Leisure centres in Wrexham open doors to refurbished gyms


Jonathan Grieve

Newly improved gyms have been officially opened after extensive refurbishment.

Gwyn Evans Leisure and Activity Centre in Gwersyllt and Queensway Stadium in Caia Park – both operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Wrexham Council – have officially opened their newly improved gyms.

Cllrs Paul Rogers and Barrie Warburton, along with Roger Barnett, strategic procurement lead at Wrexham Council, were at Gwyn Evans to formally cut the ribbon, with Cllr Rogers and Mr Barnett then heading on to the stadium gym for the second opening of the day.

Funding for both projects are in partnership with Wrexham Council, 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 the Gwyn Evans Centre, the new gym has received more than £50,000 of improvements which have been set up in three zones.

The new cardio endurance zone is equipped with the TechnoGym Excite range, which proclaims itself to be the most comprehensive cardio equipment in the world.

The resistance zone is equipped with TechnoGym Selection kit, the highest quality resistance training equipment available.

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.

Centre manager Barry Baldam said: “We’re very excited about the new gym and the team have worked tirelessly over the past few months to create a gym we’re 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, the gym has been kitted out with new top-of-the-range equipment, while the new layout has been designed by Freedom Leisure to include a strength-conditioning suite.

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, said: “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’re lucky to have this state-of-the-art equipment and the large free weight area is now one of the best in the area.”

Freedom Leisure area manager Andy Harris said: “We’re delighted that Wrexham Council’s bid for the funding from the Welsh Government.

“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 to formally open both facilities.”

Cllr Paul Rogers, lead member for youth services and anti-poverty, said: “I’m delighted to have been able to have taken part in the reopening 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.

“I’m sure residents will be eager to make use of them as soon as possible.”

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