Leisure centres reopen for new and casual users

Wed, 21/10/2020 - 13:02 -- Editor

Derry City and Strabane District Council have announced that their leisure services have reopened to new members and pay and go customers.The phased reopening of facilities in August had been restricted to existing members to cope with demand however they have now opened to the wider public with full inductions available for new members.  The Foyle Arena, Templemore Sports Complex, Riversdale Leisure Centre and Derg Valley Leisure Centres are open with some additional restrictions following the most recent announcement by the NI Executive.They are open for individual swimming and gym sessions which must be booked in advance at derrystrabaneleisure.com.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney, welcomed the expanded opening arrangements."I am delighted that all members of the public can avail of our leisure services again either by signing up as members or paying for each individual visit," he said."It has been a challenging time for our leisure services teams as they tailor services to keep the public safe and meet the varying levels of restrictions that have been put in place in Derry and Strabane to reduce the spread of the virus."While services are only open for individual training at present it is an opportunity for people to begin their fitness journey or perhaps returning to training after lapsing during lockdown so I'd encourage people to visit the website and book their slot today."  Leisure Centre users must arrive 'gym ready' as shower and changing room facilities are currently closed.Vending machines will be operational but on-site cafes remain closed and drinking water stations will be placed out of use so users are advised to bring their own drinking water.Users will be required to sanitise on arrival and departure and to adhere to strict social distancing measures.Any membership queries should be sent to memberships@derrystrabane.com