New sports and fitness centre for Cowley residents set to open in January

Published: Monday, 7th December 2015

Cowley residents will be able to take advantage of 35 fitness stations and classes when a new gym and fitness centre opens in January.

Oxford Spires Sport & Fitness, which is located in the grounds of The Oxford Spires Academy just off Cowley Road, will open 4 January 2016.

The new centre will feature 35 fitness stations, including treadmills, crossfit and rowing machines; a wide range of fitness classes, from aerobics to zumba; and activities, such as badminton, basketball and football.

The gym is currently being constructed alongside The Oxford Spires Academy’s sports hall. Classes will also be held in some of the Academy’s buildings – and the sports field will be made available for the community to use.

Residents will be able to try out the new centre for free at an open day on Saturday 23 January 2016.

The £700,000 centre is a joint development between Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford City Council and registered charity Fusion Lifestyle. Oxford City Council contributed £500,000 towards the facility with Oxford Spires Academy funding the rest. Fusion will run the facility.

Sue Croft, Principal of Oxford Spires Academy said: “We are delighted to be working with the City Council and Fusion Lifestyle to provide this great facility for local residents.”

“A healthy way of life is something we try and instil in our children and this great new facility will allow us to extend this philosophy to local residents who will be able to utilise these great facilities on campus.”

Councillor Mark Lygo, Oxford City Council Executive Board Member for Leisure, Sport and Events, said: “We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Oxford residents, and making it as easy as possible for people to use affordable gym and sports facilities.

“This is a large investment in Cowley and follows the opening of the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre, £316,000 on fitness trails across the city’s parks and improvements to Oxford’s cycling tracks and facilities.

“Keeping fit not only helps with physical health, but also mental wellbeing. Nothing is more important to us than the health and happiness of Oxford’s residents.”

Fusion Lifestyle will operate the site for Oxford Spires Academy, and has appointed Julia Burson to be the new General Manager. Julia is currently the Fusion Lifestyle Divisional Sports & Community Development Manager for the Oxford area.

Fusion was formed in April 2000 and specialises in sport and leisure management services across the UK in partnership with local authorities and other organisations.

The registered charity has successfully managed Oxford City Council leisure centres since 2009, as a registered charity all profits are used to enhance and develop local fitness services and facilities for local communities.

Wayne Hawkins, Divisional Business Manager for Fusion Lifestyle, said: “The new fitness centre will offer a new gym filled with the latest fitness equipment, a great range of fitness classes from aerobics to zumba, plus sport hall based activities like badminton, basketball and football. We will also be offering school holiday camps and sports parties.

“It is a great location just off the Cowley Road and there is plenty of free parking as well.

“The opening date is set for 4 January and we are planning an open day for all the local residents to come and experience the new centre for free on Saturday, 23 January.”