“ Address: Upper Conran Street / Harpurhey / Manchester / M9 4DA / Tel: +44 O161 277 1900 / 1901 „
I have recently moved house and my local swimming and sports facility is the North City Family and Fitness Centre. The centre is located off Rochdale Road, in Harpurhey (which is approximately three miles from Manchester city centre). It's close to all the shops and parking is free.
The centre has a gym, a 25 metre swimming pool, mixed changing facilities - with large changing cubicles and private shower cubicles, seats to watch galas in the swimming pool, a sauna, steam room and a Jacuzzi. There is also a comprehensive timetable of fitness classes.
The centre opens at 7am during the week and at 9am at weekends. It's also closed on bank holidays. I always find the fitness classes friendly and I find that I can usually get on a gym machine whenever I want.
The facility is fairly new and the pool, changing facilities and gym are always clean. I also find the staff friendly and the prices competitive. The centre offers membership packages, but if you want to use the centre on a pay as you go basis then it's very reasonable - you will pay £2.40 for a swim and £3.60 for a fitness class - this rate is lower than the prices charged at other public fitness centres in Manchester and the facilities here really are top notch.
I like using the facility but I do have one slight gripe - the swimming pool opening times. On a Monday and Wednesday evening you can't get into the pool, because the local swimming club uses the facility. Also, at the weekend the opening times are odd - the pool will be open for an hour and then it will close for half an hour. The times can get very confusing so I always have to have a timetable at hand if I plan to go swimming at the weekend.
You have to pay extra to use the jaccuzi, steam room and sauna - unless this is part of your membership package - and although the facilities are rather small, I like the fact that they are available at my local swimming pool, because usually you'd have to have private gym membership to get access these types of facilities.
Overall I thoroughly recommend North City Family and Fitness Centre - it's friendly, clean and affordable - it's also one of the best public pool and fitness facilities in Manchester... Just make sure you always have a timetable to hand!