12th April 2021


Gym, personal training, tennis, swimming and spas all available indoors from 12th April

The UK’s largest health and fitness group, David Lloyd Clubs has announced it is reopening the doors of its 88 clubs in England on Monday 12th April. The opening of its indoor facilities comes two weeks after the successful reopening of its outdoor group exercise, tennis and swimming facilities in England on 29th March.

After over a year of lockdowns and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we know just how important our physical and mental wellbeing is. David Lloyd Clubs is delighted to finally be open fully to help the nation to get motivated and inspired to reset their habits, as well as benefit from the sense of community and seeing other members after many months of isolation.

Clubs will continue to strictly adhere to the latest safety and social distancing guidelines. David Lloyd Leisure, which operates 99 clubs in the UK, benefits from large areas allowing it to create second gyms in most of its clubs. Equipment has been spaced out providing plenty of room for members to train safely as well as indoor swimming pools and spas* operating with social distancing measures in place. Indoor tennis courts can be booked for sessions and Personal Training also available indoors. The Clubroom will be available for outdoor or takeaway hot and cold drinks and for the little ones, children’s swimming lessons start from 17th April.  

Group classes will remain outside in the open-air spaces for now, offering members up to 85 classes a week all which improve strength, flexibility, mobility and support a healthy immune system.

Other measures include upweighted cleaning team who will operate throughout the day and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been provided for teams. Masks must be worn by members when in any communal areas but not when exercising. 

Glenn Earlam, Executive Chairman, David Lloyd Clubs commented: “We’re thrilled to be able to reopen our indoor clubs in England from the 12th April. Our members are enjoying using the outdoor facilities over the past two weeks, but we know it will mean a lot to them to be able to come back inside and use the gym and other indoor facilities. 

“All the signs are that the next few months are going to be a very busy for us. The last 12 months have taught us all to prioritise our health. Exercise strengthens the immune system, protecting against viruses such as flu and Covid-19 and helps combat obesity and diabetes, which are significant mortality factors.

But our mental health has taken a real hit in this most recent lockdown. Exercise has been proven to support mental wellbeing and having a safe space where people can go to away from home, and take part in activities with others is vitally important.”

As the fitness and health industry reopens after Lockdown 3, David Lloyd Leisure continues to call on the Government for greater financial support, with increased rates relief for fitness businesses plus reduced VAT similar to that offered to the hospitality industry, so that this important sector, which has been closed for around nine months in the last year, can begin its recovery from this devastating crisis.

Earlam commented,  “As an industry we’ve shown that we can operate safely, but despite this, fitness and leisure centres have been closed for the best part of nine months in the last year. With very little income in the last year, we desperately need more financial support from the Government. Whilst we appreciate the assistance that we have received while we have been closed, the Government’s budget earlier this month offered our industry little comfort for the future.”

See www.davidlloyd.co.uk for further details including new joining offers.

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*Spas areas and Spa Retreats will reopen on 12th April but saunas and steam rooms remain closed
About David Lloyd Leisure Group:

The David Lloyd Leisure is Europe’s largest health and fitness group (by revenue according to Deloittes health & fitness market report 2019). It operates 122 clubs - 99 clubs in the UK and a further 23 clubs across mainland Europe, comprising its three brands David Lloyd Clubs, Harbour Clubs (of which there are three in London) and Meridian Spa and Fitness in Germany. 
For the last four years David Lloyd Leisure has been voted into the Top 25 of The Sunday Times’ Best Large Companies to Work For.
It has over 615,000 members and employs around 8300 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 2000 while it contracts the services of more than 680 tennis professionals.

David Lloyd Club’s racquets facilities are unparalleled with over 1080 tennis courts as well as over 400 badminton and squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops. 



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