Fitness offer is ‘cheaper than texts’

Teenagers are being urged to sign up to a fantastic new leisure membership offer which costs less than most would spend on extra texts in a month.

Newark and Sherwood District Council is launching a new fitness membership for nine to 15-year-olds.

For £16 a month, members will have unlimited access to the junior gym facilities and all public swimming sessions at the Grove Leisure Centre, Balderton, Blidworth Community Leisure Centre, Southwell Leisure Centre and Dukeries Leisure Centre, Ollerton.

Youngsters can also take advantage of the great fitness classes provided at all four leisure centres. These include Zumba which is a new dance/fitness craze, as well as circuit training, aerobics, Abs Blast and PumpFX.

Young people who already use the council’s leisure centre facilities are urging others to take advantage of this great offer.

A-level student Joe Cane (16), of Blidworth, has a student membership at Blidworth Community Leisure Centre. As well as using the gym there, he’s also taken part in Spinning and Abs Blast classes (working on abdominal muscles) and would recommend the centre to others.

He said: “I’ve used the centre as a youngster and I think it’s great. Others would enjoy using it and there’s something for everyone to use.”

The council’s leisure membership development manager, Mary Maguire, said: “This new membership will be particularly attractive to teenagers who want to use the gym, swimming pool and keep-fit activities only.

“However we still have our Xperience membership for young people which as well as gym, swim and keep fit, also gives access to gymnastics, trampolining courses, holiday activities, special events, and children’s exercise classes.

“We’ve set the price at a realistic level, making it affordable and, in real terms, less than some teenagers might spend on music, films, clothes or even text messaging their friends. This is another great way to meet up with friends, or even make new ones, in a relaxing, safe environment all while keeping fit and healthy.”

To sign up for a membership or for more information call your local centre. Blidworth Community Leisure Centre 01623 466266, Grove Leisure Centre 01636 655780, Southwell Leisure Centre 01636 813000, Dukeries Leisure Centre 01623 862469 or go to