Greater Manchester Walking Weekend


The Transport for Greater Manchester Spring Walking Weekend is a series of 30 fun and friendly guided walks across one weekend (3-5 March 2017). The Weekend offers something for everyone, regardless of age, ability or interests.


All walks are free and led by experienced guides. The Walking Weekend showcases some of the best walks in the following areas: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. All ten districts of Greater Manchester will be showcased throughout our festival in May which will involve around 300 walks.


For more information visit: http://www.facebook.com/GMWalkingFestival

OR download the Walking Weekend booklet here

The Oldham Athletics 365 Academy is now open!

The NEW Athletics 365 Academy is the latest initiative from England Athletics’ award-winning Athletics 365 programme delivered by the M60 Athletics Network (M60 AN).

The Athletics 365 Academy offers a professionally run athletics environment specially tailored for young people aged 8+.

Each session will help young athletes develop their fundamental movement skills while taking part in fun, enjoyable and high-quality athletics.

Athletics 365 Academy: Oldham

Dates: 10 week programme beginning Wednesday 8th March 2016

March – 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
April – 19th, 26th
May – 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th


6 – 7pm U11s (minimum age 8)

7 – 8pm U17s (minimum age 11)

Venue: Radclyffe Athletics Centre, Hunt Lane OL9 0LS

Cost: £15 for the full 10 week programme which does not include OCL track entrance fee £1.75

Please register interest with Colin Allen (M60 Athletics Network Co-ordinator) colin.allenm60anc@gmail.com

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Open Weekend at Oldham Leisure Centre in Aid of Children in Need


Oldham Leisure Centre will be celebrating in style this weekend for their 1-year anniversary of opening and they’re inviting all Oldham residents to come along to enjoy the fun!


The 3 day Open Weekend is set to be one of the busiest periods the centre has seen yet, with lots of activities for the whole family to take part in – and it’s all in aid of Children in Need.


The new leisure centre will be kicking off their celebratory fundraiser on Friday 18th November with an early morning Spin class with their very own Pudsey Parry, followed by ‘Wax the Staff’, which will see if some of their brave staff members can ‘bear’ the pain in the name of charity.


OCL are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the children’s charity and have created a Justgiving page for any welcomed donations which can be found at www.justgiving.com/Oldham-Active


With Oldham Leisure Centre’s exercise classes being a firm favourite with members, the Open Weekend has a dedicated day of taster sessions on Saturday 19th November, with popular classes such as Zumba, Les Mills Bodypump, Bootcamp and Boxercise, all free to members or £1 for non-members. Members can also bring a friend for free over the weekend as a thank you for their support over the centre’s first 12 months.


The first year has seen a huge rise in memberships, proving how popular the new centre and its state of the art facilities have become with local residents, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.


Stuart Lockwood, Chief Executive of Oldham Community Leisure, says “12 months down the line the effect has been better than expected; put simply, it has reinvigorated everyone’s appetite to live a healthier lifestyle.”


The Open Weekend also offers something for kids too, with Tots Football for 5 years and under, Junior Basketball taster session and Family Sports Day on Sunday 20th November, plus the biggest event the centre has seen yet with an hour and a half long Zumbathon. Plus with gym challenges throughout the day including sit-ups, planks and burpees, and a free fitness test for both members and non-members, the Open Weekend will be a hit with fitness fanatics.


More information about the Open Weekend plus details about an exclusive celebratory offer still to be announced can be found at www.oclactive.co.uk/oldham-open-weekend. Booking in advance for classes and activities is advised as places are limited, call 0161 207 7000


Join us to celebrate Olympic Gold Medalist Nicola White Coming Home!

Join us at Oldham Leisure Centre on Friday 2nd September 2016 to celebrate Nicola’s amazing success at Rio Olympics.

Nicola will be doing a meet and greet for the whole family starting at 2pm. This is your opportunity to show her how proud the town of Oldham is.

There will be a chance for photo’s and autographs. Please bring your autograph books and anything you would like signed.

To register for your FREE ticket to this amazing event click HERE.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Introducing Les Mills Grit Classes for 2016!

Want to improve your strength and increase lean muscle in just 30-minute sessions?

Our NEW for 2016 Les Mills Grit classes are the best way of achieving these goals whilst also taking part in an enjoyable and challenging workout! Designed to improve strength, increase cardiovascular fitness, and burn maximum calories, these sessions are sure to be popular with all of our OCL members.

Advanced booking is recommended as we have limited places at Oldham, Chadderton, and Saddleworth centres. These classes are free for members, £4.65 for Active Card Holders, and £6.00 for Non Active Card Holders, so make sure to book your place early!

Milltown 2016 Race Series

With 2016 only around the corner, the new Milltown Race Series is almost upon us!

The annual 7k is returning on the 15th May, so book yourself a place before it’s too late…

The Sprint Triathlon, the most diverse of our challenges will be taking place in Saddleworth on the 24th April! It takes participants on a 400metre swim, 20k bike ride, and 5k run through Uppermill, Diggle, Delph, and other areas in the region making it a scenic and great event to sign up for!

The Oldham 10k event will be hosted on the 19th June! A treat for Father’s Day, the route will take runners over Oldham, Shaw, and Royton!

Finally, the ever-popular Milltown to Moors event will return at 9:30am on the 16th October! 13.1 atmospheric miles through Saddleworth gives runners great views of the village and also the landscape of the Peak District.

* Offer *

If you’re looking to take part in the 7k, 10k, and Half Marathon in 2016, our Discounted Full Series offer is a great idea!

OCL or affiliated members will pay just £40 with unattached runners paying only £45.

But be quick if you want to take advantage of this offer as it is only open available before the closure of 7k-race entries!


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Latest Runners Information Released

With less than a week to go before the Milltown Half Marathon and excitement building about this fantastic event, we’re releasing up to date information about the runners taking part.

With only a few places now left, the event looks set to be one of the most exciting yet, so make sure to check out information here and come and see us on the day!

Check out a full list of participants here


The Milltown Half Marathon is Returning to Oldham this October!

On Sunday 18th October 2015, 500 runners will take to the atmospheric, yet hilly route through Saddleworth and Oldham, on a 13.1 run with spectacular views of the Peak District National Park; it will be a great challenge that also makes the most of the terrific countryside views. (more…)


New Royton Leisure Centre Now Open!

Royton leisure centre

The £8m Royton Leisure Centre is now fully completed and open to the public.

With state-of-the-art facilities, the new centre signifies an exciting shift in health and fitness for the Royton, Shaw, Crompton, and Oldham areas.

There’s something for all ages and abilities – from advanced cardio and resistance equipment to gentle wellbeing classes, and Oldham Active swimming lessons for both kids and adults, truly offering an outstanding exercise and fitness range.

The centre also boasts 2 spacious studios to house the exercise, strength & tone and wellbeing classes, plus a dedicated spin studio adjacent to the new gym, to ensure that all sizes of groups can be accommodated efficiently without reducing the comfort and room for those taking part.

All of the OCL staff in the new Royton centre take the usual quality approach that is allocated to all of our facilities, whilst being fully trained and qualified to be on hand for all users and guiding with the best possible advice.

To take advantage of this brand new and bespoke leisure centre, view our Exercise Class and Pool programmes by clicking here and sign up online today here.



New Royton Leisure Centre Construction Well Underway

The exciting new development of Royton Leisure Centre is well underway and on target for its grand opening later on this year.

Working in partnership with Oldham Council, the site is currently being constructed by Willmott Dixon and will boast a six lane, 25 metre swimming pool, an 80 station gym, two spacious studios to host a wide range of exercise classes and more, as well as a learner pool and a 60 space car park.

The new leisure centre signifies an exciting shift in health and fitness for Royton, Shaw, Crompton & Oldham; bringing members of the public brand new state of the art gym, swim, exercise and leisure facilities right to their doorstep.

With over £8 million invested in the project, and a long term plan to deliver excellence in sports and fitness, Royton Leisure Centre will become a central hub for adults and children of all ages and abilities, providing a better and more tailored offering than ever before.

The new fully air conditioned gym will boast a comprehensive range of cardio and resistance training equipment to suit all levels and abilities, as well as built-in TVs on key exercise equipment to make members’ experience more fun and enjoyable.

The two new studios will boast generous floor space, offering people in the area outstanding opportunities to take part in a wide variety of classes, including everything from Yoga, Aerobics and Zumba, right through to HIIT, spinning and Les Mills classes.

Swimmers of all abilities will be well catered for too as the new learner pool will be perfectly suited to families with children just starting to learn to swim, whilst the brand new six lane, 25 metre pool will offer a wide range of public swim sessions, swim classes and the availability for private parties.

All this will be backed with OCL’s usual quality approach which ensures that fully trained and qualified staff are always on hand to provide members at the centre with help, advice and guidance on the best ways to achieve their fitness goals in a friendly and personal manner.

The new development is a great step forward for leisure facilities in Oldham, and will bring new jobs to the area, and better leisure and past time activities for people of all ages.

When speaking about the development, Chief Executive of Oldham Community Leisure Stuart Lockwood commented “The development of Royton shows OCL’s commitment to developing superior leisure facilities for the people of Oldham.

“Royton is one of two brand new centres we’ll be opening this year; the second being the stunning new site in Oldham town centre, which will offer very similar facilities to Royton and a vastly improved overall experience for members.”

He continued; “Our team, in partnership with Oldham Council have worked extremely hard over the last few years to bring this project to life, and it’s very rewarding to see the facility coming together so quickly. We’re expecting to launch in late September 2015, and can already sense the anticipation and demand building from existing OCL members in that area.”

The new centre will be featured here on the Oldham Active website, so to keep fully up to date, check out www.oclactive.co.uk, visit Facebook or visit the information hub coming soon at Royton Sports Centre.

Make the Milltown to Moors Race Series your New Year’s Resolution

Whether you want get fitter and healthier or tone up in time for a special 2015 event, studies have show that setting a goal is the key to sticking with a new exercise routine. Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) has established a clear pathway of goals, with their 2015 running programme.

To ensure you’ve got something to aim for, whatever your ability level, OCL will be holding three running events as part of the Milltown to Moors Race Series during 2015, as well and introducing a new Triathlon to the mix.

Novice runners can begin their training at OCL’s weeknight running group sessions, which take place on Tuesday and Thursday evening 6:00pm till 7:00pm, and work towards completing regular timed miles and their first 5K. Anyone attending the OCL Run groups will get assistance from dedicated trainers, who can focus on technique and posture, with a gradual approach to help them work towards their goals. The beginners run groups take place at the Radclyffe Athletics Track, to ensure a safe environment for everyone; especially important in winter with the dark early evenings.

Runners will then be encouraged progress to the OCL intermediate level group on a Wednesday evening at 6:30pm, where five-mile led routes begin from the Oldham Sport Centre. As part of this very social group you can meet other runners, find about the local parkrun, and train for your first race, which could be The Milltown 7k, taking place in Alexandra Park on 17 May (date TBC).

More advanced runners can push themselves to join one of the many running groups in the area, where they can train to try the Oldham 10k, which takes place on 21 June, or aim for the ultimate Oldham Half Marathon, one of the hilliest 13.1 mile runs in the country. The Half Marathon will take place on 18 October.

Prizes and medals are given at all events and special awards will be given for runners completing all three of the Milltown Race Series.

Last but not least, a new event will be launched in 2015 for anyone wanting to push themselves to a new level. The Milltown Triathlon, sponsored by the Oldham Citizens Advice Bureau,  will take place in Saddleworth on 26 April. The event will comprise a 400m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run, and can be entered as an individual or as a team. After completing the swim at Saddleworth Pool and Leisure Centre competitors will bike and run gruelling routes around the hills of Saddleworth.

Race director and Senior Health & Physical Activity Development Officer at OCL Alan Keane says: “Our race series, alongside our well-established beginners’ running groups and the new triathlon, will ensure local people have a number of options, and can choose a way to best test themselves and achieve their goals throughout 2015. Whatever your New Year’s resolution, OCL has a challenge for you and a pathway for you to achieve it.”

To find out more visit www.milltownraces.co.uk

First glimpse of vision for new Royton leisure facility

Oldham Council and delivery partner, Willmott Dixon, have revealed exciting proposals for a new build sports centre in Royton.

Artist’s impressions show the first look at a fresh and modern leisure facility for the town to be located on Byron Street – opposite the site of the existing centre.

Baseline specifications for the new centre were approved in March 2012, but officers were then asked to further consider the potential mix of amenities and range of uses of the site to ensure better facilities that provide a lasting Olympic legacy.

The new facilities set to arrive at Royton boast:

  • Six-lane 25-metre swimming pool with spectator seating
  • 80-station fitness gym
  • Two exercise/dance studios
  • New 60-space car park
  • New separate learner pool.

A planning application is due to be submitted for the latest design proposals at the end of February 2014.

The current Royton Sports Centre will not close until the new £8 million facility is complete – set to be Autumn 2015.

In October 2012, Willmott Dixon won the tender race to build the leisure facility following its successful delivery of a series of academy schools building projects across Oldham and its track record in the leisure sector.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, said: “These exciting images show that a huge step towards the regeneration of Royton is just round the corner.

“This stunning facility will complement the work already taking place in Royton district centre and the Council’s ‘Get Oldham Working’ scheme – which aims to provide employment opportunities for local people.

“We are thrilled to be able to now share these images with the public. Oldham Council and our partners are fully committed to providing a fantastic leisure facility here that will be fit for future generations.”

Detailed displays showing the design for the new state-of-the-art leisure centre – which will serve the Royton, Shaw and Crompton areas – will be located in the existing Royton Sports Centre, Crompton Pool and Royton Library, from the start of February.

Information sessions will also take place with sports clubs and user groups.

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