Horwich Leisure Centre introduces COVID-19 rehab training for gym staff

29 Mar 2021 11:03
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Horwich Leisure Centre has announced the roll out of a new COVID-19 rehab training programme, which aims to inform, educate, and prepare fitness teams dealing with customers who have been affected by the illness and are seeking guidance and support. The course is called Rebuild™ and is provided by training organisation CAWS®.


More than 4m people in the UK are struggling with the effects of COVID-19. CAWS® Rebuild™ Certified Coaches will be equipped to work with individuals recovering from COVID-19 and Long-COVID after the acute phase.


The Rebuild™ course is run virtually using content provided by world-class fitness coaches, athletes and subject matter experts. There are over 150 hours of video presentations ready-prepared to support gym teams keen to develop the skills needed to assist people who have lived with COVID-19.


Five Level 3 fitness coaches from the centre are completing the programme, recognised across Europe as the leading education course in COVID-19 rehabilitation for fitness and sports professionals.


Mahendra Patel, Partnership Manager for Horwich Leisure Centre said:


“As we approach the potential reopening date of April 12th for indoor gyms and fitness facilities, it’s vital that our teams are expertly prepared to deal with the unique challenge presented by the COVID era. We’ve been running safety training and refresher courses during lockdowns, but the COVID-focused programme from CAWS® was something that really stood out as adding value to our health and fitness offering.


“Rebuild™ is proving popular with our gym team who see this new type of training as adding to their customer-focused skillsets. By April 12th, I fully expect us to have 5 gym staff fully qualified and ready to expertly assist those customers who’ve experienced COVID-19 at its most direct level.”


CAWS® built the Rebuild™ Programme in direct response to the needs of individuals who have lived with COVID-19 and suffering with ongoing symptoms in the wake of the virus. The initiative has been personally funded by co-founders, Managing Director, Mel Spooner, and Education Director, Dr Colin Robertson.


CAWS Managing Director, Mel Spooner said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Horwich Leisure Centre to offer our Rebuild™ programme. As an operator, they’ve seen the clear, added value a product like this brings to their teams working the gym floor and just as importantly to the customers who’ll be returning to much-missed facilities having lived with COVID-19.”


Dr Colin Robertson added: “As a sector we’ve made some big claims with regard to our place in this, being preventative and part of the solution. Now is the opportunity for us to step up and deliver that. If we get this right, if we start to work with people and have that broader impact, we can grow exercise participation as a whole beyond where it’s been sat for the last 25 years easily, just by getting the right messages across now. We’re extremely grateful to Horwich Leisure Centre for joining the initiative, as together we can help far more people who are seeking help.


In line with other leisure facilities in England, Horwich Leisure Centre has been closed since December 2020. However, an announcement in February from Prime Minister, Boris Johnson indicated that indoor gyms and pools could potentially reopen from April 12th 2021.


The centre is operated by Bolton Community Leisure on behalf of Bolton Council. Bolton Community Leisure appointed Serco Leisure as its managing agent for the site and four other facilities in the region.


For more information about Horwich Leisure Centre and for reopening updates, visit its website: https://www.boltonleisure.com/horwich-leisure-centre/

For more information about CAWS, visit its website: https://www.trainwithcaws.com/

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