Centre Closures – (Covid-19)


Following Public Health England and Government guidelines, effective from Midday Today, Wednesday 18th March, we are temporarily closing our Facilities. The health and safety of our employees & customers always comes first and we feel that this is the best decision for the Trust and our community.

As a Hyndburn-based charity, we are committed to keeping our community strong, healthy, and connected during this difficult time.

We are developing plans to keep in contact with our groups and members via social channels to encourage healthy behaviours, and also plan to call and text people to reduce social isolation.

We will be freezing all Gymnastics and Swimming class memberships from today. Please do not cancel your direct debit. For any queries on memberships, courses and/or bookings or to freeze your Membership during this time, please email, and aim to process all messages quickly and reply promptly.

We will do everything necessary to work through this and look forward to reopening our facilities and services, as soon as government advice and public health allows. We will be providing regular updates throughout these unprecedented times.

Stay healthy, stay safe, Hyndburn Leisure <3

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Coronavirus – Why exercise is still one of the best medicines!



If you’ve been following the news, you know the T. Wash your hands thoroughly, cough or sneeze into tissue or your elbow, clean surfaces thoroughly and self-isolate if you think you’ve been in contact with an infected person. Until a vaccine is developed, these are the recommendations for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

However, if you’re reading this, the good news is that you are probably already doing the very best thing you can to boost your immune system and prepare your body to fight disease – exercising!

SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: It’s simple – being physically fit increases your immunological fitness too. Basically, exercise increases blood flow and mobilizes white blood cells, one of the main defences against harmful microbes. At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week is recommended, but anything is better than nothing. One study found that just 30 minutes of brisk walking increased the circulation of natural killer cells and other immune system warriors in the blood.

REDUCE YOUR RISK OF CHRONIC ILLNESS: The American College of Sports Medicine’s “Exercise Is Medicine” project has documented the myriad health benefits of exercise, including lowering the incidence of various cancers, reducing the risk of excessive weight gain (with its associated health problems, including diabetes) and improved cardiovascular health (including lower risk of hypertension and stroke). All of these contributed to an overall lower risk of all causes of mortality in people who exercise. Another large analysis reported in 2009 found these same benefits were experienced by people already suffering from chronic conditions.


Stress hormones compromise immune function but exercise, including yoga, is very good at combatting stress. Numerous studies have shown that regular physical activity is associated with better mental health, including a reduced risk or incidence of dementia, reduced feelings of anxiety and depression, improved cognitive function, improved quality of life, improved sleep. Again, the latest neuroscience shows that even moderate physical activity can have major benefits.

To say exercise is always more effective than conventional medicine is a stretch, and no one is saying a workout will help in a genuine health emergency. But a huge 2013 comparison study of exercise and drug interventions found that being fit was as good if not better at combatting a number of chronic illnesses.

In short, exercise is really good for you, so keep it up!

We are following government guidelines across all of our centres, and will remain open as normal. We do recommend that if you are feeling unwell, or are at risk from the Coronavirus; that you do not visit the centre for the time being.

We will keep you informed on any updates. To receive notifications, click on the like and follow buttons on our profile page!

Stay safe, stay healthy, Hyndburn Leisure <3


Pool Closure

Important Announcement: Due to technical difficulties the pool at Hyndburn Leisure Centre will be closed for the remainder of today. The pool will reopen as normal tomorrow, 14th Feb.


Hyndburn Sports Awards Nominees Announced


The nominations are in for this year’s awards and once again the people of Hyndburn have come out in force to nominate deserving clubs, athletes, coaches, schools and volunteers across 11 categories.

Anne Ellwood, Board Member for Hyndburn Leisure and Sports Awards Champion said, “It’s been a fantastic year of sport nationally with a Cricket World Cup victory and an inspiring run from England in the Women’s Football World Cup. It seems the spirit of the nation has rubbed off locally, with over 60 nominations for this year’s awards. I for one cannot wait to welcome the nominees along with guest speakers Craig Heap and Stacey Copeland to this year’s awards on 27th September at Accrington Town Hall.”

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s event. Book online at or call 01254 380 295.

Winners of the Hyndburn Awards will go on to represent the Borough at the Lancashire Sports Awards.

The full list of 2019 nominees are below:

Changing Lifestyle Award Sponsored by Technogym

 Claire Rothwell, Barbara Peters, Ivor Holden, George Foot, Susan Edmondson, Gill Clitheroe, Chantelle Greenwood and Catherine Anderson

Coach of the Year sponsored by Master Ground Services 

Roy Duckworth, Stuart Holt, Danny Ferguson, Elle Kayley, Sophie Molloy and Adam Lee

Community Club of The Year sponsored by Forbes Solicitors 

Baxenden Running Bugs, Oswaldtwistle Juniors FC, Accrington Wildcats RLFC, Hyndburn Athletics Club and Great Harwood Rovers Football Club

Community Project of the Year sponsored by Studio

Ossy Joggers, Wheel’s For All, Lets Dance Afternoon Tea Project, Up & Active Urban History Walks, Parkinson’s Exercise Project and Bank Mill House Cardiac

Inspire Award (Donated by Anne Ellwood) Sponsored by Accrington and District Golf Club 

Edie Birtwistle, Edward Harkness, Jason’s Wheels, Lynne Coogan

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Ron Hill and Hilly Clothing 

John Brindle, Chic Kelly and Stephen Johnson

Primary School of The Year sponsored by Accrington Stanley Community Trust 

Peel Park Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Baxenden St John’s, Springhill Community Primary School, Benjamin Hargreaves Primary School, St Nicholas’ CE Primary School, St Anne’s and St Joseph’s RC Primary School and St Bartholemew’s CE Primary School

Secondary School of The Year Sponsored by Accrington and Rossendale College

Accrington Academy, Hyndburn Academy, Hollins High School, St Christopher’s CE High School

Service to Under-represented groups sponsored by Bevlan Office Interiors

Wheel’s For All, Refugee Family Exercise Project, Spring into Action, Big Blue Door, Stepping Out, Jason’s Wheels and Springhill Primary School

Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Cardboard Box Company

Gareth Cross, Julie Walker, Lee Boyer, Stephen Johnson, Chris Dickinson, Jean Wood and Ruby Taylor

Young Achiever of the Year sponsored by Beever and Struthers 

Keely Battrick, Aaron Bennett, Caitlin Armstrong, Charlie Chadwick, Nathan Sheridan, Jay Cronshaw, Ethan Naisbitt and Leah Embley


Free Leisure For Serving Armed Forces Personnel


With Armed Forces Day fast approaching, Hyndburn Leisure are pleased to announce that they will continue their free use for Armed Forces Personnel for another year. The scheme, which is funded in partnership with Hyndburn Borough Council, provides free use of leisure facilities at Hyndburn and Mercer Hall Leisure Centre for all serving Armed Forces Personnel.

Lyndsey Sims, Chief Executive of Hyndburn Leisure said, “It’s great to be able to share this fantastic news so close to Armed Forces Day. Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families”

As well as providing free use of Leisure Facilities, the Hyndburn Leisure Staff have got on board with Armed Forces Day celebrations, non more so than Edward Harkness, a Swimming Teacher and Army Reservist. From the 9th June to 15th June, Edward took part in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride in aid of Help for Heroes. The challenge raised over £2,700 by cycling 350 miles in 5 days, from Cherbourg to Paris, cycling through some of the historic sites from the Second World War including Pegasus Bridge, Utah, Omaha, Juno, Gold and Sword beaches and many more. Ed is continuing to fundraise for Help for Heroes with a Zumbathon now organised for Saturday 27th July.

Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE said, “Armed Forces Day is our chance to celebrate and thank our Armed Forces past and present and show our support for all they do to protect us and keep the country safe. So we’re happy to be able show our appreciation and support by providing free use of leisure facilities at Hyndburn and Mercer Hall Leisure Centre for all serving Armed Forces Personnel.”

For more information on the Free Use Scheme for serving Armed Forces Personnel, call 01254 385 945.


Special Guests for Hyndburn Sports Awards Announced

Nominations continue to flood in for this years’ Hyndburn Community Sports Awards. The event, which takes place at The Ballroom at Accrington Town Hall in September this year, is a celebration of local sporting achievements from athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams, clubs and schools across Hyndburn, organised by Hyndburn Leisure.

The awards are run by Hyndburn Leisure. Anne Elwood, Board Member at Hyndburn Leisure and Champion for the local awards said, “We like to make the awards great by inviting along a special guest to talk about their sporting achievements. We can now announce that this year there won’t be a special guest………………….instead there will be two! Craig Heap, Commonwealth Gold Medal Winning Gymnast and Stacey Copeland, International Footballer and Boxer!”

Not only will Craig and Stacey be speaking at the awards, they’ve also offered to visit some local school children while they are in town. For a school to be in with a chance of winning a visit with Stacey or Craig, nominate your school for Primary or Secondary School of the Year award and look out for more details on Hyndburn Leisure’s Facebook Page!

Lyndsey Sims, Chief Executive of Hyndburn Leisure said, “There’s still time to nominate someone deserving of an award.  There are 11 award categories this year, and we want to showcase the best of the best in Hyndburn to go on to represent us at the Lancashire Awards. The awards are.

  • Volunteer of the Year– These awards are to recognise the volunteers who have given up their free time to volunteer in sport. Sport in Britain depends on volunteers and these people help to sustain sporting opportunities for all.
  • Young Achiever of the Year sponsored by Beever and Struthers– These awards are given to the most talented performers across the district, who show exceptional dedication to their sport and have the potential to perform at the highest level.
  • Coach of the Year sponsored by Masterground Services– These awards are made to coaches throughout the district who have given up their time and invested their expertise, selflessly, to help those interested in sport to develop their talent and to realise its fullest potential.
  • Community Club of The Year sponsored by Forbes Solicitors– These awards are given to active and well run sports clubs that have undertaken great work in running development programmes which attract and encourage new participants, particularly those from under-represented groups, and which help their members to develop their sports potential
  • Community Project of the Yearsponsored by Studio – This award is given to an innovative project that has helped to regularly increase and sustain participation in sport and physical activity and provide alternative opportunities for people to get active.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award– This award is for an individual (20+ years) who has shown a consistent lifetime commitment and made a major contribution to community sport.
  • Primary School of The Year sponsored by Accrington Stanley Community Trust– This award is given to a Primary School that has excelled in school sport and physical activity over the last 12 months. Community links and the impact of sport has made them stand out.
  • Secondary School of The YearSponsored by Accrington and Rossendale College – This award is given to a Secondary School that has excelled in school sport and physical activity over the last 12 months. Community links and the impact of sport has made them stand out.
  • Service to Under-represented groups– This award is given to an individual, administrator, coach or official who has made a highly significant voluntary contribution to disability sport.
  • Inspire Award (Donated by Anne Ellwood)– This is a local award award is given to an individual who has volunteered in the community to inspire others to participate in sport. For individuals not involved in a community sports club.
  • Changing Lifestyle Award Sponsored by Technogym- This is a local award to celebrate those who have made big changes to their lifestyles through sport or physical activity

Nominations are open until 31st July and can be made by visiting


Up and Active SROI Results

A Social Return On Investment report has been produced about East Lancashire Up and Active Consortium by an external evaluator which demonstrates the value of the project to the local communities.

Up and Active is a project which runs across East Lancashire and aims to get everyone Up and Active. It is delivered by a consortium of five East Lancashire leisure providers – Pendle Leisure Trust, Burnley Leisure Trust, Hyndburn Leisure Trust, Rossendale Leisure Trust and Ribble Valley Borough Council.

With sessions based around exercise, targeted weight management activities, a programme of exercise for children and young people and a dedicated cardiac rehabilitation programme, there is something for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. The majority of those using the programmes are vulnerable in some way, struggling to engage with mainstream physical activity, often due to ill health and a lack of understanding of what they can and can’t do.

The report revealed some staggering statistics, fascinating facts and wonderful health improvements to lives.

Some of the stand-out statistics include: Every £1 invested in Up and Active provides a SROI of £28.19; 100% of participants increased their physical activity; 14,213 people have better mobility; 9,907 people made new friends; 9,240 people feel stronger; 8,986 people feel fitter; 8,670 people feel happier and 7,230 people lost weight.

Quotes from customers include: ‘I feel more confident, have loads more energy and I have made new friends. I have left the dark place and moved forward’; ‘I’m now more active, as I was pretty much housebound and my mental health and mood has also improved. I can now walk without crutches and do my own shopping’; ‘I am now not borderline diabetic after losing two stones in weight’ and ‘The support received from Up and Active to begin exercising has positively impacted on all areas of my life and on my family life, as I am now able to enjoy more time with them’.

A spokesperson for the East Lancashire Up and Active Consortium said: “We are delighted with the results of the report which shows that so many people are benefitting from the services and activities we collectively provide and are feeling happier, more confident and enjoying life more by using our facilities and services on a regular basis.”




Mercer Hall Pool Re-Open and Open Day

Great Harwood residents were delighted this week with the news that the swimming pool at Mercer Hall Leisure Centre was to re-open after a lengthy closure for essential repairs. The pool, which is located on Queen Street, next to Morrisons, was temporarily closed in October 2018 after a number of problems arose which required fixing.

Lyndsey Sims, Chief Executive of Hyndburn Leisure said, “We took the decision to close the pool last year after the failure of one of the main pumps. After emptying the pool and getting in a contractor for the repair, a number of other problems came to the surface which also required repairing, including pool leaks and damaged pipework. Although we do our best to keep the building up to date, including recent investment in the refurbishment of the gym, unfortunately repairs of this nature are to be expected in an ageing building like Mercer Hall Leisure Centre. Having said that, we are delighted to be able to re-open the pool this week. The customers have been very understanding about the whole situation and we’ve managed to accommodate many at Hyndburn Leisure Centre whilst the repairs were carried out, but I’m sure they’ll be happy to be back swimming in Great Harwood.”

Hyndburn Leisure, who operate the building will be holding an Open Day at Mercer Hall Leisure Centre on Saturday 27th April to encourage customers to come back to the centre, and also encourage people who don’t usually use the facilities to pay a visit. The open day starts at 10am and will include free taster sessions in the Ladies Only Feelgood Suite, Cardio Vascular Room and Fitness classes, as well as show rounds of the whole centre including the thermal suite. The Learn to Swim Team will also be holding talks on the programme of swimming lessons and offering a discount to those who sign their children up to learn to swim that day. Health checks will also be available on the day.

There’ll be exclusive membership offers available for one day only including £90 off Annual Premier Membership or 6 months for the price of 5.

For more information, call Mercer Hall Leisure Centre on 01254 885 607


Pennine Lancashire welcomes multi-million pound Sport England Boost

Pennine Lancashire is to benefit from potentially up to £10m in funding to help more people be physically active.

Last year Pennine Lancashire was successful in being named as one of 12 pilot areas to work with Sport England to develop bold new approaches to build healthier, more active communities. The pilot is called Together an Active Future and its primary aim is to increase activity levels for people with or at risk of poor mental wellbeing.

Since the announcement, a lot of work has been undertaken to lay the foundations for the pilot to be successful, including identifying ways to involve those people who are more likely to be inactive and have poor mental wellbeing, A network event in December last year brought over 100 groups and organisations together to map the great activities and opportunities that already exist across Pennine Lancashire and to recognise that some of the challenge is to support more people to access these.

Sport England has announced that pilot areas will receive a minimum of £3m in Pathfinder funding to develop ‘test and learn’ initiatives. There is the possibility to unlock further funds of up to £10m if needed to scale up those initiatives that are most successful.

Damian Riley of the Pennine Lancashire health and care integrated care partnership, Together A Healthier Future, said: “One of the major reasons we were successful in getting this funding is that we have very strong partnerships developed here. Our region’s local authorities, NHS bodies, general practitioners, leisure trusts and voluntary and community sector work very well together to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“Not being physically active can lead to serious conditions like diabetes and poor health and wellbeing in the future. We are a very ambitious partnership and with this funding we will develop truly innovative ways of getting more people physical active which in turn will have a great benefit to their mental wellbeing. As a clinician, I am very excited about how we do things differently will transform our approach to support those from doing nothing to something.”

Involving people who live and work across Pennine Lancashire is a really important part of Together an Active Future; a Pennine wide survey has been launched to better understand the barriers and opportunities across the area. Whether physically active or not, interested in physical activity or not, the survey gives everyone a chance to get involved and have a say. You can complete the survey by clicking this link.