Refurbished fitness suite up and running

Jaqui Dixon, Chief Excecutive of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, Chris Lynn, Duty Manager at Ballyearl Leisure Centre, Arlene McMinn, fitness instructor, Mayor Thomas Hogg, Andrea Stanbridge, fitness instructor, and Darren Millar, fitness instructor. INNT 38-517-SO
Jaqui Dixon, Chief Excecutive of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, Chris Lynn, Duty Manager at Ballyearl Leisure Centre, Arlene McMinn, fitness instructor, Mayor Thomas Hogg, Andrea Stanbridge, fitness instructor, and Darren Millar, fitness instructor. INNT 38-517-SO

The fitness suite at Ballyearl Leisure Centre has officially reopened following the completion of a £200,000 refurbishment project.

The official opening of the new state-of-the-art gym took place on September 19.

Jacqui Dixon, Chief Excecutve of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, Chris Lynn, Duty Manager at Ballyearl Leisure Centre, Mayor Thomas Hogg and Ballyearl gym member Ray Herron. INNT 38-516-SO

Jacqui Dixon, Chief Excecutve of Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, Chris Lynn, Duty Manager at Ballyearl Leisure Centre, Mayor Thomas Hogg and Ballyearl gym member Ray Herron. INNT 38-516-SO

To help celebrate Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s £200,000 investment in the popular Doagh Road facility, a health day was organised for various local businesses to come along and showcase their services to fitness suite members.

The investment has extended and modernised the fitness suite to include 17 cardiovascular machines and 12 resistance machines. In addition there is now an increased muscular strength endurance section, with additional free weights and a separate functional strength and conditioning area incorporating plyometric platforms, TRX cables and a range of sand bags.

Speaking at the launch, Mayor Thomas Hogg commented: “Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is committed to the continued development of sport and physical activity throughout the borough. Engaging our community in physical activity is vitally important and this £200,000 investment in the fitness suite is just one way of helping achieve the council’s aim of making more people, more active, more often.”

Ray Herron, a long term member of the fitness suite, added: “Being a member of Ballyearl fitness suite for such a long time, it is great to see the council investing in the facility. I enjoy going to the gym to keep fit as well as to socialise, and Ballyearl is great for both. The refurbished gym looks fantastic and I’m sure it will attract many new members.”

Desmond Neill enjoying a workout in the newly refurbished fitness suite at Ballyearl. INNT 39-537CON

Desmond Neill enjoying a workout in the newly refurbished fitness suite at Ballyearl. INNT 39-537CON

For more information about council leisure facilities log on to www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/Things-To-Do/Leisure-Centres