New leisure card for West Oxfordshire
More than 1,000 people have signed up for a Community Leisure Card which has been launched in West Oxfordshire to encourage people to keep fit and healthy.
The Community Leisure Card has been introduced by West Oxfordshire District Council and its leisure contractor Nexus Community and can be used at Council-owned leisure facilities, including leisure centres in Carterton, Chipping Norton, Eynsham and Witney.
The card provides choices for all age groups to suit different lifestyles and requirements, including a free loyalty card, a pay-as-you-go card for casual leisure centre users and a pre-paid card for regular users.
There are a range of perks with each card option. For example, the free loyalty card gives a free or discounted first visit to any of the leisure centres, online bookings and includes a reward scheme for people to collect points and redeem them against an activity of their choice.
Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Young People and Health at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The Community Leisure Card is available to everyone in West Oxfordshire and is part of our Council’s commitment to encouraging people to be active and healthy. We know that some people are regular leisure centre users and the Leisure Card offers discounts for them, but we were also keen to encourage those who don’t usually exercise to come along and try out their local leisure centre, and we hope the free loyalty card will provide an incentive for this.”
Nicky Maxey, from Carterton, has recently become a pre-paid leisure card holder. She said: “Carterton Leisure Centre has been around for a while and if I am honest we used it for the occasional family swim but I always thought it would be too expensive to join monthly. How mistaken I was - my husband bought me a pre-paid leisure card for Christmas, I didn’t realise how flexible and affordable the leisure card scheme was. My card enables me to pay monthly and use virtually everything at the leisure centre.
“As a family we use the pool at weekends and take advantage of the leisure card offers to make our visits as cheap as possible. My advice if you are not a cardholder already would be to go and have a look around, ask about the leisure card, and join. It’s so worth it!”
The Community leisure Card scheme is supported by Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT). Matt Pearce, the PCT’s Health Improvement Practitioner, said:“Being more physically active can help prevent major illnesses and is the basis for a healthier lifestyle. Initiatives such as the leisure card can help break down some of the barriers associated with physical activity and encourage individuals to lead a more active lifestyle”
More information about the leisure card is available at www.westoxon.gov.uk, www.nexuscommunity.org or from your local leisure centre:
Bartholomew Sports Centre, Eynsham: 01993 861830
Carterton Leisure Centre: 01993 861981
Chipping Norton Leisure Centre: 01993 861951
Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney: 01993 202020
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