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23 December 2011 

To give Wirral residents an even greater incentive to make it a ‘New Year, New You’, Wirral Council has revealed details of a number of special offers for residents at local leisure centres, including The Oval in Bebington.

The ‘Try Before You Buy’ offer allows people thinking about joining a gym to come along and check out the full range of facilities available at Wirral leisure centres before committing to a membership.

A free seven-day trial is available by downloading a voucher from the Wirral Council website which entitles anyone who isn't already a member of the Invigor8 scheme to go along to their local centre, have a look around, try classes and activities and build up their confidence to take that first step to getting active.

Another promotion for early 2012 is an amazing offer of 10 adult swimming lessons for just £10 – that represents a saving of £45 on the regular price of swimming lessons. Classes take place in most Wirral pools, with the times available to view on the Wirral Council website. To book, people can either take a voucher into their local centre and claim their discount when booking, or they can call the booking line on 0151 606 2010.


Already, competent swimmers are being targeted in a further promotion for January. They could benefit from a £2 discount on any water-based exercise class at one of Wirral’s leisure centres. To book a class, again people can either take a voucher into their local centre and claim their discount when booking, or they can call the booking line on 0151 606 2010.

Vouchers for all three offers are available to download on the Council website –  - from Thursday 29th December.

Women-only cycle sessions are a Breeze

Wirral Council is supporting a brand new initiative in 2012 to get more local women back onto their bikes for fun and fitness.

Breeze bike rides, which begin in West Kirby in January, are an easy way for women to take up the activity again accompanied by other people in the same position.

The rides will be challenging, but do-able, and will avoid traffic wherever possible. And there will always be a stop at a local café en-route to recharge the batteries and have a chat with other cyclists.

The Breeze sessions are being co-ordinated in Wirral by Fiona Hanik, the Council’s Active Families Development Officer, and she is supported by a small team of Breeze champions to help her develop the scheme.

Fiona says: “Breeze bike rides are fun, local and flexible sessions just for women. Far more men than women ride bikes and we want to change that. Riding a bike is easy; it’s fun and great for fitness too.

“If you’re interested
and haven’t got a bike or would like some training – I can help put you in touch with bike hire and support. I’d encourage women to get in touch and remember the fun of bike riding!

Cllr. Chris Meaden, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, added: “We are always looking for new ways to encourage people to get active and the Breeze bike rides are another example of that. There’s no reason why cycling should be a male preserve – I hope lots of local women sign up and enjoy these new sessions.”

To find a Breeze bike ride in Wirral go to .