Trafford’s Leisure centres are to close next month

A group of senior adult women are taking a yoga class together at the gym.

Trafford Leisure will keep its leisure centres closed in December in order to come back stronger in the New Year.

Trafford Leisure has made the difficult decision to keep its leisure centres closed until the New Year. The move follows the Government’s announcement on Thursday 26 November to put Trafford in Tier 3, which would see many of the centres activities unable to resume.

However, Trafford Leisure has resolved to re-open Altrincham Leisure Centre, move Urmston, Sale Leisure Centre and Stretford Sports Village on the 4 January, whatever tier Greater Manchester may be in. And, subject to government guidelines, have all its sites open in a managed and phased way during January.

Trafford Leisure will also continue to provide its free of charge online live-streamed classes, with new sessions including yoga, chair-based exercises and simple aerobics and it is also pleased to be able to re-open its Altrincham Golf Club and its Driving Range on 2 December.

Jo Cherrett, COO, Trafford Leisure said: “We know some customers may be disappointed but we made our decision taking into account the long-term best outcome for our centres, our staff and of course our community.

“January is always the busiest time of the year for us, and after a difficult 2020, many people will want a fresh start for 2021, and we need to be ready to support them in their personal wellbeing goals.

“By remaining closed in December, our quietest time of the year, Trafford Leisure can mimimise its losses by continuing to furlough our staff and operations, and be in a better position to re-open in January.”

Jo added: “We want all gyms and leisure centres to open as soon as possible, but we have to approach this with a plan, to be as fair as possible to our staff and customers, and to have the business in as strong a position as possible for the new year.

“The Trafford community has worked so hard to get its Covid rates down and we are hopeful to soon be in tier two, which would mean the return of our fantastic gymnastics, swim well programmes and racquet sports, as well as our usual group exercise, swimming pool and gym timetables. Let’s start the new year positively. Let’s do this, together!”

Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Trafford Council has been working closely with our partners at Trafford Leisure to safely reopen and support our leisure centres during this difficult time. It’s been tough for everyone and I would like to thank customers who returned to use our facilities – your support has been amazing. Given the ongoing restrictions around how leisure centres can operate the decision has been made to now reopen in the new year.

“I would like to encourage all our residents to check out Trafford Leisure’s free online offer, which allows you to exercise in your own home at a time that suits you. We look forward to welcoming customers back to our leisure centres in the new year.