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Update:  Leisure Centres - 3 December 2020

We're delighted that the centres - Heywood Sports Village, Littleborough Sports Centre, Middleton Arena and Rochdale Leisure Centre have re-opened

To continue to keep the centre covid-secure, social distancing and safety measures remain in place in the centre.

Please remember that all sessions must now be pre-booked to reserve a space in one of the specific time slots which allows us to be able to manage the number of people in the centre and avoid any unnecessary delays or queues when you visit. You can do this at link4lifeolb.org

Tier 3 restriction: group exercise classes
Unfortunately, tier 3 restrictions now state “organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors”. Sadly, this means that on reopening, we are unable to run all group exercise classes and badminton and table tennis sessions.  We will stay up to date with Government tier restrictions and update should Greater Manchester move tiers in the coming weeks.


Pre-booking your session 

Due to social distancing measures in place, there is a limit on the amount of people that we have in each venue and taking part in activities.  We want as many people as possible to be able to visit daily, but it does mean that everyone must pre-book their activities to reserve a space in one of the specific time slots allowing us to be able to manage the number of people in the centre and avoid any unnecessary delays or queues when you visit.

Bookings for gym and swimming can be made at www.link4lifeolb.org

Register for Online Bookings at www.link4lifeolb.org

If you were registered for online bookings before lockdown, there is no need to re-register.  
Anybody not already registered will need to do so in order to book your sessions online.  Registering will only take a few minutes.  Please click here for step-by-step instructions.

We're really sorry but if you come to the centre and haven’t pre-booked, but you will be unable to gain access and will be asked to book a session before attending at a different time or day.

For non-members

Sign up for a free Your Link4Life Card at www.link4life.org/join

Everyone visiting a leisure centre to take part in an activity must now have a card to gain access to the centre.  All sessions must be pre-booked  before attending the centre.  For details of how to register, please click here 


Link4Life At Home

We know that regular exercise and being creative is essential for keeping you as healthy as possible and boosting your mood and that's why we've created Link4Life At Home, giving you a range of Les Mills workouts, on-demand classes, art projects and ideas for mindfulness, wellbeing and nutrition.  And, we’ll be adding lots more to help you stay active, creative and healthy! 

Click here to access Link4Life At Home

 
We'll keep this web page up to date and also include information on our social media pages so please continue to check regularly.
 

As a charity working in the heart of the borough, we know that our centres and activities are important to you and that staying active and being connected with others is more important that ever at this time as we look after our physical and mental wellbeing.  You’re the reason why we do what we do and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible!

As always, the health and safety of you and our staff has always been our highest priority and we have developed all of our new procedures, safety measures, risk assessments and training with leading industry bodies like UKActive and Swim England and guidance from Public Health Rochdale so you can be sure that you are in the best hands to protect you and our team at all times.

Things may look a little bit different when you come back to your centre but it’ll mean that that you can continue to enjoy your activities whilst keeping safe.  We've put together some useful information in the FAQ's below to answer any questions that you have.  These will be updated as and when we have get more information so please continue to check regularly.

FAQ's

Yes, we’re confident in our ability to minimise the risk of infection and keep our members and staff safe.

We will be implementing enhanced cleaning procedures to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and disinfection and will have stringent social distancing measures to create a safe environment for you.

We are also asking members and staff not to visit the centre if they feel unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms and there will be clear signage to reflect this.

Staff and members will both have a responsibility for creating a clean and safe environment for everyone.  We’ve implemented:

  • Training: Our staff have undertaken cleaning training including Covid-19 awareness and Infection Control. 
  • Sanitisation stations: Hand sanitisation will be compulsory when entering the centre and stations will be located throughout for access to sanitisation and equipment cleaning supplies
  • Protection: We have installed plastic protective shields at reception desks and will be providing PPE for our staff in line with Public Health England (PHE) recommendations
  • Enhanced cleaning process: Our team will be carrying out regular cleaning and disinfection regimes throughout the day and we’re asking members to support this by cleaning each piece of equipment before and after their workout.
  • Increased cleaning hours: The centre and equipment will be sanitised regularly throughout the day and will be deep cleaned every night when the centre closes.  Deep cleaning will also take place between every session ready for customers attending the next session slots.

 

  • Social distancing signage: This includes floor markers showing where to stand and where relevant, directional signs indicating one way systems.
  • Pre-booked sessions: All activities must be pre-booked.
  • Modified capacities for all activities: To avoid overcrowding, we will be limiting how many people will be able to use the gym, swimming pool and group exercise classes at any one time.
  • Equipment: Gym equipment will be spaced for social distancing.
    There will be no swimming equipment available for use. If you wish to use a noodle or float then you must bring your own.
  • Swim session booking: The pool will be spaced for social distancing with Adult Lane Swimming sessions available only. All swim sessions will need to be pre-booked.
  • Workout classesStudio capacity will be reduced for group exercise classes to adhere to social distancing. When you’re waiting for your class, please follow social distancing rules and clear the studio space as quickly as you can when the class has finished.
  • Shorter classes: Classes will be between 30 and 45 minutes, to allow time for cleaning and to allow members to leave the studio safely.
  • Fewer lockers: Lockers will be available but the number will be reduced to ensure that there is an appropriate distance between them. We ask customers to limit the number of personal belongings that they bring to the centre to help to reduce the number of people in the changing rooms, and where possible please arrive dressed ready for your session.
  • Fewer showers and cubicles: Where possible, we ask that people shower at home after their activity.

Yes, it will be compulsory for members and staff to use hand sanitiser at the entrance of the centre.  There will also be numerous sanitisation stations located throughout the centre.  Disinfectant wipes will be available for you to clean your equipment and mats before and after use.

 

Our staff will be risk assessed for the need for protection e.g. face coverings/visors.

In line with Public Health England and UKActive guidance, our team will be provided with adequate PPE to ensure both their own safety and yours.  Public Health England guidance states that PPE should be used where physical distancing can’t be maintained, or the possibility for exposure is high so members of staff will be wearing PPE where the social distancing rule can't be adhered to, when providing care or undertaking close proximity work. 

Gloves can be contaminated with germs which are difficult to remove, so regular handwashing and using antibacterial hand sanitiser is deemed to be more hygienic.

Face masks/coverings are required when moving through the centre or spectating including reception, pool area and viewing gallery, changing rooms and any spectator areas*.
 
Following Government and leading industry guidance, face masks/coverings are not required when participating in exercise. Please continue to follow social distancing and sanitisation measures that are in place in these areas.
 
*exemptions apply http://ow.ly/knoR50BpfG1
 
For those who do not wish to wear a mask in the centre, you are able to freeze your membership.  You can arrange this using the red 'how to freeze' button on the right hand side of this page.
Please note that our zero tolerance policy applies.
 
  • Where do I have to wear a face covering / mask?

 In all circulation areas, pool galleries and whilst spectating. You do not need to wear a mask whilst participating in an activity.

  • At what point do I not need to wear a mask if I am using a pool session?

You should wear a face mask to the entry to the changing room, once in the changing room you are not required to wear one. Once changed and ready for a swim you are deemed to be participating in the activity. You should leave your mask in your locker during your swim and use it when you have finished your swim, whenyou are changing and leaving the changing area to exit the centre.

  • Where should I store my mask during my workout in the gym?

You should carry your mask with you at all times. The mask can be kept upon your person or within the cup holders on gym equipment. Face masks/cannot be left at the gym desk. Personal belongings and bags are still not permitted within the gym environment. In line with the enhanced cleaning measures that we have in place, please ensure that you sanitise the equipment prior to using (and storing your mask within it) and after you have finished. 

  •   I am attending a class, when do I take off my mask?

When your station is set up and you are ready to commence activity. The mask should be placed at the side of the studio/hall/at your station ensuring that the inside of the mask does not touch the floor.

  •  At what age should a user wear a mask?

 All users (unless exempt) must wear a mask/covering if they are over the age of 11. Ages 11 and under are not required to wear a mask.

  •  I am spectating a game of badminton or my child taking part in a session; do I need to wear a mask?

 Yes, you must wear a mask to spectate.

  • I am a Carer supporting another user to take part in their activity, do I need to wear a mask?

 Yes, unless you have paid to participate in that activity.  If you are supporting another person, you will need to wear a mask/covering.

 

Following the end of lockdown, we're delighted that the centres - Heywood Sports Village, Littleborough Sports Centre and Middleton Arena are reopening on Wednesday 2 December.  Please note that the pool at Heywood Sports Village will also open on Thursday 3 December.

Rochdale Leisure Centre will reopen one day later, Thursday 3 December.  We had works planned for the New Year to resolve issues that we have had with the hot water and heating systems, but to minimise disruption to our members, we have been able to carry out the works during lockdown and these will be completed on Wednesday 2 December.

We know that exercise has never been as important for your physical and mental wellbeing, and we will be adding new content to the At Home portal to help you stay active, healthy and creative whilst the centres are closed. Please see www.link4life.org/at-home

 

The only change to opening hours is that the centres close up to 1 hour earlier, to enable staff to carry out a full deep clean of the centre ready for the next day.

 

Gym sessions are set in 90 minutes time slots (75 minutes at Littleborough Sports Centre) and swimming sessions will vary in length depending on the activity - please refer to the pool timetable for details or check www.link4lifeolb.org when pre-booking.

You can attend multiple sessions in one day i.e. gym and a swim, but ALL sessions must be pre-booked.  Book online at www.link4lifeolb.org 

In between sessions, staff will carry out full sanitisation of areas before the next session starts.

Tier 3 restriction: group exercise classes
Unfortunately, tier 3 restrictions now state “organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors”. Sadly, this means that on reopening, we are unable to run all group exercise classes and badminton and table tennis sessions.  We will stay up to date with Government tier restrictions and update should Greater Manchester move tiers in the coming weeks.

The changing rooms are open but to adhere to social distancing, showers and lockers are limited.  We encourage you to shower and get changed at home if possible. 

Please note that the changing rooms at Littleborough Sports Centre will be closed.


Please limit your personal belongings and only use a locker if absolutely necessary. 

Unfortunately, hair dryers are unavailable.

Following the end of lockdown, we're delighted that the centres - Heywood Sports Village, Littleborough Sports Centre and Middleton Arena are reopening on Wednesday 2 December.  Please note that the pool at Heywood Sports Village will also open on Thursday 3 December.

Rochdale Leisure Centre will reopen one day later, Thursday 3 December.  We had works planned for the New Year to resolve issues that we have had with the hot water and heating systems, but to minimise disruption to our members, we have been able to carry out the works during lockdown and these will be completed on Wednesday 2 December.

Please note: all payments in November have now been refunded or frozen, your direct debit payment will automatically restart in December and payment will be taken on the 1st or 15th of each month (dependant on your payment date). 

We know that exercise has never been as important for your physical and mental wellbeing, and we will be adding new content to the At Home portal to help you stay active, healthy and creative whilst the centres are closed. Please see www.link4life.org/at-home

You don't need to be a member to use the centres and take part in activities.

Currently, all users must have a card to gain access.  Sign up for a free YourLink4Life card at www.link4life.org/join.  

Click here for step-by-step instructions of how to sign up

You'll then need to pre-book ALL activities. Book online at www.link4lifeolb.org

Please send details of your enquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please remember to include your name and the centre that you are a member at.

If you are not shielding at home, you are more than welcome to visit the centre if you are a member. 

Please remember that all activities must be pre-booked before attending.   To book, please visit www.link4lifeolb.org

Don't worry, if you are not wanting to return to the centre as soon as it reopens, If you wish to continue to freeze your membership, visit link4life.org and complete your request.

Yes, your Link4Life membership enables use at Heywood Sports Village, Littleborough Sports Centre, Middleton Arena and Rochdale Leisure Centre so you can book a session at any of these centres. 

Remember that all sessions must be pre-booked before attending.  To book, visit www.link4lifeolb.org

You can still access the At Home online resources giving a range of activities to help you stay active, creative and healthy while you’re not at the centre.  Visit www.link4life.org/at-home

We'll also have downloadable workouts for home and in the gym through our new health and fitness app.  We're just doing the finishing touches and will update with details very soon.

 

Please be mindful of social distancing and limit person-to-person contact. 

You may need to adapt your training, for example, you won’t be able to spot each other or share weights.

You shouldn’t share any equipment without cleaning first.

If you, or anyone in your household, feels unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms, please stay at home and don’t visit the centre.

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus.  Please click here for details of how to get a test.

Please inform a member of staff.

We ask all members and staff to adhere to guidelines and will be operating a zero tolerance policy.

 

We will continue to follow guidance from the Government, Public Health England, UK Active and Swim England to make sure we keep you safe.  We will ease restrictions when we have been advised that it is safe to do so. 

We will keep you updated regularly.

 

We have agreed in collaboration with GM Active and its 12 leisure and sports operators across Greater Manchester, that we will temporarily restrict our reciprocal memberships across the region until Autumn. This will ensure that when we do reopen we can prioritise our members at their local facility. Just like us, GM Active is passionate about getting the people of Greater Manchester to move more, and we can’t wait to relaunch shared memberships later in the year, which will give you access to 87 leisure facilities across the region again.

 

Following the end of lockdown, we're delighted that the centres - Heywood Sports Village, Littleborough Sports Centre and Middleton Arena are reopening on Wednesday 2 December.  Please note that the pool at Heywood Sports Village will also open on Thursday 3 December.

Rochdale Leisure Centre will reopen one day later, Thursday 3 December.  We had works planned for the New Year to resolve issues that we have had with the hot water and heating systems, but to minimise disruption to our members, we have been able to carry out the works during lockdown and these will be completed on Wednesday 2 December.

Middleton Arenas pool will be open on Wednesday 2 December. Both Heywood Sports Village and Rochdale Leisure Centre pools will open on Thursday 3 December.

Please adhere to social distancing that is in place.

Capacity in the swimming pool will be modified and please remember that people of different standards and abilities will be using the pool at the same time, so please respect everyone’s right to enjoy their swim. 

You’ll need to pre-book a swim session before visiting the centre.  You won’t be able to turn up and swim without a booking.  Details of all swim sessions available can be viewed at www.link4lifeolb.org where you will pre-book your activity.

Note:  Lane Swimming - When entering the pool, please select the correct lane for your ability – slow, medium or fast – and choose an appropriate stroke, so for example, please do not swim butterfly if the lane is busy.  Please follow the directional arrows and do not make physical contact with other swimmers.  Before pushing off at each turn, check to see if anyone faster is approaching and let them pass if you can.  Please be prepared to move lanes if the lifeguard asks you to.

 

 

 

Following the latest Government guidance that has been published on the use of saunas and steam rooms, Link4Life has made the decision that sauna and steam rooms will remain closed.

The re-opening is subject to social distancing measures being in place and restrictions on capacities and timings.  The health and safety of customers and staff remains the highest priority and the decision to keep saunas and steam rooms closed is to ensure that the centres remain covid-secure. 

 

Yes, Ladies Only sessions are now available at Rochdale Leisure Centre

Please remember to pre book your session before attending - Book Here

The Swim academy will restart on Wednesday 2 December at Middleton Arena and Thursday 3 December at Heywood Sports Village and Rochdale Leisure Centre.

Children will need to attend the lesson day and time which they attended pre lockdown 2.

For pupils that are returning to swimming lessons, we have contacted you with details of your class and we're looking forward to swimming lessons being back in the pool.

For those that have told us they aren't ready to return yet, you will continue to freeze.  When you are ready to return, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will allocate a space.

Family swim sessions have re-started and session details can be viewed at www.link4lifeolb.org

Please ensure you pre book sessions before visiting the centre 

Pool programmes will be reviewed on a regular basis.

 

Artificial turf and grass pitches are available for football clubs.

Clubs are required to submit a Covid-19 risk assessment to the centre.  This is in-line with national guidance and lockdown measures currently in place in parts of Northern England, including our Borough.

General guidance on these measures is that they should include, but not necessarily be limited to the following:

  • The club shall implement measures to limit the numbers of people who gather for a sporting event to a maximum of 30. This includes players, coaches and spectators.
  • Clubs will be expected to ensure appropriate social distancing of spectators, particularly when there are venues with multiple pitches, e.g. by having staggered start and finish times to prevent “bottlenecks” where there are large numbers of people in the same location at the same time.
  • There shall be no changing of clothes or showering.

We will closely monitor and review the situation and will take appropriate action to deal with any breaches of this guidance. Please remember that the rules are designed to keep people safe and it is essential that we all adhere to them closely.

Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s

We are saddened that our former providers are no longer continuing their gymnastics programme at a number of venues including Middleton Arena and Rochdale Leisure Centre We are currently looking at developing our own gymnastics programme which we are hoping to start very soon.

If your child would be interested in the new gymnastics programme, please complete the details here and we will be in contact soon - link4life.org/gymnastic-enquiries

 

Sweat towels are now permitted for personal use.

Towels should now be used to wipe down equipment.

Face masks/coverings are required when moving through the centre or spectating including reception, pool area and viewing gallery, changing rooms and any spectator areas*.
 
Following Government and leading industry guidance, face masks/coverings are not required when participating in exercise. Please continue to follow social distancing and sanitisation measures that are in place in these areas.
 
*exemptions apply http://ow.ly/knoR50BpfG1
 
For those who do not wish to wear a mask in the centre, you are able to freeze your membership.  You can arrange this using the red 'how to freeze' button on the right hand side of this page.
Please note that our zero tolerance policy applies.

Welcoming You Back: Swim Academy

Following the end of lockdown, we're really looking forward to children returning to their Swim Academy swimming lessons and can't wait to see them back in the pool learning to swim. 

Swim Academy swimming lessons will restart on Wednesday 2nd December at Middleton Arena, and Thursday 3rd December at Heywood Sports Village and Rochdale Leisure Centre. Children will restart their lessons on the same day and time from pre-lockdown.

Starfish lessons will recommence week beginning Monday 4th January. A member of the swim academy team will contact parents to confirm the start date and time.

To continue to keep the centre covid-secure, social distancing and safety measures remain in place in the centre.

- The maximum number of swimmers in each lesson was reduced to ensure that there is more space for each swimmer during their lesson
- Swimming teachers have to teach from the poolside. Teachers and assistants are not able to support from within the water
- Swimming lessons continue to be 25 minutes long to allow for the safe collection of children after the lessons.
- Swimmers will continue to access the poolside as they were before lockdown – this may be via another entrance to adhere to any one way systems that are currently in place. Our team will continue to advise on this when you arrive at the centre.
- Only one adult will be able to watch the swimming lesson.
- There will be staggered lesson start times to reduce the number of swimmers accessing the poolside at one time.
- Swimmers will only be admitted to the centre 5 minutes before the lesson time

Please note: If your child is Stanley 1 level

Following Swim England guidance, swimming teachers are still unable to get into the water to support your child during the lesson.

For young children on Stanley 1, we are asking accompanying adults to continue to wear swimwear under their clothing and come onto poolside for the start of the lesson and be prepared to enter the water to support your child if they require any additional assistance. 

You will be able to find your child’s swimming lesson time and day by accessing the Home Portal.

If this class isn’t convenient for you, don’t worry, please contact us by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your child’s/children’s name and a contact number and our team will come back to you as soon as they are able to, and we will do our best to offer you a suitable alternative

We look forward to welcoming you back to your Swim Academy lessons.

Following the recent announcement relating to enhanced Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions, we wanted to give bookers some more information regarding Christmas Spectacular and Family Cinema Club screenings.

Indoor entertainment is prohibited in Tier three. However a reassessment of the tiers is due to be made on the 16th December and we therefore plan  to delay making a final decision as to whether the shows will be able to go ahead as planned until any revision to the current tiers are announced.

We are very keen to bring some festive cheer at the end of what has been a unbelievably difficulty year for everyone. Rehearsals are planned and production is well underway, and this week we’ve even had a visit from ‘Flora Furlough’ and ‘Louis Lockdown’, who came to the venue to film the promotional trailer, which we’ll be posting soon.

Tickets already booked remain valid and your cash is completely safe. We encourage people to continue booking to give us the best chance of successfully staging the production. If ultimately we have to cancel the shows, refunds will be made quickly and in full – that is guaranteed.

From Thursday 24 September, it is a legal requirement for all leisure and hospitality venues to display a NHS Test and Trace QR code poster.  

On every visit, customers and visitors are encouraged to scan the QR code to help in the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19).  The posters will be placed at the entrance of the venue or next to the check-in kiosks to minimise any delay to you entering the venue.

It is not mandatory for customers/visitors to download the NHS Covid-19 app and scan the venue QR code, but as many people as possible are encouraged to use it to enable us to play our part and help stop the spread of the virus.

Please note that the app and scannning the QR poster does not replace the robust booking system that we have had in place since Link4Life venues re-opened which will be used for Test & Trace purposes where required.  

Full details of the NHS covid-19 app can be viewed at www.covid19.nhs.uk/ or by watching the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um0qeXj1hnw&

If you have any questions, the NHS have put together FAQ's which can be viewed on their website www.faq.covid19.nhs.uk/  including what if I don't have a smartphone?

 

We thank you for your understanding and co-operation and ask that you remain patient and kind with members of our team.

Freeze your membership

If you pay by monthly direct debit, simply click on the button above.

  1. Please enter your reference number - which can be found on your bank statement (example shown below) 
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2. Please enter your postcode
3. Click Login
4. Freeze your membership

If you have paid up front, in full for an annual membership. please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one of our team will place your membership on hold.

Members will be able to freeze for up to 3 months, but we will review this as restrictions are lifted and Government guidance changes.

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Welcome back: useful information for your child returning to swimming lessons (external link - You Tube)

Welcome back: useful information for your visit

Welcome back: useful information for your visit (external link - You Tube)

Welcome back: useful information for your visit