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Increased choice of sport, fitness and wellbeing pursuits at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre thanks to £2 million investment

Increased choice of sport, fitness and wellbeing pursuits at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre thanks to £2 million investment

30 January 2020

With more than £2 million invested, the refurbishment and enhancement of Loddon Valley Leisure Centre in Lower Earley is now complete and sees the centre offering an increased choice of sport, fitness and wellbeing pursuits for Wokingham Borough residents.


This investment by Wokingham Borough Council’s leisure partner Place Leisure started in phases in autumn 2018. 


The existing gym has been extended and now includes additional fitness stations and the latest equipment, such as a lifting platform and indoor track.  The remodelled gym also includes extra functional space for more varied training, plus easier access to equipment, creating overall a more enjoyable environment for all gym users whatever their age and abilities. There is also a new popular dedicated group cycling studio.


Each week there are more than 60 classes ranging from Body Pump to Step Aerobics, and, bounce and burn to Zumba – there is something for everyone.  More holistic sessions such as Pilates, body balance and Yoga have also been added to the timetable thanks to a brand new studio, as well as baby and parent classes. 


There is a three-storey soft play area, which has a toddler space for 0 to five-years-old, plus a junior area for those aged between five and 12-years-old. Children have been having so much fun climbing, crawling over, and through, obstacles, as well as enjoying sensory play and trampolines. There is also a range of tunnels and slides to explore, including a giant flume.


In addition to the soft play, the café area has been refurbished including new flooring and seating area. Also the reception area has been given a fresh new look.


Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said:  “I’m delighted our residents are now benefitting from enhanced sport and leisure facilities at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre. There really is so much on offer at the centre, and really encourages our residents to adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle.


“We’re committed to providing modern and enticing leisure facilities. And, this is why we well underway with our huge investment programme across the Wokingham Borough.  Not only have we seen significant investment at Loddon Valley but we will shortly be opening a brand new £14.5 million centre at Bulmershe before starting work to rebuild Carnival Leisure Centre later this summer.”


Tony Penge, contract manager for Places Leisure, said: “Places Leisure is extremely passionate about helping local communities stay physically active and emotionally engaged in fitness, sport and well-being. The recent £2 million investment in Loddon Valley Leisure Centre has enhanced the facilities and experience for our residents. We are very proud of the centre and these fantastic new facilities.”


For more information on Loddon Valley Leisure Centre and to try the facilities for free, please visit its website: loddon.placesleisure.org . 


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