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East Durham Belles nominated for ‘Swimtastic’ Award for community swim project at Peterlee Leisure Centre

In recognition of their swim programmes at Peterlee Leisure Centre, the East Durham Belles, a Sport England funded project to engage local women in physical activity, have been nominated for the final of the Kelloggs Amateur Swimming Association ‘Swimtastic’ Awards 2011. Six members of the local project were invited to ‘Swim with the Stars’ at the Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield on the 5th November, joining members of the Great Britain swimming, diving and water polo teams in the water.

  • The East Durham Belles project was nominated to receive the Community Project of the Year Award by Kate Smith, the Aquatic Officer ASA North East.
  • The nomination recognises the swimming element of the organisation’s work to provide opportunities for women to improve their fitness through social groups and individual challenges.
  • With the support of Peterlee Leisure Centre, the Belles offer a range of water activities in the centre pool, encouraging women who lack confidence, through body image or previous negative experiences, to get in the water together.
  • To date, over 400 women in East Durham have been inspired to get involved with the project.


Malcolm Grinstead, Contract Manager at Peterlee Leisure Centre, comments:

It’s great to see the East Durham Belles getting the recognition they deserve. The Belles offer an extremely valuable community project, and we are proud to be part of it. Our partnership began in April, and we hope that it will continue far into the future. At Peterlee, we want the Leisure Centre to be at the heart of the local community, and local charity projects like the East Durham Belles help demonstrate that our facilities offer a great way to improve health and have fun at the same time.

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Peterlee Leisure Centre to extend opening hours in the New Year

Peterlee Leisure Centre will extend its opening hours starting from Monday 5th January 2015 to allow time for busy members to exercise before work. The gym will open from the revised time of 6.15am Monday to Friday, with the swimming pool opening from 8am The centre will be open from 9am until 5pm at weekends […]

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Seaham woman loses four stone in a bid to start a family

Audrey Coxon, aged 36 from Seaham, has discovered a newfound love for fitness, having joined Seaham Leisure Centre just ten weeks ago after deciding to lose weight in order to start a family. Audrey joined the gym at the end of September and has lost an impressive four stone. By visiting the gym twice a […]

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Leisure centre challenges local community to transform their bodies in 30 days

Peterlee Leisure Centre has challenged local people to transform their bodies in just 30 days. Lee Kennedy, Health and Fitness Manager at the centre has personally developed a 30-day simple and healthy eating plan to be carried out alongside regular physical exercise, which both members and non-members can take advantage of. More than 80 people […]

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