OCL gear up to to open indoor group exercise and sports classes

Date published: 14 May 2021


Oldham Community Leisure’s (OCL) centres will be open to members and the wider community for even more pre-bookable activities from Monday (May 17), as part of England’s continuing roadmap out of lockdown.

OCL will be bringing back its extensive indoor group exercise classes, its saunas, steam and health suites, as well as sports, including badminton and table tennis.

Stuart Lockwood, CEO at Oldham Community Leisure, said: “It’s been fantastic to see people returning to our leisure centres since April, and it’s been great to have our gyms and pools open.

"I’ve seen so many customers with smiles on their faces, enjoying activities and seeing their friends once again.

"However, the return of indoor exercise and racquet sports really is the icing on the cake.

The OCL team can’t wait for this next stage of reopening.

"They’ve missed you as much as you have missed us.

“Our priority always remains the health of our staff, community and customers, and the same regulations are in place as before, including reducing capacity to help give everyone space to socially distance, as well as our comprehensive cleaning regime and hand sanitising programme.

"We’ll be asking customers to be respectful of others, follow the markers and arrows and to clean equipment after use.”

OCL recommends customers have a look at their website for more details about how their chosen activity will look in the new normal – with information about the guidelines for bookings and sports: https://oclactive.co.uk/keeping-you-safe/

To allow OCL to manage customer numbers, all activities require advanced booking via the OCL website: https://oclactive.co.uk/new-online-booking-system/ and the Oldham Active app, or by calling 0161 207 7000.

In addition, online/virtual classes will continue via the OCL social media platforms.

Mr Lockwood added: “We can promise you all a friendly welcome and the undivided care and attention of our staff.

"We understand some of you may not have exercised for a while, and some may feel a little anxious about being back in the world, but our team of expert team instructors are on hand to gently guide you back to physical activity, whatever your level of fitness.

"There really is something for everyone at OCL.”


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