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David Lloyd Leisure Invests £3.4M in New Facilities at Chigwell Club to Support Healthy and Active Lives

· Purpose-built DL Kids to keep children active

· Luxurious wet spa and spa garden for the ultimate in relaxation

· Free spa access to existing members and new joiners before August 31

· DLicious cafebar supporting an integrated approach to fitness

· Cutting-edge gym plus high impact, mind & body and spin studios

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--David Lloyd Leisure (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/) is investing £3.4 million in its Chigwell club (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/club-finder/chigwell) as part of a major investment programme to continue providing members with unrivalled facilities to achieve their health and fitness goals. (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/your-goals/be-fitter)

“We are very excited to be able to offer the Chigwell community these stunning new facilities for the whole family, which will support them in their health and fitness goals as well as providing a superb environment in which to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.”

As part of the ambitious project at the club in Roding Lane, Buckhurst Hill, Europe’s leading health, sports and leisure group is installing a new DL Kids (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/at-david-lloyd/families/family-fun) facility - comprising two multi-purpose activity rooms and a large soft play area – to provide children aged 0-11 years with an extensive range of programmes specifically designed to complement the way they learn in pre-school and school time.

Activities include arts and crafts, creative play, hundreds of types of games and sports coaching, as well as birthday parties (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/at-david-lloyd/families/parties-and-events), after-school clubs and DL Kids Holiday Active programmes running during the school holidays.

One of the main new features will be a wet spa facility (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/at-david-lloyd/relax/spa-and-beauty), including a spa pool, plunge pool, sauna, steam rooms and relaxation area, plus an outdoor spa garden providing the ultimate haven for unwinding and de-stressing. And there will be free spa access for all existing members and adults who join the club before August 31, 2014!*

Members will also be able to unwind, work or enjoy a meal in the modern, stylish and relaxing surroundings of the new bespoke DLicious cafebar (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/at-david-lloyd/relax/dlicious-cafebar) - including an adult-only seating area - which offers the whole family a great range of healthy options from the award-winning menu** integrating David Lloyd Leisure’s approach to eating with its exercise expertise.

There will be a brand new gym (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/at-david-lloyd/gym/exercise) offering the latest in gym equipment and innovation, a functional training zone, three exercise studios for high impact, mind and body, and spin classes, as well as two physiotherapy rooms.

The outdoor pool terrace, pool bar and indoor pool facilities are also being revamped, as well as the club’s badminton courts (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/at-david-lloyd/racquets/badminton), locker rooms – including a new family change zone – and reception area.

Work on the Chigwell scheme, the most ambitious club investment by David Lloyd Leisure as part of a wider £50m facilities investment programme across its estate, began in April and is being undertaken in three phases, with completion due early autumn.

David Lloyd Chigwell general manager Gail Sainsbury said: “We are very excited to be able to offer the Chigwell community these stunning new facilities for the whole family, which will support them in their health and fitness goals as well as providing a superb environment in which to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

“There will be something special for everyone to enjoy; children will love the new DL Kids area that has been created just for them to have fun and get active, the spa and spa garden will be the perfect retreat for those seeking down-time, the gym and exercise studios will provide a truly innovative environment for all fitness fans, and there will be a warm welcome in the DLicious cafebar for everyone who has worked up a healthy appetite, wants to relax or catch up with friends and business.

“David Lloyd Leisure’s investment in Chigwell demonstrates its continued commitment to providing the best health, sports and leisure facilities for all ages and abilities. The team cannot wait to welcome both new and existing members to enjoy the enhanced offering along with all of the club’s extensive facilities, services and expertise,” added Gail.

In addition to the new and refurbished facilities, David Lloyd Chigwell offers indoor and outdoor tennis courts, including padel (the tennis-squash hybrid), a crèche, nursery and sports shop.

*Terms and conditions apply. See http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/chigwell for further information on joining.

**The DLicious: Fast Fitness Food menu was the leisure category winner in the Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS) 2014.

ENDS

Note to editors: For further information about this press release, contact the David Lloyd Leisure press office on 01707 289833/34 or email press@davidlloyd.co.uk .

About David Lloyd Leisure Group

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 81 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe, comprising David Lloyd Clubs , Harbour Clubs and Next Generation, plus the new high street concept, David Lloyd Studio, in Islington, Putney and Winchester. It has over 440,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800, while it contracts the services of more than 400 tennis professionals. Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 12,500 learn to play tennis. Its racquets facilities are unparalleled with 800 tennis courts (http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/home/activities/racquets) as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.

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Contacts

David Lloyd Leisure press office
01707 289833/34
press@davidlloyd.co.uk