More than 200 new members join Mansfield's leisure centres as lockdown measures ease

More than 200 new members have signed up to use Mansfield’s leisure centres since they reopened earlier this month following the easing of lockdown.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 6:46 pm

Mansfield District Leisure Trust – which manages Oak Tree Leisure Centre, Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre, Water Meadows Fitness and Swimming Complex, and River Maun Recreation Centre – has experienced ‘strong demand’ after welcoming customers back on April 12.

Bosses say there has been a rise in the number of folk taking up health and fitness memberships as well as swimming lessons for children.

Andrew Smith, trust contract manager, said: “I’m happy to say, our marketing and sales teams have played a blinder, helping us hit numbers way up on a typical April.

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Mansfield's Oak Tree Leisure Centre.

“We’ve added over 240 new members across our centres since April 12.

"With parents eager to get kids back into the pool learning a key life skill, our swimming lesson numbers have been equally as impressive with over 250 new sign ups.

“Now open indoors, we’ve been running successful outdoor sessions since March 29 at Oak Tree Leisure Centre, while offering free virtual workout classes since summer 2020.”

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Ninety-five per cent of customers who completed a survey also said they felt safe using the facilities, which are run by the trust in partnership with Serco Leisure on behalf of Mansfield District Council.

David Evans, head of health and communities at the council, said: “We are delighted to welcome back our existing customers alongside such a high number of new customers. We know how important these facilities are to our communities.”

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