Cash-strapped sports operator to spend £800,000 on upgrades

Olympian Louis Smith

Fusion Lifestyle, which runs the Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre in St John’s Road, The Weald Sports Centre in Cranbrook and Putlands Sport & Leisure Centre in Paddock Wood, is to spend £800,000 on all three facilities.

The news comes after the sports operator had to be bailed out by the Council in 2020 in order to restart leisure services in the borough following the start of the pandemic.

It received £670,000 from Council funds after the first lockdown last year, and a further £225,960 from Sport England’s National Leisure Recovery Fund (NRLF).

At the time, the operator promised to make enhancements to the TWBC owned facilities and has now outlined its plans, using its own funding to pay for the upgrades.

The first work will be revealed on April 2 when upgraded spin bikes will be in use at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre and The Weald Sports Centre.

Upgrades to the bikes and studio at Putlands Sport & Leisure Centre will be open for use from April 9.

This will be followed by gym equipment upgrades at all three centres in July and August.

This will include new Life Fitness cardiovascular machines, fixed weight resistance machines, free weights and functional training equipment at Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre and The Weald Sports Centre and upgrades to all gym equipment at Putlands Sport & Leisure Centre.

Works will be phased to minimise disruption to users and will be completed by the end of the summer, say the leisure provider.

Anthony Cawley, CEO of Fusion Lifestyle, said: “We are really pleased to be bringing these improvements to centres in the region.

“We believe in providing quality sport, leisure and fitness facilities to the community and our plans will ensure the centres offer top of the range equipment for many years to come.”

Paul Taylor, Director of Change and Communities at TWBC added: “We are committed to providing high-quality leisure facilities to help residents improve their health and wellbeing.

“We believe these works will ensure residents have access to great equipment that can help them achieve their goals.”

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