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.”
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