£3m revamp of town’s leisure centre unveiled

YMCA Thornton Health and Fitness Centre
YMCA Thornton Health and Fitness Centre

New multi-million pound facilities got the thumbs-up when they were unveiled for the first time at Thornton Health and Fitness Centre.

Skateboarders, bikers and gym lovers tried out the new equipment at the centre on Victoria Road East over the weekend, following a major £3m revamp.

It’s been going really well at the centre – everyone is enjoying trying out the new facilities

Members of the centre were invited to book 10-pin bowling lanes, try out the new skate park and work out in the improved gym.

And no-one showed their enthusiasm for the modernised centre more than Garry Payne, chief executive of Wyre Council, who took his 30-year-old skateboard along to christen the new skate park.

The 51-year-old said: “I used my skateboard from the age of 14 up to about 20.

“I did a few twiddles on the new skate park but kept it nice and simple.

“Some of the younger element noticed my skateboard and asked if it was an ‘original’.

“They seemed quite shocked that I had one.

“They had a go on it and put it to its full purchase!

“It’s been going really well at the centre – everyone is enjoying trying out the new facilities.”

The centre now features state of the art health and fitness facilities including one of the largest gyms in the region with 100-plus stations, purpose-built spinning and fitness class studios, YMCA Bowl 10-pin bowling and family entertainment centre, and an Air Skate Park with indoor ramp experience for boards, blades, BMX and scooters.

There is also a cafe, outdoor 3G pitches, squash courts and outdoor sport pitches.

Mr Payne added: “In the afternoon it’s lights down in the 10-pin bowling alley and the lanes, skittles and bowling shoes illuminate so it’s glow in the dark.

“It’s incredible.

“There’s something for all age groups.”

The facilities are not exclusively for YMCA members, although there is a different pricing structure for anyone who joins.

Mr Payne added: “With the centre at Thornton, we have re-branded the site as health and fitness.

“The YMCA can offer advice on lifestyle and diet.

“They offer pathways to health – it can be as simple as walks or social groups right through to anyone who wants a bespoke gym schedule.

“We are making it a centre for everyone.”

The revamp comes as Poulton YMCA is also set to benefit from a £2m investment to make way for a new spa and fitness studio.

Contractors ISG moved on to both sites in April last year.

It is expected the work at Poulton will be finished by the end of next month.

Both centres were chosen for improvement work following a review of leisure in Wyre by the council.