New state-of-the-art gyms at two Wrexham leisure centres have officially opened after undergoing over £130,000 of extensive refurbishments.
The gym facilities at Gwyn Evans Leisure Centre in Gwersyllt and Queensway Stadium in Caia Park, which are operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Wrexham County Borough Council, were officially opened on Friday 16th June.
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.
Lead Member for Youth Services and Anti-poverty Cllr Paul Rogers, Cllr Barrie Warburton and Roger Barnett, Strategic Procurement Lead at Wrexham Council were on hand at Gwyn Evans to formally cut the ribbon – before the second opening of the day at Queensway Stadium took place.
Over £50,000 of improvements have been undertaken at Gwyn Evans, which has been set-up into three separate zones. The first zone focuses on cardio endurance, which is equipped with the TechnoGym Excite range – the most comprehensive cardio equipment in the world.
There is also a new resistance zone equipped with TechnoGym Selection kit, the highest quality resistance training equipment available, has also been installed at the gym. Finally there is the new free weights / floor zone, which has new dumbbells and the an Olympic Half Rack and associated bar and plates.
Barry Baldam, Freedom Leisure Centre Manager Gwyn Evans, says: “We are very excited about the new gym and the team have worked tirelessly over the past few months to create a gym that we are 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.”
Queensway Stadium has also seen the installation of new top-of-the-range equipment, with the centre benefiting from an investment of £80,000 for the gym.
The refurbishment has seen the introduction of a new layout which has been specifically design by Freedom Leisure to include a strength conditioning suite; a form of fitness training growing in popularity around the UK.
Queensway Stadium has also benefited from a further £60,000 investment for the new outdoor five a side pitches which have been converted to 3G.
Welcoming the investment at the site, Mark Glasson, Freedom Leisure Centre Manager Queensway Stadium, 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 are lucky to have this state-of-the-art equipment and the large free weight area is now one of the best in the area.”
Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, said: “We are delighted that Wrexham County Borough Council bid for the funding from the Welsh Government and that 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 Rogers, added: “I’m delighted to have been able to have taken part in the re-opening 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, and I’m sure residents will be eager to make use of them as soon as possible.”
For further information about both centres visit the Freedom Leisure website.