Coronavirus  (COVID-19)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

10th JULY 2020

Everybody to Re-Open Leisure Centres from 25th July

Following recent guidance from central government and Public Health England and working together with Cheshire East Council, we have made the decision to open our services on a phased approach over the summer.

It is our priority to put the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff first and foremost and we have been working around the clock to ensure we can welcome you back to a safe and covid-19 secure leisure centre.

We are pleased to announce we will be opening our gym and group exercise classes at the following 6 leisure facilities on 25th July:

  • Alderley Park
  • Crewe Lifestyle Centre
  • Holmes Chapel Community Centre
  • Macclesfield Leisure Centre
  • Nantwich Swimming Pool
  • Wilmslow Leisure Centre

The above services will be available to pre-book activity slots via our website from Friday 17th July: www.everybody.org.uk.

Our phase 2 sites will be opening from 1st August for gym and group exercise classes:

  • Shavington Leisure Centre
  • Sandbach Leisure Centre
  • Alsager Leisure Centre and Sports Hub
  • Knutsford Leisure Centre
  • Barony Sports Complex

And our phase 3 will open on 1st September along with our 9 swimming pools:

  • Middlewich Leisure Centre
  • Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre
  • Congleton Leisure Centre
  • Poynton Leisure Centre

We will continue to review other indoor and outdoor sport activities and services.

Members will be contacted directly early next week with more information on our re-opening, centre opening hours, the measures we have put in place including bookable gym and group exercise sessions, plus specific information relating to their membership. As always, we are on hand to assist you with any questions you may have on returning to Everybody and your ongoing membership.

Nantwich Outdoor Pool will be opening from Monday 20th July, limited numbers will be available and booking is essential.

At this moment in time we will not be opening our indoor swimming pools, cafes, indoor sport bookings and changing facilities.

We are working closely with a number of outdoor sports clubs including athletics, cricket and rugby to allow them to run sessions from our facilities from week commencing 20th July. Casual bookings for indoor and outdoor sports will continue to be under review, with more information being confirmed in the coming weeks.

We will also not be accepting any hire of our facilities for events or activities, such as children’s parties, until further notice.

It is our pledge to make sure our staff and customers can return to a safe environment which helps everybody to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Andrew Kolker, Chairman at Everybody Sport & Recreation commented,

“The health and wellbeing of people in Cheshire East is at the heart of our charity. We are committed to providing the best possible experience to our customers, even under social distancing measures and we can’t wait to welcome you back to your community leisure centres.”

He continued,

The Coronavirus pandemic has been tough for everyone and we are all in this together. It is important now more than ever that we have support from our loyal customers to ensure the future of our services.”

Watch our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-rfkcSpFHs to see how our facilities will look when we re-open. Site specific videos can be found on our YouTube channel, search Everybody Leisure, with more videos of other sites to be released soon:

We understand that some customers won’t be able to return straight away. During lockdown, we have developed online virtual services for our members and online community. These include health and fitness classes, and it is our commitment to continue this offering as part of the Everybody membership.

If customers are not yet ready to visit us in person you can still connect with members and instructors and remain active and healthy from your own home.

To find out more about the reopening of our facilities and steps we have taken to maintain social distancing and offer the best experience to customers please visit: everybody.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/. If you have any queries please contact us on: [email protected] and we will try our best to respond to your queries as soon as possible.

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ENDS

Frequently Asked Questions

My local leisure centre is on the list to re-open on the 25th July, when will my membership payment be taken?

We will take your DD on the 1st or 15th of August (depending on which date you selected when joining), this will be your normal membership fee less any days owed to you.

We have decided to keep our membership prices fixed at our 2019 prices as a thank you for your loyalty and patience.

My local leisure centre is on the list to re-open on the 1st August, when will my membership payment be taken?

We will take your DD on the 1st or 15th of August (depending on which date you selected when joining), this will be your normal membership fee less any days owed to you.

We have decided to keep our membership prices fixed at our 2019 prices as a thank you for your loyalty and patience.

My local leisure centre is on the list to re-open on the 1st September, when will my membership payment be taken?

We will take your DD on the 1st or 15th of September (depending on which date you selected when joining), this will be your normal membership fee less any days owed to you.

However, if you would like to use one of our other facilities that open earlier you can turn your membership back on sooner by emailing [email protected]

We have decided to keep our membership prices fixed at our 2019 prices as a thank you for your loyalty and patience.

I have paid my annual membership fee upfront, what happens to my lost months ?

For Annual Cash/Upfront payment members we will be adding on the extra months to the end of our membership renewal date so you aren’t missing any months in your membership.

If you have any questions about your membership you can contact us on: [email protected]

My local leisure centre isn’t opening yet can I access any centre as part of my membership?

We will be letting you know which leisure centre you originally registered your membership at. If this centre is closed we will not be re-activating your membership payment.

If you want to use any of the other facilities whilst your centre is closed you can reactivate your membership by emailing [email protected]

Also, by staying loyal to us we will be providing you with access to free online workouts and tips and advice from our expert trainers and health teams to keep you motivated during these difficult times.

I’d like to cancel my membership, how do I do this? 

The future of our services depends on the loyalty of our customers. We are doing the best we can to make sure you have the best experience on visiting our centres, as well as offering online virtual classes and advice from our trainers as part of your Everybody membership.

We understand that the pandemic has been tough on everybody and are willing to discuss your membership options and personal circumstances. Please email [email protected] and please see our membership terms and conditions for more information.

Why are Swimming Pools not open until September ?

After careful consideration we have taken the decision to not open our pools until September which will allow us to ensure the safety and comfort of our customers and staff.

Social distancing measures are in place in our gyms and studios, and we are retraining all of our staff.

The next step is to focus on our swimming pools to ensure that customers can be welcomed back safely and in a socially distant manner.

I don’t want to pay my membership until my pool opens ……

You can continue to freeze your membership until your pool reopens – please email [email protected]

Are the swimming pools open & will there be swimming lessons taking place?

We are not re-opening indoor swimming pools for public swims or swimming lessons until further notice, this is likely to be in September.

We are opening Nantwich Outdoor Pool for adult only fitness sessions from 20th July.

We are continuing to freeze all swimming lesson memberships. If you choose to cancel, we can’t guarantee you a place back on the scheme as we have waiting lists in the majority of our centres. For those who have pre-paid, the current number of lessons you have left on your account will stay the same when we re-open.

Please also refer to the swimming lesson terms and conditions for more information or email [email protected]

I would like to hire your facilities for a party booking, event, indoor sport session, deliver an external service

Unfortunately, we are not making our facilities available for hire. This is due to our sports hall and outdoor spaces being used to accommodate group fitness and Everybody sport sessions to allow for social distancing measures.

We will be in touch when these facilities are available to hire.

Will the changing rooms be available?

There will be no changing facilities open so please come ready to workout in your gym wear. There will be toilets available for use for all customers.

Can I just turn up to use the gym, classes or sports activities and pay on the day?

No. We will not be accepting any walk-ins and all activities must be paid for and booked online. We are operating cashless sites so only card payments will be accepted and we encourage all users to pay contactless for membership, merchandise or vending machine payments.

What is the guidance for group exercise and is there anything I should be aware of before coming to class?

Pre-booking is essential and must be done via our website everybody.org.uk. Customers will be allocated their own ‘workout zone’ to maintain a safe 2m distance from other members and customers. No bags will be allowed into the studio / sports halls. Customer must bring their own water bottle, no water stations will be provided. Please wipe down all equipment after use and wash your hands before and after a class.

Please do not attend class if you are feeling unwell and cancel your booking online.

What is the guidance for gym use and is there anything I should be aware of before coming to workout?

Pre-booking is essential and must be done via our website everybody.org.uk. sessions will last 45 minutes to allow for cleaning in between sessions. You can speak to a member of the fitness team to get the most out of your workout.

To maintain a safe 2m distance from other members and customers we have spaced our gym equipment out and in some centre created secondary gym locations in our fitness studios.

No bags or towels will be allowed into the gym. Customer must bring their own water bottle, no water stations will be provided. Please wipe down all equipment after use and wash your hands before and after coming to the gym.

Please do not attend the gym if you are feeling unwell and cancel your booking online.

I do not have an Everybody membership, how to I book a class or come to use the gym on a casual basis?

To use our facilities on a casual basis, you will need to take out a wildcard membership. This costs £1 per year and provides you with access to book activities online. You will also get a price freeze on all casual prices for gym, classes and swimming.

Visit: everybody.org.uk for more information and to sign up to a casual wildcard.

What indoor sport is available?

At this moment in time we will not be running any indoor group sport sessions including badminton, squash, netball and football. We will let you know once these become available to book.

What disability and inclusion sessions are available?

At this moment in time we will not be running any disability and inclusion sessions (see full list here everybody.org.uk/cancelled-classes-and-sessions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19  ). We will let you know once these become available to book again.

What outdoor sport is available?

We are working closely with a number of outdoor sports clubs to ensure we are able to welcome them back to our facilities as soon as possible.

We now have tennis courts available for hire at Alderley Park and Barony Sports Complex. We are also working with the local athletics, cricket and rugby clubs to begin sessions in late July and August. Following government guidance we will be reopening our outdoor football pitches for public use and hire in August.  We will keep you up to date once these become available to book.

Cumberland Arena  and Macclesfield Athletics Track will be open for club use only from 20th July.

 

Do I need to wear a face covering when visiting the centre?

At this stage the only visitors to our centres are people who have booked in advance for an allocated time slot and will only be attending to undertake exercise in a group fitness or gym setting.

We will respect all customers decision to wear a face covering in our facility, however it is not compulsory. Following guidance from UKActive and the Government customers are not required to wear a face covering in the gym or in a group exercise class. We have put measures in place to allow for adequate social distancing around our sites including one way systems, reception screens and 2m spacing to keep both staff and customers safe.

I am  struggling to book a class or swim how do I do this?

We have prepared a step by step guide on how to sign up to a membership and register for our online booking system. You can find all the information you need here: everybody.org.uk/online-bookings-guide-and-faqs/

How do I get in touch with more questions?

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Everybody customers and partners for their continued support during this time.

If you have any queries please contact us on: [email protected] and we will try our best to respond to your queries as soon as possible.