Tamworth Borough Council’s referal gym, which helps people with a variety of medical conditions, is moving from its base in the Castle Grounds to the new home of Tamworth Boxing Club.
The Structured Exercise Gym was set up at the Castle Grounds Activity Centre in 2008, with the help of a grant from South Staffs PCT.
The gym is equipped with 14 exercise stations, offering structured exercise and cardiac rehabilitation to people with a number of medical conditions including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems.
Around 150 people a week use the gym, which is funded by the health authority and run by Tamworth Borough Council.
But although the gym is a success, the room it is located in is above the void space where the old swimming pool used to be and is suffering from damp. Its narrow entrance door also makes it inaccessible for wheelchairs.
Last week, the council’s Cabinet agreed to the gym moving to the Corner Post Education Centre on Orchard Street – the new purpose-built home of Tamworth Boxing Club.
The gym will now be moved to a space on the first floor of the Corner Post, where opening times will remain the same.
During the sessions, the gym will be for the sole use of those referred for structured exercise and cardiac rehabilitation, but the move will mean that the gym can be opened up to public use at other times.
The vacant room at the Activity Centre will then be used to provide a base and storage area for the new paddle boarding club.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economic Development, said, “The relocation of the gym to the Corner Post has benefits all round.
“It will provide a better, more suitable environment for the structured exercise and rehabilitation sessions and will allow for more referrals to be made, it will provide an affordable community gym facility which will help to increase participation in exercise and it will allow the paddle boarding club to have a base in the Castle Grounds.”
The gym is expected to move into its new home around mid-January next year, once a lift has been installed to make it accessible to all users, including people with disabilities.