Gym Refurbishments on the Way

Hyndburn Leisure Trust are investing over £300,000 to refurbish its gyms at Hyndburn Leisure Centre and Mercer Hall Leisure Centre.

The refurbished gyms will include the very latest Technogym range and will offer members with access to Technogym’s cloud-based technology – ‘my wellness’ which allows members to track their activity in the gym and when they’re out and about.

The refurbishments are expected to be completed in September 2018 and will feature a wide range of Technogym training stations, including; Olympic Half Racks, a large free weights area and Technogym’s cardio EXCITE range, including treadmills, varios and stair climbers.

In addition to this, both sites will include kit from Technogym’s athletic performance training range, which has been developed alongside Olympic athletes, including; Skill Mill CONNECT, Skill Row and Skill Bike and Hyndburn Leisure Centre will see the introduction of a large, functional training zone.

Linda Horsfield, Head of Health and Wellbeing said, said: “We’re proud to be entering a partnership with Technogym, one of the leading providers of fitness kit in the country. We’ll also be working with Show Off Media who will be responsible for updating the look of the gym and the studios, as well as a number of local companies including Victoria Glass, Integral Leisure Solutions, John Richmond Painter and Decorator and Scott Dawson Advertising.”

Lyndsey Sims, Chief Executive at Hyndburn Leisure, added “Earlier this year we carried out an in depth consultation with our members, ex members and also people who don’t use the gym. We asked them how we could improve the gym. We received over 200 responses and we’ve used these as the basis for our upgrade, focussing on improving the gym kit, adding a range of new functional features, free weights and traditional cardio equipment. Hyndburn Leisure offers a gym experience for everyone, and we hope that this investment we’ll attract a variety of new customers as well as rewarding our current members for their loyalty. There’ll be no price increase despite the vast improvement which will be made, and we’ll even be launching a very special offer available to new customers throughout the month of August.

Hyndburn residents have benefitted from a range of recent improvements to our leisure centres in recent years including the new Thermal Suite, Adventure City and 3G pitch at Hyndburn Leisure Centre, new features at Mercer Hall Leisure Centre including the ladies only Feelgood Suite and pool hall refurbishments at both centres.”

Joanne Mortimer, Head of Leisure Facilities said, “Encouraging an active lifestyle is vital to improving the health of the nation. Thousands of people use our leisure centres each year, but there’s still many who don’t. We are constantly upgrading our facilities and we hope that these improvements will attract a new range of customers. Our dedicated team of gym instructors, personal trainers and health and wellbeing advisors are on hand daily to provide specialist advice and guidance to new and existing customers.”

Work on the gym refurbishments is due to start in August and will take just a week to complete. For more information and joining, please call 01254 385 945.


Thermal Suite Closure

Due to ongoing improvement and maintenance work, the thermal suite at Hyndburn Leisure Centre is closed for a short period..

The whole area will now be closed on Friday 27th April until Monday 30th April.

The area will then reopen on Tuesday 1st May as normal at 6.30am.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Mayor Unveils New Thermal Suite at Hyndburn Leisure Centre

Work is complete on the latest development at Hyndburn Leisure Centre, the Thermal Suite. The luxury health suite has been designed by Pulse Fitness and includes a brand new steam room with almost double the capacity, modern changing facilities, feature shower, sauna, treatment room and more.

The facility was officially opened by the Worshipful the Mayor of Hyndburn, Councillor Peter Britcliffe this week. Leisure staff will then be putting in place the finishing touches over the weekend ready for customers to use from Monday 22nd January.

The Mayor said, “I’m delighted to have been invited to open this new facility at Hyndburn Leisure Centre. As a Board Member, it’s been exiting times seeing recent developments at the Borough’s main leisure facilities, and I’m sure that members will welcome this development.”

Joanne Mortimer, Head of Leisure Facilities said, “We have an ongoing improvement plan for our facilities, and the health suite at Hyndburn Leisure Centre has been top of the list for a while. It’s been an area which has been the focus of customer feedback in recent years so we are sure that customers old and new will be delighted that we have responded to demand and improved this facility.”

“Access to the new Thermal Suite will be completely free for Lifestyle and Premier members, and will form part of our membership packages which includes access to the gym or ladies only feelgood suite, swimming and unlimited fitness classes. We hope the improvements will bring in a new wave of members, and of course attract one off visits from anyone who wants to treat themselves to relax in comfort in the Thermal Suite, which will be complimented by a range of treatment options available from our partner’s at Hair and Beauty.”

The refurbishment comes on the back of other recent major works at the centre, including the refurbishment of the swimming pool and the construction of a new children’s play and party centre, Adventure City.

Ciaran Wells, Chair of the Board at Hyndburn Leisure added, “The public sector leisure industry is changing. Our grant to operate leisure facilities is being reduced year on year, which is why we need to be smart with investments which will lead to savings or new income streams. The new Thermal Suite is fantastic and will bring in new members to Hyndburn Leisure Centre, which is vital if we are to continue to operate an excellent public facility.

The new sauna and steam area will open for business from 6.30am on Monday 22nd January 2018. More information is available by visiting


Christmas Opening Hours

We’ll be operating on reduced opening hours over the Christmas Period.

Mercer Hall Leisure Centre and Norden Sports Centre will close Friday 22nd December at 9pm and re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Hyndburn Leisure Centre will close on Saturday 23rd December at 5pm and reopen Wednesday 27th December to Sunday 31st December from 9am til 3pm (last admission 2pm). The centre will close for New Years Day and re-open on our usual operating hours on Tuesday 2nd Janaury 2018. 

From 27th-30th December, we’ll be running a reduced fitness class programme for those who wish to keep up their routine over the festive period, as follows:

Wednesday 27th December Grit: 9.30am – 10.00am (Studio) Fitness Yoga: 10.00am -10.30am (Studio) LBT: 10.45am- 11.30am (Gym)

Thursday 28th December Body Step 9.30am – 10.30am (Studio) H.I.I.T: 10.45am-11.30am (Gym)

Friday 29th December Body Attack: 9.30am – 10.30am (Studio) Abs & Fitness Yoga: 10.45am-11.30am (Gym)

Saturday 30th December Body Step: 9.15am-10.15am (Studio)

The gym, pool and feelgood suite will be open, as will Adventure City. Badminton, squash, table tennis etc will also be able to hire.

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. See you all in 2018 when we’ll be on hand to help you with your new years resolutions!


East Lancashire awarded share of £100 million of National Lottery funding to tackle inactivity in communities

Pennine Lancashire has been chosen by Sport England as a pilot area to work with on a bold new approach to build healthier, more active communities across England.

Around £100million of National Lottery funding will be invested in 12 pilot schemes over four years, to create innovative partnerships that make it easier for people in these communities to access sport and physical activity.

Latest research[i] shows that a quarter of the general population (11.5 million people) are inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of exercise that gets them slightly out of breath each week, with certain groups such as those in lower paid jobs, women and the disabled disproportionately affected.

The Pennine Lancashire pilot area covers a population of 534,600.  The partnership includes seven local authorities; Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Lancashire, Pendle, Ribble Valley, and Rossendale. Also Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Lancashire Care Foundation NHS Trust.  The area’s strong, diverse community and voluntary sector and the many sports clubs will play a key role.

Across Pennine Lancashire there are more than 100,000 people who are physically inactive increasing the chance that they will have heart disease, a stroke, problems breathing, cancers and poor mental wellbeing. Poor physical health links closely with mental ill health; having depression doubles the risk of developing coronary heart disease and people with depression have significantly worse survival rates from cancer and heart disease.

By focusing intensely in 12 areas, Sport England and the local partners want to identify better ways to address these stubborn inequalities and break down the barriers that stop people getting active, such as poor transport, safety, cost and confidence.

It wants to encourage wider, collaborative partnerships which look at how all parts of a community can better work together to help the most inactive – from the transport links and street lighting to the quality of parks and open spaces, to how sport and activity is promoted by GPs.

Pennine Lancashire’s priority group will be almost 40,000 people with depression or anxiety and stress. We know that they are more likely to have other long term illnesses; experience hurdles in finding work and maintaining a job and have a poorer quality of life as a result. We’ll be looking to understand the things that lie behind physical inactivity and develop project and programmes to really support people to develop an active life in an active community with active family and friends. We’ll be focusing on people with poor mental health but also the communities they live in, the places they go, the way they get around and the people they meet.

Councillor Mohammed Khan, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, the accountable body for this project, said:

“This is really good news for our area. It means that over the coming years we can work together to help inspire people to become more active in new ways that suit them.

“Mental health issues can affect everybody and this project presents an exciting opportunity to make a big difference to people’s lives.”

Minster for Sport Tracey Crouch welcomed the news at the Local Government Associations’ Sport and Physical Activity conference in London today, Tuesday 5 December.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said:

“Sport is a powerful tool that helps strengthen communities and improves physical and mental health. So it is right that we look to do all we can to encourage people to take part. Sport England will invest up to £100 million of funding, thanks to National Lottery players, to pilot innovative projects in 12 places to get more people from all backgrounds involved in sport and physical activity. We will look to replicate and scale up learning from the pilots across the country. I look forward to seeing these projects in action.”

Jennie Price, Sport England Chief Executive said: “We are delighted that Pennine Lancashire will be working with us on this ground-breaking investment. We want to get to the heart of the issues that stop people being as active as they might like to be, and work alongside every part of the community and the groups and institutions in Pennine Lancashire  that support them.

“This is not all about sport – we’re prepared to look at wider issues like transport, childcare, how easy it is to walk or cycle – whatever that community feels is most relevant to them. The process to be appointed as a pilot area for this work was incredibly competitive, and Pennine Lancashire has emerged from a very strong field. I am really delighted to be working with them.’

[i] Source: Sport England’s Active Lives Survey May 2016- May 2017

Special Offers

Pay Nothing until January

Join one of our fantastic fitness memberships at Hyndburn Leisure for a limited time this December and pay nothing until January.

Quote “Pay Nothing Until January” to claim this offer, which is available on the following memberships:

  • Premier and Feelgood Premier Membership (Gym or Feelgood Suite, New Thermal Suite, Swimming and Unlimited Fitness Classes)
  • Lifestyle and Feelgood Lifestyle Membership (Gym or Feelgood Suite, New Thermal Suite and Swimming
  • Energize Under 18s (Gym, Swimming and Fitness Classes)
  • Aqua (Swimming)

All our memberships benefit from no contract and no joining fee. Call us on 01254 385 945 (Hyndburn) or 885 607 (Mercer Hall) to secure this fantastic offer before it expires.

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