Sporty residents boost visitors numbers at leisure centres in Cromer, North Walsham, Sheringham, Stalham and Fakenham

Sporty residents have been flocking to work out at leisure centres across north Norfolk and boosted visitor numbers to their highest level for six years.

More than 400,000 people visited council-run sports centres in Cromer, North Walsham, Sheringham, Stalham and Fakenham and took advantage of the mobile gym, which runs from various locations across the district.

A new low cost gym membership - that was introduced at the centres run by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) - has been pinpointed as a contributing factor towards the rise in numbers.

Karl Read, leisure and cultural services manager at NNDC, said the 'no frills' membership, which costs �16.99 per month, had generated many new members.

'At Victory (Swim and Fitness in North Walsham) we have seen the visitors in the gym double since we have introduced this offer and this is in the backdrop of a difficult financial climate,' he added.

Mr Read said swimming had seen a massive drop in numbers nationally, but in north Norfolk people were still keen to take a dip - although boosting numbers remained 'a challenge'.

The numbers covered the period from April 2010 - March 2011 and showed there had been a 4.2pc increase in users, with Victory proving to be the most popular centre with a whopping 133,063 visitors.

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The other centres recorded the following numbers:

? Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, Sheringham - 127,905

? Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre - 65,175

? Community Sports Centres; Stalham - 22,477, Cromer - 20,930, North Walsham - 20,308

? Mobile gym - 5,065

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