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Horizon Leisure reopens former Sports Direct gym as a wellbeing facility

The centre opened on 24 June, with Mayor of Guildford Masuk Miah (left) in attendance (Image: Horizon Leisure)

Horizon Leisure has transformed a former Sports Direct gym in Guildford into a health, fitness and wellbeing facility.

Horizon Leisure – the charitable trust which manages Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres in Hampshire – invested £1m in the facility, which it acquired earlier this year ahead of its reopening this month.

The 9,000sq ft building has been completely refurbished. Work included fitting the centre’s large gym area with high-specification equipment supplied by Life Fitness.

Facilities at the centre include a studio space for group exercise classes and an indoor cycling studio. There is also a new sauna and steam space and a refurbished pool with changing facilities.

Horizon Guildford’s Learn to Swim programme for children and adults will get underway in September 2023.

The move forms part of the charitable group’s long-term strategy to acquire new sites and expand its portfolio of facilities.

Mike Lyons, CEO, Horizon Leisure, said: “We hope this will be the first of many new locations for Horizon. We’ve invested heavily in the venue and have brought together a great new team of staff.

“We have a history of delivering a family-friendly offer with a premium feel at an affordable price and our customers can be guaranteed a warm and inviting welcome, along with tailored solutions for their health needs.”

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