Changes announced for leisure provision in county

Changes to leisure provision in Northumberland have been unveiled, including a new membership structure incorporating facilities county-wide.

As part of the Active Northumberland announcement, a new soft play area is to be built at Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, where prices, including adult and junior gym use, are being slashed.

Sports and leisure facilities are also planned in Hadston, as part of a £2.5million scheme, while adult swim and gym prices at Rothbury will remain the county’s cheapest.

From June 1, Active Northumberland customers will be able to sign up to a county-wide £40 per month multi-site membership allowing anytime use, including use of the gym, fitness classes and swimming at any Northumberland leisure centre.

Other changes include:

○ A new county-wide £30 per month multi-site membership allowing daytime use (before 4.30pm) of the gym, fitness classes and swimming at any Northumberland leisure centre.

○ A new county-wide £24 per month multi-site swimming membership allowing use of public swimming at any Northumberland leisure centre with a pool.

○ A 20 per cent discount on all monthly membership deals for juniors and full-time students.

○ A new county-wide concessionary rate on the key activities of gym, fitness classes and swimming and concessionary monthly membership offer to encourage leisure centre use by people in areas with the greatest financial need in Northumberland.

At Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, plans are in place to open the new soft play area in June.

It will have a rainforest theme and will be built in part of the current sports hall, taking up one of the current badminton courts. The soft play area will be four storeys high and there will be a seating area for parents.

The proposed scheme in Hadston involves extending the Druridge Bay Community Centre to provide additional leisure facilities, including a new gym, and development of a community park on the former middle-school site, which could include skating facilities and wildlife habitats.

In Rothbury, gym prices are being frozen for adults and juniors and adult swim and gym prices will remain the cheapest in the county.