from day one of the project, an experience they have thoroughly enjoyed.’




New Horwich Leisure Centre Development

November 2016

Progress with new centre

Visitors to Horwich Leisure Centre can see the progress being made to the new facility.

The foundations and concrete pilings have all gone in, and the steel sheet piles are now being installed ready for the retaining wall, with the steel frame arriving on site early November.

The new leisure centre is being built on the site of the former multi-storey car park, and the current centre will remain open until it is ready. The old centre will be demolished to make way for a modern health hub housing multiple GP surgeries and localised health services.

The project is funded by Bolton Community Leisure Trust, which manages the centre, and Bolton Council to encourage more people to take up sport and live longer healthier and happier lives.

There has been ongoing communication with customers and residents to try and address any issues that have arisen and help minimise disruption.

As well as a dedicated information point within the centre, progress pictures and live coverage of ‘work in progress’ can be seen through a time lapse camera on the Horwich Rebuild page at www.boltonleisure.com

Wherever possible local businesses have been supported in the building of the new facility:

  • All the steel frame building components have been produced, supplied and installed by a Bolton steel fabricator.
  • The total tonnage of steel that will be used in the building will be 210 ton.
  • The proposed concrete retaining wall has been supplied by a company that produces 1.5 miles of concrete wall a week from their factory.
  • All the concrete for the foundation and slabs will be provided by a company from Horwich Business Park.
Work already completed during phase 1 and 2 (weeks 1-15)
  • Work started on 20th June 2016 on the demolition of the former multi-storey car park
  • Building of perimeter fences and access roads for construction vehicles
  • Dig to reduce and level the land to the entire footprint of the new leisure centre
  • The Piling of the vertical structure which is driven into the ground to support the foundations of the building
  • Preparing the ground ready for the building’s steel frame
Work to be carried out in phases 3 and 4 (weeks16-26)
  • Install the foundations and drainage
  • Placement of the concrete retaining wall to prevent land movement
  • Erect the steel frame of the building
  • Work is ongoing to finalise the layout of the new fitness suite and internal and external finishes of the centre

Car Parking

We greatly appreciate the patience of customers and residents with the restricted car parking facilities during construction especially during peak times in the early evening.

There are a number of alternative free public car parks in close proximity to the centre as shown on the map opposite.

New Horwich Leisure Centre Development Stages 3 & 4 (Weeks 16 - 26)

September 2016

National Fitness Day 

Wednesday 7th September 2016

The countdown has begun. National Fitness Day on Wednesday, September 7th looks like being the busiest one yet. The most active day of the year just became that little bit more lively!


National Fitness Day

To help you decide what to do on the day, there’s an Event Planner on the National Fitness Day website

All events are free so there’s no excuse for not making an appearance. The range of activities is pretty impressive and will be getting added to as the day approaches.

So, just pop your post code in the event finder and see what’s happening near you.

It’s a post code lottery, but you’re guaranteed a win!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Saturday 26th November to Thursday 1st December 2016

Snow White

Bolton's Christmas Pantomime is coming back to Horwich Leisure Centre in partnership with Tri Entertainment. This year we are pleased to announce we will be bringing you Snow White and the 7 Dwarths to a stage near you. Staring EastEnders "Ben Mitchell" Joshua Pascoe as Muddles, singing sensation Kate Greenwood as Snow White and returning following her role as The Bad Witch in last years show Victoria Roberts as the Wicked Queen. 

General Shows     £10
School Shows       £6
Early Bird Offer*   £9.00

Saturday 26th November;2:00pm7:00pm
Sunday 27th November;  2:00pm6:00pm
Monday 28th November;1:30pm6:00pm
Tuesday 29th November; 10:00am6:00pm
Wednesday 30th November;10:00am**1:30pm
Thursday 1st December 10:00am 

* early bird offer if tickets are booked before 12th August
** signed performance by Andy Higgins

For tickets contact Horwich Leisure Centre on 01204334488 or book online at www.boltonpanto.co.uk

January 2016

Real People, Real Lives

As part of our New Year, New You campaign, the team at Bolton Community Leisure Trust will be highlighting the hard work and dedication of some of our members, who have shared their own personal experience, motivation and journeys with us. We’re proud to have them as part of the family!

James Quin, member at Horwich Leisure Centre:

At 19 years old I tipped the scales at 26 stone, consuming on average 9,000 calories a day.
After visiting America and being told I was too large to go on the rides at a theme park, I knew that it was time to change my life. I switched playing on the Xbox for working out at the gym and living a healthier lifestyle.

Horwich Leisure Centre is supporting me in my journey by providing guidance, reassurance, and finding the confidence I needed to believe that I could lose the weight I had been dreaming of for so long.

Having fitness instructors that were able to tailor a fitness plan to meet my weight loss targets helped me to achieve the realistic goals that we had set. This progress gave me a massive confidence boost as in the past I had struggled to lose weight for so long.

I always tried to get out of sports at school and because of my size I was quite shy. I chose Horwich Leisure Centre because I knew it was a friendly Leisure Centre.

James started a workout regime based around using the bikes and cardio work but is now focusing on very low impact exercises. Through the help of our fitness instructors, James has been able to increase his fitness plans and goals to include running, cycling and weight training, a goal that he never thought he would be able to achieve.

James Quin truly is the perfect example of having born the determination to lose weight. We are touched that James saw commitment and opportunity with Horwich Leisure Centre, so we wanted to expose his story and share it with you. 

Whatever our motivation, we can all lose weight, tone up, get fitter, run faster, become stronger, train smarter.

The key ingredients are commitment and determination.

If you really want to, you can.

“I was, now I am”

James Quin 05/01/2016

National Fitness Day - Wednesday 7th September 2016

National Fitness Day is designed to promote fitness to the nation. We are offering FREE power half hour fitness sessions at our centres listed below. These sessions are HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training sessions. These run for 30 minutes and covers an all over body workout. This type of training raises your heart rate and burns more fat in a shorter time. See below to contact each centre for more information.

Farnworth Leisure Centre - 01204 334477 - Liam.smith3@serco.com

08:00 - 08:30

17:30 - 18:00

19:00 - 19:30

Horwich Leisure Centre - 01204 334488 - Steve.little@serco.com

08:00 - 08:30

17:30 - 18:00

19:00 - 19:30

Jason Kenny Centre - 01204 374290 - Rami.Braiek@serco.com

08:00 - 08:30

17:30 - 18:00

19:00 - 19:30

Leverhulme Park Community Leisure Centre - 01204 334272 - Katy.ross@serco.com

08:00 - 08:30

17:30 - 18:00

19:00 - 19:30

Westhoughton Leisure Centre - 01942 634810 - Matthew.willber@serco.com

08:00 - 08:30

17:30 - 18:00

19:00 - 19:30

13th January 2015

Bolton Community Leisure Trust supports Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign

Sport England officially launched the inspiring ‘This Girl Can’ campaign last night (12 Jan) with the premiere of a national television advertisement during Coronation Street, reaching millions of viewers.  The initiative aims to forge new positive social attitudes to and around women and girls playing sport and being physically active, breaking down a key barrier (fear of judgement) so that they feel more confident and comfortable exercising.

Bolton Community Leisure Trust is supporting the initiative to encourage women and girls to take part in activities at our Centres and spread the message that ‘thisgirlcan’.  The Trust has seven leisure facilities across Bolton offering a variety of activities, including women only gym and swim sessions at Bolton One, Zumba, Legs, Bums & Tums and high energy Les Mills group exercise classes.  Other activities available such as squash, badminton and aqua aerobics offer an alternative workout option to the gym.

If an introduction to a particular sport or activity is needed, then Bolton Community Leisure’s friendly gym instructors are on hand to provide advice and support.  To see all of Bolton Community Leisure’s facilities and opportunities, visit www.boltonleisure.com.   

Dave Singleton, Chairman of Bolton Community Leisure Trust commented “Sport England’s growing insight, especially into younger women, shows that many of the barriers encountered are emotional as well as practical – how they feel about sport is as important as finding a convenient, affordable option.  We are hopeful that the campaign will inspire women and girls within our local community and liberate them from fear of judgement to join us in our centres and get involved.”

There is a huge social media drive behind the Sport England campaign using the hashtag #ThisGirlCan to get women talking and sharing their thoughts and experiences.

Join us at Facebook at GymInBolton or on Twitter @gyminBolton where we will be supporting this inspiring campaign and showing you how to get involved at your local leisure centre. 

Changes to free swimming for 60 – 64 year olds & free leisure activities for 65+ years

Customers will be aware that Bolton Council must make budget savings of £43.4million over the period 2013 – 2015. As a result it is not in a position to continue to fund the current range of free activities.  The Council has committed to maintain free swimming for the 17year olds and under and a full range of activities for 65 year olds and older, however, free swimming for 60 to 64 year olds will no longer be available from Monday, September 9th 2013 at Bolton Community Leisure Centres.

A charge will be payable from this date for these customers using the pool. This includes all instructor led aqua based sessions which will be subject to fees and charges.

These changes will be implemented across Bolton Community Leisure Centres from Monday 9th September. 

Further changes outlined will mean that free leisure activities for those aged 65+ years, will only be available during off-peak hours from Monday 4th November at Bolton Community Leisure Centres. 

A peak charge will be applicable before 9.30am Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) for all leisure activities across the centres.

Bolton Community Leisure Trust and Bolton Council are working closely to support this transition period and ensure that continued opportunities are available for customers through investment in new and improved facilities and activities.

The leisure centres affected by this policy change which are managed by Bolton Community Leisure Trust are:

• The Jason Kenny Centre at Bolton One
• Horwich Leisure Centre
• Farnworth Leisure Centre
• Westhoughton Community Leisure Centre
• Leverhulme Park Community Leisure Centre
• Sharples Community Leisure Centre
• Harper Green Community Leisure Centre

Bolton Community Leisure Trust is committed to providing excellent customer service and community leisure facilities. For further support on this issue please speak to a member of the team.