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Thumbs up for Consett's new leisure centre

20th July 2015

Consett’s new leisure centre has been given the thumbs up by one of its longest-serving members.

Kathryn Elliott, 71, has been a regular user of the town’s former Belle Vue Leisure Centre over the last 40 years.

And she wasted no time in trying out Consett’s brand new facilities, which have just been completed as part of a £44m regeneration project by Durham County Council.

Kathryn, who was the first customer to use the Lifestyle Fitness gym at the new Consett Leisure Centre, said: “I was honoured to be asked to be the first person to use the new gym.

“The state-of-the-art facilities and equipment are fantastic – and you can look out at the lovely views while you are working out as well.

“It’s a wonderful community facility for everyone to use.”

The new leisure centre, which is owned by Durham County Council and operated by Leisureworks, opened for the first time on Wednesday (July 15).

Jackie McConnell, assistant chief executive of Leisureworks, said: “We’re delighted to have opened the doors to the amazing new Lifestyle Fitness gym in Consett Leisure Centre.

“Working with our partners Durham County Council, Competition Line and Consett Academy, we have been able to combine the best facilities, equipment and technology with highly experienced staff to provide a health and fitness experience unlike anything else in the area.”

As well as the gym the centre also has two swimming pools, exercise studios, a range of both indoor and outdoor sports courts, games area and a 4G pitch. An outdoor sprint track is also planned for the site.

The gym is currently operating to a reduced timetable and there are a limited number of adult fitness classes from Monday (July 20).

A reduced swimming timetable will operate next weekend (July 25 and 26) before all facilities, apart from the sprint track, fully open from Monday 27 July.

The £44m project has also seen the development of a new Consett Academy, which brings outstanding new educational facilities to the town.

The new academy will open at the start of the new school year in September.

Source: Durham County Council