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Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) will reopen leisure centres from Saturday 25th July

Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) is preparing all of its venues for reopening on Saturday 25th July. Saddleworth Leisure Centre, Oldham Leisure Centre, Royton Leisure Centre, Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, The Radclyffe Athletics Centre and Failsworth Sports Centre will all reopen this Saturday, now that the government’s coronavirus restrictions have been lifted. OCL’s leisure centres will be open to both members and the wider community for pre-booked activities including the gym, group exercise classes, swimming, courts, bowls, table tennis...

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Trafford Leisure announces a phased leisure centre reopening from 27 July 2020

Trafford Leisure, which runs leisure facilities across the borough, is preparing its venues for a phased reopening from the 27th July. move Urmston, Stretford Leisure Centre, Altrincham Leisure Centre and Sale Leisure Centre will be the first to reopen on the 27th July, when pre-booked activities, including the gym, swimming and group exercises will be available to members, including those who froze their membership during lockdown. Activities will be available to the wider community, through its...

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Institute of Swimming delivers bespoke Aquatic online Training for Derby City Council Swimming Teachers during Covid-19 Pandemic

The Institute of Swimming has developed bespoke online training for its long term partner, Derby City Council, after an aquatic conference day, developed by the Institute of Swimming, was cancelled due to the government’s Covid-19 guidelines.   The Institute of Swimming modified the conference day, transforming the training into an online platform to maintain Derby City Council’s operational aquatic strategy.   Ben Hannan, Sports Manager, Derby City Council says: “It is extremely important to Derby City Council that the...

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Young brothers become ‘first aid’ stars of Trafford Leisure’s new Covid-19 Community Hub

Two young brothers have become online stars overnight as the first aid experts for Trafford Leisure’s new online Community Hub.   The website, launched to support locals during the Covid-19 lockdown, offers health and wellness advice for all the family, including live exercise classes, fitness challenges, pre-recorded workouts, and inspirational first aid training posts led by nine-year-old William and his little brother, Jack, aged six.   Their mother, Fiona, Trafford Leisure’s Learning and Development Manager says: “I’m responsible for...

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Precor launches free Master Coach workouts to support operators during COVID-19 pandemic

Leading equipment manufacturer and supplier, Precor, has delivered a series of solutions to help operators engage with their members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures include a series of Master Trainer home workout videos along with online advice pages that operators can share with their Personal Trainers and with their members. Steve Carter, MD for Precor UK says: “We know your members’ health and safety is your number one priority, and so want to ensure that you...

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John Carhart at Royton Leisure Centre

Local man celebrates third decade with OCL

Oldham Community Leisure’s (OCL) centres might currently being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but John Carhart, 51, is still celebrating a very special milestone with the company. This month, John enters his 30th year of working for OCL, in a job he says he loves as much now as when he first started over a quarter of a century ago. “I came to OCL as part of a placement scheme, designed to help people with...

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Trafford Council Leader reveals winning school girl’s Clip and Climb wall design at the new move Urmston

Eight-year-old Catriona Ledger and her school friends were treated to a special day out on Friday 6th March; when they were the first to set foot in the new move Urmston and try out the impressive 12 individual Clip and Climb walls.   Catriona, from St Anne’s CE Primary School in Sale, won a competition to design the Clip and Climb wall, which sits within the new move Urmston’s stunning glass atrium. Her winning design was unveiled...

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Active Luton successfully integrates BAME communities into aquatic timetabling and workforce

Active Luton has successfully created opportunities for its BAME community, specifically targeting Muslim women and girls to embrace learning to swim and beyond. In partnership with the Institute of Swimming, Active Luton trained 64 female swimming teachers through their Level One and Two Swim England Qualifications last year, with 21 of the newly qualified teachers having BAME heritage. Active Luton has also timetabled women-only and women and children-only sessions at all of its pools, to be...

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Simon Blair OCL Head of Business Development

New senior appointment at OCL

Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) has employed a new Head of Business Development, responsible for the trust’s marketing and sales functions plus its Customer Relationship Management platforms, including the OCL contact centre. As a new senior team member within OCL, Simon Blair will be responsible for helping to direct the company strategically. He will be working with colleagues in the senior team as well as the board to facilitate key projects and ensure OCL continually moves forward,...

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Institute of Swimming and Fin2Fit CPD gains CIMSPA Accreditation

The Institute of Swimming’s partnership delivering Fin2Fit’s Mono-Fin CPD training has gone from strength to strength with the CPD gaining accreditation from CIMSPA.   Swimming teachers who have gained their Fin2Fit CPD are able to deliver Mono-Fin Mermaid and Shark lessons and parties, as a new and exciting approach to keep children interested in swimming.   Natalie McGuire, Business Development Manager, Institute of Swimming says: “We are thrilled with the continued success and growing popularity of the Fin2Fit Mono-Fin...

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