Todmorden gym gets an Olympic boost

Todmorden Sports Centre.
Todmorden Sports Centre.
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The gymnasium attached to Todmorden Sports Centre is to be improved with the help of an Olympic legacy grant.

Work begins next week and the upgraded gym is due to open in September with more equipment, a new music system, floors, air conditioning and paintwork.

Sport England has contributed £50,000 towards the cost from its Olympic legacy grant – the Inspired Facilities Fund – which Calderdale Council secured in February.

The project is one of 350 to be offered a total of £17.4 million in Olympic legacy funding.

The council’s community services spokeswoman Coun Pauline Nash, said: “When the council asked local people how they wanted to see the gym improved, they told us they wanted a larger space, more equipment and better surroundings.

“We have listened to their views and the upgrade will bring top class facilities and a fantastic boost for the area.

“2012 is a momentous year for sport and it will be the year when the gym got better. The upgrade will create an Olympic legacy for Todmorden and Calderdale as a whole.”

While the eight-week upgrade takes place, the fitness suite will be temporarily relocated within the Sports Centre, which opened in 2000.

People can get a sneak preview of the newly upgraded gymnasium during an open weekend on Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16, from 10am – 4pm.

Tours will take place every 30 minutes and there will be opportunities to ask questions and sign up for membership.

The gym is expected to be officially open for use on Monday, September 17.

The council has apologised for any inconvenience that might be caused during the refurbishment.