Tuesday 17 May 2011

LIFE Troutbeck - a New Hope?

After the scary news in the Westmorland Gazette this week about the future of the swimming pool and leisure centre at Troutbeck it was quite a relief to read a news brief from the new owners today. I have written about the centre before with its dilemma of how to keep attracting customers in to a rather shabby looking centre that does have a great pool and decent gym, whilst waiting for the funding to go ahead with major improvement plans.

Last week the previous owners were made bankrupt after not getting enough people to use the facilities. The new swimming lesson term appeared to have less children signed up for the excellent classes (my kids are coming on really well after 1 term) and this was presumably the final straw.

The new owner in his news bulletin seems really upbeat about the future of the complex and has the funding to move on with the building projects (subject to planning permission). His 9 month project makes for an exciting prospect:

  • Create a 100 station gym, a separate Free Weights Area, 
  • A dedicated Dance studio supporting a world class studio timetable of classes, 
  • Modern spacious changing rooms that will be integrated with the modernisation and facility uplift of both the pool and sports hall.  
  • Phase 2 will see the further development of a “Day Spa Thermal Heat Experience suites”

The centre is desperately in need of this facelift and expansion. They are looking to reward customers who stick with them during the changes by freezing membership prices at £25 a month which could potentially stay that way for life if you stay with the leisure centre. I certainly I wish I was in a position to take up this offer!

So support your local leisure and watch it grow and expand to become the area’s biggest and most comprehensive Fitness Facility. This is an exciting time and there maybe disruption over the next 9 months but I for one can't wait to see the final result!

They have announced a temporary reduction in hours so do check before making a trip:

  • Monday 7.30 – 1pm and 4.30 – 8pm
  • Tuesday to Friday 3pm -9pm (except Thursday until 8.30pm)
  • Saturday 9.30am -3pm
  • Sunday 12 – 3pm

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