Denise Lewis Opens David Lloyd Leisure Farnham

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Olympic champion unveils state-of-the-art club in official ceremony

Denise Lewis with David Lloyd Leisure Chief Executive Scott Lloyd

Olympic champion Denise Lewis with David Lloyd Leisure chief executive Scott Lloyd.

Olympic gold winner Denise Lewis OBE has officially opened the new David Lloyd Leisure club in Farnham, Surrey.

Denise cut a ribbon on Tuesday, December 6, to mark the opening of the £15m health, sports and leisure club, which offers myriad facilities including the group’s largest Amida Spa.

The champion heptathlete said: “David Lloyd Leisure Farnham is an absolutely stunning club, offering the community a fantastic array of sports, health and fitness facilities for the whole family.

“With the countdown progressing to the London Games, this is a very exciting time for communities to get involved in sport and this club will offer its members a superb environment in which to achieve their health and fitness goals.”

At the unveiling, David Lloyd Leisure chief executive Scott Lloyd said: “The Farnham club demonstrates our efforts to invest in the best health, sports and leisure facilities for local communities. We are also proud that so many new jobs – some 70 – have been created, particularly during the current economic environment.”

The 6,000 sqm-plus complex, which is next to Farnham Rugby Club’s new site in Monkton Lane, boasts a 1,200 sqm Amida Spa including six treatment rooms, four relaxation rooms, sauna, steam and experience rooms, and a spa plunge pool. An outdoor area features sauna cabins and a hydro spa pool.

Other attractions include a 500 sqm DL Kids facility - featuring family lounge areas and a wide range of activity and holiday programmes. DL Kids features scores of activities each week for children, focusing on fun, participation, learning and sport. The programmes, designed to complement the national school curriculum, include age-specific classes, holiday activity weeks, sports coaching, creative play and more.

David Lloyd Leisure Farnham provides some of the best racquets facilities in the region; as well as eight outdoor tennis courts, there are two squash courts and a multi-purpose sports hall housing three badminton courts.

The group’s Tennis All Stars programme, accredited by the Lawn Tennis Association, will be available to children aged 3-11, while adults at all levels will be offered instruction by a dedicated team of LTA-qualified coaches.

The complex includes a 25m indoor swimming pool and separate children’s pool. The Swim All Stars quality swimming programme – endorsed by the Amateur Swimming Association and undertaken by ASA-qualified coaches – will be available for all abilities, from absolute beginners to rising stars.

There is also a 1,400 sqm gym, two exercise studios hosting a wide array of classes, and a specially designated spinning studio, plus two physiotherapy rooms and a DL Cafébar, where members can relax and choose from a healthy and nutritionally-balanced menu.

Linden Henson, general manager at David Lloyd Farnham, commented: “After many months of hard work by all teams involved, it is wonderful to see the club finally open.

“We are so proud and grateful to have Denise Lewis perform the official ceremony; such a high-achieving athlete in her field who is an inspiration to future sporting heroes across the country.

He added: “David Lloyd Leisure Farnham’s facilities are second to none. The feedback already from members is incredible, and my staff and I will do our utmost to make every visit to this excellent club a truly memorable one.”

For more information, visit http://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/farnham For membership information, call 0845 1252835.

Note to Editors: Photographs of Denise Lewis at David Lloyd Farnham are available from Anna-Marie Muldowney, David Lloyd Leisure press office, on 01707 289833 or press(at)davidlloyd(dot)co(dot)uk

About David Lloyd Leisure Group

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 80 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe. It has over 450,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800 and the services of more than 350 tennis professionals.

Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 14,000 learn to play tennis.

Its racquets facilities are unparalleled with 700 tennis courts as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.

About Denise Lewis

Denise won a gold medal in the heptathlon event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was dubbed one of the ‘golden girls’ of British athletics alongside Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe and Christine Ohuruogu. She is mother to three young children. In the 2000 New Year’s Honours List, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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