Walsall residents are getting more active according to figures released by Walsall Council’s Sport and Leisure Development Team.
The figures reveal that more than 2.5 million visits were made to council leisure facilities in 2017 and the increased attendance is bringing in valuable revenue.
Nearly a thousand families have taken out an annual family membership and direct debit gym membership has increased from 1,000 to 2,800.
The council invested £24.3 million in brand new Active Living Centres at Oak Park and Bloxwich. Both centres have proved popular, with Bloxwich attracting 1,843 gym members and Oak Park on target to make £2 million by the end of March.
Walsall’s Gala Baths recently opened a brand new 25 metre gala pool as part of a £1m refurbishment and is well used by clubs, associations, training squads and schools.
Speaking about the numbers, Cllr Ian Shires, Walsall Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said:
“We set out to get more people, more active, more often and the figures for 2017 are certainly encouraging. We’ve invested money to provide modern facilities and they’re attracting residents in large numbers.”
“Our two new Active Living Centres in the borough offer great value for money memberships with the aim to improve the health and fitness of people in Walsall.’‘ “When people are more active, they’re generally happier and more motivated and this is something we want to encourage.”
The council runs a Move-It concessionary scheme for over 60’s, people with certain medical conditions and families on low incomes, offering adult sessions from just £2. Details can be found on the council’s web site at http://go.walsall.gov.uk/leisure/Move-It