Leisure improvement brings more opportunities to get active

The first phase of a £1.8million redevelopment of leisure facilities in Watford is now complete, giving more people in the town the chance to get active.

Everyone Active and Watford Borough Council began a project to renovate both Watford Woodside Leisure Centre and Watford Central Leisure Centre in June. Following the completion of its initial phase, today (Monday 1 October) saw the launch of 140 additional exercise classes across the, bringing with them in excess of 3,500 extra activity opportunities every week.

The improvements include a brand new fitness studio at Woodside Leisure Centre, as well as an extension to its existing group exercise area, both of which have significantly increase class capacity.

The installation of state-of-the-art screens at both sites has enabled virtual group exercise classes, which don’t require an instructor, to be hosted at both centres, and the changing rooms at Watford Woodside have also been modernised and made larger.

“Group exercise in Watford is extremely popular, and these improvements will have a huge impact on our customers by giving them improved access to a greater range of classes. “We want people to spend less time on waiting lists and more time getting active. These changes will certainly help us achieve this by offering customers more options regarding when and how they exercise.”

Gary Foley, Everyone Active’s contract manager in Watford

With the completion of the project’s first phase, Everyone Active, Watford Borough Council and contractors BDC have turned their attentions to the final phase of works, which will see the fitness suites at both centres updated to offer modernised, high-quality equipment. The health suite at Watford Central will also be upgraded in the New Year.

The Toning Suite as Watford Woodside is also being renovated. It will more than double in size and offer a wealth of new power-assisted equipment to help those with conditions such as Osteoporosis, MS and Parkinson’s to improve their core strength and mobility.

“We have two fantastic leisure centres in Watford and these enhancements have made them even better for our residents. The council is committed to providing quality leisure facilities for the people of Watford and the major improvements will now ensure that more people can take part and benefit from the increased number of classes, new equipment and additional facilities.”

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor,