Wirral Council ready to reopen outdoor sports facilities


Borough residents will be able to book their return to outdoor sports as Wirral Leisure is expected to reopen its facilities from March 29.

Golf, tennis and soccer are among the first activities to return, as the council’s recreation department returns in phases in line with the government’s roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

Outdoor facilities that are expected to return from March 29 and can be booked from Wednesday March 24 include:

  • Wirral Sailing Center and West Kirby Marine Lake (for those with their own equipment and license)
  • The four municipal golf courses (Hoylake, The Warren, Brackenwood and Arrowe Park)
  • Football facilities at Leasowe, Guinea Gap, The Oval and Wirral Tennis Center
  • Tennis facilities at the Oval and Wirral Tennis Center

Outdoor exercise sessions will also be making a comeback for residents who wish to resume organized group sessions. Classes will be limited to five people and the instructor, in order to meet ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The council is working on opening new recreation facilities from April 12 to May 17 in accordance with the government’s roadmap.

However, it may not be possible to reopen all facilities as many authority staff, including a significant number of recreation staff, work in other departments to support the council’s COVID-19 response.

A number of key buildings, such as The Oval and Woodchurch, also function as vaccination centers, testing sites, and telephone or online support services.

Cllr Tom Anderson, chair of the Wirral Council’s Tourism Communities, Culture and Recreation Committee, said: Being a greater variety of exercise opportunities and more choices for people to get involved with.

“While it is not possible for us to reopen everything as quickly as our customers might expect, I hope residents will understand that this is due to the council’s continued commitment to supporting the local population through COVID. -19. ”

Guests are reminded that all outdoor activities must be booked in advance.

Pre-booking and payment is essential before participating in any outdoor facility or activity, whether on a paid basis or with an Invigor8 subscription. Reservations can be made from Wednesday March 24.

To book, visit Wirral Leisure online or call the team on 0151 606 2010. Telephone lines are open: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. .

For more information on available facilities or to register for a membership visit www.wirralleisure.co.uk

For Invigor8 members with a live subscription in January, there is no need to contact the team about your membership as it will be automatically reinstated in order to book activities from Wednesday March 24.

Residents whose Invigor8 membership is suspended and who wish to reactivate it, or anyone wishing to become a new member, can contact the Central Leisure Team from Monday March 22 by sending an email to bookingsandinformation @ wirral. gov.uk, by calling 0151 606 2010 or registering online. wirralleisure.co.uk/invigor8-memberships/

National roadmap dates are subject to change and will be confirmed nationally before definitive announcements can be made.

More information on the planned dates for the government’s four-step plan can be found by visiting www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary#four-steps

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