Statement from David Lloyd
At David Lloyd Clubs we are committed to investing and innovating to make sure that we keep pace with fitness trends, so we offer the very best health and fitness facilities to our 600,000 members. Our members are telling us that they want more group exercise, which is booming across the UK as a whole, and we need to increase our studio space to offer more classes. Since many of our clubs were originally designed, trends in health, fitness and racquets have changed and with limited space, we have to manage it effectively to meet demand.
Last year we introduced a new group exercise class called Blaze, which has proved to be a big hit with our members, so we’re rolling it out to more clubs. Ultimately all decisions about whether to offer Blaze will be made by our local club managers, based on what they feel is right for their membership base. We are still working through plans and we want to reassure you that the vast majority of our racquets clubs will continue to offer squash. We’re not taking decisions lightly and our club teams are speaking to the members affected to see how we can minimise the impact of these changes.
We remain committed to being Europe’s leading racquets group, offering 163 squash courts, in addition to our 1000 tennis and 274 badminton courts. We’ll continue to take on board feedback from all of our members to make sure that we provide great facilities for everyone.