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The Harpers Fitness Durham Contract includes Peterlee Leisure Centre and Seaham Leisure Centre. Harpers Fitness caters for every gym-goer with a variety of membership packages and payment options to suit all lifestyles and budgets. Operating across 70 centres in the UK, Harpers has invested over £2.6 million into its facilities to deliver the latest gym equipment, fitness classes, personal assessments and training, for more than 50,000 members.

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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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Local leisure centre makes a splash with new sport initiative

Peterlee Leisure Centre is teaming up with County Durham Sport to help the local community get into sport by introducing a brand new Aqua class for beginners to its timetable. The class is specifically for people that are currently inactive and want to take that first step into a healthier and fitter lifestyle. The classes […]

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Peterlee vs. Mud! Local leisure centre takes on epic obstacle race

On Sunday 23rd March, Peterlee Leisure Centre users took part in an extreme obstacle filled mud run in Hardwick Park, Sedgefield. Sixty-seven fitness enthusiasts who train at the centre completed the Muddy Mayhem challenge, which involved running 5km or 10km over a muddy obstacle course The extreme course saw the brave participants wade through freezing […]

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Peterlee Leisure Centre to host free ladies day

Peterlee Leisure Centre is teaming up with East Durham Belles to host a special ladies day at the centre on Saturday 29th March. From 12pm until 4pm, the leisure centre will be encouraging the women of the community to come and try a wide range of exercise classes completely FREE of charge. This exciting physical […]

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