A massive thank you to all our members for supporting us over what has been the most challenging of times.

You have been amazing.

Last year was an extremely difficult year for businesses, including Inspiring healthy lifestyles.

To ensure we can continue to bring you the very best offer in our leisure centres, on our golf courses, parks, and wellbeing services - we have been working with Wigan Council to secure the long-term future, and investment in our offer, by transferring staff and services to the council.

From the 1 April 2021 all services currently operated by Inspiring healthy lifestyles in Wigan and Leigh will be run by Wigan Council, safeguarding jobs and these vital services for the communities they serve.

This will not make any difference to your membership or the team that you see, but it will ensure you continue to receive the same quality service and experience that you did before.

Leisure Centres are owned by Wigan Council and the services have been delivered on their behalf by IHL for nearly 18 years. Inspiring healthy lifestyles is an independent charitable trust and is not a department of the Council.

Terms and conditions of membership will not change as a result of the transfer of services back to Wigan Council.


The changes should not impact customers using the facilities and the intention is to protect and further develop them once they can be re-opened as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.


We hope that you stay with us and help support the staff and teams that work within them who are looking forward to welcoming you back as soon as is possible.


Frequently Asked Questions


What will this transfer mean for members?

As a member, you do not need to do anything or worry about anything. This will make no difference to your membership or to the team that you see. 


Will this affect my membership? 

Terms and conditions of membership will not change as a result of the transfer of services to Wigan Council. 


Will this affect leisure centres reopening?
No, leisure centres will reopen once restrictions are lifted. 


Will this affect my wellbeing services (For example Strength and Balance Class)?
No, all sessions will continue and you will be contacted by your instructor when they resume as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.


What is currently operated by IHL and what will be handed back to Wigan Council?
IHL operate seven leisure centres on behalf of Wigan Council:


Ashton Leisure Centre 

Hindley Pool and Leisure Centre 

Howe Bridge Leisure Centre

Leigh Leisure Centre

Robin Park Leisure Centre

Standish Leisure Centre

Wigan Life Centre 

As well as Central Park Gym.


Outdoor Spaces:

Haigh Woodland Park - This includes the car park, visitors centre and Haigh Golf course. 

Pennington Flash 

Pennington Golf 

Scotman’s Flash 

Norley Hall Adventure Playground 


Wellbeing Services: 

Active Inclusive 

Active Outdoors

Back To Sport

Better Ageing 

Community Weight Management 

Health Programmes

Let’s Get Movin’

Men's Weight Management 

Schools PE coaching 


As members you do not need to do anything, or worry about anything -  but If you do have any questions - please do email us at tellus@ihlmail.org

Following the government announcement that England is now in national lockdown all of our leisure centres, wellbeing services and golf facilities are now closed.


We’ve got plenty of online opportunities to keep you active, creative and healthy. Visit the Home Health Hub https://homehealthhub.org for all your favourite group exercise classes, as well as healthy eating recipes and fun activities


If you’re a member of our Leisure Centres you can download the Inspired Fitness Tracker App and access on-demand workouts, live streams of classes and more. Check it out at https://youtu.be/Ux7cggqaZaw


Download on an Apple device apple.co/36KdMko


Download on Android device bit.ly/InspiredFitnessTracker


We have frozen all membership payments as a result. Unfortunately the announcement came too late in the day to stop some Direct Debit payments being collected.


For these customers we will not take payment in the first month following the re-opening of our sites when restrictions are lifted.


Our phone lines are extremely busy, so please email tellus@ihlmail.org with your enquiry.