Our sports centres will be offering more gym and swim sessions, as well as fitness classes, as opening hours extend from Monday, 7 September.
Medway Park and Strood Sports Centre reopened on 25 July, as part of the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions, and Hoo Sports Centre followed by welcoming customers back on 15 August.
Customers to the sports centres must book a session online in advance, as part of new measures to limit the number of visitors and enable customers to social distance. Medway Sport members are able to book sessions online up to 14 days in advance, and non-members can book three days beforehand.
From Monday 7 September, there will be 12 extra fitness classes at Medway Park and 12 extra classes at Strood Sports Centre each week, including yoga and fitsteps. Hoo Sports Centre will be introducing two aqua aerobics and two spin classes. However, due to the size of the fitness rooms and the requirement to social distance, other fitness classes will not currently be offered at Hoo.
The sports centres will also extend their opening hours from 7 September, to:
- Medway Park and Strood: 6.30am-9pm on weekdays and 7.30am-6pm at weekends
- Hoo: 7.30am-9pm on weekdays and 8am-3pm at weekends
Booking for the next term of swimming lessons opens today (17 August). The 13-week term starts on Monday, 7 September, and lessons are available for all swimming stages. Existing members will get priority booking for two weeks and new members will be able to book lessons a week before the term starts.
The online booking system is one of a number of new measures Medway Council has put in place at its sports centres to keep both visitors and staff safe. Medway Sport customers will also find screens have been installed in the reception areas, one-way systems are in place and regular cleaning is being carried out to stop the spread of the virus.
Offering more sessions and fitness classes
Cllr Howard Doe, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “The reopening of our sports centres has gone well, especially whilst both our staff and customers get used to the changes and new measures in place. I am pleased this means we are now able to offer more sessions and fitness classes, as well as longer opening hours, from 7 September. This is testament to the Medway Sport staff who have worked hard to help keep our customers safe. I would also like to thank customers for their cooperation and patience while the new measures were put in place at our sports centres and I hope they continue to enjoy accessing Medway Council’s excellent sports facilities.”
Splashes Sports Centre in Rainham remains closed whilst it undergoes a £5million redevelopment – the improvement works were approved at Full Council on 16 July.