Port Vale have signed up to use Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s leisure centres for health, fitness and rehabilitation work.
The players will have a global membership, including access to the new gym and exercise studios at Dimensions Leisure Centre, as well as the site’s pool, the gym and pool at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, and other facilities.
Dimensions recently launched its new gym and exercise studios with state-of-the-art equipment – and there will be a public open weekend over October 5 and 6, with free tours and special membership offers for everyone who visits.
Stoke-on-Trent Conservative Councillor for Blurton East & Goms Mill, Lorraine Beardmore, says she's delighted to see Port Vale working with the local community and businesses.
"It’s incredibly important. We want all the businesses in the city to engage with one another so it’s wonderful that Port Vale are incredibly on board with that.
"It’s great to have local players of a local team engaging with community activities and the gym facilities within the city.
"I think it’s inspiring to a new generation to see their heroes and local players of local teams that they go and see on the weekend, using the gym facilities and hopefully encourage them to get physically active as well."
Port Vale defender, Leon Legge, who attended Dimensions' Gym in Burslem alongside Councillor Beardmore, James Gibbons and Nathan Smith yesterday, believe the access the players have now to the facilities is great.
“It’s a good facility, brand new equipment and something we’re really looking forward to getting involved in. It’s a new era and the new partnership can only be a good thing.
“Everything is here, with the strength and conditioning that as professional footballers you want to get the most out of. It’s good to have this right on our doorstep and use it when we can."