Council launch new active card scheme to cut leisure deficit

March 2, 2011 3 Comments »
Council launch new active card scheme to cut leisure deficit

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Cardiff council has unveiled its latest plan to cut the leisure budget deficit, with a discounted card for workers in the city.

The ‘Active Workforce’ plan will offer employers up to 25% off activities if more than 10 employees sign up from each workplace.

The council’s leisure centres currently run at an annual £4 million loss but Coun Nigel Howells, executive member for leisure and culture, feels the workforce discount is a step forward.

He said: “We’ve put a lot of investment into our leisure centres, such as Llanishen with its new gym equipment. It’s important we get the message out to businesses they have a role to play in an active Cardiff.

“We find for some people once you go home it’s hard to get off the sofa and exercise. The idea with the corporate scheme is you’re more likely to go straight after work to the gym, especially if you’ve got someone else with you.”

Coun Howells said the investment of £60,000 at Llanishen leisure centre had allowed them to get ten new treadmills alongside other gym equipment.

Cardiff Blues and Wales international hooker Thomas Rhys Thomas was at the launch and tried out the leisure facilities on offer at Llanishen leisure centre.

He said: “For our sport its essential, but it’s not just about sport it’s about an active culture and lifestyle for everyone. Getting exercise can really boost your happiness.

“It’s important businesses get involved and help promote an active lifestyle.”

Would you take up the corporate active scheme? Do you run a business? Will you be promoting this to staff? Do you live in Llanishen? What do you think about the new gym? Let us know your views in the comments below

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  1. peoplefirst March 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    The ‘Active Workforce’ plan will offer employers up to 25% off activities if more than 10 employees sign up from each workplace…why not widen it to residents : say 25% off activities if more than 10 residents from one street / road / avenue sign up.

    It is no surprise that the council leisure centres run at a loss as they are priced to discourage use!!! example 1] for a game of badminton it cost almost £ 10 for an hour, so rather than have 4-6 courts at say £ 5 an hour in use for badminton… making £ 20-£30 an hour our local council leisure centre would rather price it at £ 10 per court and have no one using it.
    example 2] the gym, we have two local private fitness clubs that open at around 06:00 – 22:00 the council opens at 09:30 – 21:00, private gyms can actually work out cheaper than council gyms even when discounted…. again why????????

  2. gym member December 26, 2012 at 3:32 am - Reply

    maybe if u dont try to scam current members then they might consider in keeping their membership longer

    tbh its a ridiculous idea to go with work people, firstly why would they want to go after a long days work. they probably want to go on their days offs. 10 ppl from work = gym crowded n will put off other users, i wouldnt even want to go with work ppl anyways.

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