Durham County Council is offering local residents an Olympic deal in a bid to boost fitness levels. The County Council’s ten leisure centres will grant free sessions to people inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games, taking place this summer in Brazil.

Anybody holding a Thrive leisure discount card will be able to enjoy five free visits to the centres for gym workouts, swimming and group exercise classes. The visits must take place while the Olympics (from the present till Sunday 21st August) and Paralympics (Wednesday 7th September until Sunday 18th September) are on. People can take advantage of the deal at the following leisure centres and complexes: Freeman’s Quay, Chester-Le-Street, Abbey, Newton Aycliffe, Meadowfield, Shildon-Sunnydale, Teesdale, Spennymoor, Riverside and Woodhouse Close.

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Commenting on the offer, County Councillor Maria Plews said, “This August and September, we’re offering a great chance for those who feel inspired by the Rio Games to try out new activities, learn new techniques and routines, and improve their health and happiness.”

The Thrive cards themselves – which normally cost five pounds – will be available for free throughout the offer period. The cards can be used to save cash on a variety of activities, including ping pong and squash as well as sessions in saunas and steam rooms. And to top it all, anyone who makes use of the five free visits will be entered into a prize draw for tickets to a show at the Gala Theatre in Durham.

Another fitness deal is also on offer. Anyone taking out gym membership in August or September will get a 50% reduction on their first month’s fees if paying by direct debit or get up to three months for free if paying upfront.

The Olympics kicked off in Rio on Friday 5th August with a spectacular opening ceremony, broadcast to an estimated audience of three billion. At the time of writing, Team GB had won one gold and one silver medal in swimming. Nineteen of Team GB’s athletes are from the north east. The County Council may well be hoping that their current offer will inspire the next generation of north-east Olympic stars.

Anyone looking for more information can go to www.durham.gov.uk/leisurecentres

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