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Try out new swimming sessions at leisure centre open days

Published January 11, 2018 11.56am

People looking to shake up their exercise routines this year are being invited to try out new pool-based fitness sessions taking place at some of the county's leisure centres.

Swim Pilot phase 3

Evie Johnson, Katie Simpson, Autumn Simpson and Dylan Craggs

Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre has had its pool and changing area refurbished while Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex in Bishop Auckland now has a new reception as part of the Swim Pilot project which began last year.

As well as updated facilities, the leisure centres are also introducing new pool timetables.

Taster sessions

Open days at both venues on Saturday, 20 January will give people the opportunity to try out some of the new classes for free.

Both pools are running 15 minute sessions of aqua cycle - which puts the traditional spinning class in the water - and aqua fighter, which adapts land-based mixed martial arts and boxing exercises, drills and routines into a water-based class that gets the heart pumping.

Woodhouse Close will also host aqua jump, a fun and high-energy session which uses underwater trampolines to improve strength, conditioning and core stability.

The same venue will also include a taster session of Ready, Sett, Splash, where children and parents can spend quality time together inventing their own games in the water with the help of an enthusiastic instructor.

Suitable for children aged two to six years, they will get the chance to meet Brock the Badger and his friends who are learning to love water at the same time.

Older children between the ages of eight to 14 can be kept entertained by inflatable challenges in the main pool at both leisure centres.


The new sessions are being introduced as part of the Swim Pilot project which includes a £1.5 million investment from us, alongside £540,972 funding from Sport England.

The open day also offers the chance to take a tour of the leisure centre, including the gym, and to find out more about the different membership options available.

Cllr Ossie Johnson, our Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues, said: "The open days are a great way to try out some of the new sessions on offer and could provide inspiration for people looking to get active this January.

"Swimming is extremely popular in County Durham and we believe these activities will encourage even more people to get into the water."

Special offer

Anyone attending one of the launch-day activities will also be eligible for a free Thrive card, which entitles them to discounts and the ability to book classes and activities online.

Residents who take out a swim membership between 20 January and 12 February are also being offered a 25 per cent discount and the new benefit of all aqua classes being included in the membership from 22 January.

For more information visit the leisure pages of our website.

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