Town fitness club in administration

Wellingborough: Club Diana, which has gone into administration.'Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Wellingborough: Club Diana, which has gone into administration.'Tuesday, 31 May 2011

A popular health and fitness club with more than 2,000 members and 30 staff is in administration and desperately looking to find a buyer.

Bosses of Club Diana in Finedon Road, Wellingborough, have confirmed it has had to call in administrators following financial difficulties.

Hopes to save the club are pinned on business meetings being held this week between management and potential buyers.

Keira O’Shea from the management team said: “The club is in administration.

“But it is not all doom and gloom – there are meetings being held this week between the club and potential buyers, I can’t tell you any more.

“I don’t know any more, and discussions at this stage are very delicate but we are hopeful.

“At the moment the club is trading as usual, nothing has been cancelled.

“It’s a sad situation but it is a result of the recession, people haven’t had as much money, and the club hasn’t had as many memberships. It is happening across the country.

“However, we are hoping that there will be a buyer.”

Mum Smita Patel from Rushden was devastated to hear the club could face closure. She said: “Club Diana is more than just a fitness club, it’s a centre for the community.

“The staff are fantastic and really supportive of charity and public events.

“Just recently I had a sponsored bikathon there to raise money for my daughter, Sabrina, who needs specialist sports and medical equipment for her disability and they were fantastic.

“They allowed me to put posters up, helped me prepare for it, it’s that kind of place.

“You feel special, the staff go over and above, and you just don’t get that at other health and fitness clubs in the area.

“I do hope the club is saved – if another buyer comes in the important thing would be to save the staff because they make it work.

“It’s a community facility and it would be a big loss to the town if it were to close.”