Merton gets hot and steamy with brand new sauna

Merton Council opened a brand new sauna last week as part of a £500,000 refurbishment programme for its three leisure centres.

The sauna is a new addition to Wimbledon Leisure Centre and accommodates 12 people at any one time. Fully accessible to all, the sauna benches can be lifted up in order to make room for wheelchairs. The sauna also has its own separate changing facilities, en suite showers and toilet facilities.

Merton Council cabinet member for community services, Councillor Maurice Groves said: ‘This part of the refurbishment is great news for Merton residents. After a workout at the gym, the sauna is a great way to relax and also helps with sweating out all those toxins. Our investment in Merton’s leisure centres demonstrates the council’s commitment to providing local residents with a reasonably priced way of getting fit and active, which is vital for a healthy lifestyle.’

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Notes to editors
1. Merton Council embarked on a £500,000 leisure centre improvement programme last year. This has included improvements to changing facilities at Canons, Mitcham and Morden as well as the new sauna at Wimbledon. Improvements have also been made to the machinery behind the scenes.

2. Wimbledon Leisure Centre – operated by Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) – is the only council-owned centre in the UK to have the brand new state-of-the-art Kinesis One equipment, installed and paid for by GLL as part of the company’s redevelopment of the Wellness Fitness Centre. Kinesis One provides a full body workout using cables, weights and springs. Visitors to the fitness centre will also have the chance to use one of four Technogym flexibility machines which improve posture and can help those suffering from lower back problems.