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St Helens College gym faces axe after being squeezed out by competition
A GYM that was created as a key part of St Helens College’s £58 million redevelopment is set to close to members.
College bosses say the fitness centre, which overlooks the campus’s public square, is no longer commercially viable.
It has suffered from intense competition in the health and fitness industry, a problem which also contributed to the closure of Central Fitness, on Duke Street.
But students will still be able to access gym equipment where the courses demand it.
In a statement, St Helens College said the decision to wield the axe was taken with “regret”: “Increased competition in the gym and leisure industry has made The Gym unviable.
“We will not process any further payments and will not take the October direct debit from any customers.
“We will be in touch with any member who has paid in advance to effect reimbursement where required.”
It is expected to close on October 18 but it could shut sooner if the college is unable to maintain appropriate staffing levels.
The statement added: “We would like to stress that The Gym was a commercial operation, and college students will not be affected by this decision.
“Any St Helens College student who accessed gym equipment as part of their studies will still be able to do this.
“St Helens College would like to thank all of our members for their continued support over the years, and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
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