Leisure centres across Ealing are benefiting from a boost in membership after reopening their doors after the easing of lockdown this summer.

Everyone Active, who run more 190 centres across the country, reported that 1,600 new members had joined their centres in Ealing since the reopening of gyms and leisure centres across the country late in July.

Centres in Acton, Dormers Wells, Northolt, Southall and Brent Valley reopened on the 25th July following the easing of lockdown restrictions, allowing members to return after over four months of closure.

Everyone Active contract manager Phil Edwards said he was delighted with the reaction to the reopening: “The response we’ve received from our members has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We’re so pleased to see so many new and returning members through our doors and getting back in our pools.”

Earlier this month centres in Elthorne, Greenford and were amongst those finally able to reopen after being shut for seven months, with strict COVID-safe restrictions in place.

One-way systems are in place across all Everyone Active centres whilst strict hygiene and cleaning regulations are being adhered to, as well as structured classes and lessons designed to ensure social distancing.

Swimming has proven to be one of the most popular activities since centres reopened, with 7,500 people returning to pools across Everyone Active’s centres in the borough and 3,500 taking part in socially distanced lessons.

Edwards also said that Everyone Active was hoping to expand its range of activities even further, and that people who are choosing to stay at home could also get involved.

He said: “We are looking to reintroduce more activities over the coming months.

“For those who are not comfortable visiting us just yet, our online packages are perfect for staying fit and healthy in the meantime.”

Ealing Councillor Bassam Mafouz, the council’s cabinet member for leisure and finance, is delighted at the opportunities available for residents who want to keep active.

He said: “We are proud of the excellent facilities available to residents across the borough.

“Staying physically active at this time is incredibly important, not only for our physical health, but also our mental health.  

“Ealing’s facilities are complying with government and public health guidelines to ensure the safety of customers and staff. But everyone can play their part by washing their hands, sticking to social distancing and following the rules.

“I encourage local people to continue be safe and responsible when planning a visit. We all need to adjust to the new normal and the ongoing measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“I would encourage people to stay active and our centres allow them to do so in a safe environment.”

Featured image credit: Everyone Active