Total Fitness has announced today that their Huddersfield club will not be re-opening following the lifting of lockdown restrictions due to take place on 12th April.
The decision to permanently close the Huddersfield club follows a difficult year for the gym and fitness industry due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Members received an email shortly after 5PM this afternoon informing them of the news.
In a statement, CEO Sophie Lawler said “
This has been a very difficult decision to make as I know how important the club is to many people in Huddersfield. Not just in terms of health and wellbeing, but as a community space.”
“The cumulative effects of the lockdown restrictions have had a major impact on gym and health clubs across the UK. Total Fitness clubs have now been closed for eight months. With membership payments on pause, this means we are operating with very limited income and continuing costs.”
“Across the UK approximately 400 gyms, pools and leisure centres have already been forced to close due to financial pressures, and we’ve have had to make some really difficult decisions to support the long-term future of the business. The most difficult of those decisions was to close the Huddersfield club.”
“We are offering as many team members as possible new roles at our Wakefield club or elsewhere in the business and are supporting our freelance Personal Trainers who wish to rebuild their businesses in our other clubs. Anyone who has been affected by the closure has been informed and we are making every effort to support these individuals throughout the process.”
At present, all other Total Fitness clubs are expected to re-open on 12th April, including Wakefield which will now be the closest to our area. Members are encouraged to read the communication that was emailed this afternoon and if anyone has any further queries – they are urged to contact head office on 0330 995 8245.